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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

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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) 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.

#1128: Lucky Me! Special Instant Pancit Bihon With Kalamansi

Hey look! Something from The Philippines! I can’t remember the last time I had anything from The Philippines (looked it up – August 18th, 2012 – almost a whole year ago). You might be wondering, what is pancit bihon? Wikipedia says:

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 means “something conveniently cooked fast.”[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]

Holy cow! I’m gonna live forever! With that, let’s check these noodles out.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself.

Thin rice noodles.

Powder base.

Has a sweet and salty scent.

The liquid packets – soy sauce on the left and seasoned oil on the right.

Interesting colors.

The veggie packet.

A curious melange.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Walla Walla sweet onion, red bell pepper and beef sauteed with a little soy sauce. The noodles are as thin as can be. That coupled with the fact that they’re rice noodles gives them a really crumbly texture.. The flavor is nice though, with a sweet and salty balance which works well. The veggies hydrated nicely as well. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4801110272547.

A Lucky Me! TV commercial.

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.

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

Pancit Canton! Ahhh this stuff is so good! It’s a lot like Mi Goreng but a little sweeter. Anyways, Let’s give their extra hot chili flavor a try!

Click image to enlarge. Here’s the back panel of the packaging. Note that Lucky Me! is a subsidiary of Nissin.

On the left we have a double packet of seasoned oil and a liquid sauce of some type.

Here are the noodles before the boil. This is a very small block – the package is only 2.12 ounces – on the small side.

The oil, powder and liquid come together like an artist’s palette of earthy tones.

Click image to enlarge. Finished. Runny yolk fried eggs on top with a little Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning, black pepper and fried shallot garnish. So there was some heat here – not too strong as it was offset by a little sweetness. The noodles were good – slightly chewy and a little sticky. A good quick snack unless you add the eggs to bring it up to meal mode. Very good! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars! They have the hot chili and lime one here.

Pretty good commercial.

Open wide, America! Signs of things to come..

#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!

#357: Payless Xtra Big Kalamansi Pancit Canton

So I have found that I really like this pancit canton – the Payless Xtra Big chilimansi and regular are awesome – so let’s see if the lime one is rockin’!

So a powder packets and some soy sauce and flavored oil…

Here they are in the bowl waiting for the drained noodles.

Click image to enlarge. Added two hard boiled eggs, a little pickled ginger and a pinch of fried shallots. During my first bite I realized the shells hadn’t all been removed from the eggs – the hard way! So I opted to just remove the eggs. So this was some really enjoyable and tasty stuff. I would be happy to eat this every day! Much like Mi Goreng Satay my Indomie. I loved it. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

This is a game played with a kalamansi – the lime on the ground. However I do not know what you call the mallet…

The Banana Splits Show – I remember this when I was a kid…

#339: Payless Xtra Big Chilimansi Pancit Canton

So I’ve been waiting for a good time to try this stuff and today seemed the right time. My 5 year old stuck his headf in the ramen box and picked it out for me. I have so many and its so hard to pick that I often ask family to pick the one I’m going to have – and usually after they pick once or twice I agree to the one the pick the third time.

So the last one I had by Payless was their ‘original’ flavor pancit canton.  Pancit means noodles in the Philippines – they were introduced by the Chinese way way back. I am pretty sure that’s why they’re pancit canton – Canton is a province of China – Cantonese etc… I have a packet which I have been challenged to try but yet to called Pancit Shanghai. There are others like pancit palabok and bihon, but so far I really really like the pancit canton.

Then there’s the chilimansi aspect. Basically it means hot pepper and lime flavor. Now, on with the review!

Three packets of power! The first is a seasoned oil, then a dark soy sauce I think, then a packet with dry powder within.

Ah that looks quite nice! This stuff is prepared identically to a couple of my favorites – Indomie’s Mi Goreng varieties and Special versions. Cook the noodles, drain and stir in a bowl that you’ve put all the flavorings in. If you make this with some broth, it will taste really wrong – strange how water would do that, but trust me – you don’t want to skip the drainage step.

Click here to enlarge. I added two fried eggs, some Kizami Shoga [pickled ginger], fried shallots and a little sriracha sauce. 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. 4.5 out of 5/.0 stars. Get some and eat it!

Tagalog’s an interesting language – how it goes from something that sounds so foreign and then bam – english! Pretty cool.

Here’s some of the kind of stuff I’ve been diggin on lately. Lots of 60’s/70’s synthesizer music too – in fact my collection is just too big.

Re-Review: Quickchow Instant Pancit Palabok Instant Rice Noodles W/Shrimp Sauce

So I reviewed this a long long time ago and looked at the review and have pretty much the same thing to report about it. This is a re-review with snazzier pictures!

Powder, veggies and oil.

Very red powder.

Click image to enlarge. Very thin and very dry. Light taste and kind of greasy but just if you keep stirring it. It’s not that great but not too bad – 2.5 out of 5.0 stars – nothing I’m stoked on but nothing I can complain about either.

#155: Lucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton Chow Mein

I’ve really enjoyed the chow mein that Sapporo Ichiban put out for years – curious to see how this stacks up…

Oil, sauce and powder.

Awaiting some drained noodles and a stir…

Click image to enlarge. Wow – this stuff is awesome! I wouldn’t call it chow mein per se… It reminds me slightly of Mi Goreng in a way. If you’re looking for a small amount of noodles (the pack is only 65g), this is your best bet. Also, it’d be the perfect match for some fried egg on top! I’m giving this 4.75 out of 5.0 stars – absolutely delightful. Get it here.