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#2773: Vedan Minced Pork Noodle

#2773: Vedan Minced Pork Noodle taiwan

Brought this back from Taiwan. Pretty much everything I brought back came through the rigors of baggage handling unscathed; but not every single thing did. Alas, this was one of them that didn’t. To be quite honest, it did better than some I’ve brought back before from abroad – a little crushing of noodles isn’t bad – I’vbe had ones whose noodle blocks were reduced to crumbs. Let’s have a look at this one – I found it at RT-Mart in Taipei.

Vedan Minced Pork Noodle – Taiwan

#2773: Vedan Minced Pork Noodle taiwan

Here’s the back of the pack (click to enlarge). Unsure whether this contains meat or not. To prepare, I’m going with 500ml boiling water in a bowl with everything from the pack. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2773: Vedan Minced Pork Noodle taiwan

The larger pieces of the noodle block.

#2773: Vedan Minced Pork Noodle taiwan

The dry base sachet.

#2773: Vedan Minced Pork Noodle taiwan

Powder and vegetable bits.

#2773: Vedan Minced Pork Noodle taiwan

An oil sachet.

#2773: Vedan Minced Pork Noodle taiwan

Thick and oily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Noodles came out well enough – nice gauge and a lightness to them I enjoyed. The broth was a bit better than expected. A nice taste of pork and just strong enough to hold muster. The oiliness was alright as well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710110226899.

#2773: Vedan Minced Pork Noodle taiwan

Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse

A Vedan TV commercial

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

We found this one at a place called Hen Long Market up in Surrey, BC on a trip a few months back. Thanks to my friend Ken for telling me about this place! So this one’s from Vietnam and I don’t often have come across Vietnamese varieties like this one. Usually, I see the same thing again and again and this one is definitely different. Let’s have a look at this minced pork variety!

Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork – Vietnam

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

Detail of the distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add everything bit large metallic sachet to a bowl and add 400ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir. Add in large sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

The noodle block.

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

The dry base sachet.

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

A light powder.

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

The vegetables sachet.

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

Bits of green onion and carrot.

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

A large retort pouch.

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

Stewed minced pork.

Finished (click to enlarge). Really bummed out by this one. First off, the noodles didn’t hydrate all that well in t he 3 minutes called for. After doing plating and pictures, they still didn’t seem right. The broth was salty and a kind of pork flavor to it. The saving grace of this one (why it didn’t get a lower score) was the meat sachet which has nice quality minced pork. 0.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8934561250067.

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

24 BAGS VIFON STYLE INSTANT RICE NOODLE BEEF FLAVOR

A Vifon TV spot for this product

#2645: Happy Noodle Noodles With Minced Pork & Chinese Mustard Blend

#2645: Happy Noodle Noodles With Minced Pork & Chinese Mustard Blend - Taiwan 0 The Ramen Rater

Alright, so here we go! I’ve been curious about these since they showed up in the mail.

The box is interesting – kind of looks like a tissue box in a way but definitely nothing like that inside. There are four packages inside and they are accompanied by four sachets. Let’s take a look at this unique variety from Taiwan!

Happy Noodle Noodles With Minced Pork & Chinese Mustard Blend – Taiwan

#2645: Happy Noodle Noodles With Minced Pork & Chinese Mustard Blend - Taiwan 0 The Ramen Rater

The cardboard outer packaging (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add noodles to a pot of boiling water and cook for 5~10 minutes depending on preference. Add unopened sachet to boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain noodles. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2645: Happy Noodle Noodles With Minced Pork & Chinese Mustard Blend - Taiwan 0 The Ramen Rater

The Front, inside and back of a card inside (click to enlarge).

#2645: Happy Noodle Noodles With Minced Pork & Chinese Mustard Blend - Taiwan 0 The Ramen Rater

One of the four packages of noodles.

#2645: Happy Noodle Noodles With Minced Pork & Chinese Mustard Blend - Taiwan 0 The Ramen Rater

One of the four sachets.

#2645: Happy Noodle Noodles With Minced Pork & Chinese Mustard Blend - Taiwan 0 The Ramen Rater

Looks interesting!

Finished (click to enlarge). I cooked the noodles to 7 minutes and they came out very good – just the right amount of backbone and softness at the same time. The mince and mustard were just fantastic. It tastes like a lot of the pork I tried in Taiwan and it worked well. Reminds me of what I’ve had at a local Taiwanese restaurant. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  There is no bar code.

#2645: Happy Noodle Noodles With Minced Pork & Chinese Mustard Blend - Taiwan 0 The Ramen Rater

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#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles

#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - 統一肉燥麵

Here’s one I got at 7-Eleven in Taiwan. I’ve seen these for so long with the stripes and they’re very popular in Taiwan. Here’s a little about Uni-President, the company that makes these – from Wikipedia –

Uni-President Enterprises Corporation (TWSE: 1216) (traditional Chinese: 統一企業公司; simplified Chinese: 统一企业公司; pinyin: Tǒngyī Qǐyè Gōngsī; Wade–Giles: T’ung-i Chi-yeh) is an international food conglomerate based in Tainan, Taiwan. It is the largest food production company in Taiwan as well as Asia, and has a significant market share in dairy product, foods and snacks, and beverages markets. It is also responsible for running Starbucks, 7-Eleven, Mister Donut and Carrefour in Taiwan. In addition, Uni-President also has subsidiaries in Mainland China and Thailand.[1]

Furthermore, Uni-President is also the owner of Uni-President Lions, a professional baseball team in Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League.

The export versions I’ve tried haven’t been my favorite, so curious how this one will be. Let’s find out!

Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan

#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - 統一肉燥麵

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

#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - 統一肉燥麵

The noodle block.

#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - 統一肉燥麵

The dry seasoning sachet.

#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - 統一肉燥麵

A speckled mixture.

#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - 統一肉燥麵

A liquid base sachet.

#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - 統一肉燥麵

Oily.

#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - 統一肉燥麵

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chilli oil, chilli powder, Chinese sausage and white onion. The noodles were alright – standard instant noodles with a light sponginess but not enough to mind. The broth was bland and had a slight bitterness reminiscent of coffee. Expected so much more flavor for something so popular in its country of origin. 1.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710088410115.

#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - 統一肉燥麵

Unif-100 Instant Noodles -Artificial Stewed Pork Chop Shrimp Flavor 3.63oz/103g

A TV spot for this product line.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2119: Nissin Cup Noodles Minced Pork Flavour

I previously reviewed the pack version of this one a couple days back – now it’s time for the Cup Noodles version. The Cup Noodles usually have a few extras in there – let’s have a look!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and steep for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

Loose ingredients from the cup.

A liquid sachet.

Has a nice pork scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added pork I sauteed with chilli flake, NuTek Salt For Life, coriander and a little fried garlic sprinkle on top. The noodles are decent – thin gauge yet work perfect for this broth. The broth is rich and pork flavored. It has egg bits with it which came out very well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 852528003276.

Nissin Minced Pork Flavour Instant Noodles 2.28 Oz X 5pcs.

A TV spot for Nissin Thailand products.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2114: Nissin Instant Noodles Minced Pork Flavour

Today, I’ll be trying a minced pork instant noodle from Nissin Thailand. I’ve tried a few different minced pork noodles from Thailand in the past and curious as to how this one compares. Let’s give it a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains pork. To prepare, add noodle block and seasonings to a bowl and cover with 300ml boiling water. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

A light powder with flecks of spices.

A liquid sachet.

Has a pork scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added minced pork sauteed with coriander, NuTek Salt For Life, and chilli flake and a sprig of coriander. The noodles are soft with a round and thin gauge. The broth has a pork flavor with a note of spiciness. Definitely Thai and quite nice. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8852528002903.

Nissin Minced Pork Flavour Instant Noodles 2.28 Oz X 5pcs.

A TV spot for Nissin Thailand products.

#1929: MAMA Instant Noodles Minced Pork Flavour

The next to last Cambodian variety I got from the Thai President Foods folks back in May of ’15. Minced pork! Let’s crack it open!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add package contents to a bowl and add 350ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet.

Chilli powder atop soup base.

A seasoned oil sachet.

A dark liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, minced bbq pork, fried garlic and pepper strands. The noodles are the standard MAMA stuff – nice gauge, good chew and nice flavor. The broth is a spicy pork affair which has a nice blend of seasonings to it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850987101014.

MAMA INSTANT NOODLES MINCED PORK FLAVOUR (40, Yellow)

There’s a rumor going around that there is wax in instant noodles. The claim is that wax is used to keep noodles seperated. This is utter nonsense; wax would melt in boiling water! Anyways, here’s a video talking about this lunacy and some great shots of the factory I got to visit in Sriracha last May.

#1871: Nissin Cup Noodles Minced Pork Flavour

Here’s yet another one I got from the 7-Eleven next to our hotel from last May’s Bangkok trip. Like some others, this one got banged up pretty good, but still made it through in good enough condition to review. What’s a trip about this one is that it’s showcasing Manchester United. I’ve seen a few products with Manchester United footballers on them. Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add in contents of sachet and boiling water to fill line. Let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block – pre-seasoned.

A liquid sachet.

Has a pork scent.

Loose vegetable and seasoning from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander and minced bbq pork. The noodles hydrated well enough – standard Cup Noodles fare. The broth was good – a spicy and sweet flavor with a hearty pork taste. I also enjoyed the inclusion of pork, vegetable, and what looked like scrambled egg as well! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8852528000015.

Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Creamy Flavour 60 G X 3 Cups

A TV advertisement for Nissin Cup Noodles in Thailand.

#1715: Yum Yum Instant Noodles Minced Pork Flavour

Here’s another one I got at 7-11 on our recent trip to Thailand. There were so many varieties there; didn’t really know what was what, but luckily found some English text on the back of the package. Let’s have a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add contents of package to 360ml boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir and enjoy! Alternately, you can add everything to a bowl and add in 360ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes and stir, or add everything and 360ml water to a bowl and microwave for 5-6 minutes.

The noodle block.

A dual sachet of dry ingredients: soup base on the left and chilli powder on the right.

Chilli powder atop the seasoning base.

A liquid base sachet.

Has a satiny look on top.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fried egg, minced pork with coriander and bell pepper, white onion and coriander. The noodles are quite good – nice chew and quantity. The broth has a very good pork flavor with a little spiciness. The broth also had a good richness to it. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850250000730.

5 Packs – Yumyum Minced Pork Flavour Instant Noodles Thailand

A Yum Yum TV commercial for Minced Pork Flavour instant noodles.

#1691: MAMA Instant Cup Noodles Minced Pork Flavour

I got this one during my trip to Thailand. I was absolutely stoked to find out there was a 7-11 right next to the Chatrium hotel in Bangkok! To many, this will be a ‘so what?’ but to me, visiting Asian 7-11 stores have been something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time.

You might say it looks like the ones we have here in the US, just with some Thai on the door, right?

Ah – a little different! This is right across from the Slurpee machine! How awesome is that? I think in the local 7-11 here there might be 3 or 4 instant noodles in the whole store. Anyways, one this that’s pretty awesome about this cup is that I got it home at all. Pork, chicken and beef isn’t usually let through customs – but they waved me through so I didn’t hassle them. In fact, it was the easiest re-entry ever coming home which rocked – I weas really tired! Let’s have a look at this popular minced pork cup from MAMA!

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, open lid halfway and take everything out. Add in sachet contents and add boiling water to fill line. Re-cover for 3 minutes, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet of soup base and chilli powder.

The chilli powder atop the soup base.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Has a kind of strong garlic and other herbs scent.

A sachet of solid ingredients.

Pork amongst other things.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed pork, white onion and red bell pepper and some coriander. The noodles are thin and have a decent backbone. The broth is thin with a nice pork taste and good spiciness. It’s got a decent oiliness to it as well. The bits of pork were a nice addition. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850987101472.

Instant MAMA Noodles Minced Pork Flavor – 10 Cups

Here’s a TV commercial for MAMA Minced Pork instant noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1092: Amianda Noodle Tachia Dried Noodles – Rou Zhao Meat Sauce

Today, we have the Tachia noodles again but with rouzao. What is rouzao? Wikipedia mentioned that it involves minced pork (Amianda mentioned this one includes it in the sauce) and minced pork rice is the common rouzao:

While Minced pork rice is referred to as one important icon in typical Taiwanese folk cuisine, the variety of methods to customize flavors is so wide that it creates considerable differences between regions. In southern Taiwan, where people name it by the sauce “bah-sò-pn̄g (肉燥飯)” instead of the meat, Minced pork rice is preferably served with pork with less fat. People in the north of Taiwan favor a greasier version of meat sauce with rice.

In southern Taiwan, while “bah-sò-pn̄g” is seen on the menu indicating Minced pork rice, “ló͘-bah-pn̄g (滷肉飯)” remains on the very same menu, referring to another dish where braised pork belly covers the rice. The same rice with braised pork belly is known as “khòng-bah-pn̄g (焢肉飯)” in northern Taiwan.

Minced pork rice can also be found in China, and a wider selection of vegetables such as corn is eaten along with it.

Sounds good – let’s check it out.

Back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains pork.

The noodle block.

This time there’s no info on the sauce packet.

A little thicker than the past few. Has a really nice sweet pork scent.

Andy joined me for a bowl of noodles.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg and ham I minced, garlic, sesame oil and a little soy sauce and sauteed for a few minutes. The noodles are spectacular – elastic and perfect chewiness. The flavoring is awesome! Has a sweet and salty braised pork flavor that is just out of this world. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Video on how to make Rou Zao Mian – kind of what we have here. Mian means noodles.