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#1544: Thai Pavilion Pad Thai Instant Rice Noodles & Sauce

I believe my wife got me this one for Christmas last year – thanks sweetie! What’s so nice about instant noodles is that they have such a long shelf life, and so they can sit in my noodle hamper for a while before I have to get to them. Anyways, here’s one that sounds good today – Thai Pavilion Pad Thai. This one is made in Thailand but made for the US market. 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, take everything out of the box and empty noodles into the box. Add boiling water to cover the noodles and put the lid back on tightly for 5 minutes. Drain off water and add in contents of the sachets and stir well. Enjoy!

An included fork!

The seasoning sachet.

Has a sweet peanut scent.

An oil sachet.

Shallot oil.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprout, coriander and roast beef that were sauteed together. The noodles are broad and flat. I steeped them using the boiling water method and they could have used a minute or so longer. The flavoring was a bit off; they have the peanut hit, but then there’s this acidic and strange sweetness that both work against authenticity and my enjoyment. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 734492823006.

You can get these here.

A Thai street food documentary – excellent stuff here!

#1339: Kin-Dee Instant Rice Noodle Pad Thai

Here’s a brand I’ve never tried before. Got it up in Canada last year in July. I’m pretty excited – Friday’s my birthday and we’re headed up to Canada on Saturday to do some noodle hunting! I’ve had quite a few Pad Thai ‘make at home’ dishes before – some that were pretty good and some that tasted absolutely nothing like Pad Thai. Curious how this one will pan out – let’s have a look!

Here’s the distributor/import sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

Here’s the back of the packaging and the side panels (click image to enlarge). To prepare, take everything out of the ‘PP box’ and put the noodles in. Cover in boiling water and re-attach lid. Steep for 5 minutes. Drain. Add oil and seasoning sachet contents and stir well. enjoy!

The plastic box under the cardboard outer. They refer to it more than once as a ‘PP box.’ I’m wondering why – do you know?

An included fork!

The rice noodle package. These noodles are commonly referred to as ‘rice stick.’

The seasoning sachet.

Bright orange color.

The oil sachet. Contains oil and shallot.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp and sweet onions. The noodles came out very well – good chew and doneness. The flavor while Pad Thai like seemed to be slightly missing something. However, this was really quite good. I also liked the very light bit of spiciness that lingered but never got exceedingly unbearable; I think that aspect would appeal to many.  3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 190328960183.

Here’s a promotional video about the company that makes these Kin-Dee rice noodles, JD Food Products Ltd.

#1117: Thai Pavilion Spicy Pad Thai Instant Rice Noodles & Sauce

My wife mentioned she saw this brand at her work and I was curious, so she brought a couple varieties home! Thanks, Kit! I’ve never heard of this brand before. It’s an interesting one as it’s made in Thailand but set up for sale in the United States. Let’s check it out!

The side and back panels (click image to enlarge). Says it’s all natural, gluten free and vegan. Contains peanuts and soy.

After you remove the cardboard outer packaging, this is what you find underneath.

An included fork!

Rice stick noodles.

The dry powder packet.

Has a nice peanut scent.

Shallot oil!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added red bell pepper, green onion, Vidalia sweet onion and beef. The noodles are your typical rice stick – they come out nicely after sitting is hot water for five minutes. The flavor is really great – spicy and rich with peanut, sweetness and other flavors going on. As far as instant pad thai goes, this is top notch. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars UPC bar code 734492823013.

Here’s a vendor at the Pattaya Floating Market in Thailand making pad thai.

#902: Sunlee Pho Bo Instant Rice Stick Beef Flavour

I reviewed another version of this in #502. It looks like this one is somewhat different; different color packet and a different sized rice noodle chunk. Let’s try it!

Here’s detail of the writing on the label (click to enlarge).

Sweet – forks are rad!

Here’s the rice stick. Like a bird nest.

The powder base.

Lots of fine powder.

Seasoned oil.

The veggie packet.

Nice little assortment.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added the dregs of my freezer bag of green bell pepper and broccoli, some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake and some Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. The noodles are pretty good – easily broken by the lips with a crumbly texture and fun chew. The broth isn’t bad; it has a bit of beef flavor but mostly is overwhelmed by a strong sweet basil flavor. I love sweet basil in real pho noodles, but this just made me want pho take out. The veggies were okay but I wish there were more here and there were some TVP beef bits that were nice additions. All in all, not too shabby but room for improvement. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 761934016535 .

A trip to a grocery store in Thailand

Songkran Festival documentary

#820: Sunlee Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour Instant Rice Stick

Today is probably the hottest day we’re going to have in Western Washington this summer. Right now it’s 88 degrees! I thought a nice bowl of spicy noodles would go well with it. I mean, isn’t it hot in Thailand too?

Detail of the lid info (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

Yay rice stick!

Seasoning powder.

A decent amount of it – has a very acidic taste.

Seasoned oil.

Looks much like a paste.

Andy was stoked – we got some kamaboko and it was really good. Check out his blog, Andy’s LEGO Stuff here!

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added a little black pepper and some Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. The noodles are sturdier than a wheat flour noodle being that they’re rice stick. A little chewier but not too much so and still breakable by pursing one’s lips. The broth is quite good – a nice spicy and citrus flavor. Not too oily either. I should note also once the broth cooled and got kind of cold, it was also very refreshing in the hot weather – worth trying this way. Good stuff – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 761934016504 .

A little blurb about sunlee – they make rice too

Had no idea that there was ‘Bangkok Pop’ as well

#502: Sunlee Pho Bo Instant Rice Stick Artificial Beef Flavour Bowl

So this looks interesting – a square bowl! It’s also Sunlee brand which I’ve enjoyed in the past. Got this at a nice little shop in Anaheim while we were doing Disneyland.

Rice stick? Beef and sticks of rice… Sounds like fun!

A few packets and a fork! Oil, veggies and seasoning powder

Here’s everything out of the packet atop the noodles. I like the color of the oil and the veggies against the rice sticks…

Click image to enlarge. So you add 360cc water and cover it for a few minutes and presto! Not too shabby – I wish the noodles had been a little more done. I let them sit extra long too. Maybe that’s what makes it ‘stick.’ Anyways, the flavor was nice and beefish and the broth was tasty. The broth did however have some greasiness that didn’t jibe right with the noodles and kind of knocked everything off kilter and made the meal seem like an afterthought as the packaging was very attractive.  I saw this same thing happen with the Fashion Foods varieties I’ve reviewed before. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. It could’ve been done a little differently and been quite nice but honestly it was a trainwreck.

I looked up Sunlee TVC on YouTube and this was right up there… Interesting…

An old film about propaganda.