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#1816: Vifon Asian Style Instant Noodles Artificial Beef Flavor

This one came by way of Michael over at EastLand Foods – thanks! I haven’t reviewed a Vietnamese instant noodle in ages it seems like – let’s see what we have here!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, put everything in the bowl and add 2 cups boiling water. Cover and let steep 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodles block.

A dry soup base sachet.

A light powder.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Deep orange.

The vegetables sachet.

A neat little array of vegetables.

Finished. Added beef, white onion and mushroom. The noodles hydrated pretty well, but had a slightly spongy texture I wasn’t super keen on. Quantity was alright though. The broth definitely had a decent beef flavor, but still was a little on the thinner side and due to that, wasn’t completely convincing. The vegetables hydrated nicely. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 851683004515.

Here’s the rice noodle beef pho version – Vifon Pho Bo Noodle Bowl, Beef, 2.4 Ounce (Pack of 12)

A Vifon TV commercial.

#1633: A-One Mì Ly Instant Noodles Mì Bò Beef Flavor

Last year, my son Andy noticed a ton of these A-One cups at a local Asian grocery. “Do you have these, Papa?” he asked me – and no, I didn’t! So that was a great score thanks to my boy! Let’s check out this Vietnamese variety from A-One.

 Here’s the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, empty all sachets into cup. Add boiling water to fill line and steep 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

 Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The powder soup base.

Lots of powder, flecked with spring onion bits.

An oil sachet.

Chunky and oily.

Chilli powder.

A very light powder.

The vegetables sachet.

Very small bits.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, white onion, Huy Fong Sriracha chilli sauce and some coriander. The noodles were so-so; a little rubbery and crumbly. The broth was very nice – has a good pho taste to it and quite beefy despite the absense of beef. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8934684029045.

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A short video about cooking pho in Vietnam.

Re-Review: Wu-Mu Beef Flavor Ramen Mi Bo

What’s with all the re-reviews you ask? Well, I’m stalled at review #599 as I’m awaiting the opportunity to review an pack of instant noodles that is pretty generic but has been overlooked. I should have it in my clutches VERY shortly. Decided for this one – beefy and sweet and spicy and I remember…

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

Me expenditure feel very well of taken care. Moving along.

Seasoned oil and dry seasoning.

These noodles are steamed, not fried.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added an egg. Used just under 400cc of water – it didn’t say how much water to use so I thought that would work. Work it did! The noodles are chewy and full of flavor, the broth is spicy and sweet and hearty.l Veggies aren’t too bad either. Awesome! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars!

#499: Dragonfly Artificial Beef Flavor Instant Noodles

I was quite happy to see a few new big bowl style instant noodles when I was at an Asian grocery the other day, especially Dragonfly brand – I think I’ve only reviewed a single solitary Dragonfly instant noodle thus far. Now I think there’s at least four or five to do! Well, let’s start with this one. Beefalicious? Let’s hope so – I mean it IS the review before the big psychological number 500!

Alrighty here we go! First, a nice new fork – it’s in the Included Forks report – the 9/7/2011 update. As for the seasoning sachets, from left to right we have liquid sauce, veggies and finally the dry powder seasoning.

Doesn’t look all that exciting here – the liquid smells kind of nice…

Click image to enlarge. Added one fried egg. Well, I’m extremely pleased with this one! The first bite had some unexpected spiciness – strange spiciness! All I can say is that it was a slightly hot flavor with hints of beef and an almost bacon like finish. The broth was very nice – had just enough oil from the liquid packet to be very reminiscent of a beef broth. The veggies were amazing – carrot and cabbage notes made everything very well balanced. I was sad that the meal had to end. I highly recommend it and happily give it 4.75 out of 5.0 stars.

Well, I found Dragonfly Brand mentioned in this instructional video…

A few months ago when I was on Anacortes’ KWLE 1340AM ‘The Whale!’

#449: Wu-Mu Beef Flavor Ramen Mi Bo

This package was part of a five pack found at a 99 Ranch near Anaheim, CA. I’ve never seen such a basic variety from Wu-Mu before and it really piqued my curiosity. Wu-Mu prides itself on being a more premium brand and doesn’t fry their noodles but steams them. The result is less fat this whole pack has only 4g fat, compared to something like 14-22 grams in a fried instant noodle. Let’s see how this stuff is for breakfast with a couple of eggs.

Some oil, some powder seasoning. The oil looks like it may be a little spicy – not sure on this one. Taiwanese folks seem to like their noodles hot – especially the beef flavored ones it seems!

A little bit of vegetable in with the powder seasoning – probably some onion or something. That oil looks sinister as it it is ready to pounce on the taste buds with fury! I cooked the noodles in two cups of water for 4 minutes – the packaging didn’t say how much water to use so I went with the just about two cups / 400cc reasoning, since that’s how much 99% of the instant noodles I’ve tried call for.

Click image to enlarge. I added two fried eggs with medium firm yolks. When I put the cooked noodles and broth in the bowl, I was greeted with a nice sweet smell – it  was very pleasant. After some stirring, I added the eggs atop as you see in the picture. First off, the noodles were cooked as per directions on the packaging. They were excellent – very chewy and firm! Also there were an ample amount of them. The broth is spicy and sweet and beefy – very much to my liking. This was really good stuff – 4.5 out of 5.0 stars – surprised to be giving these such a high rating – beyond expectations! I hope to find the other Wu-Mu varieties like this soon!

#406: Vifon Beef Flavor Mi Bo Asian Style Instant Noodles

So the other Vifon Asian Styleys have been great so far – so let’s see how this one fares. I like how their packaging for this line of products is nice and colorful.

Yeah – soup base and seasoned oil! Didn’t really have to tell you that, did I?

Some interesting looking stuff. A good amount of powder with some veg bits in it.

Click image to enlarge. Added two fried eggs, a little garlic salt and some Amanfopong natural chili powder. The noodles were firm – just perfect and right! The broth was reasonably thick and tasty, and the veggies, although limited. Great stuff! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars! Find it here.