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CarJEN Sends Bags & Treats!

So every time I do a Top Ten list, I try to let the companies that make that list know. I usually post directly on their Facebook page a congratulatory message. Well, CarJEN’s J.J. Snek Mi Perisa BBQ made the new Top Ten Instant Noodle Snacks list, and I saw something neat on their page!

Last year, CarJEN’s Nyonya Curry Laksa made 4th place on the annual big Top Ten list. I still have to say I think that this product has the greatest looking packaging of any variety I’ve ever seen. The Otentiq Cheezy is what’s on the other side of the bag. These are reusable shopping bags, given away at events/promotions in Malaysia.

They also sent some samples – here’s the winning BBQ flavor snek mi.

They also sent the chicken variety! Thanks to Sugu and Nuril for sending these along!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Snacks Of All Time 2016 Edition

Instant noodle… snacks? Yeah! Snacks of all kinds have come from instant noodles – candy, crunchy bits, you name it. They’re popular all over Asia and also the United States; have you ever taken a pack of instant noodles, crushed them and added in the seasoning and shaken the bag up and eaten them like potato chips or popcorn? Well, this is popular elsewhere as well! Let’s check out my favorite instant noodle snacks from over 1,900 reviews. Enjoy!

#10: Wei Lih What’s That? Leisure Meatballs Spicy Chicken Flavor – Taiwan

They’re crunchy and light. They have a slight sweetness and a spiciness that is very slight but builds the more you eat. Original review

#9: Mamee Monster Snek Mi Perisa Ayam – Malaysia

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The noodles are nice and crunchy. They have that lightness you would expect from an uncooked instant noodle, but not really oily as some can be. The flavoring is light and has a salty and almost sesame oil kind of flavor to it. Original review

#8: A-Sha Prince Katsu Snack Noodles – Taiwan

They’re very light and crunchy and have a nice salty and crunchy appeal to them. There’s a bit of a sweet and garlic or onion kind of thing going on as well as a hint of spiciness. Original review

#7: J.J. Snek Mi Perisa BBQ – Malaysia

The noodles are crunchy and have a nice flavor to them – very much reminding me of fried chicken from a well known restaurant chain. These were very good! Original review

#6: Samyang Foods Star Popeye Ramyun Snack – South Korea

It’s very crunchy and the noodles have a very light cinnamon note to them. The sugaryness of the rock candy brings this out in a nice way. Original review

#5: Mama Rangers Snack Noodles Shrimp Tom Yum Flavour – Myanmar

The snack noodle pieces are very short. The have a nice crunch to them. The flavor is that of a sweet tom yum, with a hint of spiciness, an unmistakable hit of lemongrass, and definitely tastes like sugary tom yum. It’s a nice flavor and was enjoyable. Original review

#4: Oyatsu Baby Star Snack Noodle Yakisoba Flavor – Japan

These short lengths of noodle are great. They’re light and crunchy. The flavor is that of yakisoba, so a little Worcestershire and salt and spices. It’s great stuff! Original review

#3: Ve Wong Little Prince Bacon – Taiwan

These little crunchy bits of noodles have a great bacon flavor. The big bag comes with a ton of little bags. My wife and I found these at an Asian grocery near Disneyland during our honeymoon – bacon snacks!  Original review

#2: Komforte Chockolates Savory Ramen – United States

The chocolate was exceedingly good – a really nice 53% dark chocolate I enjoyed thoroughly – premium stuff. It’s not so dark that it will put off the milkies and not so light on cacao that it lacks richness. The bits of noodles were nice and crunchy, and not hard like a rock. The soy, onion and garlic flavors were very much muted by the rich chocolate flavor, but that wasn’t a horrible thing. Original review

#1: Mamee Monster Snek Mi Perisa Pedas – Malaysia

I really like the crunch of the noodles; they seem a little different than the other Mamee Monster varieties; they’re really crispy, but maybe have a little more give to them. They have a nice spicy flavor to them which was great and a little bit of sweetness and more spiciness from the seasoning – excellent snacks. Original review

#1894: MAMA Rangers Snack Noodles BBQ Flavour

Here’s another one of these interesting snack noodles from Myanmar! This pack is very small – 15g actually! Let’s see what’s within!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open package and eat. enjoy!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added almonds and bbq pork. The noodles are crunchy, but not break your teeth crunchy. The are very short as well. The barbecue flavor is interesting; kind of a salty, sesame and BBQ potato chip flavor. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9510202028.

Probably the most well-known MAMA instant – MAMA Instant Noodle, Tom Yum Shrimp Spicy Flavor, 3.17 Ounce (Pack of 20)

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#1743: MAMA Rangers Snack Noodles Shrimp Tom Yum Flavour

Here’s yet another one sent to me by the MAMA folks in Thailand. This is a snack noodle made in Myanmar! The MAMA Rangers look to be having a little party on the front of the package! Let’s see if they’ll bring the party to our tastebuds!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open bag and eat!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added cashews glazed with lemongrass, soy, sesame seeds,pineapple and peanut. The snack noodle pieces are very short. The have a nice crunch to them. The flavor is that of a sweet tom yum, with a hint of spiciness, an unmistakable hit of lemongrass, and definitely tastes like sugary tom yum. It’s a nice flavor and was enjoyable. For a snack, this gets 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. Bar code number 9510108009.

Probably the most well-known MAMA instant – MAMA Instant Noodle, Tom Yum Shrimp Spicy Flavor, 3.17 Ounce (Pack of 20)

A street vendor making snacks in Myanmar.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1586: J.J. Snek Mi Perisa Ayam

Here’s the other variety of J.J. snack noodles CarJEN produces. Ayam translates to chicken. The mighty chicken seems to be the universally accepted flavor in the world. I was just wondering – how many are there? Chickens, I mean; how many chickens are there on the planet? I typed in world population of chickens into Google and it spat this out instantaneously:

In 2009 the annual chicken population in factory farms was estimated at 50 billion, with 6 billion raised in the European Union, over 9 billion raised in the United States and more than 7 billion in China.

I searched to find out how many people there are and it said the world’s human population is roughly 7.2 billion. That’s a lot of us, and a lot of chickens. – about 7 of them for every person, everywhere. It kind of interesting to think about all the resources are needed to handle this huge population of chickens – feed, water, waste etc. Pretty amazing. But anyways, let’s have a look at this chicken flavored J. J. Snek Mi Perisa Ayam!

The above picture is of one of the individual packs that are inside the first picture with is a bag of ten.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, simply open the bag and eat, or crush contents in the bag and then open. Enjoy!

The uncrushed noodle block.

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles have a very nice crunch without being too hard. They’ve got a nice chicken flavor to them. An easy to enjoy snack. Giving this snack a score of 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9557226062332.

Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (from Amazon) If you grew up on corner-store treats, memory lane is paved with Ho Hos, Yodels, Oreos, and Ring Dings. And while your taste buds may have grown up a bit, chances are you still crave these classic flavors. Now you can re-create the lunch-box delights that made you the envy of other kids, with all-natural homemade versions. After much obsessing and experimentation, Jennifer Steinhauer has cracked the code for 70 iconic treats to re-create in your own kitchen. There are cookies with a perfect crunchy base for cream filling, snack cakes with frosting so thick you can peel it off all at once, candies dipped in chocolate and dusted with sugar, and ice cream pops so juicy that they drip down your arm. A self-taught baker, Jennifer had no interest in complicated techniques or chemical gunk, just easy hacks that break down and remaster these throwback snacks.

A short video of a CarJEN sponsored event in Melaka, Malaysia.

#1144: Meet The Manufacturer: Asian Thai Foods Krrish Instant Noodles Vegetable Curry Flavour

Here’s another journey into something different. It was mentioned that a lot of people will have these noodles uncooked with the seasoning/oil packets mixed in. Adding tomato ketchup and mayonnaise as well was mentioned. I enquired as to whom the fellow on the package was: “Well it’s the superhero for India. It’s actor Hrithik Roshan on the package. You can Google the movie. Krrsh 3 will be releasing soon this year. Do watch the trailer on YouTube. This product was made to attract kids.” Wow cool! I figured let’s try this out!

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

The noodle block.

A combo packet of seasoning and onion flavored oil.

A packet of chilli powder.

Here’s the base with the chilli powder on top.

Here’s the onion scented oil.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added coriander (cilantro) , grape tomatoes, cashews, raisins and mayonnaise. The noodles have a nice crunch to them. They’re quite easily pulverized to an easily chompable size. The dry and oil seasonings do quite well. The additions make it really extra nice – like a crunchy salad. Again as before, I only rate the base product. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 9504000021989.

Here’s a TV advertisement for Krrish.

#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.

Product Samples From Asian Thai Foods

All of a sudden, a knock at the door – the FedEx guy! What could it be?

Instant noodles from Nepal! Thanks to Arun and Manish for sending these!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Asian Thai Foods

Interview * Samples From Asian Thai Foods * Asian Thai Foods Gaurav Chicken Seasoning * Asian Thai Foods Preeti Instant Noodles With Veg Soup Base * Asian That Foods Joker Ready To Eat Noodles Chicken Flavor * Asian Thai Foods Miteri Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor * Asian Thai Foods Rumpum Vegetable Soup Base * Asian Thai Foods Krrish Instant Noodles Vegetable Curry Flavour * Asian Thai Foods Fatafat Chicken Flavor * Asian Thai Foods 2pm Precooked Noodles Chicken Curry Delight * Asian Thai Foods Rumpum Chicken Soup Base * Asian Thai Foods Miteri Instant Noodles Vegetable Flavor * Asian Thai Foods Preeti Instant Noodles Chicken Soup Base * Asian Thai Foods Krrish Instant Noodles Chicken Flavour * Asian Thai Foods Fatafat Vegetable Flavor

A while back I was contacted by Asian Thai Foods – they were curious if there was a way to send me instant noodles to review. As it turns out, they’re in Nepal, a place whose noodles I’ve never reviewed before. I thought a Meet The Manufacturer was in order, and here we are! Here’s the interview I conducted with them via email. Enjoy!

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! Can you tell my readers about the history of Asian Thai Foods?

ASIAN THAI FOODS> Asian Thai Foods (P) Ltd. is a business organization in the FMCG market. It was established 12 years ago in Biratnagar, Nepal. The corporate office is located in the Capital City Kathmandu. It is a partnership within 2 companies – Jaju Group & Sharda Group. We have various products in noodles and snacks segment and are expanding the product line to Indian and US markets. We are among the top noodles manufacturing companies in Nepal. Our popular brands are Rumpum, 2pm and Preeti. Log in to our corporate website for more information.

TRR> What was the first product you made?

ATF> RUMPUM, it was the first product we manufactured. We were the pioneers in marketing of noodles and consumer schemes activations. For more information find us on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest.

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

ATF> The manufacturing unit is located in Biratnagar, while the corporate office is in the Capital City Kathmandu.
Nepal has diverse culture, climate, geographical locations, languages, class, castes etc. Therefore, we try to offer products in various tastes, price and offers suitable for the consumers from various backgrounds.

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

ATF> We have various varieties of Instant Noodles.
Most Popular Brands: RUMPUM, Preeti and 2pm.
Other brands: Mast Mast, Krissh, Miteri, Dautari, Gaurav, Fatafat, and many more.
Type:  Standard pack, Meal pack, Cup Noodles, Tiffin Pack, etc.

TRR> What do the names Rumpum and Preeti mean?

ATF> Rumpum means happiness/music.
Preeti means love.

TRR> Why one of your products is called 2pm? What is the significance of this time of day?

ATF> The lunch break here is around 2 pm; therefore we came up with the idea to target the consumers who have noodles during lunch time. It was basically targeted to students and working couples.

TRR> I see that a lot of your varieties are ‘brown noodles.’ What are brown noodles?

ATF> Brown noodles are brown in color and are more baked and cooked hence you can eat them raw which is not the case in White Noodles because brown noodles are made with soup base and spices while white noodles are bland in taste unless cooked.

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

ATF> We are HACCP certified, which our most of the competitors are not. Though the process making is similar, we differ in the usage of quality raw materials and unprocessed products which makes our product healthier and tastier.

TRR> Are instant noodles the only products you make?

ATF> As of now we have only instant noodles, but we are looking at expanding the product line with soupy noodles as well. We also have various products apart from instant noodles which comes under the Snacks category like Cheese balls, Corn puffs, Potato chips, Peanuts, Bhujiya, Crackers, etc under different brands names.

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?

ATF> Sodium intake has been a concern for everyone, as you will see the sodium % in our product will be more due to salt and various spices. The salt used is iodized salt and the spices used are organic and the best quality used. We have the HACCP certification for high quality products; therefore people are not concerned much as we enrich the products with other essential elements like Protein, Calcium, Iron and other Vitamins & Minerals.

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

ATF> Yes, we do charities with various NGO and also donate free packets to orphanages and distribute educational items to schools. We also sponsor various sports tournaments as well; recently we had sponsored a Football tournament.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

ATF> Yes, there are new products or products extension coming soon.
Rumpum will be out in 4 different flavors.
Preeti will be extended to white noodles and soupy noodles.
Mast Mast is a new brand launched for kids.
Nawab Halal Noodles is a new brand launched targeting the Muslim customers.

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

ATF> I add a little more spices and herbs and have it with tomato sauce and mayonnaise.
Most of the times I eat it raw as it doesn’t require cooking, but when I cook I add various vegetables like Carrots, Peas, Capsicum and Coriander. Add chili powder and oregano for different taste.

TRR> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Asian Thai Foods and your products!

Interview * Samples From Asian Thai Foods * Asian Thai Foods Gaurav Chicken Seasoning * Asian Thai Foods Preeti Instant Noodles With Veg Soup Base * Asian That Foods Joker Ready To Eat Noodles Chicken Flavor * Asian Thai Foods Miteri Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor * Asian Thai Foods Rumpum Vegetable Soup Base * Asian Thai Foods Krrish Instant Noodles Vegetable Curry Flavour * Asian Thai Foods Fatafat Chicken Flavor * Asian Thai Foods 2pm Precooked Noodles Chicken Curry Delight * Asian Thai Foods Rumpum Chicken Soup Base * Asian Thai Foods Miteri Instant Noodles Vegetable Flavor * Asian Thai Foods Preeti Instant Noodles Chicken Soup Base * Asian Thai Foods Krrish Instant Noodles Chicken Flavour * Asian Thai Foods Fatafat Vegetable Flavor

There you go! I’ll be trying many of Asian Thai Foods’ products over the next days – check the reviews out!