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Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Kiki Noodle

Interview With Kiki Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - Meet The Manufacturer

Interview With Kiki Noodle * Product Samples From Kiki Noodle (1 of 3) * Product Samples From Kiki Noodle (2 of 3) * Product Samples From Kiki Noodle (3 of 3)Kiki Noodles Sichuan Spices Flavor NoodleKiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle

I got an email from someone at a company I’d never heard of with samples they wanted me to try. I love when this happens; happily,I get to try something new and learn some new things. In this case, a Taiwanese company called Kiki. Without further ado, let’s start things off with this interview with Chester Yeung of Kiki Noodle.

Interview With Kiki Noodle – Taiwan

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

KIKI> We have been running our restaurant for 26 years focusing mainly in Sichuan cuisine. Having said that we always put healthy, tasty together with safety as our objectives. We focus very much on noodle – as a main staple food for the Easterners. By using our knowledge and experience in making food, we aim to develop our own type of noodles with the best taste and texture, so as to provide a convenience but yet healthy choice to customers. 2015 marks the birth of pre- packed KiKi noodle, a head start after 26 years of experience accumulation.

TRR> What was the first product you made?

KIKI> Our first pre- packed noodle are Kiki Noodle mixed with Sichuan Spices and Kiki Noodle mixed with Scallion oil & soy sauce

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

KIKI> Taiwan is a beautiful island that dwells 23 million people, with mild climate, our people are friendly and welcoming

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

KIKI> We currently producing 2 flavors- Sichuan spices and Scallion oil with soy Sauce. Very soon we will launch new flavor with aged vinegar based sauce mixed noodle with spicy and non- spicy options too

TRR> Why the name Kiki?

KIKI> As we said, the name KiKi is to carry on the brand name of our restaurant

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

KIKI> Apart from Taiwan, currently our product are sold in Hong Kong, China, Korea, Singapore and Australia

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

KIKI> Unlike the ordinary deep- fried instant noodle; We adopt the traditional noodle making method – air drying by daylight for 48 hours with absolute zero preservative added. By this mean, the natural flavor of wheat flour is retained in our noodle.

TRR> Are instant noodles the only products you make?

KIKI> We will also launch readymade numb and spicy sauce, seasoning powder and instant Sichuan meal 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?

KIKI> Making Healthy and tasty food is being our main objective, and hence we have spent a lot of time in developing KiKi Noodle, I can tell you that our seasoning has lower sodium content than the other instant noodle. Thanks to the special formula of spices mix that developed in our restaurant

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

KIKI> We always actively involved in community activities including donation to those charities that taking care of the Social vulnerable groups.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

KIKI> Definitely, we are quite busy at the moment since we have a packed schedule rolling out our new products including 2 new flavor for KiKi Noodle, instant pack for Sichuan Seasoning, numb & spicy sauce as well as seasoning powder.

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

KIKI> I personally would go for a soft boil egg with runny yolk, together with some veggie and slices of meat, if I am staving, I would go for luncheon meat wih sunny side up egg.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Kiki Noodle and your products!

Alright – let’s have a look at their products!

#2430: MeeKuali Bihun Sup Rempah Perisa Daging

#2430: MeeKuali Bihun Sup Rempah Perisa Daging - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - rice vermicelli

This is something new from MyKuali as part of their new MeeKuali line. It’s a beef flavor rice vermicelli! The packaging and everything is definitely a departure from their regular MyKuali line which is very popular and are some of my favorites I’ve ever tried. I looked up rempah on Wikipedia and found this –

Belacan is also crumbled into a ground spice paste called rempah, which will usually include garlic, ginger, onions or shallots, and fresh or dried chilli peppers. A rempah paste is similar in form and function to an Indian wet masala paste or Thai curry paste, and is often browned and caramelised (Malay: tumis) to mellow the raw flavours of its component ingredients and produce a harmonised finish.

But I looked through the ingredients on this one and didn’t see any shrimp that’s usually found in belacan. This has a beef flavor to it. A little confused, but it looks like a tasty kind of flavoring – let’s check it out!

MeeKuali Bihun Sup Rempah Perisa Daging – Malaysia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add vermicelli to 380ml boiling water and cook for 2.5 minutes. Add powder and paste sachets to a bowl. Pour in cooked vermicelli and liquid into bowl and combine. Finally, garnish with fried shallot and enjoy!

#2430: MeeKuali Bihun Sup Rempah Perisa Daging - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - rice vermicelli

The vermicelli block.

#2430: MeeKuali Bihun Sup Rempah Perisa Daging - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - rice vermicelli

The dry base.

#2430: MeeKuali Bihun Sup Rempah Perisa Daging - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - rice vermicelli

A light powder.

#2430: MeeKuali Bihun Sup Rempah Perisa Daging - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - rice vermicelli

A paste sachet.

#2430: MeeKuali Bihun Sup Rempah Perisa Daging - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - rice vermicelli

Has a nice scent – definitely a lot of the spices are in here.

#2430: MeeKuali Bihun Sup Rempah Perisa Daging - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - rice vermicelli

The garnish sachet/.

#2430: MeeKuali Bihun Sup Rempah Perisa Daging - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - rice vermicelli

Fried shallots!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, beef, and star anise. The vermicelli came out really good. This and cooked nicely. I made a couple of cross cuts with a pair of kitchen scissors to make the vermicelli more manageable. The broth is great . It’s got a great beef flavor and definitely full of spices. Moreover, it has the thickness I like. The shallots pull it together well – crisp and tasty. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555655005609.

MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (4 Packs)

An Old Town White Coffee promotion involving MyKuali from a couple years ago.

Friday Video: The Instagram Instant Noodle Research Study

Today is Halloween and I thought I’d post something a little different. I spend a lot of time posting on instagram and perusing other people’s instant noodle related posts on there as well. I thought I would pick a standard instant noodle related hashtag and see what interesting things would pop up, then I would share my conclusions. The hashtag is #topramen.

Here are my findings:

  • People like to add many things to their instant noodles – especially dry seasonings
  • Alcoholic beverages pair very well with instant noodles
  • Hot sauce must go well with instant noodles
  • People think all instant noodles are called Top Ramen, regardless of brand
  • Cats truly enjoy instant noodle boxes
  • Many people are unskilled at cooking for themselves
  • People often have hair that resembles instant noodles
  • People enjoy posting pictures of large amounts of instant noodles in one place

These were things I kind of knew already, but was surprised to see so well represented in this hashtag. The images in the video are picked from the last 6 months of photos posted with the hashtag on instagram. Hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween!



The Convenient Companion for Ramen Seasonings

Hi, I’m Eric, longtime fan and new RR contributor!

When I have soup I like adding lots of different ingredients to them. Powdered ginger, salt, chili powder, galangal powder, etc. But after a while all those bottles started piling up on the table and taking up so much room! So I found a solution to this problem: the multi-spice shaker!

 It holds a small amount of your spices or seasonings in one convenient shaker with individual compartments! It totally solved my problem and cleared up tons of counterspace!

Neat, huh? If you want one of these for your own noodlin’ then you can get one here

Here’s a news bit on the “essential” herbs and spices while cooking:

#73: Nissin Demae Ramen Five Spices Artificial Beef Flavor Instant Noodles

I’ve been enjoying trying every flavor of Nissin Demae that 99 Ranch carries lately, so onward we go with the five spices artificial beef flavor.

I liked the Halloween colors of the packets! Wish it was Halloween though!

I liked it (click image to enlarge)! It has a nice smell and tasted great. It had the slightly sweet and slightly peppery aroma of five spices and a good beefiness to it. I currently am sneezing and have a runny nose today and my throat’s been bothering me – this was a perfect choice I think. Overall, I award 3.5 out of 5 stars.