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#1782: Western Family Beef Flavour Instant Noodles

Thanks to my sister Sue for bringing me these back from a recent trip to Victoria, BC! I’ve never been a big fan of Canadian instant noodles, but I always hold out hope for a brand to have a variety that’s really good. Let’s see what this store brand hasd inside.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 2 cups of water and “insert” the noodle block into the boiling water and cook 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add in contents of seasoning and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a kind of beef scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli, beef, red pepper flake and mung bean sprouts. After 3 minutes of cooking, the noodles weren’t very good at all. It’s like they had a film on the outside that just didn’t ring right in my mouth. The flavor of the broth was as bland as can be. It’s rare that I feel like I need to either dump salt or soy sauce into an instant noodle broth. There is no merit here. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 062639297176.

Reluctant Pioneer: How I Survived Five Years in the Canadian Bush

A short film about the history of Overwaitea and Save On Foods, where my sister found these noodles.

#1303: Western Family Instant Noodles In A Cup Chicken Flavour

Here’s another one my wife for me on my trip to Canada on my birthday last year! Gonna let the kiddo try this one out – he likes chicken flavor anything. Let’s check it out!

Here are the side panels from the cardboard outer (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

The cup!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, put sachet contents in cup and add boiling water to line. Cover and steep for 3 minutes. Stir and eat.

Here’s the noodle block.

Soup base sachet.

They not only put soup base powder in but some veggies too.

Andy really loved this sarsaparilla – I on the other hand think it tastes like cough medicine! It’s funny the things he enjoys and dislikes; I didn’t expect him to be such a big fan of fish cake. I did kind of think he’d like spicy foods, but spicy is a big no for him.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added cheese, carrot, kamaboko and chikwara. The noodles were alright but not great. They seemed stiff and missing a little love. The broth had a somewhat chicken-like flavor which was nice. Unfortunately, the vegetables hydrated sub-par. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 062639297138.

A condensed version of our walk!

#1104: Western Family Instant Noodles Chicken Flavour

Here’s yet another one picked up in Canada on my birthday! My wife took me up there (I’m legally blind so driving’s not the greatest idea for me). Thanks, Kitten! My son is a huge fan of chicken flavored noodle anything, so I figure he’ll like these.

The back of the package (click ijmage to enlarge). May contain traces of egg, fish/shellfish, nuts or sulfites.

Here’s the noodle block.

The soup base.

Has a chicken scent.


Here’s something my son drew in November of 2011 back when he was only 6. Lots of changes in his art since then, but I really like this one!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a slice of cheese and a little kamaboko. The noodles were the standard Western Family pack fare – not bad but could use a little better in the quality; they have a slight rich film you end up with. The broth had a really nice taste though – very comfort foody and chicken flavored. Of all the Western Family ones I’ve tried thus far, this was the best! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 062639297169.

Here’s a commercial for Overwaitea, the company that makes the Western Fa,ily products in Canada.

#1084: Mr. Noodles Noodles In A Cup Chicken Simulated Flavour

Today’s Father’s Day and my son Andy is over. Thought we’d have some noodles and this is the one he picked. He usually sticks to chicken flavored ones. Let’s check it out!

Panel from the cardboard outer (click imago to enlarge). Looks to be vegetarian.

The noodle block.

The soup base.

Powder as well as veggies!

So we took pictures of eachother when we ate our noodles.

 Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a slice of cheese and some chicken lunch meat. Andy says these are delicious and he can’t resist it – so yummy! My thoughts on this cup are a little different. The noodles are sad and have almost zero backbone with a really odd crumble to them. The broth is near tasteless and the veg is kind of weird. Bottom line – he loves it, I don’t. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. Happy Father’s Day! UPC bar code 059491002505.

Here’s a vid of my son singing while the dogs hope that a piece of candy might fall to the floor. That’s a favorite activity of pugs if you’re not familiar with them.

#1040: Western Family Instant Noodles Vegetable Flavour

Another from my trip to Canada on my birthday! Vegetable! Let’s check it out.

Back of the packaging (click image to enlarge). Says it contains wheat and soy and may contain trace amounts of egg, fish/shellfish, nuts and sulphites.

The noodle block.

Seasoning packet.

Very light in color.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and sweet onion. The noodles were poor – almost pasty. The broth has a very bland and slightly bitter vegetable flavor. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 062639297190.

Got these noodles at this store – actually at the one in Richmond, BC Canada.

#1009: Western Family Instant Noodles In A Cup Oriental

Here’s another that we got in Canada on my birthday. Here in the area I live, Western Family is a store brand, but never have I seen an instant noodle of theirs. Honestly, I haven’t seen any store brand instants here – not that they don’t exist. Well, let’s check out these noodles in a cup!

Here’s what’s on the cardboard packaging (click image to enlarge). The instructions on the left are on the top and the Nutrition Facts on the right are on the bottom.

A plain white foam cup.

Here’s a close-up of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block. But where are the veggies and seasoning?

Well, the seasoning powder is here at least.

\Both the vegetables and the seasoning are in here! Interesting.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kamaboko, green bell pepper, Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake, sweet onion, broccoli and kizami shoga (pickled ginger). The noodles are crumbly and of slight backbone. The broth has a medium bland taste of salt and vegetables, and the veggies were so-so. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 062639297121.

Tomorrow, we’re driving to Portland, OR. I’ve been given the great opportunity to check out a few hours of the instant noodle workshop offered by the Wheat Marketing Center! I’ll be doing a special post about my trip and let everyone know more about the Wheat Marketing Center and what goes on there. Stay tuned!