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Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Lucky Me! Beef Na Beef Instant Noodles

I think a lot of people will say that Lucky Me! Beef Na Beef is one that they’ve seen many times when visiting an Asian grocery in the USA. Beef, like chicken, is one of those flavors you see about every instant noodle manufacturer out there making. Everyone knows what beef and chicken flavors taste like (well, maybe not everyone – hi vegetarians!). The weather here is quite cold and rainy lately and nice beef flavored broth sounds really good. One thing though; the Philippines isn’t a place known for it’s chilly climate. Would a beef instant translate well for colder places that’s been made there? I think I’ll have to see! Let’s revisit Lucky Me! Beef Na Beef!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge), I removed color to make print easier to read.  Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 2 cups of water and add in noodle block. Cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Smells beefy!

The garnish sachet.

Has a pleasantly strong garlic scent.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onion, beef, carrot, hard boiled egg and sweet onion. The noodles have a nice gauge and good texture to them – nice quantity too. The broth has a very beefy flavor – not one brought about like bouillon does but more like stewed beef. The garnish worked just right. If you like beef, you’ll really love this. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4807770190988.

Want some Lucky Me! Beef Na Beef? Get it here!

A Lucky Me! Beef Na Beef TV commercial.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1530: Lucky Me! Spicy Beef Mami Instant Noodle Soup

Lucky Me! Spicy Beef Mami is a newer product I’m pretty sure. A couple neat things about this one is tyhat they use Labuyo pepper. It’s also known as Bird’s Eye chilli as well a cili padi (chilli paddi) in Indonesia and Malaysia. What’s more, this is another instance of instant noodles being referred to as ‘mami.’ As far as I know, this in a purely Filipino thing; never seen instant noodles called mami anywhere else (although there is a Malaysian company called Mamee, (a play on mee and MAMA) and a Thai brand called MAMA (for the same reason). I thought I’d see what Wikipedia has to say about the various meanings of mami and got this list:

  • Mami (goddess), a goddess in the Babylonian epic Atra-Hasis
  • Mami (Japanese name), a Japanese feminine given name
  • Mami, Kerman, a village in Iran
  • Mami, alias of the Algerian raï singer Cheb Mami
  • Mami, a type of noodle soup found in the Philippines
  • MAMI, an abbreviation for Mainz Microtron, an electron accelerator in Germany
  • Mami, a Non-playable-character in Breath of Fire IV, who treated Fou-Lu’s wounds
  • MAMI Moscow State Technical University
  • Mami (film), a 1971 Argentine film
  • Mami Wata, a pantheon of ancient water spirits or deities
  • In some Indian languages, mami means uncle’s wife. Specifically, it means mother’s brother’s wife

That’s a lot of mami right there! Anyways, let’s try these Lucky Me! Spicy Beef Mami Instant Noodles and see what we have inside.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles in 2 cups boiling water fo 3 minutes. Add in garnish and seasoning sachet contents, stir, and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

The soup base has a spicy beef scent.

The garnish sachet.

Looks to be mostly green onions.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, sweet onion and bell pepper. The noodles hydrate quite nicely with a good gauge and mouthfeel that I would expect from a standard instant. The broth has a nice little punch of spiciness and a very good beef flavor. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 4807770191206.

Maybe want something non-spicy? Check out this Lucky Me! Beef Na Beef here!

A TV spot for Lucky Me! Spicy Beef Mami.

#778: Mamee Express Cup Curry Flavour

Here’s a little curry cup from Mamee. My sis brought it back to me from Canada earlier this year.


Here’s the side panel – excuse the snipping (click image to enlarge).

The lid (click image to enlarge).


The solitary packet.

Hooray for curry! Smells good.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some onion and a little Daesang Gochujang. The noodles are pretty bad. The curry flavoring was pretty good in the broth, although it left me wanting more – much more. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 9555022301228 .

Mamee TV commercial.

That looks like a long fall – kids, don’t try this at home

#744: Payless Instant Mami Beef Flavor

I was digging in the bottom of the noodle hamper and pulled this one out – pretty old and needs ingested ASAP! It’s one my sister picked up for me in Canada last year. Very small pack too! Let’s give it a try.

Looks like a lot of liquid for such a small packet – perhaps I ought to add the recommended additions. Click image to enlarge.

A portion of the noodle block.

One shiny silver packet.

The powder soup base.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added an egg, some of my veggie mix and some corned beef lunch meat. So the noodles are a slight bit mushy but of a slightly wider gauge than most. The broth has a nice beef flavor – and there’s a ton of broth. This is definitely a soup affair. Not bad, not amazing or something to write home about. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4800016738678 .

A Payless commercial.

Filipino Top 20

#429: Quickchow Instant Chicken Mami Chicken Flavor

So here’s some Quickchow from the Philippines. Mami just means noodle soup as far as I know. I like the little ‘Buy Pinoy’ logo on the lower right!

One shiny silver packet of powder seasoning.

Almost fluffy, isn’t it?

Click image to enlarge. I added two eggs while the noodles were cooking and a couple thinly sliced pieces of roasted turkey . So the noodles are much chewier and thicker than I expected. They make it a heartier meal. The broth is very nice – very much a chicken flavor. The turkey and egg went nicely with it to make it a really tasty breakfast. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.

Nothing says Merry Xmas like a 29 cent package of noodles!

Leonard Nimoy narrates ‘In Search Of…’ – about big stone heads!

#409: Payless Instant Mami Chicken Flavor

So here’s something new by a name I’ve liked a lot in the past. I have always given high marks to Payless’ Pancit Canton varieties, but this is the first time with some Instant Mami. Mami? What is Mami?! Wikipedia says it is:

Mami, a type of noodle soup found in the Philippines

Okay that’s a start… After looking around a bit, it seems that Pancit Mami means noodles in broth, so I’m figuring since that’s what this is, that’s what it be.

A single solitary packet of powder.

Some seriously white powder! Kind of hard to photograph, but got a good angle going on here.

Click image to enlarge. Since it was my breakfast, I added two eggs (fried), which have a little douse of pepper and were cooked in a light amount of spray olive oil and garlic salt. Finally, I sliced a single slice of roasted turkey breast lunch meat.

So the broth is nice – very homey and comfortable; not too salty at all. The noodles are basic as can be and not out of the realm of basic expectations. The eggs went well as did the turkey and seasoning. It was a hearty and warming bowl of noodles. I liked it immensely. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

A commercial for the beef variety.

When I first got WiFi on a laptop years back, I decided it’d be cool to check out streaming radio. So I Googled streaming radio on Google. I found a huge list and quite by random, came across WWOZ New Orleans, LA. It was during a show hosted by a lady who went by the Soul Sister and was a show devoted to deep funk and rare grooves. During this, I got turned onto an album Nigerian Disco Funk and have dug on this stuff ever since, Worth an earfull!

#397: Quickchow Quickie Cup Mami La Paz Batchoy

Something new – a cup noodle from the Philippines!

Two packets – dry seasoning on the left and a seasoned oil on the right.

The dry seasoning was kinda clumpy but that’s normal. The noodles had a neat look to them I don’t usually see.

Click image to enlarge. Finished product. The broth was interesting; like a chicken soup broth but only pork. The noodles were also like what you’d expect in a can of chicken soup, only this is a pork flavor. Not bad. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.

#305: Lucky Me! Supreme Special Beef Carne de Vaca Instant Mami Noodles With Free Crackers

So I’ve reviewed another Supreme with the free crackers before. This time it’s special beef flavor! The tops are all the same on this line it appears…

So here’s the ‘front’ I suppose. I found it interesting that they put a sticker over something so I peeled it off. It looks like they covered up the Filipino text with Spanish for sale in the US; which seems strange since there are a lot of folks from the Philippines here!

Drove my Chevy to the levee and then ate a bowl noodle… Very interesting side image…

So they seem hell bent on letting you know ‘hey, these crackers are free – gratis – and you will like them!’ Powder and some kind of seasoned oil on the right and a veggie pack on the left.

Waiting for a bath…

Click image to enlarge. Added two eggs with a little seasoning on them. So the noodles aren’t bad – not really firm. The broth is interesting – a beefy flavor. I’m still unsure of the vegetable here but they’re fun and the crackers add a nice touch. A good bowl of noodles – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.

The Ramen Rater Noodle Fest

So here’s a video with pretty much all the photos I’ve taken of noodles and where they come from. Strange, I know, but enjoy!

#230: Lucky Me! Supreme Instant Mami Noodles with Free Crackers Artificial Chicken Flavor

Enjoy. Do it enjoy.

So here’s some chicken flavor bowl noodles hmm? Free crackers…

Base powder, some ‘I’m not sure’ and crackers…

Sitting on the instant noodles…

So yeah – crackers? Interesting that in the last couple reviews I’ve tried some new things – last it was a Koka that had coconut in it – weird…

Click image to enlarge. Not bad at all – nothing super special though. Tasted like chicken ramen but a little more like a noodle soup kind of thing going on here. The crackers tasted good too. After a few bites of it and a try of the crackers, I left it for my 5 year old boy to devour – which he did quickly. I’m giving it a 3.75 out of 5.0 stars – I like it, the kid likes it, we’re good here capiche?