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Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Miandom – Singapore

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Miandom - Singapore

This is kind of embarassing. So I Wasn’t exactly sure what this box was when I was opening it up, and so I started recording the Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater video thinking it was from a different company! Well, it was open! I had to restart the video and pretend to open it! But it all worked out deliciously. Let’s havbe a look!

Product Samples From Miandom – Singapore

Alright – yeah so this was a pretty neat package – thanks again for sending these along! Following this post will be the reviews!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2860: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen With BBQ Sauce

Meet The Manufacturer: #2860: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen With BBQ Sauce

Next up is a BBQ flavor noodle – here’s what Wu-Mu has to say about these –

The middle of wavy noodles are thick, while the both sides are thin, that is why the sauce is more easily stuck in the noodle itself, creating different layers of the tastes!
The sauce is made of 100% pure sesame oil, soy sauce and Mirin, simmer until the Cantonese BBQ sauce is cooked. Sweetness and light spiciness blending harmoniously in the mouth, the BBQ sauce is finger-licking.

Finger licking good? I guess we should find out! Let’s go!

Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen With BBQ Sauce – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #2860: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen With BBQ Sauce

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, boil noodles for 3.5 minutes. Drain. Add in sauce. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2860: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen With BBQ Sauce

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2860: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen With BBQ Sauce

A dark sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2860: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen With BBQ Sauce

Smells like soy sauce.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2860: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen With BBQ Sauce

A paste sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2860: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen With BBQ Sauce

Thick and oily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecue pork and spring onion. The noodle was broad and chewy. Thinner than many but still quite n ice. The flavor was pretty good – light but not too light. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710175574201.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2860: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen With BBQ Sauce

Wu-Mu — Dry Noodle 4 LB (Med)

A recipe video from Wu-Mu.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Mom’s Dry Noodle Sour & Spicy Flavor

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Sour & Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Here’s one I really like. It has what I like to call a ‘back and forth effect flavor.’ It’s like you get one flavor lingering then your palate gets the hint of another flavor, then back to the first. It’s really unique in this way – reminds me of one of my favorite hot sauces – not in the taste, mind you, but this kind of back and forth. Let’s check it out!

Mom’s Dry Noodle Sour & Spicy Flavor – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Sour & Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the outer package (click to enlarge). The manufacturer has assured me that this is Vegan friendly.. To prepare, boil a pot of water. Add in noodle block and cook for 5 1/2 minutes. Drain. Finally, add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Sour & Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

The package contains 4 servings like this.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Sour & Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A different style of noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Sour & Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

The first of 3 liquid sachets.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Sour & Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Has a kind of soy scent.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Sour & Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Another liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Sour & Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Black vinegar I believe.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Sour & Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A final liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Sour & Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Looks like a spicy oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spiralized cucumber, baby corn and garlic. I really like these noodles. They are flat and a little broader with a very serious chew to them. The flavor is very unique. It’s a kind of crisp black vinegar hit along with a spicy oil hit to it. It’s like ping pong; you notice the heat, then the vinegar, then the heat. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4717011150117.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Sour & Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Find Mom’s Dry Noodle Products at Rakuten

Mom’s Dry Noodle Onion Oil & Shrimp among other varieties being featured on a popular Taiwanese TV show.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2312: Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

During my trip to Taiwan in November of 2016, I had the opportunity to try the three varieties of the new Xiao Ban Mian line. I remember this one in particular; it was really quite good and I only got a bite or two of it – my sister actually scarfed this one down quickly! Now, back in the controlled environment of my noodle lab (sounds more amazing than it is, really), I’m really excited to give this a try. Let’s check it out!

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle – Taiwan

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to a pot of boiling water and cook for 6-7 minutes. Drain. Add noodles, sachet contents and 2 tablespoons of water to a bowl. Stir and enjoy!

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Ther packages contain three servings. This is one of the servings of noodles.

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A dry sachet.

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Shallot? Onion? Neither? It’s granular.

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A liquid sachet.

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Has a nice kind of onion scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried onion, cucumber, pork and chilli flake. The noodles have a perfect gauge and chew. Furthermore, they come off extremely premium. The flavor is out of this world – Just a perfect marriage of shallot and sesame – goes together very well. There’s the perfect amount of flavor to this dish – not too salty, not bland. A perfect balance. I’m definitely thrilled to have tried this – mind blowing stuff! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4717011150278.

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Find Xiao  Ban Mian on Rakuten

A tour of the factory in Taichung where these noodles are manufactured.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2311: Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Sauce Matcha Noodle

Meet The Manufacturer: #2311: Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Sauce Matcha Noodle - The Ramen Rater - Taiwan - instant noodles

Xian Bian Mian is a new line from Howsler Foods. They all use straight noodles and are a bit different from the Mom’s Dry Noodle line. These tall narrow packs have three servings in each. So matcha has become really popular – but what is it? Let’s ask wikipedia:

matcha (抹茶?, pronounced [mat.tɕa][n 1]) is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. It is special in two aspects of farming and processing: the green tea plants for matcha are shade-grown for about three weeks before harvest, and the stems and veins are removed in processing. During shaded growth, the plant Camellia sinensis produces more theanine and caffeine. This combination of chemicals is considered to account for the calm energy people might feel from drinking m atcha. The powder form of m atcha is consumed differently from tea leaves or tea bags, and is dissolved in a liquid, typically water or milk.

The traditional Chinese and Japanese tea ceremony centers on the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha as hot tea and embodies a meditative spiritual style. In modern times, matcha also has come to be used to flavor and dye foods such as mochi and soba noodles, green tea ice cream, matcha lattes, and a variety of Japanese wagashi confectionery. Often, the former is referred to as ceremonial-grade matcha, meaning that the matcha powder is good enough for tea ceremony. The latter is referred to as culinary-grade matcha, but there is no standard industry definition or requirements for either.

Blends of matcha are given poetic names known as chamei (“tea names”) either by the producing plantation, shop, or creator of the blend, or, by the grand master of a particular tea tradition. When a blend is named by the grand master of a tea ceremony lineage, it becomes known as the master’s konomi, or a Butcher block of Leaf.

Let’s have a look!

Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Sauce Matcha Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #2311: Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Sauce Matcha Noodle - The Ramen Rater - Taiwan - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to a pot of boiling water and cook for 6-7 minutes. Drain. Add noodles, sachet contents and 2 tablespoons of water to a bowl. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2311: Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Sauce Matcha Noodle - The Ramen Rater - Taiwan - instant noodles

One of the three portions of noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2311: Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Sauce Matcha Noodle - The Ramen Rater - Taiwan - instant noodles

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2311: Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Sauce Matcha Noodle - The Ramen Rater - Taiwan - instant noodles

Sesame sauce.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2311: Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Sauce Matcha Noodle - The Ramen Rater - Taiwan - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shredded carrot and Chinese yam. So the noodles came out with a great chewiness and quality to them. Furthermore, they definitely had a strong matcha scent when cooking. Indeed, the sauce is thick and coated everything quite well. Moreover, it had a strong peanut kind of taste to it. Unfortunately, the bitter green tea taste was a little too much for me, but if you like that flavor, this should be up your alley. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4717011150285.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2311: Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Sauce Matcha Noodle - The Ramen Rater - Taiwan - instant noodles

Find Xiao Ban Mian on Rakuten

A tour of the factory in Taichung where these noodles are manufactured.

Meet The Manufacturer: Prima Taste Samples

Here’s the box that the samples came in…

Six of each…

…of two varieties: Laksa LaMian and Curry LaMian! Really looking forward to trying these!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Prima Taste

This is a Meet The Manufacturer that’s been a long time in the making – and well worth it! Prima Taste is a company out of Singapore that makes all sorts of meal kits and now ‘LaMian,’ which is a line of instant noodle products. Here’s the interview I conducted with them via email.

The Ramen Rater> Thank you very much for agreeing to do this interview! Could we start off with some information about Prima Taste; when was Prima Taste founded, where and by whom?

Prima Taste> Prima Taste was launched in 1999 with the mission of serving Singapore Cuisine to the world.

TRR> For those of my readers who are not familiar with your line of products, could you tell us a little about them?

PT> Prima Taste, an award winning brand synonymous with authentic Singapore food is manufactured by Prima Food Pte Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Prima Limited. Prima Taste range of ready-to-cook pastes and sauces for whipping up more than 100 authentic Singapore and pan-Asian dishes. Building on the strengths and success of Prima Taste products, the Prima Taste concept restaurant franchise was created to serve true Singapore cuisine.

TRR> When I think about Singaporean noodles, I immediately think of Laksa. Do you have a Laksa instant product? What would you recommend pairing with it to make it a perfect meal?

PT> We have our popular Laksa Best Singapore Favourites Ready-to-cook Sauce Kit that can be paired with our Thick Rice Noodle to make a very robust and authentic Singapore Laksa.

You may also wish to try the Laksa LaMian which comes with steam, air-dried noodles made from premium wheat, no added MSG, no added preservatives and no artificial flavouring. Just add your favourite ingredients!

TRR> I’ve never been to Singapore – what is the area of Singapore where you’re located like?

PT> Singapore is a tropical that lies one degree north of the Equator. It is strategically located at the crossroads of Asia, which has helped it grow into a modern city and major centre for trade, transportation and communications.

Singapore’s colourful history began decades ago when early immigrants arrived here to build a better life, bringing with them cultures, traditions from China, Europe, the Malay Peninsula and the Indian sub-continent. Most Singaporeans today are descendants from these immigrants. This diversed heritage has contributed to a vibrant social fabric and while Singaporeans have developed their own distinct identity, they still enjoy the traditional customs, festivals and culinary heritage of their ancestors.

Singaporeans are passionate about food and will proudly proclaim that one if the best things about the country is the food. Singapore food is like its heritage, full of different aromas and ingredients that have come together in a delicious and hearty way. Her famed local dishes feature Chinese, Malay and Indian culinary influences, reflecting the rich mix of cultures that co-exist harmoniously on the island republic.

TRR> Is there a story behind the name Prima Taste?

PT> Certainly, there is. Prima Taste got its name from the parent company, Prima Limited.

“Prima” in Latin means “first”. The Company’s Chinese name “Bai Ling Mai” literally means a hundred-year-old wheat”, signifying our Company’s longevity on a solid foundation.

Prima Taste is managed by Prima Food Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Prima Limited. Prima Food was established in 1992 with its core business in food manufacturing and franchising.

With numerous awards lauding our achievement, Prima Taste is living up to its name.

TRR> Is Prima Taste involved in the local community around you?

PT> We are involved in the local community in the following ways:

  • contributing our Prima Taste products as lucky draw prizes, door gifts, offering percentage discounts to participants and also offering a very special price to the organizers;
  • contributing our products for cooking competitions;
  • conduct sampling (food tasting) sessions at their events;
  • taking up a stall to showcase & sell our Prima Taste products

TRR> From what I’ve read, Singapore has a very hot and humid climate. Are there Singaporean noodles that are served cold?

PT> Typically not a Singapore dish, cold noodles can still be found in some restaurants or food outlets in some hotels.

TRR> Are hot peppers popular in Singaporean cuisine?

PT> Hot peppers like capsicums are sometimes used in stir-fried dishes.

TRR> Are there any new products that will be coming out soon that you could tell us about?

PT> We will be launching 2 more flavours to the range. They are Singapore’s iconic dish – Singapore Chill Crab LaMian and local favourites Fish Soup LaMian.

TRR> A lot of people wonder about the health factors (sodium, etc.) when it comes to instant noodles. How do you recommend people made instant noodles a healthy part of their diet?

A healthy part of their diet would be to consume noodles that are steam, air-dried, have no added preservatives, no added MSG and no artificial colouring.

TRR> Do you make/sell products other than instant noodles?

PT> Yes, we also have a range of Southeast Asian Noodles range.

TRR> What was your first product?

PT> Laksa, Singapore Curry, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Mee Siam & Mee Rebus

TRR> How does the process in which you make your noodles differ from other brands?

PT> Unlike most instant noodles, Prima Taste Lamian is steamed and air-dried.

TRR> When you make instant noodles for yourself, do you add anything or have any recommendations?

PT> For a more indulgent meal, you may add ingredients suggested on the pack. For e.g., for Laksa LaMian, you may add cooked seafood, cooked chicken and hard-boiled eggs.

TRR> Thank you for this opportunity to learn more about Prima Taste and Singapore!

There you go. Thanks to Low Fatt Mun and Mah Chern Wei for making this Meet The Manufacturer come to reality!

Interview * Samples From Prima Taste * Prima Taste Singapore Curry La Mian * Prima Taste Rendang Curry Sauce Kit * Prima Taste Singapore La Mian

#795: Master Kong Red Oil Dan Dan Noodles

Here’s another one that Bo H. sent me from China! Thanks again! So what are Dan Dan noodles? here’s what Wikipedia says:

Dandan noodles or Dandanmian (traditional Chinese: 擔擔麵, simplified Chinese: 担担面) is a classic dish originating from ChineseSichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables (often including zha cai, 榨菜, lower enlarged mustard stems, or ya cai, 芽菜, upper mustard stems), chili oil, Sichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles.

Alrighty then, let’s give it a try!

I cut and pasted all the text from the lid and scanned it. Click to enlarge.

Hey – chopsticks!

Here’s the big packet of spicy paste.

That’s a lot of goopy stuff – looks spicy!

The vegetables.

Looks like a nice little bunch of veggies.

Then there’s this little pouch with little hard things in it…

I ate one and I think they get sprinkled on top at the end.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Interesting… This one was fun to try; I’m really looking forward to these Master Kong’s as they’re huge in China and these aren’t available around this neck of the woods, that’s for sure. The noodles aren’t bad, – there’s a lot of them too. The flavor is a little bit spicy and a bit greasy. The veggies are nice. The only problem here is it seems kind of bland to me. Could use a little more flavor I think. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 6903252084818 .

Here’s a Master Kong commercial

How to make DanDan noodles at home