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#3346: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan – Hong Kong

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

Well, what have we here? This one contains a broad flat noodle made with rice. The straight noodle ramen variety from this range is on the 2019 Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time – super tasty stuff! Let’s give it a try!

Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan – Hong Kong

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add in all sachets and boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep for… Yeah – no instructions. Great. I’m going to go with 3 minutes and give it a look and if that’s not enough to hydrate the rice noodles, 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

An included fork!

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

Rice noodle.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

A dry sachet.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

A powder soup base.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

A wet sachet.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

A thick paste.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

A second dry sachet.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

An interesting looking mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, and pepper flake. The ho fan was just perfect after 5 minutes steeping time. Really great mouthfeel to it. The broth was just as good as can be with a bright, crisp tom yum flavor with notes of shrimp. Excellent. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 087303866922.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

Sautao Dried Mix Rice Vermicelli Non Fried (Tomyum Kung) – 3 Pack

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan – Hong Kong

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

Here’s one I found at PriceSmart Foods up in Richmond, BC in July 2017. They had a ton of these and they sounded interesting. These are from Hong Kong – not a place I would think of when it comes to laksa. Here’s a little about laksa from Wikipedia –

There are various theories about the origins of laksa. In Indonesia, the dish is believed to have been born from the Chinese coastal settlements and the mixing of cultures between Chinese merchants and the local cooking practices.[7] As Peranakan Chinese communities have blended their ancestors’ culture with local culture, Peranakan communities in different places now demonstrate diversity according to the local flavour.[8] In Malaysia, the dish is believed to have been introduced by Chinese immigrants in Malacca.[9] In Singapore, the dish (or its local “Katong” version) is believed to have been created after interaction between the Peranakans with the local Singaporeans.[10][11]

Various recipes of laksas have gained popularity in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia; and subsequently international recognition. Initially in July 2011, CNN Travel ranked Penang Asam Laksa 7th out of the 50 most delicious foods in the world.[12] Its rank however, fell to number 26th after CNN held an online poll by 35,000 people, published in September 2011.[13] Singaporean Curry Laksa on the other hand ranked in number 44th.[13]

In Indonesia, laksa is one of the traditional comfort foods; the spicy warm noodle soup is much appreciated during cold rainy days. However, its popularity is somewhat overshadowed by soto, a similar hearty warm soup dish, which is often consumed with rice instead of noodles. In modern households, it is common practice to mix and match the recipes of laksas; if traditional laksa noodle is not available, Japanese udon noodles might be used instead

Alright – let’s check out this variety from Hong Kong!

Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan – Hong Kong

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

A big and hard to remove distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add in all sachets and boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep for… Yeah – no instructions. Great. I’m going to go with 3 minutes and give it a look and if that’s not enough to hydrate the rice noodles, 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

An included fork!

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

The ho fan rice noodles.

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

A large dry base sachet.

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

A decent amount of powder.

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

The laksa sauce sachet.

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

Thick and smells like curry.

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

A solid ingredients sachet.

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

Kind of surprised to see corn in this.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fishball, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, egg , spring onion, and fried onion. The noodles are thin and broad with a little more chew than I expected for a rice noodle, however, not an unwelcome one. The broth was good however I think that the amount of water required due to the fill line position was just way too much and what could have been a stronger curry broth was neutered by dilution which makes me sad. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 087303866793.

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

Sau Tao Brand Scallop Flavor Chinese Noodles, Non-Fried

An ad for another product

#2588: Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored

#2513: Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Here’s another one sent by Colin from Massachusetts – thanks again! So this is a Hong Kong variety. Let’s see if I can find something on Wikipedia about Ho Fan –

While shahe fen and he fen are transliterations based on Mandarin, there are numerous other transliterations based on Cantonese, which include ho fun, hofoen (a Dutch transliteration in Suriname), hor fun, sar hor fun, etc. In addition, shahe fen is often synonymously called kway teow (粿條), literally “ricecake strips”, transliteration based on Min Nan Chinese, POJ: kóe-tiâu) or guotiao (Mandarin pinyin: guǒtiáo), as in the name of a dish called char kway teow. However, shahe fen and kway teow are strictly and technically not the same (the latter being essentially ricecakes sliced into strips) and the Min Nans in general still consciously make a distinction between shahe fen and kway teow in their speech. Original ricecakes or its strips are very stiff in texture (even after cooking), making them unpopular with modern consumers.

It is also known in Sabah as da fen (大粉), means “wide vermicelli“, due to its similarity of colour and texture to rice vermicelli.

These noodles are called guay tiew sen yai (Thai: เส้นใหญ่, meaning “large rice noodles”) in Thailand, and kwetiau in Indonesia.

I *think* these are the same thing. With that, let’s dig in!

Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored – Hong Kong

#2513: Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 600ml boiling water. Cook for 2 minutes then add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2513: Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2513: Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

The dry sachet.

#2513: Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Smells like tomato.

#2513: Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

A seasoned oil sachet.

#2513: Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Orange in color, that’s for sure.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little shredded chicken. The noodles are broad and flat. They are chewy, but not overly so. The broth has a tomato flavor, although is extremely thin. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 087303862757.

#2513: Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Sao Tao – Chicken & Abalone Sichuan Noodle Soup 5.6 Oz (Pack of 1)

A cooking video.

#1660: Sau Tao Ho Fan Wonton Soup Flavored

I’ve reviewed a few of these Hong Kong instant rice noodles in the past, but never looked up the meaning of Ho Fan. I did some research and found this on wikipedia:

While shahe fen and he fen are transliterations based on Mandarin, there are numerous other transliterations based on Cantonese, which include ho fen, hofen, ho-fen, ho fun, ho-fun, hofoen (a Dutch transliteration in Suriname), hor fun, hor fen, sar hor fun, etc. In addition, shahe fen is often synonymously called kway teow (粿條), literally “ricecake strips”, transliteration based on Min Nan Chinese, POJ: kóe-tiâu) or guotiao(pinyin: guǒtiáo; the corresponding transliteration of Mandarin), as in the name of a dish called char kway teow. However, shahe fen and kway teow are strictly and technically not the same (the latter being essentially ricecakes sliced into strips) and the Min Nans in general still consciously make a distinction between shahe fen and kway teow in their speech. Original ricecakes or its strips are very stiff in texture (even after cooking), making them unpopular with modern consumers.

Sounds like what we’re looking at here. Let’s check out this Sau Tao Ho Fan!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodle block to 600ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes, stirring gently. Add in sachet contents and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The powder soup base.

Has a prawn scent.

The seasoned oil sachet.

Oily!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fishball and coriander. The noodles are very wide and flat and made of rice. They are slippery but have a nice texture to them – good stuff. The broth was on the light bland side; could of used a little more something or a little less than the directed amount of water for my taste. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 087303861521.

HoFan Wonton Noodle Soup 2.6 Oz

A Sau Tao noodle TV commercial.

#1218: Sau Tao Ho Fan Beef Soup Flavour

Here’s one I got up at T&T Supermarket up in Canada in July. So what is Ho Fan? Well, they’re simply very wide flat rice noodles. Let’s check ’em out!

Here’s the import sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). To cook this one, put the noodle in 600cc of boiling water. Cook it for 2 minutes, then add the contents of the two sachets, stir, and it’s ready.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a slightly acrid scent.

The liquid base sachet.

A paste with a nice beef scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef and sweet onion doused with a little garlic salt. The noodles are very wide and flat. They’re the kind of rice noodles I like the best – not overly chewy, and somewhat comforty. What’s more there’s a decent amount of them. The broth is pretty good – has a great beef flavor and a bit of heartiness from the oil. Has a little of that sweet braised beef flavor a lot of Chinese instants have. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 087303861545.

This is pretty neat – the grand opening of the first Sau Tao store!

#377: Sau Tao Ho Fan Abalone Chicken Soup Flavored

Yep – here’s another of the Sau Tao’s. I’m just going to go through all of them in a row I think. This is Chicken and Abalone – kind of a new twist on ‘surf and turf’ eh? Anyways…

From left to right we have seasoning powder, seasoned oil and veggies.

A blurry shot of the ingredients atop the noodles. This is what happens when you combine housecleaning and ramen rating.

Click image to enlarge. The final product. Broth is awesome, noodles are awesome, tons of veggies! Extremely good stuff; kind of reminds me of a chicken stew. Added a little black pepper after this picture too and that added a little niceness to the whole thing. So this appears to be my favorite so far of the Sau Tao line. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars! Find it here.