It is with great thanks and a week of interesting flavors that we bid adieu to the last of the varieties from TTL. This is the packaged version of the pickled vegetable beef variety. I really wasn’t sure how all these liquor-infused varieties would go, but they’ve been really quite impressive. Let’s check out this final variety.
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, cook noodles in 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in all sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dry sachet.
A powder and vegetable mixture.
A paste sachet.
Thick and oily.
A liquid sachet.
Hua diao liquor.
The retort pouch.
Large chunks of beef and a sauce.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, fried onion and scallion. Noodles were soft and mellow as always with a large quantity. The broth has this elegantly rich character and great beef taste paired with the hua diao liquor. It goes so amazingly well. Pickled vegetable here and there goes well too. Just a wonderful beef variety. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710199109663.
So another month, another great box from Zenpop.jp, purveyors of Japanese neat things. They have ramen boxes, they have candy boxes, they have ramen and candy boxes, they have stationery boxes too! Lots of neat stuff to check out over there. Check ’em out and use coupon code RAMENRATER at checkout for a discount! Let’s crack this box open and see what’s inside!
Hey look – Top Ramen got a facelift! They’ve been changing recipes all over their ranges – getting rid of artificial flavoring and MSG. They’ve also been changing names. This used to be picante beef. To be honest, I haven’t had the first variety in years and it’s nice to be able to have it again fresh. Let’s give it a look!
Nissin Top Ramen Hot & Spicy Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup – United States
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
A light powder.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added cilantro, hard boiled egg and shichimi togarashi. The noodles are decent – very standard instant variety with a good gauge and soft chew. The broth has a very thin character however a pleasant salty beef and spicy taste to it. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662010129.
So I’ve been chatting with the DHL guy lately – especially since he’s been coming by quite often. Today he brought a huge box from Nissin HK! I often give him extra noodles – I’ve got so many at this point it’s kind of overwhelming! This batch though is all ones I’ve never reviewed and only one of each! Let’s open it up!
The last two (click to enlarge) – Nissin Mie Goreng and Nissin Taisho Sesame Paste flavor. Wow – I think there are 47 different varieties here. I only review up to 15 varieties during a Meet The Manufacturer, however you’ll be seeing all these as time goes on! Thank you very much!
I made some instant noodle the other day with beef balls in them and Kit really thought they were good, so I thought I’d make this one with some beef balls in it for her today! This one was sent to me after my trip to the Thai President Foods European Agent Meeting in May! It was really great – while I’m not a distributor for TF, they were super kind to invited me to come and check out Thailand and their factories. I did a travelogue you can check out here. I found out they don’t only make products in Thailand but have factories throughout the world. This one comes from Cambodia – let’s have a look!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, put contents in a bowl. Add 350ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dual sachet.
Chilli powder atop the soup base.
A sachet of seasoned oil.
Has a garlic scent.
Finished. Added spring onion, beef balls and coriander. The noodles came out well-hydrated. They have the standard MAMA slight touch of crumble and good chew. Ther broth has a slightly spicy beef flavor. The oil gave it nice little extra. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850987131226.
Didn’t expect such a big box! Let’s have a look inside!
Oh wow – lots of goodies in here!
Rack and cup versions of Mamee Chef’s new Lontong Flavour instant noodles! I’m still trying to exactly understand what Lontong is completely, but from what I get out of what I’ve read, Lontong is compressed rice in a banana leaf. It sounds kind of like topokki, but a little different. Sounds interesting! Really looking forward to trying it.
A new flavor of the famous Mamee Monster snacks – Pedas! Pedas means spicy!
Mamee also makes a line of snack crisps – these are their Perfecto varieties – sea salt, sour cream and onion and a spicy chilli one. I’ve tried the sea salt and chilli varieties so far and really like them.
They also now make special popcorn! There’s caramel and chocolate covered varieties. What we liked about these is that they were just drenched with flavor; they had just the right amount. Thanks to everyone at Mamee Chef for sending these along! Can’t wait to review the new varieties!
We heard the news about QZ8501 last night – very sad news indeed. We flew from Penang to Langkawi during our Malaysia trip on a bright red AirAsia jet. Today the red is gone. We send our hopes to the passengers crew and their families. Here is a live blog on news of the flight.
One of my favorite things in life is the after holiday turkey sandwich. Two thick slices of bread slathered in fine mayonnaise with some oven baked turkey goodness. Another favorite is this particular variety of instant noodles. I would say that I’ve been enjoying these Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Creamy Chicken flavor packs at least once around this season for years now. I guess it’s the comfort food kind of taste it kicks out – reminds me of childhood.
Here’s Christmas dinner (click image to enlarge) – it was awesome stuff – my wife makes an amazing turkey, stuffed with apples, onion, rosemary, thyme and lots of butter. My mom always makes the homemade gravy from the drippings, too. It’s great stuff. We even had this new kind of cake for dessert – Blue Velvet cake (I immediately thought of the movie when I saw the box at the store and thought it sounded fascinating). Anyways, a very tasty meal and again, the comfort thing. Let’s check out Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Creamy Chicken flavor and draw some parallels.
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, boil 2 cups of water and add noodle block. Cook for 3 minutes. Take off the heat and add sachet contents and stir for a minute. Enjoy! There’s a sort of parallel here with the gravy, as you stir it as it cools and it thickens up a little, kind of like the broth in this one.
The noodle block.
The ubiquitous Maruchan soup base sachet.
A very fine powder with a cream of chicken sort of scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added corn, lima beans, Christmas turkey and sliced spring onion. The noodles are the standard Maruchan domestic fare, with a standard gauge and light chew. The beauty in this one is the broth which has a very hearty and creamy flavor. This is the ultimate comfort feel instant made in the United States at this point, that’s for sure. What’s fascinating is how it kind of has the same feel as tonkotsu, which is a ramen whose broth is milky in color and made from boiling pork bones for hours – yet it’s chicken. It’s extremely easy to find and it’s really that good. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789002519.
Went to 99 Ranch Market yesterday and picked these up. I reviewed them way back – #136 – over two years ago. I gave them 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. Many of your have commented on how much you enjoy it and so I think I’ll give it another chance. I’ve found varieties from back then are more to my liking now.
The back of the package (click image to enlarge). These noodles like to be steeped.
The noodle block. Tight and this – and tasty by themselves!
The dry seasonings – soup base and chili powder.
Here’s the chili powder atop the soup base powder.
The liquid soup paste packet.
Strong citrus smell (of course).
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg with Krazy Mixed Up Salt, onions, Kizami Shoga (pickled ginger and extra lean ham on top. The noodles are nice – crumbly but good crumbly. I like how many of them there are too. The broth is excellent – a strong, crisp and sharp citrus ‘bite’ then leads to a fiery flavor. It’s definitely Tom Yum! I don’t detect a strong shrimp taste, but a more subtle one. Someone mentioned that the ‘creamy’ part in the name has to do with boiling whole shrimp – which makes a kind of creamy looking addition to the broth. Well, I don’t know what I was thinking when I had this the first time, but those of you who like this stuff, rejoice! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – this stuff is so tasty! UPC bar code 052066001378.
So I’ve gotten a couple comments about doing this stuff wrong and sure enough, I made it wrong. So I shall try this again!
So you cook the noodles in 2 cups [400cc] water for a few minutes. Drain them but save the water! So you have one bowl with hot noodles, one bowl with hot water.
Paste packet – for noodles and dry packet for soup!
Paste looks like poop!
Click image to enlarge. So looks a lot different from the original review doesn’t it? So let’s start with the broth… Salty… Light… Almost like matzoh soup broth. Now the noodles… Okay a bit greasy… Chewy… Soy paste lends itself nicely – now back to the soup… And back to the noodles… And back to the soup. I’m seeing a pattern here! Some little hot pepper seeds going on! More soup! Wow this is pretty good! Kind of what I would imagine the Taiwanese equivalent to our mac’n’cheese would be; its so simple to make and it’s a very basic a tasty dish. It’s good! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars!
Couldn’t find a Wei Lih commercial… Please let me know if you know where one is I’d love to post it along with this.