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Meet The Manufacturer: #2665: Alhami Instant Noodle Chicken Flavor

Meet The Manufacturer: #2665: Alhami Instant Noodle Chicken Flavor

Today, we say goodbye to the Olagafood Meet The Manufacturer series. Overall, it’s been a fun and tasty experience! I want to thank Davin over at Olagafood again for everything – also want to thank Jonathan at Waroeng Jajanan for supplying garnish and insight into this series! Much appreciated!

We end today with chicken flavor. I’m really excited about this series – and the fact that I’m getting some help from a local business. Jonathan over at Waroeng Jajanan. The store and restaurant combo is just an amazing place to check out authentic Indonesian cuisine, and you’ll be seeing a lot of (pretty much all) that I add in the end being from there in this series. Alright – let’s check out this one from Alhami as part of Meet The Manufacturer!

Alhami Instant Noodle Chicken Flavor – Indonesia

Meet The Manufacturer: #2665: Alhami Instant Noodle Chicken Flavor

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 350ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2665: Alhami Instant Noodle Chicken Flavor

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2665: Alhami Instant Noodle Chicken Flavor

A dual sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2665: Alhami Instant Noodle Chicken Flavor

Chilli powder atop soup base.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2665: Alhami Instant Noodle Chicken Flavor

Finished (click to enlarge). Added (prepared by Waroeng Jajanan) egg with sambal, curry chicken, fried onion (and from my own kitchen) tau pok, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and coriander. The noodles in all the Olagafood variants have had a decent gauge and chew to them. Quantity is nice as well. The broth has a slightly spicy chicken taste with a nice oiliness. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 034126939043.

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Meet The Manufacturer: #2664: Maitri Instant Noodle Vegetarian Soup Flavor

Meet The Manufacturer: #2664: Maitri Instant Noodle Vegetarian Soup Flavor

Here’s another vegetarian one from Maitri – this one being an instant noodle with broth. As I have to remind people, I won’t be coming out with a top ten vegetarian list. I wish I could, but it’s just a point of so much contention I should go a little into it.

One would think vegetarian is simple – you just don’t eat any meat. Well, it’s not that simple. Some people won’t eat certain flavor enhancers that may have come from meat but can’t be seen on the packaging whether they do or not. some people won’t eat honey because it’exploits bees.’

I’m kind of a black and white guy; If I’m going to do a list of everything from say Iceland – everything would be from Iceland. If they were all beef flavors, it would be all beef flavors. So I can’t be as specific and encompassing with vegetarian.

I’m really excited about this series – and the fact that I’m getting some help from a local business. Jonathan over at Waroeng Jajanan. The store and restaurant combo is just an amazing place to check out authentic Indonesian cuisine, and you’ll be seeing a lot of (pretty much all) that I add in the end being from there in this series. Alright – let’s check out this one from Maitro as part of Meet The Manufacturer!

Maitri Instant Noodle Vegetarian Soup Flavor – Indonesia

Meet The Manufacturer: #2664: Maitri Instant Noodle Vegetarian Soup Flavor

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 350ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2664: Maitri Instant Noodle Vegetarian Soup Flavor

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2664: Maitri Instant Noodle Vegetarian Soup Flavor

A dual sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2664: Maitri Instant Noodle Vegetarian Soup Flavor

Chilli powder hiding on the edge with soup base powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2664: Maitri Instant Noodle Vegetarian Soup Flavor

A liquid base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2664: Maitri Instant Noodle Vegetarian Soup Flavor

A seasoned oil.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2664: Maitri Instant Noodle Vegetarian Soup Flavor

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried onion and BonCabe (from Waroeng Jajanan) and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, tau pok and coriander. The noodles came out well – nice gauge and chew as usual. The broth has a kind of buttery vegetable hit to it with a tinge of spiciness. A little oil makes it nice and robust. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 034126937261.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2664: Maitri Instant Noodle Vegetarian Soup Flavor

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Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Mie Goreng

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

Maitri is Olagafood’s vegetarian product line. So far, I’ve been pretty impressed; the flavors are quite good and it’s been a lot of fun reviewing them. This one is a vegetarian mie goreng – here’s a little about mie goreng from Wikipedia –

Mie goreng (Indonesianmie goreng or mi gorengMalaymee goreng or mi goreng; both meaning “fried noodles”[3]), also known as bakmi goreng,[4] is a flavourful and spicy fried noodle dish common in Indonesia,[1][5]MalaysiaBrunei Darussalam and Singapore. It is made with thin yellow noodles fried in cooking oil with garliconion or shallots, fried prawnchickenbeef, or sliced bakso (meatballs), chili, Chinese cabbagecabbagestomatoesegg, and other vegetables. Ubiquitous in Indonesia, it can be found everywhere in the country, sold by all food vendors from street-hawkers, warungs, to high-end restaurants. It is an Indonesian one-dish meal favourite, although street food hawkers commonly sell it together with nasi goreng (fried rice).[6] It is commonly available at Mamak stalls in Singapore, Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia and is often spicy.

I’m really excited about this series – and the fact that I’m getting some help from a local business. Jonathan over at Waroeng Jajanan. The store and restaurant combo is just an amazing place to check out authentic Indonesian cuisine, and you’ll be seeing a lot of (pretty much all) that I add in the end being from there in this series. Alright – let’s check out this one from Maitri as part of Meet The Manufacturer!

Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles – Indonesia

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 3 minutes and drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

A dual sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

Chilli powder atop seasoning base.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

Oil and kecap manis (sweet soy sauce).

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

A garnish sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

Crispy fried radish chips.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added (prepared by Waroeng Jajanan) sambal goreng gentong, Indonesian pickle, crackers, (from my kitchen) tau pok, Dua Belibis and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles as before lending themselves quite nicely to making mi goreng. The taste isn’t extremely spicy, nor is it overly salty or sweet – kind of like a nice starting point to add things to. Not only that, many vegetarian variants have a kind of funky broccoli or mushroom taste – not this one. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 034126937254.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2654: Maitri Vegetarian Hot Curry Flavor - Indonesia - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater

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Wow, what a bargain!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2657: Maitri Vegetarian Extra Hot Mie Goreng

Meet The Manufacturer: #2657: Maitri Vegetarian Extra Hot Fried Noodle - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater - Indonesia

Well hello there – extra hot! I like it spicy that’s for sure. Not a lot of varieties I’ve seen that are extra hot and also vegetarian. At least not having both variables mentioned on the packaging. I think this is interesting.

I do a lot of YouTube videos these days if you didn’t know and one that seems to pique people’s curiosity are the ones I do with spicy noodle challenges. The original spicy noodle challenge has to do with a South Korean variety, but I’ve done this with ones from India, Malaysia, heck, even Canada! Well hey – I’m hungry and extra hot mi goreng sounds just perfect right now. Let’s give it a try!

I’m really excited about this series – and the fact that I’m getting some help from a local business. Jonathan over at Waroeng Jajanan. The store and restaurant combo is just an amazing place to check out authentic Indonesian cuisine, and you’ll be seeing a lot of (pretty much all) that I add in the end being from there in this series. Alright – let’s check out this one from Maitri as part of Meet The Manufacturer!

Maitri Vegetarian Extra Hot Fried Noodle – Indonesia

Meet The Manufacturer: #2657: Maitri Vegetarian Extra Hot Fried Noodle - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater - Indonesia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodle block in a pot for 3 minutes and drain. Add in sachet contents (except garnish). Stir very well. Finally, sprinkle garnish on top and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2657: Maitri Vegetarian Extra Hot Fried Noodle - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater - Indonesia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2657: Maitri Vegetarian Extra Hot Fried Noodle - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater - Indonesia

A dual sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2657: Maitri Vegetarian Extra Hot Fried Noodle - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater - Indonesia

Lots of chilli powder atop the seasoning base.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2657: Maitri Vegetarian Extra Hot Fried Noodle - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater - Indonesia

An oil sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2657: Maitri Vegetarian Extra Hot Fried Noodle - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater - Indonesia

Spicy scent!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2657: Maitri Vegetarian Extra Hot Fried Noodle - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater - Indonesia

The garnish sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2657: Maitri Vegetarian Extra Hot Fried Noodle - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater - Indonesia

Spicy radish chips!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2657: Maitri Vegetarian Extra Hot Fried Noodle - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater - Indonesia

Finished (click to enlarge). Added (prepared by Waroeng Jajanan) sambal goreng gentong, crackers, vegetable fritter, Indonesian pickle and Dua Belibis chilli sauce. The noodles have a great texture for mi goreng and work very well. The flavor is indeed good and spicy with a nice taste to them. The crunchy bits round everything out splendidly. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 034126937285.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2657: Maitri Vegetarian Extra Hot Fried Noodle - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater - Indonesia

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Andy attempts his first spicy noodle challenge with this one!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2654: Maitri Vegetarian Hot Curry Flavor

Meet The Manufacturer: #2654: Maitri Vegetarian Hot Curry Flavor - Indonesia - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater

Well, well, well, I do love me some curry. Especially when it mentions that it’s hot! Maitri is the range that Olagafood makes that has all vegetarian-friendly options. Here’s a little about this flavor in Indonesia from Wikipedia –

In Indonesia curry is called kari or kare. The most common type of kari consumed in Indonesia is kari ayam (chicken curry) and kari kambing (goat meat curry). In Aceh and North Sumatra roti cane is often eaten with kari kambing. Other dishes such as gulai and opor are dishes based on curry. They are often highly localised and reflect the meat and vegetables available. They can therefore employ a variety of meats (chicken, beef, water buffalo and goat as in the flavoursome gulai kambing), seafood (such as prawn, crab, mussel, clam, and squid), fish (tuna, mackerel, carp, pangasius, catfish), or vegetables (young jackfruit, common beans, cassava leaf) dishes in a spiced sauce. They use local ingredients such as chili pepperskaffir lime leaves, lemongrassgalangalIndonesian bay leaves (salam leaf), candlenuts, turmeric, turmeric leaves, asam gelugur and asam kandis (sour mangosteens similar to tamarind), shrimp paste (terasi), cumin, coriander seed and coconut milk

One popular dish, rendang from West Sumatran cuisine, is often described as caramelised beef dry curry. In Indonesia, rendang is usually not considered to be curry since it is richer and contains less liquid than is normal for Indonesian curries. Authentic rendang uses water buffalo meat slow-cooked in thick coconut milk for a number of hours to tenderise, caramelise, and flavour the meat. Opor Ayam is another variation of curry, which tastes very similar to gulai. Opor is usually whitish in colour and uses neither cinnamon nor turmeric, while gulai may contain either or both. Opor is also often part of a family meal around Lebaran, while gulai can be commonly found in Padang restaurants.

I’m really excited about this series – and the fact that I’m getting some help from a local business. Jonathan over at Waroeng Jajanan. The store and restaurant combo is just an amazing place to check out authentic Indonesian cuisine, and you’ll be seeing a lot of (pretty much all) that I add in the end being from there in this series. Alright – let’s check out this one from Maitri as part of Meet The Manufacturer!

Let’s see how hot this hot curry is!

Maitri Vegetarian Hot Curry Flavor – Indonesia

Meet The Manufacturer: #2654: Maitri Vegetarian Hot Curry Flavor - Indonesia - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 350ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2654: Maitri Vegetarian Hot Curry Flavor - Indonesia - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2654: Maitri Vegetarian Hot Curry Flavor - Indonesia - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater

A dual sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2654: Maitri Vegetarian Hot Curry Flavor - Indonesia - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater

Chilli powder atop seasoning base.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2654: Maitri Vegetarian Hot Curry Flavor - Indonesia - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater

An oil sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2654: Maitri Vegetarian Hot Curry Flavor - Indonesia - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater

Spicy seasoned oil.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2654: Maitri Vegetarian Hot Curry Flavor - Indonesia - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater

Finished (click to enlarge). Added (prepared by Waroeng Jajanan) vegetable fritter, sambal ijo, Indonesian pickle and (my own) coriander. noodle was soft with a nice gauge and mellowness. Good quantity. The broth indeed has a hotter level of curry – spicier. The included oil sachet gave the broth more of a robust feel as well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 034126937292.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2654: Maitri Vegetarian Hot Curry Flavor - Indonesia - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater

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Indonesian street food!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2653: Mikka Noodle Snack Sambal Balado Chilli Sauce Flavour

Meet The Manufacturer: #2653: Mikka Noodle Snack Sambal Balado Chilli Sauce Flavour - The Ramen Rater - Indonesia - Olagafood

Not only does Olagafood make the vegetarian Maitri and the Alhami varieties, they also make snack noodles. Snack noodles are an interesting thing that’s found everywhere in Southeast Asia. Literally, they’re seasoned instant noodles which are crunchy and tasty, usually sold in small packets – often (like this one) in a strip of them connected by perforations. Here’s a little about Sambal Balada from Wikipedia – and some other sambals!

Sambal balado Minangkabau style sambal. Chili pepper or green chili is blended together with garlic, shallot, red or green tomato, salt and lemon or lime juice, then sauteed with oil.[15]

Sambal buah (lit: fruit sambal) specialty of Palembang, made from the mixture of chili, shrimp paste, kemang (a type of mango) and pineapple.

Sambal cibiuk a sambal recipe specialty of Cibiuk village, Garut Regency, West Java. It consist of coarsely chopped and ground green bird’s eye chili, green raw tomato, shallot, galangal, lemon basil, shrimp paste and salt.

Sambal colo-colo From Ambon, it consists of Indonesian kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), chili, tomatoes bits, shallots and lime it has a chiefly sweet taste. It is suitable for barbecue dishes. Some variations will add butter or vegetable oil to the sambal.

Sambal dabu-dabu Dabu-dabu comes close to the Mexican salsa sauce, it is of Manado‘s origin. It consists of coarsely chopped tomatoes, calamansi or known as lemon cui or jeruk kesturi, shallots, chopped bird’s eye chili, red chili, basil, poured with hot vegetable oil, salt.[16]

Sambal durian or Sambal tempoyakIt is made from fermented durian called tempoyak. The fermentation process takes 3 to 5 days. The chili and the tempoyak may be readily mixed or served separately, to cater the individual preference in ratio of chili to tempoyak to determine the scale of hotness. This sambal IS available in two varieties: raw and cooked. In the cooked variety, pounded chilis, shallots and lemongrass are stir-fried with anchovies, tempoyak and turmeric leaf (for aroma). Petai (Parkia speciosa) and tapioca shoots are also frequently added. The sweet-sour-hot sambal can be found in Sumatra and Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), especially in Palembang and Bengkulu,[17] and also in Malay Peninsula.

Sambal gandaria Freshly ground sambal terasi with shredded gandaria, a kind of tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia.[18]Sambal gorengLiterally means “fried sambal”. It is a mix of crisp fried red shallots, red and green chili, shrimp paste and salt, briefly stir-fried in coconut oil. It can be made into a whole different dish by adding other ingredients, such as sambal goreng ati (mixed with diced liver) or sambal goreng udang (added with small shrimp).

Sambal jenggot Sambal with an addition of grated coconut, similar to urap.Sambal jengkolFreshly ground sambal terasi mixed with sliced fried jengkol, a kind of tropical bean with slightly stinky aroma native to Southeast Asia. Sambal jengkol can be found in Sundanese and Cirebon cuisine.[19]

Sambal kalasan Sometimes also called sambal jawa. Similar to sambal tumis, it is stir fried. It uses a heapful of palm sugar which gives its dark brown color, tomato, spices and chili. The overall flavor is sweet, with mild hints of spices and chili.

Sambal kacang A mixture of chilli with garlic, shallot, sugar, salt, crushed fried peanuts, and water. Usually used as condiments for nasi udukketan, or otak-otak. The simple version only employ cabe rawit chilli, crushed fried peanuts and water.

This is just a little taste of all the sambals out there. Let’s check out this sambal balado snack noodle from Olagafood!

I’m really excited about this series – and the fact that I’m getting some help from a local business. Jonathan over at Waroeng Jajanan. The store and restaurant combo is just an amazing place to check out authentic Indonesian cuisine, and you’ll be seeing a lot of (pretty much all) that I add in the end being from there in this series. Alright – let’s check out this one from Mikka as part of Meet The Manufacturer!

Mikka Noodle Snack Balado Chilli Sauce Flavour – Indonesia

Meet The Manufacturer: #2653: Mikka Noodle Snack Sambal Balado Chilli Sauce Flavour - The Ramen Rater - Indonesia - Olagafood

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open, tip upward and allow snack to enter your mouth. Finally, chew and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2653: Mikka Noodle Snack Sambal Balado Chilli Sauce Flavour - The Ramen Rater - Indonesia - Olagafood

The contents of one of the packages.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2653: Mikka Noodle Snack Balado Chilli Sauce Flavour - The Ramen Rater - Indonesia - Olagafood

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sambal goreng gentong prepared by Waroeng Jajanan. The noodles are in a small size, perfect for tipping the opened packet into your mouth for a nice amount. They have an agreeable crunch and are not too hard – you’re not going to break any teeth on them is what I’m saying. The flavor is a kind of sweet chilli sauce that has a little punch to it. For a snack, I’m giving this one a score of 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 034126885340.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2653: Mikka Noodle Snack Balado Chilli Sauce Flavour - The Ramen Rater - Indonesia - Olagafood

Sambal B a l a d o (Hot) – Padang Chilli Sauce – 8.47oz (Pack of 1)

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Meet The Manufacturer: #2652: Maitri Vegetarian Rasa Soto

Meet The Manufacturer: #2652: Maitri Vegetarian Rasa Soto - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater

Another line from Olagafood is Maitri. All of these are vegetarian. Today we have some soto – let’s hit up Wikipedia about it –

Soto (also known as srototauto, or coto) is a traditional Indonesian soup mainly composed of broth, meat and vegetables. Many traditional soups are called soto, whereas foreign and Western influenced soups are called sop.

Soto is sometimes considered Indonesia’s national dish, as it is served from Sumatra to Papua, in a wide range of variations. Soto is omnipresent in Indonesia, available in many warungs and open-air eateries on many street corners, to fine dining restaurants and luxurious hotels.[1] Soto, especially soto ayam (chicken soto), is an Indonesian equivalent of chicken soup. Because it is always served warm with a tender texture, it is considered an Indonesian comfort food.[2][3][4]

What’s great is that I’m working with Jonathan over at Waroeng Jajanan. The store/restaurant has all things Indonesian, and he’s offered to sponsor this series with some garnishes and insight into what will make them even better. Let’s check this one out!

Maitri Vegetarian Rasa Soto – Indonesia

Meet The Manufacturer: #2652: Maitri Vegetarian Rasa Soto - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 350ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2652: Maitri Vegetarian Rasa Soto - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2652: Maitri Vegetarian Rasa Soto - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater

A dual sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2652: Maitri Vegetarian Rasa Soto - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater

Chilli powder atop seasoning base.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2652: Maitri Vegetarian Rasa Soto - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2652: Maitri Vegetarian Rasa Soto - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater

A seasoned oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added (prepared by Waroeng Jajanan) Indonesian pickle, vegetable fritter, fried onion (my own) coriander. The noodles come out nicely – standard gauge with a light bouncy chew. The broth has a nice slightly lime hinted and beefy taste – very good for a vegetarian version. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 034126937278.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2652: Maitri Vegetarian Rasa Soto - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater

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Olagafood at a food expo in 2016

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Olagafood (2 of 2)

Here’s the second of two boxes of samples for this new Meet The Manufacturer. Let’s check out Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater!

Product Samples From Olagafood (2 of 2) – Indonesia

The Ramen Rater unboxes the second of two boxes sent by Olagafood of Indonesia for Meet The Manufacturer

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Olagafood

Olagafood Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Olagafood - Alhami Mikka Maitri - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Interview With Olagafood * Product Samples From Olagafood (1 of 2) * Product Samples From Olagafood (2 of 2) *  Alhami Mi Instan Mi Goreng SpesialMaitri Vegetarian Rasa SotoMikka Noodle Snack Sambal Balado Chilli Sauce FlavourMaitri Vegetarian Hot Curry FlavorAlhami Instant Noodle Prawn FlavourMikka Noodle Snack Roasted Corn FlavourMaitri Vegetarian Extra Hot Mie GorengMikka Noodle Snack Barbeque FlavourAlhami Instant Noodle Beef FlavourAlhami Instant Noodles Chicken Curry FlavorMaitri Vegetarian Mie GorengAlhami Instant Noodle Chicken Curry FlavorAlhami Instant Noodle Soto FlavorMaitri Instant Noodle Vegetarian Soup FlavorAlhami Instant Noodle Chicken Flavor

Months back, I contacted Olagafood as I was very curious about their product line and wanted to try and do a Meet Thre Manufacturer series with them. I got an affirmative response and here today we start the series. Olagafood is located in Indonesia, a country where I have difficulty procuring new products and varieties from.

I’m also excited that Waroeng Jajanan, a local Indonesian restaurant, and shop will be sponsoring this series with food that will be used to garnish these varieties! Thank you!

Alright, lets get started with the series with an interview with Mikka Law, Vice Director at  Olagafood.

Interview With Olagafood – Indonesia

THE RAMEN RATER>  Thank you very much for agreeing to do this interview! Could we start off with some information about Olagafood; when was it founded, where and by who?

OLAGAFOOD> Olagafood has been in food and beverages business for 20 years now. It was started in a Medan city in North Sumatra, Indonesia. We have grown to establish 2 more factories in Jakarta and Surabaya as well. Our market is mainly in Indonesia, and we have expanded to 24 countries around the world. Our philosophy since the beginning is to produce products with high quality and healthy ingredients with an affordable price.

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

OLAGAFOOD> Our flagship product is Instant Noodle, and we are actually the only company that produces Vegan/Vegetarian Instant Noodle in Indonesia. Also, now we produce ready-to-drink beverages in PET bottles and snacks as well.

TRR> I’m wondering what does Olagafood mean?

OLAGAFOOD> The word “Olaga” actually comes from “Olahraga,” which means Fitness in Indonesian/Bahasa language. We want to portray ourselves as healthy food and beverages company.

TRR> There’s some pretty serious competition in the Indonesian instant noodle market it seems – what makes your products different than others?

OLAGAFOOD> We believe our main difference is we aim to manufacture with better ingredients, non-preservatives, less MSG, less sodium and other highly-known “bad” ingredients in instant food products, but without sacrificing the taste by replacing them with other more natural ingredients. Our product “MAITRI” is pure vegan and vegetarian which is the one and only in Indonesia. It serves a niche market of vegetarians in Indonesia and the world, but so far it remains popular among the vegetarian and non-vegetarian due to its quality.

TRR> Any plans for an instant noodle plant in the United States or elsewhere in the world?

OLAGAFOOD> We have not plan to have a facility outside Indonesia yet, but there is, of course, an opportunity to invest in a new plant outside. The closest that we are seeking to invest in is in the Africa region. We see lots of opportunity lying there. So far we have been exporting to Africa for quite some time. We believe when the time is right, we will make the move.

TRR> Are involved in the local community around you?

OLAGAFOOD> Yes, we are actually a family business that is also community-based. Beyond the company perks such as health insurance and other benefits, we support our workers in their education, their children’s education with scholarship program and also their Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. We are also building infrastructure to support their living; such as houses around the factories, building roads around the neighborhood, building a mosque and supporting the city government where we are doing business in.

TRR>How many packs, cups, and bowls of instant noodles do you make in a year?

OLAGAFOOD> We produce roughly 18 million cartons per year and 50 million bottles of beverages each year.

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

OLAGAFOOD> Yes, we keep developing new products and hope it will come out soon. We can only give you some sneak peek, we are targeting a new set of the market with higher-end instant noodle. It will be something bigger, much spicier, and better! We are also coming out with more snack products soon. We will surely send you some when they are ready.

TRR> The varieties of food in Indonesia are amazing – how do you integrate these flavors into your products?

OLAGAFOOD> True, Indonesia has some amazing varieties of food. We do incorporate some of the flavors into our recipes such as Soto flavor and Rendang flavor.

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?

OLAGAFOOD> From the manufacturer’s perspective, we believe that instant noodle is just the same as other processed foods available in the market. It is just that instant noodles in Indonesia are seen as a staple food to replace rice dishes, which we think is not right. Any other processed foods that are consumed on a daily basis will not be beneficial for the body. Talking about sodium, it contains a tolerable amount of it, but it is not as high as processed meat’s sodium, however, instant noodle still should not be used as a replacement of rice, meat, and vegetables. Eating instant noodle as an afternoon “snack” every once in a while, will not affect our body as much.

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

OLAGAFOOD> Yes, we have beverages products such as orange juice which we imported the orange pulp from Florida, USA. We also have tea beverages in ready-to-drink PET bottles. They come in many different flavors such as Apple, Lychee, Peach, Honey Lemon, Mango, etc. Another line of products that we just recently launched is Snack noodle, they are children’s snacks with different types of seasonings.

TRR> What was your first product?

OLAGAFOOD> Our first product is INSTANT NOODLE; the brand name is ALHAMI.

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

OLAGAFOOD> We usually cook a pack of instant noodle with its seasoning plus an egg, green vegetables, and slices of chilies. Instant Noodle itself already contains vitamins but we suggest to add egg and vegetables to make it more complete and nutritious as a meal.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity for me and my readers to learn more about Olagafood!

Alright – thank you very much to Mikka and Davin at Olagafood and Jonathan at Waroeng Jajanan! Let’s get this series started!

#1114: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodle (Mie Goreng)

Here’s another from my Indonesian friend – thanks! Another new brand! Let’s check it out.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free.

The noodle block.

Powder seasoning on the left, chili powder on the right.

Chili powder atop the seasoning powder.

A packet with solid ingredients.

Crispy radish garnish!

Liquid packet.

Sweet soy sauce in oil.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). A new plate my wife got for me! Added red bell pepper and Vidalia sweet onions, a fried egg and some Sambel Asli chili sauce. The noodles have a standard feel and chew to them – not crumbly but not extremely chewy – soft. The flavor is good – a sweet, a little spiciness from the chili powder and a nice flavor. The added bonus of the crunchy fried radish is very welcome. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 034126937254.

 

 In Indonesia, great food is abundant. You can just walk down the street and there are vendors selling their amazing varieties of food everywhere. Here’s one selling Mie Goreng.