Tag Archives: president rice products

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: MAMA Instant Rice Vermicelli Bihun Goreng Perisa Asli

Today, we bid a fond farewell to the President Rice instant series with this Bihun Goreng. This product is probably self-explanatory to many, but I’ll give a little more to those who are unfamiliar. Mee goreng is a noodle that is boiled, drained and then seasoned and garnished. Bihun goreng is basically the same, however done with rice vermicelli. Let’s give it a try – and my thanks to President Rice Products for making this Meet The Manufacturer happen!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add vermicelli to a bowl and cover with boiling water. cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. stir and enjoy!

The rice vermicelli.

The dry seasoning sachet.

A slightly granular powder.

A liquid sachet.

Dark and oily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shrimp, coriander, tofu puffs, fried garlic and chilli flake. The vermicelli is thin and has a nice little chew to it. I gave it a few cuts with kitchen scissors to make it more manageable. The flavor is kind of a sweet, salty and spicy affair – just as bihun goreng should be! I really like this stuff a lot – a great change from a fried wheat noodle. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8851876000234.,

Instant Rice Vermicelli Bihun Goreng (Perisa Asli) – 1.94oz (Pack of 30)

Hanging out, cruising along the Kwai to the Mekong Delta last year.

Meet The Manufacturer: President Rice Product Samples

A big box arrived today! Let’s open it up!

Wow (click to enlarge) – this box is full. Nothing more could fit in it – it’s like a mathematician figured out exactly where everything must fit like a puzzle! Whoever packed this should get an award!

Packs (click to enlarge) of rice noodles.

Underneath all the packs was a second layer (click to enlarge).

Rice noodles aren’t the only thing they make (click to enlarge) – they also make microwavable rice boxes!

Vietnamese style pho (click to enlarge).

This sounds really good (click to enlarge) – I really like coriander!

This looks spicy (click to enlarge)! Thank you to everyone at President Rice for sending these along! Excited to try them all!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With President Rice Products

Interview With President Rice Products * Product Samples From President Rice ProductsMAMA Instant Flat Noodles Tom Yum FlavourMAMA Instant Rice Noodles Phnom Penh Style * MAMA Instant Rice Noodles Stew Beef Flavour * MAMA Cup Rice Noodles Tom Saab FlavourMAMA Instant Flat Noodles Clear Soup MAMA Instant Rice Vermicelli Yentafo Tom Yam Mohfai MAMA Instant Rice Noodles Vegetable FlavourMAMA Pho Bo Rice Noodles With Artificial Beef Flavour MAMA Instant Tom Yam Rice NoodlesMAMA Instant Rice Vermicelli Bihun Goreng Perisa AsliMAMA Oriental Kitchen Instant Rice Vermicelli In GravyMAMA Pho Ga Rice Noodles With Artificial Chicken FlavourMAMA Instant Rice Noodles Chicken FlavourMAMA Instant Rice Vermicelli Clear SoupMAMA Instant Rice Noodles Moo Nam Tok FlavourPresident Rice Coriander Instant Rice Noodles

I had the opportunity to visit President Rice Products in Ratchaburi province in Thailand last May. Truly an amazing place – I did a travelogue of the whole trip – here’s the day at President Rice Products portion! To start Meet The Manufacturer, I was to introduce Sodsai Hanchana, Assistant Managing Director of President Rice Products Public Company Limited, whom I conducted the following interview with.

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

PRESIDENT RICE PRODUCTS> President Rice products has established in 1981 to produce instant rice vermicelli. The first factory located in Bangpu industrial estate, Samutprakarn province.

1988, the registration capital was raised up to 67 million Baht and the new factory has been built in Ban Pong district, Ratchaburi province.

1992, the first factory in Samutprakarn province was closed.

2008, the second factory in Ban pong province has been built in order to serve the increasing of market demand. Then total production total capacity from two factories is about 24,000 metric ton per year.

Our main raw material is Thai Rice which is considered to be the best rice in the World. Our products are made from Thai rice, carefully selected raw materials those are confirmed GMO free. Our manufacturing standard and control system are in good manufacturing practice and able achieving all World Class Standard such as HACCP and BRC. For those who prefer Halal foods we also have some products from one facility to serve them too.

TRR> What was the first product you made?

PRESIDENT RICE PRODUCTS> The first product of the company is MAMA instant rice vermicelli clear soup and being the first ranking in sales since that time up to now.

TRR> Your company is located in Thailand. Can you tell us a little about your country?

PRESIDENT RICE PRODUCTS> Our head office is located on the 9th floor, TF Building, Bangkok while current two factories are in Ban Pong district, Ratchaburi province.

TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of rice noodles you make?

PRESIDENT RICE PRODUCTS> We can say that we produce 5 categories; Rice vermicelli and Rice noodles, Rice soup, Rice porridge and instant rice products. In each category we have varieties for choices such as

The cutting size of noodles could be 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 mm

The diameter of rice vermicelli could be 0.55, 0.65, 0.7 or 1.0 mm.

Products could be packed with or without seasoning sachets.

TRR> How many rice noodle products do you produce every year?

PRESIDENT RICE PRODUCTS> Currently we produce about 1,500 ton in a month or 18,000 ton in a year.

TRR> You make a wide range of products, including a lot of excellent Tom Yum flavor varieties. Have you thought of curry flavors?

PRESIDENT RICE PRODUCTS> Yes we can do rice noodles in curry flavor too those flavor are preferred to serve with rice. Then we have instant rice such Red curry and Green curry with rice.

Rice vermicelli and rice noodles are prepared mostly in light or normal soup style.

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

PRESIDENT RICE PRODUCTS> The rice noodles manufacturing process is completely different from the wheat noodles process because of rice characteristic itself. Rice is rather sticky after cooking and need time to reset and to form the noodles sheet. To get the perfect quality so then our current manufacturing process are tend to keep the traditional way and method. Some process is designed to run automatically to be more hygienic, to reduce some contamination or errors those may cause by human being. Even so the rice noodles manufacturing process is still need much more longer time than the wheat noodles manufacturing process.

TRR> Are rice noodles the only products you make?

PRESIDENT RICE PRODUCTS> Currently we have …

* Rice noodles

* Rice vermicelli

* Rice soup

* Rice porridge

* Instant rice

* Rice pasta

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?

PRESIDENT RICE PRODUCTS> We have our products with and without seasoning sachets.

They can take the plain ones. The rice noodles itself has very low Sodium because we don’t add any salt in products or process. They can enjoy our rice noodles with they own and design soup base.

If they prefer it with our seasoning they can study our nutrition information provided on the label and take some portions of it to suit them.

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

PRESIDENT RICE PRODUCTS> We mostly share our products and knowledges to nearby communities such as schools, universities, nearly villagers, some government offices and to some disaster relief organizations.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

PRESIDENT RICE PRODUCTS> Yes. We have plan to launch new products at least ton products each year.

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

PRESIDENT RICE PRODUCTS> Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, United State, Some European countries, Australia, Taiwan and Korea

In Europe, our products are successfully been introduced into mainstream markets in UK, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia and Czech Republic. Products in oversea markets are mostly prepared as stir fry type.

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

PRESIDENT RICE PRODUCTS> Actually the rice noodles taste is neutral and easy to get along with any kind of soup base or taste. So the intensity of soup, style and other protein parts will play more important role in each rice noodles dish.

Preparation method of rice noodles is important too. You can make it firm or soft as you prefer by selecting the proper cutting size or by preparation method. More advantage from rice noodles are its very low fat and free from gluten.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about President Rice Products and your products!

PRESIDENT RICE PRODUCTS> You are always welcome!

Well, there you have it! Let’s get started with Meet The Manufacturer! I want to thanks Sodsai and everyone at President Rice Products for their help and cooperation!

The Ramen Rater’s Trip To Thailand: Day 6 – The Long Road Home

Day 1 * Day 2 * Day 3 * Day 4 * Day 5 * Day 6

Came down to have a last try at the breakfast buffet. I’d been putting off the noodles but I figured I’d kick myself if I didn’t give them a try before I left. Good stuff!

A little of everything before I go.

I took this photo right when we were leaving our corner suite for the last time. The view of Bangkok was addicting; wish I could’ve taken it with me as more than a photo. I think we’ll be back someday though.

Last night at the farewell dinner, I met the guy who accompanied us to the airport. Mr. Yatra had spent some time working in the Seattle area which is very near to where I live. He told me his favorite place to eat was a restaurant called Tai Tung – a place I’d been years back as a kid. Upon dropping us off at the airport he bid us a kind farewell, reminding me ‘hey don’t forget – go to Tai Tung!’ Mr. Banks also gave me a call before we left to bid farewell which was really nice of him. Really going to miss all the people we met. We went and checked our bags and then went through security.

We had a good amount of time to kill before our flight, so it was a perfect time to do some shopping. Found a lot of really neat stuff and stuffed my carry on. I even got one of those little cats that wave – maneki neko – at a ramen shop!

This is the most wonderful thing ever. It’s a superpower air conditioner! They’re all over the place at the airport in Bangkok and some had little wifi antennas and had speakers with flight info and announcements.

A hot dog? Yes, a hot dog. Some fast food sounded good and we hit Dairy Queen. Yes, they have Dairy Queen in Thailand. Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut, KFC, Domino’s and Burger King. I’m sure McDonald’s was lurking somewhere as well – but no Taco Bell! I think what was interesting was the presence of sesame seeds on the bun.

A pic of the overhead menu.

So when it was time, we went to our gate and waited. And waited. And waited. It was very close to boarding time and nobody showed up to open the gate. Everyone was looking at eachother a little confused. My sister went and tried to find info. Well, EVA Air didn’t feel like letting us all know that the gate was moved! So we ended up waiting here.

There was another air conditioner, but it wasn’t running… So eventually, they had everyone go to the left down a corridor – and onto the tarmac. We all got on a bus (hey wait – can we take a bus to Taipei?) and it took us down the airfield to a plane we boarded by stairs. Eventually, we took off. Now, the delay was pretty long. We were supposed to have about a 3 hour layover I believe in Taipei. Well, with the delay in Bangkok and then when we got to Taipei the pilot came on telling us we’d be circling since the airport was too busy – for 20 minutes! What was scary was that that announcement came up right when we were supposed to boarding our connecting flight! We eventually landed and just booked it as fast as we could through the checkpoint and to our gate. I figured worst case scenario, I do know a lot of instant noodle people in Taiwan, so all might not be so horrible if we end up having to wait for another flight. Well, we ran ran ran through Taoyuan airport and got to our gate. There we waited about an hour and got to board our plane. Phew!

The flight from Taipei to Seattle is a real brain-smasher. Our flight left Taipei around 11pm on the 20th. Then about 10 hour later, it arrived in Seattle at 7pm – on the 20th. But we finally arrived – got our bags, went rhgouh security (which was mind blowingly fast for US Customs) and we were off in our own direction – my sister to her car and I went and waited for my wife to pick me up. It was weird to be back; It’s a strange feeling; like Frodo Baggins after the long journey he took and then coming home, never looking at things the same way again.

I must say I recommend everyone visit Thailand; the people, the sights, the everything. It’s so different from here. I loved it! I love being back though as my wife and I are starting our next big adventure with a new baby on the way this summer. I want to thank my sister for accompanying me – if she hadn’t, I wouldn’t have been able to go. I want to thank everyone at Thai President Foods and President Rice products – everyone was so nice and kind to us. Also want to say thanks to all the great MAMA noodle distributor from Europe we had the fortune to meet – a great group of people! In conclusion, I would say that I found one thing in Thailand; harmony. Looking out the balcony way up high, I didn’t hear the sounds you might expect in a big US city – sirens and possibly gunshots or people yelling and honking. The traffic was crazy but it worked and people accepted that it was crazy. The way of the Thai is to give when you can, forgive transgressions and then to forget they even occurred. I think Western society could gain a great deal of insight from Thailand. Well, until my next adventure!

#1696: MAMA Cup Yentafo Tom Yum Mohfai

Today I’m posting the last of my series of travelogues covering my trip to visit the folks that manufacture MAMA noodles, Thai President Foods. Being a resolute fan of instant noodles from the world over, the ability to visit where they’re manufactured anywhere is really fascinating to me. This one in pack version was on my Top Ten Instant Noodle Of All Time 2014 Edition. I was lucky enough to be next to a convenience store where we stayed the bulk of our stay in Bangkok.

I got to visit 7-11! You might be wondering why that would be a big deal…

Now you understand? This is almost the whole aisle right across from the Slurpee machines. Just a huge selection of cup and bowl noodles. Of course, there’s a lot more to Thailand than 7-11, so have a look at my travelogue! Now, let’s learn a little about yentafo from Wikipedia:

Yong tau foo ( also spelled yong tao foo, yong tau fu, or yong tau hu yong tofu;yentafo in Thailand) is a Hakka Chinese food consisting primarily of tofu that has been filled with either a ground meat mixture or fish paste (surimi). Variation of this food include vegetables and mushrooms stuff with ground meat or surimi. Yong tau foo is eaten in numerous ways, either dry with a sauce or served as asoup dish.

It is commonly found in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, and in cities where there are large Teochew and Hokkien populations.

South East Asia

In South East Asia, the term “yong tau foo” is used to described a dish instead of the stuffed tofu item exclusively. The dish can contain a varied selection of food items, including young tau foo, fish balls, crab sticks, bitter melons, cuttlefish,lettuce, ladies fingers, as well as chilis, and various forms of fresh produce, seafood and meats common in Chinese cuisine. Vegetables such as bitter melon and chilis are usually filled with surimi. The foods are then sliced into bite-size pieces, cooked briefly in boiling broth and then served either in the broth as soup or with the broth in a separate bowl. The dish is eaten with chopsticks and a soup spoon and can be eaten by itself or served with a bowl of steamed rice, noodles, or Rice vermicelli . Another variation of this dish would be to serve it with laksagravy or curry sauce. Essential accompaniments are a spicy, vinegary chili sauce, originally made with red fermented bean curd and distantly similar in taste to Sriracha sauce, and a distinctive brown sweet bean sauce or hoisin sauce for dipping.

Alright! Let’s check out this yentafo mohfai flavor cup from MAMA!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains meat. To prepare, empty sachets into cup and fill to line with boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

A granular mixture.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

A solid ingredients sachet.

Has a fish scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kamaboko, shrimp, imitation crab, sliced squid, fish ball, tofu puff, red bell pepper, white onion, coriander and mint. The noodles have the standard wonderful gauge and chew of the MAMA wheat noodles that are in their cups. They have a nice texture and flavor to them. The broth is great – a nice color, spiciness and flavor that is a little sweet and very unique. Translates perfectly to a cup – perfect! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 8850987142710.

MAMA Instant Cup Noodles Yentafo Tom Yum Mohfal Flavour

This is a ‘making of’ video for the new TV commercials  for MAMA noodles – here’s a link to the commercials themselves.

The Ramen Rater’s Trip To Thailand: Day 5 – River Kwai & Goodbye

Day 1 * Day 2 * Day 3 * Day 4 * Day 5 * Day 6

Woke up at this amazing place – Heard a strange sound coming from outside and figured out it was the sound of the Buddhist monks chanting – it echoes everywhere and was quite ethereal. Decided to head down for some breakfast.

Here’s the lobby.

Strolled around and checked it out outside.

It kind of weird to realize you’re in the jungle, but it’s probably the same when people from here come to where I’m from and think ‘wow, I’m in the forest.’

After checking out the place we came back and met up with everyone. Then we took a cruise!

We rode on a big flat barge that was pulled by a little boat. This is the Kwai River.

The famous Bridge On The River Kwai.

I think I’m wrong on this one – it’s not Burma but Cambodia. By the way – notice the music in the background?

We stopped to visit the memorial to those who died building the bridge in WW2.

It was a pretty sad place to be honest. What was amazing though is that I ended up having a conversation about politics, global food sourcing and war with a guy from the UK and a guy from Scandinavia. Was really cool.

Staying out of the hot sun, playing with the parents’ iPad.

A boat full of partiers on the Mekong Delta.

They gave everyone these little tightly wrapped cold towels – was nice to put on your neck after walking to the war memorial – very hot day.

Talking noodles on the return trip.

A large golden Buddha on the shore of the Kwai river. There were quite a few amazing sights by the water – temples and statues everywhere.

We ended up where we began, at the Dheva Mantra resort to have some lunch.

Quite an array of fruit!

Had some slow cooked eggs, Chinese sausage, cucumber and rice. Then it was a long bus ride back to Bangkok.

For our last night in Bangkok, we ended up getting to stay in a corner suite on the 29th floor.

2015_6_9_tt5_027

The view was just amazing here – really something to behold.

We had a bit of time before the big farewell dinner, so we went and checked out one of the places I’ve been dying to go to in Asia – a 7-11. You might say ‘but why?’ Well…

Well, need I say more? Instant noodles of all kinds and brands – and mostly ones I’ve never seen before or have access to here. I decided to get a couple bags of them and hope they’d make it through US customs, but figured they wouldn’t. But, a worthy gamble since I don’t know when I’ll have the chance to try this again!

Was nice to finally meet Ms. Ratha (far left) – she also was very pivotal in setting up the trip. Gonna miss everyone!

The dinner was international style and they had the largest ham and beef roast I’ve ever seen. I went straight for the seafood – huge river prawn, squid, mussels and some asparagus. What was also amazing is that once you finish a beer, another one kept magically appearing. At one point I looked at my sister and said ‘watch this.’ I finished my beer, set it down and then started counting backward from 5. Right before I had a chance to say one, a hand appeared removing my empty glass and a full one appeared right there.

Everyone was presented a special commemorative framed piece of golden artwork – was really nice of them!

Right before going to sleep there was a knock at the door. Three of the ladies from Thai President Foods brought me this – mee crob! I had mentioned that I would love to try it while in Thailand. They actually went out and found me some! Was really nice! Imagine a Thai rice krispy treat, sticky and full of spices, peppers, and more. I’m really going to miss this – it’s been such an amazing trip.

The Ramen Rater’s Trip To Thailand: Day 4 – Ratchaburi Province

Day 1 * Day 2 * Day 3 * Day 4 * Day 5 * Day 6

At the breakfast buffet, I had to get a pic of the monster pile of bacon. It’s true – bacon is meat candy. After breakfast, we all grouped up in the lobby and got on big tour buses and took them into the country.

On the way out of Bangkok, I noticed motorbikes driving between the bus and the curb. Here in the states, this would be illegal and punishable. In Thailand, this is just people getting to where they need to go. I watched a video about driving in China recently and the narrator had an interesting analogy; here in the states, if you get cut off while driving, people will curse at the person who cut them off. But in Beijing, if you got cut off, that’s your fault since you left an opening for someone to take. All I can say is it seems to work very well over in Thailand – although I think if you dropped a bunch of drivers from here in the mix it would get bad really quickly!

Street vendors.

It’s really neat to watch the world go by in a foreign country; all the little differences just soak in to your head and make your brain swell with smiles – especially in Thailand.

Here we are, arriving at the President Rice Products factory in Ratchaburi province.

The inside was mostly white in color and very bright.

They had displays showing their product lines, and a little cart set up where you could sample one of their newer products, Tom Yum Goong Spicy Shrimp Soup which I have reviewed in the past and quite enjoyed!

There was a seminar about the different product lines and new products coming soon!

Those of us who smoked hopped in the back of a truck and got a ride to the little smoking tent offsite. I’m sure most of you who follow the blog know that I usually use e-cig products. Well, I wasn’t sure that they were allowed here so I ended up smoking menthols. Turns out one of the UK distributors had a vape with them – so that’s it. Next time I fly I’m bringing my vape with me.

One thing you also might know about me is that I’m legally blind, so I don’t get to drive (be glad that I don’t haha). Well in Thailand, the drivers side is on the opposite here, so I got to sit in what I’m used to having as the drivers seat – I gotta say it was pretty awesome!

I’m sorry to say that they had pretty tight security at this factory so I wasn’t able to tape any of the process. I can tell you the place was as clean as a whistle, and we all had to wear shoe covers, hair and face nets and lab coats. Very hot! Also in the actual factory floor area, we had to wear special clogs as well. We got to see the place where the rice came in and was sifted to remove and bits and pieces. Then we got to see where they to the packaging. We went up on a catwalk up above the factory floor and it happened to be above the boiler – I don’t know the temperature in there, but I’d guess – I dunno, 130 degrees Fahrenheit? Super hot. The people working in there are amazing! I guess you eventually acclimate to it. After the factory tour, we had lunch. In the above image, there’s fish cake and crispy fish.

This was some amazing tom yum – great stuff!

For dessert, they had coconut ice cream – actually made from coconut cream. I’ll say this – I don’t think I’ve ever had ice cream be that refreshing in my life. I was told that the little fruits that garnish this come from a special tree that only bears fruit once every 50 years – and then withers. Kind of a chewy, gummy texture.

Next we had a special event – a mini Iron Chef competition! I believe the chef here was on Iron Chef Thailand.

She demonstrated how to cook a couploe varieties and then some of the European agents teamed up and made them themselves.

I got to be one of the judges!

I ended up having a tie in my scores, but the winner were from the UK who had meticulously sliced some red chillies and loaded them on. Awesome stuff.

It was time to head out to the next festivity – a special dinner at the Dheva Mantra resort and spa.

Motorbikes!

A little food stand in the middle of the countryside.

I had no clue that karaoke was so popular in Thailand.

Then It hit me – I’ve heard this song two times now while here in Thailand. I didn’t expect to hear the Carpenters in Thailand. It reminds me of the Malaysia trip last year. I kept hearing this catchy tune over and over and asked our friend Thomas ‘hey I keep hearing this song over and over – what is it?’ Then with a Chinese accent, he says ‘oh – it’s Taylor Swift.’ What – like 10,000 miles from home to find out I’m a closet Taylor Swift fan? Absolutely surreal.

Chatting up about what I do.

Had such an awesome time – been meeting so many nice people!

My sister and I were totally beat so we decided to turn in early. The balcony at our room was great – sounds of the jungle. What was cool was that if you just sat and listened, you’d hear some new species of animal every minute or so. Another amazing day in Thailand!

#1694: MAMA Instant Rice Vermicelli Bihun Goreng Original Flavor

I’m sure many of you are familiar with Mi Goreng. For those of you who aren’t, Mi Goreng translates to ‘fried noodle.’ Mi Goreng basically are noodles that are cooked, drained, dropped in a wok or skillet, and fried with different seasonings and ingredients. Now Bihun Goreng is a little different. Instead of a wheat noodle, rice vermicelli is used the same kind of way. Rice vermicelli are very thin rice noodles. Instead of broth, these are broth free. They’re kind of distant cousins of yakisoba, yakiudon and chow mein. Let’s check out this Bihun Goreng from MAMA of Thailand!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, put noodle block into a bowl and cover with boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents and combine well. Enjoy!

The rice vermicelli block.

The dry seasoning.

Has a kind of salty and sweet scent.

An oil sachet.

Definitely smell some garlic!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added spring onion, shrimp and white onion with some Healthy Boy brand soy sauce, hard boiled egg with Nguang Soon Dried Chilli Powder and some coriander. The noodles hydrated very nicely during the steeping process. Not too dry and had a substantial chew to them. I also would recommend using some kitchen scissors on them to do a couple cuts to make the length a little shorter – a trick I picked up from the first time I tried South Korean potato noodles. . The have a very nice flavor – sweet, salty and spicy. The spiciness definitely builds to a really exuberant crescendo! Great flavor and texture! 4.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8851876000234.

Interested in using some rice vermicelli? It’s much lower in fat and sodium than tradition fried instant noodles and works well in many recipes! Instant Rice Vermicelli Noodles (Pack of 3)

A really great recipe to try out with MAMA rice vermicelli!

Travels: Back From Thailand

So our trip to Thailand was absolutely amazing – met some really great people, checked out two noodle factories, tried some great food, saw wonderful sights! All this said, it’s good to be back home. I’m recovering from jet lag and will be posting a day-by-day travelogue in a week or so as a new Meet The Manufacturer will be starting very shortly. Until then, let me just say that Thailand was so different from expectations; I thought since it was so close to Penang and Langkawi (about a 2 hour flight) that it would be much the same, but boy was I wrong! It’s completely different! Can’t wait to share it with everyone!

Travels: Off To Thailand!

Tonight, I begin a long journey to Thailand to visit Thai President Foods and President Rice Products. They’re best known for their MAMA line of instant noodle products! My wife Kit will be posting reviews I’ve already done ahead of time until my return. If you want to see what I’m up to on my trip, check out my instagram – follow theramenrater – or look at it here. I will be accompanied by my sister Sue as my wife is too far along in pregnancy to do the trip. When I get back, I’ll do a detailed travelogue as I did with last year’s Malaysia trip to visit MyKuali.

#1668: MAMA Cup Rice Vermicelli Clear Soup

I’ve often wondered about this one. I’ve seen chand clear soup as well and not exactly able to find anything online about it. I did see what to add to it, but if anyone has any info of the origin of clear soup, please let me know. This is made in Thailand by President Rice Products, one of the factories I’ll be visiting on my upcoming Thailand trip!Let’s have a look at this one.

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

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

A nest of rice vermicelli.

A dual sachet – soup base on the left and chilli powder on the right.

The chilli powder atop the soup base.

A garlic oil sachet.

Has a nice garlic scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mint, mung bean sprouts and coriander. The rice vermicelli hydrated perfectly in the directed time. As always, I cut it with kitchen scissors a couple of times to make it easier to eat. The broth was a surprise to me – quite spicy! Had a nice salty and sweet kind of flavor it it – definitely something different. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8851876000043.

Here’s the pack version – MAMA Instant Rice Vermicelli Clear Soup 55g – 6 Packs

Here’s a recipe you can make with MAMA rice noodles.

#1625: MAMA Instant Rice Noodles Soup Spicy Shrimp Flavour

I often get asked ‘can you make a top ten gluten free list?’ My answer unfortunately is always no. Since I’m not someone who’s a doctor and not having to modify my diet for gluten intake, I would be afraid of telling people ‘oh yeah – eat this!’ and then they get sick, file a lawsuit against me, and I end up so poor I can’t evern afford instant noodles! But there’s a however coming up! I have been thinking I may start an annual top ten rice noodles list. Why? Well, my top tens probably will never include rice noodles or rice vermicelli; instant noodles are more of the wheat flour kind of thing. Rice noodles however do appear to be mostly gluten free as this variety is, so a top ten list of rice varieties might be a great place to start if you’re looking for something that you can have if gluten isn’t on your personal menu. Let’s have a look at these gluten free spicy shrimp noodles by MAMA!

 Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp and fish. To prepare, open lid halfway and add in contents of sachets. Add boiling water to fill line and re-cover for 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

 Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The rice noodle block.

The powder soup base sachet.

Quite a decent quantity.

The oil sachet.

Oily and fragrant.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added coriander, fish ball, white onion and mung bean sprouts. The noodles are very good – broad in nature and light in chew. They’re slippery, so I found that using kitchen scissors to make a couple crosscuts through the mass of noodles in the pot made them easier to navigate. The broth is really good – has a spicy and lemongrass flavor with a nice shrimp hit, plus a nice sweetness as well I wasn’t expecting. The little shrimp are in there as well, which hydrated quite nicely. Very pleased with this one. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 052066006779.

They also make a pack version with rice vermicelli here: MAMA Oriental Style Rice Vermicelli Instant Noodle Tom Yum Shrimp (Goong) Spicy

President Rice Products also makes rice noodles you can buy without seasonings for use in recipes. Here’s a recipe showing how to make rice noodles in coconut sauce that sounds really good!