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Unboxing Time: MyKuali Sends New Recipe Samples

Unboxing Time: MyKuali Sends New Recipe Samples

Sometimes a package will get routed through Anchorage, AK and this can prove a bit harrowing for it and it’s contents. Luckily, despite one side being completely ripped open, it made it through not only the rough treatment but a call from the customs folks asking what was inside…

Unboxing Time: MyKuali Sends New Recipe Samples – Malaysia

It was odd that they asked; I mean, all the paperwork was with the package. Getting samples for foreign countries can be kind of touch and go from time to time. It always seems like stuff that ends up in Alaska on it’s way to here results in a phone call. Weird. Thank you to MyKuali for sending these new recipe varieties – very keen on trying and letting everyone know what I think of them!

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version)

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#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

Here’s the final of the three Japan version MyKuali boxes. This one’s a favorite of mine (as are the other) but lately it’s been a real treat. Here’s a little about Hokkien Prawn from Wikipedia –

Hokkien mee is a dish in Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine that has its origins in the cuisine of China’s Fujian (Hokkien) province. In its most common form, the dish consists of egg noodles and rice noodles stir-fried with egg, slices of pork, prawns and squid, and served and garnished with vegetables, small pieces of lard, sambal sauce and lime (for adding the lime juice to the dish). There is also a vegan varieties

There are two types of Hokkien mee: Hokkien black mee and Hokkien fried mee. Hokkien hae mee (Hokkien prawn noodles) is commonly served in Penang and Singapore while Hokkien char mee (Hokkien black noodles) is commonly served in Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley. The dish commonly referred to as “Hokkien mee”, depending on the locality, can mean either Hokkien hae mee or Hokkien char mee. For example, Hokkien mee in Kuala Lumpur refers to Hokkien char mee.

HOKKIEN HAE MEE
(PRAWN NOODLES)
HOKKIEN CHAR MEE
(FRIED NOODLES)
Refers to either the Penang prawn noodle or Singapore prawn noodle Refers to the Kuala Lumpur Hokkien noodle
Soup based (Penang) and stir fried (Singapore) Stir fried
Egg noodles and rice noodles Fat yellow noodles
No dark soya sauce used Dark soya sauce is used
Prawn is the main ingredient with slices of chicken or pork, squid and fish cake. kangkung (water spinach) is common in the Penang version Slices of chicken or pork, squid and cabbage

As you can see, there’s a bit of difference between the many versions. So this one is the soup version popular in Penang but for sale in Singapore. Got it? Let’s check it out!

MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) – Malaysia

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in powder and paste, then stir. Finally, add garnish and enjoy!

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

The package inside the box.

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

The noodle block.

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

The powder sachet.

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

A light colored powder soup base.

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

A paste sachet.

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

A thick and sweet smelling paste.

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

The garnish sachet.

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

Fried onions!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added 31-40ct shrimp, coriander and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are perfect as far as regular instants go – extra plump and succulent. The broth is a cavalcade of Penang-ness! Pure prawn-gasm here – thick, sweet, oily and a little spicy. The included fried onion garnish puts it over the top. This makes my soul happy. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Finished (click to enlarge). JAN bar code 4541708021851.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

Well folks it’s that time again. This one’s a big deal – the list that people from around the world have been waiting for every year. Since the last list came out, I’ve reviewed over 400 varieties of instant noodles – a new record in one year for me. So many good ones this year! These are my absolute favorites of the over 2,400 reviews of instant noodles I’ve posted to date. There are some big announcements at the end of the video, so make sure to check them out! As always, I invite instant noodle makers to contact me so I can try your noodles! Now without further ado, The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The video presentation of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition with special announcements!

#10: Paldo Budae Jigae Ramyun – South Korea

#10: Paldo Budae Jigae Ramyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s a new one – Budae Jigae. This dish came to be when US troops shared their rations with the locals during the Korean War. The Koreans added the hot dogs, cheese, luncheon loafd, pork and beans and macaroni to a traditional soup and boom – Budae Jigae. The noodles here are thick and chewy, the broth slightly spicy and has a nice oiliness. Augmented by a sachet of oil that smells like hot dogs and garnish which includes sausage, beans and macaroni, this is a unique and really great variety! Original review

#9: Xiao Ban Mian Shallot & Scallion Oil Noodle – Taiwan

#9: Xiao Ban Mian Shallot & Scallion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

I got to see where these are made in Taiwan last year! I got to try them while there and then tried again for review and both times came to the same conclusion – they’re excellent. The noodles are plentiful and have a very nice chew. The flavor is really great – tasty and full of shallot and scallion flavor. Another example of Taiwan’s mastery of simplicity in the dry noodle genre. Original review

#8: Nissin Demae Ramen Straight Noodle Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle – Hong Kong

#8: Nissin Demae Ramen Straight Noodle Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Hong Kong’s first appearance on the annual top ten. First, these noodles are very good – nice chew and round gauge. Very impressed. Next, the broth is just perfection; a creamy pork tonkotsu broth, savory and rich, is enhanced by the addition of black garlic oil. Original review

#7: Nyor Nyar Penang White Curry Instant Noodle – Malaysia

#7: Nyor Nyar Penang White Curry Instant Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

I’ve tried a lot of Penang White Curry varieties. I thought new ones had stopped cropping up a while back, and then I get to try this one and I’m just floored. This one’s perfect. Excellent plump noodles and a broth that’s thick and rich; with spiciness and strong flavors. Everything harmonizes together perfectly. Original review

#6: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

#6: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The original Curry La Mian made its debut on the 2013 list. In 2016, the Wholegrain version entered into the list – and with good reason. The noodles are hearty and have a kind of rustic, artisan mouth feel. They are perfect for the broth – a thick lavish curry which come from a huge sachet of paste and is made wonderful with lots of coconut milk powder. Original review

#5: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle – Malaysia

#5: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

In short, this is exactly the same kind of flavor I experienced on the exotic resort island of Langkawi off the coast of Malaysia. The noodles are just right – great gauge and chew and perfectly plump. The broth is thick and strong. Spicy flavor, heavy on the lemongrass and lots of shrimp taste. Unique and authentic. Original review

#4: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa  – Malaysia

#4: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

I have had the fortune to know this variety for three years and it’s been on the list for 3 years. Why? Well, the noodles are very good – they look like your basic instant but they really have a nice feel and chew. The broth comes from a curry pasta, coconut powder and a special dipping sauce. You can put the sauce in a spoon and dip it into the broth (or you can just put it all in). Creamy and rich – this is excellence. Original review

#3: Nissin Straits Kitchen/Straits Reborn Laksa – Singapore

#3: Nissin Straits Kitchen/Straits Reborn Laksa - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Why the two names? Well, Nissin Singapore just changed the name from Kitchen to Reborn. This one’s great – extra nice noodles in here. Also, a very rich, strong broth. Finally, there’s the sachet of laksa leaf which you can sprinkle on top to add a savory finish. Original review

#2: MyKuali Penang Spicy Prawn Soup Noodle – Malaysia

#3: Nissin Straits Kitchen/Straits Reborn Laksa - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

This one used to be called Hokkien Prawn Noodle. This is a dive into prawn land to be sure. First off the noodles are the same MyKuali has had in all their varieties – just perfect. The broth here is oily, thick and exploding with prawn flavor. It’s very sweet and has a great level of spiciness. To top it off (quite literally), a sachet of the best fried onions in any instant I’ve tried add a savory crunch to the bowl. Beautiful and delicious . Original review

#1: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

#1: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

For the second year in a row, Prima Taste leads the pack with their Wholegrain La Mian. Their regular non-wholegrain version was #1 in 2013. The wholegrain noodle has vaulted it up high – Really high. The noodle has a hearty chew and texture I love. The broth is a harmony is paste and coconut milk powder that has great taste and richness. It all comes together in a crescendo is flavor and texture which is masterfully delivered. Original review

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#2404: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle Soup

#2404: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle Soup - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Her’s one you may not have seen from MyKuali before. Actually, you have on here , but with different clothing. So this is what is now known and seen more commonly as MyKuali Spicy Prawn Noodle Soup. However, it is dressed differently for the Singaporean market. Curious about what Hokkien Prawn is all about? Here’s something from wikipedia:

Hokkien mee is a dish in Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine that has its origins in the cuisine of China’s Fujian (Hokkien) province. In its most common form, the dish consists of egg noodles and rice noodles stir-fried with egg, slices of pork, prawns and squid, and served and garnished with vegetables, small pieces of lard, sambal sauce and lime (for adding the lime juice to the dish). There is also a vegan varieties

There are two types of Hokkien mee: Hokkien black mee and Hokkien fried mee. Hokkien hae mee (Hokkien prawn noodles) is commonly served in Penang and Singapore while Hokkien char mee (Hokkien black noodles) is commonly served in Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley. The dish commonly referred to as “Hokkien mee”, depending on the locality, can mean either Hokkien hae mee or Hokkien char mee. For example, Hokkien mee in Kuala Lumpur refers to Hokkien char mee.

Hokkien hae mee
(prawn noodles)
Hokkien char mee
(fried noodles)
Refers to either the Penang prawn noodle or Singapore prawn noodle Refers to the Kuala Lumpur Hokkien noodle
Soup based (Penang) and stir fried (Singapore) Stir fried
Egg noodles and rice noodles Fat yellow noodles
No dark soya sauce used Dark soya sauce is used
Prawn is the main ingredient with slices of chicken or pork, squid and fish cake. kangkung (water spinach) is common in the Penang version Slices of chicken or pork, squid and cabbage
 

As you can see, there’s a bit of difference between the many versions. So this one is the soup version popular in Penang but for sale in Singapore. Got it? Let’s check it out!

MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle Soup – Malaysia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in powder and paste, then stir. Finally, add garnish and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The powder base sachet.

Has a strong seafood scent.

The paste sachet.

Has a sweet prawn scent.

The garnish sachet.

Fried onions!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, tofu puff, hard boiled egg (twins) and shrimp. The noodles are plump and luxuriant. Indeed they are thick and really suck up the liquid to a decent level. The broth is just elegantly strong. So it has a sweet prawn taste, a light spiciness and is thick as it is rich. The included garnish of fried onions are so nice and crunchy – love this one! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555655005463.

MyKuali Sends Long-Awaited Samples From Malaysia!

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

Hooray a new box of MyKuali samples! I’ve been a big fan of their products ever since they released their Penang White Curry way back in 2013 I believe. Since then, they appeared on my top Ten Spiciest list and then my Top Ten annual. They’re known nowadays worldwide as something unique and different. Let’s see what’s in this package!

Product Samples From MyKuali – Malaysia

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

Hey look – The Ramen Rater stamp of approval on the box (click to enlarge)!

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

The evil tape (click to enlarge). Well, I shouldn’t say evil, but I’ve gotten empty boxes before when they decide to destroy some packs that have a microscopic amount ofof chicken or beef powder…

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

Under the lid (click to enlarge). Let’s check everything out in detail.

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

These are awesome (click to enlarge)! So companies will make different package designs for different countries. These are little boxes for Japan. We have MyKuali Penang White Curry on the left and MyKuali Hokkien Prawn on the right.

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

So here’s the back of the little boxes (click to enlarge). Obviously they’re pretty happy about making the #1 and #2 spots on my lists!

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

MyKuali’s Penang Red Tom Yum (click to enlarge) was #1 on my 2015 Top Ten annual. So this style packaging is for the Singaporean market. This one has a styrong shrimp and spicy taste with lemongrass.

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the famous Penang White Curry (click to enlarge) – #1 on 2014. It’s kind of hard to describe this one’s taste. Indeed it has a spicy element but then this curry which I think can only be explained as Malaysian.

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

Here we have the MyKuali Hokkien Prawn (click to enlarge), which hit #2 on the 2016 Top Ten annual list. So this one has a really strong sweet prawn taste to it and really nice crunchy fried onion.

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

These actually are the ones I’ve been waiting for (click to enlarge). So these are rice vermicelli versions of the Penang White Curry and Penang Tom Yum varieties. In conclusion, I’m really looking forward to reviewing all of these! Thank you very, very much!

#2091: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle Authentic Taste

The third and final of the cups I received from MyKuali – thanks again! The Hokkien Prawn (aka Spicy Prawn Noodle) was #2 on this year’s The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Instant Noodles Of all Time 2016 Edition. I recently read a little about these cups – the noodle they are using is referred to as ‘shabu noodle.’ Just a little something you might be curious about. Anyways, let’s see how the sweetness of Hokkien Prawn translates with this new noodle! Let’s crack it open!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains crustacean. To prepare, add in powder and paste sachets and boiling water to fill line. Let steep for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir and garnish with fried onion. enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The shabu noodle block.

The soup base powder.

A fine powder with a seafood scent.

The paste sachet.

Smells awesome – like sweet prawn.

The garnish sachet.

The fried onions – big and crunchy.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, hard boiled eggs, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and coriander. The noodles is again thin in this cup and very soft. It’s really interesting – not white but a deep tan color. I wasn’t particularly fond of it with the Penang White Curry, however I’ve found that with the Red Tom Yum Goong it was very well suited, and now again with the Hokkien Mee. The broth here is like you died and went to prawn mee heaven. It’s thick, oily, spicy and tasty. It’s just awesome stuff, and then they go and include those awesome fried onions. The only thing is the bustling of motorbikes and people talking at the hawker court. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8555655005678.

MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (4 Packs)

A video by MyKuali showing how they make their products.

New Product Samples From MyKuali

Usually I ask for companies that have been in the previous year’s top ten to send some samples that I’ll re-review ahead of the new list. MyKuali did this, but there’s a difference. They’ve changed the recipes for their three products that were on the list last year, so I have to cram some new reviews in before it’s too late! Lukcily, I really like this stuff so that shouldn’t be too hard! Let’s see what’s inside.

Hmmm what have we here?

A-ha (click to enlarge). You’ll notice these have an ‘authentic taste’ sticker on them. I asked whether this was just something new to put on the packs (they previously had an improved taste sticker the first time they changed recipes). I was told this is yet a new change to the products – little tweaks here and there.

Cups (click to enlarge) – I didn’t know these even existed! I’ll review them soon!

Garlic fish paste and spicy garlic fish paste (click to enlarge) – I’ve never tried anything like this so it should be interesting. I was told it’s good with vegetables to give them a nice flavor. Thanks! Looking forward to samples all of these soon!

#1781: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Soup Rice Vermicelli (Bihun)

Recently, I got a box from MyKuali with a lot of products I’d reviewed before with new packaging as well as a couple of completely brand new products. This is one of the totally new ones, MyKuali’s first bowl offering. It’s also their first rice vermicelli (also known as bihun) variety. Let’s pop open a bowl and look inside!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add contents of paste and seasoning sachets and 400ml boiling water. Cover and steep for 4 minutes. Stir and add fried onion. Enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork – and spoon!

The bihun block.

The dry seasoning base.

Has a strong prawn scent.

The paste sachet.

Has a bright scent.

The garnish sachet.

Fried onion!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp, pork, squid, mung bean sprouts, egg and spring onion. The bihun did great – as always, I use a pair of kitchen scissors to shorten the noodles or I’ll get broth all over my shirt. The bihun as I said hydrated really well for something steeped. The broth is mind blowing. If you like a thick and serious onslaught of prawny sweetness and heat, this is absolutely for you. It’s so rich and strong and tasty! To top it all off, fried onion bits that are the best I’ve ever had in any instant product – other than the wheat noodle package version of this product. Amazing. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555655005340.

MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (4 Packs)

A street vendor in Penang making Hokkien Prawn Mee.