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#3284: MyKuali Penang Gaeng Som Noodle – Malaysia

#3284: MyKuali Penang Gaeng Som Noodle - Malaysia

Here’s one of the new ones from MyKuali. I’ve enjoyed MyKuali’s stuff for years, with multiple appearances on the top tens. Here’s a new flavor – gaeng som – and a little something from Wikipedia to explain –

Kaeng som or gaeng som[1] (Thaiแกงส้มpronounced [kɛ̄ːŋ sôm]) or Thai sour curry[2] is a sour and spicy fish curry or soup with vegetables popular in central Thailand.[3] The curry is characteristic for its sour taste, which comes from tamarind (makham). The recipe uses palm sugar (Thaiน้ำตาลปี๊บnamtan pip) to sweeten the curry.

Following the popularization of the dish, currently the favored vegetables include cauliflower, white radishcabbagechinese cabbagecarrotlong beans and asparagus, as well as cha om omelet.

The versions using shrimp instead of fish are more popular; kaeng som with shrimp and cha-om omelet is now a standard dish in Thailand. Other types may include pineapple or seafood. The common point, however, is that coconut milk is not used in this sour curry.[7]

Sounds good – let’s give it a try!

MyKuali Penang Gaeng Som Noodle – Malaysia

#3284: MyKuali Penang Gaeng Som Noodle - Malaysia

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains fish and crustaceans. To prepare, boil noodles for 5~6 minutes and drain. Add sachet contents to 380ml boiling water and combine. Add in noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A wet sachet of paste (see contents on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, fried onion, and fried tofu. The noodles came out well, although a little on the softer side compared to their fried offerings. The broth has a sour and spicy bite to it somewhat like a tom yum of a different style. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9555655005852.

#3284: MyKuali Penang Gaeng Som Noodle - Malaysia

MyKuali/Malaysia Best Brand/Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle/Piping Hot Flavor/Strong Thick Broth With Lemongrass, Shrimp Notes & A Nice Bit Of Sweetness from Food Heaven, Penang Malaysia (4 x 105g)

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3211: MyKuali Penang Gaeng Som Noodle – Malaysia

#3211: MyKuali Penang Gaeng Som Noodle - Malaysia

Well look here  something brand new from MyKuali! I think the last new thing they introduced was their fried noodle – their mee goreng. This one though – I’ve never heard of this before. Let’s look at Wikipedia and see what we can find –

Kaeng som or gaeng som[1] (Thaiแกงส้มpronounced [kɛ̄ːŋ sôm]) or Thai sour curry[2] is a sour and spicy fish curry or soup with vegetables popular in central Thailand.[3] The curry is characteristic for its sour taste, which comes from tamarind (makham). The recipe uses palm sugar (Thaiน้ำตาลปี๊บnamtan pip) to sweeten the curry.

Following the popularization of the dish, currently the favored vegetables include cauliflower, white radishcabbagechinese cabbagecarrotlong beans and asparagus, as well as cha om omelet.

The versions using shrimp instead of fish are more popular; kaeng som with shrimp and cha-om omelet is now a standard dish in Thailand. Other types may include pineapple or seafood. The common point, however, is that coconut milk is not used in this sour curry.[7]

Wow this sounds very interesting – a sweet and sour kind of curry – I’m definitely interested. Let’s check out this new cup from MyKuali!

MyKuali Penang Gaeng Som Noodle – Malaysia

#3211: MyKuali Penang Gaeng Som Noodle - Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to line. Cover for 4~5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3211: MyKuali Penang Gaeng Som Noodle - Malaysia

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3211: MyKuali Penang Gaeng Som Noodle - Malaysia

An included fork!

#3211: MyKuali Penang Gaeng Som Noodle - Malaysia

The noodle block.

#3211: MyKuali Penang Gaeng Som Noodle - Malaysia

A wet sachet.

#3211: MyKuali Penang Gaeng Som Noodle - Malaysia

A thick paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, shrimp, tofu puff. Noodles are thin and have a nice crumble. Broth is kind of like a tom yum, but then again not like a tom yum. Doesn’t seem to be sweet either as mentioned in the Wikipedia entry I read – all that being said, I really like it! I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but this works quite well. Sour, spicy and tasty. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555655005807.

#3211: MyKuali Penang Gaeng Som Noodle - Malaysia

MyKuali/Malaysia Best Brand/Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle/Piping Hot Flavor/Strong Thick Broth With Lemongrass, Shrimp Notes & A Nice Bit Of Sweetness from Food Heaven, Penang Malaysia (4 x 105g)

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3202: Red Chef Pandan White Curry Noodle (New Recipe) – Malaysia

Red Chef Pandan White Curry Noodle (New Recipe) - Malaysia

I was contacted by Red Chef and told they have changed their recipe for this one and that they’d like to send samples. Well, here’s one of them! Really curious how it will be. But first thing s first – what’s pandan? Here’s a bit from Wikipedia –

In India and Sri Lanka it is called Rampé and in Bangladesh it is called pulao pata (পোলাও পাতা ), along with the other variety of pandan there (Pandanus fascicularis), and is used to enhance the flavor of pulao, biryani and sweet coconut rice pudding, payesh if basmati rice is not used. It acts as a cheap substitute for basmati fragrance as one can use normal, non-fragrant rice and with the help of pandan the dish tastes and smells like basmati is used. It is called Ambemohor pat in Marathi; Ramba in Tamil, Biriyanikaitha in Malayalam, pandan wangi in Indonesian, hsun hmway (ဆွမ်းမွှေး) in Burmese, pandan in Visayan languages and Tagalog, ใบเตย bai tooey in Thai, rampe in Sinhala, ស្លឹកតើយ sleuk toi in Khmer, Daun Pandan in Nonya cooking,[3] Dứa thơm/lá nếp in Vietnamese, 七葉蘭 (Pinyin: Qi Lan Ye) in Chinese and बासमतिया पौधा ([bɑːsmət̪ɪjɑː pɑʊd̪ʱɑː]; “fragrant plant”) in Magahi and Bhojpuri due to its fragrance.

The leaves are used either fresh or dried, and are commercially available in frozen form in Asian grocery stores of nations where the plant does not grow. They have a nutty, botanical fragrance that is used as a flavor enhancer in Indian, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Burmese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Khmer, Laotian, Thai, Singaporean, Bruneian, Malaysian, Indonesian and Filipino cuisines, especially in rice dishes, desserts and cakes.

The leaves are sometimes steeped in coconut milk, which is then added to the dish. They may be tied in a bunch and cooked with the food. They may be woven into a basket which is used as a pot for cooking rice. Pandan chicken, (Thai: ไก่ห่อใบเตย, kai hor bai toei), is a dish of chicken parts wrapped in pandan leaves and fried. The leaves are also used as a flavoring for desserts such as pandan cake and sweet beverages. Filipino cuisine uses pandan as a flavoring in buko pandan fruit salad, as well as rice-based pastries such as suman and numerous sweet drinks and desserts.

Alright – let’s give this pandan white curry new recipe a go!

Red Chef Pandan White Curry Noodle (New Recipe) – Malaysia

Red Chef Pandan White Curry Noodle (New Recipe) - Malaysia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains crustaceans and fish. To prepare, add noodle block into 400ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Red Chef Pandan White Curry Noodle (New Recipe) - Malaysia

The noodle block.

Red Chef Pandan White Curry Noodle (New Recipe) - Malaysia

A dry sachet.

Red Chef Pandan White Curry Noodle (New Recipe) - Malaysia

Soup base seasoning.

Red Chef Pandan White Curry Noodle (New Recipe) - Malaysia

Another dry sachet.

Red Chef Pandan White Curry Noodle (New Recipe) - Malaysia

A dry powdered non-dairy creamer.

Red Chef Pandan White Curry Noodle (New Recipe) - Malaysia

A wet sachet.

Red Chef Pandan White Curry Noodle (New Recipe) - Malaysia

The pandan white curry paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Dodo fish ball, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander. Noodles are very good – nice tooth to them and really take on the flavor of the broth. Broth has a lot of elements – pandan, spicy, curry, hearty – it’s very full and flavorful. Impressive! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code EAN bar code 9556145231010.

Red Chef Pandan White Curry Noodle (New Recipe) - Malaysia

Penang Heritage Cookbook: Yesterday’s Recipes for Today’s Cook

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Interview With Way Premium Foods – Malaysia

Interview With Way Premium Foods * Product Samples From Way Premium FoodsWay Premium Foods Premium Scallop Noodles *

I was contacted by a fellow from Malaysia about his company’s new line of noodle products. I never miss a chance to try new things from Malaysia, and so we are. Let’s start this Meet The Manufacturer by learning about Way Sauce Sdn Bhd’s Premium Foods line from Benson Tan, Director of Business Development.

THE RAMEN RATER> Can you start by telling me a little bit about the history of Way – how did you start?

WAY FOOD> Mrs Tan the founder and my mother is a fantastic cook. Has hosted dinner parties for decades and always to rave reviews. 15 years ago, opened a small restaurant featuring recipes which were passed down to her and she perfected over years. It was very well received and ever since she has wanted to produce and sell the pastes that are core to all the recipes. 5 years ago after finding a suitable location, a factory was set up and the rest is history!

TRR> For my readers who aren’t familiar with your product lines, can you tell a little about them?

WAY FOOD> We initially started with a set of pre mixed pastes focused around the Nyonya flavours that formed the basis of the founder’s forte. Expanding on these, we started to incorporate more local flavours and then regional South East Asian flavours. The latest line is our Hawker Fare range of instant noodles which are all-natural and authentic in taste. This just launched 4 months ago.

TRR> I hear you have a new premium product line. Can you tell my readers about it and why is it special?

WAY FOOD> We have a few lines of products now. The premium line consists of 3 types of XO Sauce, which originates from Hong Kong. This is WAY’s personal interpretation of XO sauce and while they share the same base, there are 3 variants:- XO Value which consists of scallops and dried shrimp, XO Original which is a pure scallop version, and finally the XO Masterpiece which uses only 100% Hokkaido Scallops and even has a whole XL sized Hokkaido Scallop floating right at the top!

TRR> Do you produce products other than instant noodles?

WAY FOOD> Our Noodle range is our homage to the diverse and award winning hawker fare that is so synonymous with Malaysia and our cuisine. It was only launched a few short months ago.
We initially started with producing pre-mixed pastes/sauces such as chicken curry sauce, sambal sauce, chilli crab sauce and even briyani sauce just to name a few. Currently our total number of SKUs is around 30.

TRR> How do you noodle products differ from those by other manufacturers?

WAY FOOD> As with all our retail products, we pride ourselves on authenticity of taste/flavours coupled with all natural ingredients. Our noodle range maintains these high standards and contains absolutely ZERO artificial additives, preservatives or MSG.

TRR> Can your products be purchased outside of Malaysia?

WAY FOOD> Yes indeed. We currently are available in Singapore, Brunei, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, China, Netherlands and Germany.

TRR> Where do you make your noodles?

WAY FOOD> Our noodles are produced in Malaysia.

TRR> What was your first product?

WAY FOOD> Our first line of products consisted of 5 flavours in 200g bottle format and the flavours were Sambal Sauce, Sambal Spicy Sauce, Turmeric Vegetarian Sauce, Turmeric Garlic Sauce and Chilli Crab Sauce. The Turmeric V and Turmeric Garlic Sauce were and are still unique with no other product like it in the market! They remain bestsellers to this day!

TRR> People are concerned with health more than ever. Instant noodles are generally higher in sodium. How can one balance the enjoyment of instant noodles and their health in your opinion?

WAY FOOD> Convenience is playing an increasingly larger role today when it comes to food choices and we recognized that instant noodles are here to stay. This is why we decided to tackle this segment by offering a completely all-natural solution for those who are indeed more health conscious but without compromising on the taste factor.
With respect to the sodium level, even in this regard we are ensuring that it isn’t excessive. In broad terms, WAY noodles contain roughly 1/3 of the sodium of most typical instant noodles available in the market. Having said that, a balanced diet is always key but if you enjoy noodles (which we all do) then why not opt for a healthier version such as WAY noodles and not worry about compromising on your enjoyment!

TRR> Are you involved in the local community/charity?

WAY FOOD> We work very closely with an NGO called Food Aid Organisation here in Malaysia. They are involved in foodbanking and more details of their work can be seen at http://www.foodaidfoundation.org/ . We have also done various other charity and CSR initiatives such as https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/community/2015/10/15/shopping-treat-for-ppr-folk-100-families-from-kota-damansara-get-chance-to-shop-with-rm200-coupons/

TRR> How many packs of instant noodles do you produce annually?

WAY FOOD> Currently as we have only just launched 4 months ago, the production is still small but we are seeing phenomenal growth and interest in various international markets. We expect this new line to help grow WAY brand overseas at a much quicker pace.

TRR> Have you ever thought about varieties like macaroni and cheese or pizza flavored instant noodles?

WAY FOOD> Currently our forte and expertise centres around Malaysian and Nyonya flavours. We do do R&D for large corporations who request different, more Western flavours so definitely never say never. For example, we have just finished three new flavours for Food Service:- Malaysian Pesto Sauce, Malaysian Paella Sauce and Malaysian Pasta Sauce. These may form the foundation of a new range of noodles in the near future so keep a look out!

TRR> Which is your personal favorite variety of WAY noodles and what (if anything) do you add to them?

WAY FOOD> Being from Penang originally, my favourite is the WAY Authentic Penang Prawn Mee (Or Hokkien Mee as its affectionately and more commonly known to locals in Penang). I used to make a trip back ( a 4 hour drive) just to have a good bowl once a year or once every 18 months but now that we’ve produced it I can have it in the comfort of my own home anytime I wish! As per how it is served originally, I just add a few prawns, a few stalks of morning glory, some beansprouts and half a boiled egg with a small garnish of fried shallots to top it off. Perfect.

TRR> To most in the USA, Malaysia sounds like a very exotic place – can you tell us a little about daily life there?

WAY FOOD> For Malaysians, food is life. Our daily life really does revolve around food and eating. Good food is abundantly found at all times of day (although not necessarily the healthiest hahah). It would not be uncommon to have 4 or 5 meals interspersed throughout the day and because we are a multiracial country, it is very normal for those meals to comprise 3 different cuisines and cultures (namely Chinese, Indian and Malay) and also a fusion of any or all of the above.
Penang especially is very well known for the hawker fare but each of the 13 states has their own charm and cuisine.
As anyone who ever comes to Malaysia will find out, our national dish Nasi Lemak is a MUST.

TRR> Why the name Way?

WAY FOOD> The reason for the name WAY is two-fold. First of all it is a family endeavor and the name is a part of me and my siblings actual names. The second reason is that Way (the homonym as well as the actual word we use for the brand in chinese) means taste. It falls back to how we believe that taste is paramount and that cannot be achieved if we cut corners in terms of ingredients and process.

TRR> Are there any new products on the way from WAY? Can you give my readers a ‘sneak peek?’

WAY FOOD> As I mentioned a little earlier, our 3 new flavours of Malaysian Pesto, Malaysian Paella and Malaysian Pasta Sauce which we developed specifically for our Japanese food service market have received very good feedback after initial testing. We are also coming up with a range of hotpot/steamboat base soup pastes. So watch this space!!!

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn more about your company! I and my readers thank you very much!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Red Chef (2 of 2)

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Red Chef (2 of 2)

Got word of the fourth variety of Red Chef’s range was going to be coming my way and so was really excited to try. This time, FedEx guy just left it at the door without making me sign for it. Kind of funny how it works – sometimes they want a signature, sometimes they dont. Sometimes they bring it to the door, others they get brought to the apartment office. Well, let’s crack it open!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Red Chef (2 of 2) – Malaysia

More samples and another bowl! Thank you very much!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Red Chef (1 of 2)

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Red Chef (1 of 2)

It’s usually the same thing every time – a knock at the door and a semi-confused looking guy handing me a package. We have some Lunar New Year stuff on our front door and so I’m guessing they’re expecting someone Asian to answer their knocking. Surprise! Big white guy. Anyways, let’s see what neat things are inside this box!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Red Chef (1 of 2) – Malaysia

Wow – three new varieties to try and the bowls from the packages! Thank you so much!

#2757: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (2018 Recipe)

#2828: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (2018 Recipe)

I’ve always been impressed how often MyKuali changes their recipes. I want to say this may be the fourth iteration of the Hokkien Prawn Noodle thus far – at least that they’ve sent and I know of. I’ll admit I’ve not always been keen on the changes, but it really is nice to see companies that want to keep improving – even a product that’s very well received to begin with. Let’s see how this new change taste!

MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (2018 Recipe) – Malaysia

#2828: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (2018 Recipe)

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, cook noodle block in 380ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2828: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (2018 Recipe)

The noodle block.

#2828: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (2018 Recipe)

The paste sachet.

#2828: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (2018 Recipe)

Lots of thick paste.

#2828: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (2018 Recipe)

The soup base sachet.

#2828: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (2018 Recipe)

A very light powder.

#2828: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (2018 Recipe)

The garnish sachet.

#2828: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (2018 Recipe)

Crunchy bits of onion!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, shrimps, white onion and spring onion. The noodles came out just as they always have – the perfect gauge and chew . They engorge themselves happily on the liquid as they cook while keeping adequate backbone. The broth is a thick, sumptuous prawn flavored affair full of shrimp paste. Very oily and tasty. I would say as far as the recipe change, I feel like there’s a little less on the sweet prawn hit and a little more spiciness. Still an amazing one, that’s for sure. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.   EAN bar code 9555655005265.

#2828: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (2018 Recipe)

M y K u a l i Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (4 Packs)

Oh man this looks good – I really miss Penang!

#2741: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (2018 Recipe)

#2741: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (2018 Recipe)

This is the instant noodle that started my fascination with Malaysia. About five years ago I got some samples and was just floored. It hit 7th place back then on the top ten spicy list and was a really big deal. Then it hit #1 on the regular top ten list in 2014. The recipe has changed at least three times since it’s original release I think and this might be the fourth iteration of flavor for Penang White Curry from Mykuali. Let’s not delay – let’s give it a try!

MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (2018 Recipe) – Malaysia

#2741: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (2018 Recipe)

Here’

s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains crustaceans. To prepare, add noodles to 380ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2741: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (2018 Recipe)

The noodle block.

#2741: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (2018 Recipe)

The seasoning base.

#2741: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (2018 Recipe)

A light powder.

#2741: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (2018 Recipe)

A creamer sachet.

#2741: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (2018 Recipe)

An ultrafine powder – sneeze and it’ll disappear!

#2741: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (2018 Recipe)

The past sachet.

#2741: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (2018 Recipe)

A thick paste with a strong scent.

#2741: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (2018 Recipe)

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Chinese long bean, tau pok, hard boiled egg, Dodo fish ball and a little coriander. My god. Okay – the noodles are as grand as every – the combination of gauge and chew are just superb. The flavor in this recipe is what I loved about my first taste of this product in 2013. It’s spicy, rich and deep. This is the flavor I love – best recipe yet! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555655005197.

#2741: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (2018 Recipe)

MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (8 Packs)

Ah – the great MyKuali Penang White Curry hunt in Japan – classic!

Unboxing Time: MyKuali Sends New Recipe Samples

Unboxing Time: MyKuali Sends New Recipe Samples

Sometimes a package will get routed through Anchorage, AK and this can prove a bit harrowing for it and it’s contents. Luckily, despite one side being completely ripped open, it made it through not only the rough treatment but a call from the customs folks asking what was inside…

Unboxing Time: MyKuali Sends New Recipe Samples – Malaysia

It was odd that they asked; I mean, all the paperwork was with the package. Getting samples for foreign countries can be kind of touch and go from time to time. It always seems like stuff that ends up in Alaska on it’s way to here results in a phone call. Weird. Thank you to MyKuali for sending these new recipe varieties – very keen on trying and letting everyone know what I think of them!

#2679: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle

#2679: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

This is the MyKuasli Penang White Curry Noodle variety that comes from Singapore – rather it’s made for Singapore. I don’t believe it’s different except for the packaging, but to be honest, any chance UI have to review another MyKuali pack is worth it to me to do so. It’s just a no-brainer; I love their stuff. So let’s have a look.

MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle – Singapore

#2679: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains crustaceans. To prepare, add noodle block to 380ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2679: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2679: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The seasoning sachet.

#2679: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A light powder.

#2679: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A non-dair creamer sachet.

#2679: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

An ultrafine powder.

#2679: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The paste sachet.

#2679: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Thick stuff!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, tofu puff, Dodo shrimp and fish balls, and coriander. The noodles as always are just made for the broth – gauge and chew are on point. The broth is so flavorful and deep it’s insane. This isn’t for people who like things bland, that’s for certain. A strong curry with a strong heat and a lush, luxuriantly thick broth. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9555655005470.

#2679: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

M y K u a l i   P e n a n g   W h i t e   C u r r y   No o d l e  (4 Packs)

The 2015 Top Ten Malaysia list

#2584: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup

#2584: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Bihun Kari Putih - beehoon - The Ramen Rater - Malaysia

This is the third of the rice vermicelli (bihun) varieties that MyKuali has come out with in cups. I was very surprised yesterday – happily so. They now have them at the 99 Ranch store near me – all of their pack range, the rice vermicelli bowls and the cup versions as well. Pretty surprised to see them actually – but it’s a good thing since it seems Malaysian flavors are really making a big punch into the outer world.

As you might remember, MyKuali’s Penang White Curry wheat noodle version was #1 on the top ten list in 2014. As for the rice vermicelli varieties, they hit #1 and #2 of my top ten rice noodles for 2017 with their Hokkien OPrawn and Tom Yum varieties. Let’s have a look at this one!

MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup – Malaysia

#2584: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Bihun Kari Putih - beehoon - The Ramen Rater - Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains prawn. To prepare, add all four sachets to the bowl and add 400ml boiling water. Put lid on and steep for 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2584: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Bihun Kari Putih - beehoon - The Ramen Rater - Malaysia

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2584: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Bihun Kari Putih - beehoon - The Ramen Rater - Malaysia

An included fork – and spoon!

#2584: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Bihun Kari Putih - beehoon - The Ramen Rater - Malaysia

The rice vermicelli block.

#2584: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Bihun Kari Putih - beehoon - The Ramen Rater - Malaysia

The powder seasoning base.

#2584: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Bihun Kari Putih - beehoon - The Ramen Rater - Malaysia

A light powder.

#2584: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Bihun Kari Putih - beehoon - The Ramen Rater - Malaysia

Another dry sachet.

#2584: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Bihun Kari Putih - beehoon - The Ramen Rater - Malaysia

Non-dairy creamer.

#2584: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Bihun Kari Putih - beehoon - The Ramen Rater - Malaysia

The garnish sachet.

#2584: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Bihun Kari Putih - beehoon - The Ramen Rater - Malaysia

Dehydrated chives and chilli.

#2584: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Bihun Kari Putih - beehoon - The Ramen Rater - Malaysia

The paste sachet.

#2584: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Bihun Kari Putih - beehoon - The Ramen Rater - Malaysia

Thick and dark.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, fishball and tofu puff. The vermicelli came out just right – good hydration in the time specified. As usual, I did a couple of cross cuts with a pair of kitchen scissors to make them more manageable with a fork. The broth is thick and luxuriant. It’s very dark and has a strong garlic overtone. When I first tried their white curry in 2013, it was much different. It definitely had less garlic and although I love garlic, it kind of gives everything a kind of monotone hit which really bums me out. Howver, there’s a lot to it and it’s as rich as can be. It’s still one of my favorite flavors though. The included garnish hydrated well – chives and chilli. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555655005333.

#2584: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Bihun Kari Putih - beehoon - The Ramen Rater - Malaysia

M y K u a l i   Rice Vermicelli Soup Pack of 12 With FREE Natural Wood Chopstick (Penang White Curry)

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#2552: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Ah, MyKuali white curry. You know, I think one of the biggest ‘aha’ moments was when I first tried MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle back in 2013. They contacted me and asked if I’d like to try it. I’d only had a few scant Malaysian varieties and really didn’t know much about Malaysian foods or food culture at all. I think seeing that big sachet of paste made me do a double take, and the fact that the curry flavor was nothing like I’d tried before.

Indeed, a year after I had the opportunity to taste those noodles for the first time, my wife and I got an invite to visit Malaysia by MyKuali. It was a real eye-opener and my first visit to Asia. While there, our hosts Thomas and his family introduced us to the flavors of Penang. I really felt like I was on an Anthony Bourdain travel show; we’d wake up, and then be off to the hawkers courts, trying anything and everything for many days in a row.

A true education in the flavors of Asia. On my subsequent trips to Thailand and Taiwan, I have had similar experiences – trying local foods and learning about them. But the initial trip to Malaysia really taught me so much about the flavors over there.

Here’s some info about the Cuisine of Penang from Wikipedia –

Penang cuisine is the cuisine of the multicultural society of Penang, Malaysia. Most of these cuisine are sold at road-side stalls, known as “hawker food”. Local Penangites typically find these hawker fares cheaper and easier to eat out at due to the ubiquitousness of the hawker stalls and that they are open for much of the day and night. Penang island.[1] On February 22, 2013, Penang was ranked by CNN Travel as one of the top ten street food cities in Asia.[2] Penang has also been voted by Lonely Planet as the top culinary destination in 2014.[3]

Indian
Banana leaf rice(Tamil:வாழையிலைச் சோறு கறி)- White rice (or parboiled rice in authentic South Indian restaurants) is served on a banana leaf with an assortment of vegetables, curried meat or fish, pickles, and/or papadum. Is very much part of the few favourite local food in Penang particularly along Little India within the George Town Heritage zone.[7]
Biryani (Tamil:பிரியாணி)- Also known as nasi beriani and has many different variant.
Fish head curry (Tamil :மீன் தலை கறி) – Head of the red snapper stewed with vegetables such as okra, tomato and brinjals in a curry, usually served with rice. Passion of Kerala at New World Park, Burmah Road, is famous for this dish.[8]
Mee Goreng Mamak (Tamil:மாமா வறுத்த மி)- It is made with thin yellow noodles fried with garlic, onion or shallots, fried prawn, chicken, chili, tofu, vegetables, tomatoes, egg and spices, giving this fried noodle dish a distinctly unique Indian flavor.
Mee Rebus (Tamil:அவித்த மி) – a rich gravy made out of sweet potatoes, is ladled over fresh yellow egg noodles and bean sprouts. It is garnished with cooked squid, prawn fritters, boiled egg and fried shallots. A squeeze of a fresh local lime before serving.
Nasi Kandar (Tamil :நாசிக் கண்டார்) -a meal of steamed rice which can be plain or mildly flavoured, and served with a variety of curries and side dishes . Among the most well-known is a place called Line Clear, off Penang Road.
Pasembur(Tamil:பசெம்பூர்) – A spicy salad dish consists of fried titbits and shreded vegetable sold by Indian Muslims.
Penang Acar (Tamil:பினாங்கு ஊறுகாய்) – Indian pickles.Known as Urukai in Tamil language.achar are made from certain individual varieties of vegetables and fruits that are chopped into small pieces and cooked in edible oils like sesame oil or brine with many different spices[9]
Chinese
Bak kut teh (Chinese: 肉骨茶) – Literally translates as “meat bone tea”, the soup dish consists of meaty pork ribs and meatballs simmered in a complex broth of herbs and spices.
Bee Tai Bak or Mee Tai Mak (Chinese: 米台目) – Silver needle noodles served with clear soup and minced pork.
Char Koay Kak (Chinese: 炒粿角) – Stir-fried radish cake.
Char Koay Teow (Chinese: 炒粿条) – fried flat rice noodles with chilli spices with seafood typically prawns and cockles (and typically with fried eggs). (A stall at a corner along Chulia Street which uses distinctive narrower noodles than other vendors.)
Claypot chicken rice (Chinese: 砂煲饭) – Another popular hawker food in Penang comprises chicken cooked in a claypot over a fire, served with Chinese sausages, egg, salted fish and mushroom.
Fried Oyster Omelette or Oh Chien (Chinese: 蚵煎) – An oyster omelette dish available at many hawker stalls and coffee shops in Penang. Garnished with coriander or parsley, the omelette is served with a dip made of chilli sauce and garlic paste.[10]
Hainanese chicken rice (Chinese: 海南鸡饭) – A dish of Hainanese origin consists of rice cooked in chicken stock, and served with either roasted or steamed chicken, sometimes with sliced cucumber, bean sprout, spring onions and parsley.
Hokkien mee or Hae Mee (Chinese: 福建面 in Penang, 虾面 in Kuala Lumpur) – rice and egg noodles, served together with hard boiled eggs, small prawns, meat slices, bean sprouts and kangkung (water spinach) in a spicy prawn & pig bone (Chinese: 肉骨) stock.
Lor mee (Chinese: 卤面) – rice and egg noodles in broth thickened with corn starch and beaten eggs, served with eggs (some feature duck eggs), meat slices and bean sprouts. The noteworthy stall is located next to the Goddess of Mercy Temple, with branches in Jones Road and Pulau Tikus.
Wan Than Mee (Chinese: 云吞面) – also known as Tok-tok Mee from the sound of knocking bamboo sticks made by the vendors in former times to draw attention to their food, of a dish of egg noodles and wontons with sliced barbecued pork and vegetables.
Peranakan
Penang Laksa (Malay: Laksa Pulau Pinang), a dish of thick round rice noodles in a spicy and sour tamarind-based (or assam fruit-based) fish soup. The dish is garnished with mint, cucumber, onions, shreadded lettuce and pineapple. [11]
Malay
Ikan Bakar – is a general term meaning grilled or barbecued fish. A popular local fish for grilling is Ikan Kembong (Mackerel Fish). The fish is usually marinated in spices, coconut milk, sometimes stuffed with sambal,  wrapped in banana leaves and grilled over charcoals.

I always considered curry to be either sweet (Japanese curry) or savory (Indian curry). This was something altogether different; and I loved it from the first taste.

Today’s variety is with rice vermicelli. It took me a long time to warm up to rice vermicelli – but these days I welcome it and really enjoy it. Let’s have a look at this MyKuali white curry vermicelli by MyKuali.

MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup – Malaysia

#2552: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add contents of sachets to bowl and 400ml boiling water. Cover for 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2552: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2552: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

An included fork! Plus, an included spoon!

#2552: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The rice vermicelli block.

#2552: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The soup base sachet.

#2552: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A light powder with speckles here and there.

#2552: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The paste sachet.

#2552: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Thick paste with a strong aroma.

#2552: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A sachet of non-dairy creamer.

#2552: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A fine and light powder.

#2552: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The vegetables sachet.

#2552: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Chives and chilli.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Dodo fishball, tau pok, spring onion, chilli oil and chilli powder. The vermicelli hydrates nicely in the four minutes. They go well with the broth which is thick. Thick and gloriously strong! A good smack of heat and lots of prawn and other flavors. The included vegetables hydrate great as well. Love this one! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555655005333.

#2552: MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

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