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#3270: Fitmee Konjac Chicken Soto – Indonesia

#3270: Fitmee Konjac Chicken Soto - Indonesia

The second of the Fitmee varieties sent by Empire International – thanks again! I sampled the first a couple days ago and was very impressed – it was a kind of buldak dry version that was pretty good and only 150 calories! This one has a soto flavor and is – get this – only 60 calories! What’s soto? Here’s some info from Wikipedia –

In the Indonesian archipelago, soto is known by different names. In the local Javanese dialect, it is called soto, and the dish also reached Makassar where it is called coto. Soto is found to be most prevalent in Java, and suggested that the hearty soup was originated from that island, and over the years this dish branched off in an assorted array of soto varieties.[7]

Although soto was undoubtedly developed in the Indonesian archipelago and each region has developed its own distinctive soto recipes, some historians suggest that it was probably influenced by foreign culinary tradition, especially ChineseDenys Lombard in his book Le Carrefour Javanais suggested that the origin of soto was a Chinese soup, caudo (Chinese草肚pinyintsháu-tōo; literally “Tripe”), popular in Semarang among Chinese immigrants during colonial VOC era, circa 17th century.[8]

Another scholar suggests that it was more likely a mixture of cooking traditions in the region, namely Chinese, Indian, and native Indonesian cuisine.[9] There are traces of Chinese influence such as the use of bihun (rice vermicelli) and the preference for fried garlic as a condiment, while the use of turmeric suggests Indian influence. Another example is soto betawi from Jakarta uses minyak samin (ghee), which indicates Arab or Muslim Indian influences.[10] Another historian suggest that some soto recipe reflects the past condition of its people. Soto tangkar, which today is a meat soup, was mostly made from the broth of goat rib-cage bones (Betawi:tangkar) in the past because meat was expensive, or the common population of Batavia were too poor to afford some meat back then.[11] Soto recipes has been highly localized according to local tradition and available ingredients, for example in Hindu-majority island of Bali, soto babi (pork soto) can be found, since Hindu Balinese prefer pork while beef is seldom consumed, they also do not shared Indonesian Muslim halal dietary law that forbid the consumption of pork.

The meat soup dish influenced various regions and each developed its own recipes, with the ingredients being highly localized according to available ingredients and local cooking traditions. As a result, rich variants of soto were developed across Indonesia.

Alrighty – let’s see how this soup version comes out!

Fitmee Mi Instan Konyaku Rasa Soto – Indonesia

#3270: Fitmee Konjac Chicken Soto - Indonesia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Cook noodle block and vegetable sachet contents for 5 minutes in 400ml boiling water. Add all but shallot sachet in and stir. Garnish with shallot and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry sachet of soup base (watch the Instant Noodle Recipe Time video below for implementation of sachets).

A wet sachet of seasoned oil.

A dry sachet of vegetables.

Dry garnish sachet of fried shallot.

A final dry sachet of chili powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added lime, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, spring onion, Sambal Matah, egg, chili flake, and baked chicken. Okay, this is the real deal, folks. The konjac came out quite well – still somewhat extra springy, but it is just overwhelmed in such a great way by the broth. The broth has such a beautiful balance of lime, hints of spiciness and coconut and it just blew my mind so much I even forgot to add the shallot flake in there – which I tried separately and found to be pretty good. But I’ll try it again tomorrow because ITS ONLY 60 CALORIES!!! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8997006448993.

#3270: Fitmee Konjac Chicken Soto - Indonesia

FitMee Instant Noodle Konjac Chicken Soto Flavor 92g (Pack of 1)

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3268: Fitmee Konjac Fried Korean Noodle – Indonesia

#3268: Fitmee Konjac Fried Korean Noodle - Indonesia

Here’s something pretty fascinating. First off, thanks to Empire International for sending these over! This is from Indonesia, is only 160 calories for the whole package, and… yeah. It’s konjac (pronounced like cognac).- These noodles are incredibly low cal and I’ve honestly had mixed resilts. I’ve had them that are horrible before – thicker noodles. But recently tried some that were thinner and they worked well. These are dry, and I haven’t tried them that way before, so we shall see how it goes. Let’s find out!

Fitmee Konjac Fried Korean Noodle – Indonesia

#3268: Fitmee Konjac Fried Korean Noodle - Indonesia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and vegetables for 400ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Drain. add remaining sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The block of konjac noodles.

Dry seasoning base.

A wet sachet of seasoned oil.

A dry sachet of vegetables.

Chili powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The noodles are kind of rubbery as they employ tapioca flour. Some might be put off by this, but I think they have a certain charm to them. I’ve had konjac noodles before I disliked, but that was completely due to their gauge. These are nice. Flavor is on point with a good spicy hit which is reminiscent of fire noodle. A nice quantity of vegetable and really quite innovative and unique. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8997006449945.

#3268: Fitmee Konjac Fried Korean Noodle - Indonesia

FitMee Instant Noodle Konjac Fried Korean Noodle 78g (Pack of 6)

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Watch me burn on Spicy Noodle Mukbang!

#3218: Nakaki Foods Tomato Ramen – Japan

#3218: Nakaki Foods Tomato Ramen - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“The typical broth base for ramen in Japan are shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce), miso (soybean paste), and tonkotsu (pork bone). Known for their konjac noodles, Nakaki Foods’ version adds an unusual twist of tomato flavoring this winter season for a new refreshing taste on the classic ramen dish.’

Tomato ramen! Let’s give it a try!

Nakaki Foods Tomato Ramen – Japan

#3218: Nakaki Foods Tomato Ramen - Japan

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add 150ml to a pot and bring to a boil. Add sachet contents and stir. Add in large pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3218: Nakaki Foods Tomato Ramen - Japan

The noodle pouch – these are different from what I’m used to seeing. Should be interesting!

#3218: Nakaki Foods Tomato Ramen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3218: Nakaki Foods Tomato Ramen - Japan

Soup base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, spring onion, Velveeta cheese, and baked chicken with  NuTek Salt For Life. The noodles are so weird I can’t handle it. They’re like chewing crumbly gel wrist rests I think – I dunno. Tubes of overcooked Jell-O gelatin? But they’re fascinating all the same. Tomato broth has a very good taste to it which I enjoyed. A very unique combo here which also is only 84 calories for the whole pack, but still so weird. 2.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4976166014426.

#3218: Nakaki Foods Tomato Ramen - Japan

Nakaki MAGIC NOODLES (2 bags)

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FitMee Samples From Empire International – United States

FitMee Samples From Empire International - United States

Okay so there are these noodles called konjac noodles. They’re really low calorie. The pack pictured above is only 60 calories – for the whole thing! But are they good? I’ve found the thinner the gauge, the better I like them. Watch me unbox these and see what they’re all about.

FitMee Samples From Empire International – United States