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#1555: Ko-Lee Instant Noodles Taste Sensation Mixed Vegetable Flavour

Vegetarian instant noodles are ones I often get asked about. I often have been asked to do a top ten list on vegetarian and vegan varieties, gluten-free and others. The issue is that I’m neither a vegetarian nor am I someone requiring a gluten-free diet, and so I would definitely not want to come up with a list and say ‘these are great for vegetarian/vegan/gluten free folks’ and have someone eat what they don’t want or what they shouldn’t. One thing I can say is that foreign varieties coming into the United States that are chicken or beef flavored generally are free of said animal products, as the CBP/USDA/FDA are rather strict about their import. But there are always exceptions, of course. Many companies will also use things like bonito which is a fish in all their varieties. Anyways, when I say in my review ‘looks to be meat free but check for yourself,’ I’m saying that my poor-eyesighted, legally blind eyes have pored over the ingredients list, but I could be wrong and have missed something. Anyways, here are some mixed veg flavor instant noodles today by Ko-Lee. They’re made in Thailand and generally for the UK market. Let’s check ’em out!

 Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to a bowl, add 320ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. You can either drain the broth or keep it in (I’m keeping it in this review). Add in seasoning sachet contents and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet.

Soup base powder topped with chilli powder.

An oil sachet.

A very light yellow oil.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added corn, sweet onion, spring onion and Huy Fong Sriracha sauce. The noodles have a light and buttery kind of gauge. The broth had a decent, yet again buttery, flavor which was a little vegetable but mostly herbal. Not bad. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 5023751105683>.

So here you can get Ko-Lee Go Noodles Xtreme Hot & Spicy Flavour. One thing to note is that it’s definitely not extremely hot, nor spicy. However, it’s quite tasty!

A Ko-Lee Go Cup noodles TV commercial.

#1279: Ko-Lee Instant Noodles Mixed Vegetable

Here’s one that’s been hiding in the noodle bin for a while! Thanks to Martin A. of Devon, UK for seonding!  Let’s check it out!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge_. Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To cook, put everything in a bowl and add 300ml water. Cover and let sit for 3 minutes. Give it a stir and it’s done.

The noodle block.

Soup base sachet.

Has a salty and veggie scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added peas, leeks, sweet onion, kamaboko, narutomaki and big ugly carrot. The noodles were a little more crumbly than I like, but not too bad. The broth had a decent flavor to it; many vegetable versions end up with a bitter aftertaste but not this one. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 5023751105058.

A short vid about the history and flavor of Marmite.

#1270: Ko-Lee Instant Noodles Taste Sensation Creamy Shrimp Tom Yum Flavour

Thought this sounded good for today. Made in Thailand for the UK market. Gonna use a new bowl that was made in Thailand I received from my sister in law Dee for Christmas. She just had her birthday! Happy birthday!!! Let’s check it out!

Back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, put the noodles in a bowl and add 320ml boiling water. Cover for 4 minutes. Add seasonings and stir. Enjoy.

The noodle block.

The dry base sachet.

Quite a bit of it.

Seasoned oil sachet.

Deep colored.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp and sweet onion. The noodles have a nice texture and a slight crumble which is very satisfying. The broth is magnificent! The lemon and chilli notes are very well represented as is a sweetness and shrimp flavor that is extremely good. I was pleasantly surprised and wish I had more. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 5023751105669>.

An advert for Ko-Lee Taste Sensations.

#1223: Sawadee Instant Noodles Prawn Oriental Flavour

Andy decided to pick this one to try today after I told him we had shrimp. I know, I know – shrimp aren’t prawns but he likes both and they’re both sea crawlies so he’s happy. Let’s check this one out.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be vegetarian friendly but check for yourself. To cook this one, put the noodles and seasoning in a bowl and add 250cc boiling water. Cover and after 4 minutes, you have your noodles.

The noodle block.

The soup base powder sachet.

Smells like prawns…

What can I say the boy likes noodles.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp I sauteed with a little garlic salt. The noodles are pretty decent; a little slight funk during the chew. The flavor is rather bland; fitting in the way of most of the British instants I’ve had, although this one is made in a country where bland would be the exception to the rule. Andy has said that these noodles get 5 point thirty stars. I differ. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 5023751102057.

Music and visuals from Thailand.

#1182: Ko-Lee Go Noodles Xtreme Hot & Spicy Flavour

This one was sent by Joe & Gill from the UK! Thanks! Hot and spicy from Britain? Let’s try it!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Granular and looks spicy!

A liquid sachet.

Looks like a spicy seasoned oil.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion and beef sauteed with a little garlic salt and a fried egg. The noodles are a little crumbly but not overly so and have a nice texture. The broth isn’t very spicy. However it has a really nice chili powder and cumin kind of flavor going on with hints of sweetness and a nice heartiness from the oil. It’s got a flavor that I really like to it – probably my favorite of the Go Noodles thus far.  3.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 5023751102125.

A great Ko-Lee commercial.

#1119: Ko-Lee Taste Sensation Instant Noodles Curry Flavour

Here’s one sent to me by Xavier over at Ko-Lee in the UK – thanks! These are made in Thailand for the UK market. Has directions for dry noodles as well as with soup – I’m going to prepare the latter. Let’s check this out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but have a look for yourself.

The noodle block.

A dual packet – left is chili powder, right is the soup base.

Soup base with the reddish chili powder on top.

An oil packet.

Says it contains rice bran oil, shallot and paprika oil.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, red bell pepper, a fried egg and some Vidalia sweet onion. The noodles steeped to a nice point after the 4 minutes – they’re plentiful, have a decent backbone and a slight crumble that was enjoyable. The broth has a nice curry flavor with a nice little kick of spiciness and a little extra oomph of heartiness from the oil. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 5023751105645.

I thought I’d go with some music today. This is quite possibly my favorite album out of the psychedelic 60’s. Most people think of The Wall and Dark Side Of The Moon when they think Pink Floyd, but I’m not really all that into the newer stuff. I think this one’s where it’s at.

#1086: Sawadee Instant Noodles Indian Curry Flavour

These noodles are made in Malaysia, but primarily sold in the UK. Thanks go to Xavier over at Kohlico for sending them! There will be more Sawadee as well as Ko-Lee reviews coming soon. For now, let’s check out some curry!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains MSG but looks to be vegetarian friendly.

The noodle block.

The soup base packet.

A nice curry flavor.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef, red bell pepper and Vidalia onions, The noodles are your standard gauge instant – slight crumble, not very chewy. The flavor is a salty curry with very little broth left at the end. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 5023751102033.

Here’s a video of how to make pizza out of instant noodles – looks kinda good!

#1041: Ko-Lee Instant Noodles Super Chow Mein Flavour

One of the last that Joe & Gil from the UK sent a while back – thanks again! I like chow mein, but what’s ‘super’ chow mein? Let’s see!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be free of meat ingredients. It also looks a lot oke mi goreng!

One of the larger chunks of noodle block.

A dual packet with chili powder and powder seasoning.

A very bright red chili powder atop the seasoning powder.

There’s another dual packet (sorry no picture of it) that contains seasoned oil (the light) and sweet soy sauce (the dark).

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef I sauteed in minced garlic and Worcestershire sauce, sweet onion, red, yellow and orange bell peppers, a fried egg and some Dua Belibis Chilli Sauce. The noodles are thin and very light. The flavoring is great – it’s so much like a mi goreng! Has a nice sweet and spicy thing going on. This is good stuff! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 5023751104143.

Chris Kelly of Kris Kross died today. Sucks how a rapper has to die for old school tracks like this to make a resurgence…

#985: Ko-Lee Go Noodles Thai Hot & Spicy Tom Yum

Here’s one from Joe & Gil of the UK!!! Haven’t had anything that was Tom Yum in a little while – let’s check it out!

Here’s the side panel information (click image to enlarge). Notice the guarantee.

An Included Fork!

The noodle block.

The seasoning packet.

Lots of powder.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg with Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt, broccoli, green bell pepper, sweet onion, kamaboko, Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake and finally some Apinya Thai Chilli Sauce on top. The noodles are thin and very weak and soggy. The broth purports its hot and spicy nature but definitely falls short on the promise of a tum yum burn. In fact, it only vaguely resembles any tom yum flavor I’ve had before. The veggies? Kind of bleah. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 5023751112155.

Here’s a recipe to make homemade Tom Yum soup!

#949: Ko-Lee Instant Noodles Chicken Flavour

Here’s another one sent from the UK by Joe & Gill! Thanks again! Chicken flavor, eh? Usually a pretty ho-hum variety but let’s give this one a chance.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Notice a couple things: in the directions, it mentions cooking the noodles on the ‘hob,’ and towards the bottom it says it is made in Malaysia.

The noodle block.

Here’s the seasoning: a lone, reflective silver packet.

The powder is very salty and has a nice chicken flavor.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green bell pepper, turkey lunch meat and some sesame seeds. The noodles are thin and light with a crumbliness I’ve found in other noodles that hail from Malaysia before. The broth has a very pleasant salty chicken flavor. The broth isn’t plentiful though; it seems that broth isn’t a big component of British instant noodles. Pretty good stuff – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 5023751105034.

I think these are very odd commercials.

Here’s the other one.

#941: Ko-Lee Go Noodles Chicken Special Flavour

Here’s another one of the new ones that Joe & Gill sent me from the UK! Never tried this one before – they sent quite a few Ko-Lee varieties and sounded like they like them a lot. Let’s check out the chicken special!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). It mentions cooking them up in trhree different ways: instant (steeping), cooking (boiling) and ready to eaat. Ready to eat is crunching up the noodles in the bag and sprinkling the seasoning on and chowing down!

The block broke apart in the mail but did pretty well!

The powder seasoning.

Here’s the powder. It has a strong salty chicken taste. As I’m readying everything (I take the pictures and do everything up before I cook), there’s a distinct smell wafting around that’s reminiscent of boxed macaroni and cheese.

Seasoned oil.

I detect the scent of onion from this one.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a scrambled egg with a little Dua Belibis chili sauce, stir fry veggies, sweet onion, thin sliced turkey breast and a sprinkle of Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are thin and buttery. The broth is really nice – has a rich chicken flavor and has a bit of thickness to it – not a sauce, just heartier. I liked it! Quite nice for a chicken noodle. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 5023751101111 .

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Another one!

Amazing Donation From The UK!

A little while back, a couple named Joe & Gill from the UK sent me some pictures for the ‘Show Your Noodles’ competition. They also offered to send some noodles from across the pond! After a little while, here they are!

The bottom of the box was seriously munched. Everything inside fared extremely well, though!

They sent this nice card along with the noodles – awesome! They’ll be getting some The Ramen Rater stickers when the next batch is done! They said the box should be here withing 7-10 days and I believe it arrived in exactly 10.

Wow – look at them all! some that I’ve really been wanting to review for a long time! Pot Noodle Doner Kebab and Sticky Ribs! Amino Borscht! Tons of others I’ve never seen before that Joe recommended – Ko-Lee brand. This was absolutely above and beyond my expectations – you guys are awesome fans and I think I can say that not only myself but all readers truly appreciate your donation! Cheers!