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#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine – Taiwan

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

I recently did a Meet The Manufacturer series where I tried every single one of TTL’s varieties. TTL is Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor. While these packs don’t include a cigar, they do include a sachet of rice wine – and a big retort pouch filled with meat and sauce! Rad! Looking forward to trying this new variety – let’s check it out!

TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine – Taiwan

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

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

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

A vegetable flecked powder.

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

A paste.

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

A second wet sachet.

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

Rice wine.

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

A large retort pouch.

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

Sauce and pork.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallion. The noodles are nice – thin and plentiful. But the broth is the true amazement here. Rich, spicy and hearty broth is augmented with real chunks of delicious pork, vegetables, and finally rice wine. It all comes together so well – love it! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710110233453.

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

Taiwan TTL Chicken Instant Noodles 3 Bags Packed 台灣麻油雞泡麵3包組

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Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The second review in this series was the bowl version of this one. Steeping vs non-steeped. Let’s take a look!

#3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in all sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A dry base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Powder and bits.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A liquid base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The sesame oil.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Another liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Clear rice wine.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The retort pouch.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Large chunks of chicken and a liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallion and sesame seeds. The noodles are great – soft tooth and plenty of them. The broth has a very tasty chicken and rice wine flavor, augmented perfectly by the inclusion of real meat and vegetables. Very good. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710199109274.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Taiwan TTL Chicken Instant Noodles 3 Bags Packed 台灣麻油雞泡麵3包組

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Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

When I think of rice wine, my mind immediately goes to sake from Japan. I was surprised to find that there are many different kinds of rice wine – here’s a pretty extensive list from Wikipedia –

  • Apong – An Indian rice wine indigenous to the Mising tribe, from the Northeastern states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Ara – Bhutanese rice, millet, or maize wine
  • Brem – Balinese rice wine
  • Cheongju – a clear, refined rice wine from Korea
    • Beopju – a variety of cheongju
  • Cholai – A reddish rice wine from West Bengal, India
  • Choujiu – A milky glutinous rice wine popular in Xi’an, China
  • Dansul – a milky, sweet rice wine from Korea
  • Gwaha-ju – a fortified rice wine from Korea
  • Hariya – A white/watery rice wine from India.
  • Huangjiu – A Chinese fermented rice wine, literally “yellow wine” or “yellow liquor”, with colors varying from clear to brown or brownish red.
  • Lao-Lao – A clear rice wine from Laos
  • Lihing – Kadazan-Dusun rice wine from Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
  • Makgeolli – a milky rice wine from Korea
  • Mijiu – a clear, sweet Chinese rice wine/liqueur made from fermented glutinous rice.
  • Mirin – a Japanese rice wine used in cooking.
  • Rượu cần – Vietnamese rice wine drunk through long, thin bamboo tubes
  • Sake – A rice wine from Japan. The most widely known type of rice wine in North America because of its ubiquitous appearance in Japanese restaurants.
  • Sato – A rice wine originating in the Isan region of Thailand
  • Shaoxing – A rice wine from Shaoxing, Zhejiang province, China, probably the best known Chinese rice wine
  • Sombai – Cambodian infused rice wine with sugar cane, fruits and spices still inside the bottle
  • Sonti – Indian rice wine
  • Tapai – Rice wine derived from fermented rice in various Austronesiancultures
  • Tapuy – Clear rice wine from the Mountain Province in the Philippines
  • Tuak – Dayak rice wine (Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo); Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo)

I will say, I think this is the type of wine that my mind went to at the outset, but I thought this list would be interesting to share. Let’s check this one out!

TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Here’s detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add in all sachets but the retort pouch. Add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Use retort pouch to hold down lid. Add in retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The dry base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Powder with bits and pieces.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Seasoned sesame oil.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The liquor sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Smells li ke rice wine.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The retort pouch.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Chunks of chicken and liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and Hachi habanero curry shichimi. The noodles hydrated exquisitely – not at all spongy which I thoroughly appreciated. The broth is complex – wolfberry was prevalent and a nice rich chicken and herbs flavor was throughout. Impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710199077849.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

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Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With TTL – Taiwan

Interview with TTL * Product Samples from TTL (1 of 2) * Product Samples from TTL (2 of 2)TTL Hua-Diao Dongpo Braised Pork Instant NoodleTTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant NoodleTTL Bolognese Red Wine Sauce Instant NoodleTTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant NoodleTTL Hua Diao Pickled Vegetable Beef Instant NoodleTTL Carbonara White Wine Carbonara Instant Noodle * TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle * *

In November of 2017, I met a fellow named Cy Ben at the Taiwan International Food Expo from TTL. I was a big fan of their products – they include sachets of alcohol and this was a first for me. Not only that, they contain retort pouches with real meats. I was very interested in trying new varieties as well as doing a Meet The Manufacturer series. After some time and many conversations, samples were sent and we begin the series today, about a year later! Let’s begin with an interview with Ms. Cherry Hseih, Division of Liquor/Production Management Division/Section Manager of Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor.

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

TTL> The monopoly business in Taiwan was started during the time of the Japanese occupation. The Taiwan Governor’s Office expanded its range of items and in 1901 established the “Monopoly Bureau of the Taiwan Governor’s Office”. Then in 1905 and 1922 the Taiwan Governor’s Office took over tobacco and liquor business. Therefore the monopolized goods before the retrocession of Taiwan were: cigarettes, liquor, opium, salt, camphor, matches, petroleum and the standardization of weights and measures.
After the retrocession of Taiwan in 1945, the Taiwan Government Executive Administration Office continued the monopoly system by establishing the “Taiwan Provincial Monopoly Bureau”. In 1947 the Taiwan Provincial Government brought the Bureau directly under its authority by a re-organization which formed the “Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Bureau”. At this time, the number of monopolized items was reduced to three: tobacco, liquor and camphor. In 1951 the Bureau was put under the supervision of the Finance Department of the Taiwan Provincial Government. In1968 after the ending of camphor monopoly, the monopoly range of the Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Monopoly Bureau was reduced to only tobacco and liquor.
The Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Monopoly Bureau was an agency which handled the production, delivery, and sales of tobacco and liquor products. It was responsible for mass production of sufficient supplies of tobacco and liquor to satisfy the public demand, and also the implementation of the tobacco and liquor Monopoly Regulations. The agencies under its jurisdiction included tobacco and liquor distribution units and permitted retailers spread throughout Taiwan, which became a strong, extensive sales network. The monopoly profits from tobacco and liquor sales were submitted to the national Treasury, and fulfilled their economic and financial goals. The operations of the Bureau were very profitable, and the profits provided to the Treasury accounted for a large portion of the tax revenue of Taiwan.
The Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Monopoly Bureau was reformed since July 1, 1999 and under the Ministry of Finance continued the management of production and sales of tobacco and liquor. In preparation for internationalization and liberalization, the government intended to abolish the monopoly system and free tobacco and liquor production. Accordingly, the “Tobacco and Liquor Management Law” and the “Tobacco and Liquor Tax Law” were enacted. The two laws took effect on January 1, 2002. Since then the monopoly system was eliminated and the free production of tobacco and liquor began.
The ” Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation Regulations ” were passed by the Legislative Yuan on April 25, 2002 and became law by presidential decree on May 15, 2002. The name of the Bureau was subsequently changed to the Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation on July 1, 2002.

TRR> Why combine instant noodles and alcohol?

TTL> The company is a professional wine company, and wine has always been part of the oriental culture. Wine and fragrant dishes are the eastern and western food and cooking techniques, while instant noodles are modern conveniences. The company will follow the ancient method with innovative concepts. The Huadiao wine and rice wine, together with the Q-shaped noodles, the rich soup head and the meat block conditioning package, enable busy modern consumers to enjoy instant and delicious instant noodles at any time and any place.

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

TTL> Now our product line contains “Chicken noodle Sesame oil flavored with rice liquor (red label), Chicken noodle flavored with Hwa-Diou liquor, Beef noodle flavored with Hwa-Diou liquor and Taiwanese mustard, Dong-po pork noodle flavored with Hwa-Diou liquor, Taiwan pasta-Red wine type, and Taiwan pasta- White wine type, and so on.

TRR> Your company is located in the Taiwan. Can you tell us a little about your locale?

TTL> Taiwanese people are very kindness and inclusive with various things. Taiwanese cuisine is also very famous, such as traditional Taiwanese food, night market snacks, dumplings, clams, pineapple cakes, Tai-yan cakes, etc.

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

TTL> Our product line of instant noodle are contain with well cook meat pair with selective wine in a food pack. The wines we used is top-quality, well-aging, high cost, and very suitable with instant noodles. Give unique taste and aroma to all of them.

TRR> Do you make your own pastes, sauces and seasonings?

TTL> At present, the company is still developing and adjusting the flavor with the instant noodle manufacturer. After many research and development evaluations, the flavor and taste are determined before release.

TRR> How do you decide on what varieties to produce?

TTL> To realize the trend of market and preferences to the consumer, we need to combine our strengths , characteristics, and keep trying any possibility to improve. Whole instant noodles product line have undergone many evaluations before going public. Until it is well-confirmed with its unique flavor and selling potential then we decided to release.

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

TTL> Our productivity raised year by year. About 1.5 million boxes in 2016 and 2 million. The company’s instant noodle series products sold more than 2 million boxes.

TRR> Apart from noodles, are there other products you produce or plan to produce?

TTL> The company has a variety of non-alcoholic foods including biscuits, beverages, meat processed products and biotechnology products such as beauty, health care, cleaning, etc., all categories have new product development and listing at any time.

TRR> Can you suggest pairings for your products, like meats, seafood or vegetables?

TTL> Chinese cabbage and eggs are the best partner for instant noodles. Shrimp and clams also be added to improve seafood flavor and fresher taste. In addition, sesame oil chicken noodles are very suitable for adding a lot of cabbage, which will make the taste definitely richer.

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?

TTL> It is recommended to adjust the amount of seasoning bag according to your taste, or add a little more water, vegetables, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, which is actually a very healthy meal.

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

TTL> The company invested nearly 10 million Taiwan dollars in social welfare in 2017, including local community connections, care for the weak, education and culture, sports and health and other related fields.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

TTL> In some cases, the company continued its innovative thinking of wine and vegetables. On November 1st this year, it launched a spicy but not dry spicy noodles, which was developed with the company’s traditionally brewed Yushan Maotai. The new product “Taiwanese spicy wine fragrant porridge noodles”.

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

TTL> It is sold in Taiwan, mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and other places.

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

TTL> When I eat the noodles of the Huadiao wine flavor series like Huadiao chicken, Huacai sauerkraut beef, Huadiao Dongpo meat noodles, I will add more Huadiao wine or Shaoxing wine to make the whole bowl of the wine more rich and delicious. Very recommended for everyone to try.

TRR> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about TTL and your products!

Thank you to Cherry, Elaine and Cy Ben for making this series happen! Let’s try some noodles!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

It’s time for another top ten list and this time it’s The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition! The first list debuted in 2013 – I can’t believe this is the sixth list! As always – if you are a company who would like me to review your products, please contact me via the contact link – I want to talk to you! These are my favorite instant noodle bowl selections from my over 2800 reviews to date. Let’s get started!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

#10 – Paldo Bul Jjamppong – South Korea

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #10 - Paldo Bul Jjamppong - South Korea

This variety boasts a thick and chewy ramyun – a wider and flatter noodle that’s become popular in the last few years. Pairing that with a spicy soup with strong notes of grilled seafood taste – almost smoky – and vegetables/seafood and you’ve got an excellent bowl. Original review

#9 – Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #9 - Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup - United States

To be honest, I’m about as surprised by this one as you might be! But make no mistake – this US domestic variety is truly amazing. The tom yum flavor is just superb along with a huge quantity of noodles. You’ll fill up and be extremely happy as you do so. Original review

#8 – Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #8 – Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen - Japan

The second Maruchan variety on the list and this one comes from Japan. A light and tasty shio broth is paired with a large quantity of noodles in this bowl. The inclusion of wonton – which are very good I might add – rounds everything out and becomes a delicious feast. Original review

#7 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #7 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan

The noodles are thick and chewy – very premium. The broth has a very rich miso flavor that had a little thickness and a nice oiliness. The vegetables and bits hydrated perfectly – nice bits of ground meat and menma float happily about and are of good quality. Original review

#6 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #6 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

First, the noodles have a little bit thicker a gauge than most instant varieties. Indeed they are premium although a slight bit softer than one might expect. The broth is a sea of rich pork flavor – different than many. As a matter of fact, this really REALLY has a nice pork flavor; most pork varieties don’t have a great pork taste as the pork taste they do have get overshadowed by saltiness. The vegetables hydrated well and the pork was very good. Original review

#5 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #5 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan

So the noodles are broad and flat with a light chew and an excellent quantity. The broth is a tour de force of beef taste. It has a good thickness/oiliness to it as well as a good flavor. Indeed as expected, there’s a decent punch of spiciness. Indeed, the chunks of beef are of good size and quality. Moreover, the liquid with the beef in the retort pouch add depth to the broth. Finally, little rings of chilli pepper are here and there, joining the party. Original review

#4 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #4 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

TTL stands for Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor and indeed there’s a sachet of rice wine in here! Add to that a big retort pouch full of decent sized chunks of chicken, good noodles and garnish, This is definitely a bowl to seek out and try. Original review

#3 – Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #3 - Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat - Taiwan

Okay so first off, this is a heavy bowl. There’s a huge retort pouch in here full of beef and beef tendon. The noodles are wide and have a great chew and the broth has a nice flavor. But the start of the show is that braised beef and tendon – it’s perfect and there’s just so much of it. Very impressive! Original review

#2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

Talk about amazing. Now, on most of these bowls, you’ll notice I’ve added my own garnishes. I don’t count them in my reviewing – everything is reviewed prior to any additions I make. This is one where I’ve added nothing and just look at it! This one had very good noodles to start off. The broth was a very thick prawn infused decadent flavor spectacle. Then there’s the little crunchy topping and the other garnish they provide and this is just amazing stuff. Wow. Floored. Original review

#1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Wow – I’m so freaking impressed with this one. First, there are two bowls. Peel back the lid of the first bowl and add boiling water. After a short time, you poke holes in the lid and drain the liquid into the second. A sachet of soup base is added and you have a soup with lots of corn and herbs. Next, a huge sachet with chicken and vegetables boasts a great spicy green curry flavor which mixes with the noodle. A really amazing product which is unique and delicious. This is Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle’s second year in the number one spot in a row – congratulations! Original review

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

This is one I was sent by Daniel of Exotic Noods, a subscription service specializing in instant noodles. I should note that this was something special he put in after a recent trip to Taiwan – thanks again! So these are manufactured by Wei Lih for TTL. TTL stands for Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor. Tobacco and liquor – what?! Indeed, this is a boozy noodle. It contains rice wine, something apparently that goes well in noodles and cooking. Ireviewed the bowl version of this a few weeks back.

Just to clarify when I get the question, this one won’t be found at your local Asian grocery store here in the United States. Ever. Well, unless there’s a huge shift in things as far as what’s allowed entry into the United States. First, it’s got chicken in it – real chicken. It’s near impossible to get real chicken imported into the USA from Southeast Asia. Second, it wouldn’t surprise me if people here would have a tizzy fit that kids would buy 20 of these bowls and guzzle down the rice wine, the concerned parents would have a fit, and government inquiries would go crazy. It’s unfortunate as that’s just kind of how it works here.

Anyways, I think it’s time to open up this bowl. So let’s do it! Indeed, it’s time to try TTL noodles!

TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine – Taiwan

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and rice wine. To prepare, add noodle block as well as add in dry sachet and dark liquid sachet to 500ml boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes. Add in rice wine and retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

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#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

A dry base sachet.

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

Powder and vegetable.

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

A liquid sachet.

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

Has a definite sesame scent.

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

Another liquid sachet.

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

Rice wine.

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

The retort pouch (click to enlarge).

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

Pieces of chicken and vegetable in a liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added roasted sesame seeds. The noodles are a very standard Taiwanese style – very thin and soft. A lot of them, too. The broth has a lot of things going on. First, the sesame taste is nice and gives it a good oiliness. It has a nice chicken taste as well. Next is the rice wine taste – my wife and son Andy both thought it odd, but I found it to be a very nice accompaniment. Then the retort pouch content. Indeed, a lot of chicken and of good size and quality. Moreover, the chicken has a little ginger hit to it to lighten things up. There’s also wolfberry, cabbage and some kind of crunchy melon. The pouch also has liquid which mingle in the soup. A lot in one bowl of noodles. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710199105306.

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

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#2428: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine

#2428: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

This is one I found at a 7-Eleven during my November 2016 trip to Taiwan. So these are manufactured by Wei Lih for TTL. TTL stands for Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor. Tobacco and liquor – what?! Indeed, this is a boozy noodle. It contains rice wine, something apparently that goes well in noodles and cooking. I’m unsure, but I think this may be the first variety I’ve reviewed with alcohol in it – could be wrong.

Just to clarify when I get the question, this one won’t be found at your local Asian grocery store here in the United States. Ever. Well, unless there’s a huge shift in things as far as what’s allowed entry into the United States. First, it’s got chicken in it – real chicken. It’s near impossible to get real chicken imported into the USA from Southeast Asia. Second, it wouldn’t surprise me if people here would have a tizzy fit that kids would buy 20 of these bowls and guzzle down the rice wine, the concerned parents would have a fit, and government inquiries would go crazy. It’s unfortunate as that’s just kind of how it works here.

Anyways, I think it’s time to open up this bowl. So let’s do it! Indeed, it’s time to try TTL noodles!

TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine – Taiwan

#2428: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and rice wine. To prepare, add in dry sachet and dark liquid sachet. Fill to line with boiling water and cover for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, boil large sachet or put on lid to hold down which will heat it. Add in large sachet contents and rice wine sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2428: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

The noodle block.

#2428: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

The dry base sachet.

#2428: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

Powder and vegetables.

#2428: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

A liquid sachet.

#2428: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

Has a sesame scent.

#2428: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

Another liquid sachet.

#2428: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

The rice wine.

#2428: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

A large retort pouch (click to enlarge).

#2428: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

Liquid and chicken.

Finished (click to enlarge). This is how it looks with nothing added. The noodles came out surprisingly well – thin but a light chew and definitely hydrated as if they’d been cooked. The broth has a very nice sesame flavor, augmented by the rice wine which gives it a very nice touch. The little bits of onion and wolfberry along with a nice ginger hint goes very well. Finally, the chunks of chicken are of good quality and size as well. This is spectacular. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710199077849.

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