I was fortunate to be able to check out Dr. Gary Hou’s instant noodle course at the Wheat Marketing Center in Portland, Oregon a couple years ago – turns out he’s doing it again and if you’re interested, you should give it a look!
Asian Noodle Technology and Ingredient Application Short Course, April 5-8, 2016
Advanced Asian Noodle Technology Short Course, June 6-10, 2016
Today I opened up my big hamper of noodles and this one popped into view. To be honest, I don’t know exactly when I got this one – Canada trip I think. Definitely has an interesting name – Korean Salt & Rib Soup. The closest thing I can think of that they might be referring to would be galbitang, which is a South Korean soup with short ribs and made with ox bone broth. Sounds interesting – let’s see what we have here.
Here’s the distributor/import sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free, but check for yourself. Yep – definitely got this one in Canada.
Here’s detail from the side panels (click image to enlarge). to prepare, add sachet contents and boiling water to inside line. Let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).
The noodle block.
The powder soup base.
A very light powder.
An oil sachet.
Has an interesting scent.
The vegetables sachet.
A nice little mixture.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, sliced green onions and sauteed sweet onion and thinly sliced pork seasoned with Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Seasoning. The noodles came out on the spongy side; not much backbone here. The broth had a very different flavor. It’s like a mild pork broth and had a scent I didn’t enjoy, but it’s not bad. The vegetables hydrated well. 2.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710199077634.
This is probably the most well-known instant noodle from Taiwan. What’s unique is that when properly prepared, you end up with a bowl of broth and a plate of saucy noodles!
Here’s a recent Wei Lih Jah Jan Mien TV advertisement.
Thought I’d try this one again – it’s pretty sad – I have nothing new to review! Looking forward to some new varieties coming soon though hopefully! A couple from the UK have informed me that they’re sending a treasure trove of interesting varieties! Can’t wait! In the meantime, here’s the elusive Cucharealo – haven’t seen it for sale anywhere yet. Good stuff! Here’s the original review here.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg, cheese, Taxes Pete hot sauce, sweet onions, chicken lunch meat and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are great – short and there’s tons of them. The broth has a really nice tomato taste with a hit of cumin. Great stuff! Gonna give it a 3.5 out of 5.0 stars yet again. UPC bar code 070662081013 .
This place was amazing when I was a kid; you could put your hand on the window outside and it would make the train inside move! I miss the old guard of the enormous department store.
Here’s the last of Nissin’s Cucharealo – the Habanero Shrimp. Been waiting for the right time to try this out and today is the day!
The back and side panels (click to enlarge).
Here are the noodles – thin and short.
The boxes have three packs of noodles and three packets of powder seasoning.
The powder. I detect lime and some heat, too!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added three shrimp that I sauteed in butter, Crystal hot sauce and minced garlic, sweet onions, some shredded cheese and some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are short and plentiful. The broth has an initial lime hit then to a shrimp taste then the very strong habanero – this stuff is spicy! Pretty good stuff! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662081020 .
Here’s another one of the samples sent to me by Nissin Foods USA! Thanks again! So Roast Chicken flavor… I’m thinking I’m going to have fun with this one… Hmmm… Well, here we go!
Here’s the back of the package – click to enlarge.
The Here’s what’s in the box – a big bag of pre-seasoned noodles!
Here’s what the noodles look like. They’re shorter than what you’d usually expect from Nissin’s top Ramen line, but that’s why these are ‘Short Cuts,’ get it? Okay so since they’re pre-seasoned, they’re easily munched on. This box has some tasty bits in it – very tasty!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a can of grocery store succotash, a scrambled egg, some Krazy Mixed Up Salt and some Cajun Power Garlic Sauce. The noodles are broad and flat. There are so many of them! They’re soft and very ‘comfort food’ group. The broth is nice – thick and flavorful once it stands and has a nice roast chicken flavor. It’s a little tastier than the regular chicken. This is good stuff. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662075067.
Here’s another one of the new varieties that Nissin Foods USA sent me earlier this month to review. I got a comment from someone saying Cucharealo means ‘spoon it up.’ Makes sense – Nissin has a similar product called ‘Spoon it’ with flavors like chicken, beef and beet stew while the Cucharealo line is more hitting the Mexican flavors. The last one I tried was awesome – let’s give this one a try!
The side and back panels – click to enlarge.
Short, thin noodles.
A single seasoning packet.
I gave it a taste – has a slightly tangy tomato taste.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added onion, red bell pepper, some over roasted chicken, Krazy Mixed Up Salt, a fried egg, Crystal hot sauce and some cheddar cheese. The noodles thin and short – definitely good for a spoon. The broth is pretty good – has a good tomato flavor. Not bad! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662081013 .
Some Nissin Japan TV commercials
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