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#2971: Best Wok Mi Goreng Hot & Spicy Instant Noodles

#2971: Best Wok Mi Goreng Hot & Spicy Instant Noodles

Mi Goreng is a variety of nboodles that I gravitated towards when I was very young. My progressions went from a Japanese chicken variety made in the United States, one from Japan and then boom – Indonesian Mi Goreng. Salty, sweet, spicy. Here’s a bit about it from Wikipedia:

Mie goreng (Indonesianmie goreng or mi gorengMalaymee goreng or mi goreng; both meaning “fried noodles”[3]), also known as bakmi goreng,[4] is a flavourful and often spicy fried noodle dish common in Indonesia,[1][5]MalaysiaBrunei Darussalam, and Singapore. It is made with thin yellow noodles fried in cooking oil with garliconion or shallots, fried prawnchickenbeef, or sliced bakso (meatballs), chili, Chinese cabbagecabbagestomatoesegg, and other vegetables. Ubiquitous in Indonesia, it can be found everywhere in the country, sold by all food vendors from street-hawkers, warungs, to high-end restaurants. It is an Indonesian one-dish meal favourite, although street food hawkers commonly sell it together with nasi goreng (fried rice).[6] It is commonly available at Mamak stalls in Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, and Malaysia and is often spicy. In Sri Lanka, mee goreng is a popular dish due to Malay cultural influences and is sold at street food stalls around the country.

A number of mie goreng variants exist. In Indonesia mie goreng variants are usually named after the ingredients, while some might be named after the region of origin.

  • Mie goreng ayam or common mie goreng uses chicken with shallots, garlic, leek, sweet soy sauce, egg, and vegetables typically added as well.
  • Mie goreng sapi, similar to common traditional mie goreng, but uses beef instead.
  • Mie goreng kambing uses goat meat or mutton.
  • Mie goreng udang uses shrimp.[5]
  • Mie goreng seafood uses seafood which includes mixture of fish, squid, and shrimp.
  • Mie Goreng Aceh a mie goreng variant from Aceh province, which uses thicker noodle similar to that of spaghetti, and employ curry-like rich spicy paste.[13]
  • Mie goreng Jawa from Central Java, employ sweet soy sauce, egg, chicken, and vegetables. In restaurant, warung or travelling food vendor, it usually sold and offered together with mie rebus (lit. “boiled noodle”) or mie Jawa.[14]
  • Mie goreng tek-tek refer to mie goreng sold by travelling street hawkers that hitting the wok making “tek-tek” sounds to announce their wares. The seller with his food cart frequenting the residence areas, usually also offers nasi goreng and mie rebus. It is common in Jakarta and some large cities in Java.
  • Mie goreng dhog-dhog also known as Mie goreng Surabaya from Surabaya city. Refer to travelling food cart vendor selling mie goreng Surabaya that uses large wooden slit drum instead to announce his presence in the neighbourhood, thus creates “dhog-dhog” sounds.[15]

That’s a lot of info on the different varieties. As you can see on t he packaging for this one, chicken. So logically, this falls into the category of the first one. Let’s check it out!

Best Wok Mi Goreng Hot & Spicy Instant Noodles – Indonesia

#2971: Best Wok Mi Goreng Hot & Spicy Instant Noodles

The back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook 2~3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2971: Best Wok Mi Goreng Hot & Spicy Instant Noodles

The noodle block.

#2971: Best Wok Mi Goreng Hot & Spicy Instant Noodles

A dual sachet of dry ingredients.

#2971: Best Wok Mi Goreng Hot & Spicy Instant Noodles

A dry base.

#2971: Best Wok Mi Goreng Hot & Spicy Instant Noodles

Fried shallot.

#2971: Best Wok Mi Goreng Hot & Spicy Instant Noodles

A dual sachet of liquid ingredients.

#2971: Best Wok Mi Goreng Hot & Spicy Instant Noodles

Seasoned oil.

#2971: Best Wok Mi Goreng Hot & Spicy Instant Noodles

Sweet soy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried egg, coriander and fried onion. The noodles cooked up very well – good quantity and a very nice chew. Flavors stuck to it well and they were excellent. A nice sweet and salty hit and then there’s the spicy – which was actually more impressive than more of the Mi Goreng varieties out there. Impressed 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8991866890644.

#2971: Best Wok Mi Goreng Hot & Spicy Instant Noodles

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Before my show Instant Noodle Recipe Time, I did live streams. I thought that would work out great – until I found glitching and low bandwidth creeping in. So I opted for the non-live route soon-after. Here’s the episode where I cooked this particular variety – Best Wok Hot & Spicy from Indonesia.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2923: Lemonilo Mie Instan Alami Rasa Mie Goreng – Indonesia

Meet The Manufacturer: #2943: Lemonilo Mie Instan Alami Rasa Mie Goreng

This is the one product for this Meet The Manufacturer. Look – green noodles on the package! They mentioned that they’re green as they’re infused with spinach – plus they’re baked noodles as well. This sounds really interesting – I’ve been a huge fan of mie goreng – I might have started my interest in instant noodles with a Japanese variety, but the second one I was really enamored with was a mie goreng. Let’s crack the pack open and see how it is!

Lemonilo Mie Instan Alami Rasa Mie Goreng – Indonesia

Meet The Manufacturer: #2943: Lemonilo Mie Instan Alami Rasa Mie Goreng

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, boil noodle in 400cc water for 4 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2943: Lemonilo Mie Instan Alami Rasa Mie Goreng

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2943: Lemonilo Mie Instan Alami Rasa Mie Goreng

A dual sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2943: Lemonilo Mie Instan Alami Rasa Mie Goreng

Dry seasoning base topped with chilli powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2943: Lemonilo Mie Instan Alami Rasa Mie Goreng

Another dual sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2943: Lemonilo Mie Instan Alami Rasa Mie Goreng

seasoned oil…

Meet The Manufacturer: #2943: Lemonilo Mie Instan Alami Rasa Mie Goreng

…and sweet soy sauce.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2943: Lemonilo Mie Instan Alami Rasa Mie Goreng

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, fried egg and fried onion. The noodles here are absolutely brilliant. They have a very nice chew and aren’t super chewy – they’re just right. The gauge is nice and provides a very good mouthfeel. The flavoring is spot on – sweet, salty, spicy. I’m really enthralled with this variety – unique and just exceptional. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8997222130016.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2943: Lemonilo Mie Instan Alami Rasa Mie Goreng

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A video about Lemonilo Mie Goreng

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Lemonilo – Indonesia

Interview With Lemonilo * Product Samples From LemoniloLemonilo Mie Instan Alami Rasa Mie Goreng

Recently, I saw an article about a company in Indonesia making healthy Mi Goreng. I’d tried a couple varieties in the past actually, and thought these sounded unique so dropped a line. They responded, and here we are! Let’s start with an interview with Michiko Sutanto, Marketing & Partnership Manager.

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Lemonilo – Indonesia

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

LEMONILO> Three young and energetic Indonesians that are dreaming of making Indonesians healthier and happier founded Lemonilo in 2016. They are Shinta Nurfauzia, Ronald Wijaya and Johannes Ardiant. They were annoyed that unhealthy lifestyle that is prevalent in Indonesia has resulted in diseases such as diabetes (Indonesia is top five in the world). So, they established Lemonilo with a mission to make Indonesians healthier and happier through affordable & practical healthy products (think about online & affordable version of Wholefoods). For their first product, they need to ensure that Indonesians will be crazy about it. One of the “national dishes” that make Indonesian unhealthy is instant noodle (Indonesia made it to rank 2 after China). In Indonesia, we know that instant noodle are super unhealthy but we love it so much, we hear moms tell their kids “kids, once every two weeks (to eat instant noodle)” instead of banning it entirely. So, they decided to create the healthy alternative of instant noodle: Lemonilo All-Natural Instant Noodle to help Indonesians satisfy their crave over instant noodles without abandoning their health. Aside from the instant noodle, the companies have also launched other products such as all-natural stock powder, instant seasoning, cooking oil, and will launch more.

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

LEMONILO> Lemon – top of mind of healthy food
Nilo – warrior (from celtic language)

When the co-founders think about a name for the company, they want a name that Indonesians will associate it directly with “health” but sounds unique. So, they created an online survey in which they asked what is the healthiest food according to the Indonesian respondents (involving ~300 people). Lemon came as a winner. So they created a second poll in which they asked the respondents to pick one among “Lemon-something” names (they were Lemonilo, Lemonola, Lemonalo, Lemonetc.) Lemonilo won.

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

LEMONILO> We currently have “fried noodle” (mee goreng or chow mien) flavor only, but soup based noodle will be launched soon. What’s unique about our instant noodle though:
– 100% natural (no preservatives, no coloring—the green color came from spinach, no MSG added)
– Low gluten
– Low calories (only 283 per portion)
– Oven baked (not fried at all)

TRR> I’ve read that your products are for those interested in healthy options – can you tell us a little about this and why you’ve chosen this course?

LEMONILO> Please read answer No. 1.

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

LEMONILO> Indonesia is a country of 260 million people. Indonesia’s middle upper class has a sufficient knowledge on the importance of healthy lifestyle. C+ class Indonesians are growing in their health concern. But the majority of us do not have the realization yet, mainly are due to the folk foods that contain a lot of grease, coconut milk, oils, and meats. So, can say that Lemonilo targets ~90 million Indonesian people (the middle & affluent class).

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

LEMONILO> We use oven baked process instead of frying it, that’s why it is lower in calorie. It’s also 100% natural (no preservatives, no coloring—the green color came from spinach, no MSG added) and low gluten.

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

LEMONILO> We see:
– Sales data in our platform and market research (i.e. Indonesian global FMCG spending, Indonesian pantry product preference)
– We create the sample first, and do internal & external concept test
– Develop when we have high approval rate

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

LEMONILO> Currently we have 9 other products, aside from the instant noodle:
– Beef stock powder
– Chicken stock powder
– Mushroom stock powder (vegan)
– Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice) Instant Seasoning
– Nasi Goreng Kari (Curry Fried Rice) Instant Seasoning
– Ayam Goreng Lengkuas (Indonesian-style Fried Chicken) Instant Seasoning
– Tepung Kremes (Chicken Crunch) Instant Seasoning
– Coconut Cooking Oil

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

LEMONILO> We like it better to eat it as it is. But it’s basically good with anything (seafood/chicken and vegetable + egg on the side—anything!)

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?

LEMONILO> Our product is low in sodium, so they do not have to be concerned about it.

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

LEMONILO> Yes, the company have two continuing events:
– Lemonilo Fit Club
o Series of “active” events involving Lemonizen (how we call our consumers) such as working out together, DIY workshops, to inspire others to live a healthier & more sustainable life.
o We hold the event once every two months.
– Lemonilo Care
o We allow Lemonizen to give charity in our online platform to a specific cause
o We work together with local charity partner to distribute the charity proceed

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

LEMONILO> Currently in Indonesia only.

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

LEMONILO> Extra chili and boiled egg.

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

 

Thank you very much! Let’s get started!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Mie Goreng

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

Maitri is Olagafood’s vegetarian product line. So far, I’ve been pretty impressed; the flavors are quite good and it’s been a lot of fun reviewing them. This one is a vegetarian mie goreng – here’s a little about mie goreng from Wikipedia –

Mie goreng (Indonesianmie goreng or mi gorengMalaymee goreng or mi goreng; both meaning “fried noodles”[3]), also known as bakmi goreng,[4] is a flavourful and spicy fried noodle dish common in Indonesia,[1][5]MalaysiaBrunei Darussalam and Singapore. It is made with thin yellow noodles fried in cooking oil with garliconion or shallots, fried prawnchickenbeef, or sliced bakso (meatballs), chili, Chinese cabbagecabbagestomatoesegg, and other vegetables. Ubiquitous in Indonesia, it can be found everywhere in the country, sold by all food vendors from street-hawkers, warungs, to high-end restaurants. It is an Indonesian one-dish meal favourite, although street food hawkers commonly sell it together with nasi goreng (fried rice).[6] It is commonly available at Mamak stalls in Singapore, Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia and is often spicy.

I’m really excited about this series – and the fact that I’m getting some help from a local business. Jonathan over at Waroeng Jajanan. The store and restaurant combo is just an amazing place to check out authentic Indonesian cuisine, and you’ll be seeing a lot of (pretty much all) that I add in the end being from there in this series. Alright – let’s check out this one from Maitri as part of Meet The Manufacturer!

Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles – Indonesia

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 3 minutes and drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

A dual sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

Chilli powder atop seasoning base.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

Oil and kecap manis (sweet soy sauce).

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

A garnish sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

Crispy fried radish chips.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2661: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added (prepared by Waroeng Jajanan) sambal goreng gentong, Indonesian pickle, crackers, (from my kitchen) tau pok, Dua Belibis and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles as before lending themselves quite nicely to making mi goreng. The taste isn’t extremely spicy, nor is it overly salty or sweet – kind of like a nice starting point to add things to. Not only that, many vegetarian variants have a kind of funky broccoli or mushroom taste – not this one. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 034126937254.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2654: Maitri Vegetarian Hot Curry Flavor - Indonesia - Olagafood - The Ramen Rater

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Wow, what a bargain!

#2438: World O’Noodle Mi Goreng Original Flavour Fried Noodles

 

#2438: World O'Noodle Mi Goreng Original Flavour Fried Noodles - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

I found this one during my November 2016 trip to Taiwan. So this was at a Jason’s Market at the bottom of the Taipei 101. Mi Goreng is a very popular stir nodle dish. Mi Goreng instant noodles are most well known from Indonesia, indeed where this one is from. Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about Mi Goreng –

Mie goreng (Indonesian: mie goreng or mi goreng; Malay: mee goreng or mi goreng; both meaning “fried noodles”[3]), also known as bakmi goreng, is a flavorful and spicy fried noodle dish common in Indonesia,[1]Malaysia, and Singapore. It is made with thin yellow noodles fried in cooking oil with garlic, onion or shallots, fried prawn, chicken, beef, or sliced bakso (meatballs), chili, Chinese cabbage, cabbages, tomatoes, egg, and other vegetables. Ubiquitous in Indonesia, it can be found everywhere in the country, sold by all food vendors from street-hawkers, warungs, to high-end restaurants. It is an Indonesian one-dish meal favorite, although street food hawkers commonly sell it together with nasi goreng (fried rice).[4] It is commonly available at Mamak stalls in Singapore and Malaysia and is often spicy.

Sounds good – I’ve been a fan of mi goreng for decades now! So let’s give this one a try.

World O’Noodle Mi Goreng Original Flavour Fried Noodles – Indonesia

The import sticker (click to enlarge).

#2438: World O'Noodle Mi Goreng Original Flavour Fried Noodles - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 450~500mL boiling water and cook 2~3 minutes. Drain well. Add in contents of all sachets except shallots. Stir well. Finally, garnish with shallot and enjoy!

#2438: World O'Noodle Mi Goreng Original Flavour Fried Noodles - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

The noodle block.

#2438: World O'Noodle Mi Goreng Original Flavour Fried Noodles - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A dual sachet.

#2438: World O'Noodle Mi Goreng Original Flavour Fried Noodles - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Powdered seasonings.

#2438: World O'Noodle Mi Goreng Original Flavour Fried Noodles - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Fried shallot.

#2438: World O'Noodle Mi Goreng Original Flavour Fried Noodles - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A sachet trifecta! So we have (from left to right) seasoned oil, sweet chilli sauce and finally sweet soy sauce.

#2438: World O'Noodle Mi Goreng Original Flavour Fried Noodles - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

The liquid ingredients mingling together.

mi goreng

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kerupuk aci, coriander, fried egg and Dua Belibis sweet chilli sauce. The noodles are the perfect gauge for instant mi goreng – their chew is excellent as well. Indeed the quantity is decent too. Moreover, the flavor just hits everything perfectly – the sweet, the salty, the spicy. A solidly excellent mi goreng. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9557428000873.

mi goreng

Cradle of Flavor: Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia

Mie goreng being prepared at a hawker stall.

#2433: Nissin Cup Noodles Indonesia Mie Goreng

#2433: Nissin Cup Noodles Indonesia Mie Goreng - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

This was sent to me by Ippin, a purveyor of wonderful Japanese items! Thank you again!

Here’s something a little different. So Nissin has a series of Cup Noodles with flavors from around Southeast Asia. Laksa from Singapore, Tom Yum from Thailand and here we have Mie Goreng from Indonesia. I’m very curious how this on will be. Indeed, it looks interesting enough and a decently sized cup. If you don’t know about Mie Goreng, you should! Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the dish:

Mie goreng (Indonesian: mie goreng or mi goreng; Malay: mee goreng or mi goreng; both meaning “fried noodles”[3]), also known as bakmi goreng, is a flavorful and spicy fried noodle dish common in Indonesia,[1]Malaysia, and Singapore. It is made with thin yellow noodles fried in cooking oil with garlic, onion or shallots, fried prawn, chicken, beef, or sliced bakso (meatballs), chili, Chinese cabbage, cabbages, tomatoes, egg, and other vegetables. Ubiquitous in Indonesia, it can be found everywhere in the country, sold by all food vendors from street-hawkers, warungs, to high-end restaurants. It is an Indonesian one-dish meal favorite, although street food hawkers commonly sell it together with nasi goreng (fried rice).[4] It is commonly available at Mamak stalls in Singapore and Malaysia and is often spicy.

I’ve loved Mie Goreng for years! Curious how it will translate from a Japanese Cup Noodles! So let’s find out.

Nissin Cup Noodles Indonesia Mie Goreng – Japan

#2433: Nissin Cup Noodles Indonesia Mie Goreng - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure but probably contains meat. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and let steep for 3 minutes. Open drain spout and drain. Add in liquid sachet contents and stir well. Finally, garnish with onions and enjoy!

#2433: Nissin Cup Noodles Indonesia Mie Goreng - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Notice the dual-use lid with drain spout at the top.

#2433: Nissin Cup Noodles Indonesia Mie Goreng - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

The noodle block.

#2433: Nissin Cup Noodles Indonesia Mie Goreng - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

Some loose bits from inside the cup.

#2433: Nissin Cup Noodles Indonesia Mie Goreng - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

The liquid sachet.

#2433: Nissin Cup Noodles Indonesia Mie Goreng - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

Has a sweet kind of scent.

#2433: Nissin Cup Noodles Indonesia Mie Goreng - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

A gartnish sachet.

#2433: Nissin Cup Noodles Indonesia Mie Goreng - Indonesia - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

Fried shallot.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added a fried egg on top. The noodles are a little on the fluffy end of the spectrum although not spongy which is a good thing. The flavor is a very sweet and salty taste with a light note of spiciness. The fried shallot fits in well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105232828.

Nissin Southeast Asian Collection – Sampler box of 6

A Nissin Japan TV commercial.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups Of All Time 2014 Edition

Yeah – it’s that time of year again! Cups are interesting; they usually hold a lot less water than a bowl, so the steeping process is a little different and so are the noodles. I’ve had some horrendous cups over the years, but then there are some that are really quite good. This last year has been a great one where cups are concerned! Let’s have a look at the best of the best! The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups Of All Time 2014 Edition!

#10: Nongshim Sir Long Tang Creamy Beef Noodle Soup – United States

Sir Long Tang is a creamy beef noodle soup. Creamy beef soups are very common in South Korean cuisine – such varieties as Seollongtang and Gomtang feature broth that is made from boiling beef bones for hours and hours. Sir Long Tang has a very nice and rich beef flavor with a great creaminess and excellent noodles. Original review here

#9: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Curry Flavour – Hong Kong

Since 1971, Nissin Cup Noodle has been synonymous with… Well, noodles in a cup! The noodles come out just perfectly in these. Not only that, there are copious amounts of veggies and seafood. Then there’s the flavor – a really nice Japanese curry with seafood notes – great stuff! This is it’s second year appearing in this spot. Original review here

#8: Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Cup – South Korea

This is the third list this year that Paldo Kokomen has appeared on. The broth has such a great melding of the heat of jalapeno pepper and the flavor of chicken. The noodles are very good and the bits of chicken and vegetables are top notch. Dropped from 5th to 8th. Original review here

#7: Nissin Cup Noodle Chili Tomato – Japan

The noodles were broad and flat and had a very satisfying texture and feel to them; not bad at all. The broth has a nice tomato taste and lots of flavor. Bits of meat and veggies are throughout and make it a very hearty cup of noodles. Original review here

#6: GaGa Mi Instan Cup Milk Chicken Soup – Indonesia

The noodles are thin and light – they hydrated perfectly and have a gentle chew. The broth is fantastic – it’s a creamy flavor full of chicken goodness, some onion hints, and a slight spiciness. Original review here

#5: Mamee Chef Creamy Tom Yam Flavour – Malaysia

The noodles are just right – nicely cooked and gorged on the broth. The broth is the real star in this one – nice and strong citrus and spicy flavors abound and it has such a nice color to it. The garnish of vegetables and shrimp come out very nicely – the veggies are excellent as is the shrimp. Truly an excellent cup of noodles. Original review here

#4: Eat & Go Rendang Beef Flavour Fried Instant Noodle – Indonesia

The noodles come out nice after steeping. They have a standard gauge and good cgewiness. The flavor is great – sweet. spicy and beefy! Excellent stuff – and if it wasn’t good enough already, the garnish adds a really good finish to things. This was a real treat to enjoy. Original review here

#3: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Pot-au-feu Flavor Premium Noodle Soup – United States

First, Nongshim made Shin Ramyun which is still incredibly popular. Then they upgraded and came out with Shin Ramyun Black. Finally, Shin Black has made it into a cup – and it’s really good! Rich beef flavor and real beef along with thick ramyun noodles. Premium stuff! Last year, I featured the version made in South Korea and this year we have the one made in the United States. Second year at #3. Original review here

#2: Mamee Mie Goreng Indonesia Spicy Sambal Flavour – Malaysia

The noodles came out so nicely – they have a great character of chew and whilst not in a broth, they’re not dry after being drained. The flavor is wonderful – spicy and tasty with that sweet-hot kick I love about mie goreng. The crunchy bits rounds everything out soundly. Original review here

#1: Mamee Chef Curry Laksa Flavour – Malaysia

There are some flavors erupting from Malaysia that are just fantastic and this instant noodle cup exudes them like a rock star. The noodles came out excellent – pretty much identical to the packaged version. The broth and garnish as well were great – rich curry flavor and premium garnishes including little tofu puff bits and pepper. I can definitely say this is the best instant cup I’ve ever had. Original review here

 

Meet The Manufacturer: #1357: Mamee Mie Goreng Indonesia Spicy Sambal Flavour

This is the second of the two Mie Goreng Indonesia cup varieties Mamee Double-Decker sent me for Meet The Manufacturer. The first one was really good! This one sounds good too. Sambal is spicy stuff! I like spicy. Today before I do the review, I’m going to trek up to our local Indonesian grocery Waroeng Jajanan. They clued me in about a couple of great additions to mie goreng – Kerapuk Aci and BonCabe! Kerapuk Aci is a big round Indonesian cracker made with tapioca and other ingredients. It’s crunchy and goes really well with mie goreng when I’ve made it in the past. BonCabe is a spicy chilli seasoning – bits of chilli powder, flake, some salt and crunchy bits as well as other spices are in it and it’s great stuff! Off I go to the Indonesian grocery to find some additions…

I’m back! So the area I live in is called the Edmonds International District. Lots of great stores to get stuff for noodles! They put up these new lanterns and signs all over the place – it’s official! Pretty cool. Got what I was looking for at Waroeng Jajanan and so I begin the preparation – let’s give this one a try!

Here are the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to inner line and let sit for 3 minutes. Using the holes in the lid, drain off the water. Add contents of the sachets (powder and liquid) and stir well. Add garnish and enjoy!

Here’s the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork! These are neat ones – they slide and click.

The noodle block.

The seasoning powder sachet.

A slightly granular powder.

A dual sachet of oil and sweet soy sauce on the left and chilli sauce on the right.

The liquid ingredients mingling.

The garnish sachet.

Crunchy pieces!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Rotary Kerapuk Aci, BonCabe Level 10 chilli seasoning, hard boiled egg, Fresno chilli pepper, sweet onion, ABC Manis Pedas and shrimp. The noodles came out so nicely – they have a great character of chew and whilst not in a broth, they’re not dry after being drained. The flavor is wonderful – spicy and tasty with that sweet-hot kick I love about mie goreng. The crunchy bits rounds everything out soundly. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 9555022301617.

Here’s a TV advert for Mamee Double-Decker Mie Goreng Indonesia.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1349: Mamee Mie Goreng Indonesia Original Flavour

Mie goreng is one of my favorites – – noodles with a sweet, salty and spicy flavor. To be honest, it was mie goreng that really got me fanatical about instant noodles many years ago. Let’s have a look at this Malaysian take on an Indonesian standard.

Here are the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself). To prepare, fill to line with boiling water. After a few minutes, use the drain holes in the lid to drain off the water. Add the contents of the powder and oil/sauce sachets and stir well. Garnish with the crunchy bits and enjoy!

Here’s detail of the foil lid (click image to enlarge).

Included fork!!!

The noodle block.

Powder seasoning sachet.

Has a very light texture.

A dual liquid sachet – sweet soy sauce and oil on the left and chilli sauce on the right.

Both of the liquid components together.

The crunchy element!

They’re crunchy and really delicious!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fried egg, baked chicken with garlic salt and BonCabe Level 10 chilli seasoning and sweet onion. The noodles have some good chew to them and a nice gauge. The flavor is more sweet than spicy and then the spiciness kicks in gently; not an onslaught. The little crunchy bits give an added extra that is just right. This is excellent mie goreng – 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 9555022301600.

A TV spot for the Mamee Mie Goreng Indonesia product line.

#1257: Meet The Manufacturer: Mi ABC Mi Goreng Mi Instan Cup Mi Goreng Spesial Special Fried Noodle

Mi goreng means fried noodles. To those not familiar with mi goreng, you’ve absolutely must try it! There’s no broth involved and very strong and delicious flavors. I would wager that if I looked through all my reviews, I’d be hard pressed to find a mi goreng that I didn’t like. Well, there was one, but it was a Chinese take on it and the spices were really off. What’s really nice is the ability to pair it with so many different things. Let’s delve into this one; I have a good feeling about it!

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, take everything out except the noodles. Add boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Give it a stir and then drain off the water. Add all the sachet contents, save the garnish and stir. Sprinkle garnish on top and enjoy.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

Included fork!

The noodle block.

The powder seasoning sachet.

A very light powder.

A triple sachet. From left to right: seasoned oil, chilli sauce, sweet soy sauce.

Has an onion scent.

A sweet and spicy taste.

Sticky and thick, kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) isn’t the soy sauce you find predominately in the US which is salty and thin.

The garnish sachet.

The large rectangular pieces are pangsit goreng (fried wontons). The smaller? Fried onion.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed onions,thin sliced sukiyaki beef, lime, kerapuk aci, fried egg, Dua Belibis chilli sauce, and a generous sprinkle of BonCabe 10 Star spice. The noodles are good – nice texture and quality for a cup version. The flavor is nice – a sweet and spicy taste, and I detected an almost citrussy hint. The fried bits were very nice. . 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8992388112654.

It has just come to my attention that Peter O’Toole died yesterday at the age of 81. He was in many films, but the one I found most amazing was Lawrence of Arabia. Today’s video is the first half of the film. Don’t worry, the second half is here. It’s a very long film, but I highly recommend it. By the way – there’s nothing wrong; the first couple minutes of both halves are preceded by the overture.

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From ABC President

A box came the other day – noodles!

Four varieties of pillow pack instants by ABC President.

A Mi ABC cup.

Finally, five different Eat & Go cups. These have been quite good – I’ll re-review the ones I’ve already tried during Meet The Manufacturer. Thanks to Hedy and Darrian!

#1114: Maitri Vegetarian Fried Noodle (Mie Goreng)

Here’s another from my Indonesian friend – thanks! Another new brand! Let’s check it out.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free.

The noodle block.

Powder seasoning on the left, chili powder on the right.

Chili powder atop the seasoning powder.

A packet with solid ingredients.

Crispy radish garnish!

Liquid packet.

Sweet soy sauce in oil.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). A new plate my wife got for me! Added red bell pepper and Vidalia sweet onions, a fried egg and some Sambel Asli chili sauce. The noodles have a standard feel and chew to them – not crumbly but not extremely chewy – soft. The flavor is good – a sweet, a little spiciness from the chili powder and a nice flavor. The added bonus of the crunchy fried radish is very welcome. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 034126937254.

 

 In Indonesia, great food is abundant. You can just walk down the street and there are vendors selling their amazing varieties of food everywhere. Here’s one selling Mie Goreng.