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#727: Meet The Manufacturer – Indomie Mi Instan Rasa Empal Gentong Khas Jawa Barat

Today I continue reviews for Meet The Manufacturer: Indomie week! This is another one, sent to me from Jakarta, Indonesia by Indomie – thanks again! So what does Empal Gentong consist of? What does it mean? Here’s what I found on Wikipedia:

Empal gentong is a spicy curry-like beef soup originated from Cirebon, West Java. This soup is similar to gulai that usually cooked with firewood stove in gentong (Indonesian for: clay pot). The ingredients are parts of beef meat, intestine, tripes, lungs, etc. cooked in curry-like spices in coconut milk, kucai (Chlorella sorokiniana) and sambal in the form of chilli powder. Empal gentong can be eaten with steamed rice, ketupat or lontong. Empal gentong originated from Battembat village, kecamatan Tengah Tani, Cirebon regency.

Sounds interesting. I plan on adding a couple of things to it and make this a sumptuous meal! Please join me! Read the interview I did with Indomie here!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Note that this is a soup – no picture of draining.

The noodle block, ready for action!

So for packets, we start with the standard powder seasoning and chili powder combo. Again, I ask if anyone knows what the little guy on the chili powder side is all about!

Here’s the seasoning powder. I used a little bit of the chili powder – seen on top.

Now for the wet ingredient and topping: seasoned oil on the left and fried onion on the right.

The oil has a meaty and slightly sweet aroma.

These are great – adds a nice little crunch on top of everything.

Finally, the solid ingredients packet.

The back of the packet simply calls this sayuran kering which I translated to dried vegetables.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added some of the awesome fresh vegetable mix we made from shopping at Country Farms yesterday, along with some beef lunch meat, a little Fresno pepper, a hard boiled egg, some lime, a little Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce and some Krazy Mixed Up Salt. The noodles are characteristic Indomie; good to chew but not tough and abundant. They’re pleasant and enjoyable. The broth has an interesting flavor to it – kind of beefy and also a little sweet. It’s an interesting mix; kind of reminds me of the light flavor the special Laksa had – not the flavor so much but the lightness of it. I really liked this one. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 089686910308 .

Here’s a video of a street vendor selling Empal Gentong.

Here’s some Indonesian music played on the Gamelan. Here’s a Wikipedia article about this amazing instrument and its history. This article is about the Gong Ageng – check it out.

Setting The Record Straight: Rampant Claims Of Instant Noodle Dangers

3/19/2013 – UPDATE – Check this new article out – I was published on consumeraffairs.com

8/31/2012 – UPDATE – Thanks to everyone checking out this article and for the nice words! Thought I’d also mention I have an article about cup noodle rumors you might like – check it out HERE.

At first, I found it laughable, but now it’s gotten to the point where I feel something should be said. I’ve been seeing more and more posts going up on blogs from around the world about the dangers of instant noodles. They claim some ridiculous things that are just plain untrue. I think the people who might really bear the brunt of this are those among us who eat instant noodles because they can’t afford more expensive foods. Here are some of the issues I’ve seen mentioned and some facts and supporting info.

UPDATE Sept 5, 2012: Saw this picture as I was looking for articles to put on the Noodle News and

figure it’s got to be the culprit for a lot of the worries people have had.

Heating MSG (Found In Instant Noodles) Changes It Into A Toxic, Deadly Form

FALSE

This one is kind of obvious. If heating MSG made it deadly toxic, wouldn’t everyone be dead by now? Here’s a great post about this and other things from a blog called The Butcher Of Kuala Lumpur:

Here’s Snopes.com’s article about it:

Instant Noodles Are Coated With Wax

FALSE

You’re kidding, right? One of the reasons they’re saying is that the wax ‘keeps the noodles separated.’ Anyone with an ounce of reason will know that instant noodles that are coated in wax aren’t going to stay sepasrated from the wax. Wax melts and relatively moderate temperatures. They mention boiling the noodles, draining them and putting them in fresh water. The only thing you’ll get by doing this is would be that you’d get rid of some of the gluten.
Here’s what I found on a page by Monde Nissin:

Instant noodles do not contain any wax. Noodle strands do not stick together as a natural consequence of the process of slitting or cutting the noodle dough into strands, steaming, and then frying in normal cooking oil.

You can see the page at http://www.mondenissin.com/main.php/products/lucky_me/truth_myth

Instant Noodle Cups Are Lined With Wax

FALSE

Another strange one that’s circulated quite a bit lately. Supposedly, this would be so the cup wouldn’t leak. I dunno – weird reasoning there. I found two things that logically supported that this is a false claim.

First, there’s a page on Snopes.com. Snopes is renowned for shedding the light of reason on rumors that go from implausable to fact in minutes in our information based world.

Second, again you can hit up the Monde Nissin page – they have a really great list of Facts vs Myths that should answer most questions asbout the safety of instant noodles.

What got me really amped up to write this article was this article that I just found recently – http://thinkbet.com/2012/04/25/disease-caused-by-excessive-instant-noodles-consumption/

I was very interested in finding out what this ‘Chinese Restaurant Syndrome’ was  that’s mentioned at the end. Well, This article about it mentions how MSG has never been directly proven to correlate with it.

Here’s another article – this one is about preservatives – http://health-food-nutrition.blogspot.com/2010/10/right-dose-preservative-noodles-safe.html

So much hype and so much fear don’t seem very healthy – I’m pretty sure hypertension has been proven to be unhealthy. Anyways, take everything you read with a grain of salt (I’m even groaning at that one – sorry) and use common sense when you read scary food articles online. Do your research – don’t let someone with an agenda decide what’s good for you.