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#3190: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor – Philippines

#3190: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor - Philippines

Here’s one I tried a long time ago and I found in the USA, but this one I found up in Canada. Curious if it’s changed. Let’s find out!

Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor – Philippines

#3190: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor - Philippines

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, boil noodles in water for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3190: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor - Philippines

The noodle block.

#3190: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor - Philippines

A dry sachet.

#3190: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor - Philippines

A light powder.

#3190: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor - Philippines

A wet dual sachet.

#3190: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor - Philippines

Seasoned oil and soy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, boiled beef, spring onion, and fried onion. The noodles are light and a little fluffy and there’s a whole lot of them. The flavor is very good – a salt and spicy and citrus with just a hint of sweetness. Everything goes together well. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4800016556517.

#3190: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor - Philippines

Pancit Canton Xtra Big Chilimansi Flavor (Pack of 3)

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#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor – Philippines

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

Woot woot! It is so rare these days I can get my hands on a variety from the Philippines that I’ve not reviewed yet and so I’m really stoked on this one. What’s interesting is that there are two Nissin companies in the Philippines. Nissin Monde and Nissin Universal Robina. Nissin Monde is actually a company that first started out selling biscuits. Nissin Universal-Robina is an arm of the well known Japanese empire of instant noodles. Nissin Monde is responsible for the Lucky Me! brand. Kind of interesting and odd. Anyways, let’s check this yakisoba out!

Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor – Philippines

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

Detail of the import sticker (click to enlarge).

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare add boiling water to fill line for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

The noodle block.

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

A dry sachet.

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

A light powder.

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

A wet sachet.

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

A thick oily paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added green onion. The noodles had a little more chewiness than I expected, but that wasn’t a bad thing. The tough part was getting the liquid sachet content to distribute. But once I did, this was quite enjoyable! A nice sweetness, spiciness, and hint of chicken taste worked well. As for being yakisoba, that was a little stretch but whatever you call it, it was good. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4800016551864.

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos

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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Philippines Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Philippines Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

As I mentioned at the begginning of the Top Ten Japanese list, I have added a little chat option to the site. If I’m available, I can turn it on on my phone and people can ask me questions or comment while they browse the website. Thus far, the most questions and comments are from the Philippines. I thought hey – why isn’t there a top ten Philippines list? I haven’t reviewed many from the Philippines lately and I kind of hope companies in the Philippines that make instant noodles might be interested in having me review their products – if so, please contact me. I would love to do an annual list for the Philippines, however without more reviews, there’s not a whole lot of reason to do so. So let’s have a look! These are my favorite Filipino varieties from the over 2,500 reviews I’ve posted to date.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Philippines Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

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This is a presentation of the top ten with commentary by The Ramen Rater.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Philippines Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

#10: Lucky Me! Supreme Seafood Flavor Big Cup

#10: Lucky Me! Supreme Seafood Flavor Big Cup

The noodles have a light gauge and chew – there’s a decent amount of them, and they don’t exhibit any mushiness or sponginess. The broth is very luxuriant – kind of a milky and creamy seafood affair. Definitely a comfort food feel to it. Original review

#9: Lucky Me! Beef Na Beef Instant Noodles

#9: Lucky Me! Beef Na Beef Instant Noodles

The noodles have a nice gauge and good texture to them – nice quantity too. The broth has a very beefy flavor – not one brought about like bouillon does but more like stewed beef. The garnish worked just right. If you like beef, you’ll really love this. Original review

#8: Lucky Me! Special Instant Curly Spaghetti With Yummy Red Sauce

#8: Lucky Me! Special Instant Curly Spaghetti With Yummy Red Sauce

The noodles are definitely large gauge – larger than ramyun even. They also have an excellent chewiness to them. The flavor is a sweet tomato sauce which coats everything quite well. Original review

#7: Lucky Me! Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Original Flavor

#7: Lucky Me! Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Original Flavor

The noodles have a great gauge and chew. The flavor is like a salty and garlic kind of thing which is really quite enjoyable. The dry component seems to give it an almost chicken kind of sense whereas the oil and sauce lend to it an oiliness and more garlic flavor which round things out. As I’ve said before, this is much like mee goreng and is very good! Original review

#6: Lucky Me! Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Sweet & Spicy Flavor

#6: Lucky Me! Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Sweet & Spicy Flavor

The noodles have a nice standard gauge with a light spring. The chew is right for this application. The flavor is like a nice sweet and spicy with butter and salt kind of thing. Original review

#5: Lucky Me! Special Instant Noodles Jjamppong Flavor

#5: Lucky Me! Special Instant Noodles Jjamppong Flavor

The noodles are thin and have a nice lightness to them – much like one would find in a cup noodle but a little different. The broth has a very good spiciness and seafood flavor which I would expect in a jjamppong instant and works well. The solid ingredients hydrated well and were of excellent quality. Original review

#4: Lucky Me! Special Baked Mac Style Instant Macaroni

#4: Lucky Me! Special Baked Mac Style Instant Macaroni

The noodles have a nice shape and chew to them. The sauce is very good – it has a sweetness and tomato flavor and is frequently augmented with bits of textured vegetable protein which are just like little bits of real hamburger. This was a very pleasant surprise. Original review

 

#3: Quickchow Pancit Canton Toyo-Mansi

#3: Quickchow Pancit Canton Toyo-Mansi

Well I must say this is stupendous and wonderful stuff and I could eat it every day.  I like the noodles and the flavor has a kind of spicy and citrus flavor. Original review

#2: Payless Xtra Big Chilimansi Pancit Canton

#2: Payless Xtra Big Chilimansi Pancit Canton

The noodles were awesome and very tasty! A bit of chili flavor, a bit citrus. Kind of sweet and salty too. Everything played off of eachother and it was like listening to some groovy funky music but it was going from the bowl into my facehole, getting chewed and into the great oblivious beyond that is my digestive system. Good good stuff – stuff of poetry and philosophy. Original review

#1: Lucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Extra Hot Chili Flavor

#1: Lucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Extra Hot Chili Flavor

The noodles as always in their pancit canton are just right – good gauge and chew. They are complimented this time with a nice coating of salty and spicy flavors that were really good – and the spiciness was definitely more than adequate. Original review

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Lucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Extra Hot Chili Flavor

Today, we say farewell to the Monde Nissin Meet The Manufacturer! It’s been really neat to try all of these different varieties one right after the other – this is the 15th review! I do up to 15 in a row during an MTM. I thought today would definitely be fitting for something hot and spicy. Why you ask?

When we got up this morning, it was 19 degrees outside. That’s -7C! Whatever temperature scale you use, that’s pretty cold. Taking the dogs out in this weather is a tough go, especially when they decide to take their time in picking a spot to do their business (if you have pugs, you’ll understand). I usually take them out a few minutes before I start cooking, and so I should get a good bit of chill in my bones that some spicy food will help relieve. Let’s check out this last one, Lucky Me! Pancit Canton Extra Hot Chili flavor!

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 to a pot of boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Drain noodles. On a plate, add sachet contents and stir together. Finally, add noodles and combine with seasonings. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry seasonings sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

A dual sachet of seasoned oil and sauce.

The oil and sauce co-mingling. As you can see, the oil is kind of solid. This can happen and isn’t a sign of the oil being bad in any way, just cold.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef and spring onion and fried egg. The noodles as always in their pancit canton are just right – good gauge and chew. They are complimented this time with a nice coating of salty and spicy flavors that were really good – and the spiciness was definitely more than adequate. A very nice note to end this Meet The Manufacturer on. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4807770271229.

If you want to get some of this Lucky Me! Pancit Canton Extra Hot Chili flavor, here’s where to get it!

A Lucky Me! Extra Hot Chili TV spot.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Lucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Sweet & Spicy Flavor

There are quite a few varieties of these Pancit Canton – and in the past this one’s been my favorite. It’s been quite a while – sounds really good today.

The weather here in Northwest Washington has been wet and really windy lately. In the summer the trees in the background weren’t visible due to tons of big green leaves that were still attached to the trees in the foreground. Alas, winter will be upon us soon. There have been mentions of snow-rain mix in the weather forecasts about a week away. Sweet and spicy pancit canton sounds just right for today. Let’s get started!

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 a pot of briskly boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents and combine to form a paste, then add noodles and combine thoroughly. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry seasoning sachet.

A granular powder.

A dual sachet of seasoned oil on top and sauce below.

The sauce and oil co-mingling.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef, sweet onion and green onion with soy sauce and hard boiled egg with Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper on top. The noodles have a nice standard gauge with a light spring. The chew is right for this application. The flavor is like a nice sweet and spicy with butter and salt kind of thing; extremely reminiscent of Indonesian mi goreng varieties. Just right. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4807770272554.

Lucky Me Pancit Canton Chow Mein (Sweet and Spicy) (Pack of 10)

A TV ad for Lucky Me!

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Lucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Original Flavor

Pancit Canton is a Filipino favorite whose roots began in China. It is also very much like Mi Goreng, an Indonesian dish. Basically, noodles and cooked, drained, and then combined with a dry powder and oil and sauce combination to create a tasty broth-free dish. These Lucky Me! Pancit Canton come in a variety of flavors, this being their original flavor. I’ll be reviewing more of these during Meet The Manufacturer as well, since it’s such a prominent product of theirs. Let’s check out Lucky Me! original Pancit Canton.

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 to boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents to a bowl and combine to form a paste. Add in noodles and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

Powder base sachet.

A light powder.

A dual sachet of seasoned oil and sauce.

Often as you see here, the seasoned oil is hard or more solid. This isn’t a problem – just has to do with temperature.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, thin sliced beef with Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper, fried egg and sliced green onion. The noodles have a great gauge and chew. The flavor is like a salty and garlic kind of thing which is really quite enjoyable. The dry component seems to give it an almost chicken kind of sense whereas the oil and sauce lend to it an oiliness and more garlic flavor which round things out. As I’ve said before, this is much like Mi Goreng and is very good! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4807770270055.

Lucky Me Pancit Canton Original 65g (Pack of 20)

A Lucky Me! Pancit Canton TV commercial. They mention ‘Happy Merienda’ – here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Merienda: In the Philippines, merienda (Filipino: meryenda or minandál) is a generic term encompassing two light meals: the first is a morning snack that may correspond to either brunch, elevenses, or second breakfast; the second one is the equivalent of afternoon tea.[2] Merienda taken in the early evening around sunset just before or in place of dinner is meanwhile distinctly referred to as merienda cena.[3] The broad definition of what constitutesmerienda is any sort of dish or snack in a portion smaller than the traditional “full meal” consisting of rice and a complimentary viand (unless the merienda is taken as brunch or merienda cena), coupled with either a cool or hot drink (usually coffee). Common fare may be sweet or savoury, ranging from breads, pastries, noodles, halo-halo, and even delicacies such as balút.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Lucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Chili & Citrus

It’s been a while since I had any Lucky Me! Pancit Canton. This is a re-review of the 40th instant I ever reviewed! That puts it around 2002 or 2003 being the last time I tried this one. Not only that, it’s been about 1,000 reviews since I had any Pancit Canton. So what’s Pencit? Wikipedia has this to say:

Pancit or pansit is the term for noodles in Filipino cuisine. Noodles were introduced into the Philippines by the Chinese and have since been adopted into local cuisine. The term pancit is derived from the Hokkien pian i sit (Chinese: 便ê食; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: piān-ê-si̍t or Chinese: 便食; pinyin: biàn shí) which literally means “convenient food.”[1] Different kinds of noodles can be found in Filipino supermarkets which can then be cooked at home. Noodle dishes are also standard fare in local restaurants. Food establishments specializing in noodles are often referred to as panciterias.

Nancy Reyes Lumen of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism writes that according to food lore handed down from the Chinese, noodles should be eaten on one’s birthday.[1] They are therefore commonly served at birthday celebrations and Chinese restaurants in the Philippines often have “birthday noodles” listed on their menus. However, she warns that since “noodles represent long life and good health; they must not be cut short so as not to corrupt the symbolism.”[1]

Pancit Canton is chow mein instead of just noodles. As for the mention of birthday noodles – yeah – the Chinese thought is that if you eat uncut noodles on your birthday, it symbolizes a long life and is a lucky thing to do. Perhaps the name Lucky Me! has some roots in this idea? Let’s check out Lucky Me! Pancit Canton – Chili and Citrus!

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 to 400ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. While cooking, add sachet contents to a plate and combine to create a paste. Drain noodles and add to plate. Stir, combining thoroughly. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry seasoning sachet.

A dry mix with flecks in it.

A dual sachet of seasoned oil and a thin dark sauce.

Dual sachet contents co-mingling together.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added prawn, lime and red chilli paddi. The noodles are just perfect – it’s so reminiscent of Indonesian Mi Goreng. They have a good gauge and nice chewiness. The flavor is like a slightly spicy, lime-infused buttery salty kind of melange that just works so well. The only downside? Yeah – I want to eat more! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 4807770270291.

If you really like this variety, you can get 72 packs of it here! I know of many people who like to make two at a time!

A Lucky Me! Pancit Canton TV advertisement.

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Monde Nissin – Lucky Me!

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I’ve been in talks with the folks at Monde Nissin since July on doing a Meet The Manufacturer – and here it is! Monde Nissin is located in the Philippines and is well known for their Lucky Me! product line. Here is the interview I conducted over email with Abigail Moreno of their Corporate Communications Team:

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers about the history of Monde Nissin?

MONDE NISSIN> Monde Nissin has been providing Filipino consumers with high quality products and excellent service for almost 35 years. It started with biscuit manufacturing in 1979, with Nissin Butter Coconut and Nissin Wafer as its initial product offering.

To further its thrust, in 1989, Monde Nissin entered the instant noodles market with Lucky Me! as its carrying brand.  Flagship variants Lucky Me! Beef na Beef and Chicken na Chicken Mami (noodle soup in pouch) were launched.

To create distinction from its competitors, in 1991 Lucky Me! pioneered the soup-less noodles segment with its introduction of Lucky Me! Pancit Canton (Philippine version of Chow Mien or stir-fried noodles), now the most popular instant noodle brand in the Philippines.

Lucky Me! continues to innovate, as such in 1995 Lucky Me! introduced the first ever cup noodles – Lucky Me! Supreme.  It offers authentic adaptation of Filipino favorite dishes such as La Paz Batchoy (pork-flavored noodle soup with pork crackling) and Bulalo (long boiled beef bones and marrow).

From then on, Lucky Me! became the undisputed and formidable market leader.  Today, Lucky Me!  is the Most Chosen FMCG Brand in the Philippines (Brand Foot Print Report 2014, Kantar Worldpanel) dislodging global brand Nescafe in the top spot.

While Monde Nissin has gained lion’s share in the instant noodles category, the company also grew its biscuit product portfolio with brands such as Bingo Cookie Sandwich and Eggnog Cookies.  Monde Nissin also introduced Voice Combo Cracker in 2005, the first wafer-cracker combination sandwich in the market. The company further expanded its biscuit product offering by forging a partnership with cracker pioneer and industry giant M.Y. San Corporation, makers of the iconic Filipino cracker brand Sky Flakes. With these feats, Monde Nissin has also become a leading player in the biscuit category.

Having grown its business in the noodles and biscuits category, Monde Nissin also expanded to other categories such as the Packaged Cake through Monde Special Mamon (sponge cake), and Culinary through Lucky Me! Nam Nam all-in-one seasoning.

Leveraging on Monde Nissin’s strength in distribution and in marketing, it also formed strategic partnerships with other companies.  Monde Nissin is the exclusive marketing and distribution arm in the Philippines of Dutch Mill – one of the leading yogurt drink brand in Southeast Asia, and of MAMA Sita’s – a favorite Filipino culinary brand in the Philippines.

More recently, Monde Nissin also established businesses in Thailand and Australia, taking on the challenge to make a distinct mark on the global landscape of the Food manufacturing industry.

THE RAMEN RATER> What was the first product you made?

MONDE NISSIN> Monde Nissin started out as a biscuit manufacturer and the first product made was Nissin Butter Coconut, which until today remains to be one of the best-selling biscuits in the market. Specific to Lucky Me! instant noodles, the first products were the Beef and Chicken Instant Mami (noodle soup) which were introduced in 1989, and now the fastest selling variants in the country.

THE RAMEN RATER> Your company is located in the Philippines. Can you tell us a little about life there?

MONDE NISSIN> The Philippines is an archipelago located at the heart of Southeast Asia. Considered by experts as one of the best performing economies in the Asian region.  Our country is poised to hit the demographic sweet spot in the coming years, that is, when majority of the population is set to join the workforce. This will translate to a more empowered consumer base, and consequently, drive consumption and investment growth. This, along with growth in BPO workforce and a thriving tourism industry, among others, are predicted by experts to sustain the momentum of the country as one of the emerging economies on this side of the globe.

Moreover, as an archipelago, the 7,107 islands show a variety of landscapes such as city centers, mountainous rainforests, and beaches, which are regarded to be some of the best in the world. Being a tropical country in the Pacific, its islands are home to abundant natural resources and to one of the world’s most diverse wildlife. Meanwhile, the Philippine culture can be described as a mix of its own indigenous traditions combined with practices from Asian and Western countries. Filipinos are also regarded as one of the happiest and most hospitable people in the world, making the Philippines a top tourist destination.

One of the special attributes associated with Filipino people is the love for food. And food is even more enjoyed when shared with family and loved ones, whether in a simple shared meal in the household or in a get-together for a lavish town festival (locally called fiestas) in the province. Interestingly, it is actually in the simple moments of togetherness that Lucky Me! made a mark as a top choice for an affordable, convenient and delicious food fix for the whole family.

THE RAMEN RATER> Can you tell us about the varieties of instant noodles you make? Do you have any new varieties?

MONDE NISSIN> Lucky Me! offers a wide range of delicious and exciting flavors that cater to the diverse preference of consumers.

Lucky Me! Pancit Canton (soup-less noodles) is the biggest brand in the Lucky Me! portfolio. Pancit Canton Original is its flagship variant which is intended to appeal to a wide range of consumers from kids to adults.  The more popular variants though are those with the added taste of favorite Filipino condiments such as Kalamansi (citrus flavor), Extra Hot Chili, Chilimansi (spicy citrus flavor) and Sweet & Spicy flavors. And for those who are looking for excitement when they eat their favorite pancit canton, there’s Lucky Me! Krak Krak – pancit canton with crunchy crackling bits as toppings.

Not far behind is Lucky Me! Mami (noodles with soup) whose most popular flavors are Beef and Chicken. It also offers Spicy Hot Beef, Pork Ribs, Beef Spareribs, Itnok (chicken and egg) and N-Rich (chicken with malunggay or moringa). The Instant Mami line also provides an option for health-conscious consumers with Lucky Me! Lite, as it offers the same great taste of well-loved Beef and Chicken flavors but made with 30% less sodium.

For those who are on-the-go, there’s Lucky Me! Supreme cup noodles.  Available in soup-less and with soup formats but the latter is more popular among consumers.  Two of its best-selling soup-based variants, La Paz Batchoy (pork-flavored noodle soup with pork crackling) and Bulalo (long boiled beef bones and marrow) are adapted from authentic flavors of popular local dishes. Other available soup-based flavors are Special Beef, Pinoy Chicken (native chicken), Seafood, Jjamppong (spicy Korean noodles), and Chicken Sotanghon (vermicelli in chicken soup) flavors.  While for the soup-less flavors, there’s Lucky Me! Chow Mien Spicy Beef and Seafood.

And for those moments of small celebrations, there is Lucky Me! Special, a line with distinct noodle forms and flavors.   Its variants include authentic adaptation of popular noodle and pasta dishes.  (1) Filipino flavors Lomi, Palabok, Bihon, Sotanghon and Sopas (chicken macaroni soup) (2) Asian flavor Jjamppong (spicy Korean noodles) (3) Pasta dishes such as Baked Mac, Mac n Cheez, and Curly Spaghetti.

THE RAMEN RATER> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle manufacturers?

MONDE NISSIN> What sets Lucky Me! apart is the strong commitment to be consumer-centric. Even in the beginning, it was with this mindset that the company delved deep into the Filipino food culture and lifestyle as well as their attitudes and habits in eating.  Armed with relevant insights and ideas, it meticulously developed authentic-tasting flavors that will be made affordable to the market, something that wasn’t available then. With this, Lucky Me! is proudly the first noodle manufacturer in the Philippines to successfully capture the real taste of Filipino favorites such as Bulalo (long boiled beef bones and marrow) and La Paz Batchoy (pork-flavored noodle soup with pork crackling), and the best-tasting Beef and Chicken noodle soups, among others.

Aside from this, Lucky Me! is the only brand in the instant noodles market with the NAPA or No Artificial Preservatives Added seal. This means that Lucky Me! noodles are kept fresh until consumption through the use of natural antioxidants only.

Another factor that makes Lucky Me! different from other noodle manufacturers is the technology behind its noodle production. The noodle production plant houses state-of-the-art machineries which enable full automation of production systems, ensuring consistency in product quality with minimal to no human intervention. The Lucky Me! Noodle Factory is also the first noodle factory in the Philippines to open its doors to the public who are eager to learn more about the noodle-making process the Lucky Me! way.

THE RAMEN RATER> Are instant noodles the only products you make?

MONDE NISSIN> Lucky Me! is Monde Nissin’s flagship brand but the company has also established leadership in the highly competitive biscuit market. Its biscuit portfolio is composed of leading brands in their respective segments. The Nissin brand, popular among moms and kids as a school snack, is a leader in the Wafer and Cookie segment. For Sandwiches, Monde Nissin introduced innovations with Voice Combo, the first cracker-wafer combination sandwich, and Voice Pops, the first sandwich with popping candies in its filling. Monde Nissin also leads the cookie sandwich category with Bingo.

Aside from these, Monde Nissin is also a major player in the baked goods and seasoning categories. Its product line Monde offers the first premium-quality sponge cake and other baked goods made affordable for consumers. Meanwhile, Lucky Me! NamNam is an all-in-one seasoning product which marked the company’s first step in entering the culinary solutions category.

THE RAMEN RATER> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?

MONDE NISSIN> Monde Nissin recognizes the importance of taking care of one’s health. Like with any other food product, instant noodles should be eaten in moderation and complemented with a variety of food to make a holistic diet.  We share this tip to our consumers  in our packaging.

In addition, Monde Nissin also saw the need of consumers to have more options that will fit into their chosen lifestyles, which include dietary considerations. In furthering this thrust, Lucky Me! introduced Lucky Me! Lite the first ever instant noodles with 30% less sodium but still maintaining the original taste of favorites Beef and Chicken mami that consumers love.

THE RAMEN RATER> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?

MONDE NISSIN> Monde Nissin dedicates time to be involved in local community in line with the company’s mission to uplift lives of the people we serve. Through Lucky Me!, Monde Nissin champions the formation of good habits and strengthening of values that are integral to building a happy and tightly-knit family.

Since 2007, Lucky Me!  annually runs an advocacy campaign called Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga (Family Mealtime Matters), which upholds the value of eating together as a family. One big feat for the brand was having every 4th Monday of September officially declared as Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day through Presidential Proclamation 326. The advocacy was inspired by the longstanding Filipino tradition of sharing common mealtime, which, according to studies, can be a perfect window to reconnect and bond with the family. Research showed that children who regularly eat with their parents are more likely to lead happy, healthy, and successful lives. However, due to the increasing demand in working hours, long commutes, and other distractions, Filipino parents’ time with their children during dinner get substantially cut down. Through this advocacy, Lucky Me! reminds and encourages parents to regularly join their children for dinner and be actively involved in their lives.

Aside from this, Lucky Me! also promotes active lifestyle and good values among kids through the Pack and Play school activity. Lucky Me! recognizes that physical activity is vital for a child’s development as it lays the foundation for an active and healthy life. Through this project, Lucky Me! encourages kids to engage in active play while learning about good values and right conduct.

Lastly, being a country in the Pacific, the Philippines experiences an average of 20 natural disasters in a year, including earthquakes and typhoons. During these times, Monde Nissin responds to the needs of people affected by calamities by partnering with credible and established organizations dedicated to relief operations and community rebuilding.

THE RAMEN RATER> In what countries are your products popular?

MONDE NISSIN> Lucky Me! is currently present  in 39 countries. Among these countries, the biggest markets outside the Philippines are the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, and the US

THE RAMEN RATER> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to make them extra special?

MONDE NISSIN> My personal favorite way of preparing Lucky Me! noodles would be whipping up egg drop soup using Lucky Me! Mami Beef flavor – a different take on flavor but just as tasty as the soup made with chicken-flavored noodles. For the stir-fried noodles, I like combining Lucky Me! Pancit Canton with hotdog, ham, and Filipino meat products like tapa (cured beef) and longganisa (sausage).

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Monde Nissin and your products!

With that, we begin Meet The Manufacturer! I want to thank Abigail Moreno for the interview and Gen Dela Pena for facilitating samples as well as everyone else at Monde Nissin! Let’s check out their products!

Interview With Monde Nissin * Product Samples From Monde Nissin (1) * Product Samples From Monde Nissin (2)Lucky Me!  Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Chili & CitrusLucky Me! La Paz Batchoy Instant Noodle SoupLucky Me! Special Baked Mac Style Instant MacaroniLucky Me! Chicken Na Chicken Instant NoodlesFriday Video: Food Journey PhilippinesLucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Original FlavorLucky Me! Supreme Pinoy Chicken Instant NoodlesLucky Me! Special Instant Curly Spaghetti With Yummy Red SauceLucky Me! Spicy Beef Mami Instant Noodle SoupLucky Me! Special Instant Sopas Chicken FlavorLucky Me! Special Instant Noodles Jjamppong FlavorLucky Me! Beef Na Beef Instant NoodlesFriday Video: How to Cook Cebu LechonLucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Sweet & Spicy FlavorLucky Me! Supreme Bulalo Artificial Bone Marrow Flavor Instant NoodlesLucky Me! Special Instant Pancit Bihon With KalamansiLucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Extra Hot Chili Flavor

Re-Review: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Original

Oh man I thought this was a new one! I reviewed this at #93! Here’s something from the Philippines! Been awhile since a review from there. Pancit Canton reminds me a lot of Indonesia’s Mi Goreng; the noodles are drained and then stirred with the dry and wet ingredients and served. Let’s try this one out!

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

The noodle block – big for Pancit Canton instant, but then again this is XTRA BIG!

Powder seasoning.

Lots of it.

Soy sauce and oil.

I like how the soy and oil’s syrface tensions make things look.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some veggies, a couple scrambled eggs with Cavender’s Greek Seasoning, some roast beef and some Dua Belibis chili sauce. This stuff is excellent! The noodles are chewy and the flavoring coasts nice and has a sweet and salty taste. Not really spicy as Mi Goreng usually is. If you want to like Mi Goreng but can’t handle the heat, this would be an excellent alternative! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars – still amazingly good since review #93! UPC bar code 4800016555992 .

How to make pancit canton

The music for a big dance thing.

#430: Quickchow Pancit Canton Toyo-Mansi

Toyo Mansi huh? Well, I’m pretty sure that mansi is lime, but toyo? Well, Wikipedia had the answer:

Toyo’t Kalamansi (sometimes referred to simply as toyomansi) – soy sauce with kalamansi lime juice

Even better, I found it on this page of Philippine condiments! Pretty cool!

Dry powder, soy sauce and seasoned oil. I imagine the soy sauce has the lime infused in it.

There they wait the drained cooked noodles.

Click image to enlarge. I added a little Kizami Shoga (pickled ginger) and a little fried shallot for garnish. Well I must say this is stupendous and wonderful stuff and I could eat it every day. Very much like Indomie’s Mi Goreng line. I like the noodles and the flavor and everything. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – delicious!

#93: Payless Pancit Canton Xtra Big Original Flavor

So here’s something new. I’ve been avoiding it a bit as I wasn’t sure if I really would like it. But I remembered I’m the ramenrater, fearing no ramen and all that crap so here it is. The big one. My review’s preview is simple (think of this said with an extremely strong hwhuh sound on each word)  Hwow – this stuff hwas hwonderful and I hwould eat is daily.

Three massive packets – a powder, a seasoned oil or fat (the white one, which actually melted as it sat outside of the ramen package and ended up clear in its packet) and some dark liquid – I’m thinking a sweet soy possibly.

I found myself looking at this nappy melange of what have you thinking this is gonna be crap. But what I didn’t expect was what I saw on the package.

It said to drain the noodles and stir em in (click image to enlarge)! Hells yes! This pack of noodles was very much reminiscent of something Indomie would put out – but it’s from the Philippines. Hmm. I looked up Pancit Canton – Pancit is just their word for noodles. Cantonese is a style of Chinese cooking. I’m thinking these are just Chinese noodles. Well any way you fork it, these were top notch. I’m curious whether the regular size will be enough to feed a gnat though – I’d cashed this bowl in about ten minutes or less. I think they’d go just great with an egg, maybe some beef or chicken? I’d lean towards some beef honestly. So yeah – decent noodles and the flavor was sweet and yummy. Okay – here’s my points… 4.5 out of 5.0 stars – this is the best I’ve given in a while. Congrats Payless!

#40: Lucky Me! Pancit Canton Chili Mansi Flavor


Lucky Me: Pancit Canton Chili Mansi Flavor
Stars: ***
Notes: This is like the Kalamansi [Lime] flavor, but with a little kick. Perfect noodle to
go with gin and tonics. Get it here.