Here’s what I had for lunch today (click to enlarge) – not a new review or anything, but thought it was interesting how many international flavors came together on this one. First, FMF Chow Noodles Masala Flavor from Fiji. Added kimchi, a Korean dish, some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake from Japan, Dua Belibis chili sauce from Indonesia, some ham, stirfry veggies and sweet onion, and a 2 egg omelet with 2 slices of processed cheese and some Tabasco Jalapeno hot sauce – which I presume is all from the United States but might not be. Was pretty good – quite an interesting combo!
My friend Todd T, clued me in the other day about a new Asian grocery on 99 in south Everett and we checked it out. Well, I found this interesting one. Vietnamese kimchi ramn! Check it out!
Back of the package. Click to enlarge.
The noodle block.
Chili powder on top of the seasoning powder.
Lots of little bits in there.
Looks like veggies and seafood – smells like seafood at least.
I want to take a minute to talk about kimchi. As you can see, I like it! Got this jar maybe three weeks ago. Basically, it’s cabbage and a couple other things like onion, green onion, salt, anchovy soup broth and chili paste. The recipe differs from person to person that makes it, but from what I’ve seen it’s usually pretty close to that.
I knew I wanted to buy some, but I had no idea which one to get. If you go to an Asian grocery, you’ll find a lot of different kinds and brands. I found this one at a place called KS Mart in the Lynnwood, Washington area. KS Mart is awesome – they’ve got everything you could need that is Korean – great instant noodle selection, veggies, candy and chips – if you’re in the area, this is great! Anyways, We went there and got a small amount, then the next time we were hooked and got this enormous one. Check out the price – not too bad for so much of it! This would be considered ‘store brand.’Just seems fresher, which is kind of a funny thing to say…
See, when you get a big jar like this, you should first off know that the contents are going through the process of fermentation. The jar should be opened over a sink to prevent any of the ‘juice’ from spilling out – which I’ll let you know will stain your clothes really well! It’s pretty neat to see though; the top of the stuff can even be bubbling from the gases escaping! It’s not like a vigorously shaken soda or anything, but you should just be mindful of it.
What’s it taste like? Well, it’s crunchy, a bit spicy, kind of acidic and just really good. I highly recommend it!It’s on the list of top healthy foods of the world. Koreans eat it as a traditional food – usually with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Anyways, that was my yammering about kimchi. Now, on with the noodles!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some kimchi, onions, odeng (Korean fish cake), Ajishima Kimchi Furikake and Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. The noodles are very thin and light for wheat flour noodles and exceedingly good! The broth is excellent – spicy and flavorful with a lot of color. The veggies were good too – and the bit and pieces re-hydrated well and crunchy! Good stuff – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8934561240181 – get it here.
Vifon TV commercial
Center for Research and Development of National Music. Hanoi, Vietnam – tranditional Vietnamese music
I thought today I’d pause from the onslaught of funky noodles and look at this one. The thing I didn’t expect was that these would be wheat noodles and that piqued my curiosity. Here goes my 5:30pm after work breakfast!
Click image to enlarge. I opted out of the microwaved noodles program and went with boiling water and putting an old yearbook from a thrift store on top.
Alrighty! Included fork update coming soon! Clockwise from top left: chili powder, seasoned oil with nice bits and great odor, fork, powder soup base and vegetable packet.
Is that the results of binge drinking Frangelico with Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich and eating lots of pizza all night? No! I don’t have a picture of that. This is everything sitting atop the noodle block awaiting the searingly painful boil. Note: noodles feel no pain so the searing part is just for effect. Carry on.
Click image to enlarge. Added two fried eggs and some Konriko Creole Seasoning. I wasn’t expecting this to be so good! The noodles were almost fluffy but not spongy and gross; they were light and had good character. The broth was awesome – a little spicy and a nice taste to it. The veggies what few there were were really nice – there were some really awesome chunks of garlic. The whole thing tasted just great! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars! Get it here.
Vifon commercial. Eating happy little wheat bits never tasted so good! Or evil!
Wow I would so eat a few of these! Kim chee and KFC? Hell yes!
So here’s another one of these by Paldo. It shall be today’s breakfast/lunch.
One solitary packet of love.
Mount Kimchi Flavoring! Behold all of its glory!
Click image to enlarge. So I added a slice of oven roasted turkey breast lunch meat. So there are veggies – just in the bottom of the bowl on this one. The noodles sat for about 8 minutes and I thought that made them extra good. The broth was nice and spicy too, and the veggies were crisp. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars – a good lunch. Find it here.
So here’s another Rhee Bros. Assi Brand Wellbeing noodle pack comin’ atcha.
I really like how these noodles look – very neat and tidy, as is the flavor packet.
Awaiting boiling water and a record on top.
Added two fried eggs as this was breakfast and also threw a pinch of Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning atop the eggs for a little flavor but mostly aesthetics.
Noodles are good – there’s a decent kick of spiciness going on that is absorbed by them. The broth is quite spicy hot, and the small amount of vegetables aren’t too bad. I really would’ve liked more veggies though. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.
So if you follow my reviews you’d notice that Nongshim makes what looks to be almost the exactly same thing. Weird. But I suppose competition even in the world of instant noodles is fierce. So many varieties of noodles – one must stand out!
So look at the packet. Just one of them. Also, I’ve noticed that all of the Samyang stuff looks suspiciously like the Paldo stuff. Fun? Yum? you decide.
Deep red. Very nice. Color equals tasty. I hope.
I find this to be quite excellent. Ample veggies, a nice spicy broth and good noodles are topped by me with two fried eggs. A great meal. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. Find it here.
So here’s the third of these Bowl Noodles I’ve tried, Cabbage Kimchi. Some not so keen on Kimchi might not know that its not only made of cabbage but other vegetables too, such as radish. Anyways, Let’s get started.
As with the other two, we have only one packet of seasoning.
I finally remembered this time to get the powder and the veggies in the picture. The veggies are not in a packet but in the bottom of the bowl.
Here’s what we have before…
Click image to enlarge. I added two eggs. I’ll add a couple fried eggs to all of these because I like it that way. I’ve got two more bowls of this stuff ready to review. Anyways… The broth definitely reminds me of cabbage Kimchi. It’s a little spicy, and almost slightly citrussy. The noodles are the same as the last two bowl noodles – limp but logical. The veggies were the surprise for me here. I expected a lot more cabbage going on but not much to speak of. The eggs complimented quite nicely. I’m going to give this one 3.25 out of 5.0 stars – it was pretty good stuff. Get it here.
Some Kimchi flavor from Thailand! Should be interesting. I’m going to doctor it up today with quite a few ingredients. One thing kind of interesting is that there is currently a cabbage shortage in Korea, where Kimchi is so widely consumed. Here is an article about it – thanks for the info Kit!
Three packets – soup base, chili powder and some dehydrated vegetables.
Here they sit awaiting the noodles and 400ml of water that they cooked in.
So here’s the finished product before I did anything to it. I found the noodles nice – thicker than I expected. The broth is a little spicy and there are sonme nice veggies. At this point, I would give it a 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. Nothing really to write home about. Now the makeover.
Finally, a teaspoon of minced garlic right in the middle. This completely changes the game a lot. First off, the egg runs into the broth, making it slightly creamy and hearty. The pickled ginger adds a little acidic nip to the feel of the dish. Plus, the crunch of the ginger makes it have a slight reminiscence to the crunch of cabbage in kimchi (I know I’m reaching here but bear with me). The garlic gives a bit of growl. I think it all wraps together into a concoction of perfection. At this point, it gets 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. So to complete this review, 4.75+3.0 = 7.75 / 2 = 3.875 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.