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Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Bringing us to the midpoint of this special Meet The Manufacturer series is some Singapore Laksa. Here’s some info about it from Wikipedia –

Laksa is a spicy noodle soup popular in Peranakan cuisine.[1][2] Laksa consists of rice noodles or rice vermicelli with chicken, prawn or fish, served in spicy soup based on either rich and spicy curry coconut milk or on sour asam (tamarind or gelugur). Laksa is found in Malaysia,[3] SingaporeIndonesia,[4] and Southern Thailand.[5]

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]

Well now that you have some background, let’s make some laksa!

Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain and set aside. add liquid sachet to 160ml water and bring to a boil. Add noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

A pillow pack of instant noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

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

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Non-fried noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

A very large sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

There was more, but it would have overflowed my cup!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, coriander, fried tofu with lemongrass, Dodo Shrimp & Fish ball, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and fried garlic. The noodles have a tooth on them which is just right for this bowl. They work very well with the soup – ah, the soup. It’s thick, rich and exceedingly tasty. It has heat, depth of flavor – it’s just excellent. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555861000481.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Penang Heritage Food: Yesterday’S Recipes for Today’s Cook

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

One thing’s for sure – when I visited Penang, Malaysia in 2014, I tried a lot of prawn mee. A lot. I think upwards of 5 different bowls from different hawkers and restaurants. It’s serious business, folks! Strong prawn flavors, a sweetness, just plain amazing stuff that’s delicious and addictive. When it comes to prawn mee, I’m very interested. Let’s delve into this new one from Malaysia and see what makes it tick.

Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, cook noodles for 3~4 minutes and drain. Add sachet contents to 200ml water and bring to a boil. Add in noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

A noodle blockin its own packaging.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

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

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

A wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

A thick paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, baked chicken, shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, spring onion, and fried onion. The noodles are excellent – very strong and enjoyable backbone yielding a great mouthfeel. The broth is just in your face – good spiciness and excellent sweetness. Extremely impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  9555861000467.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

Enchanting Penang (Enchanting Asia)

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

Well here’s something new to me – Thai laksa. I’ve had Singapore and Malaysian laksa befroe, but never Thai. Here’s a bit about laksa from Wikipedia –

Laksa is a spicy noodle soup popular in Peranakan cuisine.[1][2] Laksa consists of rice noodles or rice vermicelli with chicken, prawn or fish, served in spicy soup based on either rich and spicy curry coconut milk or on sour asam (tamarind or gelugur). Laksa is found in Malaysia,[3] SingaporeIndonesia,[4] and Southern Thailand.[5]

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]

So many kinds and styles of laksa…Let’s take a look!

Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa – Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge).  Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain and set aside. add liquid sachet to 160ml water and bring to a boil. Add noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

A sealed noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

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

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

A very large wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

A thick and aromatic sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added starfruit, pineapple, baked chicken, egg, prawn, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander and fried garlic. The noodles are just right – greatest chew and gauge. The broth is seething with rich flavor – a nice smack of lemongrass and spiciness here. Very impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9555861000474.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

A Touch of Tropical Spice: From Chili Crab to Laksa: 75 Fabulous Recipes from Monsoon Asia

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Interview With Way Premium Foods – Malaysia

Interview With Way Premium Foods * Product Samples From Way Premium FoodsWay Premium Foods Premium Scallop Noodles *

I was contacted by a fellow from Malaysia about his company’s new line of noodle products. I never miss a chance to try new things from Malaysia, and so we are. Let’s start this Meet The Manufacturer by learning about Way Sauce Sdn Bhd’s Premium Foods line from Benson Tan, Director of Business Development.

THE RAMEN RATER> Can you start by telling me a little bit about the history of Way – how did you start?

WAY FOOD> Mrs Tan the founder and my mother is a fantastic cook. Has hosted dinner parties for decades and always to rave reviews. 15 years ago, opened a small restaurant featuring recipes which were passed down to her and she perfected over years. It was very well received and ever since she has wanted to produce and sell the pastes that are core to all the recipes. 5 years ago after finding a suitable location, a factory was set up and the rest is history!

TRR> For my readers who aren’t familiar with your product lines, can you tell a little about them?

WAY FOOD> We initially started with a set of pre mixed pastes focused around the Nyonya flavours that formed the basis of the founder’s forte. Expanding on these, we started to incorporate more local flavours and then regional South East Asian flavours. The latest line is our Hawker Fare range of instant noodles which are all-natural and authentic in taste. This just launched 4 months ago.

TRR> I hear you have a new premium product line. Can you tell my readers about it and why is it special?

WAY FOOD> We have a few lines of products now. The premium line consists of 3 types of XO Sauce, which originates from Hong Kong. This is WAY’s personal interpretation of XO sauce and while they share the same base, there are 3 variants:- XO Value which consists of scallops and dried shrimp, XO Original which is a pure scallop version, and finally the XO Masterpiece which uses only 100% Hokkaido Scallops and even has a whole XL sized Hokkaido Scallop floating right at the top!

TRR> Do you produce products other than instant noodles?

WAY FOOD> Our Noodle range is our homage to the diverse and award winning hawker fare that is so synonymous with Malaysia and our cuisine. It was only launched a few short months ago.
We initially started with producing pre-mixed pastes/sauces such as chicken curry sauce, sambal sauce, chilli crab sauce and even briyani sauce just to name a few. Currently our total number of SKUs is around 30.

TRR> How do you noodle products differ from those by other manufacturers?

WAY FOOD> As with all our retail products, we pride ourselves on authenticity of taste/flavours coupled with all natural ingredients. Our noodle range maintains these high standards and contains absolutely ZERO artificial additives, preservatives or MSG.

TRR> Can your products be purchased outside of Malaysia?

WAY FOOD> Yes indeed. We currently are available in Singapore, Brunei, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, China, Netherlands and Germany.

TRR> Where do you make your noodles?

WAY FOOD> Our noodles are produced in Malaysia.

TRR> What was your first product?

WAY FOOD> Our first line of products consisted of 5 flavours in 200g bottle format and the flavours were Sambal Sauce, Sambal Spicy Sauce, Turmeric Vegetarian Sauce, Turmeric Garlic Sauce and Chilli Crab Sauce. The Turmeric V and Turmeric Garlic Sauce were and are still unique with no other product like it in the market! They remain bestsellers to this day!

TRR> People are concerned with health more than ever. Instant noodles are generally higher in sodium. How can one balance the enjoyment of instant noodles and their health in your opinion?

WAY FOOD> Convenience is playing an increasingly larger role today when it comes to food choices and we recognized that instant noodles are here to stay. This is why we decided to tackle this segment by offering a completely all-natural solution for those who are indeed more health conscious but without compromising on the taste factor.
With respect to the sodium level, even in this regard we are ensuring that it isn’t excessive. In broad terms, WAY noodles contain roughly 1/3 of the sodium of most typical instant noodles available in the market. Having said that, a balanced diet is always key but if you enjoy noodles (which we all do) then why not opt for a healthier version such as WAY noodles and not worry about compromising on your enjoyment!

TRR> Are you involved in the local community/charity?

WAY FOOD> We work very closely with an NGO called Food Aid Organisation here in Malaysia. They are involved in foodbanking and more details of their work can be seen at http://www.foodaidfoundation.org/ . We have also done various other charity and CSR initiatives such as https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/community/2015/10/15/shopping-treat-for-ppr-folk-100-families-from-kota-damansara-get-chance-to-shop-with-rm200-coupons/

TRR> How many packs of instant noodles do you produce annually?

WAY FOOD> Currently as we have only just launched 4 months ago, the production is still small but we are seeing phenomenal growth and interest in various international markets. We expect this new line to help grow WAY brand overseas at a much quicker pace.

TRR> Have you ever thought about varieties like macaroni and cheese or pizza flavored instant noodles?

WAY FOOD> Currently our forte and expertise centres around Malaysian and Nyonya flavours. We do do R&D for large corporations who request different, more Western flavours so definitely never say never. For example, we have just finished three new flavours for Food Service:- Malaysian Pesto Sauce, Malaysian Paella Sauce and Malaysian Pasta Sauce. These may form the foundation of a new range of noodles in the near future so keep a look out!

TRR> Which is your personal favorite variety of WAY noodles and what (if anything) do you add to them?

WAY FOOD> Being from Penang originally, my favourite is the WAY Authentic Penang Prawn Mee (Or Hokkien Mee as its affectionately and more commonly known to locals in Penang). I used to make a trip back ( a 4 hour drive) just to have a good bowl once a year or once every 18 months but now that we’ve produced it I can have it in the comfort of my own home anytime I wish! As per how it is served originally, I just add a few prawns, a few stalks of morning glory, some beansprouts and half a boiled egg with a small garnish of fried shallots to top it off. Perfect.

TRR> To most in the USA, Malaysia sounds like a very exotic place – can you tell us a little about daily life there?

WAY FOOD> For Malaysians, food is life. Our daily life really does revolve around food and eating. Good food is abundantly found at all times of day (although not necessarily the healthiest hahah). It would not be uncommon to have 4 or 5 meals interspersed throughout the day and because we are a multiracial country, it is very normal for those meals to comprise 3 different cuisines and cultures (namely Chinese, Indian and Malay) and also a fusion of any or all of the above.
Penang especially is very well known for the hawker fare but each of the 13 states has their own charm and cuisine.
As anyone who ever comes to Malaysia will find out, our national dish Nasi Lemak is a MUST.

TRR> Why the name Way?

WAY FOOD> The reason for the name WAY is two-fold. First of all it is a family endeavor and the name is a part of me and my siblings actual names. The second reason is that Way (the homonym as well as the actual word we use for the brand in chinese) means taste. It falls back to how we believe that taste is paramount and that cannot be achieved if we cut corners in terms of ingredients and process.

TRR> Are there any new products on the way from WAY? Can you give my readers a ‘sneak peek?’

WAY FOOD> As I mentioned a little earlier, our 3 new flavours of Malaysian Pesto, Malaysian Paella and Malaysian Pasta Sauce which we developed specifically for our Japanese food service market have received very good feedback after initial testing. We are also coming up with a range of hotpot/steamboat base soup pastes. So watch this space!!!

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn more about your company! I and my readers thank you very much!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Garlic & Sesame Flavor – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

We bid a fond farewell to Fu Chung today and I hope we will see more of their products in the future! Let’s try this one – sesame and garlic!

Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Garlic & Sesame Flavor – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.  To prepare, add noodle block to a large pot of boiling water. After one minute, separate noodles gently. Continue cooking 5~6 minutes. Drain. Add wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

One of the four individual packs.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

A dark wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

Soy sauce going on in this one.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

A light wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

A creamy looking liquid.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

A clear wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

Oil.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, baked chicken with NuTek Salt For Life, scallions, Fu Chung Spicy Chili Sauce, and sesame seeds. As always, the noodle are great – chewy and have a great mouthfeel. The flavor though was definitely a lot of garlic, however it was very bitter and I would have liked more saltiness in this one. Just not appealing to me. 1.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710887929900.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

Lonely Planet Taiwan (Travel Guide)

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Basil & Clam Flavor – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

Here we have the second of three varieties from Fu Chung – a basil and clam flavor! Sounds interesting – let’s hit it up!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to a large pot of boiling water. After one minute, separate noodles gently. Continue cooking 5~6 minutes. Drain. Add wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

One of the four packs.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

Seasoned oil.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

Chili flakes and seeds.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Fu Chung garlic chili oil, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and soft egg. The noodles are great – gauge and chew are just perfect. I was surprised though; the basil and clam flavor were just destroyed by the overly spicy flavor. It just didn’t make any sense to me to do this. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710887929122.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

Taiwan: Taiwan Travel Guide: 101 Coolest Things to Do in Taiwan (Taipei Travel Guide, Tainan, Taichung, Taiwanese Food, Backpacking Taiwan, Asia Travel Guide)

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Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Fu Chung – Taiwan

When I received them, I did an unboxing video showing what came in the box from Fu Chung. Let’s see what’s inside!

Product Samples From Fu Chung – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview with Fu Chung – Taiwan

Interview with Fu Chung * Product Samples from Fu ChungFu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Spicy Sichuan Pepper With VinegarFu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Basil & Clam Flavor  * Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Garlic & Sesame Flavor

Was contacted in October 2018 by a company in Taiwan interested in having me sample their products. I accepted and today we start the review series! We start with an interview with Gary Ma of Fu Chung.

Interview With Fu Chung – Taiwan

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

FU CHUNG> Fu Chung was founded by the well known Taiwanese producer, Wang Wei-Chung and his
sister Wang Rong Rong in 2012. The goal was to continue Taiwan’s unique ‘juan cun’ cuisine and culture. ‘Juan cun’ were temporary villages built in Taiwan for the Nationalist soldiers and their dependents after they retreated from the mainland in 1949. The sister Wang Rong Rong was an expert at ‘juan cun’ cuisine because the family has lived in a juan cun for many years. She published three related cook books (see pictures below). Juan cun cuisine is so special because when the nationalist party retreated, the temporary villages were occupied by people from many different provinces in China. The variety of taste and recipes came together to form the very unique Taiwanese juan cun culture.

TRR> What was the first product you made?

FU CHUNG> The first product was a home recipe of a spicy chili sauce, would happy to mail you a sample of it.

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

FU CHUNG> Taiwan is an island with high mountains and beautiful coastlines. Approximately 23 million people live on this island South East of China. Taiwan often leaves an impression of being a country that is known for its good food, especially street food like boba tea, beef noodles, and fried chicken.

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

FU CHUNG> Our noodles are a type of traditional Taiwanese noodle, they are thick and wide cut with a big knife.

TRR> What does the name ‘Fu Chung’ mean?

FU CHUNG> ‘Fu’ in Chinese means luck and fortune.
‘Chung’ in Chinese means honesty and loyalty.
‘Chung’ was part of the founder’s name and we hope to add in the ‘Fu’ to give the
name a symbol of luck and happiness.

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

FU CHUNG> Our products are available in Taiwan, US (H-Mart or some Asian markets), Hong Kong, Australia, China.

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

FU CHUNG> Our noodles contain wheat, salt, and water only. They are without a lot of common seasonings and oil found in instant noodles. It is actually a very traditional way of Taiwanese noodle-making. The dough is repeatedly massaged and dried naturally with sunlight. This way the noodles can be cooked for a long time without falling apart, and they are thicker and juicer.

TRR> Are noodles the only products you make?

FU CHUNG> We also have sauces and jerky.

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?

FU CHUNG> We source natural produce from Chinese and Taiwanese farmers, our products do not contain any harmful chemicals so the consumers can eat with a peace of mind.

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

FU CHUNG> We periodically send our products to veterans and elders who need help.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

FU CHUNG> We’re looking to launch new products in the first quarter of 2019. Will love to get your insight on them.

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

FU CHUNG> We recommend adding some thin slices (strings) of cucumber, carrots, and adding a fried egg.

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

Meet The Manufacturer: #3040: Fantastic Noodles Scallion Sauce – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3040: Fantastic Noodles Scallion/Scallop Sauce - Taiwan

The second of the Fantastic Noodles varieties getting a look in this Meet The Manufacturer. I’ll be the first to say I really like scallion sauce noodles from Taiwan.  Curious how these will fare – only one way to find out!

Fantastic Noodles Scallion  Sauce – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3040: Fantastic Noodles Scallion/Scallop Sauce - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles in 1000ml boiling water for 3~3 1/2 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3040: Fantastic Noodles Scallion/Scallop Sauce - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3040: Fantastic Noodles Scallion/Scallop Sauce - Taiwan

A liquid base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3040: Fantastic Noodles Scallion/Scallop Sauce - Taiwan

An oily sauce.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3040: Fantastic Noodles Scallion/Scallop Sauce - Taiwan

A smaller oil sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3040: Fantastic Noodles Scallion/Scallop Sauce - Taiwan

Has a strong garlic scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallion, fried onion and chili flake. Noodles had a nice chew and gauge to them I enjoyed. They went well with the sauce which was salty, savory, and sweet. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  No bar code.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3040: Fantastic Noodles Scallion/Scallop Sauce - Taiwan

Insight Guides Taiwan

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3039: Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3039: Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

The first of two varieties for this Fantastic Noodles Meet The Manufacturer series. From what I gather, Spicy Dolar sounds like a Sichuan pepper infused variety with some extras going on. Let’s find out!

Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3039: Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in 1000ml water for 3~3 1/2 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3039: Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3039: Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3039: Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

A powder of spices.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3039: Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

A liquid base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3039: Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

An oily combination.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, scallion, fried onion, Chinese sausage, and chili flake. Noodles have a nice gauge and chewiness to them. Great quantity as well. I cooked 3.5 minutes and that were still chewy. The flavor is interesting – has a spiciness and some other flavors going on I found interesting – worked well. I didn’t find it too Sichuan peppery though. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  No bar code.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3039: Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

The Food of Taiwan: Recipes from the Beautiful Island

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Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Fantastic Noodles – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Fantastic Noodles - Taiwan

Interview With Fantastic Noodles * Product Samples From Fantastic NoodlesFantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar *

Here’s a new company from Taiwan! Fantastic Noodles contacted me about doing a Meet The Manufacturer series a while back and here we are. Let’s start with an interview!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Faantastic Noodles – Taiwan

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

FANTASTIC NOODLES> Fantastic Noodles are new!

TRR> What was the first product you made?

FANTASTIC NOODLES> Our Scallion Sauce and Spicy Dolar flavors are our first products.

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

FANTASTIC NOODLES> Taiwan is an island nation located in the Pacific Ocean surrounded by the regions of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Taiwan has a rich cultural history and today, is known as the home base of many large technology companies and Taipei 101. The island is divided by a chain of central mountain ranges, marking a stark divide between the landscapes of the East and West Coast. With its numerous mountain ranges, beautiful beaches, and industrial strength, Taiwan has something to offer for everyone.

TRR> Why the name ‘Fantastic Noodles?’

FANTASTIC NOODLES> We chose the name ‘Fantastic Noodles’ because our noodles are fantastic. Our noodles are easy to make, delicious, can be dressed up or dressed down while still being satisfying and healthier than other packaged noodle alternatives.

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

FANTASTIC NOODLES> The Scallion and Spicy Dolar varieties are our first two flavors. We plan to release a variety of different flavors along with different noodle types in the coming year.

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

FANTASTIC NOODLES> If they are not already in a store near you, they will be coming soon. The noodles are available worldwide.

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

FANTASTIC NOODLES> Our noodles are sun-dried never fried, hand-pulled, are made using wholesome ingredients, and contain only 3 ingredients: wheat flour, water, and salt. The resulting products are texturally pleasing and a perfect complement to our sauces.

TRR> Are instant noodles the only products you make?

FANTASTIC NOODLES> Yes, currently noodles are the only products we make.

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?

FANTASTIC NOODLES> We developed our sauces and accompanying noodles while keeping in mind the recommended sodium value of healthy adults eating three meals a day. Each sauce is designed with nutrition in mind, and is made with ingredients that may help reduce cholesterol levels and with pure soy sauce.

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

FANTASTIC NOODLES> Yes. Each year we take a step back to remember that charity and volunteer service are important corporate responsibilities. We work closely with various food-pantry varieties throughout the island.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

FANTASTIC NOODLES> We are currently researching and developing different varieties of sauce flavors and noodles. In our test kitchen, we focus on the flavor profiles of our sauces, the texture of our noodles, and the ease of preparation for hungry customers.

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

FANTASTIC NOODLES> One of our favorite ways to prepare both of our noodles is adding sliced garlic and green onions, a dash of black vinegar, hot spicy oil or white pepper with some pickled vegetables! When we want a hearty meal, we may add fried eggs, grilled tofu, and lots of leafy greens! Occasionally, one of us adds a teaspoon of creamy peanut butter or sesame paste when the noodles come straight out of the pot and mix it all together with the sauce.

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

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

It is with great thanks and a week of interesting flavors that we bid adieu to the last of the varieties from TTL. This is the packaged version of the pickled vegetable beef variety. I really wasn’t sure how all these liquor-infused varieties would go, but they’ve been really quite impressive. Let’s check out this final variety.

TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, cook noodles in 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in all sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A powder and vegetable mixture.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A paste sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Thick and oily.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Hua diao liquor.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The retort pouch.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Large chunks of beef and a sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, fried onion and scallion. Noodles were soft and mellow as always with a large quantity. The broth has this elegantly rich character and great beef taste paired with the hua diao liquor. It goes so amazingly well. Pickled vegetable here and there goes well too. Just a wonderful beef variety. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710199109663.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Taiwan TTL Hops Carved Chicken Instant Noodles 3 Bags Packed 台灣花雕雞泡麵3包組

Watch me cook this one up on an episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!