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#2139: Fuku Superior Soup Instant Noodle (Made In Thailand)

Here’s a special one sent by Apple Daily news of Hong Kong. They asked if I’d do a comparison between this, the Thai version and the Vietnamese version of the Fuku Superior Soup for a special news story. Now these are both made in different places, but they’re for the Hong Kong market. anyways I figured hey – why not? This sounds interesting – let’s take a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free. to prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in contents of sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A granular powder with flecks in it.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion in the shape of a letter ‘T.’ The noodles in this one have a nice gauge but are on the softer side; not a bad thing, but a little more chewiness would have been nice. The broth has a very tasty kind of salty, eggy, sweet and garlic taste to it. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878650019.

The rice noodle version – NISSIN FUKU SUPERIOR SOUP INSTANT RICE NOODLE 65gX5

Nissin HK surprises people at the airport – man, now I want to visit HK even more…

#2138: Fuku Superior Soup Instant Noodle (Made In Vietnam)

This is the second of two – they’re both sold in Hong Kong, yet made in different places – Thailand and Vietnam. This is the one manufactured in Vietnam. I was sent this along with quite a few other to review as part of a special feature for Apple Daily HK. So, let’s crack this one open and see what we have here.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A powdery mixture with little flecks throughout.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion in the shape of a ‘V.’ The noodles are good – decent gauge and a little soft. The broth has a kind of sweet but sour aftertaste which I have found present in many Vietnamese instant varieties; maybe different garlic, maybe different sugar – unsure. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878650019.

The rice noodle version – NISSIN FUKU SUPERIOR SOUP INSTANT RICE NOODLE 65gX5

Nissin HK surprises people at the airport – man, now I want to visit HK even more…

#2137: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy Curry Flavour Instant Noodle

Here’s the first in the special series I did for Apple Daily of Hong Kong.I have always been a fan of curry, especially spicy curry. However, lately it’s pretty far and few between I get to review ones that are this far east – usually they’ve been from Singapore or Malaysia and not Hong Kong. Sounds good to me! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Certainly smells like curry!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, carved squid and ito togarashi. The noodles come out in that nice Nissin way – good gauge and chew. The curry variety I’ve been able to purchase in the USA that’s from Hong Kong over the years is very similar. It’s got a nice kind of British curry taste to it – unlike the sweet curry you find in Japan, this one has just the light edge of black pepperiness to it. It’s a flavor I remember when my mom would make curried chicken livers when I was a kid. The spiciness is there – not extreme but a little reminder that it does say spicy on the package. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878000043.

Nissin Demae Ramen, Curry, 3.5 oz (30 packs)

A Nissin Demae Ramen TV commercial.

#2134: Four Seas Chicken Flavour Instant Noodle

Another one from the series of Hong Kong reviews I did for HK’s Apple Daily news. They sent a few varieties for me to try and review for a feature story – what’s nice is I haven’t reviewed any of them before so that’s pretty cool! Anyways, this one’s chicken flavored – let’s crack it open and see what we have here.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 600ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

Has a chicken scent.

A liquid sachet.

An oily concoction.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, baby corn and baked chicken with salt and pepper. The noodles hydrated nicely and had a decent gauge; not spongy either. The broth has a kind of chicken broth/natural chicken taste to it I liked. It had a little oiliness which was good too – like that cooked for hours kind of chicken broth we all like. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4892616015433.

Easy Hong Kong Cooking at Home

A nice stroll through the streets of Hong Kong showing the food available.

The Ramen Rater On Local TV

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I was on KOMO TV, an ABC affiliate recently! How did this come to pass? Well, I posted a pocture that was sent to me by Samyu Group, a noodle company over in Malaysia. They have a wall of clocks for important timezones like London, Tokyo, New York, etc. Well, They’d done one for Kenmore, WA for where I live! The PR person contacted their PR agency who contacted KOMO TV and in a few weeks, I had a few people over and a big light pointed at me and a huge video camera in here! I want to thank Leslie Harris from the City Of Kenmore, Eric Schudiske from Gallatin Public Affairs, and Leslie Cohen and Eric Jensen from KOMO TV Seattle!  Here are some videos and the story on their website.

Here’s the finished bowl (click to enlarge) – with tofu puff, mung bean sprouts, Dodo fishball and hard boiled egg.

#2069: Doll Instant Noodle Vegetarian Flavour

This is another one from the series I did for Apple Daily news of Hong Kong. I haven’t had any of this Doill series in ages and I remember I liked them very much. Vegetarian though; usually a tough sell for me. Let’s give it a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A granular mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, spring onion, chilli flake and baby corn. The noodles are superb here – good backbone and gauge. My favorite Doll noodles are from this line. The broth has a mushroom taste – not at all weak, and almost tastes beefy. A very nice vegetarian variant. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4892333100658.

Doll Instant Noodles- Sesame Oil Flavor, 100-Grams (Pack of 30)

A Doll Instant Noodle TV commercial from 1985.

#2063: Mamee Pepper Noodles Vegetarian

Here’s the third one I’m reviewing as part of a special thing with the Apple Daily news folks in Hong Kong! They sent a few varieties to review and this one is sold in Hong Kong, however it’s made in Malaysia. Curious about this one – let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to repare, add noodle block to 2 cups boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Add in sachet contests. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A grainy concoction.

An oil sachet.

Corn oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, tofu pok and spring onion. The noodles are very good – standard gauge and nice tension to them. The broth has a black pepper taste alongside a kind of buttery taste, one that I’ve experienced in many vegetarian instants. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 051325110226.

The Taste of Old Hong Kong: Recipes and Memories From 30 Years on the China Coast

A cartoon showing how Mamee makes their noodles.

The Ramen Rater Apple Daily Hong Kong Interview

I got an email a few weeks back from a reporter at Apple Daily News of Hong Kong asking if I’d like to do an interview. I said sure – and then she asked if I’d also review some Hong Kong varieties – which I agreed to as well. Over 4 days, I tried 11 different packs of noodles! This is the video from the news article and here’s the link to the story! Was a lot of fun! Special thanks to Winnie Wong for contacting me on this unique project! Here’s the unboxing of the samples, and the full reviews of each one will come in the next few weeks.

Here’s the box from apple Daily News of Hong Kong!

Under the outer wraps…

A lot of noodles!

Two of each variety (click to enlarge). I’ll post all the video I did for the interview (I did a lot of recording).

The Ramen Rater Noodle News #30

Here we go with the 30th edition of The Ramen Rater Noodle News! I scour the Internet for articles about ramen and instant noodles and bring them to you! Here are some recent stories you might find interesting!

  • DigTriad – Tractor-Trailer Carrying Ramen Noodles Overturns On I-85 In Greensboro – USA – Link
  • Korea IT Times – Ottogi Overtakes Samyang In Ramen Sales – South Korea – Link
  • Nigerian Bulletin – Ramadan Fasting: Indomie Feeds 2.5 Million Muslims In 30 Days – Nigeria – Link
  • CKGSB Knowledge – Smeared! Why Reputation Management Matters – Even to China’s Instant Noodle King – China – Link
  • RocketNews24 – Love Nissin’s Chicken Ramen? The Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel Has A Room Just For You! – Japan – Link
  • Weekly Times Now – Noodle Demand To Boost Wheat Production – Australia – Link
  • Gothamist – Joey Chestnut Craved Yogurt, Ramen After Eating 69 Hot Dogs – USA – Link
  • ECNS – Netizens Poke Fun At ‘Instant Noodle Building’ – China – Link
  • The Dong-A Ilbo – Korean Cup Noodle Attacks The Taste Of The World – South Korea – Link
  • Daily Trust (via AllAfrica) – Nigeria: We’ll Start Palm Oil Production Next Month – Indomie CEO  – Nigeria – Link
  • The Japan Times – Museum To Launch Ramen For Muslims – Japan – Link
  • The Chosunilbo – Korean Cup Noodles Served On American Airlines – South Korea – Link
  • The Mercury – Nurse Warns On Hot Topic – Australia – Link
  • Nippon – Using Its Noodle For Success: Nissin Food Products – Japan – Link
  • The Asahi Shinbun – Nissin Foods Pins Hopes On Instant Noodles In Kenya With Local Flavors – Japan – Link
  • RocketNews24 – Gut-Busting 6kg Ramen Destroys Stomachs, Self-Esteem – Japan – Link
  • Times Union – Biodegradable Ramen Bowl Expands When Water Is Added – USA – Link
  • The Gulf Today – Price Freeze On Noodles During Disasters Approved – UAE – Link
  • What’s On Xiamen – Zhangzhou Schoolgirl Scalded After Teacher Throws Boiling Noodles Over Her – China – Link
  • ABS/CBN News – Noodles, Bottled Water To Become ‘Prime Commodities’ – Philippines – Link
  • Foodbeast – Ramen-Flavored Chocolate Was Surprisingly Not Invented by High College Kids – USA – Link
  • The Lo-Down – A Conversation With Ramen Master Ivan Orkin – USA – Link
  • Capital Press – S. Korea Tightens Inspection Of Imported Winter White Wheat – USA – Link
  • Korea IT Times – Oregon Wheat Shipment Found to Contain GMO Varieties – South Korea – Link

The Ramen Rater Noodle News #25

Here we go with the 25th edition of The Ramen Rater Noodle News! I scour the Internet for articles about ramen and instant noodles and bring them to you! Here are some recent stories you might find interesting!

  • Los Angeles Times – Sun Noodle, The Super Bowl For Ramen Chefs – USA – Link
  • RocketNews24 – Girly Noodles: Is Japan Witnessing The Start Of A Female-Oriented Instant Noodle Revolution? – Japan – Link
  • South Whidbey Record – EDITORIAL: Measure Taxes By Top Ramen – USA – Link
  • Bangstyle – Make Ramen Like A MAN – USA – Link
  • Lilburn/Mountain Park Patch – Weird Police News: Ramen Noodles, Chicken Wings And Olives – USA – Link
  • Los Angeles Magazine – This Ramen’s Like Buttah! – USA – Link
  • Free Malaysia Today – Pang Family Sells Stake In Mamee – Malaysia – Link
  • Borneo Post – Welfare Department Gives Cooked Food As Immediate Assistance – Borneo – Link
  • Central Florida Future – Food For Thought: Use Your Noodle With These Ramen Based Recipes – USA – Link
  • Rafu Shimpo – A Revolution In A Cup – USA – Link
  • Capital Press – Wheat Noodle Course Expands Global Market – USA – Link
  • Sacramento News & Review – The Cult Of Ramen – USA – Link
  • Sacramento Bee – Wilton Inventor Uses His Noodle, Gets Cooker Into Safeway – USA – Link
  • YouTube – Steven Jo: Ramen Noodle Soup (VIDEO) – USA – Link
  • Eater – The 129 Hottest Ramen Shops Across America Right Now – USA – Link
  • Root Simple – Annie Hars’ Top Ramen Keyhole Vegetable Garden – USA – Link
  • Ideas In Food – A Ramen Equation – USA – Link
  • The Daily Yomiuri – Packet Noodle Sales Rise On ‘Fresh’ Texture – Japan – Link

 

 

The Ramen Rater Noodle News #19

Been a while, but here we go with the 19th edition of The Ramen Rater Noodle News!

I search the ‘net for interesting news and view on instant noodles and beyond. Oldest articles start at the top. Here you go!

  • The Hankyoreh – North Rejects South Korea’s Instant Noodles – South Korea – Link
  • Sunday Tribune – How 8 Year Old Bathed Housemaid With Water Because Of Indomie – Nigeria – Link
  • Zagat – Where To Find Top Ramen In San Francisco (The Real Kind) – USA – Link
  • Kotaku – The Most Disgusting Bowl Of Ramen On Earth – USA – Link
  • The Sacramento Bee – Wahl Launches Effort To Reduce Ramen Noodle Consumption Among College Students – USA – Link
  • The Poke – Pot Noodle Promises New Flavor Will ‘Change Everything’ – UK – Link
  • blogTO – Momofuku Noodle Bar Opens Its Doors – Canada – Link
  • Technician Online – Spicing Up Dorm Cuisine – USA – Link
  • CNN – Typhoon Stricken North Korea Rebuffs Aid Offer From South – USA – Link
  • YouTube – Trailer For ‘Ramen Dreams’ – USA – Link
  • Chaos Theory – Classing Up Your Ramen – USA – Link
  • GMA News – ‘Famealy Matters’ For The Endearing Filipino Parent – Philippines – Link
  • Inquirer – Biz Buzz: ‘Ramen Nazi’ Vs. Actor Turned Politico – Philippines – Link
  • Morning Whistle – Instant Noodle Sales In China: Zero Growth For Seven Years – China – Link
  • funnyjunk – Mean Ramen – USA – Link
  • Food World News – Recipe: Chicken Shrimp Ramen – USA – Link
  • SBWire – Recently Released Market Study: Instant Noodles In South Korea – A Snapshot (2012) – USA – Link
  • Heart Mind & Seoul – Kimchi Bibim Ramen – USA – Link
  • Anime News Network – Let’s Eat Ramen Manga Creator Nagumo To Attend NY comic Con – USA – Link
  • Ramen Adventures – 秋限定 (Fall Limited Ramen) – Japan – Link
  • Southeast Missourian – Ramen – Food For The College Student – USA – Link

The Ramen Rater Noodle News #10

Here’s the tenth installment of The Ramen Rater Noodle News! I look around the Internet and bring all sorts of interesting stories and articles about instant ramen noodles here! Enjoy!

 

  • NZ Herald – Revised Noodles Come Up Trumps With Less Fat – New Zealand – Link
  • New Straits Times – Bowls Of Warm Memories – Malaysia – Link
  • RocketNews24 – Korean Pop Idol Enrages Japanese Internet By Eating Instant Noodles From The Pot – Japan – Link
  • WNYC – Tokyo: An Unknowable Feast – USA – Link
  • Jakarta Globe – Indofood Sukses Net Growth Crimped By Units’ CPO Growth – Indonesia – Link
  • The SunBreak – Bo Ramen Brings New Noodle Options To Seattle – USA – Link
  • joonbug – Souper Move: Zutto Adds Ramen To The Menu – USA – Link
  • RamenNoodleRecipess.com – Calories In Ramen – USA – Link
  • Soompi – SISTAR Pigs Out On Burgers And Ramen – South Korea – Link
  • NJ.com – Trenton’s New Jersey State Prison Finds Rooms For Redemption – USA – Link