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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!

#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.

#1275: Wu-Mu Ramen With Stewed Pork Flavor

Our weekend of trying some of the bigger packaged noodles continues with the one Andy’s gonna try. I figured this shouldn’t be spicy and shouldn’t have any kind of flavor an 8 year old would find too offensive. Let’s check it out!

The distributor sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, boil 550ml water. Add a noodle block and cook for 3 minutes. Take off of the heat and stir in the sachet contents.

The noodle block. By the way there are four of everything in this package.

I want a t-shirt of that little sauce bag graphic; I think it’s rad.

Some powder and some vegetable.

The seasoned oil sachet.

Looks like ghee.

I gave Andy the option of adding some cheese to this one which he happily took up.

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles have a good texture to them – it looks like this line
of Wu-Mu products has a nice selection of noodle. The broth is rich but not too salty. It has a very authentic stewed pork flavor; reminiscent ot wonton soup. A good bowl of noodles – 4.5 out out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4710175570272.

Think we’ll have to make this on his birthday – he’ll flip out LOL!

#1274: Wu-Mu Shiitake Flavor Spinach Ramen

I’ve just got to face it; I’ve got noodles coming out of my ears here! There’s a big bag of these Wu-Mu noodles next to my bed that I’ve been almost tripping over as of late. They don’t fit anywhere else and each one is a 4 pack! I thought today my son and I would try a couple varieties. I figured I’d give this one a shot. I’m definitely not a huge fan of mushrooms, but the spinach noodles sounded nice. Let’s have a look!

The distributor sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, boil 600ml water. Add noodle block and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add oil and dry sachet and stir.

Green spinach noodles.

Dry sachet.

Very light and very dry.

The seasoned oil sachet.

I made the mistake of getting some of this on my fingers and then licking it off. Ugh!

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles have a very nice chew to them. Their gauge is good as well, and a nice flavor. They aren’t overwhelmingly spinach flavored in the least. The broth is light in flavor (the flavor of the liquid sachet was very much diluted which was good) and has enough oil to give it some heartiness. The vegetables are highlighted by goodly sized chunks of shiitake mushroom which are decent. I am surprised how much I like this one. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4710175565438.

Here’s a Wu-Mu TV spot.

#1268: Wu-Mu Dried Noodle With Jah Jan Sauce

Now for something completely different. Jah jan noodles! What’s jah jan? It’s a black bean (or soybean) sauce rich with flavor – popular in China, Taiwan and South Korea. This one’s from Taiwan. Let’s check it out!

The distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, boil noodles for 4 minutes, then add dehydrated vegetables for 30 seconds. Drain water and stir contents of sauce sachet until combined.

The noodle block.

The vegetable sachet.

A little array.

The sauce sachet.

Soybean paste and oil.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef with Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper, sweet onion and green onion. The noodles are hearty and of good character and chew. The flavoring is interesting; spicy and a bit of oiliness to it. It has this strange flavor though that I can only liken to something from when I was a kid. See, I was that kid who oft times was found chewing on his pencil eraser. Well, I’m getting a bit of that kind of flavor here; not sure why. Anyways, eraser or not, everything works pretty well together and it good. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4710175565162.

A Wu-Mu advertisement in Mandarin.