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#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

Time for another one of these self heating/self cooking hot pots from China. I’ve found so far that the draw of these for me seems to be more of novelty than an thorough enjoyment of the innards of these. But hey – all it’s been up til now is mala – now we’ve got sour turnip duck vermicelli! Let’s check it out!

Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot – China

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

First, let’s look at the English instructions (click to enlarge). Here we go:

CONSUME DIRECTION:

1. Open the box, remove the upper layer, tear off the sauce bag and chives bag, and pour them into the upper layer.
2. Tear off the vermicelli bag and vegetable bag, and put them into the upper layer, and stir and mix them together.
3. Add water into the upper layer, but not over the edge of the layer (hot water recommend for the better favor).
4. Open the self-heating package bag, and put the self-heating package into lower layer, add cold water until the self-heating package soaked totally.
5. Put the upper layer on the top, and cover the lid, wait 8 minutes or more and enjoy the hotpot.
CAUTION: THE HOT STEAMING AND PREVENT FROM BURNING HURT.

Okay – a couple interesting things here. I do want to avoid the burning hurt when at all possible. Another is that this has a self-heating package that works via a chemical reaction in the lower level of the packaging. Wow – so this stuff literally cooks itself. Fascinating!

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

The import/distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

Included put-them-together chopsticks!

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

The vermicelli block.

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

A huge sachet of vegetables.

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

A liquid base sachet.

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

A chilli pepper sachet.

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

An oil sachet.

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

A wet napkin.

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

This is the fascinating item – the heating bag. When cold water is introduced, it starts a chemical reaction which brings the heat – apparently enough to cook this product. I’m really very curious about this – never have I seen such a thing in an instant noodle before. What gets me though is that it recommends using cold water in the lower tray with this and hot water in the upper tray with the food. If you need hot water to make this, why not just cook it with the hot water you’ve already prepared? But hey, this will be fun.

Finished (click to enlarge). The vermicelli was decent and came out perfectly. Vegetablesd were of good quality and quite a few different things going on. This is the third self heating hot pot I’ve tried thus far and the broth has the best flavor yet – mainly because it isn’t just spicy oily but tasty spicy oily. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6952395703384.

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

Asian Hotpots: How to Cook Simple and Delicious Hot Pot Dishes at Home

Pretty good video showing how this one’s prepared

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot – Vegetable Version

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

Alright – now if this isn’t something that doesn’t make you wanna check your head… So we went up to Canada yesterday. What was up there? This, the second one I’ve reviewed that has a little sachet that actually heats the bowl of noodles and cooks it. Where did I find it? I’m sure you’re thinking ‘oh some neat Asian grocery store.’ No. Hold onto your butts. My wife saw this one. At Walmart. Yeah. Walmart. The Walmart locations both in Richmond, BC and Vancouver, BC have decent noodle aisles with varieties from all over. It should be noted though that there’s a huge Asian population in this area – and so kind of makes sense in a demographic way. I mean, you certainly won’t see this near Walmart HQ in Bentonville, Arkansas…I thought it would be really cool if my son Andy got a chance to try and cook one of these. It should be fun! Glad we found it at Walmart – it was our last stop before heading back home. We go to Walmart every time we go to Canada. It’s really nice up there. Let’s cook this sucker up!

Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot – Vegetable Version – China

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

Detail of the stickers from the outer wraps (click to enlarge). The barcode on this sticker is different from the barcode on the cardboard. Remember to avoid the burning hurt at all costs.

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

Detail of the underneath of the cardboard outer (click to enlarge). Says it’s vegetable. To prepare, take off lid and take out inner bowl. Add sachet contents and noodles. Add hot water to cover. Underneath in the lower bowl add the cooking sachet. Add cold water to cover the sachet. Put top bowl back on top and put lid back on. Let cook for 8 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Two ‘arms’ wrap themselves around the sides of the bowl (click to enlarge) – here they are side-by-side.

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

The little hole in the character’s mouth is a steam vent! These things get extremely hot

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

An included pair of chopsticks!

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

The noodles.

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

The first of three sachets.

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

This one is exceptionally large.

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

A smaller liquid base sachet.

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

Yeah – don’t eat this. This is the heating pack. It’s pretty amazing – a little sachet with a lot of power. This is what makes the bowl bubble and steam and get extremely hot.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out nicely – good thickness and chew. The vegetables – especially the lotus bean pod – were crisp and fresh. The broth was thick and very oily with a strong Sichuan pepper and chili pepper hit to it. I would say t his was the best one so far and many more to come. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6970164115060.

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

Aroma Housewares ASP-137 3-Quart/10-inch 3-in-1 Super Pot with Grill Plate, White/Black

If you haven’t seen any of the Ms. Yeah videos, you’ve been missing out. Check out the New Year’s Hotpot!

Unboxing Time: Taihodien Restaurant Samples From Taiwan

Here’s a box that came from Taiwan recently. Taihodien restaurant is well known for their spicy hot pot and lo and behold, they’ve come out with a dry noodle! Let’s crack this box open and have a look inside and check things out.

Taihodien Restaurant Samples From Taiwan – Taiwan

Cool! Looking forward to giving this a try – thank you!

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

Alright kiddie, hold onto your butts! So we have something here I had to review the day after I got it; not because it was going to expire but because I was a little wary of storing it. Why’s that? Well, first off I got this up in Canada at Osaka Market at Yaohan Centre in Richmond, BC. I’d just returned from my trip to Taiwan, my jet lag now gone (for the most part). I had some leftover Taiwanese currency and the Kingmark Currency Exchange doesn’t charge for exchanging which is nice. I converted it so I could treat my family to some wheel cake and milk tea at a little Taiwanese shop at the centre.

I had NO INTENTION OF GETTING ANY NOODLES. PERIOD. I have so many noodles at this point and have to pare down my stock on hand as soon as possible because there’s more coming all the time! Well, we wandered into Osaka Market and their usual big display of fancy imports was replaced by Christmastime cookies and treats. We then hit the noodle aisle and I saw some things I didn’t have, but I held back. So far so good. Then my wife Kit spotted a couple things. One was a Yuzu Cup Noodle that was pretty cheap so went for that. The other was this strange bowl.

My first impression: it was heavy. The second was that I noticed something mentioning ‘self-cooking.’ So I thought this is unique so went for it. Let’s look inside and see what’s going on here.

Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot – China

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

First, let’s look at the English instructions (click to enlarge). Here we go:

CONSUME DIRECTION:

1. Open the box, remove the upper layer, tear off the sauce bag and chives bag, and pour them into the upper layer.
2. Tear off the vermicelli bag and vegetable bag, and put them into the upper layer, and stir and mix them together.
3. Add water into the upper layer, but not over the edge of the layer (hot water recommend for the better favor).
4. Open the self-heating package bag, and put the self-heating package into lower layer, add cold water until the self-heating package soaked totally.
5. Put the upper layer on the top, and cover the lid, wait 8 minutes or more and enjoy the hotpot.
CAUTION: THE HOT STEAMING AND PREVENT FROM BURNING HURT.

Okay – a couple interesting things here. I do want to avoid the burning hurt when at all possible. Another is that this has a self-heating package that works via a chemical reaction in the lower level of the packaging. Wow – so this stuff literally cooks itself. Fascinating!

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

Here’s the distribution/import sticker (click to enlarge). Note the numbers here – 72 calories and over 9000mg of sodium. Judging by the 46% RDA on this, I’m guessing it’s 915.6mg – that’s more logical. But only 72 calories for this thing? That seems a little suspect. But let’s continue on after noting the name of the distributor – JC Bunny Bunny!

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

The underside of the outer cardboard packaging (click to enlarge).

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

An included fork!

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

A napkin.

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

The package of vermicelli.

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

A large liquid base sachet.

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

A huge sachet of vegetables – fresh vegetables.

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

A sachet of chives.

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

This is the fascinating item – the heating bag. When cold water is introduced, it starts a chemical reaction which brings the heat – apparently enough to cook this product. I’m really very curious about this – never have I seen such a thing in an instant noodle before. What gets me though is that it recommends using cold water in the lower tray with this and hot water in the upper tray with the food. If you need hot water to make this, why not just cook it with the hot water you’ve already prepared? But hey, this will be fun.

Finished (click to enlarge). This was quite an experience. Definitely, watch the video where I cook this up. As for the vermicelli, it was cooked nicely. The broth was exceedingly spicy and just buzzing of Sichuan pepper. A little too much acidity going on for my taste. The vegetables did alright – all in all definitely a hot pot of noodles! 2.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6952395703353.

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

Asian Hotpots: How to Cook Simple and Delicious Hot Pot Dishes at Home

Here’s me cooking this one up

#2109: Oni Hot Pot Tuna With Shallot Flavor Noodle

So far, I’ve tried Oni Hot Pot’s Ghost Pepper, XO Sauce and Seaweed and Pepper varieties. This one is a bit of a departure though – I think the only tun aflavored instant noodles I’ve had in the past were the Skipjack Tuna varieties from Indonesia. Well, let’s check this one out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). NOTE – this pack contains 4 packs. Contains tuna. To prepare, add the noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in contents of all sachets. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The first of 3 liquid sachets.

Smells like soy sauce.

Another liquid sachet.

Has a shallot scent.

The third sachet.

Definitely the tuna element.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles were very nice – good chew and quality to them. The flavor was like what it’s called; it has a shallot component which was nice – and then a tuna element which worked too. It seemed kind of Italian to be honest; the oil and shallot along with the tuna went well. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.

If you’re in warmer climes with lots of sun, give this a try! 20+ Bhut Jolokia / Naga Morich Seeds – Ghost Pepper

Spicy peppers abounding at the Oni Hot Pot restaurant in Taiwan!

#2014: Oni Hot Pot Ghost Pepper Noodle

Okay so it’s been a while since I’ve gotten anything that’s supposed to be really spicy. Well, This one claims to have ghost pepper in it – that’s the Bhut Jolokia, a pepper that’ll rip your head off and then kick it down the road. This one hails from Oni Hot Pot, a chain of restaurants in Taiwan. Never heard of them before – although I have had Taiwanese hot pot here in the US before. Let’s crack this one open and see what’s inside.

The back of the 4 pack (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, add the noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in contents of all sachets. Stir and enjoy!

The noodles – very wide with the ripply edges I like!

The first of three sachets.

Definitely soy sauce.

The second, what looks like an oil sachet.

Definitely has a spicy aroma.

A larger sachet than the others.

Soybean paste perhaps?

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are broad and flat with a nice chewiness. I also like the kind of scalloped edge on the noodles; very chic. The flavor is a serious smack of Ghost pepper; it’s about 20 minutes since I had a couple bites and it’s still burning my lips and tongue pretty good. What’s neat is that it tastes good as well, something many that are extremely hot don’t offer; sesame and soy sauce notes come through despite the fiery Ghost pepper blaze. Serious stuff and not for the weak hearted! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

If you’re in warmer climes with lots of sun, give this a try! 20+ Bhut Jolokia / Naga Morich Seeds – Ghost Pepper

Looks like they use a LOT of bhut jolokia peppers at Oni Hot Pot! Wow!