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Meet The Manufacturer: #3150: Hakubaku Baby Somen – Japan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3150: Hakubaku Baby Somen - Japan

Okay so we had baby udon – now somen (ramen)! Pretty rad – Hey kid – here you go – noodles! I wish I’d have known about this when my kids were super young! Let’s check it out!

Hakubaku Baby Somen – Japan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3150: Hakubaku Baby Somen - Japan

Detail of the info panel from the back (click to enlarge). Meat free. To prepare, boil for 4 1/2 minutes. Finally, enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3150: Hakubaku Baby Somen - Japan

Uncooked baby ramen.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3150: Hakubaku Baby Somen - Japan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chicken broth, spring onion, and thinly sliced chashu. They’re much like the baby udon but even thinner. I could see little ones really having fun with this – Hakubaku mentioned using a sauce with these and mentioned they also have short length baby spaghetti as well. No score. Bar code 4902571203704.

HAKUBAKU baby noodles 100gX3bags somen noodles

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3149: Hakubaku Baby Udon – Japan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3149: Hakubaku Baby Udon - Japan

This isn’t my usual thing – noodles without seasoning. But it seemed interesting to me – udon meant for very small children. I figure hey – maybe little kids might be hitting up my website for suitable varieties? Why not! Let’s check it out.

Hakubaku Baby Udon – Japan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3149: Hakubaku Baby Udon - Japan

Info from he package (click to enlarge). No salt or animals. To prepare, boil for 9 minutes. Finally, enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3149: Hakubaku Baby Udon - Japan

Uncooked baby udon.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3149: Hakubaku Baby Udon - Japan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chicken broth, spring onion, and tempura. The udon is short in length and plentiful. Totally could see little kids really going crazy for this stuff! Not scored. JAN bar code 4902571203902.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3149: Hakubaku Baby Udon - Japan

Hakubaku Baby Safe Udon Noodles 100g x 4pack

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Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Hakubaku USA (2 of 2)

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Hakubaku USA (2 of 2)

This is the second box of samples from Hakubaku USA. I want to say that I have really fallen in love with one of these products – the Mochi Barley. No, it’s not ramen. But it’s become a big part of my diet lately and it’s really good! Breaking away from the standard way I just focus on ramen, I’ll do a special review of it as well as I’ve been eating it almost daily for a couple of weeks now.

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Hakubaku USA (2 of 2)

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Hakubaku USA (1 of 2)

Product Samples From Hakubaku USA (1 of 2)

First things first – let check out the first of two boxes of samples that Hakubaku USA sent over. This one has the ramen, the next will have other goodies!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Hakubaku USA (1 of 2)

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Hakubaku USA – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Hakubaku USA - United States

nterview With Hakubaku USA * Product Samples From Hakubaku USA (1 of 2) * Product Samples From Hakubaku (2 of 2) * Hakubaku Tonkotsu Pork Flavor RamenHakubaku Baby UdonHakubaku Mochi BarleyHakubaku Baby SomenHakubaku Shoyu Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen

As it often happens, I got an email from a company asking me if I would like to try their products. I’d never heard of Hakubaku – which was great – new is good! I tried their ramen, but have found out about their other products, one of which I’ve started enjoying almost daily at this point. I decided to invite Hakubaku to participate in Meet The Manufacturer, they accepted, and here we are. Let’s start with an interview with Mike Tsuda, VP Operations, Hakubaku USA to find out more about this interesting company.

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Hakubaku USA – United States

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers about the history of Hakubaku? Who started it and why?

HAKUBAKU> Hakubaku USA is a subsidiary of Hakubaku Japan. Hakubaku Japan was founded in 1941 by Jyutaro Nagasawa. Since the foundation and through 70 years of company history, we have been deeply involved with grains and grain-process products, and strive to passionately create an impressive value of grain product including taste, convenience, fun, unexpected quality, and richness.

TRR> Why the name Hakubaku – what does it mean?

HAKUBAKU> Our company name [Hakubaku] means white barley in Japanese. The name comes from the product called [Hakubaku mai] white rice shaped barley by removing the black crease running down the center of each barley grain. It has been our company founders passion since 1953 to promote nutritious barley rice and make it in a more enjoyable form.

TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?

HAKUBAKU> We have noodle factories in Japan and Australia and make all varieties of Japanese style noodles, such as Ramen, Udon, Soba (Buckwheat noodles), Somen and Hiyamugi in both fresh and dried style.

TRR> Tell us about where your company is located.

HAKUBAKU> Hakubaku USA is located in Costa Mesa CA. Our noodle factories are in Nagano and Yamanashi prefectures of Japan and in Victoria Australia, where we have access to fine ingredients and water.

TRR> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle manufacturers?

HAKUBAKU> We are very particular about ingredients, taste, and safety. All the fine and rich ingredients are carefully chosen and well balanced in traditional recipes dating back to 1941. Specifically our noodle for our ramen kits are soft and fresh, never fried – produced without preservatives. Our restaurant-fresh ramen product contains noodles that we produce in Japan. Unlike most fried-and-dried instant ramen, our noodles are soft and made with the best Japanese wheat for that chewy texture you expect from a ramen noodle

TRR> Your noodles appear as fresh noodles but don’t need refrigeration – how is this possible?

HAKUBAKU> It’s really our trade secret – It is Hakubaku’s manufacturing technology and knowledge/experiences make it possible and really sets us apart. Our noodles in our ramen sets are made without preservatives and MSG, yet are still soft and fresh.

TRR> How do you decide on what varieties to produce?

HAKUBAKU> There is a team of people thinking of ramen all the time – develop these ideas through product development meetings and fine tuning our product through lots of testing at our product development kitchen.

TRR> How many noodle products do you produce every year?

HAKUBAKU> A lot if you total in all varieties and all our different factories! We produce noodles as listed above and produce limited production runs based on demand or season in Japan. For now, our restaurant-fresh ramen sets are so new – we will have to wait and see if we can do the same in the USA!

TRR> Apart from noodles, are there other products you produce or plan to produce?

HAKUBAKU> Hakubaku produces grain-related products, such as pearled barley, mixed grains, barley and grain tea, pancake flours. We carry decaffeinated barley tea- because after all , we are a grain company! And we produce 16-grain mixes that add nutritional benefit to any rice dish.

TRR> Can you suggest pairings for your products, like meats, seafood or vegetables?

HAKUBAKU> We suggest adding a poached egg, green onions, some meats (Chashu of course!) or Tofu and veggies of your choosing. We have a recipe page section on our website that shows what kind of toppings you can add to your ramen. We even have recipes for creating “dry” ramen meals! There are so many uses from wet to stir-fry to just random ways you can use our ramen sets.

TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?

HAKUBAKU> Our no-MSG and preservative-free ramen pairs well with varieties of ingredients, we suggest adding lots of veggies and other ingredients you like to create your own healthy ramen. Also you can reduce the amount of salt intake by leaving some soup instead of using all of it. Some of our recipes are vegetarian based and you can always use vegetable stock as part of the broth to make it a Lacto-ovo vegetarian meal. (animal by-products like egg, but not meat)

TRR> Are you involved in your local community or participate in charities?

HAKUBAKU> Hakubaku USA donates products to local events and communities a few times a year to help to reduce food insecurities here in the USA. As part of our mission as a grain evangelist we act locally, but think globally trying to spread the value of a healthy Japanese diet.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

HAKUBAKU> Yes, just wait until you see what is coming! We are just getting started and will be launching more items and flavors in the near future.

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

HAKUBAKU> Fresh ramen is available in Japan and the US only for now. Other dried noodles are available in North America, some countries in Europe and Asia.

TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to make them extra special?

HAKUBAKU> Personally, I love to add a few drops of oil – sesame or hand-made onion oil for Shoyu flavor and chili oil with crunchy garlic –makes my bowl special. Yum!

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Hakubaku and your products!

HAKUBAKU> Thanks for what you are doing! Hope this helps to educate your audience just a little more about what we are doing here at Hakubaku-USA! We invite everyone to be their own ramen artist. Be traditional, be creative – make it your own!

For more info, visit http://hakubaku-usa.com

Meet The Manufacturer: #3138: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Thai Green Curry Flavour – Australia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3138: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Thai Green Curry Flavour - Australia

Our final stop on the Suimin Origins range is their Thai Green Curry variety. Here’s a little about this flavor from Wikipedia –

Green curry (ThaiแกงเขียวหวานRTGSkaeng khiao wanpronounced [kɛ̄ːŋ kʰǐaw wǎːn], literally sweet green curry) is a central Thai variety of curry.

The name “green” curry derives from the color of the dish, which comes from green chillies.[1] The “sweet” in the Thai name (wan means ‘sweet’) refers to the particular color green itself and not to the taste of the curry.[2] As this is a Thai curry based on coconut milk and fresh green chillies, the color comes out creamy mild green or, as this color is called in Thai, “sweet green”. Its ingredients are not exactly fixed. The curry is not necessarily sweeter than other Thai curries but, although the spiciness varies, it tends to be more pungent than the milder red curries.[3] Green curry evolved during the reign of King Rama 6 or Rama 7, between the years 1908-1926.[4]

Sounds good – let’s give it a try!

Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Thai Green Curry Flavour – Australia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3138: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Thai Green Curry Flavour - Australia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. TO prepare, add paste and coconut sachets along with 400ml boiling water and cover for 2 minutes. Stir. Add in remaining sachet contents and stir. Cover for 2~3 additional minutes. Finally, stira nd enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3138: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Thai Green Curry Flavour - Australia

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #3138: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Thai Green Curry Flavour - Australia

An included fork!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3138: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Thai Green Curry Flavour - Australia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3138: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Thai Green Curry Flavour - Australia

A dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3138: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Thai Green Curry Flavour - Australia

Coconut powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3138: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Thai Green Curry Flavour - Australia

A wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3138: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Thai Green Curry Flavour - Australia

A thick paste.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3138: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Thai Green Curry Flavour - Australia

A clear dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3138: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Thai Green Curry Flavour - Australia

Herbs.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3138: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Thai Green Curry Flavour - Australia

A final dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3138: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Thai Green Curry Flavour - Australia

Chili powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, grilled chicken, coriander, soft egg, and spring onion. Noodles once again are hearty as can be while well hydrated. The broth has a rich green curry flavor and is very, very thick – like a gravy. Very impressed! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9310155009638.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3138: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Thai Green Curry Flavour - Australia

Suimin Bowl Tom Yum 110g

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour – Australia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

The second in the trifecta of Suimin Origins varieties I’ll be trying is Beef Massaman. If you’re unfamiliar with the flavor, here’s a little snippet from Wikipedia –

Massaman or matsaman is not a native Thai word. It is generally thought to refer to the Muslims, with earlier writers from the mid-19th century calling the dish “Mussulman curry”; Mussulman being an archaic form of the word Muslim.[2][3]

According to Thai food expert David Thompson, as well as Thai journalist and scholar Santi Sawetwimon, the dish originated in 17th century Central Thailand at the cosmopolitan court of Ayutthaya, through the Persian merchant Sheik Ahmad Qomi from whom the Thai noble family of Bunnag descends.[4] Other theories contend that massaman is a southern Thai dish, influenced by Malay and Indian cuisine,[5] or that its name is derived from the Malay word masam, which means “sour”.[citation needed]

The curry is extolled in a poem from the end of the 18th century, attributed to Prince Itsarasunthon of Siam, the later King Rama II (1767-1824). It is dedicated to a lady who is believed to be Princess Bunrot, the later Queen Sri Suriyendra, wife of King Rama II. The second stanza of the poem reads:[6][7]

มัสมั่นแกงแก้วตา หอมยี่หร่ารสร้อนแรง – Massaman, a curry made by my beloved, is fragrant of cumin and strong spices.

ชายใดได้กลืนแกง แรงอยากให้ใฝ่ฝันหา – Any man who has swallowed the curry is bound to long for her.

The first-ever recorded recipe for Massaman curry was “Chicken Massaman curry with bitter orange juice” spelled Matsaman (หมัดสมั่น) and written by Lady Plean Passakornrawong in 1889[8].

If you follow my blog, you know I love curry. Let’s give this a try!

Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour – Australia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add paste and coconut sachets along with 500ml boiling water. cover for 2 minutes. Stir. Add in potato sachet contents and stir. Cover for 2~3 more minutes. Stir. Finally, sprinkle with shallots and peanuts and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

An included fork!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

The first of five sachets.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

Coconut powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

A wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

A thick paste.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

A dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

Potatoes!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

A dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

Peanut bits.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

A final dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

Shallots.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and thin sliced beef. Noodles are very hearty with a nice chew. I filled to the fill line with broth this time and it was rich and full of flavor – I’d guess the fill line is around 500ml. Just screaming with rich beef flavor with a nice spiciness. Top it off with crushed peanut and fried shallot and it’s very, very good. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9310155009676.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

Suimin Bowl 110 Red Curry Beef

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Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Suimin – Australia

Interview With Suimin * Product Samples From SuiminSuimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa FlavourSuimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman FlavourSuimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Thai Green Curry Flavour

I was digging around on Instagram one day and I came across a few varieties that piqued my interest. Ones from Suimin of Australia that looked very good! Well, I contacted them and they were keen on doing a Meet The Manufacturer series, and so here we are. This is an interview I conducted with Ann-Marie Azzurro, Marketing Coordinator for Suimin.

Interview With Suimin – Australia

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers
about the history of Suimin?

SUIMIN> Suimin has been producing cup and bowl noodles for over 20 years, so we are
very proud of our heritage and longevity. Suimin first started out producing
noodle cups, and then branched out into producing a variety of noodle bowls.
Nowadays, Suimin produces both cups and bowls, and most recently introduced
a premium noodle bowl – Suimin Origins.
Suimin noodles is a brand that aims to bring to life the exquisite flavours of the
Orient. By creating traditional Asian style flavours and using authentic pastes and
ingredients, Suimin takes your tastebuds on a flavour adventure straight from
your pantry in the convenience of your own home, work or outdoors.

TRR> Why the name Suimin?

SUIMIN> Suimin is actually the Japanese word for sleep – but our noodles won’t put you to
sleep. It is just a name that works and is a good fit for an authentic noodle brand.
After 20 years in the market, I think we have made a good choice on the name as
consumers love Suimin.

TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?

SUIMIN> All Suimin noodles use a traditional wheat ramen noodles as their base. Our 70g
Suimin Noodle Cups include a traditional broth base and are available in 9
flavours – Braised Beef, Chicken, Chicken and Sweet Corn, Curried Prawn, Hot
and Spicy, Mi Goreng, Oriental Chicken, Prawn and Chicken and Spicy Thai. We
also make a 110g noodle bowl using traditional Thai pastes, which are available
in 3 varieties – Tom Yum, Red Curry and Coconut Chicken. Most recently, our
Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowls made with real authentic ingredients (i.e.
herbs, spices, coconut, chilli and traditional Thai pastes) are available in three
flavours – Beef Massaman, Thai Green Curry and Seafood Laksa. Some of our
noodle products are also vegan and vegetarian suitable for those who follow a
specific diet.

TRR> Your company is located in Australia. Can you tell us a little about your
locale?

SUIMIN> Suimin is located in Adelaide, South Australia. Adelaide is a smaller Australian
capital city with a populati
state of Australia with some of the best produce being exported around the world.
In South Australia we have the most beautiful beaches, rugged outback deserts
and picturesque regional towns. South Australia is also known for some of the
most poisonous snakes and spiders in Australia plus the enormous great white
sharks. However, that doesn’t bother us because Adelaide and South Australia
are one of the most beautiful places, not just in Australia, but in the world.

TRR> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle
manufacturers?

SUIMIN> This is hard to comment on as we don’t know the processes that other
manufacturers use, so we just focus on making our noodles the best they can
be…and you’ve tried them and rated them pretty highly, so we must be doing
something right 😊

TRR> How do you decide on what varieties to produce?

SUIMIN> As a brand, Suimin is continually striving to understand the needs of consumers
and monitor the instant noodle market. By understanding the current trends, we
research and develop flavours that we believe will be enjoyed by our consumers
that stay true to our brand identity. Our product developers love noodles and
ramen so it is really fun sourcing new flavours that will be true to the authentic
tastes of Asia. It’s kinda a dream job for a ramen rater 😊

TRR> How many noodle products do you produce every year?

SUIMIN> Too many to count on one hand. Suimin produces 15 different types of noodle
cups and bowls that are stocked nationally in major supermarkets in Australia
and New Zealand, so that’s a lot of noodles that get shipped around the country
and overseas.

TRR> Apart from noodles, are there other products you produce or plan to
produce?

SUIMIN> Suimin specialises in noodles and we are continually looking to develop new
flavours and noodle varieties.

TRR> Can you suggest pairings for your products, like meats, seafood or
vegetables?

SUIMIN> One of the nice things about ramen is that in this delicious broth you can have a
variety of textures that make the eating experience fun and enjoyable. Slices of
chicken, beef, tofu or mushrooms add protein and texture, while bean shoots add
crunch. Asian green vegetables such as bok choy or pak choy have the wilted
green leaf but the crunch of the white stem. It just depends on the flavour you
choose and what is in your fridge. Also, fresh herbs such as Thai basil or
coriander (Cilantro) are the best, as not only do they add texture but they really
elevate a simple bowl of noodles into something extra special.

TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you
recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?

SUIMIN> Adding freshly cooked vegetables and protein can create a better for you meal
alternative. However, everything needs to be eaten in moderation as part of a
balanced diet.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?
We are constantly looking for new products. Our fans will have to keep an eye on
Suimin Noodles through Facebook, Instagram and our website.

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

SUIMIN> Our noodles are currently available in Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan, but
we are looking to expand further.

TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to
make them extra special?

SUIMIN> If I am after a quick meal or snack, I prefer to eat the noodles as they are, but if I
am after a more substantial meal, I like to add a meat (generally chicken),
steamed bok choy, chilli oil and sliced spring onions. But the possibilities are
endless!

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Suimin and your products!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour – Australia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

To start things off, I thought I’d go with this seafood laksa. I like laksa – curious what it will be like. Here’s a little about laksa from Wikipedia –

There are various theories about the origins of laksa. In Indonesia, the dish is believed to have been born from the Chinese coastal settlements and the mixing of cultures between Chinese merchants and the local cooking practices.[6] Historians believe laksa is a dish that was born from actual intermarriage.[7] In early coastal pecinan (Chinese settlement) in maritime Southeast Asia, it was only Chinese men that ventured abroad out from China to trade. When settling down in the new town, these Chinese traders and sailors set out to find local wives, and these women began incorporating local spices and coconut milk into Chinese noodle soup served to their husbands. This creates the hybrid Chinese-local (Malay or Javanese) culture called Peranakan culture.[7] As Peranakan Chinese communities have blended their ancestors’ culture with local culture, Peranakan communities in different places now demonstrate diversity according to the local flavour.[8]

In Malaysia, the dish is believed to have been introduced by Chinese immigrants in Malacca.[9] In Singapore, the dish (or its local “Katong” version) is believed to have been created after interaction between the Peranakans with the local Singaporeans.[10][7]

Because laksa has different varieties across the region, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact origin of the dish. Nevertheless, numbers of laksa recipes has been developed along the trade channels of Southeast Asia—where the ports of PenangMedanMalaccaSingaporePalembang, and Batavia (now Jakarta) are the major stops along the historic spice route. The intensive trade links among these port cities enables exchanges of ideas to took place, including sharing recipes.[7]

Alright – let’s kick things off with this laksa!

Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour – Australia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add paste and coconut powder sachet. Add 400ml boiling water and cover for 2 minutes. Stir. Add in the rest of the sachets. Stir and cover for an additional 2~3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

An included fork!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

One of four sachets.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

Coconut powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

A wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

A thick paste.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

A dry garnish sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

Peppers and mushrooms.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

A final dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

Looks like chili powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, coriander, tofu puff, soft egg, shrimp and fish ball, squid flowers, fried onion,  and shrimp. Noodles are gren – nicely hydrated and have a hearty bite to them. Broth is super thick and lavish with strong seafood flavor and a bright color. Impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.   EAN bar code 9310155009645.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

Suimin Cup 70g Prawn & Chicken

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Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Suimin – Australia

So you might be wondering ‘hey – where’s the interview?’ Well, you can totally blame that on me as I got the samples, did the reviews and forgot to send the questions. Ugh. I’m working on getting this added soon so keep your eye out! In the meantime, enjoy the review series and watch me unbox what you’ll be seeing!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Suimin – Australia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

Today, we bid a fond farewell to this great series of products from Way Premium Foods of Malaysia with a Malaysian favorite, Asam Laksa. Here’s some info about it from WIkipedia –

Asam laksa is a sour, fish and tamarind-based soup. Penang Asam Laksa listed at number 26th on World’s 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011.[12] Asam is the Malay word for any ingredients that makes a dish tastes sour (e.g. tamarindgelugur or kokum). Laksa typically uses asam keping, known as kokum in the English speaking world, which is a type of dried slices of sour mangosteens. The modern Malay spelling is asam, though the spelling assam is still frequently used.

The main ingredients for asam laksa include shredded fish, normally kembung (small mackerel of the Rastrelliger genus), and finely sliced vegetables including cucumber, onions, red chillies, pineapple, lettuce, common mint, daun kesum (Vietnamese mint or laksa mint), and pink bunga kantan (torch ginger). Asam laksa is normally served with either thick rice noodles or thin rice noodles (vermicelli). And topped off with petis udang or “hae ko” (蝦膏), a thick sweet prawn/shrimp paste.[1]

Variants of asam laksa include:

Penang laksa (Malay: Laksa Pulau Pinang), also known as asam laksa from the Malay for tamarind, comes from the Malaysian island of Penang. It is made with mackerel (ikan kembung) soup and its main distinguishing feature is the asam or tamarind which gives the soup a sour taste. The fish is poached and then flaked. Other ingredients that give Penang laksa its distinctive flavour include lemongrassgalangal (lengkuas) and chilli. Typical garnishes include mintpineapple slices, thinly sliced onion, hε-ko, a thick sweet prawn paste and use of torch ginger flower. This, and not ‘curry mee’ is the usual ‘laksa’ one gets in Penang. Penang Laksa is listed at number 7 on the World’s 50 best foodscompiled by CNN Go in July 2011

Time to cook – let’s go!

Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain and set aside. add liquid sachet to 200ml water and bring to a boil. Add noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

A pillow pack of instant noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

A large wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

A spicy and sour scented paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added pineapple, hard boiled egg, fried tofu with lemongrass, lettuce, fried garlic, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. This was just delightful. The broth has a tangy and sour hit to it with a nice tomato kind of taste. The noodles marry to it so well and it just sings of Penang flavor. Very impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555861000861.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

Enchanting Penang (Enchanting Asia)

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

Yesterday, we looked at Singapore Laksa. Today we look at another well-known Singaporean dish – Chili Crab. Here’s some info from Wikipedia –

Chilli crab is a Singaporean seafood dish. Mud crabs are commonly used and are stir-fried in a semi-thick, sweet and savoury tomato and chilli based sauce. Despite its name, chilli crab is not a very spicy dish. It is listed at number 35 on the World’s 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011.[1]

Chilli crab has been promoted by The Singapore Tourism Board as one of Singapore’s National Dishes, and can be found in seafood restaurants all over the island. It is traditionally eaten with bare hands as a means to savour the juicy crab meat with its sweet and spicy chilli sauce. Restaurants often provide wet towels or a washing bowl with lime in order to cleanse your hands after the meal.

Chilli crab sauce is described as “sensuous” and “sweet, yet savoury”, with a “fluffy texture”.[4] Mud crabs ( Scylla serrata ) are the most common type of crabs used for the dish, although other species of crab can be used too.[4]

It’s true – Chili Crab is indeed scrumptious when I’ve had it in Southeast Asia. Let’s check this one out!

Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles – Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain. Boil liquid sachet for 1 minute. Add to noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

A pillow pack of instant noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

Non-fried noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

A large wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

Thick sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added crabstick, coriander, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are thick and chewy but not overly so. They were happily enveloped by the sauce – a sticky and spicy flavored one with great chili crab flavor. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9555861000504.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

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