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#3307: O’Taste Pho Rice Noodle HOT – South Korea

#3307: O'Taste Pho Rice Noodle HOT - South Korea

Here’s another one I found over at Boo Han Market in Edmonds, Washington. This new O’Taste brand seems to be cropping up a lot lately. It’s interesting as it’s not exactly a Nongshim variety, but it’s Taekyung Food & Processing, and I’m unsure exactly how they fit in with the Nongshim corporate structure. Maybe I should find out.

Anyways, this isn’t the first Pho I’ve seen from a South Korean company. Nongshim’s Farmer’s Heart range (Farmer’s Heart is a translation of Nongshim) has one. Let’s give it a try!

O’Taste Pho Rice Noodle HOT – South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add everything to the cup and boiling water to the fill line. Cover for 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3307: O'Taste Pho Rice Noodle HOT - South Korea

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The rice noodles.

A dry soup base sachet.

Dry vegetables sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added pork, star anise, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, red pepper flake, coriander, and sesame seeds. The rice noodles hydrated perfectly with a soft tooth that worked magnificently with the broth. Broth had all the hallmarks of pho and was believable. Impressed as I’ve never found an instant pho I truly enjoyed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8809061676429.

Otaste Roasted Misugaru Multi Grain Powder, 2 Pound

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

New Beef Pho From Blount – Unboxing Time

New Beef Pho From Blount - Unboxing Time

Got an email from Blount Fine Foods the other day about a new product they’ve got – Beef Pho! It was packed on ice and sent overnight – so I had to open it as quickly as possible. Let’s check it out!

New Beef Pho From Blount – United states

Thank you going to Blount for sending this along! Reviews forthcoming!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2796: Mike’s Mighty Good Craft Ramen Beef Pho Flavor Rice Noodle Soup

Meet The Manufacturer: #2796: Mike's Mighty Good Craft Ramen Beef Pho Flavor Rice Noodle Soup

Today is the last of this great series! I want to thank the mighty nice folks at Mike’s Mighty Good for facilitating this Alright it’s beef pho. Very curious about what this one will be like. Let’s find out!

Mike’s Mighty Good Craft Ramen Beef Pho Flavor Rice Noodle Soup – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: #2796: Mike's Mighty Good Craft Ramen Beef Pho Flavor Rice Noodle Soup

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains beef, chicken and fish. To prepare, add noodle blocks to 1 1/2 cups boiling water and cook two minutes. Add in sachets (mentions oil but only has the one sachet). Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2796: Mike's Mighty Good Craft Ramen Beef Pho Flavor Rice Noodle Soup

Dueling rice noodle nests!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2796: Mike's Mighty Good Craft Ramen Beef Pho Flavor Rice Noodle Soup

The soup base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2796: Mike's Mighty Good Craft Ramen Beef Pho Flavor Rice Noodle Soup

An epic amount of powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and green onion. The rice noodles are awesome. They smelled great as they cooked. The broth ended up a happy, thick mess of wonderfulness. I’ve had my share of bad instant pho. Happy to say this isn’t one of them. The dish really swings; someone who loves pho and wants to make it featuring their favorite aspects made this. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 081567702149.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2796: Mike's Mighty Good Craft Ramen Beef Pho Flavor Rice Noodle Soup

MIKE’S MIGHTY GOOD, SOUP, OG3, RAMN, SPCY BF, CUP – Pack of 6

A tutorial on how to gussy this one up

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Mike’s Mighty Good Craft Ramen

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A couple of months ago, I found one thing:  lot of my readers wanted to learn more about Mike’s Mighty Good Craft Ramen. People were asking if I’d tried them and if I knew anything about them. Well, I had not and I figured the best way to find out about them is to try to get a Meet The Manufacturer series wityh them – and so I gave it a whirl. The folks at Mike’s Mighty Good were receptivbe tot eh idea, and here we are today starting a series, showcasing all of their products! I conducted an interview recently with Amy Jan, Social Media & Marketing Manager for Bright People Foods. To start this Meet The Manufacturer series, let’s begin with this interview.

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Mike’s Mighty Good Craft Ramen – United States

THE RAMEN RATER Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers about the history of Mike’s Mighty Good?

MIKE’S MIGHTY GOOD> Mike began his career in food by developing custom spice blends for artisanal food companies in the budding 1980s San Francisco Bay Area natural foods scene. He loved seeing how his blends transformed the food and loved the relationships he built. He eventually began Bright People Foods in 1998 and spent the next twenty years earning a reputation an innovator in California natural foods.

The idea for Mike’s Mighty Good® was born when Mike went to one of the best ramen bars in San Francisco. He sat down, selected his broth, noodles and toppings, then tried the first slurp of ramen. He was blown away by how delicious and rich the broth was and how delicious the noodles were. He loved how ramen bar ramen was a delicious palette for piling on fresh vegetables and protein. Mike asked, “Why doesn’t ramen from grocery stores taste like this?” He decided that someone needed to make craft ramen accessible to everyone with great ingredients and fantastic flavors and set out to do it.

Mike spent the next three years studying great ramen and how it was made. He traveled to Japan numerous times to find the best way to make the organic noodles he wanted. Mike quietly tasted new recipes of ramen until he had the insanely rich broths and noodles he envisioned.

At Mike’s Mighty Good, the term “Good” means a lot to us. We hope you enjoy every last slurp of our ramen and Savor The Good ™ that comes with it.

TRR> What was the first product you produced?

MIKE’S MIGHTY GOOD> We just launched in mid-2017 with our 9 introductory flavors, 5 of which are in pillow packs and 4 of which are in cups.

TRR> You refer to your products as ‘craft ramen.’ Can you elaborate?

MIKE’S MIGHTY GOOD> Mike’s Mighty Good is committed to helping you make world-class ramen anywhere. We’re proud to bring you insanely rich broths and perfect organic noodles every time. Our goal is to show you that with a few simple toppings, you can transform any bowl into a work of art. We put a lot of love into our ramen and are dedicated to bringing you the best products around. We craft our noodles from scratch each day and mix, steam, and dry them in house. Our ramen is made with simple non-gmo ingredients, an optional organic oil packet, and never any palm oil. Our cups also come from certified sustainably-managed forests. We know that you’ll love our products as much as we do and Savor The Good with each slurp.

TRR> Your company is located in the United States. Can you tell us a little about your locale?

Mike searched for a home for his ramen company across the US and finally decided to put his roots down in the town of Woodland, CA. Each batch of Mike’s Mighty Good products is made by Californians in Woodland using the best ingredients out there.

MIKE’S MIGHTY GOOD>  Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?

We have a total of 9 different flavors that range from the comfort of chicken ramen to the spicier notes of our spicy beef, and spicy tonkotsu flavor. We even made options for the vegetarians and vegans out there with our vegetarian vegetable ramen as well as the kimchi ramen!

TRR> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle manufacturers?

MIKE’S MIGHTY GOOD> Mike’s Mighty Good is about redefining instant ramen. We bring the quality and depth of flavor previously only found in the best ramen bars to everyone with simple, organic ingredients and amazing flavors. Our broths are rich and flavorful and our noodles are made from scratch. They’re also steamed and never fried.

TRR> Can you suggest pairings for your products, like meats or vegetables?

MIKE’S MIGHTY GOOD> We have a recipe page on our website that shows people what kind of toppings they can add to their ramen! We suggest adding a soft-boiled egg, green onions, some meat and veggies of your choosing!

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

MIKE’S MIGHTY GOOD> We recommend that people add other toppings such as eggs, veggies and whatever other toppings they want to make this a healthier, balanced meal.

TRR> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?

MIKE’S MIGHTY GOOD> Mike’s Mighty Good is a sponsor of CURE TSC/ the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance and is a supporter of our local food banks and hunger-fighting foundations.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

MIKE’S MIGHTY GOOD> Yes! Our community is always sending in new product ideas and our team is always testing new and exciting things in our kitchen. Stay tuned for delicious things coming down the pipeline!

TRR> In what countries are your products popular? Do people enjoy them differently in different places?

MIKE’S MIGHTY GOOD> Currently we are only sold within the US.

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

MIKE’S MIGHTY GOOD> It depends on what flavor but if you’re having the vegetarian vegetable ramen, we recommend adding in some cilantro and topping it off with avocado! If you’re having the chicken ramen, you might be able to add in some curry powder to give it a little extra something.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Mike’s Mighty Good and your products!

Thank you very much to Amy and everyone else at Mike’s Mighty Good! 

#2720: Mr. Noodles Pho Noodle Soup Simulated Beef Flavour

#2720: Mr. Noodles Pho Noodle Soup Simulated Beef Flavour - Canada

Well, here we are. This is one I found at Walmart up in Richmond, BC Canada. I’ve never had a lot of luck finding enjoyment of this brand but always gotten a lot of mail/questions about it. People have asked me many times how they can complain to the company that makes thes. I don’t know exactly why – I think a lot of the time people will store instant noodles and they’ll get banged up or the packs will get opened and after a long time will go bad. But my complaint usually has been that they’ve usually not had very strong flavors and the noodles come out funny when you follow the directions.

Directions are very important to follow. Not only that, they’re exceedingly important to get right. If you’re going to be doing up an instant noodle and you put instructions on a package that aren’t perfect, they’re not going to come out perfect – although many people will just cook them the way they like. I live in a kind of noodle bubble with some weird constraints. For fairness, I have to follow the directions exactly as the manufacturer puts on the package when I review. People will often comment on my reviews saying ‘use less water than called for’ or ‘cook an extra minute.’ I agree – this may taste better, but unless I treat every variety the same, my reviews would be kind of skewed in an odd way.

Many people complain that my reviews are too ‘subjective’ – that giving a score just based on what I like or dislike personally and not some kind of scientific method isn’t fair. Well, to them I say this: it’s fair for me. I’m not a scientist. I’ve always written about noodles and their flavor with the findings of my own personal mouth. I will look at my early reviews and see varieties I’ve tried again – Sichuan Chinese varieties for example. I thought they were horrendous and disgusting – how could anyone eat that? Over the years, I’ve learned to appreciate them though and found enjoyment there.

This one immediately screams ‘dude, you’re probably not going to like it.’ That’s the knee-jerk of experience. Why would I get it to give it a try? Simple – I haven’t had it. I end up getting a lot of varieties that I have a pre-conceived notion about; that I think probably won’t be to my liking. But unless I try them, I’ll never know. I fear no noodle really. I have to shut my brain up and then give them a try. So let’s shed the thought of past experience and give this a shot.

Mr. Noodles Pho Noodle Soup Simulated Beef Flavour – Canada

#2720: Mr. Noodles Pho Noodle Soup Simulated Beef Flavour - Canada

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to the bowl and cold water to fill line. Microwave for 3~4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2720: Mr. Noodles Pho Noodle Soup Simulated Beef Flavour - Canada

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2720: Mr. Noodles Pho Noodle Soup Simulated Beef Flavour - Canada

The noodle block.

#2720: Mr. Noodles Pho Noodle Soup Simulated Beef Flavour - Canada

The soup base sachet.

#2720: Mr. Noodles Pho Noodle Soup Simulated Beef Flavour - Canada

Dry base.

#2720: Mr. Noodles Pho Noodle Soup Simulated Beef Flavour - Canada

The vegetables sachet.

#2720: Mr. Noodles Pho Noodle Soup Simulated Beef Flavour - Canada

Looks like maybe TVP and vegetables.

#2720: Mr. Noodles Pho Noodle Soup Simulated Beef Flavour - Canada

Two small sachets of hoisin and sriracha sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander (no basil, sorry), Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts,  Huy Fong sriracha, jalapeno slices, and beef. The noodles were horrible. After 3.5 minutes in the microwave, they didn’t even seem close to done. I took this shot a minute or so later and then tested those noodles 5 minutes later. Still crap. I don’t know how a noodle can be made so un-noodley. The broth was a very watered down one with some pho taste to it. However, with half the water it might have tasted better. The included garnish was mostly fluffy TVP. Here’s what I get for keeping an open mind and my hopes up. Call if you’d like help. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 059491009412.

#2720: Mr. Noodles Pho Noodle Soup Simulated Beef Flavour - Canada

A Concise History of Canada (Cambridge Concise Histories)

Pho in Vietnam

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

Here’s another left from the Tat Hui Meet The Manufacturer from earlier this year. I’ve had a lot of pho instant varieties over the years and to be honest, I’ve liked only a couple of them, so I’m really hoping this is one I’ll like.

Pho restaurants are very popular here in the United States – they’re everywhere! Here’s a little about pho from Wikipedia –

Phở or pho[1] (pronounced variously as /fɜːr//fʌ/, or /f/;[2] Vietnamese: [fəː˧˩˧]) is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of brothrice noodles called bánh phở, a few herbs, and meat, primarily made with either beef or chicken[3].[4] Pho is a popular street food in Vietnam[5] and the specialty of a number of restaurant chains around the world. Pho originated in the early 20th century in northern Vietnam, and was popularized throughout the rest of the world by refugees after the Vietnam War. Because pho’s origins are poorly documented,[6][7] there is significant disagreement over the cultural influences that led to its development in Vietnam, as well as the etymology of the word itself.[8] The Hanoi and Saigon styles of pho differ by noodle width, sweetness of broth, and choice of herbs. A related noodle soup, bún bò Huế, is associated with Huế in central Vietnam.

Alright – let’s check this one out.

KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor – Singapore

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). To prepare, cook fettuccine in 400ml boiling water for 2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

The fettuccine in its own package.

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

A dual sachet.

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

Powder base.

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

Oil.

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

The garnish sachet.

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

Onion, coriander and chilli flake.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander and Huy Fong sriracha sauce. The fettuccine comes out very well – slippery stuff but not entirely mushy. The broth has an onion and chicken flavor with notes of cinnamon and anise. The garnish was the real seller for me – the onion, coriander and chilli flakes really went a long way to wrap this dish all to gether. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8888056801107.

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

Koka Laksa Singapura (Rice Noodles, Bowl), 70-Grams (Pack of 12)

A video about KOKA

#2605: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Pad See Ew Rice Noodles + Vietnamese Pho Broth

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

So for this Meet The Manufacturer, things are a little different. Nona Lim makes noodles and broths, so you can mix and match them. First, we’ll start with these Pad See Ew Rice Noodles. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Pad See Ew –

The name of the dish translates to “fried (with) soy sauce” and it is very similar to the char kway teow of Singapore and Malaysia. Phat si-io is normally stir fried dry while another similar dish, rat na (in Thai) or lard na (in Laos), is served in a thickened sauce and generally has a lighter taste.[2][3]

Phat si-io is made with dark soy sauce (si-io dam), light soy sauce (si-io khao), garlic, broad rice noodles called kuaitiao sen yai in Thai (commonly abbreviated to just sen yai meaning “big strip”), Chinese broccoli, egg, and some form of thinly sliced meat — commonly pork, chicken or beef — or shrimp or mixed seafood.

Phat si-io is sometimes also called kuaitiao phat si-io, which reflects the general practice of using flat rice noodle as the main ingredient. However, other types of noodles may also be used.

Today, rather than attempting to make Pad See Ew from scratch, I thought I’d pair these noodles with one of their broth varieties – Vietnamese Pho. Let’s take a look at both of these products.

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

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

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

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

Two of these noodle pouches are in each box.

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

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

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

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, beef and fried onion. The noodles are very thin and broad. They are delicate but at the same time have a decent texture to them. The broth is probably the best pho I’ve had that I’ve not gotten at a restaurant. Since these are two separate products, I give the noodle 4.25 out of 5.0 stars and the broth 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code for noodles 859792002316. Bar code for broth 859792002286.

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

Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors

An interview with Nona Lim about her company

#2259: Farmer’s Heart Pho Beef Flavor Vietnamese Rice Noodle Soup

Let’s start with the brand name of this one – Farmer’s Heart. I think many of you will be surprised that it’s a translation of a brand that’s very well known – Nongshim. Usually Nongshim’s flavors lean towards Korean flavors – logically. But this one’s definitely Vietnamese. I’m really curious about it also because not only are these rice noodles, but they can be made in the microwave. Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef and fish. To prepare, add in powder sachet and fill to line with room temperature water. Microwave (1000W) for 3 minutes. Let sit for 1 minute in the microwave. stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The powder base sachet.

Has a very nice pho scent to it.

Some bits from the bottom of the bowl.

The sriracha sauce sachet.

Tasty stuff!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, beef, Huy Fong Sriracha chilli sauce, chilli flake and fried garlic. The rice noodles did very well from the microwave. Fully hydrated and a nice way about them. The broth has a nice pho taste -much better than I expected honestly. The supplied sriracha had a nice heat and taste but a bitter finish. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146033980.

Farmer’s Heart Soup, Classic Chicken Noodle, 2.64 Ounce (Pack of 6)

A video about Vietnamese street food.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2180: MAMA Pho Ga Rice Noodles With Artificial Chicken Flavour

Here’s the seond of the pho bowls – chicken! Let’s give it a try!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to the bowl and add boiling water to the fil lline. cover for 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodles.

A dry soup base sachet.

A powder with herbs mixed in.

An oil sachet.

Lots of little bits in there!

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Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, basil, baked chicken, fried garlic and chilli flake. The noodles hydrated nicely and were of good nature. The broth was alright – kind of on the lighter side. I noticed a lot of floating bits that were much like TVP and seemed rubbery – I’m guessing fake chicken. This just didn’t work for me and really bummed me out. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8851876001316.

Mama Instant Pho Ga Rice Noodles, 2.29 Ounce Bowl — 6 per case.

A really old video by Mark Wiens of a floating market in Thailand.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2014 Edition

Bowls of noodles. They’re made all around the world and are a great option for those with access to boiling water and are ‘on the go.’ Some are basic and have very little imagination to them or perks, while others are really full meals that include meat and vegetables, seafood and other niceties. I’ve review 1,410 different noodle varieties and of those, many have been bowls. Here’s a list of the best, most memorable bowls I’ve come across is my adventure in tasting.

#10 – Nissin Demae Iccho Instant Noodle With Soup Base XO Sauce Seafood Flavour – Hong Kong

The noodles in this one feature a familiar gauge and texture, however the broth is pretty stellar. It’s got a rich and hearty seafood flavor, and is augmented with a goodly amount of vegetable bits and lots of little dehydrated narutomaki. Original review here

#9 – Samyang Foods Ganjjampong – South Korea

This is what you call a ‘stir noodle.” The noodles steep in the bowl, are drained, and then a spicy seafood sauce is added. With some stirring, you have a really delicious and spicy melange of excellence. Original review here

#8 – Nissin King Spa王 (Spa Oh) Tarako Spaghetti – Japan

Here’s another one where the liquid is drained off. Tarako is a fish roe based sauce used in Japanese pasta dishes. The flavor is very good and the noodles came out just right. The seaweed bits go very nicely as well. Original review here

#7 – Nongshim Chapagetti Roasted Chajang Noodle – United States

Although originating in South Korea, Nongshim now makes these in Southern California. Chajang is a traditional Chinese black bean sauce that is wonderful with noodles and the nice part with this particular variety is that it’s the first I’ve seen in a bowl. What’s more, it’s easy to make and has excellent hearty flavor as well as great noodles. Original review here

#6 – Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Flavor King Cup – South Korea

Kokomen is a South Korean ramyun with a light or white broth. It’s got a chicken and jalapeno kind of flavor that’s really quite excellent. The translation from pack to bowl is exemplary, losing none of the quality. Original review here

#5 – Acecook Comet Mori Yukino Tan-tan Men – Japan

This stuff is very red! The noodles are broad and flat. They have a very nice chew to them and are of a premium type. The broth is very rich and oily. It has a strong spiciness and is almost thick – but not in a bad way. A rich pork flavor abounds. The veggies and other bits hydrated quite nicely. Original review here

#4: Unif Man Han Feast Sichuan Chili Eel Flavor Instant Noodle – Taiwan

The noodles are flat and broad. They have a nice quality to them; not too chewy but very good for a bowl noodle. The broth is rich with a good spiciness. The added bonus with this is the eel – it’s really good! Everything is rich and hearty and it’s definitely a feast to behold and consume. Original review here

#3 – Maruchan Midori No Tanuki Instant Soba Bowl – Japan

This is a seriously excellent bowl of noodles. The buckwheat noodles have a delicate crumble that works so well here and the broth is nice and rich. The disk of tempura is a real treat. Original review here

#2 – Plats Du Chef Cuisine Adventures Chicken Phở Soup – Canada

I have to say this was a great surprise. I have had a throng of horrible Canadian instant noodles – in cups, bowls, packs – just horrible. This one is a diamond in the rough. It includes excellent rice noodles, a very tasty pho broth and to top it off, it’s got real chicken! This is a bowl to behold. Original review here

#1 – Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce Flavor – Japan

Back again in the top spot is Raoh. The noodles and broth play so nicely together and the pork is quite good. A bowl of noodles to really enjoy by candlelight. Original review here

#1399: Vina Acecook Oh! Ricey Phở Bò Instant Rice Noodles

Phở is probably the most well-known dish of Vietnam. It’s also the most commonly incorrectly pronounced culinary item in the world – at least that’s my guess! It’s not pronounced like the word ‘foe,’ but f in ‘foe’ added to the o in ‘of.’ For Jersey folks, one could say it’s like the ‘fuh’ in ‘fuhgettaboutit.’ Phở is usually best when got from one of the zillions of Phở restaurants around. There”s a broth that’s cooked for hours and hours with beef, star anise, cinnamon and other spices. It’s then accompanied by different thinly sliced cuts of beef or chicken or meatballs. The Bò in Phở Bò translates to beef. You usually also get bean sprouts, sweet basil, jalapeno , and onion. Condiments can include sriracha, fish sauce and hoisin sauce. Lots of ingredients and lots of fun to eat! Let’s see how this instant version is and have a look under the hood.

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add sachet contents to bowl. Add boiling water to fill line and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The rice noodle block. Very broad rice noodle.

The powdered soup base sachet.

A very light powder.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Looks to be a lightly seasoned oil.

The vegetable sachet.

Lots of little bits and pieces going on here.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sukiyaki beef, lime, sweet onion and Texas Pete Sriracha Cha! chilli sauce. The noodles are flat and broader than the rice noodles usually accompanied by the kind at a restaurant. They are nice though and very palatable with a very comfort food kind of appeal. The broth has a nice flavor to it – richer than I expected and heartier too because of the oil. The veggie sachet also had hidden treasure – textured vegetable protein! Little TVP fake beef bits float around happily, although they seem to be like bits of gristle. Overall, a well done bowl of instant pho. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8934563220143.

Whoa! Noodle Chef Nonjas! That’s too awesome.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1341: Cuisine Adventures Chicken Phở Soup

Pho is a great noodle soup enjoyed world wide. I’ve had varieties in packs and bowls before, but really nothing like this; it’s truly something completely different from what I’ve had in the past. It’s in a bowl, frozen, and water is added. Very different in respect to design and cooking for sure. Also, never tried any frozen pho varieties either. Let’s give this a try!

Here’s the back of the large box (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken. to prepare, tear off the plastic lid and add water to the first line. Microwave for 4 minutes. Stir. Microwave for 2 more minutes, let sit in the microwave for 1 minute and enjoy!

Here’s one of the bowls (you get 4 of them in the big box).

Here are details from the side of the bowl (click image to enlarge).

A card that was inside the box (click image to enlarge) indicating which line to fill water to.

A neat bowl design. Here are the contents of the bowl before adding water and microwaving, in it’s frozen state.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I didn’t add anything to this one. The noodles come out very nicely and are reminiscent of rice stick. Decent gauge and chewiness. The broth is really excellent – nice hints of Vietnamese flavors abound in a harmonious way. It does have a very ‘gotten from a restaurant’ kind of richness to it. The chicken was very good too – lots of it too. I can see why they went to so much trouble to get this stuff to me – it’s really good! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 056409400453.