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#3302: 7-Eleven Premium / Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto – Japan

#3302: 7-Eleven Premium / Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto - Japan

I saw an article mentioning two new ‘super spicy’ noodle coup out of Japan. Well, I found one of them (actually I found both but this one was cheap on eBay while the other required buying six and that wasn’t happening). I keep seeing that this is a spicy Mongolian miso tanmen which sounded interesting.

Today’s an interesting day. If you don’t know, I’ve been doing a lot of diet and exercise stuff. I have a weird little project I’m about to complete. I have my wife’s old cellphone and it’s decent as far as a vidoeo camera. Today, my daughter and I will walk west to Lake Forest Park, hit ACE Hardware for a couple of big washers. We walked there a couple of days ago for some parts already, but I want bigger washers. I’m drilling a hole in one of the drink holders and then there’s a threaded length of screw that the phone in a clamp kind of thing will scren into and we’ll be able to do landscape videography of our walk – kind of treating the stroller like a dolly. All said and done our walk will probably be 12 miles, recording our trek from Lake Forest Park, through Kenmore, up a hill into Bothell, and wrapping around back to Kenmore and home. Pretty stoked!

Then After she’s had her lunch and is down for a nap, it’ll be time for cooking noodles. Then I’ll do a mukbang of this one. Let’s get started!

7-Eleven Premium / Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto – Japan

#3302: 7-Eleven Premium / Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). I’m sure this contains meat. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 5 minutes. Finally, add in wet sachet, stir, and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Loose bits and seasoning from the cup.

A wet sachet of spicy liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Nothing added as this was for a mukbang. This one has some of the thickest noodles I’ve ever seen in an instant cup, and they hydrated quite well. Broth is very rich and hearty with bits of kikurage, lots of tofu and other vegetable. As for the heat level, it’s very tame. The article I read mentioned it being super spicy, however the reviewer must be a little sensitive to heat. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105233634.

The Success of 7-Eleven Japan

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#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard – Japan

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

This one was in a Ramen Trunk subscription box.These boxes are full of extremely high end varieties that you’ll never find in the United States or anywhere outside Japan! Check out this link and use coupon code RAMENRATER20OFF for 20% off any single box or subscription!

Here’s what they had to say about this particular variety – “The Gunma prefecture is a landlocked and mountainous prefecture in the middle of Japan best known for its skiing and ample supply of wondrous onsens (hot springs).

The noodles in Kuro Tetsuya are ‘willow-like’ with natural irregularities in the noodles through the unique cutting process thus mimicking a hand cut texture. This noodle has won some awards including the 2008 Monde Selection Gold award. The noodles are classified as ‘Chinese-style’ soba.

Sounds interesting – let’s give it a go!

Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard – Japan

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, boil noodles for 4 minutes. Drain. Add soup base to 320~340ml hot water and mix. Add noodles and broth in a bowl. Finally, enjoy!

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

One of two bundles of noodles.

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

Two wet sachets (two servings per package).

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

Shoyu style soup base.

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

Another dual sachet, this one dry.

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, sesame seeds, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, habanero togarashi, and bbq pork. Noodles were very very soft. However they went with the shoyu which was very tasty. Worked out well! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902588282105.

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

A Complete Guide to Gunma Prefecture

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour – Australia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

The second in the trifecta of Suimin Origins varieties I’ll be trying is Beef Massaman. If you’re unfamiliar with the flavor, here’s a little snippet from Wikipedia –

Massaman or matsaman is not a native Thai word. It is generally thought to refer to the Muslims, with earlier writers from the mid-19th century calling the dish “Mussulman curry”; Mussulman being an archaic form of the word Muslim.[2][3]

According to Thai food expert David Thompson, as well as Thai journalist and scholar Santi Sawetwimon, the dish originated in 17th century Central Thailand at the cosmopolitan court of Ayutthaya, through the Persian merchant Sheik Ahmad Qomi from whom the Thai noble family of Bunnag descends.[4] Other theories contend that massaman is a southern Thai dish, influenced by Malay and Indian cuisine,[5] or that its name is derived from the Malay word masam, which means “sour”.[citation needed]

The curry is extolled in a poem from the end of the 18th century, attributed to Prince Itsarasunthon of Siam, the later King Rama II (1767-1824). It is dedicated to a lady who is believed to be Princess Bunrot, the later Queen Sri Suriyendra, wife of King Rama II. The second stanza of the poem reads:[6][7]

มัสมั่นแกงแก้วตา หอมยี่หร่ารสร้อนแรง – Massaman, a curry made by my beloved, is fragrant of cumin and strong spices.

ชายใดได้กลืนแกง แรงอยากให้ใฝ่ฝันหา – Any man who has swallowed the curry is bound to long for her.

The first-ever recorded recipe for Massaman curry was “Chicken Massaman curry with bitter orange juice” spelled Matsaman (หมัดสมั่น) and written by Lady Plean Passakornrawong in 1889[8].

If you follow my blog, you know I love curry. Let’s give this a try!

Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour – Australia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add paste and coconut sachets along with 500ml boiling water. cover for 2 minutes. Stir. Add in potato sachet contents and stir. Cover for 2~3 more minutes. Stir. Finally, sprinkle with shallots and peanuts and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

An included fork!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

The first of five sachets.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

Coconut powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

A wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

A thick paste.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

A dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

Potatoes!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

A dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

Peanut bits.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

A final dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

Shallots.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and thin sliced beef. Noodles are very hearty with a nice chew. I filled to the fill line with broth this time and it was rich and full of flavor – I’d guess the fill line is around 500ml. Just screaming with rich beef flavor with a nice spiciness. Top it off with crushed peanut and fried shallot and it’s very, very good. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9310155009676.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3137: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Beef Massaman Flavour - Australia

Suimin Bowl 110 Red Curry Beef

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#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles – China

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

This one is from a box from Exotic Noods. Exotic Noods has subscription boxes you can get every month! Use coupon code BOOM for an added discount!

This looks like a really good one – it certainly has enough sachets! Let’s check it out.

Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles – China

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

The distributor/export sticker (click to enlarge).

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add sachet contants and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

An included fork!

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

The noodle block.

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

A dry sachet.

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

Dry soup base.

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

A wet sachet.

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

A paste.

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

Another wet sachet.

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

Sesame oil.

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

A final dry sachet.

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

Lots of vegetables and seafood.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, barbecue pork, and spring onion. The noodles are great – flat and plentiful. The broth is rather interesting with a nice shrimp taste, a hint of spiciness and a rich taste. I found it quite fascinating – and then the garnish was good too with little shrimp balls and vegetables. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.   EAN bar code 6900873093335.

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

Master Kang(kangshifu) Instant Noodle (5 small packs inside) (Artificial Seafood)

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#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef – Taiwan

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

Here’s one sent by a reader who found it in the Philippines – thanks! Definitely looks different from the ones found in Taiwan. Export version! Let’s check it out!

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef – Taiwan

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add in all sachets and boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

A light powder.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

A sauce sachet.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

Cold in here this morning – cold temps tend to make pastes and sauces thicken up a bit.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

A large retort pouch.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

Thick stuff!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and scallions. Noodle was pretty good – better backbone than expected. Broth has a nice braised beef taste with a little bit of heat – but nothing I would put at a high heat level. Included beef was of good quality and worked well. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710111904222.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse

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#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor – South Korea

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

Here’s one I found at the new T&T Supermarket in Lansdowne Center up in Richmond, BC. A Shin Black bowl! I knew they must exist; I mean, there’s generally a pack, cup and bowl for everything that comes out of South Korea. Well, here it is. What’s interesting is that this isn’t available in the United States, and up in Canada it’s not a product of the Nongshim China factory, which most bowls up there seem to be.

I don’t know if I’ve seen it referred to as ‘spicy rich bone broth flavor’ either, but as ‘spicy pot au feu’ in the past. Also something interesting to note is that this one’s microwavable. Anyways a neat find and sounds like something neat to try today. Let’s get started.

Nongshim Shin Black Bowl – South Korea

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef, pork, shrimp and fish. To prepare, remove lid and add in sachet contents. Fill to line with room temperature water. Microwave (1000W) for 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

The noodle block.

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

Loose bits from inside the cup.

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

A soup base sachet.

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

A spicy scented powder.

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

Another dry sachet.

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage, scallion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles hydrated well and had a great texture to them from the microwave. Broth had that standard Shin Black flavor – no surprises here. Tasty! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146042517.

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

NongShim S h i n   B l a c k  Noodle Soup, Spicy, 2.64 OZ (Pack of 6)

Watch me cook this one up on an episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef – Taiwan

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

This one comes by way of a reader from Taiwan who visited t he Philippines and saw this and a spicy version there. This is most definitely an export version. First, lots of English text. Now, you’ll never see this in the United States as it does contain beef. Casn’t go wrong with braised beef – well, I guess you could if it’s bad, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case here. Let’s find out!

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef – Taiwan

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add everything in, add boiling water to line, cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

A dry base sachet.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

A light powder.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

A paste sachet.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

Thick and oily.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

A retort pouch.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

Liquid and chunks of beef.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles had a decent chew although didn’t marry exceedingly well with the broth; they sort of stood apart. Broth was a little lighter thgan anticipated and beef just seemed too dried out. Not enough braised flavor. However even with all these issues, everything came together well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710111904208.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse

Watch me cook this one up!

#2978: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

Here’s another one I received from a University student in Taiwan – thanks again! She’s working on her Master’s thesis and wanted info from me on a few products and what I thought of them – an honor! Let’s check out this braised beef variety!

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle – Taiwan

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add noodle block and two smaller sachets to 500cc boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in large retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

The noodle block.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

A dry base sachet.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

A coarse powder with bits of vegetable.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

A liquid base sachet.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

A thick and oily paste.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

The retort pouch.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

Lots of beef and sauce.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and scallions. The noodles are excellent – flat and soft with a large quantity. The broth Has very good flavor – tasty and strong with a very good oiliness. The included retort pouch seals the deal; the beef is a little dry but that couples with the sauce makes everything tie together very well. A hint of spiciness and a strong beef flavor make this a new favorite. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710110231879.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse

I don’t know much about this guy other than he’s pretty popular – does a lot of promo for Vedan.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

Here’s one of the very last varieties I found in Taiwan during my last visit in November, 2017. Big thanks to Kyle K. for help translating this one! So braised meats from Taiwan are some of the most amazing flavors – anywhere. I’m telling you – find a Taiwanese restaurant and get some braised pork – it’ll blow your freaking mind. Alright – let’s crack this bowl open and get this going.

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle – Taiwan

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To  prepare, add in sachets and not retort pouch. Add 500ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes with pouch on top. Add in retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

The noodled block.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

A dry base sachet.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

Seasoning and vegetables.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

A paste sachet.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

Thick stuff!

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

A retort pouch.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

Braised pork with sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions. The noodles were quite good – nice gauge and chew – no sponginess here. The broth has a great braised pork flavor – notes of star anise and other herbs popping out here and there. Included braised pork was sumtuous and good – excellent quality. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710110241076.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse

A pretty wild ride in this video

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Here’s another one I received from a University student in Taiwan – thanks again! She’s working on her Master’s thesis and wanted info from me on a few products and what I thought of them – an honor! Let’s check out this variety with a Korean influence.

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle – Taiwan

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add everything but the large retort pouch to 500ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

The noodle block.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

A dry base sachet.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Powder with bits of vegetable.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Another dry base sachet.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Unsure – white pepper?

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

A large retort pou ch.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Rich color and lots of beef.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles were just plain weird here. I don’t know why, but they really did not feel right compared to the other varieties I’ve had in this premium range. The broth had a ramyun kind of taste with a decent kick of spiciness. The beef was of good quality, however was also just not quite right. I think the issue here might be that Koreans do Korean food best while Taiwanese do Taiwanese foods best. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710110232883.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse

I don’t know much about this guy other than he’s pretty popular – does a lot of promo for Vedan.

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

Here’s one of the six varieties sent by a Taiwanese university student. She asked if I could review a specific set of varieties as special research for her master’s thesis and I said absolutely. I’m not sure about this variety – insofar what Dynasty Beef is. I did some looking, but it seems that the word dynasty kind of takes precedent in search results and so that’s not very helpful. Anyways, let’s have a look at this fancy one from Taiwan.

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle – Taiwan

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add everything but the large retort pouch to 500ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

The noodle block.

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

A dry sachet.

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

A light powder.

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

A liquid base sachet.

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

A thick paste.

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

A large retort pouch.

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

Lots of meat!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions. The noodles were thin and light – not much chew but a bountiful quantity. While cooking, I definitely noted a strong cumin scent. The broth wasn’t too bland in this one before adding the retort pouch. As for the meat, it was of good quality, however lots of tendon isn’t really my thing. The tendon was extremely tender though and the beef that was present very nice and not dry at all. Impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710110231763.

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse

A pretty wild ride in this video

#2849: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

This one comes by way of Japan Ramen Box. Japan Ramen Box is a new subscription box outfit with neat varieties to check out! Go visit their website and have a look!

This variety features some premium things – truffle oil being the chief among them, but the noodles look pretty nice as well. Here’s a little about them from Wikipedia –

Soba (そば or 蕎麦) (/ˈsbə/Japanese pronunciation: [soba]) is the Japanese name for buckwheat. It usually refers to thin noodles made from buckwheat flour, or a combination of buckwheat and wheat flours (Nagano soba). They contrast to thick wheat noodles, called udon. Soba noodles are served either chilled with a dipping sauce, or in hot broth as a noodle soup.

In Japan, soba noodles are served in a variety of settings[1] throughout Japan, but are also served by expensive specialty restaurants. Markets sell dried noodles[2] and men-tsuyu, or instant noodle broth, to make home preparation easy. There are a wide variety of dishes, both hot for winter and cold for summer, using these noodles.

Soba is a good nutritional addition to a diet reliant on white rice and wheat flour. Thiamine, missing from white rice, is present in soba; eating thiamine (vitamin B1) can help prevent the disease beriberi. Soba contains all eight essential amino acids, including lysine, which is lacking in wheat flour. The tradition of eating soba arose in the Edo period.

Here’s a little about shoyu broth as well –

Shōyu (醤油, “soy sauce”) ramen is the oldest of the four, it has a clear brown broth, based on a chicken and vegetable (or sometimes fish or beef) stock with plenty of soy sauce added resulting in a soup that is tangy, salty, and savory yet still fairly light on the palate. Shōyu ramen usually has curly noodles rather than straight ones, but this is not always the case. It is often adorned with marinated bamboo shoots or menma, green onions, kamaboko(fish cakes), nori (seaweed), boiled eggs, bean sprouts or black pepper; occasionally the soup will also contain chili oil or Chinese spices, and some shops serve sliced beef instead of the usual chāshū.

Awesome – let’s take a look!

7&i Premium/ Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Soy Sauce Ramen With Black Truffle Oil – Japan

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. Unsure but pretty sure it contains fish. To prepare, add garnish sachet and boiling water to fill line. Let steep for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

The noodle block.

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

A large liquid base sachet.

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Very dark!

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Another liquid base sachet.

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Guessing this is the truffle oil.

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

A sachet with vegetables and..

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Looks like pork!

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Finally, a clear sachet.

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Menma I think?

Finished (click to enlarge). Noodles are very good – just about as good as instant noodles can get – love them. The broth has a rich pork and soy taste to it and the truffle oil just makes it smile and blossom. This is tasty stuff, folks. The included garnish was great – nice pork, spring onion and menma (I think) round out the bowl. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990339100.

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Maruchan – Seimen Japanese Instant Ramen Noodles Soy Sauce Taste 18.5oz (For 5 Bowls)

From a $3 bowl of ramen to a $79 bowl of ramen