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#2836: Shanjinshan Yibin Burning Noodle Green Onion Flavor

#2836: Shanjinshan Yibin Burning Noodle Green Onion Flavor

These came by way of Snackoo – a company that supplies you with great snack boxes, containing all sorts of fascinating things as well as ramen noodles. Why not check them out?

So this is the second Yibin Burning Noodle variety I’ve come across. It sounds interesting every time I come in contact with them, and they usually have interesting packaging like this one. Here’s a little about Yibin from Wikipedia –

Yibin (simplified Chinese宜宾traditional Chinese宜賓Sichuanese Pinyin: nyi2bin1Sichuanese pronunciation[ɲi˨˩pin˥]pinyinYíbīnWade–GilesI-pin) is a prefecture-level city in the southeastern part of Sichuanprovince, People’s Republic of China, located at the junction of the Min and Yangtze Rivers.

Its population was 4,471,840 inhabitants according to the 2010 census of whom 836,340 lived in the built-up (or metro) area made of Cuiping District.

Human habitation of Yibin dates back at least 4,000 years. Yibin was established as a county in the Han dynasty (206 BC − AD 220). Under the Ming and Qing, the town and its hinterland was known as XuzhouCommandery (t 敘州, s 叙州, p Xùzhōufǔ), which was variously romanized as SuifuSuifoo,[citation needed] and Suchow.[2] Its population around 1907 was estimated at 50,000.[3]

There are several hot springs near Yibin, plus many other tourist attractions. Such attractions include the Bamboo Sea in Changning County and the Xingwen Stone Forest. Cuiping mountain in the centre of the city provides wonderful views of Yibin. Yibin is also the confluence of the Min and Jinsha Rivers, which together form the Chang Jiang as the Yangtze River is known in Chinese from Yibin to Shanghai.

Okay then, let’s have a look at this one that was sent by Snackoo!

Shanjinshan Yibin Burning Noodle Green Onion Flavor – China

#2836: Shanjinshan Yibin Burning Noodle Green Onion Flavor

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

#2836: Shanjinshan Yibin Burning Noodle Green Onion Flavor

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line in tray with noodles. Cover for (doesn’t say but going to guess at least 4 minutes). Drain using spout. Add in large sachet  contents. Take small sachet and add 200-250ml boiling water in a serving bowl. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2836: Shanjinshan Yibin Burning Noodle Green Onion Flavor

An included fork!

#2836: Shanjinshan Yibin Burning Noodle Green Onion Flavor

A sealed noodle block.

#2836: Shanjinshan Yibin Burning Noodle Green Onion Flavor

A pretty awesome looking sachet.

#2836: Shanjinshan Yibin Burning Noodle Green Onion Flavor

Thick stuff.

#2836: Shanjinshan Yibin Burning Noodle Green Onion Flavor

This is a soup –  you mix it with 200-250ml boiling water.

#2836: Shanjinshan Yibin Burning Noodle Green Onion Flavor

Looks like oil and soy.

#2836: Shanjinshan Yibin Burning Noodle Green Onion Flavor

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles are great – nice backbone here and the sauce it goes with has a nice flavor and bit that seem like meat but may be TVP. It does have a happy spring onion skip in its step. As for the burning, the noodle plate isn’t, but the soup is a little bit. Very oily and with a kind of herby taste. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6970657440068.

#2836: Shanjinshan Yibin Burning Noodle Green Onion Flavor

YiBin Burning Noodle (Spicy) 130g

I’m unsure if this is completely related, but it looks tasty

#2722: Nissin / Seven & i Premium Santouka From Hawaii Soy Sauce Ramen

snackoo #2722: Nissin / Seven & i Premium Santouka From Hawaii Soy Sauce Ramen snackoo

These came by way of Snackoo – a company that supplies you with great snack boxes, containing all sorts of fascinating things as well as ramen noodles. Why not check them out?

So this is a shoyu ramen inspired by Santouka, a popular ramen chain that started in Japan but also has locations elsewhere. This one is a variety inspired by their shoyu in Hawaii. Let’s have a look.

Nissin / Seven & i Premium Santouka Soy Sauce Ramen – Japan

snackoo #2722: Nissin / Seven & i Premium Santouka From Hawaii Soy Sauce Ramen snackoo

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 5 minutes. Add in shrimp oil. Finally, stir and enjoy!

snackoo #2722: Nissin / Seven & i Premium Santouka From Hawaii Soy Sauce Ramen snackoo

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

snackoo #2722: Nissin / Seven & i Premium Santouka From Hawaii Soy Sauce Ramen snackoo

The noodle block.

snackoo #2722: Nissin / Seven & i Premium Santouka From Hawaii Soy Sauce Ramen snackoo

Loose seasoning and bits from the cup.

snackoo #2722: Nissin / Seven & i Premium Santouka From Hawaii Soy Sauce Ramen snackoo

The shrimp oil sachet/.

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Smells shrimpy!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles were soft and really quite nice. The broth was a salty soy and shrimp taste – at first, I thought this wouldn’t be to my liking but it was seriously grubbin stuff. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105243183.

snackoo #2722: Nissin / Seven & i Premium Santouka From Hawaii Soy Sauce Ramen snackoo

Nissin Instant Cup Ramen S a n t o u k a  Ramen with Asahikawa Pork Bone Based Soup(Set of 4)

Rock on, super Ramen Rater! Can never start too young.

#2718: Banzai Instant Noodles “Tom Yam Kung” Shrimp Flavour

#2718: Banzai Instant Noodles "Tom Yam Kung" Shrimp Flavour Vietnam snackoo snackoo.com www.snackoo.com

These came by way of Snackoo – a company that supplies you with great snack boxes, containing all sorts of fascinating things as well as ramen noodles. Why not check them out?

Here’s a little about this variety of tom yam from Wikipedia –

tom yam kung (Thaiต้มยำกุ้ง) – the version of the dish most popular among tourists, is made with prawns as the main ingredient.[10] The dish originated during the Rattanakosin Kingdom.[11]

I’ve never seen this Banzai brand before which is great – always nice to see new brands I’ve not reviewed popping up! Let’s take a look!

Banzai Instant Noodles “Tom Yam Kung” Shrimp Flavour – Vietnam

#2718: Banzai Instant Noodles "Tom Yam Kung" Shrimp Flavour Vietnam snackoo snackoo.com www.snackoo.com

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add all sachets and 320-350ml boiling water. Cover for 3-4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2718: Banzai Instant Noodles "Tom Yam Kung" Shrimp Flavour Vietnam snackoo snackoo.com www.snackoo.com

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2718: Banzai Instant Noodles "Tom Yam Kung" Shrimp Flavour Vietnam snackoo snackoo.com www.snackoo.com

An included fork!

#2718: Banzai Instant Noodles "Tom Yam Kung" Shrimp Flavour Vietnam snackoo snackoo.com www.snackoo.com

The noodle block.

#2718: Banzai Instant Noodles "Tom Yam Kung" Shrimp Flavour Vietnam snackoo snackoo.com www.snackoo.com

A powder base sachet.

#2718: Banzai Instant Noodles "Tom Yam Kung" Shrimp Flavour Vietnam snackoo snackoo.com www.snackoo.com

A chilli powder sachet.

#2718: Banzai Instant Noodles "Tom Yam Kung" Shrimp Flavour Vietnam snackoo snackoo.com www.snackoo.com

Chilli powder atop soup base.

#2718: Banzai Instant Noodles "Tom Yam Kung" Shrimp Flavour Vietnam snackoo snackoo.com www.snackoo.com

A liquid base sachet.

#2718: Banzai Instant Noodles "Tom Yam Kung" Shrimp Flavour Vietnam snackoo snackoo.com www.snackoo.com

Oil and paste.

#2718: Banzai Instant Noodles "Tom Yam Kung" Shrimp Flavour Vietnam snackoo snackoo.com www.snackoo.com

The garnish sachet.

#2718: Banzai Instant Noodles "Tom Yam Kung" Shrimp Flavour Vietnam snackoo snackoo.com www.snackoo.com

Some veg and TVP perhaps?

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and coriander. Noodles came out pretty well – a little stringy – kind of a weird term to use but I can’t think of one much better. The broth was a little saltier than expected but it was pretty good too. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8936046150800.

#2718: Banzai Instant Noodles "Tom Yam Kung" Shrimp Flavour Vietnam snackoo snackoo.com www.snackoo.com

Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors

Let’s have unboxing time!

#2716: Jinmailang Yakisoba Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs Flavor

#2216: Jinmailang Yakisoba Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs Flavor - China - snackoo

These came by way of Snackoo – a company that supplies you with great snack boxes, containing all sorts of fascinating things as well as ramen noodles. Why not check them out?

So Jinmailang (or JML) is a Chinese company which has a big footprint in the instant noodle universe. I heard once that one of every four instant noodles produced on the planet are produced by Jinmailang. That’s a lot of noodles! This one sounds particularly tasty – sweet and sour pork ribs.  Let’s take a look!

Jinmailang Yakisoba Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs Flavor – China

#2216: Jinmailang Yakisoba Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs Flavor - China - snackoo

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add the vegetable sachet content and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3~4 minutes. Use drain spout in the lid to drain carefully. Add the liquid base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2216: Jinmailang Yakisoba Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs Flavor - China - snackoo

Included chopsticks!

#2216: Jinmailang Yakisoba Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs Flavor - China - snackoo

The noodle block.

#2216: Jinmailang Yakisoba Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs Flavor - China - snackoo

The liquid base sachet/.

#2216: Jinmailang Yakisoba Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs Flavor - China - snackoo

The vegetable sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, fried pork and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles came out with a decent backbone and gauge I found very nice. The flavor was kind of what I expected. You see, sweet and sour in the United States is better called sweet and sweeter. Often in Chinese cuisine, sweet and sour has sourness from black vinegar – which actually I find to be more tart than sour. Regardless, it was a really good balance and I liked it. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6921555500057.

#2216: Jinmailang Yakisoba Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs Flavor - China - snackoo

Instant Noodle (Spicy Hot Beef Flavor) – 3.8oz (Pack of 30)

A JML TV spot

#2708: Qinsheng Dumpling Pastry Hot & Sour Flavor

#2708: Qinsheng Dumpling Pastry Hot & Sour Flavor - snackoo

These came by way of Snackoo – a company that supplies you with great snack boxes, containing all sorts of fascinating things as well as ramen noodles. Why not check them out?

This is much like liangpi – aka Shanxi cold noodle. Here’s a little about Shanxi cold noodle from Wikipedia –

Liangpi (simplified Chinese凉皮traditional Chinese涼皮pinyinliángpí; literally: “cold skin”) is a noodle-like Chinese dish made from wheat or rice flour. It is a specialty dish originating from the cuisine of Shaanxi Province,[1] but has now spread to many other places in China, in particular the northern and central regions. In northwestern areas of China, it is often called liangpi zi (凉皮子). Although liangpi is served cold, they are served in every season, including winter.

New York Times’ Julia Moskin describes liangpi as served at Xi’an Famous Foods as “a dish of cold noodles in a sauce that hits every possible flavor category (sweet, tangy, savory, herbal, nutty and dozens of others)

Alright – let’s give it a go!

Qinsheng Dumpling Pastry Hot & Sour Flavor – China

#2708: Qinsheng Dumpling Pastry Hot & Sour Flavor - snackoo

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare,  Boil the liangpi noodles for 5-10 minutes until al dente. Boil gluten for around the same amount of time. Rinse liangpi noodles and gluten, remove- it’s meant to be eaten dry.
Combine the gluten and liangpi noodles. Finally, stir in the sauce and enjoy!

#2708: Qinsheng Dumpling Pastry Hot & Sour Flavor - snackoo

The noodle pouch.

#2708: Qinsheng Dumpling Pastry Hot & Sour Flavor - snackoo

A garlic water sachet I believe.

#2708: Qinsheng Dumpling Pastry Hot & Sour Flavor - snackoo

A spicy sauce.

#2708: Qinsheng Dumpling Pastry Hot & Sour Flavor - snackoo

Gluten.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander and Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts. I’m now hooked. The noodles are light on the chew yet hearty and there’s a lot of them as well. The gluten is really nice – like a chewy thing that’s not meat but not tofu but good. It came out as one chunk of it – I think I was supposed to break it up… Nonetheless, very welcome. There were also little round discs that reminded me of sliced tteokbokki from Korean cuisine but they were very chewy. The flavor was a nice bright and crisp one – spicy and I think a black vinegar thing going on. I thoroughly enjoyed this one! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6933349214224.

#2708: Qinsheng Dumpling Pastry Hot & Sour Flavor - snackoo

Qinsheng Cold Noodles (Pack of 2)

A street food ytour in China’s Sichuan province

#2693: Qicaiyuan Liangpi (Shaanxi Cold Noodle)

#2693: Qicaiyuan Liangpi Shaanxi Cold Noodle - snackoo

Been forever since I tried Shanxi cold noodle. I think perhaps I cooked them wrong. Regardless, I know how to cook them correctly thanks to the nice folks at Snackoo! Snackoo is a subscription box service startup in San Francisco. They’ve got a lot of neat products – many I’ve never seen before – check ’em out!

Here’s a little about Shanxi cold noodle from Wikipedia –

Liangpi (simplified Chinese凉皮traditional Chinese涼皮pinyinliángpí; literally: “cold skin”) is a noodle-like Chinese dish made from wheat or rice flour. It is a specialty dish originating from the cuisine of Shaanxi Province,[1] but has now spread to many other places in China, in particular the northern and central regions. In northwestern areas of China, it is often called liangpi zi (凉皮子). Although liangpi is served cold, they are served in every season, including winter.

New York Times’ Julia Moskin describes liangpi as served at Xi’an Famous Foods as “a dish of cold noodles in a sauce that hits every possible flavor category (sweet, tangy, savory, herbal, nutty and dozens of others)

Alright – let’s give it a go!

Qicaiyuan Liangpi Shanxi Cold Noodle – China

#2693: Qicaiyuan Liangpi Shaanxi Cold Noodle - snackoo

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare,  Boil the liangpi noodles for 8-10 minutes until al dente. Boil gluten for around the same amount of time. Rinse liangpi noodles and gluten, remove- it’s meant to be eaten dry.
Combine the gluten and liangpi noodles. Finally, stir in the sauce and enjoy!

#2693: Qicaiyuan Liangpi Shaanxi Cold Noodle - snackoo

The liangi noodles.

#2693: Qicaiyuan Liangpi Shaanxi Cold Noodle - snackoo

So many big sachets – I don’t have enough little cups!

#2693: Qicaiyuan Liangpi Shaanxi Cold Noodle - snackoo

These are liquid seasonings.

#2693: Qicaiyuan Liangpi Shaanxi Cold Noodle - snackoo

More liquid base.

#2693: Qicaiyuan Liangpi Shaanxi Cold Noodle - snackoo

Gluten.

Finished ((click to enlarge). Added coriander and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. I definitely enjoyed this a lot more than my first experience with Shaanxi cold noodles. The noodles were soft and a little chewy at the same time. Bits of chewy gluten were everywhere and gave the dish an almost meaty kind of hit. The flavor was spicy and garlicky and savory all at the same time – very unique flavor. I think the fact that it was served cold made it just perfect. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.No bar code.

#2693: Qicaiyuan Liangpi Shaanxi Cold Noodle - snackoo

Xi’an, Shaanxi and The Terracotta Army (Odyssey Illustrated Guides)

How to make Liangpi from scratch

#2690: Village Vanguard No Men

#2690: Village Vanguard No Men brain zombie Japanese japan ramen

These came by way of Snackoo – a company that supplies you with great snack boxes, containing all sorts of fascinating things as well as ramen noodles. Why not check them out?

Yes – these are brain noodles! So this company also makes some other strange things like Pink Army Girls (see at bottom). Why the brains though? Well, aside from brains being tasty, these contain a good amount of Vitamin B1 which is supposed to facilitate brain functionality.

Pink ramen. Village Vanguard seems to be kind of weird. Must investigate. Need brains…

Village Vanguard No Men – Japan

#2690: Village Vanguard No Men brain zombie Japanese japan ramen

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in a pot of water for 2~3 minutes. Add liquid sachet to 270ml boiling water and combine. Add noodles to bowl, and soup to bowl. Finally, enjoy your brains!

#2690: Village Vanguard No Men brain zombie Japanese japan ramen

A pink noodle block!

#2690: Village Vanguard No Men brain zombie Japanese japan ramen

The soup base sachet.

#2690: Village Vanguard No Men brain zombie Japanese japan ramen

A miso soup base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chashu pork and corn. The noodles have a nice bit of spring to them and are pretty good. The broth is light with a nice amount of oiliness. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4967448173214.

#2690: Village Vanguard No Men brain zombie Japanese japan ramen

Japanese Paper Toys Kit: Origami Paper Toys that Walk, Jump, Spin, Tumble and Amaze!

Pink Army Women

Unboxing Time: Snackoo Subscription Box

Here’s something new! A start-up company in San Francisco called Snackoo asked if I would like to check out their boxes – and of course, I said yes.

Unboxing Time: Snackoo

Unboxing Time: Snackoo
So I have a referral code which will get you $10 off your first order! Click here to check it out!