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Indonesian Delicacies From Waroeng Jajanan

Here in town we are lucky to have a great Indonesian store called Waroeng Jajanan. Not only do they have all sorts of great instant noodles, they also have fresh foods they make for dine-in or take out. On top of that, they are really nice! Here’s something they gave me to try – nasi goreng! Thank you! What’s inside? Keep reading!

My son Andy came with me and asked what kind of noodles he would like. Indomie Mi Goreng was mentioned and he was into trying it. I’m sure most people are a little surprised he hasn’t tried it before being the son of the guy who eats all the instant noodles, but this seemed like the right time. He really liked it without the spicy sachet. He also really liked the kerapuk aci – that’s the puffy looking thing he’s got there. It’s a big crunchy thing that gvoes great with mi goreng.

Another thing we got there was the big meatball you see there. It’s called bakso and it was really quite amazing! Imagine a really nicely exotic spiced meatball, but with a center that is an egg! Was really great!

Here’s what was inside the wraps (click image to enlarge)! Rice and rendang and chicken and veggies and a hard boiled egg! A few minutes in the microwave with the banana leaf wrapping everything steamed it all up nicely. It was so good – I could eat it every day! I can’t recommend this place any higher! Here’s a link to a past post about Waroeng Jajanan with their contact/location info.

#1311: Pop Bihun Spesial Rasa Soto Ayam

Here’s another one from a friend in Indonesia – thanks! I got some really cool new varieties from Indofood last week, but I’d better get a few older varieties out of the way before those! Shouldn’t be long! Let’s check out this rice vermicelli soup variety from their Pop Bihun line.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add rice vermicelli block and solid ingredients to 400cc boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Put the remaining sachet contents in a bowl. After the 2 minutes, pot the contents of the pot into the bowl and stir. Eat.

The rice vermicelli block.

A dual sachet: soup base on left and chilli powder on right.

Chilli powder atop soup base powder.

Solid ingredients sachet.

Tasty bits!

Finally the seasoning oil sachet.

Has a nice onion infused scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added leeks, Fresno chilli peppers, chicken, lime, hard boiled egg and BonCabe Level 10 chilli seasoning. The noodles are thin and light – just as they should be. They have a nice texture. The broth is wonderful and I think probably the best thing I could imagine smelling if I had a cold. A strong lime scent with lots of interesting exotic notes along with a nice chicken and onion kind of roundedness. This is quite nice and very pleasant. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 089686038071.

]A Pop Bihun TV commercial.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1267: Mi ABC Mi Cup Rasa Soto Ayam Chicken Soto Flavour

Today, we come to the end of this Meet The Manufacturer. Fifteen reviews! Let’s have a look at this one.

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Color removed and darkened for easier reading. Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. Empty all sachets into the cup and add boiling water to the line for 3 minutes.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

I’ve got quite a few included forks now!

The noodle block.

Dry seasoning sachets – soup base on left and chilli powder on right.

Chilli powder atop the soup base.

Seasoning oil sachet.

Nice color.

Vegetable sachet.

Veggies and TVP (textured vegetable protein).

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed chicken with garlic salt. Noodles are light with a decent texture. The broth has a comfortable chicken flavor and nice hints of lime and onion. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8992388121045.

Here’s Soto Ayam – made on the streets of Jakarta!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1266: Mi ABC Selera Pedas Mi Goreng Cup Rasa Gulai Ayam Pedas Hot Gulai Chicken

My son Andy got me a bowl and a plate for Christmas! Yesterday I used the plate – today the bowl! Hot and spicy chicken sounds really good – let’s see what kind of heat this one’s packing!

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, empty all the sachets into the cup and add boiling water to outer line for 3 minutes.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

Included fork!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet – soup base and chilli powder.

The chilli powder atop the soup base.

Seasoned oil sachet.

This one looks to be a bit darker than the other thus far.

Vegetable ingredients sachet.

Looks as though some little red chilli bits may be joining in this time.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed chicken with garlic salt, hard boiled egg and Dua Belibis chilli sauce. The noodles are at pat with the other ABC cup varieties; nice texture, quantity and chew. The broth had a nice rich chicken taste and a little extra heat – not a huge abundance of heat, but a nice hit. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8992388121267.

I think it’d rad how kids in Indonesia really love extremely spicy foods!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1265: Mi ABC Mi Cup Rasa Ayam Bawang Chicken Onion Flavour

Only a couple left for this Meet The Manufacturer! Of the remaining varieties, I thought Andy might like this one the best. Let’s check it out!

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, empty all sachets into the cup and add boiling water to line for 3 minutes. Stir and you’re done!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

Included fork!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet – soup base on left and chilli powder on right.

Chilli powder atop the soup base.

The seasoned oil sachet.

Has a nice onion scent.

Vegetable ingredient sachet.

Bits of vegetable and TVP (textured vegetable protein).

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed chicken with garlic salt. The noodles are again quite good in texture and chew. The broth has a nice and rich chicken and onion flavor with just a hint of spiciness. Andy likes it a lot! I’m giving it 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8992388121038.

Here’s a Mi ABC TV advert!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1264: Mi ABC Selera Pedas Mi Goreng Cup Rasa Ayam Pedas Limau Hot Chicken Lemon Flavour

Hope everyone who celebrated had a Merry Christmas! My son got me a new plate and bowl – today I’ll be using the plate as it’s mi goreng on the menu! Let’s check it out!

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to the noodles and steep 3 minutes. While you wait, put the sachet contents except the garnish in a bowl. Drain the noodles and put in the bowl and stir. Add garnish on top.

Here’s the lid detail (click image to enlarge).

Included fork!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet on seasoning base on left and chilli powder on right.

The chilli powder atop the base.

A triple sachet (from left to right): seasoned oil, chilli sauce and sweet soy sauce.

All three together.

The garnish sachet.

Fried wonton and fried onion.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added lime, kerupuk aci, fried egg, Dua Belibis chilli sauce , sweet onion and chicken sauteed with Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper. The noodles are just right and very nice for a cup. The flavor goes from sweet to lemony to spicy and is quite good. The garnish (not pictured) is a very nice crunchy mix and adds a  really great finish to the dish. Just as good as the pack version – 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. 8992388112678.

Here’s a Selera Pedas TV Spot.

#1135: Indomie Instant Noodle Beef & Lime Flavour

Found this the other day and hadn’t ever seen it before. Then I looked closer and saw it was Rasa Soto Mie. Now, I’ve reviewed the export version of Soto Mie before, but there’s a difference: this one’s beef and the other was chicken. Interesting! Always nice to see a new Indonesian variety available in the states! Let’s check this one out.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free. Contains wheat and tree nuts.

The noodle block.

The familiar dual-packet: soup base on left, chili powder on right.

Here’s the chili powder atop the soup base.

The seasoning oil packet.

Has a nice lime scent.

I;m going to use the bowl my friend at Indomie sent me for this one. It’s the first time I’ve used it! It’s commemorative of the 40th anniversary of Indomie and says ‘berbeda-beda satu selera’ which Google translates to ‘a different taste.’

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg with a little Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt, some sauteed beef and red bell pepper with minced garlic and a dash of soy sauce. The noodles are great – your regular instant with a nice chew and made from wheat flour. The broth has a nice heat (from the chili powder) as well as a rich beef flavor which is nicely complimented by a lime component. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 089686140149. Get it here.

Lebaran or Idul Fitri is the popular name for Eid al-Fitr in Indonesia and is one of the major national holiday in the country. Eid al-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر‎ ʻĪd al-Fiṭr, IPA: [ʕiːd al fitˤr], “festival of breaking of the fast”), also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, the Sugar Feast, Bayram (Bajram), the Sweet Festival and the Lesser Eid, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Eid begins August 7th and end in the evening today, the 8th of August 2013.

#1126: GaGa Mie Gepeng Goreng Rasa Ayam Lada Hitam

In the last day, lots of people have been coming to The Ramen Rater from Indonesia! One person who commented via the facebook page said”you should try this one fried noddle, it has black pepper flavour. will not disappoint you :)” (for those wondering, this is friend black pepper chicken flavor noodles).  I looked through the box of varieties my friend in Jakarta sent me and lo and behold, I had it in there! Thank you very much! Let’s check this one out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free.

These noodles are a little wider than most I’ve seen from Indonesia.

The dry powder packets. Chili powder on the left, seasoning base on the right.

Here you see the red chili powder atop the seasoning base.

The liquid ingredients packet.

Shallot oil and sweet soy sauce.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fried egg, Vidalia sweet onion, red bell pepper and sauteed beef. The noodles are flatter and broader than most Indonesian varieties. They have a nice chew and texture. The flavor is great – a strong black pepper component along with a sweet and salty chicken and sweet soy flavor. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8888327831871.

Here’s a Mie Jepeng TV spot.

#1120: ABC Selera Pedas Mi Rebus Hot Gulai Chicken Flavour

Another Indonesia variety sent by a kind person in Jakarta! Thanks! This is called ‘gulai’ – something I’ve never heard of. I consulted Wikipedia and found this:

Gulai is a type of food containing rich, spicy and succulent curry-like sauce. The main ingredients might be poultry, beef, mutton, various kinds of offals, fish and seafoods, and also vegetables such as cassava leafs and young jackfruit. The gulai sauces commonly have a thick consistency with yellowish color because of the addition of ground turmeric. Gulai sauce ingredients consist of rich spices such as turmeric, coriander, black pepper, galangal, ginger, chilli pepper, shallot, garlic, fennel, lemongrass, cinnamon and caraway, ground into paste and cooked in coconut milk with the main ingredients.[1] Gulai is often described as an Indonesian type of curry,[2] although Indonesian cuisine also recognize kari or kare (curry).

Sounds interesting – can’t get enough curry! Let’s check it out.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). I think this is another meat free one – but check the image to be sure.

The noodle block – pretty good shape despite it’s 60+ day journey!

A dual packet: powder base on the left and chili powder on the right.

The chili powder atop the base powder.

The seasoning oil packet.

Has a definite curry scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Vidalia sweet onion and red bell pepper, some chicken baked with Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, a fried egg and some Dua Belibis chili sauce. The noodles are great – a good chew and plumpness I enjoyed. The broth was amazing – had a decent spiciness and strong curry and coconut milk flavors. This is why I really love Indonesian instant noodles – they taste absolutely wonderful! 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8992388111206.

Here’s an ABC instant noodle commercial.

#1114: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodle (Mie Goreng)

Here’s another from my Indonesian friend – thanks! Another new brand! Let’s check it out.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free.

The noodle block.

Powder seasoning on the left, chili powder on the right.

Chili powder atop the seasoning powder.

A packet with solid ingredients.

Crispy radish garnish!

Liquid packet.

Sweet soy sauce in oil.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). A new plate my wife got for me! Added red bell pepper and Vidalia sweet onions, a fried egg and some Sambel Asli chili sauce. The noodles have a standard feel and chew to them – not crumbly but not extremely chewy – soft. The flavor is good – a sweet, a little spiciness from the chili powder and a nice flavor. The added bonus of the crunchy fried radish is very welcome. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 034126937254.

 

 In Indonesia, great food is abundant. You can just walk down the street and there are vendors selling their amazing varieties of food everywhere. Here’s one selling Mie Goreng.

#1109: La Fonte Spaghetti With Bolognese Sauce

You’re probably wondering what the deal is here. Well, I’ll tell you! These were sent along with a slew of other Indonesian (yep – it’s from Indonesia!) instant noodles. These are made by Indofood, the same company that makes Indomie! They only take 4 minutes to make, and I think they’re unique enough that I’d review them. Thank you to my friend from Indonesia for sending me noodles I could never lay my hands on here! Let’s check ’em out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). It says it contains beef broth and ‘meat.

Spaghetti noodles. Definitely a single serving.

The sauce packet.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, Vidalia sweet onion and red bell pepper sauteed with a little garlic salt. The noodles are what they claim to be – pretty standard spaghetti. The have a nice color and chew. The flavor’s great – the sauce has lots of little bits of what I figure it ground beef and has a nice tomato flavor with a little sweetness. Excellent – 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8888900600115.

Looks like a school assignment where students make a commercial for this product. Pretty nice!

Samples From Indofood!

Hey – a box!

Ooh – Indomie!!!

A rad bowl! Indomie just had their 40th anniversary!

Indofood also makes SuperMi! A really cool bowl! Was a real bummer – has a little crack in it… It’ll have a hallowed place on my noodle accoutrements shelf!

Three of the special noodles line – grilled chicken, original and chilli paddi! Two of ’em are on top ten lists!

Cabe Ijo is a spicy green chili flavor that came out recently and Rendang is a spicy classic. The SuperMi is good stuff, too! Thanks to Susienta at Indofood CBP in Jakarta, Indonesia and his friend who brought these to the US and sent them!