Michael Chen over at Eastland Food Corporation sent me this a little while ago along with some other great samples! Thanks! Never have I seen this before, have you?
Here’s the side (click image to enlarge)!
Seasoned oil, sweet soy sauce and fried onions. What you’d expect in Indomie’s satay packs.
Dry seasoning and chili powder.
A folding fork? Awesome!
After you steep the noodles, you uncover and drain with the lid. Then dump all the seasonings in and stir.
Finished (click image to enlarge). My thoughts: the noodles come out fantastic, but the packets are tough to open and add and stir. I spilled the noodles a couple times here and there. The noodles and seasoning are amazingly good as their regular satay pack is and just slightly different too as the noodles are steeped. Excellent flavor, just a little tough for me to make work. I think others probably would have less trouble with it. I’m giving this a 4.25 out of 5.0! UPC barcode 089686180688 .
Indomie Lebaran commercial
Awesome video narrated by Carl Sagan – first in a series I’ll do on here. Thanks taintedbloop!
So I asked my lady Vietnamese, Korean or Filipino noodles today? She said Korean. So I picked this one to try. It’s quite unique as it’s the first round big bowls I’ve ever seen with a drain spout. Let’s begin.
On left we have the liquid soup base. On the right are the veggies.
Here’s the drain spout as seen from the top – you poke little holes where it shows.
See – they’re perforated.
Since I save the lids of all the instant noodles I eat (yeah I have a massive binder of them), I took these and put them in a covered pot of boiled water for four minutes.
I put all of the liquid soup in the bottom of the empty bowl.
Click the image to enlarge. Drained the noodles and veg and returned to the bowl and stirred. It may not be the prettiest, but it’s actually pretty tasty stuff. As far as heat goes, it’s got some. In fact my lips are still burning and I finished it a while ago. I like how it had sweet undertones. I liked the amount of veggies and I also liked seeing a couple pieces of naruto in there. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.
So first off, I’d like to thank Walnuts4Gold from reddit.com for helping me figure out the name of this stuff. The only thing I had to go on was the phone number on the bottom. From that I figured out with a little research that Sanyo Foods makes these noodles. Then Walnuts4Food sent me a link with some other varieties including this one. This one is the Mentaiko variety. What’s mentaiko? Wikipedia states it is…
Mentaiko (明太子?) is the marinated roe of pollock, and is a common ingredient in Japanese cuisine. Mentaiko originated from myeongranjeot (명란젓) of Korean cuisine and was introduced to Japan after the Russo-Japanese War. Kawahara Toshio, a Busan-born Japanese, adapted Korean mentaiko to Japanese tastes in Fukuoka in the 1950s. The name is derived from the Korean word for Alaska pollock (mentai, 명태 : myeongtae in Korean) and the Japanese word for “child” (子, ko?). The typical seasoning and flavor is slightly different in Japan.
Mentaiko is made in a variety of flavors and colors and is available at airports and main train stations. It is usually eaten with onigiri, but is also enjoyed by itself with sake. A common variety is spicy mentaiko (辛子明太子, karashi mentaiko?). It is a product of the Hakataward of Fukuoka City.
It makes perfect sense that this must be what it is….
Click image to enlarge. Pretty easily followed instructions…
Pasta sauce and topping…
Looks like spaghetti to me…
Snazzy drain spout!
Click image to enlarge. So the pasta sauce was a deeper red but really infused into the noodles. The topping was seaweed and a nice addition. It was a spicy and slightly fishy affair – very flavorful and very interesting. I quite liked it – I have never had anything like it before. Was really surprised at just how good the noodles were – they were perfect as far as I’m concerned.
Don’t know if you can discern it really but the light orangish dots are the fish roe (eggs). This was an interesting thing; fish egg spaghetti. I am highly enthused. What was also interesting is that the use by date was 12.25.2010 – Christmas! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars – Weird, tasty and good.
Sanyo Foods owns Sapporo Ichiban just to let you know…
So this looks a lot like Nissin’s Yakisoba… Hmmm…. I wonder if it is as good? Better? Let’s see…
Click image to enlarge. Top looks very familiar… Note the top left pour spout cover.
Four good sized packets…
Click image to enlarge. Noodles are good – not much backbone but they have spirit! The vegetables are ample and crisp! The sauce flavor is very yakisoba and the green packet at the end? Sprinkle me up some seaweed! This is the good stuff. Highly recommended! 4.75 out of 5.0 stars – was slightly dry. Get it here.