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Meet The Manufacturer: #2155: Jingqi Aloe Vera Guan Mian Purple Sweet Potato Noodles With Spicy Miso Sauce

Today, we bid a fond farewell to Jingqi at the end of this Meet The Manufacturer. Lots of great flavors and the noodles! Well, let’s delve into this final variety!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 4 – 5 minutes. Add sauce to a bowl and add 2 – 3 tablespoons of water and stir. Drain noodles and add in sauce. Stir and enjoy!

The noodles.

The sauce sachet.

Definitely has a spicy miso scent.

Lunchtime (click to enlarge)!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried egg, spring onion, green bell pepper and broccoli. The noodles were fantastic – I really like this with and thickness – chewy yet wide and thin. The sauce cots well and had a nice miso taste and a very strong spiciness. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4715898976110.

Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan

A very old documentary on Taiwan.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1842: Forest Noodles Purple Sweet Potato Noodle With Taiwanese Sauce

I think one of my favorite things are noodles that have something differe – like these. Purple noodles are pretty fascinating – first off, they’re purple. I remember hearing about ‘Space Potatoes’ a while back – somehow crossing the stuff that makes eggplants purple with a potato. I think blue potatoes would be kind of neat, but how would they taste? Well, let’s see how these noodles taste!

The back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add a little salt to a pot of boiling water. Add in noodle block and cook 5.5-6.5 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Purple noodles!

The sauce sachet.

Has a sweet scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added beef and coriander. The noodles had a very nice chew to them- excellent quality. The sauce coats everything nicely and has a great Taiwanese satay taste to it. Very ‘stick to your ribs’ kind of stuff – nice and hearty. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Taiwan (Bradt Travel Guides)

A short video about cooking with purple sweet potatoes.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1689: Wugudaochang Tomato Beef Brisket Flavor Purple Sweet Potato Noodles

When I first saw this one, I knew it sounded interesting. Beef brisket and tomato? Sign me up! Then the purple sweet potato – I’ve been a fan of those since back when people called them Space Potatoes! This looks like a nice premium one – let’s give it a look as we start to wind down this great Meet The Manufacturer series.

Here’s the back panels of the box (click image to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add noodles to 600ml boiling water for 2 1/2 minutes. Add in contents of sachet and cook an additional 1 minute. Enjoy!

The noodle block is in one of these packages within the box.

The back of the purple potato noodle block package (click image to enlarge).

Indeed, these are purple noodles!

An extremely large sachet/retort pouch.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added coriander. The noodles, made from purple potatoes have a nice texture to them – a little sturdier than your garden variety instant and they were very nice to chew. The broth is a thick beef and tomato affair, with a very luxuriant and rich texture to it – almost creamy in a way. The inclusion of large pieces of tomato and real beef brisket in there was admirable and very enjoyable. Premium bowl of noodles. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6936986858233.

The Spirit of the Chinese People: The Classic Introduction to Chinese Culture

This is a great documentary about the struggles industrialization can bring. It poses the question, “can the ancient indomitable will of the Chinese people save the heaven that is food?” I think so – we see some truly amazing people with strong will in this documentary and I think if anyone can, they can.

#1675: Baixiang Noodles Sauerkraut Flavour

Sauerkraut! Chanced are that if you walk down the instant noodle aisle, you’ll see some kind of purple packaged variant. It seems that there are certain colors for certain flavors; red for beef, yellow for chicken, green for pork, blue for seafood – and yellow for sauerkraut. Pickled cabbage is a very common flavor of instant noodles, especially in China and Taiwan. Let’s check these out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 500ml water and add noodle block as well as sachet contents. Cook for 3 minutes and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A powdered soup base sachet.

Has a slight sweet and meaty scent to it.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Very bright coloring.

Usually a clay pot is shown on the sauerkraout packaging.

Has a strong pickled cabbage scent – since that’s what it is!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage, pork, mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles are a little wide and flat. The are really very good and there’s a lot of them. The broth has a rich flavor – the sauerkraut’s bitterness is there, but also a kind of artificial meat flavor that works well. Also, there’s a little spiciness to it which was great! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 886727003339.

Baixiang Instant Noodle, Roasted Pork, Familly 5 Pack,485g

A Baixiang TV advertisement.

#1282: Koka Purple Wheat Noodles Aglio Olio Flavor

Wow what an interesting past few days! Two days ago I reviewed some Taiwanese noodles that were very green. Yesterday, some Japanese ramen with jet black broth. Today? Purple noodles! These noodles are made with purple wheat – which is rich in anthocyanins. Here’s a good article for more one purple wheat. As for Aglio Olio – what’s that? Well, it’s basically garlic (aglio) and oil (olio). Capiche? Alright, let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 2-3 minutes. Pu the contents of the sachet in a bowl. Drain noodles. Combine with seasonings in the bowl and enjoy.

Wow, now those are very purple, aren’t they? I had some taro infused noodles that were purplish a while back, but wow – these are really purple!

A dual sachet.

Seasoning powder.

Canola oil.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added chopped garlic, Parmesan cheese and lobster fish ball from Singapore. The noodles weren’t bad. They didn’t really taste any different than normal wheat noodles. Decent quality. The flavor was positive and negative. Instead of olive oil (traditional), canola oil is used and quite a bit of it, too. It had an odd odor to it I didn’t find pleasurable. The flavor was nice – a salt and garlic kind of combo. I expected more from this one and felt a little disappointed. On the bright side, there are a couple more varieties in this line, so maybe I’ll like one of those. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8888056832019.

Here’s a TV advert for Koka Purple Wheat Noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1072: Deshome Aloe Noodle With Spicy Soybean Sauce

So here’s the first of many reviews I’ll be doing of products from Deshome of Taiwan! These are very unique – naturally sun-dried as well as containing aloe! Definitely different! Let’s check ’em out!

Distribution sticker. Vegetarian.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). The back isn’t black but clear so I put a dark piece of paper in there when I scanned.

Look at these – never have I seen noodles like this – interesting! Notice how there are two blocks here: the top one is a lighter color which contains aloe. The one underneath contains purple sweet potato, hence the color.

The sauce packet.

The spicy soybean sauce.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, Vidalia sweet onion and minced garlic sauteed in soy sauce. The noodles have a very nice texture – chewy and hearty. They have slightly different textures between the two types giving an interesting balance to the dish. The sauce has a rich soybean flavor – almost meaty in and of itself, along with a nice bit of spiciness. These characteristics aren’t competed against by salt and are almost rich and mild at the same time. Unique and delicious. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4716873921002.

In this video, Shelley Su shows how to cook the aloe noodles.

#788: Uni-President 100 Old Clay Pot Pickled Vegetables Beef Noodles

Here’s the first review of the batch of six instant noodles sent to me by Bo H. of China! This one looks really interesting; I’m not 100% sure that this is the correct title either, but this is the best translation I could get. I wonder who that guy is?

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). I couldn’t find any direction on how to cook so I’m going to go with 400mL boiling water, add noodles and seasoning powder, then when done add the pickled beef on top.

Here’s a larger chunk of the noodles. They came from China and took a month and a half, so they fared pretty well.

Powder seasoning packet.

Has an interesting taste – salty and nummy.

A seasoned oil packet.

This stuff is very oily and spicy.

Thought this looked familiar… Oh hey – look here!

Here’s the stuff. I think this one might have real beef as opposed to the big cup version.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a few pieces of onion. The noodles are good – they have a decent texture and a good character. Not chewy but soft – not mushy though. The broth has a very nice flavor – spicy and flavorful! The veggies and pickled stuff is all over and has a very nice flavor. This is excellent stuff – really good! I love it – 4.75 out of 5.0 stars – very good!UPC bar code 6925303773915 .

Uni-President finger racing commercial.

Baseball! Sweet!

#210: Rocket Brand Satoimo Noodles

So. Rocket Brand Satoimo Noodles. These were next to some instant noodles at Uwajimaya in Seattle. Purple noodles. So what’s Satoimo? Wikipedia says:

In Japan, it is called satoimo (サトイモ, satoimo?), (kanji: 里芋) “village potato”. The “child” and “grandchild” corms which bud from the parent satoimo, are called imonoko (芋の子, imonoko?). Satoimo has been propagated in Southeast Asia since the late Jōmon period. It was a regional staple food before rice became predominant. The tuber, satoimo, is often prepared through simmering, but occasionally grated and eaten raw or steamed. The stalk, zuiki, can also be prepared a number of ways, depending on its variety.

This was found under the main subject of Taro. So purple taro noodles. Okay!

Wow they certain are purple – I mean this is ridiculous!

I really dig the logo. I first thought that these noodles might be made out of the ‘space potato,’ a potato that was genetically modified with the gene that makes eggplants purple.

So here’s the 411 on the purple stuff.

Here they are cooking. They cooked in about five minutes.

Click image to enlarge. Here are the noodles served to my lady! I baked up a breaded chicken breast, made some green beans and there’s the purple noodles and all on a blue plate. Well, since these are simply noodles, not much to say about them. She couldn’t decide if she liked them or not. I liked them okay but wasn’t really impressed. So, I’m going to give them a clean 2.5 out of 5.0 stars – they’re not bad, not super duper and exactly average – except for the color!