Well, there’s such a stigma these days about Russia here in the United States. Politics and world events aside though, there’s a thriving instant noodle industry there which fascinates me. I’d love to get the chance to do a Meet The Manufacturer with this company for example. I know they have tray varieties with real meat in retort pouches. This piques my curiosity in the extreme.
When I was in 4th grade (I think – I could be wrong as to the year) I got sick. Was home for a couple days. We had this big assignment where everyone chose a country. We then would write the embassy for information about the country and write a report based upon the materials received.
I wasn’t there when everybody got to choose, and I was given the one country apparently nobody was willing to take. The Soviet Union. It wasn’t my first choice at the time; this was during the Reagan era, and tensions with the USSR were as high if not higher than they are right now. But I got a huge package from them which was very interesting. All in English and all about the country, it’s regions, the people – it was really cool. Really wish I still had it but it’s long gone. Anyways, I’ve always had an interest in Russia ever since.
So when a fellow blogger – from the HALAL Food Blog in Singapore visited Uzbekistan and offered to send me some Russian varieties he’d found, I was thrilled. Thanks again!
I think noodles and food in general is a fine way of diplomacy. I practiced noodle diplomacy in 2013 when Taiwan seemed to think I was the most horrible person in the world, with them not on my top ten list – today I really like Taiwanese varieties quite a bit (and companies send me no end of varieties to be sure).
I extend a branch to Russia in hopes that some companies would be interested in doing a Meet The Manufacturer series with me so I and everyone else can learn more about the foods pelple enjoy there. Let’s give Big Bon varietythis a try!
Big Bon Spice Mix Piquant – Russia
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and dry base sachet to a bowl along with 350ml boiling water. Cover for 4~5 minutes. Add in liquid base sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dry sachet.
A fine powder.
A wet sachet.
A saucy liquid.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions, black sesame seeds, soft egg and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles here are interesting – a little crumble, kinda thick and a little broad. Definitely a unique mouthfeel Ilike. The broth I would say has a slight tang to it – hard to describe exactly what flavor it is but I think piquant would fit the bill with aplomb. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4605496012351.
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