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#3224: Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup – Canada

#3124: Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

Another one from the Real Canadian SuperStore! Man, I just ran my knee into a metal bar that supports my desk. That really hurt. I’ve been doing a lot of walking yesterday – on my birthday last week I did 18,000+ steps – yesterday I did over 15,000. I’m knee deep into trying to walk as much as possible. I think by the time this post comes out I’ll have lost a lot more weight. I started in November, 2018. I was wearing size 48 pants – yeah… It’s March and I’m down to 42, so we shall see where I’m at then… Been trying to stick around 1,200 calories a day too… I’m going to bake some chicken to go with this one. I like chicken. Let’s look at this one.

Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup – Canada

#3124: Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add 280ml boiling water and sachet contents. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3124: Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3124: Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

The noodle block.

#3124: Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

A dry sachet.

#3124: Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

Lots of powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, chicken baked with Neo~Essence Pepper Salt & NuTek Salt For Life, spring onion, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles are pretty good – nice gauge and hydrated well – not spongy. The broth has a satisfying chili flavor to it – not extremely spicy by any stretch. Works well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 061483036801.

#3124: Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of Canada: 101 Stories

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3076: Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup – Canada

#3076: Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

Here’s one of the many varieties I still have from Rooster, a range made in China for Canada’s Loblaw’s company. Loblaw’s owns The Real Canadian SuperStore, and that’s where I found these. Just think of Walmart, but slightly different and Canadian owned – not American. Let’s check this one out – the others in this range have been surprisingly good despite the very plain look to them.

Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup – Canada

#3076: Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add sachet contents and 350ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3076: Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

The noodle block.

#3076: Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

A dry base sachet.

#3076: Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

A flecked powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, baked chicken with NuTek Salt For Life, coriander and fried onion. Noodles were soft and definitely done well after a 3 minute sit in the boiling water. They have a kind of flatness to them and work well with the broth. Flavor of the broth is a kind of chicken and cumin with a tinge of spiciness and a tastiness I quite enjoyed. Bits of corn here and there. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 061483036627.

#3076: Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

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Watch me cook it up on Instant Noodle Time!

#2958: Rooster Kimchee Flavour Noodle Soup

#2958: Rooster Kimchee Flavour Noodle Soup

Here’s another one we found at the Real Canadian Superstore in Richmond, BC. The last one was found in the more domestic area while this one was found with the more Asian food varieties. They have tons of this Rooster branded stuff in bowls, packs, cups – singles, multi packs and cases. It’s pretty impressive. they did also have a nice selection of other things. Cool store! Let’s check this kimchee variety out!

ooster Kimchee Flavour Noodle Soup – Canada

#2958: Rooster Kimchee Flavour Noodle Soup

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open lid halfway, add 350ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in powder sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2958: Rooster Kimchee Flavour Noodle Soup

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2958: Rooster Kimchee Flavour Noodle Soup

The noodle block.

#2958: Rooster Kimchee Flavour Noodle Soup

The soup base sachet.

#2958: Rooster Kimchee Flavour Noodle Soup

A light powder with some flecks.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, processed cheese, and beef for Korean BBQ. The noodle is thin and flat. It came out quite well – soft and in the comfort realm. The broth has a slightly piquant kind of taste with a moderate saltiness. Didn’t expect I’d like this as much as I did. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 061483036658.

#2958: Rooster Kimchee Flavour Noodle Soup

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of Canada: 101 Stories about What Makes Canada Great

A travel video about the place we love to visit – Richmond, BC!

#2591: Myojo Charumera Licca Chan Onion Gratin Soup Noodle

#2591: Myojo Charumera Licca Chan Onion Gratin Soup Noodle - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles ramen

Found these up in Canada at the Osaka market in Yaohan Centre.                            So I’ve seen this on instagram a few times and been wondering what the big deal is. Moreover, what is Licca? Here’s something from Wikipedia –

icca-chan (リカちゃん Rika-chan), full name Licca Kayama (香山リカ Kayama Rika),[1] is a dress-up doll series introduced in Japan on 1967-07-04 by Takara,[1][2] enjoying the same kind of popularity in Japan as the Barbie series does in the United States.[3] The Licca-chan dolls tend toward a more Japanese body as far as height and features. Takara had sold over 48 million Licca-chan dolls as of 2002,[1] and over 53 million as of 2007.[3] Licca-chan was created by former shōjo manga artist, Miyako Maki, who is also the wife of Leiji Matsumoto.

Takara has provided an extensive background story for the Licca-chan doll, including an age (11), where she attends school, names and occupations for her parents, and her favorite books (Anne of Green Gables and A Little Princess). Licca-chan also likes Doraemon.[1]

Rough Trade Records teamed up with Takara in the late 90’s to release “Street Licca”, who was a DJ that carried a Rough Trade record satchel, and mini, doll-sized LPs from the labels’ artists. Along with her Ursula 1000, Gants and Spearmint records, she toted a pair of pink Converse running shoes, grey “leather” pants, headphones, layered hoody and a blond bob haircut. Street Licca was the ultimate “indie rock” doll.

In 2001, a pregnant adult version of Licca-chan was introduced which included a postcard the purchaser could send to Takara for a baby doll. The baby came with a key which allowed the doll to be returned to its standard proportions.[1][4] The release of the doll happened to coincide with the birth of Aiko, the daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan, a factor which helped boost the sales of the new doll.[4] Since then, other versions of Licca-chan have been introduced, including a new “Departure Licca”, released just ahead of the 40th anniversary in 2007.[3]

A Licca-chan video game was released for the Nintendo DS in Japan on November 29, 2007.[5] This game was later released in the U.S. on October 14, 2008 as Lovely Lisa.[6]

OK so kind of like a Japanese Barbie doll I suppose. Plus it’s the 50th anniversary of it’s inception. Okay – let’s check out this onion noodle.

Myojo Charumera Licca Chan Onion Gratin Soup Noodle – Japan

#2591: Myojo Charumera Licca Chan Onion Gratin Soup Noodle - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles ramen

The import/distributor sticker (click to enlarge).

#2591: Myojo Charumera Licca Chan Onion Gratin Soup Noodle - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles ramen

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add 290ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2591: Myojo Charumera Licca Chan Onion Gratin Soup Noodle - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles ramen

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2591: Myojo Charumera Licca Chan Onion Gratin Soup Noodle - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles ramen

The noodle block.

#2591: Myojo Charumera Licca Chan Onion Gratin Soup Noodle - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles ramen

Some loose garnish from the cup.

A fishcake bow. Only found one of these.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles actually were quite good – soft and plentiful. The broth is a very rich and onion flavored affair with lots of add-ons including a bow made of fishcake and little bits of meat as well as some vegetable.  Very rich and satisfying. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881422772.

#2591: Myojo Charumera Licca Chan Onion Gratin Soup Noodle - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles ramen

Myojo L i c c a   c h a n  cup noodles onion gratin soup 66g×12 Japan ramen

Commercials for this character over the years

#2426: Dr. McDougall’s Vegan Pad Thai Noodle Soup

#2426: Dr. McDougall's Vegan Pad Thai Noodle Soup - United States - The Ramen Rater

Well it’s been quite a while since I’ve reviewed anything by Dr. McDougall’s. Why? Well, the first one I tried was a disappointment. I saw this one recently and thought maybe I should give them another chance. I am not expecting this will be one I like very much though; the two lines in large print immediately contradict eachother: ‘Pad Thai’ and ‘Noodle Soup.’ This just sounds wrong. But hey – maybe this is really good stuff. Let’s give it a look.

#2426: Dr. McDougall's Vegan Pad Thai Noodle Soup - United States - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Says it is Vegan friendly but check for yourself. To prepare, add room temperature water to fill line and stir. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Cover and let steep 5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

#2426: Dr. McDougall's Vegan Pad Thai Noodle Soup - United States - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2426: Dr. McDougall's Vegan Pad Thai Noodle Soup - United States - The Ramen Rater

Here are the uncooked rice noodles. Short and wide.

#2426: Dr. McDougall's Vegan Pad Thai Noodle Soup - United States - The Ramen Rater

In with the noodles are bits of vegetable and dehydrated tofu.

#2426: Dr. McDougall's Vegan Pad Thai Noodle Soup - United States - The Ramen Rater

A seasoning sachet.

#2426: Dr. McDougall's Vegan Pad Thai Noodle Soup - United States - The Ramen Rater

A very fine powder with flecks and a shade that is reminiscent of Pad Thai.

#2426: Dr. McDougall's Vegan Pad Thai Noodle Soup - United States - The Ramen Rater

Finished (click to enlarge). Ladies and Gentlemen, pad thai noodle soup. This is… Okay so the rice noodles came out nicely – short, flat and broad and well hydrated. Now for the broth. Thin. Nothing like pad thai. Has a little lime taste and a kind of herbed taste. The floating bits of tofu are a lot like the marshmallows you get in the hot chocolate that comes with marshmallows. This is as far from pad thai as I can even express in words. It’s like someone gave a broken description of pad thai to someone who has short term memory problems and no taste buds a week prior and told them to make it. I kind of feel violated. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. Saddened and offended. UPC bar code 767335011070.

Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods V e g a n Pad Thai Noodle Soup, Fresh Flavor, 2-Ounce Cups (Pack of 6)

A unique recipe for Vegan Pad Thai you can try at home!

#2419: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle Soup (Japan Version)

A while back the folks at MyKuali sent over samples. I give reviews to different versions of products and this is certainly different. This is the Penang Red Tom Yum Goong that is now in Japan. As you can see on the front of the box, a rank #1 on the 2015 Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list. Well, what’s tom yum? Here’s something from Wikipedia:

Tom yum, rtgstom yam, Thai: ต้มยำ,  [tôm.jām]) is a Thai soup, usually cooked with shrimp.[2] Tom yum is widely served in neighbouring countries such as Cambodia, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and Laos and has been popularised around the world.

The words “tom yam” are derived from two Thai words. “Tom” refers to the boiling process, while “yam” refers to a Thai spicy and sour salad. Indeed, tom yum is characterised by its distinct hot and sour flavours, with fragrant spices and herbs generously used in the broth. The basic broth is made of stock and fresh ingredients such as lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce, and crush chili peppers.

Commercial tom yum paste is made by crushing all the herb ingredients and stir frying in oil. Seasoning and other preservative ingredients are then added. Next the paste is bottled or packaged and sold around the world. Tom yum flavored with the paste may have different characteristics from that made with fresh herb ingredients. The soup often includes meats such as chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp.

Tom yum goong (Thai: ต้มยำกุ้ง) or tom yam kung, the version of the dish most popular among tourists, is made with prawns as the main ingredient.[7] The dish originated during the Rattanakosin Kingdom.[8]

Well that sums it up to a degree. So tom yum in Thailand often tends to be on the thinner side while in Malaysia they like their broths thick. So let’s take a look at this neat box from MyKuali!

MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle Soup (Japan Version) – Malaysia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachets contents. Stir and enjoy!

Inside the box: a white pack with a big sticker.

The noodle block.

The powder seasoning base.

A light speckled powder.

The paste sachet.

Has a strong, rich scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, sweet onion, fishball and fried onion. The noodles are chubby and have a great gauge to them. Furthermore, the chew is very good. The broth is as bright and crisp as anything could be; the lemongrass is a slam dunk here. The heat is pretty good and doesn’t drown out the shrimp taste either. It’s very well balanced and nice and thick. An all-time favorite! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4541708021844.

#2393: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Rice Vermicelli Soup - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - rice vermicelli

My Kuali Tom Yam Goong Noodle, Pack of 8 by MyKuali

A promotional video for MyKuali.

#2098: Nongshim Kimchi Flavor Noodle Soup

I don’t remember where or when I picked this one up, but it was towards the bottom of my hamper and peering up at me a little bit ago and so I figure hey – I’d better give it some attention! It’s kimchi, it’s Vegan friendly – plus its microwavable! Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Vegan friendly! To prepare, remove lid and empty sachet into cup. Fill to line with room temp water and microwave at 1000W for 3 minutes (use this tool to adjust for different wattage microwaves). Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Loose veggies from the cup.

The seasoning sachet.

Has a spicy scent!

Finished (click to enlarge). As it says on the package, it come out the microwave very hot. By the time it was cool enough to sample, the noodles were perfect – good gauge and chew. The broth had a very tasty kimchi taste – bright and lively with that nice tanginess and heat I enjoy. The vegetables were abundant and well hydrated. An excellent cup! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146033492.

Nongshim Kimchi Noodle Ramyun, 4.2 Ounce Packages (Pack of 20)

A Nongshim Kimchi TV commercial from Russia perhaps?

#1952: Ve Wong Kung-Fu Brand Instant Oriental Noodle Soup Artificial Beef Flavor

Here’s one I thought would be a re-review. I was on the 99 Ranch Market noodle aisle and though ‘hey this would be an interesting one to check out to test my new camera setup.’ Well as it turns out, I’ve never reviewed this one – very strange! As for my new camera setup, it’s been a rough go. I’ve never used DSLR in the past – only point and shot. It’s a pretty steep learning curve and the first day I had this thing I was ready to chuck it out the window! But after some time I’m starting to get the hang of it. Lightbulbs, lenses, f-stops, ISO settings and shutter speeds. It’s a lot to juggle and I still don’t think I’ve found the sweet spot yet. But I’m still working on it! Anyways, let’s check out the interesting looking beef variety from Taiwan.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, there are two methods: the instant method and the cooking method (I’ll be using the latter). The cooking method says to add everything to a pot with 2 cups boiling water for 2-3, stir and enjoy. The instant method says to add everything to a bowl and add 400ml boiling water, cover for 3-5 minutes, stir, and enjoy.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Beeftastic!

A seasoned oil sachet.

Very orange!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage and coriander. The noodles are nice – a light chew and good quantity. The broth has a good beef taste and a very nice oiliness to it. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710008211617.

Oriental Style Beef Noodle(30 packages)

A recipe for Taiwanese beef noodle soup – in your slow cooker.

#1866: MyKuali Penang Spicy Prawn Soup Noodle

Here’s the last I have of the new packaged varieties of MyKuali products. Before, this was called Hokkien Prawn, but now it appears they’ve gone to a more streamlines title and packaging. Prawn Mee as it’s known in Southeast Asia is a spicy and prawn filled extravaganze of flavor and wonder. If you like prawn, this is definitely something you should enjoy! Let’s look within!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains prawn. To prepare, add noodle block to 380ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add paste and seasoning sachet contents and stir. Garnish with fried onion and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The paste sachet.

A large quantity – thick and oily.

The soup base seasoning powder.

A light powder.

The garnish sachet.

One of the finest garnishes I’ve ever seen included with an instant noodle. The onions are of decent size – not tiny and pulverized – and there’s lots of them!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Northwest Tofu tofu puff, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, shrimp, hard boiled egg and pork. The noodles come out nice and plump – excellent stuff! The broth is just extravagant; it’s prawn flavor is sweet and deep – it’s like dying and going to prawn heaven! Along with a good heat, the broth has the oiliness and thickness that you’ll also find in Penang, Malaysia from hawker stalls. To top things off are the fried onion, which I think just brings the whole thing to a crescendo. Masterful and elegant. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555655005265.

MyKuali Penang Hokkien Pawn Noodle (4 Packs)

The Ramen Rater on Japanese TV – thy hunt for MyKuali’s famouns Penang White Curry Noodle!

#1748: Azami Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup

Here’s another one that was sent to me by Justin M. from Winfield, BC up north of here in Canada! Chili chicken sounds like it’d be pretty good; a familiar flavor and a little bit of spiciness? Sure – let’s have a look at this cup.

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add contents of sachet and 280mnl boiling water to cup and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A combination of soup base as well as vegetables in one.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, baked chicken, spring onion and ito toughrasi. The noodles were a little mushy and didn’t have a good character to them. Very humdrum. The broth had a kind of nice and light chicken taste with a hint of spiciness, mostly what seemed brought by cumin and chilli powder. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 057197990287.

During the holidays, we watched the Will Ferrell movie ‘Elf’ and he drinks maple syrup at one point. Maple syrup is one of the best things that comes from Canada, and so I thought this Loblaw’s brand President’s Choice 100% Pure Syrup sounded like something to check out.

You might be wondering why I picked this one. Well, I do indeed love the sunshine. Enjoy!

#1707: Azami Hot And Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup

Here’s one I got from Justin M. from Winfield, BC up north of here in Canada! Thanks! Let’s see here: the instant noodle was invented in Japan. This one is sold in Canada under the name Azami and sold by Loblaw’s, a supermarket chain. It’s manufactured in China. I’ve been hoping one of these Azami varieties would really blow me away; hot and spicy is a flavor profile I generally like a lot – let’s see how it fares!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in contents of sachet and 350ml boiling water. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, white onion, scallions, corn, orange bell pepper and broccoli florets. The noodles are definitely plentiful. They hydrated pretty well and had a slightly mushy texture, although it worked well enough with the broth. Much to my chagrin, the broth has a spicy taste – not anything super spicy, but it’s there. The flavor is kind of a salty and beef-like affair. This was one of the better Canadian instant noodles! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 057197990317.

During the holidays, we watched the Will Ferrell movie ‘Elf’ and he drinks maple syrup at one point. Maple syrup is one of the best things that comes from Canada, and so I thought this Loblaw’s brand President’s Choice 100% Pure Syrup sounded like something to check out.

An old Loblaw’s supermarket TV commercial – with William Shatner!

#1672: Azami Chili Seafood Flavour Noodle Soup

Here’s another one that was sent to me by Justin M. from Winfield, BC up north of here in Canada! I haven’t been a big fan of these Canadian instants thus far, but I keep trying them in hopes one will be really good. Chilli Seafood definitely has a nice ring to it – let’s see if it lives up to its name. Let’s go!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add in sachet to cup and add 280ml boiling water. cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Oddly enough, it smells like a spicy peanut butter.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kamaboko and narutomaki. The noodles came out alright – a little on the funky side inasfar as they have a kind of strange texture. The broth was surprisingly flavorful – indeed, a little spicy and a seafood-like flavor! The vegetable bits hydrated well too. I guess if you keep trying, you will find something decent! Well, at least somewhat… 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 057197990294.

During the holidays, we watched the Will Ferrell movie ‘Elf’ and he drinks maple syrup at one point. Maple syrup is one of the best things that comes from Canada, and so I thought this Loblaw’s brand President’s Choice 100% Pure Syrup sounded like something to check out.

You might be wondering why I picked this one. Well, I’ve been listening to space disco lately. It’s kind of that 70’s sound of the sci-fi future kind of thing. Here’s a long mix of it – I like it.