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Unboxing Time: Product Samples From Wu-Mu

Unboxing Time: Product Samples From Wu-Mu

Got a big and heavy box of samples today in the mail! Miles immediately decided it was his and thought he should play ‘king of the hill’ and be on top of it. Luckily, the box was very sturdy and so no harm done. Let’s crack this box open and have as look inside to see what we’ll be sampling for Meet The Manufacturer: Wu-Mu!

Unboxing Time: Product Samples From Wu-Mu – Taiwan

During my trip to Taiwan in late 2017, I met people from Wu-Mu at the International Food Expo. They gave me a sample of a variety which contains a fancy kind of wine. Well, I still have the sample and then they contacted me asking if I’d like to try other varieties. It seemed logical to make it a full-blown Meet The Manufacturer, and here we asre.

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Wu-Mu

Interview with Wu-Mu * Product Samples From Wu-MuWu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen With Jah Jan Sauce

I was contacted by a representative of the Taiwanese company Wu-Mu a coiuple of months after returning from Taiwan last year. They were interested in sending me some samples and I asked if they’d like to participate in Meet The Manufacturer. They were and so here we are. Let’s begin with an interview.

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

WUMU> WuMu Ramen is a noodle brand of The SING-LIN FOODS CORPORATION, which was established in 1985. The corporation spent billions completing the very first automated factory of Asia. Facilitated with modern computer program controlled fully automatic machinery and equipment under strict quality and hygiene controls, we have passed The FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification, and we are able to offer the consumers high quality assured noodle products. Also, we have the largest market share in Taiwan during 2010-June 2017 No1.

TRR> Why the name WuMu?

WUMU> There were five working partners who funded for establishing the company, and the character of WU in Mandarin means“five“ in English.

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

WUMU> We have two different types of products, dry noodle and steam ramen.

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

WUMU> Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa, is an island in East Asia. It has an area of 35,883 km2, and also it has a population of over 23 million. The weather here is like an eternal spring and the landscape is breathtaking. People in Taiwan are always gentle and friendly to others. Furthermore, Taiwan is paradise of gastronomy!

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

WUMU> The steam ramen that The SING-LIN FOODS CORPORATION produce differ from the FRIED instant noodles. Our ramen adopt a unique noodles steaming technique to replace to replace the traditional fried approach, which is much healthier because the total lipid content of it takes only 0.07% of the one of the fried instant noodles. The dry noodles are dried in 3 stages, the track of the drying passage is about 1 km and the whole drying process take 9 hours. Therefore, we are able to strictly control the temperature and the humidity of the noodles and to ensure that the noodles are not broken , not cracked and the surface of them are perfect, so that the quality is always stable and the best.

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

WUMU> Yes, we do.

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

WUMU> We decide on varieties to produce depends on the market analysis and the demand of consumers or clients.

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

WUMU> Approximately 50 products per year.

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

WUMU> No, we don’t.

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

WUMU> Our noodle products have many possibilities of pairing with other ingredients, meats, seafood, vegetables are all suitable as pairings. Besides, the noodle itself can be seasoned as well (with eggs, spinach, buckwheat, all kinds of grains 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?

WUMU> The sodium content of the salt that we add during the process of making noodle products is lower than daily/meal intake. Normally speaking, the sodium content of our noodle products won’t be a point to worry.

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

WUMU> Yes, we do, for example, we have sponsored and participated for 13 years in an activity called elderly reunion dinner, in which we organize a reunion dinner before Chinese New Year especially for the elderly who live alone.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

WUMU> Yes, for an example there is a brand-new flavor coming soon named Ma Jiou Lao Jyiou Mian Xian (Seafood).

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

WUMU> In the United States, Canada, Australia and China…etc. Our products are available all over the world.

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

WUMU> By adding the ingredients (such as eggs, spinach, buckwheat, all kinds of grains etc.) to season the noodle itself, the noodle products have diversity of flavor and value added.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for the opportunity for me and my readers to learn more about WuMu!

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!

#1440: Wu-Mu Dried Noodle With Beef Flavor Sauce

I’ve reviewed quite a few instant by this brand. They’re made in Taiwan and they come with four of everything; four noodle blocks, four of each sachet. The Interesting twist with this one is that it doesn’t use broth; it’s a stir noodle! I don’t think I’ve found one of those yet. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge). Look like it doesn’t contain meat but check for yourself.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, boil noodles for 4 minutes in 500ml water. Add dehydrated vegetables and cook 30 seconds more. Drain. Add contents of paste sachet and stir well. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

A liquid sachet.

Has a beef-like scent.

Dehydrated vegetable sachet.

A colorful mixture.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef and green onion. The noodles had a nice chew, although they seemed a little dry. The sauce was pretty good – a nice braised beef kind of flavor with impressive spices popping here and there. The vegetables hydrated well enough.
I with this had a little more oil to lube up the noodles. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710175570333.

Here’s a Wu-Mu TV spot.

#1397: Wu-Mu Steam Seafood Flavor Ramen

Here’s something from Taiwan. These noodles aren’t fried – they’re steamed. This lowers the fat content by quite a bit, although they will break your teeth if you try eating them like snack noodles! Most of Wu-Mu’s products are this way and they’re usually pretty good. This is a four pack – you get four of everything! Let”s have a look inside.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, add one noodle block to 550ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add one seasoning sachet and one oil sachet and stir. Enjoy!

Here’s one of the four noodle blocks.

One of the four seasoning sachets.

Powder and bits and pieces including little narutomaki.

One of the four shrimp infused oil sachets.

Has a faint shrimp scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, green onion and narutomaki. The noodles are broad and flat. The seem of higher quality and have a fresh sense to them. The broth has a buttery seafood flavor which was nice. The seaweed and narutomaki that was included were of reasonable quality. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4710175565551.

A Wu-Mu advertisement in Mandarin.

#1153: Wu-Mu Spicy Flavor Tomato Ramen

Here’s another one from T&T Supermarket up in Canada. This one comes with four of everything! Today however, I’ll just be making one of them. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the import sticker (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself.

Here’s the noodle block. I noticed that the noodles contain tomato as well.

I really like how they call it the sauce bag. These are the dry ingredients. I think sauce bag could be a new diss – like ‘oh yeah? Well that’s what you think, sauce bag!’

A nice looking combo.

The seasoned oil packet.

Has a sesame oil scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles have a good consistency and character; a nice chew. The broth is interesting; there’s a nice spiciness that’s not overbearing, a sesame oil component and a tomato flavor. The tomato flavor doesn’t taste like ketchup but like real tomatoes. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4710175565421.

Here’s a commercial for Wu-Mu in Mandarin.

#708: Wu-Mu Pork Flavor Ramen Mi Thit Bam

Got this on our recent trip to California at a 99 Ranch down there. I rememebr enjoying the beef one I got the time before in California during our honeymoon, so figured it’d be a good idea to give this one a try!

The package back (click image to enlarge). Notice the directions – they don’t say how much boiling water – except in the microwave part. Actually, if you look at the Chinese, you can see the number 550 in there. Sometimes there are packs or cups with nothing in English and those numbers can be really helpful. Single digits like 3 or 4 can be minutes of cooking. 550 would usually be the amount of water in mL or cc.

These looks to be the standard steamed noodles that Wu-My likes to use.

Hey – get your grubby mitts offa my sauce bag! Actually, this contains dry seasonings.

See? Not real saucy. Dry soup base and veggies.

Here’s some seasoned oil.

Pretty standard seasoned oil.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I scrambled an egg with a little Kikkoman Soy Sauce, added some turkey breast, some store brand stir fry veggies and a little Ajishima Kim Chi furikake. The noodles were a big letdown here. Very chewy – overly so. They also didn’t take on the flavor of the broth. The broth was pretty lackluster as well. A surprise since the beef ramen they make was so good! Well, there’s one more variety to try they make in this line so I’ll have to give that one a shot. Most of their products are really good but not a fan of this one, sad to say. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 673367040448 .

Taiwanese pork noodles video

Taiwanese tourism video

Re-Review: Wu-Mu Beef Flavor Ramen Mi Bo

What’s with all the re-reviews you ask? Well, I’m stalled at review #599 as I’m awaiting the opportunity to review an pack of instant noodles that is pretty generic but has been overlooked. I should have it in my clutches VERY shortly. Decided for this one – beefy and sweet and spicy and I remember…

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

Me expenditure feel very well of taken care. Moving along.

Seasoned oil and dry seasoning.

These noodles are steamed, not fried.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added an egg. Used just under 400cc of water – it didn’t say how much water to use so I thought that would work. Work it did! The noodles are chewy and full of flavor, the broth is spicy and sweet and hearty.l Veggies aren’t too bad either. Awesome! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars!

#300: Wu-Mu Steam Spinach Ramen With Onion Flavor

Okay and here we go with review #300! It’s really getting hard to find ones I haven’t sampled and reviewed yet so if anyone would like to send me some that would be really much appreciated! So here’s #300, spinach onion time!

This pack actually contains four servings. I like how the silver ones say soup bag in English and the seasoned oil says nothing in English. I also like the fact that this packaging doesn’t tell you how much water to use. I figured draining the water off was the best bet.

Kinda green going on – spinach’ll do that!

Seasoning powder and seasoned oil.

Click image to enlarge. I added two fried eggs, some kizami shoga [pickled ginger] and fried shallots. I must say I am thoroughly impressed with this one – wow. The noodles are broad and the perfect texture. The seasonings are exactly what they purport to be and brilliantly done. Adding egg and ginger compliments the dish quite nice, and the shallot just makes sense. Altogether, I think this goes up there in the hallowed ranks of the almighty five stars. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

To make things more awesome, here’s the commercial for this product! It’s the one all the way on the left.

Here’s another.

#270: Wu-Mu Dried Noodle With BBQ Pork Flavor Sauce

So today’s a downtime today. My lady Kit’s not feeling well and we decided a couple days ago that we would chill and watch Star Trek movies and eat noodles together. That being said, I needed to find some kind of new noodle thing that she night like. Well, BBQ Pork flavor sounded pretty good to me and I thought she’d dig it too.

Yeah so its enough for 4 people. Pretty cheap at around $3 for all of this.

Here are the veggies! Holy cow they are colorful and ample!

So here’s the BBQ pork sauce – thick and black.

Click image to enlarge. The noodles were very chewy – very very chewy indeed! The veggies were nice and the flavoring was alright; just wish there was a bit more of it. I think the marks went down because of the chewiness of the noodles. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars on this one. Sorry Kit!

Here’s a video of hand pulled noodles in Taiwan!

#250: Wu-Mu Steamed Noodle Sesame Oil Flavor

Another milestone – 250 reviews! Was waiting a while for this one – 99 Ranch would get other varieties but leave this little shelf bare – and after about 8 months, here it is. So let’s give it a try!

Clockwise from top left: veggies, soy sauce, sesame oil.

It’s a lot of fun to play with sesame oil and soy sauce with a toothpick… The veggies look to be onions.

Click image to enlarge. So I added a couple fried eggs, some of the turkey [named Theodore and cooked by my beloved Kitten] and some sea salt. Result: the broth was rich and flavorful – very good. The noodles are very high quality and I enjoyed them very much. Of course, you can’t beat fried eggs and turkey! I’m giving the 250th unique ramen a 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.

#191: Wu-Mu Steamed Noodle Chinese Herbs Flavor

I’ve had the garlic and sesame flavor noodles by Sing Lin before – they were really great so we’ll have to see how these stack up…

Some liquid, some veggies…

Pretty interesting looking stuff here. Th ingredients as far as the Chinese herbs go are as follows: plum, angelica sinensis, ligusticum wallichii, paeonia lactiflora pail, rehmanninae.

Click image to enlarge. I threw in an egg while the noodles were boiling. So okay here we are. This is rather mild stuff – not salty to speak of. It’s rather interesting, what with the ingredients and all. I like the noodles. The broth is weak, but has some interesting flavor, and the veggies are plentiful. The veggies are some of the weirdest I’ve had – dehydrated cabbage, then vegetarian meat and then Wolfberry!!! Wow, some strange stuff here!  The vegetarian meat actually worked quite nicely and was chewy! I’m giving this one a 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.