Tag Archives: seasoning

#1139: Meet The Manufacturer: Asian Thai Foods Gaurav Chicken Seasoning

Here’s the first review of the Asian Thai Foods Meet The Manufacturer spotlight! Wow – noodles from Nepal! Let’s have a look at these, called Gaurav. I couldn’t figure out what Gaurav means – if anyone knows, please comment! UPDATE – Thanks for KC Gabby for letting me know that gaurav means pride! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). I tried to translate the Nepali and came up with 240ml water for 2 minutes. Contains chicken.

The noodle block. The noodles are pre-seasoned.

Dry ingredient packets: soup base on the left, chili powder on the right.

Here’s the chili powder atop the soup base powder.

Onion oil packet.

Has a very nice onion scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, Walla Walla sweet onion and baked chicken with Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning. The noodles are very good – they have an agreeable crumble to them and a nice texture. The broth is quite good as well – a little bit of spiciness and the nice onion oil flavor compliments a chicken flavor that is unique and tasty. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 9504000021214.

Here’s an Asian Thai Foods commercial for their Atta Noodles.

#653: Dragonfly Instant Noodles Artificial Pork Ribs Flavor

I thought today would be a nice day to have some pork ribs in noodle form! I wonder how it’ll be? I think it’ll pass the test as it’s yet another Dragonfly product. I know it’s wintertime and all but I think that Punksatawnee Phil’s Groundhog Day prediction was incorrect. He saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter. On  the bright side, statistics show he’s been correct  – 39% of the time.

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

Clockwise from top: veggies, dry seasoning and finally the seasoned oil.

Seasonings ready to go!

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added a two egg omelet with a little Lindberg Snider Porterhouse & Roast seasoning and a dash of Chef Paul Prudhomme’s de Arbol chile powder. Since it was a bowl of pork noodles, I went with a little ham. Great noodles as usual. The broth was great too – a little bit of spicy and sweet and a nice meaty flavor. Love this stuff – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 721557450956 .

This looks absolutely delicious. Yes – I’ll be happy to eat that!

This is pure awesome!

#610: Wei-Wei “A” Series Instant Noodles Artificial Chicken Flavor

Here’s yet another from Michelle L. of New York. I am really digging the “A” series so far!

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

Powder on the left and oily base on the right.

Again like #609, the block is very angular and flat – you could rest a Slurpee on top of this without worry that it would fall over!

Dry seasoning on the left, oil seasoning on the right. This stuff was steeped with the noodles under an 80’s yearbook for four minutes…

Finished (click image to enlarge). So I made a couple eggs, scrambled them in the pan, put a touch of Colby cheese and some ketchup, turned it into an omelet, and finally a few pinches of Cavender’s Greek seasoning. Not bad – was a little greasy and the chicken flavor wasn’t super good. The noodles were nice though. Didn’t finish the broth though. Good amount of veggies. Last “A” was better. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. Find it here.

Yay! Chicken nuggets!

Re-Review: Indomie Instant Noodles Mi Goreng Satay Fried Noodles

This is one of the samples sent by Empire International – thanks again to them and Jim C.! Many years ago, I tried this stuff. This was the first Indomie product I’d ever tried! I used to get tons of this stuff – my folks would bring it back to Anacortes from Seattle , a bit of a journey for noodles! All the packets, the draining, the eggs… This is where it all begand for me.

Click image to enlarge. Here’s the package back – notice Empire International’s info towards the bottom.

Such awesome noodles – they are really great!

Alright let’s start from left to right. Seasoned oil, sweet soy sauce, fried onion bits, powdered seasoning and chili powder. Five packets of awesomeness!

Here’s everything but the onions awaiting the drained noodles and some stirring.

Click image to enlarge. Added a couple eggs with Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Meat Magic and a bunch of drops of Huy Fong Sriracha Chili sauce. The noodles are great. The flavor is sweet and salty and the little bits of onion on top give it a wonderful zestiness. The chili powder give it a little heat too. I made two packages – it’s so good. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars! Get it here.

An Indomie commercial

I think this is one of the commercials from Africa

Here’s a music video

#375: Vifon Pho Bo An Lien Vietnamese Style Instant Rice Noodle Beef Flavour

So here’s something new but kind of like a lot of other stuff…

Clockwise from top: powdered soup base, veggies and seasoned oil.

Sitting atop the noodles block. Looks like some broad noodles.

Click image to enlarge. Okay so the noodles are kind of broad, yeah. The broth is quite greasy. The noodles are mushy. The veggies are there but not enough. It doesn’t taste like beef pho. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars. Bummer, Vifon! Find it here.

Re-Review: Tat Hui Koka Mi Hai Tom 2 Prawn Flavour Oriental Style Instant Noodles

So I reviewed this one a really long time ago and thought it really needed to be brought out again. I don’t even remember what score I gave it, but it’s being prepared no doubt a little different this time and so we shall see how it fares. I remember liking it a great deal.

As I reviewed a couple bites and my lovely Kit had the rest for dinner, I skipped the chili powder. Soup base on left, flavored oil on the right.

A lot of base and oil.

Click image to enlarge. Made with two eggs that were dropped in which the noodles were cooking. The noodles were very nice – long and luxuriant. Very nice texture. The prawn flavor is nice – not overwhelming and it plays well with others. I like it very much – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.

#363: Nissin Demae Iccho Tonkotsu Flavour Macaroni

Since I did my first radio interview today, I thought I’d review something equally interesting – Japanese macaroni weirdness!

Powder on the left, an oil/sauce on the right.

Yup – here’s what it looks like inside the bag! It’s really macaroni!

So the sauce is oil and other things – including cooking wine!

Click image to enlarge. Amazing – this stuff took 3 minutes to cook. I had my doubts; they  weren’t getting any bigger at two minutes and thirty seconds, and then when the timer beeped at three minutes, boom – they were done. The noodles are really really light – not chewy really at all – they almost dissolve in your mouth. If teeth aren’t your thing, these are definitely for you! The flavoring is great – was expecting it to be really soupy as it called for 500ml of water, but the noodles sucked almost all of that up. It tasted like Nissin Demae Tonkotsu flavor noodles! Very strange stuff; it just seems wrong for it to be macaroni. It’s got some weird charm to it. I’m giving it 3.5 out of 5.0 stars – its good and weird.

#353: Nissin Top Ramen Chili Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

So here’s one my lady got for me – chili flavor Top Ramen! So cool – dueling Chili flavor products back to back! Let’s rock!

A single packet. How they can tell this from a different packet is beyond me. Amazing.

Vivid reddish powder. Has a nice volume too.

Click image to enlarge. I added a couple hard boiled eggs, a sliced up piece of turkey breast lunch meat some Lindberg-Snider Red Baron BBQ seasoning and some Amanfopong Hot Pepper powder. So it was spicy and tasty. I also detected something I really really liked – a hint of cumin. This bound it all together nicely. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here. UPC bar code 070662010174.

Awesome Nissin noodle commercial from Japan

I thought this was funny – see, I call my wife Kit and she calls me Pup…

#352: Maruchan Chili Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

So my friend Todd hooked me up with this stuff – thanks man! Haven’t seen this one before, so let’s give it a try.

What a standard single packet of domestic made ramen noodle soup seasoning! This should be interesting enough I think; usually I see hot flavored packets of flavoring out of Korea and Thailand but really not so much out of the USA.

Dark red and angry! Wasn’t expecting that… Was very nice to look at the packet ingredients and see chili as the second one! Impressive…

Click image to enlarge. The finished product. Added a couple hard boiled eggs, some Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning and a little Amanfopong chili powder. Was reasonably ‘hot & spicy’ flavored for a domestic product. It kind of ended there though – would’ve been nice if it had maybe more of a veg flavor too. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

#351: Nissin Top Ramen Picante Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

 

So today I opted for something different from Nissin – Top Ramen Picante Beef. Kind of funny; why don’t they make a teriyaki beef or a stir fry flavor over here? Anyways, here we go…

A single packet of flavor – rather non descript too.

Dark and slightly chunky powder.

Click image to enlarge. Added one hard boiled egg (sliced) and some kizami shoga (pickled ginger).  The noodles are your standard Top Ramen noodles. Tasty, industrial strength and relaxingly expected. The flavor was a little spicy actually and I enjoyed that. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here. UPC bar code 070662010129.

For those keen on regurgitation, here’s some soup.

 

#309: Paldo Dosirac Beef Flavor Instant Noodle

So here’s another Dosirac, this time beef. More of the same?

Same as before on packets – a veggie and a powder.

Waiting for the boiling water and a couple fried eggs which I topped with a couple pinches of Lindberg-Snider Red Baron Barbecue Seasoning – some of my all time flavoring seasoning I might add!

Click image to enlarge. So the same deal as the chicken. The broth does seem to have a little spiciness to it the chicken didn’t, and there seem to be a few more of the little re-hydrated chewy meat-like orbs floating around. The Noodles are decent. All around a fun bowl of noodles. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.

As I’ve said before, I can’t find any Paldo Commercials. So here’s some odd commercials.

#299: Lucky Me! Supreme Sotanghon Artificial Chicken Flavor Instant Vermicelli Soup

So here’s the third Sotanghon flavored instant noodles I’ve tried – the others weren’t really my thing. Hopefully I like this one a bit!

So here we have a silver packet of dry powder seasoning, a ridiculous little fork – its just far too small to be of any use I think… Then some seasoning sauce (looks like an oil) and maybe fried onions.

Looks like very little onion for all the liquid that’s going to be around it – but let’s giver a try!

The finished product (click image to enlarge). So this is some weird stuff. I definitely like it better than the first two I’ve had but not much. The broth was kind of thick and weird; not what one would normally expect from instant noodle broth; it’s more meaty if that makes any sense. Kind of like the broth you would get from boiling a turkey carcass for hours.  The thin rice vermicelli does work here and I liked them. The ‘veggies’ if you want to call them that danced around and kind of looked at my fork like some kind of alien scalpel of mistrust. In the end, not bad but not my fave by any means. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. Find it here.