This is a big and somewhat heavy bowl from Taiwan. I’ve reviewed the version not made for export (this one usually goes to Hong Kong). What was funny about this one is that I found it up in Canada at a store in Aberdeen Centre – defintely not where this belongs. It’s full of beef and import restrictions would bar it from Canada. What a nice surprise! Let’s check out this one with Australian and New Zealand beef!
Uni-President Imperial Big Meal Beef Flavor – Taiwan
Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add in powder and liquid sachets and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in large retort pouch. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dry sachet (watch these sachets get used on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).
A wet sauce sachet.
A large retort pouch full of beef and sauce.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, sesame seeds, egg, and chili flake. The noodle is thick and has a slight brittleness and chewyness at the same time. The broth is a very thick and tasty beef. Included beef is on point and the gravy it comes in really add a lot of rich flavor to the soup. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710088412201.
Here’s one I picked up during my November 2016 trip to Taiwan. So I found this one at 7-Eleven I believe. Indeed for years I’ve been told by people from Taiwan to give this one a try. They’ve been downright exclamatory about it, but nobody ever sent me one to try. Moreover it took me actually bringing one home from Taiwan to get it and so here we are. This is part of Uni-President’s Man Han Feast range. Here’s a little about Man Han (short for Manchu Han) Feast from Wikipedia –
Manhan Quanxi, literally Manchu Han Imperial Feast was one of the grandest meals ever documented in Chinese cuisine. It consisted of at least 108 unique dishes from the Manchu and Han Chinese culture during the Qing dynasty, and it is only reserved and intended for the Emperors. The meal was held for three whole days, across six banquets. The culinary skills consisted of cooking methods from all over Imperial China.
The meal was prepared comprising six banquets over three days with over 300 dishes. Altogether there are said to have been 196 main dishes and 124 snack dishes, for a total of 320 dishes sampled over three days. Depending on how the dishes are counted with the samples, at the absolute minimum there were 108 dishes. The Emperor, after previewing the dishes, gave the feast its present name. The feast was divided into inner-palace and outer-palace banquets; only the imperial family and meritorious officials, including Han officials above the second rank, were invited into the inner-palace banquets. A book from the Qianlong era gives a detailed description of the feast and the dishes and ingredients.
More on this can be found here including the dishes served – one of which is called Golden Eyes and Burning Brain which is bean curd simmered in chicken, duck and cuckoo brains. I’d love to see an instant noodle version of that one for sure! So let’s crack into this hot pot beef variety!
Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan
Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add everything but the large pouch and boiling water to fill line. Cover with large pouch on top and let steep for 3~5 minutes. Add in contents of the large pouch. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dry base sachet/.
A light powder with flecks of vegetable.
An oil sachet.
A large retort pouch.
Chunks of beef in a sauce.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. So the noodles are broad and flat with a light chew and an excellent quantity. The broth is a tour de force of beef taste. It has a good thickness/oiliness to it as well as a good flavor. Indeed as expected, there’s a decent punch of spiciness. Indeed, the chunks of beef are of good size and quality. Moreover, the liquid with the beef in the retort pouch add depth to the broth. Finally, little rings of chilli pepper are here and there, joining the party. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710088412089.