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Prison Ramen: Maruchan Texas Beef Donation

Prison Ramen: Maruchan Texas Beef Donation

Oh wow – okay so I’ve been trying to get instant noodles that inmates at jails and prisons were able to buy. You’d think they’d be the same old regular instant varieties everyone can get?

Nope. These are special – specifically packaged for corrections facilities with clear packaging to discourage hiding things in them. I contacted the manufacturer; they weren’t interested in talking about these specific products. I contacted the distributor who said I’d have to be in prison to get any. I told both parties that I really wasn’t looking to be incarcerated in order to get samples of these products.

Wikipedia had this to say – “In September 2013, the incarceration rate of the United States of America was the highest in the world, at 716 per 100,000 of the national population. While the United States represents about 4.4 percent of the world’s population, it houses around 22 percent of the world’s prisoners.[1] Corrections (which includes prisons, jails, probation, and parole) cost around $74 billion in 2007 according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.[2][3]
At the end of 2016, the Prison Policy Initiative estimated that in the United States, about 2,298,300 people were incarcerated out of a population of 324.2 million. This means that 0.7% of the population was behind bars.”

That’s a whole lot of people – I wanna try their ramen! It shouldn’t be that hard, right?

A huge thank you to reader Nick Bizarro. I saw these on eBay and asked folks on The Ramen Rater facebook page if they might buy them (a case of 24 packs of Maruchan Texas Beef) and send a couple. Well, Nick was kind enough to do so. I’ll be doing a couple special reviews of this one soon – involving recipes used by inmates doing time. Let’s have a look.

Prison Ramen: Maruchan Texas Beef Donation

#3160: Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce – Taiwan

#3160: Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce - Taiwan

This one arrived yesterday and I decided hey – how about a mukbang. So since they sent two four packs I went ahead and did one. Timing just worked well – crack it open after the unboxing video and give it a try – why not? I’ve been battling a cold that’s been going around – my son had it then gave it to me and my daughter – only ne left is my wife and I hope she doesn’t end up with it… But some spicy noodles fit the bill yesterday. Let’s check ’em out!

Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce – Taiwan

#3160: Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 6~7 minutes. Drain. Add sauce. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3160: Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3160: Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

#3160: Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce - Taiwan

A thick sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, crispy fried garlic, BBQ pork and scallion. The noodles are great – nice width and chewiness. Flavor had a nice balance between Sichuan pepperiness and other flavors – savory and spicy. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4718008950062.

#3160: Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce - Taiwan

The Food of Taiwan: Recipes from the Beautiful Island

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Watch us eat on Spicy Noodle Mukbang!

#2917: Kiki Noodles Mixed With Aged Vinegar

#2917: Kiki Noodles Mixed With Aged Vinegar

The last time I reviewed Kiki noodles was quite a while agoi. I remember that I really enjoyed them quite a bit – high quality noodles and good tasty flavor. Well, now they’ve come out with two new dry varieties – this one is aged vinegar and the other has a young vinegar. Sounds interesting to me – let’s give it a try!

Kiki Noodles Mixed With Aged Vinegar – Taiwan

#2917: Kiki Noodles Mixed With Aged Vinegar

The import/distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

#2917: Kiki Noodles Mixed With Aged Vinegar

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to a pot of boiling water and cook for 3~5 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2917: Kiki Noodles Mixed With Aged Vinegar

One of the five individual packs.

#2917: Kiki Noodles Mixed With Aged Vinegar

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

#2917: Kiki Noodles Mixed With Aged Vinegar

The dry noodles.

#2917: Kiki Noodles Mixed With Aged Vinegar

The first of two sachet.

#2917: Kiki Noodles Mixed With Aged Vinegar

Dark stuff.

#2917: Kiki Noodles Mixed With Aged Vinegar

The second liquid sachet.

#2917: Kiki Noodles Mixed With Aged Vinegar

Dark stuff – slightly lighter than the first dark stuff.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions. The noodles were very good – great gauge and excellent chewiness. The flavor was very much black vinegar with a spiciness. The heat didn’t come from Sichuan pepper, I should add. The flavor was augmented with a soy sauce hit as well. Nicely rounded and tasty. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4713302680042.

#2917: Kiki Noodles Mixed With Aged Vinegar

Rilakkuma Pottery Ramen Noodles Bowl W/ Spoon

Watch me conquer a plate of these noodles!

Spicy Noodle Mukbang – Myojo Ginza Delhi Curry Masala Yakisoba

Spicy Noodle Mukbang - Myojo Ginza Delhi Curry Masala Yakisoba

Today it’s a Japanese – India fusion – a yakisoba that blends the texture of yakisoba and the flavor of spicy South Asian curry masala. It’s also a sad day in the world as Anthony Bourdain is no longer with us. Rest in peace.

Spicy Noodle Mukbang – Myojo Ginza Delhi Curry Masala Yakisoba – Japan

This will probably go down as one of my favorite videos – Miles really goes all in on this one and eats some noodles! Enjoy, like, subscribe and hope you like it!

#2700: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Spicy Hot Noodle

#2700: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Spicy Hot Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

NOTE: At the bottom, there is a kind of documentary about how I review instant noodles – from picking the variety to photography, editing, research, cooking and reviewing. Hope you enjoy it!

So here’s one I found while coming back from our big family drive to California this summer. I found it in the Beaverton Uwajimaya actually. I got about 10 varieties or so there during our pit stop on the way home.

Hitting traffic in Portland is probably the worst thing in the universe and we hit it and hit it hard. Two plus hours basically at a standstill. We’ve come to the conclusion that we dislike Portland because of this.

It was our first time attempting this – a two-year-old and an 8-month-old. That was a long drive and they’re great in the car, but the drive from the Seattle area down to the Bay Area took about 18 hours. The drive home was split over two days and ended up taking I think over 20 hours. Was fun though.

So this is the review which I did a little quick ‘how I do my things video of.’ I am videotaping myself very groggy at 4 am getting this post ready for later today! Fun stuff. Alright – here’s a spicy one from Taiwan – let’s get to it.

Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Spicy Hot Noodle – Taiwan

#2700: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Spicy Hot Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to the 600ml boiling water. Cook for 4 minutes. Drain. Mix in liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2700: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Spicy Hot Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block – in its own package.

#2700: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Spicy Hot Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A sauce sachet.

#2700: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Spicy Hot Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The liquid looks to be oily and oy with a spicy element to it coming through my nose.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried garlic, spring onion, chashu pork and chilli oil. The noodles had a nice chew to them – definitely what I would consider a ‘dry noodle’ or more traditional style Taiwanese variant. They were flat and broad which was agreeable. Good gauge and chewiness. The flavoring was kind of a sweet and soy with a bit of spiciness to it. I wouldn’t say it was enough to put most folks off it, but it definitely had some heat. I will say I didn’t see this as Sichuan pepper heat but more of a red chili heat. Liked this one. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710110232050.

#2700: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Spicy Hot Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Noodles: A Perfect Harmony of Food

An in-depth video of how I reviewed this varietyu of instant noodles

#1251: MAMA Instant Noodles Tom Saab Flavour

Here’s something I’ve never heard of – ‘tom saab.’ Sounds like someone named after a car… But what is it?  looked around online and found that it is a hot spicy soup popular is northern Thailand. Usually contains pork. Sounds interesting – let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains meat or not. To prepare, put the noodles and sachet contents in a bowl. Add 300ml boiling water, cover, and let site for 3 minutes. Give a stir and enjoy.

The noodle block.

The powder base sachet.

Has a spicy pork scent.

The oil sachet.

Smells… oily.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed pork and green onion. The noodles are thin and have that standard seasoned noodle taste that MAMA noodles usually do. These are quite good uncooked as well. Kind of a sesame oil kind of taste to them. The broth is a combination of spicy, citrus (although not the same as tom yum) and a pork flavor. Very rich taste and very strong. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8850987141201.

Here is Isaan in northeastern Thailand.