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The Ramen Rater’s Healthy Options 2020 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Healthy Options 2020 Edition

People have been asking me for a list of healthy varieties for a long time. I decided to give it a try, and had mixed results. I’ve found things ramen/instant noodles, and things that aren’t and listed them here. There aren’t ten things, but over the next year I’m guessing more will present themselves. It appears this is an ever-evolving market as a couple that were going to be included went off the market while I was editing this list! Not everything presented is for everyone, but I’m really hoping there’s something that will work and interest everyone. If you have any ideas for things that should be on next year’s list, please email me. With that, here (in no particular order)  is The Ramen Rater’s Healthy Options 2020 Edition.

The Ramen Rater’s Healthy Options 2020 Edition

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A special video presentation of The Ramen Rater’s Healthy Options 2020 Edition.

The Ramen Rater’s Healthy Options 2020 Edition

Yamachan Ramen Z

This year, it appears as soon as I created this list, it was obsolete! This product is no longer being produced, but I was told something similar with different preparation will replace it soon.  This one however contains konjac/konyaku – it’s an almost zero calorie noodle that when made with the right gauge is pretty decent. Paired with a miso broth, I was really impressed – and only 136 calories, guessing from the soup base sachet mostly. Original review

NuTek Salt For Life

The Ramen Rater's Healthy Options 2020 Edition

I first found out about NuTek a few years ago. They reached out to me and asked if I’d fly out and visit their operation in Omaha and try out their product first hand in a blind taste test (being partially sighted, every taste test I do is kind of blind har har). I was immediately sold on this stuff. I should mention I did some consulting with them for a little while but no longer do. I get a lot of people asking me about lower sodium noodles and this and their other products bring the promise of this without replacing saltiness with a funky taste. In fact, the way it works gives a slight delay in how the tongue senses saltiness – a fraction of a second – which makes the food itself more flavorful. Definitely a neat thing. Original review

Vite Ramen

The Ramen Rater's Healthy Options 2020 Edition

This one was a no-brainer for this list. Take one brother who loves instant noodles and one that follows the healthy life and get their heads together on combining the two and you’ve got Vite Ramen. Tim & Tom Zheng introduced their idea on Kickstarter and were greeted with a huge response to get their business off the ground. So, what is Vite Ramen? It’s low sodium, high protein, high fiber, and had more vitamins and minerals than you can shake a menagerie of sticks at. If you’re looking for an ultra healthy ramen, this is the best I’ve seen yet. Original review

Nissin Cup Noodle Light+ / Cup Noodle Nice

If you’re looking for a healthy Cup Noodle, Light+ and Cup Noodle Nice are the ticket. First off, they’re low cal and feature a different noodle style – one that’s really quite good. They’re from Japan so you’ll have to dig on eBay and eBay Canada most likely to track them down. But it’s worthwhile as they’re incredibly good. Original review

Fit Mee

The Ramen Rater's Healthy Options 2020 Edition

I was contacted by a distributor here in the United States about this one and got to give it a try. They’re got two varieties, one around 150 calories and the one above at around – get this – 50 calories. This is another variety made with konjac noodles – and it’s really good! one with a spicy Korean noodle flavor and the other flavor is Indonesian Soto – a kind of spicy and lime and coconut and chicken hit to it. I’ve seen these on Amazon at they’re rather pricey, but I’m guessing they’ll be more widespread and cheaper soon – they’re absolutely excellent and ultra tasty! Original review

Hakubaku Japanese Pearled Mochi Barley (Mochi Mugi)

The Ramen Rater's Healthy Options 2020 Edition

In the past year, I’ve gone on a diet and exercise tear and lost a lot of weight (I’ll be doing the second installment of my The Ramen Rater Diet series very soon). I knew I needed to do this for a long time, but my doctor talked to me about it the right way at the right time and off I went. He was concerned about my cholesterol levels and told me unless they went down I’d need to go on a statin drug. I don’t know anything about those really, but I’ve never heard anything about them that include hearts and smiley faces connected to them. During the last year, I started working with Hakubaku a little bit and trying their products. They make really great ramen varieties which I’ve reviewed. They also make barley tea – my first try at making sun tea went pretty well. But most notably for me was trying their mochi barley. It’s ultra high in soluble fiber, and I consider it to be a big part in my arriving after six months at a clean bill of health for cholesterol as a result of my diet and exercise regime. Original review

KOKA Delight

Looking for a noodle low in fat and not fried? KOKA makes Delight. It’s interesting – first off, this is the kind of noodle block that’s not hard as a rock like your standard non-fried noodle – you could take a bite out of the block if you wanted to. Not only that, these are really quite good – with flavors like tomato, curry, a spicy sesame and more. Original review

Taiwanese Dry Noodles

If you’re looking for a range of noodles with less ingredients and wonderful flavors, you should check out Taiwanese dry noodles. The noodles themselves are dried by the sun or with big industrial fans – not fried. Plus they’re made with very few ingredients in a way that’s been done for generations. The seasonings that come with them often are few ingredients as well. I’ve often referred to the Taiwanese instant noodle makers as ‘masters of simplicity’; they can produce such tasty varieties with few ingredients. Original review

Nongshim Soon and Kimchi Vegan Varieties

If you’re looking for Vegan varieties, I highly recommend these two. The Soon Veggie Noodles (kind of like a smoother version of Shin Ramen) and the Kimchi (tangy and tasty) are marked with a seal of approval from a Vegan foods authority. Really great flavor and quality that you can add more vegetables to and end up with a sumptuous feast. Original review

…a couple more that weren’t in the video

Prima Taste Wholegrain

If you’re looking for wholegrain varieties, this is the best out there in my opinion. It’s been holding the #1 spot on my top ten list for 4 years! That’s my favorite out of over 3,000 instant noodles I’ve reviewed. The noodles have this rustic and hearty chew and taste without being gritty or funky. It makes a lot of food in each pack and so share with a friend – or an enemy as if you make this, they won’t be your enemy for long. Original review

Sakurai Foods Vegan Approved Varieties

There are a few varieties in this range, but by far my favorite was this one, the spicy soy milk noodle. With a badge from a Vegan authority, you’re definitely going to enjoy these as part of your Vegan lifestyle. Original review

So there you are – the first healthy list. If you want to make some recommendations of things that aren’t on here or are a company who produces products you think should be here, drop me a line and we can talk. Thanks for check the list out!

#2714: KOKA Signature Chicken Flavor Instant Noodles

#2714: KOKA Signature Chicken Flavor Instant Noodles - Singapore the ramen rater

Yep – another KOKA! I think there might be one more left but maybe not – we shall see! I made a chicken breast in the oven yesterday and figured I’d better do a chicken review! So let’s get to it!

KOKA Signature Chicken Flavor Instant Noodles – Singapore

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodle to 400ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2714: KOKA Signature Chicken Flavor Instant Noodles - Singapore the ramen rater

The noodle block.

#2714: KOKA Signature Chicken Flavor Instant Noodles - Singapore the ramen rater

A dry base sachet.

#2714: KOKA Signature Chicken Flavor Instant Noodles - Singapore the ramen rater

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, egg and baked chicken. The noodles have a good chew and bounce to them. The gauge is a familiar one. The broth has a nice chicken flavor which is rather clean. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code  8888056813117.

#2714: KOKA Signature Chicken Flavor Instant Noodles - Singapore the ramen rater

K o k a  Instant Noodles Chicken Flavour 85G x 4

A K O K A tTV commercial I’ve not seen before

#2709: KOKA Signature Black Pepper Fried Noodles

#2709: KOKA Signature Black Pepper Fried Noodles - Singapore - Tat Hui - The Ramen Rater

Well, I thought I was out of KOKA varieties to review and only had a couple duplicates but nope – nada – still got more! See, there are KOKA Signature and KOKA Delight which both look about the same and often have the same flavors. What’s the difference? Well, KOKA Delight is baked noodles – not fried. So I’ve still got a few varieties left. This one is a black pepper flavor noodle – without broth. Black pepper is an interesting thing – very historic as well. Let’s see if I can find something from Wikipedia –

Black peppercorns were found stuffed in the nostrils of Ramesses II, placed there as part of the mummification rituals shortly after his death in 1213 BCE.[22] Little else is known about the use of pepper in ancient Egypt and how it reached the Nile from South Asia.

Pepper (both long and black) was known in Greece at least as early as the 4th century BCE, though it was probably an uncommon and expensive item that only the very rich could afford.

A Roman era trade route from India to Italy

By the time of the early Roman Empire, especially after Rome’s conquest of Egypt in 30 BCE, open-ocean crossing of the Arabian Sea direct to southern India‘s Malabar Coast was near routine. Details of this trading across the Indian Ocean have been passed down in the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea. According to the Roman geographer Strabo, the early Empire sent a fleet of around 120 ships on an annual one-year trip to China, Southeast Asia, India and back. The fleet timed its travel across the Arabian Sea to take advantage of the predictable monsoon winds. Returning from India, the ships travelled up the Red Sea, from where the cargo was carried overland or via the Nile-Red Sea canal to the Nile River, barged to Alexandria, and shipped from there to Italy and Rome. The rough geographical outlines of this same trade route would dominate the pepper trade into Europe for a millennium and a half to come.

Pepper was so valuable that it was often used as collateral or even currency. In the Dutch language, “pepper expensive” (peperduur) is an expression for something very expensive. The taste for pepper (or the appreciation of its monetary value) was passed on to those who would see Rome fall. Alaric the Visigoth included 3,000 pounds of pepper as part of the ransom he demanded from Rome when he besieged the city in 5th century.[24] After the fall of Rome, others took over the middle legs of the spice trade, first the Persians and then the Arabs; Innes Miller cites the account of Cosmas Indicopleustes, who travelled east to India, as proof that “pepper was still being exported from India in the sixth century”.[25] By the end of the Early Middle Ages, the central portions of the spice trade were firmly under Islamic control. Once into the Mediterranean, the trade was largely monopolized by Italian powers, especially Venice and Genoa. The rise of these city-states was funded in large part by the spice trade.

One tablespoon (6 grams) of ground black pepper contains moderate amounts of vitamin K (13% of the daily value or DV), iron (10% DV) and manganese (18% DV), with trace amounts of other essential nutrientsprotein and dietary fibre.[42]

It is commonly believed that during the Middle Ages, pepper was used to conceal the taste of partially rotten meat. There is no evidence to support this claim, and historians view it as highly unlikely: in the Middle Ages, pepper was a luxury item, affordable only to the wealthy, who certainly had unspoiled meat available as well.[27] In addition, people of the time certainly knew that eating spoiled food would make them sick. Similarly, the belief that pepper was widely used as a preservative is questionable: it is true that piperine, the compound that gives pepper its spiciness, has some antimicrobial properties, but at the concentrations present when pepper is used as a spice, the effect is small.[28] Salt is a much more effective preservative, and salt-cured meatswere common fare, especially in winter. However, pepper and other spices certainly played a role in improving the taste of long-preserved meats.

I always thought it was mayonnaise that was used to cover the taste of rotted meat… Well, you learn something new every day – even if it isn’t correct. Let’s look within!

KOKA Signature Black Pepper Fried Noodles – Singapore

#2709: KOKA Signature Black Pepper Fried Noodles - Singapore - Tat Hui - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents and combine. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2709: KOKA Signature Black Pepper Fried Noodles - Singapore - Tat Hui - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2709: KOKA Signature Black Pepper Fried Noodles - Singapore - Tat Hui - The Ramen Rater

A dual sachet.

#2709: KOKA Signature Black Pepper Fried Noodles - Singapore - Tat Hui - The Ramen Rater

A peppery powder.

#2709: KOKA Signature Black Pepper Fried Noodles - Singapore - Tat Hui - The Ramen Rater

Oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Dodo fish balls, coriander, fried onion from Waroeng Jajanan, and Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts. The noodles came out as expected – nice gauge and chew and good for a dry instant noodle dish. The flavor was a nice black pepper one – not too strong that it’s unbearable – just right in this one. It coats everything but isn’t soupy at all. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8888056820016.

#2709: KOKA Signature Black Pepper Fried Noodles - Singapore - Tat Hui - The Ramen Rater

Koka Instant Noodles B l a c k   P e p p e r  Flavor 85g. Pack 5

KF Seetoh shows you how to make this popular singaporean crab

#2701: KOKA The Original Chicken Flavor Oriental Instant Noodles

#2701: KOKA The Original Chicken Flavor Oriental Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

I thought I was out of KOKA varieties to review, but definitely not yet. They sent every single SKU they produce for their Meet The Manufacturer. Thanks again – that was really awesome! I have a limit of 15 reviews for a Meet The Manufacturer series, so the extras go into the regular rotation.

The regular rotation is what I call picking a couple packs out of the hampers for the day’s reviewing. I like to pick two that are from different countries and brands than the previous day. Sometimes, this isn’t what happens but usually does. For example, lately I have a lot of Japanese varieties, so a lot are getting into the mix – which is great; the Japanese varieties I’ve not reviewed are surprisingly hard to come by locally.

Today, we have chicken. Chicken instant noodles are almost always present; a company that doesn’t have a straight up chicken variety is kind of rare. Let’s give this one a try!

KOKA The Original Chicken Flavor Oriental Instant Noodles – Singapore

#2701: KOKA The Original Chicken Flavor Oriental Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Add in sachet content. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2701: KOKA The Original Chicken Flavor Oriental Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2701: KOKA The Original Chicken Flavor Oriental Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The soup base sachet.

#2701: KOKA The Original Chicken Flavor Oriental Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

A very light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken and spring onions. The noodles have a good gauge and chew – your standard instant with just a skosh more backbone it seems. The broth has a standard chicken flavor with a little extra something. Don’t know what that something is, but as far as chicken instant noodles go, I liked this one. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8888056903862.

#2701: KOKA The Original Chicken Flavor Oriental Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

K o k a  Instant Noodles Chicken Flavour 85G x 4

A K O K A tTV commercial I’ve not seen before

#2692: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Mushroom Flavor

#2692: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Mushroom Flavor

I could be wrong but I think I might be done with all of the KOKA varieties they sent – wow! So these ones have been a joy to review – a thick soup with bits of noodle – less of a noodle soup, more of a soup with noodles. Let’s have a look!

KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Mushroom Flavor – Singapore

#2692: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Mushroom Flavor

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free and mentions suitable for vegetarians. To prepare, add in sachet marked 1 then sachet marked two. Add 300ml boiling water and give a good stir. Wait 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2692: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Mushroom Flavor

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2692: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Mushroom Flavor

An included spoon!

#2692: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Mushroom Flavor

The first of two large sachets.

#2692: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Mushroom Flavor

Lots of powder.

#2692: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Mushroom Flavor

Another very large sachet.

#2692: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Mushroom Flavor

Crushed instant noodles.

Finished (click to enlarge). The soup definitely tastes like mushrooms. This is exactly as it should, but to be brutally honest, I really don’t like mushrooms a whole lot. I mean, the creaminess and thickness is great, the bits of crushed noodles are too – just the taste is just not my thing. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8888056833245.

#2692: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Mushroom Flavor

The Little Singapore Cookbook: A Collection of Singapore’s Best-Loved Dishes

A TV spot for this product

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

Yet another leftover from the KOKA Meet The Manufacturer series. I’ve still got a bunch more! Wow! So this one should be really great – I love KOKA’s Laksa Singapura every time I try a different version. They make it in quite a few – rice, wheat, fried, non-fried. Let’s crack into this bowl and see what’s within.

KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine – Singapore

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add in sachets and 400ml boiling water. cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

The rice fettuccine block.

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

A dual sachet.

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

Powder seasoning base.

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

A seasoned oil.

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

A dry sachet.

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

Coconut powder.

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

A garnish sachet.

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

Looks like shrimp and vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added a trifecta of Dodo fish balls. The rice fettuccine came out very nicely and has a wide and flat nature. The chew is there – not too much, not too little. The broth is a smack of a lot of things – the coconut powder and oil set the scene for the overall taste – one which has a spicy element, a slightly sweet element, and kind of rings to me of a chowder in some aspects. The included garnish featured little shrimp which were nice. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8888056811144.

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

KOKA Laksa Singapura Rice Noodle (get it here)

A KOKA TV spot

#2684: KOKA Instant Noodles Mushroom Flavour

#2684: KOKA Instant Noodles Mushroom Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Here is another one of the KOKA varieties I have left over from their Meet The Manufacturer of earlier this year. So as I said yesterday – not a particular fan of mushroom. But also as I said today, I’m hoping today will be a day of mushroom goodness. Let’s have a look!

KOKA Instant Noodles Mushroom Flavour – Singapore

#2684: KOKA Instant Noodles Mushroom Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free and says suitable for vegetarians. To prepare, add noodle block to 450ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2684: KOKA Instant Noodles Mushroom Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2684: KOKA Instant Noodles Mushroom Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The soup base sachet.

#2684: KOKA Instant Noodles Mushroom Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

A very light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles come out nicely and are of good quality. The mushroom flavor just isn’t my thing; earthy and funky. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888056813155.

#2684: KOKA Instant Noodles Mushroom Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Koka, Instant Cup Noodles, Mushroom Flavour, net weight 70 g (Pack of 3 cups)

KOKA also makes purple wheat noodles!

#2674: KOKA Oriental Instant Noodles The Original Chicken Flavour

#2674: KOKA Oriental Instant Noodles The Original Chicken Flavour

It is truly amazing I still have quite a few KOKA varieties to review! Can’t complain, that is for sure – having my hampers stocked well is a good thing and lets me be at ease about not running out of varieties to try. Today its chicken and I got up at 4 am and cooked some chicken in the oven to go into this one. Let’s have a look.

KOKA Oriental Instant Noodles The Original Chicken Flavour – Singapore

#2674: KOKA Oriental Instant Noodles The Original Chicken Flavour

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free however it does have a red dot denoting not suitable for vegetarians. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2674: KOKA Oriental Instant Noodles The Original Chicken Flavour

The noodle block.

#2674: KOKA Oriental Instant Noodles The Original Chicken Flavour

The soup base sachet.

#2674: KOKA Oriental Instant Noodles The Original Chicken Flavour

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and baked chicken. The noodles were pretty good – decent gauge and chew. A slightly stronger backbone than expected to be honest. The broth had a patent chicken flavor – not a bad one, but not a surprisingly amazing one. This was a decent chicken flavor instant noodle. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888056603862.

#2674: KOKA Oriental Instant Noodles The Original Chicken Flavour

Koka Instant Noodles C h i c k e n  Flavour 85G x 4

A disco chicken – enjoy for an hour if necessary

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

Here’s another left from the Tat Hui Meet The Manufacturer from earlier this year. I’ve had a lot of pho instant varieties over the years and to be honest, I’ve liked only a couple of them, so I’m really hoping this is one I’ll like.

Pho restaurants are very popular here in the United States – they’re everywhere! Here’s a little about pho from Wikipedia –

Phở or pho[1] (pronounced variously as /fɜːr//fʌ/, or /f/;[2] Vietnamese: [fəː˧˩˧]) is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of brothrice noodles called bánh phở, a few herbs, and meat, primarily made with either beef or chicken[3].[4] Pho is a popular street food in Vietnam[5] and the specialty of a number of restaurant chains around the world. Pho originated in the early 20th century in northern Vietnam, and was popularized throughout the rest of the world by refugees after the Vietnam War. Because pho’s origins are poorly documented,[6][7] there is significant disagreement over the cultural influences that led to its development in Vietnam, as well as the etymology of the word itself.[8] The Hanoi and Saigon styles of pho differ by noodle width, sweetness of broth, and choice of herbs. A related noodle soup, bún bò Huế, is associated with Huế in central Vietnam.

Alright – let’s check this one out.

KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor – Singapore

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). To prepare, cook fettuccine in 400ml boiling water for 2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

The fettuccine in its own package.

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

A dual sachet.

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

Powder base.

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

Oil.

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

The garnish sachet.

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

Onion, coriander and chilli flake.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander and Huy Fong sriracha sauce. The fettuccine comes out very well – slippery stuff but not entirely mushy. The broth has an onion and chicken flavor with notes of cinnamon and anise. The garnish was the real seller for me – the onion, coriander and chilli flakes really went a long way to wrap this dish all to gether. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8888056801107.

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

Koka Laksa Singapura (Rice Noodles, Bowl), 70-Grams (Pack of 12)

A video about KOKA

#2643: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Vegetable Flavour

#2643: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Vegetable Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Today, it’s yet another of the KOKA varieties leftover from the Meet The Manufacturer from earlier this year! I must say that the fact that instant noodle products have long shelf lives is really a nice thing!

So this line still fascinated me – instead of a noodle soup, this is a soup with noodles. Let’s take a closer look and you’ll see what I mean.

KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Vegetable Flavour – Singapore

#2643: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Vegetable Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Says ‘suitable for vegetarians.’ To prepare, add sachet marked 1, then sachet marked 2. Add 300ml boiling water and stir. Cover for 5 minutes. Finaly, stir and enjoy!

#2643: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Vegetable Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2643: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Vegetable Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

An included spoon!

#2643: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Vegetable Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The first of two large sachets.

#2643: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Vegetable Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The soup base.

#2643: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Vegetable Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The second sachet.

#2643: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Vegetable Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Crushed instant noodles and vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are everywhere, much like the rice in tomato rice soups. The broth is creamy and imparts a cream of vegetable flavor – light though and not extremely salty. The vegetables in this one were rampant and of excellent quality as well as size. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8888056833252.

#2643: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Vegetable Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The Little Singapore Cookbook: A Collection of Singapore’s Best-Loved Dishes

A short video about the company that makes these products

#2618: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles

#2535: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Another one from the recent KOKA Meet The Manufacturer. A curry from Singapore – can’t say I’ve met one of those I didn’t like. Let’s have a look.

KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles – Singapore

#2535: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Packaging says ‘suitable for Vegetarians.’ To prepare, add noodle block and vegetable sachet to 450ml boiling water. Cook 2~3 minutes and add soup base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2535: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2535: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The powder base sachet.

#2535: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Sure enough, smells like curry!

#2535: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The vegetable sachet.

#2535: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Carrot and other veggies.

#2535: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and coriander. Really like the noodles in these Delight varieties – good gauge and chew. The broth has a kind of sweet and spicy curry which works really well and is unique. The vegetable assortment included with the pack is aptly chosen. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888056000258.

#2535: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Koka, Instant Noodles, Curry Flavour, 85 g (Pack of 5)

A commercial for their purple wheat noodle

#2602: KOKA Signature Pepper Crab Flavor Instant Noodles

#2602: KOKA Signature Pepper Crab Flavor Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Still have some different varieties from KOKA left over from their Meet The Manufacturer! This one is pepper crab – here’s a little about it from Wikipedia –

Black pepper crab is one of the two most popular[citation needed] ways that crab is served in Singaporean cuisine. It is made with hard-shell crabs, and fried with black pepper. Unlike the other popular chilli crab dish, it is not cooked in a sauce and therefore has a dry consistency. It is becoming very popular to mix the pepper crab with a fresh jackfruit sauce.

The creation of Singapore’s black pepper crab is attributed to Long Beach Seafood Restaurant in 1959.[1]

Alright – let’s see if this has a black pepper taste to it or is something else! Let’s go!

KOKA Signature Pepper Crab Flavor Instant Noodles – Singapore

#2602: KOKA Signature Pepper Crab Flavor Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains crustacea. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Add in sachet content. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2602: KOKA Signature Pepper Crab Flavor Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2602: KOKA Signature Pepper Crab Flavor Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The soup base sachet.

#2602: KOKA Signature Pepper Crab Flavor Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles have a nice soft and bouncy nature to them. Decent quality as well. The broth is a kind of buttery and peppery affair with a nice taste – not too salty either. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8888056813186.

#2602: KOKA Signature Pepper Crab Flavor Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Koka, Instant Noodles, Pepper Crab Flavour, 85 g (Pack of 5)

A TV spot for KOKA noodles