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#1041: Ko-Lee Instant Noodles Super Chow Mein Flavour

One of the last that Joe & Gil from the UK sent a while back – thanks again! I like chow mein, but what’s ‘super’ chow mein? Let’s see!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be free of meat ingredients. It also looks a lot oke mi goreng!

One of the larger chunks of noodle block.

A dual packet with chili powder and powder seasoning.

A very bright red chili powder atop the seasoning powder.

There’s another dual packet (sorry no picture of it) that contains seasoned oil (the light) and sweet soy sauce (the dark).

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef I sauteed in minced garlic and Worcestershire sauce, sweet onion, red, yellow and orange bell peppers, a fried egg and some Dua Belibis Chilli Sauce. The noodles are thin and very light. The flavoring is great – it’s so much like a mi goreng! Has a nice sweet and spicy thing going on. This is good stuff! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 5023751104143.

Chris Kelly of Kris Kross died today. Sucks how a rapper has to die for old school tracks like this to make a resurgence…

#1040: Western Family Instant Noodles Vegetable Flavour

Another from my trip to Canada on my birthday! Vegetable! Let’s check it out.

Back of the packaging (click image to enlarge). Says it contains wheat and soy and may contain trace amounts of egg, fish/shellfish, nuts and sulphites.

The noodle block.

Seasoning packet.

Very light in color.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and sweet onion. The noodles were poor – almost pasty. The broth has a very bland and slightly bitter vegetable flavor. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 062639297190.

Got these noodles at this store – actually at the one in Richmond, BC Canada.

#1039: Maruchan Bowl Hot & Spicy Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodles With Vegetables

Here’s the last of the three product samples sent by the nice folks at Maruchan – thanks again! Spicy shrimp sounds good – let’s check it out.

Here’s a close-up of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains fish.

The noodle block.

So this one has instructions to cook it in the microwave with the veggie packet first.

Lots of little shrimp and veggies!

Here’s the seasoning powder packet. You add this and stir after the noodles are done.

Spicy powder!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp that I put in egg and then in panko and sauteed, red, yellow and orange bell pepper and sweet onions. The noodles are superb – lot of ’em and they have a very ‘comfort food’ consistency. The broth is nice too – has a good deep spiciness much like a Mexican food flavor with a nice shrimp taste to it. The extra veggies and shrimp that came with it are nice too – hydrated well and of good quality. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789003035.


A little cooking show about Maruchan Yakisoba recipes.

#1038: Itomen Chanponmen

Here’s one that the folks from God Of Patena sent – thanks! Very little English on here – searched and translated via UPC code and kept coming up with ‘chanpon’ over and over so I’m calling it that. Also found it called ‘champon’ too, but more often than not it was ‘chanpon.’ Most things show it as a seafood broth, but as you can see on the package, it looks like ham or smoked pork. I also saw mention that this was a borrowed noodle soup from Chinese culture; like jjamppong perhaps? Let’s check it out!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block. It reminds me of waves lapping a distant shore.

The seasoning packet.

A nice scent with seafood notes.

Solid ingredients.

Looks like cabbage and shrimp and maybe some other things going on.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added thin sliced chuck sauteed in garlic and Worcestershire sauce, carrot, mushroom, egg and sweet onion. The noodles are wonderful – thin and elastic with a perfect consistency. The broth is light and almost cheery – a nice savory taste. The extra bits hydrated well. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4901104100015

A bunch of Japanese TV commercials from 1987 – there’s an Itomen one at 1m30s.

#1037: emart Dare You Habanero Jjamppong

Time for some extremely spicy noodles! This is another one from eMart, makers of Dare You Habanero Ramyun. Dare You weighs in at 5,930SHU (Scoville Heat Units) – the hottest I’ve had thus far. This one’s 3,960SHU – not as fiery hot, but definitely not to be trifled with! Jjampong is a seafood soup. You ready?

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains seafood.

The noodle block.

The powder seasoning.

A speck of this was tasted – A nice flavor and a fiery heat that engulfed my whole mouth!

An oil packet – kind of looks like it’s full of fire!

Has a color not unlike habanero peppers.

The veggies and seafood.

A little smorgasbord.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added odeng, kamaboko, narutomaki (all three are different kinds of fish cake), red, orange and yellow bell pepper and some onion. The noodles are very nice – thick and great consistency. The broth is spicy – like a fire in your mouth! If you took away the heat, you would find a nice and rich seafood flavor. I found that the two components compliment each other nicely in the broth. The pieces of vegetable and seafood are quite nice – they hydrated well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801073110014.

I think this is one of the most ingenious marketing ideas of all time.

#1036: Golden Wheat Korean Style Shrimp Noodle Soup

Another one from my Canada trip! Needed something I could make quickly today so thought this would do the trick. Let’s check it out!


The side panels (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Powder seasoning.

Has a seafood scent.

The veggie packet.

Nice little selection.

The paste packet.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg and some green bell peppers. The noodles aren’t bad – a slight bit spongy. The broth has a nice shrimp-ish flavor that I liked and the veggies were more than passable. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code  6921555571767.

A short film on how shrimp are farmed.

#1035: Wei Lih Spicy Sichuan Flavor Steam Instant Noodle

Here’s another one found in Canada on my birthday trip there. I’ve had Sichuan flavors before and not a big fan, but I’ve been pretty happy with Wei Lih’s products in the past – looks interesting! Let’s check it out.

Export sticker (click image to enlarge). Doesn’t appear to contain meat of any kind.

Side panels of the bowl (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Here’s the powder packet.

Interesting – not sure of what the slid bits are.

Paste packet.

A thick paste with an interesting smell. Kind of spicy.

Veggie packet.

Some little bits going on…

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added rib eye beef sauteed with red bell pepper and garlic and some broccoli. The noodles are pretty good – decent for a bowl instant with a nice texture. The broth is deep and rich, both in color and flavor. It has a slightly sweet, spicy hot and oily flavor. The veggies aren’t bad. I like this – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4710199025413.

Wei Lih TV advertisement.

#1034: Western Family Instant Noodles In A Cup Spicy Chicken

Here’s another one from my birthday trip to Canada in March! Let’s check ‘er out.

Panels from cardboard outer (click image to enlarge).

Detail from the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The seasoning packet.

Not only flavored powder but veggie in there, too!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Nothing added. The noodles are crumbly and very much on the weak side – but palatable. The soup has a salty and kind of chicken flavor. Spiciness is extremely light. The veggies aren’t all that great, but the little TVP bits are kind of nice. 2.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 062639297152.

This is a video about Richmond, BC up in Canada. Found this and lots of other instant noodles there on my birthday!

#1033: Nissin King Cup Noodle BBQ Chicken & Onion

Check this sucker out – this is one huge Cup Noodle! Scott from Nissin got this one for me during a recent trip to Asia – thanks! Let’s see what’s going on here…

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The side panel (click image to enlarge).

A big noodle block! The seasoning is in with the noodles.

Some of the included chunks of chicken. Everything is in the cup with no packets.

Lots of veggies!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken and green onions. Noodles are nice – – nice chew with a slight crumble and flat. The broth has a strong salt and chicken taste. The pieces of chicken hydrated very nicely. Has the texture and taste of fresh chicken – not bad! The veggies are quite good – especially the corn which is nice and sweet. One big tasty cup of noodles – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4902105222003.

There’s a ton of these videos that this guy has done of cats with Cup Noodle hats on. Enjoy!

#1032: MAMA Authentic Thai Cuisine Pad Thai

I reviewed the instant in a smaller pack quite a while ago. It’s got a few seasoning packets and this one only has one big packet. Definitely not instant as the instructions ask for an interesting preparation method. Let’s dig in!

The export sticker. Notice it says there’s shrimp.

Here’w the back of the packet (click image to enlarge). Check out the instructions – much different than most.

The rice noodle block.

This is a really big packet!

Here’s a little bit of the seasoning.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added rib eye beef, red bell pepper, sweet onion, green onion and instead of crushed peanuts (which I didn’t have) I used some Peanut Butter & Co. ‘The Heat Is On’ spicy peanut butter!  The noodles are interesting; not very chewy but have a nice consistency. The flavor is quite good – sweet and has a nice depth of spices. I like it – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 052026000258 – get it here!


The Ramen Rater On Japan’s MBS TV Show ‘God Of Patena’

Ealier this year, I got a call from Japan, asking if I would like to be interviewed for a TV show. I answered in the affirmative! They were interested in my Top Ten list, but something shorter. I picked three varietiesand did the interview via Skype. The guy interviewing me is Charles V. Lee. He told me he’s the most popular comedian in Japan. He’s originally from Oregon! So how the show works is a random topic is picked and a question is asked. Then they find someone who knows the answer and they interview them. The term ‘patena’ means random. With that, here’s the video!

If anyone would like to translate/subtitle, it would be immensely appreciated! Thanks to Saori, Miyu, Charles and everyone at God Of Patena! It was a fun experience!

Thank You Package From Japanese TV Show ‘God Of Patena’

I was on Japanese TV at the end of February! The folks there were very kind to send some ramen from Japan!

A nice letter, a copy of the show on DVD and something for my son – Pokemon cards!

Wow look at them all! Some really neat looking stuff here! Thank you to Saori, Miyu, and everyone at MBS Planning!