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Meet The Manufacturer: #1461: Nissin Cup Noodles Black Pepper Crab Flavour

Well, we come finally to the end of the Nissin Singapore Meet The Manufacturer. It was a nice little journey through a multitude of great flavors! Today we finish with Black Pepper Crab flavored Cup Noodles. What’s Black Pepper Crab? I’ll ask Wikipedia:

Black pepper crab is one of the two most popular ways that crab is served in Singapore. It is made with hard-shell crabs, and fried with black pepper. Unlike the other popular chilli crab dish, it is less heavy due to the absence of a sauce. The black pepper crab is liked by many locals and foreign tourists over the chilli crab because of its drier and fragrant pepperish nature. It is becoming very popular to mix the pepper crab with a fresh jackfruit sauce. It is however not in the list of Singapore’s National Dishes.[1]

The creation of Singapore’s black pepper crab is attributed to Long Beach Seafood Restaurant in 1959.[2] However, for many Singaporeans, Eng Seng Restaurant is widely recognised as the place for the best black pepper crabs, with notorious long queues, booking required and the dishes selling out by 8pm.[3][4]

Hey that sounds good! Let’s check out this Cup Noodles variety and bid a fond farewell to this, the latest Meet The Manufacturer.

Here’s the back of the cardboard outer (click image to enlarge). Contains fish and egg. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and let steep for 3 minutes. Add in seasoning oil sachet contents and stir. Enjoy!

The cup unobstructed by the cardboard outer.

The seasoned noodle block.

Loose pieces including egg, crabstick and vegetables.

Seasoned oil sachet.

The oil has a very nice crab scent.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added crab claw shaped fishcake with Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper, fried tofu, mung bean sprouts, green onion, sweet onion and scrambled egg with Melinda’s Garlic Habanero Hot Sauce. The noodles are again very nice – good amount and texture. The broth has a nice thickness to it – almost like a cross between a sauce and a gravy. The flavor is nice with a definite black pepper and crab presence. The bits hydrated very well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888279640019.

A book full of images of Singapore.

An instructional video on how to make Black Pepper Crab at home – looks delicious!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1460: Nissin Premium Instant Noodles Spicy Beef Flavour

Today’s the next to last review of the Nissin Singapore Meet The Manufacturer. This is the 14th review! There have been an interesting array of different varieties that have been really quite good! Today, I’m trying the package version of their spicy beef flavor. I reviewed the bowl version pretty early on. Anyways, let’s have a look at this one!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add noodle block and garnish to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in remaining sachets and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A granular powder with an almost tomato scent.

A liquid ingredient sachet.

Has a nice beefy scent.

The garnish sachet.



Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sliced green onion, coriander, and beef, bell pepper and sweet onion sauteed with some soy sauce. The noodles are great – a standard gauge with round shape a bounciness. The broth has a nice beef flavor with a spiciness that’s now overwhelming for most but just a nice kick for many. The vegetables hydrated well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888279610074.

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A tourism video about singapore.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1459: Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yam Veg Flavour

Been a busy day today so noodles came in the evening instead of first thing in the morning. Usually, instant noodles are the first thing I eat in the morning. Well, today it’s vegetable tom yam Cup Noodles. Let’s see how they come out – very curious how they’ll be inside!

The back of the cardboard outer (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in paste sachet and then add boiling water to fill line. Re-voce for steep for 3 minutes. Stir well and enjoy!

The exposed cup after the cardboard outer is removed.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Bit and pieces of vegetables from the cup.

The paste sachet.

Has a nice spicy tom yam scent.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed tofu, sweet onion, leek, and corn as well as green onion, coriander and lime. The noodles are your standard Cup Noodles fare with a nice texture and chew as well as a great quantity. The broth has a nice citrus flavor and a good, strong spiciness. The vegetables hydrated quite nicely – mushrooms were quite large and corn did great! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8888279102111.

Been thinking about going vegetarian? These ‘for dummies’ guides actually are pretty neat and in all sorts of subjects.

A recipe on making Tom Yam soup at home – with subtitles in one zillion languages, too!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1458: Nissin Premium Instant Noodles Roast Beef Flavour

My son’s favorite instant noodles of all time are (drumrolls please), Nissin Top Ramen Chicken Flavor. It’s about as domestic as you can get. I’ll admit I like it a lot too – basic noodles and decent chicken broth. He does let me make him stuff that’s a little more adventurous from time to time. Today’s going to be one of those days.

We decided we’ll be making breakfast, lunch and dinner for my wife today! For breakfast, he helped me make apple turnovers and scrambled eggs with diced ham and cheese curds. He’d never tried a cheese curd before and liked it a lot – they’re garlic ones and really tasty! Gonna do up noodles for lunch a bit later (actually when you see this, lunch will have been the day before). He’s getting some beef noodles! Let’s check ’em out.

Here’s the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add soup base and garnish sachet contents in the bowl and add boiling water to the fill line. Re-cover and let steep for 4 minutes. Add in paste and stir. Enjoy!

Here’s detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

The beet varieties have an interesting acidity to their scent, somewhat akin to tomato.

A liquid sachet.

Has a strong beef scent.

The garnish sachet.

A nice little mix.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onion, mung bean sprout, peas, carrot, coriander and beef and onion sauteed with garlic salt and basil. The noodles were a little wider gauge – almost like South Korean ramyun but not that thick. There were a lot of them too. The broth has a very well rounded beef taste which worked well. The vegetables hydrated pretty well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 8888279600037.

Here’s something that can be gotten here in the United Staes by Nissin – the Souper Meal! This is a big beefy bowl of noodles!

A commercial for Nissin’s Premium Instant Noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1456: Nissin Cup Noodles Chicken Flavour

Cup Noodles are made by Nissin in all sorts of varieties worldwide. They make them specifically for different regions – the ones for sale in India have an Indian taste; ones in Brazil have flavors that appeal to Brazilians. One flavor that is kind of universal is chicken. I would guess that every country has some kind of well known chicken dish. I wonder if they have chicken in Antarctica? I guess it would be freeze-dried and imported. Is Antarctica even inhabited? Maybe wikipedia will know…

Several governments maintain permanent manned research stations on the continent. The number of people conducting and supporting scientific research and other work on the continent and its nearby islands varies from about 1,000 in winter to about 5,000 in the summer, giving it a population density between 0.00007 inhabitants per square kilometre (0.00018 /sq mi) and 0.00035 inhabitants per square kilometre (0.00091 /sq mi) at these times.

Wow that’s not many… But is it a country?

Antarctica has no government, although various countries claim sovereignty in certain regions. While a few of these countries have mutually recognized each other’s claims,[73] the validity of these claims is not recognized universally.[1]

New claims on Antarctica have been suspended since 1959 and the continent is considered politically neutral. Its status is regulated by the 1959 Antarctic Treaty and other related agreements, collectively called the Antarctic Treaty System. Antarctica is defined as all land and ice shelves south of 60° S for the purposes of the Treaty System. The treaty was signed by twelve countries including the Soviet Union (and later Russia), the United Kingdom, Argentina, Chile, Australia, and the United States.[74] It set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, established freedom of scientific investigation and environmental protection, and banned military activity on the continent. This was the first arms control agreement established during the Cold War.

It doesn’t look likely that there will be an Antarctic Cup Noodles version coming out any time soon. But then again, you never know – there aren’t a whole lot of people who reside in outer space, but Nissin invented ‘Space Ram’ noodles for an astronaut in 2005! Here’s a snippet from the WINA (World Instant Noodle Association) website:

Another of Momofuku Ando’s achievements was the development of Space Ram, the first noodles to be consumed in outer space. After NASA’s stringent quality and safety check, the product was carried into space by Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in July 2005. Space Ram are based on technology developed over many years, including systems to prevent the noodles and soup from escaping in zero gravity. Having spread throughout the world, instant noodles have now carried his ideals into space.

Alright so there’s your lesson on Antarctica and instant noodles in space! Let’s check out these chicken Cup Noodles from Singapore!

Here’s the back of the cardboard outer (click image to enlarge). Contains egg and chicken. To prepare, add boiling water to line. Cover and steep for 3 minutes. Stir well and enjoy!

Here’s the cup, unobstructed by the cardboard outer.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The seasoned noodle block.

Here are some of the loose bits from the cup – diced chicken, vegetables and egg.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added grilled chicken, corn, carrots, peas, scrambled egg with Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Chilli Sauce, and some Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Basil Seasoning. The noodles are of the Cup Noodles gauge and feel – thin and tasty and well-hydrated. The broth has a nice chicken flavor, and the supplied egg, chicken and veggies were of decent quality as well as quantity. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888279102029.

Here’s what we find here in the United States – Cup Noodles Chicken!

Here’s a video of a trip to the Momofuku Ando Instant Noodles Museum in Japan. One of my dreams is to visit Japan and come here.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1454: Nissin Cup Noodles Chilli Crab Flavour

I first heard of a dish called Chilli Crab a few years ago, and was told it was the ‘signature dish of Singapore.’ Since the advent of Instagram, I’ve seen this particular Cup Noodle variety dozens of times and always have been quite curious about it. Let’s take a look at this regional Cup Noodles variety!

Here’s the back of the cardboard outer (click image to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add contents of liquid sachet and boiling water to line. Re-cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir well and enjoy!

The cup under the cardboard outer.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The seasoned noodle block.

A little bit of the bits and pieces loose in the cup.

The liquid sachet.

An oily paste with a very nice crab and chilli scent.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sliced green onion, coriander, sweet onion and claw shaped fish cake with a dash of Tabasco sauce. The noodles are their usual good-natured selves, hydrating nicely with a thin Cup Noodles gauge and good quantity. The broth is interesting – it has a sweet and spicy taste and a good thickness to it. The flavor is excellent. The supplied bits of fish cake did really well too. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888279102067.

Want to try your hand at making Singapore’s Chilli Crab at home? This book has a recipe for that as well as many others!

I recently became a fan of KF Seetoh – and here he is, cooking some Singapore Chilli Crab!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1452: Nissin Premium Instant Noodles Spicy Beef Flavour

Looks like we’ve got some hot weather coming to the northwest this week. One weather report is saying it will get into the 90’s which is pretty darn hot for these parts. My wife and I were talking about it the other day and she mentioned that the last time we had a summer with such hot temperatures, the winter was equally as extreme – got lots of snow! I hope that it turns out the same way this year because I really like snow quite a bit. Granted, there are quite a few challenges getting around being legally blind, but it’s neat stuff all the same.

Another challenge has to do with these two. They are pretty low to the ground, so taking them out to do their business in a foot of snow is a little difficult although quite comical. Anyways, I thought some spicy beef sounded quite nice today before the onslaught of hot weather. Let’s have a look!

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add the dry seasoning and garnish sachets into the bowl and add boiling water to the line. Steep for four minutes. Finally, add in the paste sachet content and stir. Enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A dry seasoning powder sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

The paste sachet.

Has a nice beef scent.

The garnish sachet.

A nice little mixture of veggies.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added coriander, sliced green onion and some sweet onion, beef and bell pepper sauteed with soy sauce and BonCabe Level 15 chilli seasoning. The noodles were pretty good – a decent quality and quantity; they’re wider gauge than I would have expected too. The broth is great – with a fine beef flavor and a heat that doesn’t overwhelm. The pastes in these give the bowl a lot of authenticity. Supplied veggies hydrated nicely. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 8888279610081.

One of my favorites!

A commercial for Nissin Premium Instant Noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1451: Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yam Seafood Flavour

Whether you call is Tom Yam or Tum Yum, it’s a tasty, spicy and citrus flavored soup that originally heralds from Thailand. It is often served with seafood (shrimp seems most common) and garnished with coriander, better known in the United States as cilantro. When I first saw something mentioning coriander in Tom Yam, I decided to go to the store and find some. I ended up with a $5 little jar of powder. At the point I realized they call it cilantro here, I felt a little stupid, albeit a more educated. Coriander adds a nice little flavor to things. The thing is that you can’t get it here in very small amounts. For usually between 50 and 90 cents, you get more coriander than I would have any clue of what to do with, and I suppose it could be frozen, but I don’t think it would be as fresh and happy as it is when it’s just bought. So, I always feel a bit wasteful when I buy it. On the bright side, I think it’ll come into play a few times in this week, so that’s at least a plus. Well, let’s try this Tom Yam and use some coriander!

Here’s the back of the cardboard outer (click image to enlarge). Contains fish and crustaceans. To prepare, open cup halfway and add paste. Add boiling water to line and steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The cup outside of the cardboard outer.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block, infused with flavorings.

Loose pieces of solid ingredients such as shrimp, crab stick and vegetables.

A paste sachet.

Has a lovely Tom Yam scent.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added coriander, fish balls, shrimp, lime, squid and BonCabe Level 15 chilli seasoning. The noodles came out great – soft with good quality. The broth has a very nice balance of spiciness, flavor, and citrus. The seafood and vegetables hydrated perfectly, most notably the little shrimps were just right, with a slight sweetness that countered the strong citrus flavor. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888279102098.

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While I work on reviews and other things, I’ve lately found it interesting to listen to historic documentaries. I listened to one about the Watergate scandal, something I really didn’t know a lot about, and now I’m listening to a 24 part series on the Cold War. This one will be next on my list – a documentary about the history of Singapore.

#1213: Nan Jie Cun Hot-Dry Instant Noodles Chilli Flavour

Here another one I got up in Canada at T&T Supermarket in Richmond, BC. Never have I seen this brand before and thought ‘hey – this in interesting!’ What’s more, it’s actually heavy! What’s inside this thing making it so heavy? It took me a bit of looking to find out about this brand and it’s products. Here’s a little something I read on Wikipedia about where the manufacturing facility is:

Nanjie (Chinese: 南街村; pinyin: Nánjiē Cūn) is a village in Linying County, Henan province, China, widely reported as being the last Maoist village in China.[1][2][3] It is under the administration of the town of Chengguan, which also serves as the county seat.In 1992, the GDP of this village exceeded 100 million yuan and became the famous “billion village” at that time,but its output growth is proportional to the loans form some national banks of China.Since it is Unable to repay its huge loans, it is added to the reputation blacklist. There are rumors of bankruptcy about this village.

I decided I wanted to check out whether there was a company website. Nan Jie Cun isn’t a company, but a collective run by the people of Nanjie Village. In true Maoist fashion, they all participate in the production of products and in turn, they can all go to a store and get them for free. There is no currency in Nanjie. During my search, I found this website in English.

I looked at the root domain and found what I was looking for. This place is referred to as a village but looks very big and modern in all the photos. After digging, I found the village’s products page and the noodles.

I looked around and found that this place has kept all the images and ways of the Cultural Revolution – it looks absolutely fascinating. I’ve found that through my study of instant noodles from around the world, it’s given me the opportunity to find out about some pretty interesting places, Nanjie Village being one of them. Let’s check these noodles out!

Importer sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat–free but check for yourself. Take out everything, put the noodles and the dry vegetables sachet back in and add boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Drain. Add the rest of the sachets and stir.

Here’s a detail of the front with the instructions (click image to enlarge).

Hooray! An included fork!

The fresh noodle bag.

The mustard stem sachet (front and back).

They look nice and crunchy.

Dehydrated vegetables sachet.

Green onions, carrot and sesame.

Spicy sauce sachet.

Has a very rich and spicy scent.

The sesame sauce sachet.

The peanut scent is strong.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion and beef I sauteed with a little garlic salt. the noodles are alright – nice fresh noodles. The flavoring reminds me of dandan noodles – very hot and spicy and dry; dry flavor. Peanut butter and chilli oil abound. The mustard is crunchy and of good quality. Despite the good quality of the ingredients, the flavor is very monotone; hot spicy and peanut butter/sesame taste. I think this may be another instance of me really disliking traditional Chinese flavors (I really dislike a brand of Sichuan province that makes sweet potato thread). I’m sure if you like Chinese flavors like these though, you will be very pleased – I certainly would like to try more of their varieties and will attempt to contact them in hopes of a Meet The Manufacturer spotlight as my curiosity is piqued. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 6938618411076.

Here’s a video clip about Nanjie Village.

#931: Kamfen Dried-Mix Noodles Soya Bean Paste Flavored

Here’s another of these neat trays. This one’s soybean paste flavored. Interesting again how they use upper and lower case all willy-nilly.

Here’s a scan of the bottom of the box (click image to enlarge).

There were two stickers on the bottom of the box (click to enlarge).

Weird – again two little copies of the instructions are inside (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

Thin, broad noodles – their color is interesting too!

Soybean paste packet!

Has a nice smell – tasty too!


Looks like corn and onions and greenery.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added stir fry veggies, sweet onion, turkey with a little Texas Pete hot sauce and a little Dua Belibis chili sauce. The noodles are good – very enjopyable consistency and lots of them – broad and thin. The flavoring is great – salty and full of flavor – that Chinese spiced taste of anise and ginger is prevalent. The veggies were okay too. I think I like this one almost as much as the minced pork variety – 3.75  out of 5.0 stars !UPC bar code 6920363402225 .

Video of Shenzhen (where these noodles come from)

The Shenzhen Smartphone Market – you must watch this.

#835: Mr. Noodles Shrimp Simulated Flavour Instant Noodles

All good things… Well, these weren’t all that good but they were a lot of fun! Thanks go to Mark K. and Erika L. for getting these to me! They sent a slew of different flavors of Mr. Noodles and they were really my first foray into the world of Canadian instant noodles! Now it is time to give the last pack a try. Here we go!

Back of the package (click image to enlarge). Something interesting – all the others were imported by Anderson Watts Ltd. of Burnaby B.C. and not Vancouver, B.C.

The noodle block. They’re so crisp and uniform!

The seasoning packet.

The seasoning awaits becoming broth.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a couple scrambled eggs, some Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce and some Krazy Mixed Up Salt. The noodles are funky; they are almost doughy! Weird. The broth has a bit of flavor but not a lot and not a shrimp flavor. I dunno – it’s so fascinating and so meh. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars – fills the belly. UPC bar code 059491000303 .

Mr. UU (double u) – right on

This is a huge hit in Korea right now – Psy – Gangnam Style

#813: Mr. Noodles Spicy Chicken Simulated Flavour Instant Noodles

Again, I first want to thank Mark K. and Erika L. for getting these to me! You might be wondering why I’m reviewing another Mr. Noodles so soon – I review the Vegetable flavor one yesterday. Well, I received this email yesterday:

Name: philip b
Email: [email protected]
How did you hear about The Ramen Rater?: Web Search
I would like a reply please: Yes
Country: canada

Wow – this guy’s really unhappy. I replied thusly:

Philip –
I am terribly sorry that you don’t find Mr. Noodles Spicy Chicken flavor to be spicy. That being said, I must also point out that I have absolutely no ties to the company that makes these instant noodles – I review a
different instant noodle from around the world every day and today I reviewed Mr. Noodles Vegetable flavor.
I have reviewed over 800 unique varieties and have found this to happen from time to time though; spicy titles but not spicy flavor – or worse, says chicken but tastes like anything BUT chicken.
Well, I have some good news for you.
Tomorrow, I will post your message along with a review of the Mr. Noodles Spicy Chicken flavor I have in my noodle hamper. When I do a review, I make it according to the directions on the packaging and taste the broth and noodles as well as veggies should they occur. Then I ‘doctor them up’ if you will.
I will turn these noodles you say aren’t spicy into an internationally fueled fiery concoction! I’ll be bringing out all the big guns of heat – Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia (Africa too!) and finally, the USA.
Anyways, I hope this at least does something to make you feel better about things – it’s not within my power to get the makers of these noodles to heat up their flavoring sachets… What I have found is that the term
‘spicy’ is really dependent on the market. In fact I was asked by a Thai company the other day if I would rather review their products that they sell in the US or the ones they sell in Thailand. I picked the latter – they’re spicier.

Well, today I keep my word and so we shall have a look at this one from Canada – with some additions.

Back of the package.

The noodle block.

The seasoning packet.

Here’s the powder. I gave it a taste and got a nice chicken flavor a a hint of spiciness.

After the noodles and broth were done and reviewed, I started adding things… Here’s some Fresno pepper slices out of the freezer.

They had this Hanasia kimchi on sale at the local 99 Ranch Market recently – good stuff!

Okay let’s go from left to right. First, that’s Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. It’s a Vietnamese spicy staple – commonly seen at Pho restaurants, it sports a spicy and slightly sweet flavor. Next, my new favorite hot sauce, Dua Belibis. This one hails from Indonesia and I was told it’s great on noodles – and boy is it ever! Another sweet and spicy one. Following that is Texas Pete hot sauce. This is your standard pepper/vinegar/salt/xanthan gum fare. I like it a lot and use it on everything – as you probably guessed, it’s from the US. Next is something I was sent from South Korea – Sunchang Gochujang. It’s a paste made from spicy peppers in a tube! Very spicy and good. From Africa is Amanfopong pepper powder. This stuff is mean and hot – good stuff. Finally from Japan, Ajishima Kimchi furikake. Furikake is a traditional rice condiment – has sesame seeds, salt some dehydrated kimchi – a nice little addition. As a side not, I wish I would’ve been able to add some Canadian spiciness to this one – especially since the noodles were from Canada. If you’re looking for a great maker of Canadian hot sauces, Check out Brooks’ PepperFire’s website here – I reviewed their stuff way back during the Sauce Rater days – good stuff and quite unique!

Finished (click image to enlarge). In addition to all the sauces and spices above, I also added one fried egg, some Fresno pepper slices and some baked chicken. I sampled it before the onslaught of course. The noodles are weird; crumbly and kind of just not right. The broth has a somewhat enjoyable flavor and only the slightest hint of heat on its own. I wouldn’t call it spicy, maybe ‘spiced’ or ‘spiceish’ but not spicy. The flames on the pack are overstated. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.After adding everything though, this was a spicy cauldron of noodle goodness! It roared and still is burning good! Hope this helps Phillip with his unspicy noodles! UPC bar code 059491000778 .

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