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
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!
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.
Got a box today from Taiwan – wasn’t sure what it was at first then realized it was one I’ve been expecting for a couple of months! These are Happy Noodle samples! Let’s have a look!
Product Samples From Happy Noodle – Taiwan
So here we are (click to enlarge). Two different varieties – minced pork sauce and Chinese mustard blend and minced beef sauce and mustard greens! Sounds interesting! Looking forward to trying these! Thank you very much!
Found this one at Asian Food Center on 130th and Aurora. So it’s a really neat store and they have a lot of interesting stuff there. My wife Kit sees this one and we are instantly in love with the artwork. Looks interesting! So this is a cold noodle variety. Very interesting looking… So what’s Shaanxi? Let’s ask wikipedia about Shaanxi cuising:
Shaanxi cuisine (simplified Chinese: 陕西菜; traditional Chinese: 陝西菜; pinyin: Shǎnxī cài), or Qin cuisine (秦菜; Qín cài), is derived from the native cooking styles of Shaanxi province and parts of northwestern China. Shaanxi cuisine makes elaborate use of ordinary materials, and is best known for its pork and lamb / mutton dishes.
The flavour is strong and the taste is heavy. There is an emphasis on savoury flavours such as salt, garlic, onion, and vinegar; sugar is seldom used. The main cooking methods are steaming, frying, and stir-frying. Due to its geographical location between the provinces of Shanxi and Sichuan, the taste of Shaanxi cuisine include both sour and spicy, in addition to the salty taste. In comparison to other Chinese cuisines, noodles are more widely used than rice, but in contrast to the noodles of Beijing cuisine, and to a certain degree, Shanxi cuisine, the noodles of Shaanxi cuisine are nearly always wider, thicker, and longer.
The taste of “Shaanxi cuisine” can be quite spicy. However, this can be diluted by adding a little soy sauce to the cuisine. Furthermore, different types of meat can be included in “Shaanxi cuisine” such as duck, lamb, chicken, or beef. Additionally, there are vegetarian options in which no meat is included, but rather more spices resulting in hotter dishes.
The cuisine includes three regional styles:
Northern Shaanxi style is characterised by the wide use of steaming as the method of cooking. The most common meat is pork, although lamb and mutton are also popular.
Guanzhong style, which uses pork and lamb / mutton equally with heavy flavours and tastes.
Hanzhong style, similar to Sichuan cuisine, is characterised by its spicy taste.
So after reading this, I’m wondering if this is Hanzhong style as this one is spicy. However, many instant noodle variants from China are spicy anyways so it is hard to tell. Let’s give this one a look!
Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy – China
Detail of the underside of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, add noodles to boiling water and let steep for 5-8 minutes (I’m going to do 8 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!
Under the cardboard outer packaging is this tray.
A card inside looks like it’s mentioning some kind of charity (click to enlarge).
An included fork.
The fresh noodles pouch.
A liquid base sachet.
A dark liquid with a spicy scent.
A liquid sachet.
Unsure what this is; has an odd scent.
Another liquid sachet.
I think this may be the same liquid as the last sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and sliced garlic. The noodles came out pretty well. They are wide and have an interesting chew. The problem with this one was the flavor. I really would like to try this in a restaurant as I wasn’t altogether enamored with the funky taste. Did see something about garlic water and it just didn’t work here. I don’t know. This one piques my curiosity and I’m looking forward to trying more varieties from this brand. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6928988002691.
I’ve been going through the reviews I’ve done over the years with a fine-toothed comb lately and thought this one was most definitely due to a re-review. I know a lot of people enjoy this one, so let’s give it an in-depth look!
Here’s a close-up of the side panels (click image to enlarge).
Here’s the lid (click image to enlarge).
The noodle block.
The main seasoning packet – liquid.
Has a very nice smell – I definitely notice a tuna scent.
A nice sized sachet of veggies.
Lots of leafy greens in here!
A little packet of spices.
Interesting – not sure what all it is.
The finishing touch – this stuff gets drizzled all over everything at the end.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added stir fry vegetables, sweet onions, kizami shoga (pickled ginger, narutomaki (fish cake – the ones with the spirals), kamaboko (anoth kind of fish cake – the pink half circles), and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. This is amazing stuff. The noodles come out so nicely (and authentically). The flavoring is great. Tastes just like yakisoba sauce (which I’m sure it is), which has a Worcestshire taste with other flavors mixed in like tuna. The veggies? Crunchy cabbage works very well. The finishing touch of the mayonnaise mustard is epic – gives it a nice moistness that has a crisp spicy bite. This stuff is excellent – definitely something I would consider gourmet or premium. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 011152012469.
Here’s one I got the other day at 99 Ranch Market. Was hoping they had a few more varieties, but they had two – two closer to the #1000th review! I’m not going to stop, just can’t wait to hit it! I think this one would win the prize for interesting use of upper and lower case characters.
Here’s a scan of the bottom (click to enlarge).
Here are the export stickers (click to enlarge).
Here are the instructions on how to make this (click to enlarge). Going to add the mustard stem at the end as they’re not dehydrated.
An included fork!
The noodles look interesting enough.
Hey – its mustard stem!
Yeah these don’t look dehydrated – I think I’ll add them at the end.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added some sweet onions, Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake, ham and Krazy Mixed Up Salt. The noodles are kind of like slightly underdone egg noodles, but I don’t think they are at all. Plus, they’re really good – broad and thin. The flavor is quite nice – a little spicy and a nice Chinese pork flavor. The mustard stem goes with it quite well. I like this stuff – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 6920363402218 .
An old Sesame Street clip about how Chinese noodles are made.
I couldn’t find anything but thisw video about a really off pot/wok/frying pan.
I have to say, when I see a box like this with any kind of mayonnaise-like stuff going on, I get really hungry!
Click image to enlarge. So what you do is peel it back, yank the packets out, fill with boiling water, wait, then on the top left there’s a spout which opens up and you drain via that.
So the little top packet is the goopy stuff and the bottom one is the powder base.
After the noodles were drained, you put the powder on and stir vigorously.
Click image to enlarge. Finally, you decorate the meal with the mayonnaise packet. So there’s a little cabbage which re-hydrates perfectly. The noodles are just awesome with the flavoring. Slap that little bit of wasabi infused mayonnaise on top and you’ve got a winner. I love this kind of thing! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars!
Okay here’s some that I’ve been sitting on for a while. So these are to be served cool – so we’ll see if they’re any good.
A big packet of liquid and a smaller packet of liquid…
So the bulk here is the big packet – a sweet sesame dressing. The little one? Hot mustard!
Click image to enlarge. It said on the back to serve with sliced cucumber, tomato and ham. Well, I had some ham so I tossed some in. So this stuff is pretty good! Kind of sweet and vinegary and with a touch of mustard taste. The noodles are cool and wet (drained and rinsed with cold water) and a little slimy but not gross. I think this is good stuff but not something I’d have again. Maybe but probably not. I’m giving this one a 3.0 out of 5.0 stars – it is unique and interesting and enjoyable, but not my kind of ‘regular’ noodle choice. Get it here.
Nissin: Soba Noodles w/Mustard/Mayo Squirt
Stars: **** Notes: A very decent box noodle – lots of the squirtymayo/mustard goop and the noodles tasted very much like Sapporo’s chow mein style. The best part is squirting the magical mayonnaise-mustard packet all over the place! It’s very difficult to have the control needed to make the beautiful latticework as shown in the serving suggestion, so a picture of myself eating noodles was what I went for. Worth a try for sure.