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#1370: Papa Oriental Style Instant ‘Kua-Chap’

Here’s a neat one! These little square pieces of rice curl up like ziti when they are cooked! Usually served with pig offal or duck, but I have neither so I opted for chicken. This is only the second time I’ve sampled these, thanks to the package my friend from Indonesia sent me a while back – thanks! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, cook the kua chap in 350cc water for 3 minutes.  Add the soup base sachet content, stir and remove from stove. Garnish with garlic oil and chilli powder sachets. Enjoy!

Here are the kua chap ‘chips.’ As you can see, they just look like little squares – they’re very thin and you can kind of see through them.

The dry ingredients sachet: soup base on the left and chilli powder garnish on the right.

The soup base powder has some little bits in with it.

Your standard chilli powder. Has a nice little kick to it.

The garlic infused palm oil sachet.

Smells wonderful!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Thai chillies, coriander (cilantro), sweet onion and grilled chicken. The noodles are really neat – like big curly tubes. They have a light texture and are nice to chew. The broth was strong – salty and seemed a little oily. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8850987207051.

Here’s a video of Kua Chap served in Thailand by a street vendor.

#1227: Mr. Noodles Chicken Kimchi Oriental Style Noodle With Soup Base

Here’s another one from my birthday trip to Canada. I think this may the first instance of chicken kimchi noodles I’ve heard of. Let’s give it a try.

Here’s a closeup of the lid (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself. To make this one, peel back the lid halfway, dump in the sachets and fill to 1/2 inch from the top with boiling water. Re-cover and let sit for 3 minutes and it’s ready.

The noodle block.

Soup base sachet.

Has a chicken taste.

The veg sachet.

Veg and powder.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg and a slice of processed cheese. The noodles are a little crumbly and have a slightly ‘off’ texture. The broth is really ‘off,’ it’s kind of like kimchi but then again not really. It has a kind of tomato and chicken thing going on but really oddly so. The bit of vegetable are there but I don’t know what for really. Everything kind of has this weird flavor throughout – the only thing I can liken it to is the smell of a bag of tortilla chips. Bottom line is that it really tastes neither like chicken nor kimchi and has extremely subpar noodles. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 059491009009.

Tom Brokaw talks about Canada. The Peace Arch crossing is what we drive by when going up there!

#1156: Vifon Oriental Style Instant Vermicelli Sour Crab Flavour Soup

Been some time since I’ve had a crab flavored noodle from Vietnam, so I thought why not today.. Looks cool – let’s check it out!

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

The rice noodle block.

Soup base powder packet.

A light powder.

The vegetable packet.

Lots of little veggie pieces.

An unlabeled packet. Hmmm…

After a nibble, I’m going to guess this is fried shallot.

Finally, a surprise – a big retort pouch!

This must be the sour soup – looks to have lots of crab.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some imitation crab meat. The noodles are nice – light and plentiful. The broth is very rich and buttery with bits of the shallot floating around and other veggies too. Has a nice flavor and gives a warm cozy feeling. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8934561010043.

Here’s a news program talking about Vifon.

#1015: Tradition Oriental Style Ramen Noodle Soup

It’s amazing; can go to a supermarket nearby and find something new! This one’s a Kosher instant from Tradition. It also looks to be vegetarian. I was asked if I could mention if an instant contained meat products or not, so I think I’ll be doing that.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Appears to not contain meat.

The noodle block.

TThe seasoning packet.

Has a slightly sweet and salty soy taste.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli, sweet onion and green bell pepper. The noodles are pretty good – nothing remarkable though. The broth was kind of bland. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 735375118073 – get it here.

Part one of a documentary series called ‘Stricly Kosher.’

#937: MAMA Shrimp Flavour (TOM YUM) Oriental Style Instant Noodles

NOTE – This was originally catalogued as a ‘Re-Review’ but actually hadn’t reviewed it before. Therefore, I am correcting this and making it the next successive review, which is #937.

Here’s something I picked up at Walmart that asked for a re-review. As I’m sure many of you have read, the stock of new varieties of noodles that I have to review has dwindled. I’m hoping that will change soon, but until them, I’m forced to re-review some older ones. This should be pretty good – a spicy shrimp Tom Yum variety from Thailand.

The back of the package (click to enlarge).

The noodle block. This is pre-seasoned and pretty good right out of the bag.

Here’s a dual packet – chili powder on the left and seasoning powder on the right.

Here we have the chili powder atop the seasoning powder.

Here’s a packet of paste.

Not a huge amount but I’m sure it is an interesting addition…

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg with Krazy Mixed Up Salt, sweet onion, kamaboko and a little Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. The noodles are this and kind of crumbly. The broth has a strong citrus flavor and heat – nice Tom Yum tastes to it. I would recommend it – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 052066000036. Get it here.

Interesting MAMA TV commercial…

MAMA TV commercial.

#475: Gefen Oriental Style Ramen Noodles Vegetable Flavor

Here’s another of the kosher noodles sent to me by Michael M. of Staten Island, NY. This one’s vegetable – kind of a strange flavor. Carrot? Celery? Zucchini? Acorn squash? What kind of vegetable? It has to be something tasty… Well, let’s check it out.

A green leafy vegetable flavor it looks to be according the the packet design. Although the chicken flavor has a packet with a blue chicken on it and chickens aren’t usually blue so my reasoning could be flawed…

Some yellow powdered seasoning.

Click image to enlarge. Added two fried eggs. So Here it is all done. The noodles are decent – about what you’d expect from a domestic pack of instant noodles. The broth is nice – salty and savory. I think this would be just about perfect for a sick day as a comfort food. I liked it – was what I expected. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. One thing to note – the vegetables are not what I expected. The ingredients list onion and shitake mushroom powder, but some of the other spices are awesome – cinnamon, star anise, fenugreek, red chili, cumin and coriander. A very nice collaboration of spices!

Convention footage about Gefen

#469: Gefen Oriental Style Ramen Noodles Chicken Flavor

Here’s another one sent to me by Michael M. from Staten Island, NY – thanks again, man! As I mentioned before, he found a few of them on the kosher aisle of a grocery store and sent them my direction.  The last review I did was imitation chicken flavor. This one’s chicken flavor. I looked at the ingredients and don’t see any chicken… Hmm… Well, let’s try it out.

Hey this looks like the chicken packet in the other one! Well, I know that really doesn’t mean anything – I remember the Fortune brand Udon had packets that all looked exactly the same for all of their varieties.

Powdered soup base. Nothing surprising here.

Click image to enlarge. …and here we are with a couple of eggs boiled with the noodles. So this is pretty good – very relaxing flavor – good chicken taste. The noodles aren’t amazing but they’re what one would expect. Awesome! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars – pretty decent for what it claims to be; kosher Top Ramen.

An interview with a guy from Gefen foods at some sort of food convention.

You know, you really owe it to yourself to ride in this car.

#427: Koka Mi Hai Cua 2 Crab Flavour Oriental Style Instant Noodles

Look at the angry little crabs! They’re saying ‘eat the noodle soup!’ I’m agreeing with them and thusly, I portend to make said soup and have it for breakfast.

So here’s something I’ve not seen before – I don’t know if this is how it usually comes or an error, but pretty neat either way. Three packets of chili! Heck yeah! I used one and now have two for later use! Score!

Some seasoned oil, a powdered seasoning and a packet’s worth of chili powder.

Click image to enlarge. Dropped two eggs in with the boiling noodles. This is an amazing dish and I loved it. The noodles are perfect for instant noodles. The broth was a little creamy-ish, crabby and seafoody and the chili powder gave it a nice little spark. The eggs tied it all together – oh man this was good stuff! Going 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – yes I really liked this one!