Tag Archives: pad thai

#3232: Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai – United Kingdom

#3232: Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai - United Kingdom

Found this one at Walmart here in the area. Actually it was a Walmart Market – basically just groceries. Figured what the heck – it looks interesting. Shall we?

Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai – United Kingdom

#3232: Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai - United Kingdom

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free and mentions ‘suitable for vegetarians.’ To prepare, open lids halfway and microwave at 800W for 90 seconds. Add sauce to noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3232: Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai - United Kingdom

A plastic cup of noodles.

#3232: Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai - United Kingdom

A plastic cup of sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbeque pork, fried tofu, peanuts, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and coriander. The noodles are a little interesting – like egg noodles but rice. Not my favorite but worked well with the sauce. This was as much like pad thai and I’m a native of Thailand, however it was quite tasty. Basically sweet Thai chili sauce you find at the store is the base. It actually works, but it’s not pad thai by any stretch. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 846462142380.

#3232: Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai - United Kingdom

Thailand: The Beautiful Cookbook

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2609: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Pad Thai Rice Noodles + Vietnamese Pho Broth

Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Pad Thai Rice Noodles + Vietnamese Pho Broth

So Pad Thai might immediately come to mind as that noodle dish with lots of thick peanutty sauce and some meat and veggies popular here in the United States. But you might not know it but pad Thai simply means Thai noodles, and they’re able to be used in anything. Today I’m going to juxtapose them with a Pho broth, broth from Nona Lim. Let’s get started.

Nona Lim Pad Thai Rice Noodles + Vietnamese Pho Broth – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Pad Thai Rice Noodles + Vietnamese Pho Broth

Here’s the back of the box (click to enlarge). To prepare, boil noodle in a pot for 1 minute. Drain. Finally, strain and rinse with cold water and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Pad Thai Rice Noodles + Vietnamese Pho Broth

One of the two pouches of noodles per box.

Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Pad Thai Rice Noodles + Vietnamese Pho Broth

Here is the Vietnamese Pho Brother. This comes in a large bag

Here’s the back of the broth package (click to enlarge). Broth is made with beef bones. To prepare, add to a pot and heat on a stove. Finally, enjoy straight or with a Nona Lim noodle!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Huy Fong Sriracha sauce and sliced jalapeno pepper. The noodles are great – nice gauge and worked good here. They come out very well. The broth is excellent – I would venture to say the best pho broth I’ve gotten not from a pho restaurant. As these are separate products, I give the noodles a 4.5 out of 5.0 stars and the broth a 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code for noodles 859792002309. Bar code for broth 859792002286.

Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Pad Thai Rice Noodles + Vietnamese Pho Broth

Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors

More interview with Nona Lim

The Ramen Rater’s Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

So today it’s the fifth annual The Ramen Rater’s Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time. On my other lists, I exclude varieties that no longer are on the market. On this list, everything’s fair game for the bottom ten. As I say in the video presentation, if you like some of these, there’s nothing wrong with you – I just find these detestable personally. These are my least favorite varieties of the over 2400 varieties posted to date. Without gurther ado, the bottom ten.

The Ramen Rater’s Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The full list video!

#10: Roland Ramen Japanese Style Quick-Cooking Alimentary Paste With Chicken Artificially Flavored Soup Base – United States

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

Honestly, I expected this to be a kind of ‘run-of-the-mill’ variety. I review based on the base product as well as the provided cooking directions. Well, they call for 3 cups of water and they’re violently bland. In the nutrition facts, they mention that this pack contains 3 servings! I’m guessing this is so they can say the sodium level is low? I’m unsure. What I’m sure of is that I really disliked these. Original review

#9 – Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Braised Spicy Chitterling Flavor – China

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The sweet potato thread was alright, but very gloppy. The flavor was kind of brutal; indeed, too strong for me. I think the soup direction might have been better. What’s more, the powder sachet contents didn’t work well as the peas didn’t hydrate whatsoever. Original review

#8 – Maruchan Spicy Tomato Salsa Ramen – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles hydrated very nicely and have a standard flatness and thin character. The flavor was unfortunately something of a departure. It was a kind of spicy and putrid tomato melange – like homemade salsa left out overnight from binge drinking with a crew of chainsmokers – which just tastes like pure trainwreck. The bits of potato were interesting and hydrated well enough though – kind of liked that they had potato skins on. But yeah – this was just a fusion that should come undone. Original review

#7: Vedan Wei Wei A Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles were very ho-hum. While they hydrated well, they seemed like they just didn’t belong in the ‘food’ group; spongy and riddled with sadness. As for chicken flavor, that was definitely absent. I was really happy about the vegetables, but they were mushy. Original review

#6 – Master Kong Artificial Abalone Crab Flavor Instant Noodle – China

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles were alright – plentiful too. Nothing to write home about. What is to write home about is the flavor. Write a warning letter home! I mean this was just plain funky; seemed initially like a crab stick kind of scent and essence but it just turned into this not food kind of taste that I just couldn’t stomach whatsoever. Couldn’t pour this down the drain fast enough. Original review

#5 – Koyo Reduced Sodium Garlic & Pepper Ramen – United States

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles are thick – more like ramyun. They have an alright chew; although they seem almost doughy- and not Hakata style ramen noodle doughy. The broth does taste of garlic and pepper, but it’s so very bland. It really is like you could boil some pepper and a clove of garlic and achieve the same results. Not at all to my liking. Original review

#4 – Urban Noodle Authentic Street Food Black Bean – United Kingdom

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles in this one were flat instead of round. They came out very nicely. The flavoring however was just strange. I expected maybe something of a Korean-Chinese fusion dish, but those are hearty and rich and not savory and sweet. In fact, this one was a little too sweet for me. The thinly sliced bamboo shoots don’t work for me either; leaving them whole would be nicer I think. What’s more, it has a kind of chemically aftertaste; like chlorine or soap. Original review

#3 – One Dish Asia Japanese Ramen Noodle – United States

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

This one comes with a fresh noodle pouch. They didn’t have a very fresh texture; more mushy. The bamboo shoots (which more resembled overcooked carrot and I had to consult the ingredients to figure what they were) were mushy as well. The broth had an acidic and a flavor reminiscent of the teriyaki flavor I’ve encountered in bad teriyaki instant flavors. A hot mess. Original review here

#2 – Baijia Single Noble Black Bone Chicken Flavor Instant Sweet Potato Noodles – China

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

I was told by a guy from the company that this indeed was believed to be medicinal and helpful to women having their ‘time of the month.’ I’m also been told by a reader that people generally don’t like black bone chicken soup even in China. Very slimy sweet potato noodles, thick, greasy broth and horrid veggies that didn’t hydrate well was just a flavor, texture, and complete food hole nightmare for me. This was just horrible stuff that I couldn’t stand. Original review

#1 – Dr. McDougall’s Vegan Pad Thai Noodle Soup – United States

Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

Wow – where do it begin. Well, first off when one in the United States thinks of Pad Thai, they think of what they might find at a domestic Thai restaurant. 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 personally violated and offended. A new #1 on the Bottom Ten. Original review

#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!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2025: Urban Noodle Authentic Street Food Chow Mein

Today, we have the last of this Meet The Manufacturer. I’ve really enjoyed most of these quite a bit – I’ll say one thing – they’re not bland like some UK products I’ve had in the past! Today it’s chow mein – let’s give it a try!

Swtail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, empty contents of noodle pouch into box and separate with fork. Add in sauce sachet and close box back up. Microwave for 2 minutes at 650W (my microwave is 1100W with power levels of 1-10, so I’ll be using 6). Stir and enjoy!

The noodle pouch.

The liquid pouch – very large.

Some of the sauce with water chestnuts.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and kizami shoga. The noodles came out nice, as did all of the noodles in the set. The flavor however was a kind of black vinegar and sugary sweet mix that just didn’t work for me. Now, this could be a British chow mein to a T, but for me it just didn’t work. However, the water chestnuts were absolutely wonderful. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code number 5011673403000.

Best of British Cooking

A few reviews ago, I mentioned a British delicacy that I couldn’t remember the name of. It hit me though – it’s the munchie box; a smorgasbord of all the things a pizza joint will sell and a kind of appetizer tray in a pizza box – and it looks and sounds like amazingness. Here’s a guy eating a pretty big one.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2024: Urban Noodle Authentic Street Food Pad Thai

Okay so here we go. Pad Thai. In an instant and quick prep scenario, pad thai has gone through the ringer. I’ve had pad thai that comes this way be pretty decent, however many I’ve had taste like peanut butter and black vinegar with some chopped nuts on top. It’s not a real tricky one to translate to a processed food, but it seems a lot of the time that companies will draw on certain flavorings and try to mimic the flavor but end up with something completely different. Let’s hit up this one and see how it goes!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, empty contents of noodle pouch into box and separate with fork. Add in sauce sachet and close box back up. Microwave for 2 minutes at 650W (my microwave is 1100W with power levels of 1-10, so I’ll be using 6). Stir and enjoy!

The noodle pouch.

The large sauce sachet.

Some of the huge sachet of sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, extra large shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and crushed red pepper flakes. The noodles are flat and broad. They come out of the microwave nicely. The sauce has a flavor that is extremely sweet and has bits of what I believe to be carrot and definitely water chestnut. I would not call this pad thai, but more of a sweet and sour noodle. It’s actually quite good, but it’s poor resemblance to actual pad thai docks some score. Worth a try. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 5011673403024.

Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain

A recipe for cooking authentic pad thai at home.

#1910: Nissin Chow Mein Premium Savory Sauce And Restaurant Quality Noodles Pad Thai Flavor

Today I’m reviewing something new that the folks at Nissin Foods USA sent recently. Pad Thai is a popular dish people get at Thai restaurants – pretty accessible for people in the United States since it’s usually not super spicy and is kind of like an Asian alfedo. Well, technically, it’s nothing like that but I think you know what I mean – it’s something that people aren’t extremely scared of, and a lot of the time, the first time Thai food taster will try it, like it, and decide they like Thai food but only order it when they go out for Thai food. Sad but true, especially when there are so many amazing flavors of Thai food out there. But it’s kind of like Chinese food – it’s Americanized so they get repeat customers. Americanized Thai food is very tasty though – I will definitely say I enjoy it. Let’s give this Pad Thai a try!

Here’s the info from the bottom of the outer wraps (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, open lid halfway and add in room temp water to fill line. Microwave for 5 minutes, then let sit for an additional minute. Remove lid and add in powder and liquid sachet contents. Stir well and enjoy!

2015_12_30_1910_003

The noodle block.

The powder base sachet.

Bit of vegetable and a tan powder.

The ‘liquid seasoning’ sachet.

Has a kind of sesame or peanut scent to it.

Some unidentified small bits from under the noodle block in the tray.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander and barbecued pork. The noodles are flat and came out good in the microwave. There is a large quantity of them as well. The oil and seasoning were ass and I stirred it all up. The flavor was a spicy hit at first, and a kind of sweetness as well. To be honest, this didn’t really strike me as pad thai that I’ve ever had before. That being said, it was pretty tasty – something for the Panda Express crowd. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 070662087268.

Here’s a different variety you might like – Nissin Premium Sriracha Chow Mein Noodles, 32 Ounce (Pack of 8)

A Nissin Chow Mein TV commercial.

The New Face Of Nissin Cup Noodles & An Old One, Too

I found out recently that there was a new Nissin Foods USA product or two that was new and asked for some samples – and they arrived today!

Hmmm what’s under the wraps?

So here’s what the new Nissin Cup Noodles look like!

They come in Chicken, Hearty chicken, Beef and Shrimp flavors. As you might first notice, there’s no cardboard outer packaging like they used to have. The container is made of a material that is made with the environment in mind (less plastic and paper wrap waste with 20% reduction in carbon emissions than the old packaging). It’s also microwavable (yeah, you weren’t supposed to microwave the old ones!). What’s also nice is there’s room in them to customize your noodles. For example, you could open the lid, drop in some broccoli, a little milk and some cooked chicken, add the water in and microwave it to make a creamy chicken kind of thing. They’re having a big content on their facebook page – check em out here.

These are Nissin’s Hot & Spicy Chicken bowls – with less sodium!

Here are some new varieties of Nissin Chow Mein trays I’ve not reviewed yet! Pad Thai, Roast Chicken and Sriracha!

A visor!

A big red drawstring bag!

Temporary tattoos!

A neat pen!

A couple of mousepads! I have been using one they sent a long time ago and noticed that it was really foul and dirty last night when I spilled a little gochujang on it… But here’s a new one!

Anyone know who this guy is?

This little chicken is Hiyoko-chan. He’s the mascot of Nissin Chikin Ramen, which was Nissin’s first instant noodle way back in 1958 and the first instant noodle on the market.

A little zipper bag.

A micro-szed noodle pack with a tiny Chikin Ramen noodle block shaped eraser!

Little washcloths.

Hey what’s this?

Hiyoko-chan can hold your Cup Noodles lid shut! Thanks to Brent, Linda and every one else at Nissin Foods USA for sending this great box along! Also want to say congratulations to Scott on the arrival of his daughter!

#1544: Thai Pavilion Pad Thai Instant Rice Noodles & Sauce

I believe my wife got me this one for Christmas last year – thanks sweetie! What’s so nice about instant noodles is that they have such a long shelf life, and so they can sit in my noodle hamper for a while before I have to get to them. Anyways, here’s one that sounds good today – Thai Pavilion Pad Thai. This one is made in Thailand but made for the US market. Let’s check it out!

 Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, take everything out of the box and empty noodles into the box. Add boiling water to cover the noodles and put the lid back on tightly for 5 minutes. Drain off water and add in contents of the sachets and stir well. Enjoy!

An included fork!

The seasoning sachet.

Has a sweet peanut scent.

An oil sachet.

Shallot oil.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprout, coriander and roast beef that were sauteed together. The noodles are broad and flat. I steeped them using the boiling water method and they could have used a minute or so longer. The flavoring was a bit off; they have the peanut hit, but then there’s this acidic and strange sweetness that both work against authenticity and my enjoyment. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 734492823006.

You can get these here.

A Thai street food documentary – excellent stuff here!

#1339: Kin-Dee Instant Rice Noodle Pad Thai

Here’s a brand I’ve never tried before. Got it up in Canada last year in July. I’m pretty excited – Friday’s my birthday and we’re headed up to Canada on Saturday to do some noodle hunting! I’ve had quite a few Pad Thai ‘make at home’ dishes before – some that were pretty good and some that tasted absolutely nothing like Pad Thai. Curious how this one will pan out – let’s have a look!

Here’s the distributor/import sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

Here’s the back of the packaging and the side panels (click image to enlarge). To prepare, take everything out of the ‘PP box’ and put the noodles in. Cover in boiling water and re-attach lid. Steep for 5 minutes. Drain. Add oil and seasoning sachet contents and stir well. enjoy!

The plastic box under the cardboard outer. They refer to it more than once as a ‘PP box.’ I’m wondering why – do you know?

An included fork!

The rice noodle package. These noodles are commonly referred to as ‘rice stick.’

The seasoning sachet.

Bright orange color.

The oil sachet. Contains oil and shallot.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp and sweet onions. The noodles came out very well – good chew and doneness. The flavor while Pad Thai like seemed to be slightly missing something. However, this was really quite good. I also liked the very light bit of spiciness that lingered but never got exceedingly unbearable; I think that aspect would appeal to many.  3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 190328960183.

Here’s a promotional video about the company that makes these Kin-Dee rice noodles, JD Food Products Ltd.

#1117: Thai Pavilion Spicy Pad Thai Instant Rice Noodles & Sauce

My wife mentioned she saw this brand at her work and I was curious, so she brought a couple varieties home! Thanks, Kit! I’ve never heard of this brand before. It’s an interesting one as it’s made in Thailand but set up for sale in the United States. Let’s check it out!

The side and back panels (click image to enlarge). Says it’s all natural, gluten free and vegan. Contains peanuts and soy.

After you remove the cardboard outer packaging, this is what you find underneath.

An included fork!

Rice stick noodles.

The dry powder packet.

Has a nice peanut scent.

Shallot oil!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added red bell pepper, green onion, Vidalia sweet onion and beef. The noodles are your typical rice stick – they come out nicely after sitting is hot water for five minutes. The flavor is really great – spicy and rich with peanut, sweetness and other flavors going on. As far as instant pad thai goes, this is top notch. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars UPC bar code 734492823013.

Here’s a vendor at the Pattaya Floating Market in Thailand making pad thai.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1066: Tasty Bite 1 Step-1 Minute Asian Noodles Pad Thai

Today’s the last of the Tasty Bite Meet The Manufacturer. Pad Thai! Sounds good to me – let’s check it out.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge).

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added garlic, bell pepper, Vidalia onions, and some beef. I sauteed all of that and then added the cooked Pad Thai and stirred, adding a scrambled egg. The noodles are as they have been throughout all of these reviews – good gauge, good chew and texture. You might think they’d be mushy or funky, but I can safely say that these come out very nicely. The flavor was much like the other varieties with strong and rich vegetable notes, and a light citrus. This didn’t really scream Pad Thai at me though, but it did have a lot of nice peanuts in it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 782735015062.

A recipe demonstrated by Meera, co-founder of Tasty Bite!