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#3157: TIEasy Traditional Scallion Sliced Noodle – Taiwan

#3157: TIEasy Traditional Scallion Sliced Noodle - Taiwan

I got an email asking if I’d like to try a new noodle and of course I said yes. Turns out the fellow who wants to distribute it is up in Vancouver, BC. So I emailed him while we were up there and we met up at Foodyworld in Richmond. He gave me this and another variety as well as a pack with different kinds of noodles that contain vegetable – like a purple yam noodle, pumpkin noodle, etc. This was really cool – we chatted for a few and two days later, I’m giving these noodles a try. Let’s check them out! By the way TIEasy is short for Take IT Easy.

TIEasy Traditional Scallion Sliced Noodle – Taiwan

#3157: TIEasy Traditional Scallion Sliced Noodle - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to boiling water and cook for 6~7 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3157: TIEasy Traditional Scallion Sliced Noodle - Taiwan

The noodle block (note – there are four of everything in the pack).

#3157: TIEasy Traditional Scallion Sliced Noodle - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

#3157: TIEasy Traditional Scallion Sliced Noodle - Taiwan

A seasoning paste.

#3157: TIEasy Traditional Scallion Sliced Noodle - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Chinese sausage, scallions, sesame seeds and crispy fried garlic. Great dry noodles – love the gauge and mouthfeel. The sauce worked very well – little bits in with it added to the experience; felt more coarse and like there are actual bit of scallion in there (which there are). Delighted with this new variety! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. No bar code.

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

A-Sha Dry Noodle Beef Noodle & Spicy Scallion from Taiwan | Unboxing Time

A-Sha Dry Noodle Beef Noodle & Spicy Scallion from Taiwan | Unboxing Time

Got a box this time from A-sha of Taiwan. They have a lot of different products, but this one is very different. The company is known as a maker of dry noodle products, hence usually no broth. But this looks to have broth – let’s give it a close look.

A-Sha Dry Noodle Beef Noodle & Spicy Scallion – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3040: Fantastic Noodles Scallion Sauce – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3040: Fantastic Noodles Scallion/Scallop Sauce - Taiwan

The second of the Fantastic Noodles varieties getting a look in this Meet The Manufacturer. I’ll be the first to say I really like scallion sauce noodles from Taiwan.  Curious how these will fare – only one way to find out!

Fantastic Noodles Scallion  Sauce – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3040: Fantastic Noodles Scallion/Scallop Sauce - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles in 1000ml boiling water for 3~3 1/2 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3040: Fantastic Noodles Scallion/Scallop Sauce - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3040: Fantastic Noodles Scallion/Scallop Sauce - Taiwan

A liquid base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3040: Fantastic Noodles Scallion/Scallop Sauce - Taiwan

An oily sauce.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3040: Fantastic Noodles Scallion/Scallop Sauce - Taiwan

A smaller oil sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3040: Fantastic Noodles Scallion/Scallop Sauce - Taiwan

Has a strong garlic scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallion, fried onion and chili flake. Noodles had a nice chew and gauge to them I enjoyed. They went well with the sauce which was salty, savory, and sweet. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  No bar code.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3040: Fantastic Noodles Scallion/Scallop Sauce - Taiwan

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Watch me cook this one up on an episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Fantastic Noodles – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Fantastic Noodles - Taiwan

Interview With Fantastic Noodles * Product Samples From Fantastic NoodlesFantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar *

Here’s a new company from Taiwan! Fantastic Noodles contacted me about doing a Meet The Manufacturer series a while back and here we are. Let’s start with an interview!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Faantastic Noodles – Taiwan

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

FANTASTIC NOODLES> Fantastic Noodles are new!

TRR> What was the first product you made?

FANTASTIC NOODLES> Our Scallion Sauce and Spicy Dolar flavors are our first products.

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

FANTASTIC NOODLES> Taiwan is an island nation located in the Pacific Ocean surrounded by the regions of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Taiwan has a rich cultural history and today, is known as the home base of many large technology companies and Taipei 101. The island is divided by a chain of central mountain ranges, marking a stark divide between the landscapes of the East and West Coast. With its numerous mountain ranges, beautiful beaches, and industrial strength, Taiwan has something to offer for everyone.

TRR> Why the name ‘Fantastic Noodles?’

FANTASTIC NOODLES> We chose the name ‘Fantastic Noodles’ because our noodles are fantastic. Our noodles are easy to make, delicious, can be dressed up or dressed down while still being satisfying and healthier than other packaged noodle alternatives.

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

FANTASTIC NOODLES> The Scallion and Spicy Dolar varieties are our first two flavors. We plan to release a variety of different flavors along with different noodle types in the coming year.

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

FANTASTIC NOODLES> If they are not already in a store near you, they will be coming soon. The noodles are available worldwide.

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

FANTASTIC NOODLES> Our noodles are sun-dried never fried, hand-pulled, are made using wholesome ingredients, and contain only 3 ingredients: wheat flour, water, and salt. The resulting products are texturally pleasing and a perfect complement to our sauces.

TRR> Are instant noodles the only products you make?

FANTASTIC NOODLES> Yes, currently noodles are the only products we make.

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?

FANTASTIC NOODLES> We developed our sauces and accompanying noodles while keeping in mind the recommended sodium value of healthy adults eating three meals a day. Each sauce is designed with nutrition in mind, and is made with ingredients that may help reduce cholesterol levels and with pure soy sauce.

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

FANTASTIC NOODLES> Yes. Each year we take a step back to remember that charity and volunteer service are important corporate responsibilities. We work closely with various food-pantry varieties throughout the island.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

FANTASTIC NOODLES> We are currently researching and developing different varieties of sauce flavors and noodles. In our test kitchen, we focus on the flavor profiles of our sauces, the texture of our noodles, and the ease of preparation for hungry customers.

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

FANTASTIC NOODLES> One of our favorite ways to prepare both of our noodles is adding sliced garlic and green onions, a dash of black vinegar, hot spicy oil or white pepper with some pickled vegetables! When we want a hearty meal, we may add fried eggs, grilled tofu, and lots of leafy greens! Occasionally, one of us adds a teaspoon of creamy peanut butter or sesame paste when the noodles come straight out of the pot and mix it all together with the sauce.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Fantastic Noodles and your products!

#2941: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

A-Sha’s US distributor messaged me a little while ago about these new varieties about to hit the US market that are very popular in Taiwan right now. Guanmiao noodles hail from southern Taiwan in the agricultural heartland. Hotter weather and lot of noodles! Let’s crack it open and have a look!

A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion – Taiwan

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

The distributor sticker (click to enlarge).

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

Here’s the back of the four pack packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

The noodle block.

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

A liquid sachet.

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

Smells good!

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

A garnish sachet.

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

Chives, perhaps?

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork and sesame seeds. The guanmian noodles were pretty good – a pinch softer than the more traditionally made varieties but that’s alright. The flavor however was just way too salty for me. I know – in Taiwan, they put salt on everything – even oatmeal is enjoyed like congee! But it was saltier than I could manage. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4715635852998.

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

Asha Healthy Ramen Noodles, medium width noodles (5 individual 95g pouches) (Original, 1 pack)

An interesting competition!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2863: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master Noodles Mixed With Scallion Oil & Soy sauce

Meet The Manufacturer: #2863: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodles Mixed with Scallion, oil and soy sauce

Today we have the last of the straight noodle varieties from Wu-Mu’s Man Dashi range. Here’s what the company has to say about it –

●The noodles taste chewy and smooth.
●The carefully selected soy sauce, 100% brewed and no preservatives.
●The sweetness of the sauce and the fragrance of Scallion blend perfectly in the mouth, create a rich flavor.
●Rich fragrance creates easily the flavor of cooking master.

Alright – let’s begin.

Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master Noodles Mixed With Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #2863: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodles Mixed with Scallion, oil and soy sauce

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, boil noodles for 3 1/2 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2863: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodles Mixed with Scallion, oil and soy sauce

One of the two noodle bundles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2863: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodles Mixed with Scallion, oil and soy sauce

The seasoning sauce sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2863: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodles Mixed with Scallion, oil and soy sauce

Very thick.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, sesame seeds and shichimi togarashi. The noodles were thick and had a little too much crumble for my liking. The flavoring was quite nice though – an almost sweet scallion taste to them as well as light on the saltiness. 3.5 out of 5.0 starts.  EAN bar code 4710175567920.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2863: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodles Mixed with Scallion, oil and soy sauce

Taiwan: A New History (East Gate Books)

The locale of this video reminds me of when I was in Taiwan in 2016 – a long stretch of the coast on the sdea.

Unboxing Time: New Product Samples From Wu-Mu of Taiwan

Well, here’s another one from Taiwan. I recently completed a Meet The Manufacturer series with Wu-Mu (you start seeing posts pretty soon) and now they’ve come out with two more products! Let’s crack open this package and have a look inside to see what’s what.

New Product Samples From Wu-Mu – Taiwan

I was pretty confused as to the varieties but got some help from a good friend – thanks again! Looking forward to giving these a try!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

Taiwanese The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

It’s been quite a year of reviewing as far as Taiwan is concerned. I brought back a trove of varieties I’d never had the chance to try before. Really opened my eyes many varieties that people had recommended I try over the years. This is the top ten – the best Taiwanese varieties I’ve tried from the over 2,500+ reviews I’ve posted to date. As always, if I’ve not tried your noodles, please contact me! I’m interested! Let’s check it out!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

A special video presentation of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition.

#10: Kiki Noodles Sichuan Spices Flavor Noodle

Taiwanese The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

Noodles are thin with a great chew to them. The flavor is excellent – there’s a sweetness and a fire! I really like how the pepper is in a sachet – gives one the option for how hot they like their noodles. Original review

#9: Mom’s Dry Noodle Sichuan Spicy Flavor

Taiwanese The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The scalloped edges, the width, the chew are great and in fact, I could chew on these forever – not that they’re overly chewy and would require such. The spicy Sichuan pepper flavor coats and satisfies. Furthermore, it’s not a one trick pony and in the end, it’s spicy and very tasty as well. Original review

#8: Mom’s Dry Noodle Sour & Spicy Flavor

Taiwanese The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles are flat and a little broader with a very serious chew to them. The flavor is very unique. It’s a kind of crisp black vinegar hit along with a spicy oil hit to it. It’s like ping pong; you notice the heat, then the vinegar, then the heat. Original review

#7: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle

Taiwanese The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles are soft and plentiful – very nice. A soft noodle works very well here in a sea of chicken flavored broth. The notes of ginger and sesame go well with the rice wine. Finally, the real chicken is really good. Original review

#6: Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles

Taiwanese The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

Here’s one I’d been hoping to try. Recommended to me quite a few times, this one features a soft noodle with a rich beef broth. The heat isn’t too much and the beef really adds a nice extra. Original review

#5: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle

Taiwanese The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles are thin and have a very agreeable mouthfeel. The flavor is a sweet kind of onion hit which is quite tasty. Original review

#4: Tseng Noodle Scallion With Sichuan Pepper Flavor

Taiwanese The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

A wide noodle with scalloped edges. These have the bonus of a thin edge and thicker center, giving a delicate as well as hearty aspect. The flavor is very good – a soy bump, some onion hit, then the Sichuan pepper oil. It all works together magnificently. Original review

#3: Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle

Taiwanese The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

This bowl, in fact, is two bowls. One you steep the noodles in. The second? Drain the broth from the first by poking holes in the lid and pour into it. The noodle is accompanied by a spicy green curry and chunks of vegetable and real chicken. The broth slurping soup worked well too. Original review

#2: Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle

Taiwanese The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

Start with a thin kind of rectangular noodle with a strong chew. The flavor that comes with it is a sweet and savory shallot and scallion oil – and it works so well. Who would think something so simple could be so delightful. Original review

#1: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Taiwanese The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles came out with a very nice chew. They aren’t mushy whatsoever and have a confident backbone. The flavor is very good as well. The notes of sesame, Sichuan pepper oil, Sichuan pepper in the dry mix, sesame sauce as well as soy sauce all work together and play well with each other; nobody’s feet get stepped on. Simple yet complex. Original review

Meet The Manufacturer: #2478: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle

Meet The Manufacturer: #2478: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - KiKi蔥油拌麵

Today we have the second of the Kiki Noodles products – the scallion oil and soy sauce. Definitely a lighter and more mild taste than a Sichuan peppercorn. These noodles come from Tainan in the south of Taiwan. Here’s some background on the city from Wikipedia –

Tainan, officially Tainan City is a special municipality of Taiwan, facing the Taiwan Strait in the west and south. Tainan is the oldest city on the island of Taiwan and also commonly known as the “Capital City” (府城; Fǔchéng; Hú-siâⁿ) for its over 200 years of history as the capital of Taiwan under Koxinga and later Qing dynasty rule. Tainan’s complex history of comebacks, redefinitions and renewals inspired its popular nickname “the Phoenix City”.

Tainan was initially established by the Dutch East India Company as a ruling and trading base called Fort Zeelandia during the period of Dutch rule on Taiwan. After Dutch colonists were defeated by Koxinga in 1661, Tainan remained as the capital of the Tungning Kingdom until 1683 and afterwards the capital of Taiwan Prefecture under Qing Dynasty rule until 1887, when the new provincial capital was moved to Taipei. Tainan has been historically regarded as one of the oldest cities in Taiwan, and its former name, Tayouan, has been claimed to be the origin of the name “Taiwan”. It is also one of Taiwan’s cultural capitals, for its rich folk cultures including the famous local snack food, extensively preserved Taoist rites and other living local traditions covering everything from child birth to funerals. The city houses the first Confucian school–temple, built in 1665,[9] the remains of the Eastern and Southern gates of the old city, and countless other historical monuments. Tainan claims more Buddhist and Taoist temples than any other city in Taiwan.

I can say from experience that Tainan is a really fascinating and amazing place. Indeed, if you visit Taiwan, you really must visit Tainan. Let’s give this second variety by Kiki Noodles a try!

Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #2478: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - KiKi蔥油拌麵

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in a pot for 3~5 minutes. Stir to loosen. Drain. Add to bowl and add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2478: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - KiKi蔥油拌麵

One of the six servings in the large bag.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2478: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - KiKi蔥油拌麵

The dry noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2478: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - KiKi蔥油拌麵

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2478: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - KiKi蔥油拌麵

Has a nice scallion scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sliced fishball and spring onion. The noodles are round in gauge and chewy in nature. The flavor is extremely good – definitely soy and scallion here. What I like is that it’s got a nice sweetness along with it. It seems so basic but it’s so tasty! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. No barcode provided.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2478: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - KiKi蔥油拌麵

Kiki Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle

A visit to Tainan, where these noodles come from.

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Kiki Noodle

Interview With Kiki Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - Meet The Manufacturer

Interview With Kiki Noodle * Product Samples From Kiki Noodle (1 of 3) * Product Samples From Kiki Noodle (2 of 3) * Product Samples From Kiki Noodle (3 of 3)Kiki Noodles Sichuan Spices Flavor NoodleKiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle

I got an email from someone at a company I’d never heard of with samples they wanted me to try. I love when this happens; happily,I get to try something new and learn some new things. In this case, a Taiwanese company called Kiki. Without further ado, let’s start things off with this interview with Chester Yeung of Kiki Noodle.

Interview With Kiki Noodle – Taiwan

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

KIKI> We have been running our restaurant for 26 years focusing mainly in Sichuan cuisine. Having said that we always put healthy, tasty together with safety as our objectives. We focus very much on noodle – as a main staple food for the Easterners. By using our knowledge and experience in making food, we aim to develop our own type of noodles with the best taste and texture, so as to provide a convenience but yet healthy choice to customers. 2015 marks the birth of pre- packed KiKi noodle, a head start after 26 years of experience accumulation.

TRR> What was the first product you made?

KIKI> Our first pre- packed noodle are Kiki Noodle mixed with Sichuan Spices and Kiki Noodle mixed with Scallion oil & soy sauce

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

KIKI> Taiwan is a beautiful island that dwells 23 million people, with mild climate, our people are friendly and welcoming

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

KIKI> We currently producing 2 flavors- Sichuan spices and Scallion oil with soy Sauce. Very soon we will launch new flavor with aged vinegar based sauce mixed noodle with spicy and non- spicy options too

TRR> Why the name Kiki?

KIKI> As we said, the name KiKi is to carry on the brand name of our restaurant

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

KIKI> Apart from Taiwan, currently our product are sold in Hong Kong, China, Korea, Singapore and Australia

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

KIKI> Unlike the ordinary deep- fried instant noodle; We adopt the traditional noodle making method – air drying by daylight for 48 hours with absolute zero preservative added. By this mean, the natural flavor of wheat flour is retained in our noodle.

TRR> Are instant noodles the only products you make?

KIKI> We will also launch readymade numb and spicy sauce, seasoning powder and instant Sichuan meal etc.

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?

KIKI> Making Healthy and tasty food is being our main objective, and hence we have spent a lot of time in developing KiKi Noodle, I can tell you that our seasoning has lower sodium content than the other instant noodle. Thanks to the special formula of spices mix that developed in our restaurant

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

KIKI> We always actively involved in community activities including donation to those charities that taking care of the Social vulnerable groups.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

KIKI> Definitely, we are quite busy at the moment since we have a packed schedule rolling out our new products including 2 new flavor for KiKi Noodle, instant pack for Sichuan Seasoning, numb & spicy sauce as well as seasoning powder.

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

KIKI> I personally would go for a soft boil egg with runny yolk, together with some veggie and slices of meat, if I am staving, I would go for luncheon meat wih sunny side up egg.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Kiki Noodle and your products!

Alright – let’s have a look at their products!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2312: Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

During my trip to Taiwan in November of 2016, I had the opportunity to try the three varieties of the new Xiao Ban Mian line. I remember this one in particular; it was really quite good and I only got a bite or two of it – my sister actually scarfed this one down quickly! Now, back in the controlled environment of my noodle lab (sounds more amazing than it is, really), I’m really excited to give this a try. Let’s check it out!

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle – Taiwan

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to a pot of boiling water and cook for 6-7 minutes. Drain. Add noodles, sachet contents and 2 tablespoons of water to a bowl. Stir and enjoy!

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Ther packages contain three servings. This is one of the servings of noodles.

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A dry sachet.

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Shallot? Onion? Neither? It’s granular.

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A liquid sachet.

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Has a nice kind of onion scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried onion, cucumber, pork and chilli flake. The noodles have a perfect gauge and chew. Furthermore, they come off extremely premium. The flavor is out of this world – Just a perfect marriage of shallot and sesame – goes together very well. There’s the perfect amount of flavor to this dish – not too salty, not bland. A perfect balance. I’m definitely thrilled to have tried this – mind blowing stuff! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4717011150278.

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Find Xiao  Ban Mian on Rakuten

A tour of the factory in Taichung where these noodles are manufactured.

Re-Review: Tseng Noodles Scallion With Sichuan Pepper Flavor

I thought that after making The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition and winning The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of all Time 2016 Edition, it would be nice to revisit this tasty noodle! What do you think? Let’s dig in!

Here’s the back of the 4 pack package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add one of the noodle blocks to 800ml boiling water and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes. Drain. Add in contents of sachets. Stir and enjoy!

Here’s one of the individual packages (there are 4 in the big bag).

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

The noodle block.

A liquid sachet.

Spicy smelling oil!

The second liquid sachet.

Has a salty and soy scent to it.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added yakibuta pork belly and scallions. These noodles are simply amazing! They’re wide and have a scalloped edge to them. Excellent chew but not al dente – just right. The flavor is equally impressive: a nice and tasty salty soy and oil with a snappy Sichuan pepper hit to it which has a nice heat level. The heat works with the flavor, rather than against it though, making everything balance and sing together beautifully. Love this stuff! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4713008550021.

Taiwan (Bradt Travel Guides)

Here’s a video showing Mr. Tseng preparing his namesake noodles.