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#1949: Bamee Oriental Style Instant Noodles Shrimp Flavour (Tom Yum)

Shrimp? Tom Yum? Indeed. Let’s crack it open! By the way this one’s made in Thailand for the European marketplace.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add package contents to a bowl. Add 300ml boiling water and conver for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry seasoning sachet.

Has a nice tom yum scent.

A paste sachet.

Smells spicy!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander and shrimp. The noodles were pretty good – they hydrated well in 3 minutes, and had a standard gauge. The broth had a very standard tom yum flavor to them – spicy, shrimp and lemongrass notes. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850987133053.

Bamee is made by Thai President Foods, who also makes MAMA instant noodles. Hereyou can get MAMA’s version of Pa-Lo Duck!

Tom Yum soup being prepared by a street vendor in Bangkok.

#1945: MAMA Oriental Style Instant Noodles Masala Flavour

Here’s the last of the Bangladeshi varieties I was sent by Thai President Foods after my trip to Thailand in May 2015. Let’s take a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block and seasonings to 210ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a masala scent.

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Finished (click to enlarge). Added star anise, coriander and chilli padi. The noodles where of a standard instant noodle gauge but a little flat with a slight springiness. The masala flavor was pretty good – earthy with a nice little bit of spiciness. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8941181000033.

On this year’s Top Ten list – MAMA Instant Noodle Chicken Green Curry, 55g X 30 Packages (1 Case)

A MAMA instant noodle TV spot from Bangladesh.

#1928: Bamee Oriental Style Instant Noodles Chicken Flavour

At the local grocery store, they have this deal. It’s called ‘Cheep Chicken Monday,’ and you get 8 legs and wings for $4.99 on Mondays. It’s a pretty good deal – as long as the deli has a big mound of it, you know it’s fresh and hasn’t been sitting. It’s good stuff – thought I’d use some with this variety. 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 prepare, add package contents to a bowl. Add 320ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry seasoning sachet.

A dry powder with some flecks of vegetable in there.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Has a garlic scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added a little fried chicken. The noodles came out pretty well. The broth had a kind of oily chicken taste to it. Not bad, not my favorite kind of thing. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8850987133039.

Bamee is made by Thai President Foods, who also makes MAMA instant noodles. Hereyou can get MAMA’s version of Pa-Lo Duck!

A chicken farm in Thailand.

#1845: MAMA Oriental Style Instant Noodles Shrimp Flavour

Here’s one of the last I have from Bangladesh! Got these send to me after my trip to Thailand to visit the folks who make MAMA noodles! Thanks again! Shrimp sounds good today – let’s check ’em out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and sachet contents to 225ml boiling water. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

Dry soup base sachet.

Has the spicy scent of chilli powder.

An oil sachet.

Has a shrimp scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added lime, shrimp and coriander. The noodles were thin and dainty light. Very little chewiness here, but they were enjoyable. The broth was a spicy shrimp flavor. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8941181000026.

The Bangladesh Reader: History, Culture, Politics (The World Readers)

A TV spot for MAMA noodles in Bangladesh.

#1804: Thai Chef Oriental Style Instant Noodles Shrimp Creamy Tom Yum Flavour

Here’s one made by the same company that makes MAMA instant noodles. They’ve got a factory in Hungary which makes this and other lines for the European market. Let’s have a look!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add contents of sachets and noodle block to a bowl. Cover with 300ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

Dry soup base sachet.

Has a strong lemongrass scent.

A paste sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, lime, Thai chillies and Dodo fish balls. The noodles hydrated just right with a nice gauge and tasty chew to them. The broth has that lovely color and a great shrimp flavor as well as the spiciness and lemongrass appeal that tom yum brings. Could have been a skosh spicier, but darn fine noodles here. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8852523206153.

5 Packs – MAMA Shrimp Creamy Tom Yum Flavour Instant Noodles Thailand

Some facts about Hungary!

#1803: MAMA Vegetarian Instant Noodles Tom Yum Flavour

This is a special one sent to me by the kind folks at Thai President Foods – thanks again! So this month (October) there is a special festival that takes place in Thailand and other places in Asia involving vegetarianism. Here’s a little info on it from wikipedia:

The Nine Emperor Gods Jiǔ Huáng Xīng Jūn / Jiǔ Huáng Da Di (九皇星君/九皇大帝) are the nine sons manifested by Father Emperor Zhou Yu Dou Fu Yuan Jun (斗父周御國王天尊) and Mother of the Big Dipper Dou Mu Yuan Jun (斗母元君) who holds the Registrar of Life and Death. The worship of Dou Fu Yuan Jun has declined strongly as proper teachings of Taoism degenerate since being exported out of China. Today, most Nine Emperor God temples do not acknowledge the existence of Dou Fu Yuan Jun. However, Dou Fu Yuan Jun is invoked alongside Dou Mu Yuan Jun in Great Dipper Honouring known as Li Dou (禮斗) ceremonies. According To Priest Long Hua, the 35th Generation Leader of Long Shan Men Taoist Sect (Singapore), honouring the Northern Dipper stars prolongs one’s life, eliminate calamities, and absolves sins and past debts of oneself and his family.[1]

The term Ye (爺) as in Jiu Huang Ye (九皇爺) loosely translates as “Grandfather”, a title worshipers commonly use to bring a more intimate relationship between themselves and the Nine Emperors. The Nine Emperor Gods should not be mixed up with the Wang Yeor Princes of the Ming rebels. Popular folk culture has it that the Nine Emperor Gods are actually sea pirates of the Ming dynasty that plotted to overthrow the Qing dynasty. According to Priest Long Hua, this information is inaccurate and considered derogatory to the actual teachings of Taoism as the Nine Emperor Gods are actually high-ranking Star Lords who preside over the movement of planets and coordinate mortal Life and Death issues.[2]

The Nine Emperors is formed by the seven stars of the Big Dipper of the North Ursa Major (visible) and two assistant stars (invisible to most people). The Nine Emperor Stars are:

  1. Tan Lang Tai Xing Jun (貪狼太星君)1st Star (Visible) Bayer: α UMa
  2. Ju Men Yuan Xing Jun (巨門元星君) 2nd Star (Visible) Bayer: β UMa
  3. Lu Cun Zhen Xing Jun (祿存貞星君) 3rd Star (Visible) Bayer: γ UMa
  4. Wen Qu Niu Xing Jun (文曲紐星君) 4th Star (Visible) Bayer: δ UMa
  5. Lian Zhen Gang Xing Jun (玉廉貞綱星君) 5th Star(Visible) Bayer: ε UMa
  6. Wu Qu Ji Xing Jun (武曲紀星君) 6th Star(Visible) Bayer: ζ UMa
  7. Po Jun Guan Xing Jun (破軍關星君) 7th Star (Visible) Bayer: η UMa
  8. Zuo Fu Da Dao Xing Jun (左輔大道星君) 8th Star (Invisible)
  9. You Bi Da Dao Xing Jun (右弼大道星君) 9th Star (Invisible)

In Thailand, this festival is called Tesagan Gin Je เทศกาลกินเจ, the Vegetarian Festival. It is celebrated throughout the entire country, but the festivities are at their height in Phuket, where about 35% of the population is Thai Chinese. It attracts crowds of spectators because of many of the unusual religious rituals that are performed.

In accordance with the traditions, many religious devotees will perform ritualized mutilation upon themselves and one another (with the consent of, context and understanding of all involved and the practice itself) while under a trance-like state, including but not limited to: impaling through cheeks, arms, face, legs, back etc., with everything from as small as syringes to as large as is agreed upon between all members; partial skinning (the skin is not removed, just cut and flipped over); slashing of limbs, chest, stomach and especially tongue with swords, axes and knives; bloodletting; removal of tissue (normally limited to cysts) and intentionally wrapping or standing near fire crackers as they are lit.

These vegetarian tom yum noodles are made specifically for the festival and today I’ll be giving them a try! I’ve heard of vegetarianism in Chinese and other cultures before, but I wasn’t sure about ‘fetid’ vegetables during this event. Here’s a little about that from wikipedia:

In China, Korea and Vietnam, monks are expected to abstain from meat. In Taiwan, Buddhist monks, nuns, and most lay followers eat no animal products or the fetid vegetables – traditionally garlic, Allium chinense, asafoetida, shallot, and Allium victorialis (victory onion or mountain leek), although in modern times this rule is often interpreted to include other vegetables of the onion genus, as well as coriander – this is called Su vegetarianism. Some Zhaijiao lay adherents do not eat any meat.

I was looking at a post on the facebook group called PG Food Hunter A Team and saw a restoran mentioning the 9 Emperors events, and some items special for the occasion. That’s where I noticed mention of no onion, and then looked at wikipedia bout the fetid vegetables. I did so after plating and so decided to redo this one to keep things correct as possible – I had added white onion, coriander and spring onion the first time. Let’s have a look!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Suitable for vegetarians. To prepare, add contents to a bowl. Add 300ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The powder soup base.

A granular mixture.

A paste sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

Finished. Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, mushroom, grape tomatoes and tofu puff. The noodles had a good chew and texture to them as MAMA noodles usually do. The broth had a nice tom yum flavor with a sweetness that came and left during the taste – very interesting and very good. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850987101892.

Lonely Planet Pocket Phuket (Travel Guide)

A recipe for making vegetarian tom yum soup at home.

#1755: MAMA Oriental Style Instant Noodles Hot & Spicy Flavour

Here’s another neat one that I saw during my trip to Thailand and the kind folks at Thai President Foods sent me a sample of! This one’s made in Bangladesh. Hot and spicy sounds good – let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains meat. To prepare, add noodle block and seasonings to 210ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy.

The noodle block.

The soup base.

Has a spicy scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added coriander and hard boiled egg. The noodles are very light and flat in nature. Soft as can be and it works very well. The broth which ended up more like a gravy or sauce was good too – spicy and had a nice flavor to it. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 8941181000040.

On this year’s Top Ten list – MAMA Instant Noodle Chicken Green Curry, 55g X 30 Packages (1 Case)

A MAMA TV commercial from Bangladesh!

#1692: MAMA Oriental Style Instant Noodles Chicken Flavour

During my trip, I found out that Thai President Foods makes their instant noodles in many places around the world. This is a variety that’s manufactured in Bangladesh, a place where I’ve never reviewed an instant from before. During the time before the first seminar in Bangkok, there were tables set up with lots of different varieties from all over the world – they were kind enough to send me samples!  I got to meet the manager for Thai Foods in Bangladesh, Mr. Yatra on the trip. What was really neat is that he spent some time in Seattle – just a few miles from where I currently live. He told me to go check out Tai Tung on King St in the city – it’s been years since I’ve been there but going to have to do it again. It’s pretty amazing to go overseas and meet someone who has restaurant recommendations in your own backyard! Let’s check out this chicken flavor instant from Bangladesh!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains meat. To prepare, add noodle block and seasonings to 210ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy.

The noodle block.

The dry soup base.

A dark powder.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Has a garlic scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken, coriander, white onion, hard boiled egg and red bell pepper. The noodles came out quite chewy and well hydrated. The broth had a strong chicken flavor and an interesting hint of either cinnamon or anise in there as well. A small bowl of noodles that worked well. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8941181000019.

On this year’s Top Ten list – MAMA Instant Noodle Chicken Green Curry, 55g X 30 Packages (1 Case)

A TV commercial for MAMA noodles in Bangladesh.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1469: Bamee Oriental Style Instant Noodles Beef Flavour

Before this Meet The Manufacturer, I really hadn’t known that Thai President Foods made so many different lines of instant noodles. I thought they made MAMA and that was about it – I was definitely wrong about that! Here’s another line for export to Europe, Bamee. This one has quite a few languages on it, more than the Thai Chef I reviewed a couple days ago which looked to be more for the German market. Anyways, beef! Beef sounds like a good one for today – it’s cloudy outside and a bit cooler. I’m wishing we could skip fall and go straight to winter – I really like snow and fireplaces and all of that comfy stuff. Summer is great, but it’s been a pretty hot one here. Beef soups are some of my favorites during winter, which is what made me go on that tangent there. Anyways, it’s still summer but time for Bamee beef noodle soup! Let’s go!

Before I start, also wanted to mention our good dog Otis. He’s not been feeling great lately – had to take him to a 24 hour emergency veterinarian a couple days ago. Hope you feel better soon, Oat!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block and sachet contents to a bowl. Add in 320ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a nice beef scent.

The oil sachet.

Oil and shallots make a nice scent!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, beef, carrots, peas and green nira. The noodles were a little more crumbly than I like and the gauge was thinner than expected.. The broth is nice and beefy and I detected a scent of sweet basil as it was cooking. although I didn’t taste it so much. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850987133008.


Interested in the history of Thailand? Here’s something to delve into.

A short documentary about Thailand.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1466: MAMA Oriental Style Instant Noodles Green Curry Flavour Jumbo Pack

To start things off, I’m sure you have all heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. What it is for those of you who haven’t, is a campaign to increase awareness of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a motor neuron disease which causes the connections between the mind and muscles to degrade. The challenge involves a person having a ton of icewater dumped on them, and then nominating three people to do the same. Yesterday, my sister nominated me after she was nominated. Usually, you have 24 hours to accept and carry out the challenge. Today, I’m going to be getting a lot of icewater dumped on me! At the bottom of this review will be my sister’s challenge, and tomorrow’s review will feature me getting drenched! If you want to help, please consider donating to ALSA.org.

Today, I’m reviewing green curry! This sounds so good – I tried the local version a while back and it was pretty good! Let’s see how this one in a bigger size comes out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add everything from the package into a bowl. Add 400ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The powder soup baser.

A lot of light powder with flecks.

The green curry liquid.

Now that smells really great!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp, green nira, mung bean sprouts and coriander. The noodles are thin and plentiful with a good texture and chewiness. The broth has a really nice heat to it and more than I expected. The flavor is a very nice green curry. Excellent! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 8850987145049.

Here’s the local version.

My sister did it! Wow! Watch tomorrow to see me do it!

#1309: YumYum Oriental Style Instant Noodles Seafood Flavour

Here’s another one from Charles in Afghanistan – thanks again! So this one’s made in Thailand and sold a lot in Holland. Let’s check it out!

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains fish and crustacean.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, add contents of sachet. Add boiling water to fill line (260cc) and steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A light powder.

Some of the seafood and vegetables from the cup.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, fish ball, wilted green onion, shrimp and BonCabe Level 10 chilli seasoning. The noodles are thin and slightly crumbly; not bad at all. The broth has a very nice seafood flavor and the accompanying vegetable and seafood bits hydrated well – the kamaboko bits were especially nice. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 8852018201038.

Here’s a seafood market in Thailand – looks awesome!

#1306: KOKA Oriental Style Instant Noodles Tom Yam Flavour

Here’s one that was sent by Martin A. of Devon, England. Thanks again! I’ve really been into fish balls lately. They’re tasty, lots of varieties, and pretty low cal. Anyways, they tend to go better in spicy varieties of instant noodles and I think they are wonderful in tom yum/yam. Let’s check this one out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 400ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add sachet contents and stir. Eat!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet.

Powder base.

Liquid base.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fishballs, shrimp, sweet onion, green onion and BonCabe Level 10 chilli seasoning. The noodles were good – your standard instants. The broth was very strong and a little too salty for my taste. I liked the level of citrus and spicy, but the salty was just a little much. I think it would’ve been better with maybe 450ml of water, but I always go by instructions. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 8888056707607.

A British KOKA TV spot.