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Meet The Manufacturer: Prima Taste Samples

Here’s the box that the samples came in…

Six of each…

…of two varieties: Laksa LaMian and Curry LaMian! Really looking forward to trying these!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Prima Taste

This is a Meet The Manufacturer that’s been a long time in the making – and well worth it! Prima Taste is a company out of Singapore that makes all sorts of meal kits and now ‘LaMian,’ which is a line of instant noodle products. Here’s the interview I conducted with them via email.

The Ramen Rater> Thank you very much for agreeing to do this interview! Could we start off with some information about Prima Taste; when was Prima Taste founded, where and by whom?

Prima Taste> Prima Taste was launched in 1999 with the mission of serving Singapore Cuisine to the world.

TRR> For those of my readers who are not familiar with your line of products, could you tell us a little about them?

PT> Prima Taste, an award winning brand synonymous with authentic Singapore food is manufactured by Prima Food Pte Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Prima Limited. Prima Taste range of ready-to-cook pastes and sauces for whipping up more than 100 authentic Singapore and pan-Asian dishes. Building on the strengths and success of Prima Taste products, the Prima Taste concept restaurant franchise was created to serve true Singapore cuisine.

TRR> When I think about Singaporean noodles, I immediately think of Laksa. Do you have a Laksa instant product? What would you recommend pairing with it to make it a perfect meal?

PT> We have our popular Laksa Best Singapore Favourites Ready-to-cook Sauce Kit that can be paired with our Thick Rice Noodle to make a very robust and authentic Singapore Laksa.

You may also wish to try the Laksa LaMian which comes with steam, air-dried noodles made from premium wheat, no added MSG, no added preservatives and no artificial flavouring. Just add your favourite ingredients!

TRR> I’ve never been to Singapore – what is the area of Singapore where you’re located like?

PT> Singapore is a tropical that lies one degree north of the Equator. It is strategically located at the crossroads of Asia, which has helped it grow into a modern city and major centre for trade, transportation and communications.

Singapore’s colourful history began decades ago when early immigrants arrived here to build a better life, bringing with them cultures, traditions from China, Europe, the Malay Peninsula and the Indian sub-continent. Most Singaporeans today are descendants from these immigrants. This diversed heritage has contributed to a vibrant social fabric and while Singaporeans have developed their own distinct identity, they still enjoy the traditional customs, festivals and culinary heritage of their ancestors.

Singaporeans are passionate about food and will proudly proclaim that one if the best things about the country is the food. Singapore food is like its heritage, full of different aromas and ingredients that have come together in a delicious and hearty way. Her famed local dishes feature Chinese, Malay and Indian culinary influences, reflecting the rich mix of cultures that co-exist harmoniously on the island republic.

TRR> Is there a story behind the name Prima Taste?

PT> Certainly, there is. Prima Taste got its name from the parent company, Prima Limited.

“Prima” in Latin means “first”. The Company’s Chinese name “Bai Ling Mai” literally means a hundred-year-old wheat”, signifying our Company’s longevity on a solid foundation.

Prima Taste is managed by Prima Food Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Prima Limited. Prima Food was established in 1992 with its core business in food manufacturing and franchising.

With numerous awards lauding our achievement, Prima Taste is living up to its name.

TRR> Is Prima Taste involved in the local community around you?

PT> We are involved in the local community in the following ways:

  • contributing our Prima Taste products as lucky draw prizes, door gifts, offering percentage discounts to participants and also offering a very special price to the organizers;
  • contributing our products for cooking competitions;
  • conduct sampling (food tasting) sessions at their events;
  • taking up a stall to showcase & sell our Prima Taste products

TRR> From what I’ve read, Singapore has a very hot and humid climate. Are there Singaporean noodles that are served cold?

PT> Typically not a Singapore dish, cold noodles can still be found in some restaurants or food outlets in some hotels.

TRR> Are hot peppers popular in Singaporean cuisine?

PT> Hot peppers like capsicums are sometimes used in stir-fried dishes.

TRR> Are there any new products that will be coming out soon that you could tell us about?

PT> We will be launching 2 more flavours to the range. They are Singapore’s iconic dish – Singapore Chill Crab LaMian and local favourites Fish Soup LaMian.

TRR> A lot of people wonder about the health factors (sodium, etc.) when it comes to instant noodles. How do you recommend people made instant noodles a healthy part of their diet?

A healthy part of their diet would be to consume noodles that are steam, air-dried, have no added preservatives, no added MSG and no artificial colouring.

TRR> Do you make/sell products other than instant noodles?

PT> Yes, we also have a range of Southeast Asian Noodles range.

TRR> What was your first product?

PT> Laksa, Singapore Curry, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Mee Siam & Mee Rebus

TRR> How does the process in which you make your noodles differ from other brands?

PT> Unlike most instant noodles, Prima Taste Lamian is steamed and air-dried.

TRR> When you make instant noodles for yourself, do you add anything or have any recommendations?

PT> For a more indulgent meal, you may add ingredients suggested on the pack. For e.g., for Laksa LaMian, you may add cooked seafood, cooked chicken and hard-boiled eggs.

TRR> Thank you for this opportunity to learn more about Prima Taste and Singapore!

There you go. Thanks to Low Fatt Mun and Mah Chern Wei for making this Meet The Manufacturer come to reality!

Interview * Samples From Prima Taste * Prima Taste Singapore Curry La Mian * Prima Taste Rendang Curry Sauce Kit * Prima Taste Singapore La Mian

#836: Binh Tay Mi Chay Vegetarian Instant Noodles

This is different – usually you don’t see a clear window in on the noodle block inside! Let’s have a try with this one.

Back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

A dense noodle block.

Powder seasoning.

Has a sweet and onionny taste.

Seasoned oil.

Has a nice scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. The noodles are light and quite plentiful. Kind of remind me of the kind you would find in a cup noodle except of higher quality. The broth is pretty good! Has a nice onion and other vegetables taste to it. Decent stuff! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8934566000025 .

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#405: Ibumie Penang Harimee Prawn Flavour Mi Perisa Udang Instant Noodles

This is a brand new one from Malaysia I found at 99 Ranch today. Looks like it’ll rock!

Clockwise from top left: Manas Pedas (spicy chili sauce), Kecap Manis (sweet soy sauce), seasoning powder, chili and what looks like prawn bits.

A bowl waiting the noodles! Only 270cc of water – pretty low amount.

Click image to enlarge. So here’s the deal. I expected to be eating something kind of like an Indomie product; maybe like the shrimp. This is rather spicy and prawny and a bit citrussy. The noodles plumped up and got rid of most of the water. Something new I think would be great to have along with a couple of fried eggs. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.

#397: Quickchow Quickie Cup Mami La Paz Batchoy

Something new – a cup noodle from the Philippines!

Two packets – dry seasoning on the left and a seasoned oil on the right.

The dry seasoning was kinda clumpy but that’s normal. The noodles had a neat look to them I don’t usually see.

Click image to enlarge. Finished product. The broth was interesting; like a chicken soup broth but only pork. The noodles were also like what you’d expect in a can of chicken soup, only this is a pork flavor. Not bad. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.

#310: Lucky Me! Instant La Paz Batchoy (La Paz Style) Instant Noodles Artificial Beef Flavor

So some new Lucky Me! stuff here… More beef! Bring on the beef!

From left to right: a packet of soup base, a packet with seasoned oil on top and some crunchy greasy stuff below and a packet of weird rehydratable chewy thingies.

Doesn’t that look nice? Added 400cc water and 2 fried eggs at the end and got…

Click image to enlarge. This. The noodles are okay – not great. The seasoning left me wanting more; the broth was not very interesting and the veggies were just kind of mushy. It was interesting but it kind of lacked a little in the veg department. But then again it wasn’t spicy either. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. Get it by the cup here.