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#1800: Crystal Noodle Soup All Natural Hot & Sour

Wow – review #1800. I must admit my surprise on how quickly I’m closing in on #2000. I haven’t reviewed one of these Crystal Noodle varieties in quite a while. I was talking to a friend of mine about instant noodles we weren’t particularly fond of and he mentioned his wife really liked these. We both agreed that Crystal Noodle was one of our least favorites. I figure though hey, you never know. This might be the one I really like! Let’s have a look.

Detail of the side panel (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in contents of sachet and fill to line with boiling water. Cover and let steep 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Here are a scant few of the mung bean threads. They look very interesting.

The soup base sachet – almost the size of a snack noodle sachet.

A little freeze-dried block that should spring to life once the boiling water starts to meld with it.

Here’s a side shot so you can see the mung bean thread.

Finished (click image to enlarge). This is a tough one. The clear as glass noodle hydrated very well and they have a slightly jelly-like consistency. The flavor block hydrated perfectly as well. The vegetables were everywhere and of decent quality. What was absent was much flavor. So much so that I felt the need to add some salt or soy sauce. It just really doesn’t work for me; kind of like Kool-Aid without sugar, or a grilled cheese without a bread element. 0.25 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 186190000218.

Crystal Noodle All Natural Noodle Soup, Hot and Sour, 1.9 Ounce Cup (Pack of 6)

These guys rock.

#898: Long Kow’s Crystal Noodle Soup Savory Shoyu

Here’s one I don’t have high hopes for as I’ve had a few other ones that weren’t very enjoyable in the past. But hey – this could be really awesome, right? I’m hoping so!

Side panel detail (click to enlarge).

Yep – bean vermicelli.

So inside the cup is another package – this one contains a seasoning block! I have always thought these things were fascinating.

I love brownies! It looks like some kind of asparagus treat but it’s a freeze dried block with veggies and soup base.

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles are not my cup of tea. I have been enjoying bean thread more lately since I found scissors to make them less ‘gaggy’ but these are a little thicker and tougher. The broth isn’t bad – has a nice light soy sauce flavor. The star of the dish is the veggies – really awesome with corn and cabbage. Still, this doesn’t make up for the nature of the dish. I really don’t like it. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC Bar code 186190000119 – get it here.

Awesome Long Kow video

The violin-like instrument is called the ‘erhu’

#854: Long Kow’s Crystal Noodle Soup Hot & Sour

Here’s an interesting one. This one’s got bean thread, something I am not usually thrilled with. Let’s see what happens.

Here’s the side panels – click to enlarge.

The lid is clear so you can see inside!

The bean thread whorl. I think it’s probably a nest or something; I don’t know what the correct term is.

The seasonings come in their own fancy packet – as a block.

I decided this morning to make some banana bread with chocolate chips. Actually, this is the seasoning block! Crazy looking, eh?

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some baked chicken breast and a little Sylvia’s Queen of Soul Food hot sauce. Okay so the noodles aren’t too bad – not my favorite though. they’re clear and hard to break apart with the lips. The broth is pretty good – definitely a nice hot and soup soup flavor. The veggies and bits aren’t bad – they really go nicely with the hot and sour flavor. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. Probably one of the best bean thread soups I’ve had yet. UPC bar code 086190000102 – get it here.

This is a wacky one!

A Monster Named Nian – The Story of Chinese New Year

#762: Long Kow Kimchi Pickles Bean Vermicelli

Here’s one Greg B. from Florida sent a while back. This sounds pretty interesting – let’s give it a try.

Not usually a fan of bean thread but this looks interesting; lots of different ingredients (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the block of bean thread.

The seasoning packet.

One trippy amalgam of ingredients…

Finished (click image top enlarge). This is just one of those I don’t like. The bean thread is the main problem here; it’s bean thread. Hard to eat, kind of slimy… Just not something I find satisfying at all. The broth on the other hand is very interesting – it has a fascinating tang and heat to it I liked. Then there’s the veggies – they’re wonderful! Lots of them and the re-hydrate very nicely. Yeah so this is a bummer; any kind of noodle other than bean thread would’ve worked. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4710734002978 .

Wow these guys are stoked – not sure what they’re saying here.

Looks like a Long Kow commercial

#558: Long Kow’s Crystal Noodle Soup Vegetables ( and Eggs )

Thought this looked worth trying. Vegetables and noodles. Sure why not.

Here’s the flavoring packet if you want to call it that. It says Vegetables and Eggs though… I am truly unhappy – I didn’t take a picture of this and I’m really bummed and truly sorry. It looked like a brick of freeze-dried vegetable omelet. When I poured boiling water on it, it disintegrated and started fluffing up almost immediately.

Here’s the ingredients and nutrition facts off the side of the bowl.

Click image to enlarge. Yeah… There it is. Well, it wasn’t what I’d hoped for. What did I hope for? A good bowl of noodles. I was skeptical when I saw they were bean thread. The large amount of mushroom and cabbage and odd hydrated egg was amazing. I think if this were spicy and they’d used fried noodles that I would have liked it much better. Long story short, I’m not pleased. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. Find it here.

Moth swarm

Way cool clip

Butterfly swarm

It’s Done: List of Manufacturers, Ramen Fansites and Places To Buy Noodles Online!!!

After spending a few days on it, here’s the list. If you have anything you think should be added, please let me know – II’d love to make this the most complete list on the Internet of instant noodle information! You can find it in a tab on top of the site as well.

Manufacturers

Annie Chun’s

www.anniechun.com

Assi Brand

www.assisuperla.com

Baijia

www.scbaijia.com

Bestme

lechine.com

Binh Tay

binhtayfood.com

Ching’s Secret

www.chingssecret.com

Doll

www.doll.com.hk

Dragonfly

www.ustrading.com

Fashion Food

www.fashionfoodthailand.com

FoodMon DJ DOC

m.idoit.co.kr

Fortune

www.jslfoods.com

Gefen

www.gefenfoods.com

Goku-Uma

www.nishimototrading.com

Gomex

viethungfood.com

GreeNoodle

www.greenoodles.com

Hsin Tung Yang

www.htyusa.com

Ibumie

www.biz-allianz.com

Indomie

www.indofood.com

Itomen

www.itomen.com

JFC

www.jfc.com

JML

www.hualong.com

Kamfen

en.lechu.com.cn

Knorr

www.unilever.pk

Koka

www.revolution.com.sg

Koyo

www.koyonaturalfoods.com

Lishan Food Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

hawmaw.com

Shandong Liuliushun Food Co Ltd

liuliushun.com

Little Cook

www.namchow.co.th

Long Kow

www.crystalnoodle.com

Loveme

lechine.com

Lucky Me!

www.mondenissin.com

Maggi

www.maggi.in

MAMA

www.MAMAlover.net

Maruchan

USA www.maruchan.com

JP www.maruchan.co.jp

Menraku

www.hikarimiso.com

Mimee

www.may-baker.com

Miracle Noodle

www.miraclenoodle.com

Myojo

www.nissinfoods.com.sg

Namchow

www.namchow.co.th

Nano

www.gfood.com.vn

Nissin

USA www.nissinfoods.com

JP www.nissinfoods.co.jp

Noah Foods

www.noahfoodsinc.com

Nong Shim

eng.nongshim.com

Noodle Time

www.noodle-time.com

Omachi

www.masanfood.com

Ottogi

www.ottogi.co.kr

Paldo

www.paldofood.com

Payless

www2.urc.com.ph

Q Brand

www.uni-president.com

Quickchow

www.zesto.com.ph

Royal Umbrella

www.royalumbrella.com.au

Saigon Ve Wong

www.aone.vn

Sakurai Foods

www.sakuraifoods.com

Samyang

www.samyangfood.co.kr

Sanyo Foods

www.sanyofoods.co.jp

Sapporo Ichiban

www.sanyofoods.co.jp

Sau Tao

www.sunshunfuk.com.hk

Shirakiku

www.nishimototrading.com

Six Fortune

www.sixfortune.ca

Snapdragon

www.snapdragonfood.com

Sunlee

www.sunlee.com

Sunny Maid

www.sunnymaid.com

TableMark

www.tablemark.co.jp

Tayho

www.tayho.com

Tat Hui

www.tathui.com

Thai Kitchen

www.thaikitchen.com

Tiger Brand

www.tigerfood.com.tw

Tradition

www.traditionfoods.com

Unif

www.uni-president.com

Ve Wong

www.vewong.com

Vedan

www.sunnymaid.com

Vifon

www.vifon.com.vn

Vina Acecook

www.acecookvietnam.com

Wai Wai

www.chaudharygroup.com

Wei Lih

www.weilih.com.tw

Westbrae

www.westbrae.com

Wu-Mu

www.sinlinfood.com

Ramen Fansites

Asian Soup Test (Germany)

www.asia-suppen-test.de

Ramen Reviews

ramenreview.wordpress.com

Rameniac

www.rameniac.com

noodlereview

noodlereview.posterous.com

The Ramen Review

theramenreview.blogspot.com

ramenramenramen

www.ramenramenramen.net

Ramen Tokyo

www.ramentokyo.com

Instant Noodle Review

noodles.2ne1.com

The Official Ramen Homepage

www.mattfischer.com/ramen

Instant Noodle Database & Reviews

www.wholla.com

Ramenblog

www.ramenblog.com

Die Happy Souper (Germany)

www.happysouper.de

Go Ramen!

www.goramen.com

NYC Ramen Adventures

nycramenaddict.blogspot.com

Ramen 2.0

www.tastyramen.com

ramen-otaku

ramen-otaku.blogspot.com

Ramen Walker

ramenwalker.blogspot.com

Ramen Adventures

www.ramenadventures.com

Ramenate!

www.ramenate.com

Ramen Road

ramenroad.blogspot.com

Iwate Ramen

iwateramen.blogspot.com

Ramenlicious

www.ramenlicious.com

Jay’s World

ay.typepad.jp/jays_world

Journey Into The World of Ramen

ramenlovers.blogspot.com

flickr Ramen Noodles Group

www.flickr.com

eat.tanspace.com

eat.tanspace.com

SoCal Ramen

www.socalramen.com

Kyoto Foodie

www.kyotofoodie.com

The Noodle Freak

thenoodlefreak.blogspot.com

Anarchic Ramen

anarchicramen.blogspot.com

No Reason!!

noreason-hiroshi.blogspot.com

Noodleholic

noodleholic.blogspot.com

Ramen 4 Pika

ramen4pika.blogspot.com

Online Ramen Stores

Note: I have never used any of these places to order noodles nor do I endorse them in any way. I have no opinion of them, for or against

Ramen Depot

www.ramendepot.com

Very Asia

www.veryasia.com

Marukai E-Store

www.marukaiestore.com

E Food Depot

www.efooddepot.com

Han Yaw

www.hanyaw.com

Ramenbox

www.ramenbox.com

My Korean Diet

www.mykoreandiet.com

The Japanese Kitchen

www.japanesekitchen.co.uk

Wai Yee Hong

shop.waiyeehong.com

Wing Yip Store

www.wingyipstore.co.uk

Amazon Grocery

www.amazon.com/grocery

Koamart

www.koamart.com

Shirataki Noodles Diet

www.shiratakinoodlesdiet.com

Meijer

www.meijer.com

Asian Food Grocer

www.asianfoodgrocer.com

I Shop Indian

www.ishopindian.com

Calibex

www.calibex.com

The Asian Cook Shop

www.theasiancookshop.co.uk

Yelzah Global Marketplace

www.yelzahglobalmarketplace.com

Kim’s Asian Market

www.kimsasianmarket.com

#90: Long Kow Crystal Noodle Soup 6 Kinds of Mushrooms

Click image to enlarge. Slightly spicy. The mushrooms don’t actually have a lot of flavor. The mushrooms were a bit mushy. There’s some yellow stuff that I don’t know what it is… The little yellow bits taste like egg… The noodles are good but they’re hard to eat – they don’t want to stay on a fork and are slimy. I wouldn’t say this stuff is anything special. 2.3 out of 5 stars. Get it here.