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#3225: Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa – Japan

#3225L Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘Laksa, a spicy noodle soup dish of Singapore, joins Zenpop Ramen this month to try and win the Zenpop Ramen Cup. The creamy coconut flavor is spiced up with chili and coriander. How do you like this iconic Asian taste?’

Yeah I’m a huge fan of Laksa. Been curious about this one – I’ve reviewed another Nissin Cup Noodle Laksa from Japan before but this looks entirely different. Let’s give it a try.

Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa – Japan

#3225L Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. TO prepare, fill to line with boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3225L Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3225L Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa - Japan

The noodle block.

#3225L Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa - Japan

Loose seasoning and bits from the cup.

#3225L Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa - Japan

A wet sachet is affixed to the lid.

#3225L Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa - Japan

Laksa paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander. Noodles are your standard Cup Noodle fare – Japanese cup noodle that it. The broth is very rich – lots of coconut going on. The included laksa paste adds a nice lime taste (although I lost much on my shirt – watch the video below). 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105242988.

#3225L Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa - Japan

Cup noodle Singapore Spicy club 78 g × 12 pieces ramen Japan

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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

This is my list of my all time favorites (compiled up to review #3132). These are the best and most memorable varieties – some you’ll be able to find easily, some you won’t. In the images you see, you’ll see garnished bowls of noodles. Note – reviewing is done BEFORE products have anything externally added by myself, and I follow directions on the package – for better or for worse. I should also note that going forward, the official last day for companies to submit varieties to be considered for the annual top ten will be January 31st. That’s enough – let’s have a look at The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

#10: Indomie Real Meat Mi Instan Goreng Rendang – Indonesia

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The first Indomie variety on the list in years and it’s really amazing. Basically take their Mi Goreng Rendang and include a sachet of real rendang in a retort pouch. This comes after recently hearing that Indomie Rendang is hard to find here in the United States, something I was surprised to hear since it’s such a popular product and such a good one. Original review

#9: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen – Hong Kong

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I’ve become enamored and thrilled with the straight ramen noodle varieties in recent years – especially ones from Hong Kong which have been on the last two The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time lists. This is Sau Tao’s first appearance on the list. A Thai flavor is delivered masterfully – broth has a great richness and crispness of tom yum kung – spicy and lemongrass and shrimp notes play together very well. Original review

#8: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle – Taiwan

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It’s second year on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time, Mom’s Dry Noodles’ Dan Dan Noodle is just wonderful stuff. A broth-free offering with gourmet Taiwanese dry noodles, and myriad sauces that harmonize, salty, spicy, sweet and other flavors masterfully. Flavorful and deep. Original review

#7: Red Chef Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles – Malaysia

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Another one returning to The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list, Red Chef’s Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles feature a fried noodle with a great mouthfeel and quantity. They work well with the broth which is like a mashup of tom yum and green curry. The spiciness and flavors are just great – it might seem like a strange gimmicky kind of thing but definitely not. I love the new and this is a new flavor for the instant noodle world. Original review

#6: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

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Since a very young age when my mother would cook curried chicken livers over rice, I’ve absolutely loved curry. This one is just mind blowing and has been on the top ten for years and years. The noodles are thick and chewy  – and have a rustic kind of feel to them. Marry that to the broth which comes from a large sachet of curry paste and one full of coconut milk powder, you end up with a rich, luxuriant experience you’ll love. I should note they also have a version with non-wholegrain noodles which is also very impressive. Original review

#5: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa – Malaysia

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Back again with their rich curry noodle, CarJEN brings something very special to the table in their Nyonya Curry Laksa. You dip the paste seen on the spoon into the broth to flavor it and it has little bits of shrimp in there that really are a nice addition. Sweetness, spiciness, richness from coconut milk powder, and a nice plump noodle makes this so tasty and memorable. Original Review

#4: A-Sha Gourmet Braised Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

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This is the highest position a Taiwanese variety has achieved in The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time before – congratulations, Taiwan! For a long time, I’ve really enjoyed this style of noodle from Taiwan. It’s wide, with a center line which is thicker, and the sides are thinner – which gives them a very unique and wonderful mouthfeel. I’ve also always thought that these would just sing is in a broth (usually they are presented with a combination of sauces but no broth). The soup is rich with a strong beef flavor and hint of Sichuan peppercorn that do not overwhelm. The nice part is the inclusion of real beef in here. It should be noted that there is a special version of this that comes out during Lunar New Year which includes Wagyu beef – very expensive at a whopping $15USD per serving!, but very tasty as well. Original review

#3: Liangchengmei Biang Biang Men – China

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My wife Kit saw this while we were up in Canada and it piqued my curiosity so thought hey let’s give it a try. Noodles are very broad – over an inch. The flavoring is just superb – to use a word I normally don’t, this is yummy. What’s interesting too is that they included meat – at least I thought it was meat – it’s made from soy protein! Unique, delicious, and the highest a Chinese variety has achieved on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time to date. Congratulations! Original review

#2: Red Chef Spicy Sakura Prawn Soup Noodles – Malaysia

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Let the prawn-slaught begin! Returning to the #2 spot this year, we have a Red Chef variety that just gives and gives when it comes to sweet and savory prawn flavor. This umami bomb has a nice chewy noodle that is complimented by just the sweetest, strongest prawn broth with an excellent thickness and just the right amount of spiciness. What’s more they include a sachet of crispy onions to put on top that round things out so well. If you want to have a prawn freak out, this is an indispensable tool. Original review

#1: Prima Taste Singapore Wholegrain Laksa La Mian — Singapore

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For the fourth year in a row, Prima Taste wins with it’s excellent Wholegrain Laksa. If  abandoned on an island with only a life supply of instant noodles, I’d want them to be these, period. Hearty artisan noodles which are thick and of good quantity are combined with a broth which has a strong flavor and richness from coconut milk powder. A flavorful and striking noodle dish. Original review

What’s New

Instant Noodle Recipe Time

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In the last year, I’ve decided to start doing videos for each on of my reviews and as of April 3rd, I’ve done 295 episodes. You can watch me cook and garnish everything as I sit at my stove. People have commented ‘why do you sit?’ Well, it’s a lot easier to record the show that way. Why do you wear sunglasses all the time? I’m legally blind and light sensitive. I answer a lot of questions about what I do from reader questions as well as talk about what I’m up to and give opinions and chatter about anything that crosses my mind. The show comes out every single day at 2pm Seattle time. Check out the show here.

The Chocolate Break

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

What began as something to try once has become a project my wife Kit and I do regularly. The Chocolate Break is where we try chocolate from around the world – and give our opinions on them. I’m proud to announce that www.thechocolatebreak.com is up and has rundowns of every single episode! Check it out and let us know what you think!

Big Changes For Me

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Some of you have been noticing I’ve been losing weight – thank you! In fact I’ve been working hard on that. Reviews I do are usually involving me eating maybe 5% of a bowl of noodles, if that. Everything else goes down the drain.

I keep my regime to around 1200~1500 calories a day. I’ve also been doing a lot of walking with my daughter Miriam. With her stroller decked out with lots of lights and a really loud speaker (I usually play a lot of Primus, Herbie Hancock and Tobacco), we walk all over town. My feet hurt, too! If you put together our walking from April 1st and April 2nd, it comes to 21.12 miles (33.989km)! No, that is NOT a typo. My doctor told me I had high cholesterol back in October and I decided to make some changes. I’ll find out how I’ve done later this month and let you guys know how I’ve done so far.

Prima Taste New Recipe Prawn Soup Samples – Singapore

Prima Taste New Recipe Prawn Soup Samples - Singapore

I mentioned a second box from an Unboxing Time video I posted yesterday. Well, here it is! They’re updated the recipe for their Prawn Soup variety yet again and it’s supposed to be really great stuff. Let’s see what’s inside.

Prima Taste New Recipe Prawn Soup Samples – Singapore

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Bringing us to the midpoint of this special Meet The Manufacturer series is some Singapore Laksa. Here’s some info about it from Wikipedia –

Laksa is a spicy noodle soup popular in Peranakan cuisine.[1][2] Laksa consists of rice noodles or rice vermicelli with chicken, prawn or fish, served in spicy soup based on either rich and spicy curry coconut milk or on sour asam (tamarind or gelugur). Laksa is found in Malaysia,[3] SingaporeIndonesia,[4] and Southern Thailand.[5]

There are various theories about the origins of laksa. In Indonesia, the dish is believed to have been born from the Chinese coastal settlements and the mixing of cultures between Chinese merchants and the local cooking practices.[6] Historians believe laksa is a dish that was born from actual intermarriage.[7] In early coastal pecinan (Chinese settlement) in maritime Southeast Asia, it was only Chinese men that ventured abroad out from China to trade. When settling down in the new town, these Chinese traders and sailors set out to find local wives, and these women began incorporating local spices and coconut milk into Chinese noodle soup served to their husbands. This creates the hybrid Chinese-local (Malay or Javanese) culture called Peranakan culture.[7] As Peranakan Chinese communities have blended their ancestors’ culture with local culture, Peranakan communities in different places now demonstrate diversity according to the local flavour.[8]

In Malaysia, the dish is believed to have been introduced by Chinese immigrants in Malacca.[9] In Singapore, the dish (or its local “Katong” version) is believed to have been created after interaction between the Peranakans with the local Singaporeans.[10][7]

Because laksa has different varieties across the region, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact origin of the dish. Nevertheless, numbers of laksa recipes has been developed along the trade channels of Southeast Asia—where the ports of PenangMedanMalaccaSingaporePalembang, and Batavia (now Jakarta) are the major stops along the historic spice route. The intensive trade links among these port cities enables exchanges of ideas to took place, including sharing recipes.[7]

Well now that you have some background, let’s make some laksa!

Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain and set aside. add liquid sachet to 160ml water and bring to a boil. Add noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

A pillow pack of instant noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

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

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Non-fried noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

A very large sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

There was more, but it would have overflowed my cup!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, coriander, fried tofu with lemongrass, Dodo Shrimp & Fish ball, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and fried garlic. The noodles have a tooth on them which is just right for this bowl. They work very well with the soup – ah, the soup. It’s thick, rich and exceedingly tasty. It has heat, depth of flavor – it’s just excellent. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555861000481.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Penang Heritage Food: Yesterday’S Recipes for Today’s Cook

Join me as I cook this on an episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

Well here’s something new to me – Thai laksa. I’ve had Singapore and Malaysian laksa befroe, but never Thai. Here’s a bit about laksa from Wikipedia –

Laksa is a spicy noodle soup popular in Peranakan cuisine.[1][2] Laksa consists of rice noodles or rice vermicelli with chicken, prawn or fish, served in spicy soup based on either rich and spicy curry coconut milk or on sour asam (tamarind or gelugur). Laksa is found in Malaysia,[3] SingaporeIndonesia,[4] and Southern Thailand.[5]

There are various theories about the origins of laksa. In Indonesia, the dish is believed to have been born from the Chinese coastal settlements and the mixing of cultures between Chinese merchants and the local cooking practices.[6] Historians believe laksa is a dish that was born from actual intermarriage.[7] In early coastal pecinan (Chinese settlement) in maritime Southeast Asia, it was only Chinese men that ventured abroad out from China to trade. When settling down in the new town, these Chinese traders and sailors set out to find local wives, and these women began incorporating local spices and coconut milk into Chinese noodle soup served to their husbands. This creates the hybrid Chinese-local (Malay or Javanese) culture called Peranakan culture.[7] As Peranakan Chinese communities have blended their ancestors’ culture with local culture, Peranakan communities in different places now demonstrate diversity according to the local flavour.[8]

In Malaysia, the dish is believed to have been introduced by Chinese immigrants in Malacca.[9] In Singapore, the dish (or its local “Katong” version) is believed to have been created after interaction between the Peranakans with the local Singaporeans.[10][7]

Because laksa has different varieties across the region, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact origin of the dish. Nevertheless, numbers of laksa recipes has been developed along the trade channels of Southeast Asia—where the ports of PenangMedanMalaccaSingaporePalembang, and Batavia (now Jakarta) are the major stops along the historic spice route. The intensive trade links among these port cities enables exchanges of ideas to took place, including sharing recipes.[7]

So many kinds and styles of laksa…Let’s take a look!

Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa – Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge).  Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain and set aside. add liquid sachet to 160ml water and bring to a boil. Add noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

A sealed noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

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

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

A very large wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

A thick and aromatic sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added starfruit, pineapple, baked chicken, egg, prawn, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander and fried garlic. The noodles are just right – greatest chew and gauge. The broth is seething with rich flavor – a nice smack of lemongrass and spiciness here. Very impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9555861000474.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

A Touch of Tropical Spice: From Chili Crab to Laksa: 75 Fabulous Recipes from Monsoon Asia

Check this one out on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen – Hong Kong

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

Here’s another one I got up at the new T&T Supermarket up in Richmond BC that’s at Lansdowne Centre. Or is it Lansdowne Mall? Either way, it’s a big T&T inside what used to be a Target store. Oh – and sad parents can rejoice – TOYS R US IS STILL IN CANADA. Also, if you go to the Walmart in Richmond, you will often see Teslas, Ferraris and the odd Buigatti. It’s like a mirror universe. Let’s check this one out!

Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen – Hong Kong

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

The distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodles to 500mL boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

One of the two noodle bundles.

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

A dry sachet.

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

Lots of powder.

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

A sauce sachet.

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

Thick stuff!

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Dodo fishball, tofu puff, BonCabe Level 15 and coriander. The noodles are really great – nice roundness, good texture. Married to the broth which is thick and luxuriant with a spiciness and really nice little prawny hit to it with a keen sweetness, it works very well. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 087303866847.

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

生麵皇Non-fried Ramen Instant noodle King Beef Soup Flavour 5-in-1 bag (12.35oz/350g)

Watch me cook this up on Instant Noodle Recvipe Time!

Unboxing Time: Instant Noodles Swag From Prima Taste

Unboxing Time: Instant Noodles Swag From Prima Taste

I saw some promotional events that Prima Taste was running and some of the neat stuff they did with giveaways and what the folks who were giving out samples were wearing. I asked if I could possible have some swung my way and they obliged! Thank you! Let’s open this boxc up and see what’s within!

Unboxing Time: Instant Noodles Swag From Prima Taste – Singapore

Tee shirts, posters and stickers? Awesome! Thanks again!

#2819: World O’ Noodle Asam Laksa Flavour Instant Noodles

#2819: World O' Noodle Asam Laksa Flavour Instant Noodles

Got this one at the Jason’s Market at the foot of the Taipei 101. Asam laksa – possibly a new taste for you. Here’s something from Wikipedia –

Asam laksa is a sour, fish and tamarind-based soup. Penang Asam Laksa listed at number 26th on World’s 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011.[13] Asam is the Malay word for any ingredients that makes a dish tastes sour (e.g. tamarindgelugur or kokum). Laksa typically uses asam keping, known as kokum in the English speaking world, which is a type of dried slices of sour mangosteens. The modern Malay spelling is asam, though the spelling assam is still frequently used.

The main ingredients for asam laksa include shredded fish, normally kembung (small mackerel of the Rastrelliger genus), and finely sliced vegetables including cucumber, onions, red chillies, pineapple, lettuce, common mint, daun kesum (Vietnamese mint or laksa mint), and pink bunga kantan (torch ginger). Asam laksa is normally served with either thick rice noodles or thin rice noodles (vermicelli). And topped off with petis udang or “hae ko” (蝦膏), a thick sweet prawn/shrimp paste.[1]

Alright – let’s crack it open and give it a try!

World O’ Noodle Asam Laksa Flavour Instant Noodles – Malaysia

#2819: World O' Noodle Asam Laksa Flavour Instant Noodles

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

#2819: World O' Noodle Asam Laksa Flavour Instant Noodles

The noodle block.

#2819: World O' Noodle Asam Laksa Flavour Instant Noodles

The soup base sachet.

#2819: World O' Noodle Asam Laksa Flavour Instant Noodles

A granular powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Dodo fishball, coriander and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are good – nice gauge and soft chew. The broth has that nice little spicy kick and sour notes. Basic and good. 3.75 out of 5.-0 stars. EAN bar code 4894514002744.

#2819: World O' Noodle Asam Laksa Flavour Instant Noodles

The Little Malaysian Cookbook

A recipe for Asam Laksa.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

When it comes to my favorites and the annual The Ramen Rster’s top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list, I like to take nothing for granted. This one has been number one for the past two years and I’m guess it will be so again this year – but I have to try it first just to make sure. Did they change the recipe? Has my taste changed? It gets a little tougher every year with this list as every year there’s about 400 new varieties I’ve been sampling. Anyways, here we go – let give it another try and see how it stacks up!

Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains crustaceans. To prepared, add sachet contents to 500ml water in a pot and bring to a boil. Add in noodle block and cook on low for 7 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

The noodle block.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

A large laksa paste sachet.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

Serious stuff!

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

A large dry sachet.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

Aromatic coconut milk powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, scallion, tau pok, fried onion and Dodo fishball. The noodles come out thick and with just the perfect chew to them. Indeed, they seem very artisan – very rustic and hearty. The broth is the stuff of dreams – a nice spiciness, a strong flavor of fish and shrimp and a rich depth from spices. The coconut milk powder gives it a richness and creaminess reminiscent of cooking for hours. 5.0 out of 5.0 hours – just as good as the first time I tried it.   EAN bar code 8886350067854.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

Prima Taste Laksa Wholegrain LaMian, 6.5 Ounce

A TV news story on Prima Taste from 2015

Unboxing Time: New Wholegrain Prawn Soup From Prima Taste

Unboxing Time: New Wholegrain Prawn Soup From Prima Taste

Got this package the other day – and I didn’t expect it. Well, I WAS expecting it, however both I and Prima Taste thought that it probably had been seized by customs. The tracking was going great then it hit Oakland, California and then Import Delay. It stuck that way for over a week – and then started moving again! What’s more, they never opened the package. Let’s have a look inside!

Thank you very much to the folks at Prima Taste! Can’t wait to try everything (some tried before, some new to try) and thank you for the birthday gift!

#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

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan – Hong Kong

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

Here’s one I found at PriceSmart Foods up in Richmond, BC in July 2017. They had a ton of these and they sounded interesting. These are from Hong Kong – not a place I would think of when it comes to laksa. Here’s a little about laksa from Wikipedia –

There are various theories about the origins of laksa. In Indonesia, the dish is believed to have been born from the Chinese coastal settlements and the mixing of cultures between Chinese merchants and the local cooking practices.[7] As Peranakan Chinese communities have blended their ancestors’ culture with local culture, Peranakan communities in different places now demonstrate diversity according to the local flavour.[8] In Malaysia, the dish is believed to have been introduced by Chinese immigrants in Malacca.[9] In Singapore, the dish (or its local “Katong” version) is believed to have been created after interaction between the Peranakans with the local Singaporeans.[10][11]

Various recipes of laksas have gained popularity in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia; and subsequently international recognition. Initially in July 2011, CNN Travel ranked Penang Asam Laksa 7th out of the 50 most delicious foods in the world.[12] Its rank however, fell to number 26th after CNN held an online poll by 35,000 people, published in September 2011.[13] Singaporean Curry Laksa on the other hand ranked in number 44th.[13]

In Indonesia, laksa is one of the traditional comfort foods; the spicy warm noodle soup is much appreciated during cold rainy days. However, its popularity is somewhat overshadowed by soto, a similar hearty warm soup dish, which is often consumed with rice instead of noodles. In modern households, it is common practice to mix and match the recipes of laksas; if traditional laksa noodle is not available, Japanese udon noodles might be used instead

Alright – let’s check out this variety from Hong Kong!

Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan – Hong Kong

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A big and hard to remove distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add in all sachets and boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep for… Yeah – no instructions. Great. I’m going to go with 3 minutes and give it a look and if that’s not enough to hydrate the rice noodles, 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

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Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

An included fork!

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

The ho fan rice noodles.

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

A large dry base sachet.

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

A decent amount of powder.

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

The laksa sauce sachet.

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

Thick and smells like curry.

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

A solid ingredients sachet.

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

Kind of surprised to see corn in this.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fishball, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, egg , spring onion, and fried onion. The noodles are thin and broad with a little more chew than I expected for a rice noodle, however, not an unwelcome one. The broth was good however I think that the amount of water required due to the fill line position was just way too much and what could have been a stronger curry broth was neutered by dilution which makes me sad. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 087303866793.

#2632: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - rice noodle - instant noodle

Sau Tao Brand Scallop Flavor Chinese Noodles, Non-Fried

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