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Unboxing Time: MYRAMEN Vegan/HALAL/Natural Japanese Ramen

I was recently contacted by a company asking if I’d like to try their noodles. I get a lot of noodles – but I always want to try them all! These noodles were supposed to be Vegan, HALAL certified, 100% natural and a few other tags like no MSG. Pretty impressive! Let’s take a look at this interesting variety.

Unboxing Time: MYRAMEN Vegan/HALAL/Natural Japanese Ramen – Japan

A lot of you have been asking me to do a vegetarian top ten list. I think the only way to do such a thing would be to do a Vegan top ten. This would be hard because not a lot of brands are emblazoned with a logo stating they’re Vegan. Well, these are. They come in classic Japanese ramen flavors – shoyu, miso and shio. You can find them here. Thanks! Looking forward to giving them a try!

#7431: Earth Instant Noodles Natural Flavor

I thought today I would try this interesting variety. A lot of people are very health conscious these days and are looking for something that is also ‘Earth friendly.’ Well, here’s an option. This is a new brand I’ve never heard of before. There’s really no information about them online and their packaging has no information about where it’s made, nor a website to check out their company. Hmmm… Well, let’s have a look at this one – I’m really curious!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add the noodle block to 500cc water for 4 minutes. Drain. Stir in the contents of the seasoning sachet. Enjoy!

The noodle block. Has quite an ‘earthy’ scent.

The dry seasoning sachet – has quite the chunky feel to it.

Really quite chunky – you can actually see the hair of pug!

The veggie sachet. Looks very ‘grass-like.’

 

It looks just like something from the garden – truly nature’s bounty!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some sticks, apple seeds and leaves. The noodles have a very gritty texture and were hard to chew. This comes mostly from the bits of dog hair and what appears to be dirt and gunk. The ingredients combine to bring one a sense of being outside and truly living off of the land, since all the flavor consists of is dog hair, dirt and grass. This is for those keen on regurgitation and punishing themselves. A culinary manifesto of unpleasantness. -5.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 000000000000.

Insects and other bugs are a tantalizing treat – but which are safe to eat? This short film will clue you in!

#1246: Annie Chun’s Ramen House Chicken Vegetable Flavored Ramen

Here’s one of the new varieties from Annie Chun’s that they sent! It’s 22 degrees outside – very cold! This looks appropriate for such a cold day – let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free and a lot of natural ingredients. Lower calorie/fat as well. To prepare, cook noodles in 1 1/2 cups water for 1 minute. Drain water and boil another pot of water, 1 cup this time. Add the liquid sachet. Put the cooked noodles in a bowl and then add the broth.

The fresh noodles.

Liquid soup base sachet.

Has a nice chicken vegetable scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken, broccoli, big ugly carrot, leeks, sweet onion and green onion. The noodles are reminiscent in texture of South Korean fresj udon cups – then again the noodles in those generally come in the same package. Yet these are much thinner than udon and have a slightly bouncy chew and good texture. The broth has a slightly sweet and full vegetable flavor which goes well with the noodle. The interaction between noodle and broth leaves me with a fresh and premium feel. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 765667140505.

Here’s an Annie Chun’s TV advert.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1081: Deshome Aloe Noodle Sesame Sauce

So we are at the end of the Deshome Meet The Manufacturer. Let’s have a look at their aloe noodles with sesame sauce.

The sticker from the back of the packaging.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Vegetarian.

The noodle blocks.

The sesame sauce packet.

The familiar earthy tone and sesame scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Decided not to add anything. As usual, the aloe noodles are nice – wide, perfect texture and nice chew. The sesame sauce is very strong. I found it to be good with other packets, like the basil or the vegetable, but by itself, I’m not a big fan. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4716873920982.

A demo of how to cook these noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1080: Deshome Black Eyed Beans Noodle Basil Sauce & Sesame Sauce

Well, we’re down to the last two Deshome varieties. Let’s check ’em out.

The stickers from the back of the packaging.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge).

From left to right – seaweed, pollen, purple sweet potato and pumpkin infused noodles.

The sesame sauce packet.

A rich earthy color and sesame scent.

The basil sauce.

Has a strong basil scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Vidalia sweet onion, broccoli, beef and a little carrot that I sauteed with Worcestershire sauce. The noodles are really good with a nice texture. The flavor of the basil sauce is overwhelmed by the sesame sauce, and still they don’t seem to be enough for the entire dish. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4716873920456.

A TV show featuring Deshome.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1079: Deshome Aloe Noodle Vegetable Sauce

Today it’s aloe noodles with vegetable sauce – no sesame sauce in this one! Let’s give it a try.

Sticker from the back of the package.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Vegetarian.

Aloe noodles and purple sweet potato infused noodles.

The vegetable sauce packet.

The vegetable sauce – has a very veggie smell to it.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added ham and Vidalia sweet onion sauteed in soy sauce. The noodles are broad and very nice – great chew and texture. The vegetable sauce works extremely well here and gives it an almost Italian feel. Lots of little bits going on with it and it’s really hearty – my favorite Deshome product so far! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4716873920487.

How to make fried aloe noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1078: Deshome Black Eyed Beans Noodle Spicy Soybean Sauce & Sesame Sauce

Here’s another flavor variant of the four-types noodle pack. Let’s check it out!

Stickers from the back.

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

The four types of noodles – from left to right: pumpkin, purple sweet potato, pollen and seaweed.

The sesame sauce packet.

As usual, a very earthy tone.

The spicy soybean sauce.

Has a nice smell to it.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg and some beef, bell pepper and Vidalia onion sauteed with Worcestershire sauce. The noodles are neat – great texture and lots of them. The flavoring is good too, although very light. I think twice as much of the soybean sauce would be nice here as it’s quite good. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4716873920449.

How they peel aloe vera at the Deshome farm.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1077: Deshome Aloe Noodle Red Onion & Sesame Sauce

Here’s another one of the aloe varieties from Deshome – this time it’s sesame and red onion. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the sticker from the back of the package.

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

The noodle blocks. Purplish is made with purple sweet potato and the other is just aloe.

The sesame sauce packet.

Again, a earthy color and nice aroma.

The red onion packet.

Red onion in an oil base.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg and some Vidalia onion and ham sauteed in a little soy sauce. The noodles are again really good – nice and wide and perfect texture as well as chew. The flavoring was nice and hearty with a strong sesame and nice red onion notes. This was great – 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4716873921224.

Serving aloe samples at a trade show.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1076: Deshome Black Eyed Beans Noodles Vegetable & Sesame Sauce

Another one with four kinds of noodles. Let’s delve into this one.

Stickers from the back of the package.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Vegetarian.

Four types of noodles – purple sweet potato, aloe, pumpkin and seaweed.

Sesame sauce packet.

Has a rich sesame scent.

The vegetable sauce packet.

Smells like a garden!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onion and beef sauteed in soy sauce. The noodles are great – really neat seeing the different types in there and they have a nice consistency. I found the flavor to be that of sesame sauce almost predominately, but the vegetable sauce added a nice little flavor of veggies. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4716873920333.

Working with aloe vera.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1075: Deshome Aloe Noodle With Basil Sauce

Today it’s back to the aloe noodles. Basil? Never has basil in noodles except for pho! Let’s check it out!

Sticker on the back.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Vegetarian.

Aloe noodles on top, purple sweet potato noodles on bottom.

The sauce packet.

Has a nice basil scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onions, mushrooms, beef and Vidalia sweet onion sauteed with a little soy sauce. The noodles are very nice – wide and thin and have a great texture. The basil flavoring goes extremely well; reminds me of marinara but different. I am continuously impressed by how Taiwanese noodles that I’ve tried recently don’t contain a huge list of ingredients but rather they take an avenue of simplicity that works so nicely. This one is excellent – bravo! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4716873921941.

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Here’s another way to prepare these noodles – with clams and asparagus!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1074: Deshome Pollen Noodles Sesame Sauce & Soy Sauce

Today I’ll be reviewing pollen noodles. Pollen contains carbohydrates and protein. Sounds interesting – let check these unique noodles out!

Sticker on the back.

More labeling (click image to enlarge).

The pollen noodles. They’re not fried, they’re dried in the sun. This makes the production quantity a bit lower since it isn’t sunny every day.

The sesame sauce packet.

A nice color and scent.

The soy sauce packet.

Soy sauce.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, Vidalia sweet onion and bell pepper sauteed with Worcestershire sauce and a sprinkle of Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are thin and delicate, with a very soft, gentle texture.The flavor of sesame and soy are very nice – also gentle. It seems to me that overpowering flavors aren’t the norm in this brand; flavors that are added to enhance the noodle seem to be the way. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4716873920258.

A video about the farm and factory where Deshome products come from.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1073: Deshome Black Eyed Bean Noodle Red Onion Sauce & Sesame Sauce

Today we have something really interesting here. I often hear and see people raving about how many seasoning packets come with a pack of noodles – heck, I usually find that to be of great enjoyment. This one’s a little different – there are four different types of noodles! Let’s have a look.

Here are the stickers from the back. Viga Umbellata? It’s commonly referred to as a rice bean – here’s a Wikipedia link.

The back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

Look at this! Wow! These are all ricebean noodles with different added ingredients – from left to right, first is pumpkin, then purple sweet potato, pollen and finally seaweed.

The sesame sauce packet.

Rich color and nice scent.

The red onion packet.

Nice onion smell!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added panko breaded shrimp, Vidalia sweet onions and bell peppers. The noodles have a nice texture and there are plenty of them. It’s neat how they all work so well together. The flavor is really quite light. I liked how there were little bits of red onion in there. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4716873920463.

Here’s a video about how to prepare this variety by the owner, Shelley Su.