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#1727: Wei Lih Jah Jan Men

Well lookie what we have here. This is the ubiquitous Taiwanese Wei Lih Men bowl. In fact, it’s two bowls. Let me demonstrate.

This is the first time I’ve ever seen a dual bowl before, and as far as I know, the only instance of this in existence. What I like is that I’m probably wrong and someone will clue me in on it and I might be able to get my hands on some more of these! Anyways, let’s check this classic Taiwanese bowl out!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open lid halfway and take out fork and sachets. Add boiling water (it doesn’t say how much, so I went with 400ml which is the same as the pack version. Cover and steep for 3 minutes. Poke holes in the lid and use as a drain spout and pour into second bowl. Add paste sachet to drained noodles and stir well. Add silver sachet to drained water and stir well. Enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The paste sachet.

Has a spicy soybean scent.

The soup base sachet.

Has a onion and garlic scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles have a very nice gauge and chew. The
flavor of the noodle is a soybean paste with a very nice kick to it. The broth for
sipping has a salty, onion-garlic kind of feel but a little different. It works
so well together; either one on it’s own would be unremarkable, but the two in tandem as a meal is genius. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710199010372.

Here you can try the Wei Lih Jah Jan Men package variety – WEI-LIH Noodle, JA JAN Flavor,3OZ

A Wei Lih TV advertisement.

Re-Review: Wei Lih Jah Jan Mien Instant Noodles With Fried Soybeans Paste

Went to the 99 Ranch Market near us a few weeks ago and my son Andy picked this as something he would like to try. Well, today is the day to try it out! The first time I tried this one, I made it completely wrong. Here it is in review #68! Not good!

Back of the package (click to enlarge). Check out the instructions – this isn’t a single bowl of noodles, but rather a bowl of broth and a bowl of noodles that are enjoyed separately.

The noodle block.

The smaller packet, which seasons the broth.

Not a whole lot in this one.

The soybean paste which will coat the noodles.

This makes the noodles end up kind of like Jjajangmen but this is a Taiwanese version.

Here, Andy shows the proper technique: eat some noodles, slurp some soup!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Excellent! The noodles are nice – kind of stick together but that’s not a bad thing really. They have a slightly spicy and salty taste that is really nice. The broth cools the heat (Andy noticed that right away) and has a nice rich flavor. Good stuff – if you haven’t tried it, this is something unique people have really enjoyed. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars!  UPC bar code 4710199050484 .

Here’s a Wei Lih commercial!

The paste is also quite popular on its own – get it here.

#68: Wei Lih Jah Jan Mien Instant Noodle With Fried Soybeans Paste

UPDATE! There is a new review I did of this product HERE. In this review below, I made the package incorrectly!

So here’s some new stuff we picked up at the 99 Ranch Market – which is within walking distance now that we’ve moved! It’s very nice to live in an area close to Asian stores! This looked rather interesting in its mundaneness as well as its industrialness…

Soup base and soybean paste.

Tapioca starch was listed in the ingredients. The froth was tight and viscous.

The finished product (click image to enlarge) – a rather dull looking bowl of noodles.


Finished (Click image to enlarge). So the upshot: the paste is extremely salty and has an almost slightly fermented tone to it. The noodles don’t really do much for me – they’re rather cheap, and I do mean rather… I do find myself ingesting this bowl differently this time: I eat some of the noodles and then sip some soup. It seems only right to ingest it this way. I find that rather interesting to be honest. Also, the soybean paste lent a huge amount of grease, allowing for a sea of shimmering beads of lustrousness at the top. So as far as a rating goes, I’m going to have to hit this one with a 2.4 stars. Nothing special, nothing bad, somewhat interesting, butu not enough to bump it a tenth of a point up to be exactly average.