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Meet The Manufacturer: #2492: Nissin Smack Chili

Meet The Manufacturer: #2492: Nissin Smack Chili - Germany - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Many, many years ago, there was a company that made an instant noodle called Smack here in the United States. This is completely unrelated – although great to know the name still is around and in a new form! This one’s supposed to be spicy – let’s find out!

Nissin Smack Chili – Germany

Meet The Manufacturer: #2492: Nissin Smack Chili - Germany - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 400ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2492: Nissin Smack Chili - Germany - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2492: Nissin Smack Chili - Germany - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The soup base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2492: Nissin Smack Chili - Germany - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A dark shaded powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles are very nice – good standard gauge and chew. The broth has a nice spiciness to it and a kind of beef flavor. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 5997523346454.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2492: Nissin Smack Chili - Germany - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

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A  s p i c y  food contest in Germany!

#1931: Bonasia Instant Noodles Chicken Flavour

Here’s another one that was sent to me from Thailand by the Thai President Foods folks. This is made in Hungary. Let’s have a look!

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Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add package contents to a bowl and add 320ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet.

Chilli powder atop the soup base.

A liquid sachet.

A seasoned oil with a garlic scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg (I’m experimenting with my egg cooker – trying to find the sweet spot and this looks like I’m getting close in the hunt for the softer boiled egg). The noodles hydrated well. The broth was neat and here’s why: usually a chicken instant noodle is just a single sachet endeavor. This one also has the niceties of a little oil and some chilli powder to brighten the usual dim horizon that is chicken. Not bad! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4316734068398.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Hungary

A travel video about Budapest, hungary.

#1909: Asia Gold Instant Noodles With Chicken Flavouring

Today I’ll be reviewing another one I got after visiting Thailand – I went to a special event held by the company that makes MAMA instant noodles. They make different brands and this one’s made in Hungary for the European market. Let’s check it out! Oh, by the way – this one will be for my son Andy – he’s a fan of anything chicken instant noodle. He’s got a blog himself – Andy’s LEGO Stuff – go check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, put noodle block and contents of sachets into a bowl. Add 320ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The powder soup base sachet.

A granular powder with some vegetable bits in there.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Has a garlic scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chicken and a slice of processed cheese. The noodles have a decent texture and chew – decently hydrated in the 3 minutes. The broth has a nice chicken flavor with bits of vegetable here and there. It does have a little hint of spiciness, but not enough to put my son off of it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9002859063213.

Interested in travel to Hungary? Check this out – DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Hungary

A documentary about the food in Hungary.

#1904: Bonasia Instant Noodles Duck Flavour

Here’s another one that was sent to me from Thailand by the Thai President Foods folks. This is made in Hungary. Let’s have a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add package contents to a bowl and add 320ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet of soup base and chilli powder.

The chilli powder atop the soup base.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Has a garlic scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles had an okay texture – hydrated nicely. The broth has a spicy hit as well as the duck flavor. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4316734068404.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Hungary

A travel video about Hungary.

#1896: Asia Gold Instant Noodles Enten-Geschmack (Duck Flavor)

Another one that carrived shortly after I returned from Thailand. This is made by the Thai President Foods folks in Hungary. Duck! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, To prepare, put noodle block and contents of sachets into a bowl. Add 320ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry seasoning base.

Has a kind of duck scent to it.

The oil sachet.

Has a garlic scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried garlic. The noodle hydrated decently and had a pretty decent backbone. the broth had a good oiliness and a nice hint of spiciness. The flavor was definitely duck – wish I had some to add in with it! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9002859084232.

Interested in travel to Hungary? Check this out – DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Hungary

A guide to the foods of Hungary.

#1870: Asia Gold Instant Noodles With Beef Flavouring

Here’s a neat one. During my trip to Thai President Foods’ Agent Meeting in Bangkok last month, I went to a seminar for a large group of European distributors. There were a couple guys who were there that I met from the Thai President Foods Hungary factory, and I was able to obtain samples of many of the products that are manufactured there, this being one of them. I noticed that on the label, an Austrian company is distributing this one. Let’s have a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, put noodle block and contents of sachets into a bowl. Add 320ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet of dry seasonings.

Chilli powder atop soup base.

A seasoned oil sachet.

An oily paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added beef, green onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles hydrated well. They were of a light gauge with slight backbone. The broth was a salty beef kind of affair with a hint of spiciness. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9002859063183.

Interested in travel to Hungary? Check this out – DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Hungary

A video about Hungarian foods.

#1853: Bonasia Instant Noodles Shrimp Flavour

Here’s another one that was sent to me from Thailand by the Thai President Foods folks. This is made in Hungary. Let’s have a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add package contents to a bowl and add 320ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base.

A speckled mixture.

A seasoned oil sachet.

A spicy paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, shrimp and lime. The noodles are light on the chew and thin as well as flat. Reminiscent of cup varietals. The broth is definitely a tom yum style – a bright lemongrass, a decent level of spice and a mellow shrimp taste. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4316734068381.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Hungary

A Rick Steves video about Hungary.

#1804: Thai Chef Oriental Style Instant Noodles Shrimp Creamy Tom Yum Flavour

Here’s one made by the same company that makes MAMA instant noodles. They’ve got a factory in Hungary which makes this and other lines for the European market. Let’s have a look!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add contents of sachets and noodle block to a bowl. Cover with 300ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

Dry soup base sachet.

Has a strong lemongrass scent.

A paste sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, lime, Thai chillies and Dodo fish balls. The noodles hydrated just right with a nice gauge and tasty chew to them. The broth has that lovely color and a great shrimp flavor as well as the spiciness and lemongrass appeal that tom yum brings. Could have been a skosh spicier, but darn fine noodles here. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8852523206153.

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1764: Pirkka Nuudeli Tom Yum Katkarapu

This one’s made by Thai President Foods’ Hungarian factory for a supermarket chain in Finland. As many know, tom yum is a spicy Thai soup with lemongrass. Katkarapu translates to shrimp in Finnish, so this is a shrimp tom yum variant. Let’s have a look inside!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add contents of package to a bowl and then add 320ml boiling water. Cover and steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base powder sachet.

A granulated powder with flecks of vegetables.

A sachet of seasoned oil.

Has a spicy scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fishball, mung bean sprouts, coriander, crushed red pepper and white onion. The noodles hydrated just right – flat noodle with nice texture. The broth is shrimp tom yum – so you get a lemongrass, a spicy chilli and a tinge of shrimp to it. All in all a decent tom yum. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6410405144782.

The Food & Cooking of Finland

A Pirkka advertisement.

#1709: Asia Gold Instant Noodles With Shrimp Flavouring

Here’s a neat one. During my trip to Thai President Foods’ Agent Meeting in Bangkok last month, I went to a seminar for a large group of European distributors. There were a couple guys who were there that I met from the Thai President Foods Hungary factory, and I was able to obtain samples of many of the products that are manufactured there, this being one of them. I noticed that on the label, an Austrian company is distributing this one. Anyways, this will be my first instant noodle review I’ve ever done of a product manufactured in Hungary! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, put noodle block and contents of sachets into a bowl. Add 320ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base powder sachet.

Has a slightly lemony scent.

A seasoned oil sachet.

A kind of tom yum scent on this one.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added coriander, shrimp and mung bean sprouts. The noodles hydrated quite nicely and were of a good quality. The broth was excellent – a little spiciness and really reminded me of tom yum, something I didn’t expect from the packaging. Quite nice! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9002859063244.

Interested in travel to Hungary? Check this out – DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Hungary

A short video about food in Hungary.

Diverse Samples From MAMA!

At one point during my trip to Thailand earlier this month, there was a big seminar for all the European distributors of MAMA noodles. They had a table with all sorts of varieties I’d never seen, made in places I’d never reviewed varieties from. I asked if there was any chance I could get some of these samples, and they were happy to oblige – only problem was that my luggage was just stuffed! So they kindly offered to ship them to me and they arrived yesterday evening! I’m going to be doing a travelogue of my trip soon, and I think I’ll be reviewing some of these during that special series! Let’s have a look.

Pack varieties from Myanmar!

Cups from Myanmar!

These are snack noodles from Myanmar with Power Rangers on them! Awesome!

Pack varieties from Bangladesh!

Pack varieties from their new Hungarian factory!

Finally, some varieties from Cambodia! What makes all of these so special is that I’ve not reviewed any varieties from ANY of these countries before! Thank you so much to everyone at TF/MAMA! Looking forward to trying!