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#1574: Chering Chang Steam Vegetarian Flavor Noodles

In last year’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014 Edition, Chering Chang was second place with their Curry La-Men – excellent stuff! What is interesting is that that was the only variety they make that I’d tried. I’m very curious how this one fares – vegetarian. Vegetarian instant noodles can be all sorts of different things; bland, bitter, full of vegetables, focused on mushroom; it’s such a broad flavor that can be interpreted masterfully or poorly. I have high hopes that this will be another excellent offering from Chering Chang. Without further adieu, let’s have a look inside.

 Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, add one noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook 3-4 minutes. Add in one dry sachet and one wet sachet and cook another minute. Stir and enjoy!

A whole wheat noodle block.

A paste sachet.

An oily paste with a Kind of sweet scent.

A large vegetable sachet.

Not only a large amount but very diversified.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles were very good – thick with an excellent chewiness. The broth also was pretty good with a nice vegetable flavor. The only thing that fell short here were the vegetables themselves. The cabbage and most other pieces hydrated extremely well, however the peas were tough and somewhat chalky. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710589440529.

Here is the pork version.

This is really neat – when we travelled to Penang, Malaysia, we had a layover on each direction at Taoyuan Int’l Airport in Taiwan. We were kind of stuck; couldn’t really leave the airport and explore since it’s not in town and didn’t want to go through all of the customs stuff. Here’s a Romanian guy who has an interesting exit from the airport and some scenes from the area – pretty cool.

#1462: Wei Lih Steam Instant Noodle Korean Salt & Rib Soup Flavor

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Today I opened up my big hamper of noodles and this one popped into view. To be honest, I don’t know exactly when I got this one – Canada trip I think. Definitely has an interesting name – Korean Salt & Rib Soup. The closest thing I can think of that they might be referring to would be galbitang, which is a South Korean soup with short ribs and made with ox bone broth. Sounds interesting – let’s see what we have here.

Here’s the distributor/import sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free, but check for yourself. Yep – definitely got this one in Canada.

Here’s detail from the side panels (click image to enlarge). to prepare, add sachet contents and boiling water to inside line. Let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The powder soup base.

A very light powder.

An oil sachet.

Has an interesting scent.

The vegetables sachet.

A nice little mixture.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, sliced green onions and sauteed sweet onion and thinly sliced pork seasoned with Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Seasoning. The noodles came out on the spongy side; not much backbone here. The broth had a very different flavor. It’s like a mild pork broth and had a scent I didn’t enjoy, but it’s not bad. The vegetables hydrated well. 2.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710199077634.


This is probably the most well-known instant noodle from Taiwan. What’s unique is that when properly prepared, you end up with a bowl of broth and a plate of saucy noodles!

Here’s a recent Wei Lih Jah Jan Mien TV advertisement.

#1397: Wu-Mu Steam Seafood Flavor Ramen

Here’s something from Taiwan. These noodles aren’t fried – they’re steamed. This lowers the fat content by quite a bit, although they will break your teeth if you try eating them like snack noodles! Most of Wu-Mu’s products are this way and they’re usually pretty good. This is a four pack – you get four of everything! Let”s have a look inside.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, add one noodle block to 550ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add one seasoning sachet and one oil sachet and stir. Enjoy!

Here’s one of the four noodle blocks.

One of the four seasoning sachets.

Powder and bits and pieces including little narutomaki.

One of the four shrimp infused oil sachets.

Has a faint shrimp scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, green onion and narutomaki. The noodles are broad and flat. The seem of higher quality and have a fresh sense to them. The broth has a buttery seafood flavor which was nice. The seaweed and narutomaki that was included were of reasonable quality. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4710175565551.

A Wu-Mu advertisement in Mandarin.

#1295: Wu-Mu Steam Mushroom Flavor Ramen

Thought this might be a good day to take care of a mushroom flavored variety. FYI – these have 4 portions in a pack. Let’s check it out!

The import sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, boil 550ml water. Add noodle block and boil for 3 minutes. Add powder and oil sachet contents, stir and enjoy.

The noodle block.

Powder soup base sachet.

Nice looking assortment here.

Seasoned oil sachet.

Thick stuff!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Crimini mushroom. The noodles are very good. They have a premium chewiness and excellent quality. The broth has a strong mushroom taste. For being a non-fan of mushrooms, I’m surprised how much I liked this one. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 4710175565216.

How to grow shiitake mushrooms!

Awesome Package Of British Instant Noodles!

Another great box of instant noodles from Joe B. of Nottingham, England! Curious to see what exotic varieties lurk within!

Awesome (click to enlarge)! Some interesting varieties – roast beef & onion, peppered steak… Never seen the Tiger Tiger before! Wow – thanks again!

Our First Experience With Kamaboko & Narutomaki

I’ve seen many times mentions of Kamaboko and Naruto in ramen dishes and looked all over for them. This last Saturday we went to Uwajimaya and I found both! Hah! First, let’s check out Kamaboko. It’s surimi, which comes in many ways – for example, imitation crab is one form of surimi.

Here’s how it comes – on a little piece of wood! You slice it thinly and it can be eaten unheated since it’s steamed previously. It’s slightly rubbery and chewy – kind of like a cold-cut version of calamari. t has a very light flavor.

This is Naruto. There’s a popular anime character with the same name…

He’s got a little spiral on his head; he’s a ramen fan.

Hey look – the same little spiral! So it’s like a log of fish that you slice thinly. It is a lot like the Kamaboko except not as chewy and has a more fishy flavor.

Today I had some noodles with my son. He had a bowl of Nissin Dmae Ramen – the sesame oil flavor.

He was very interested in trying the Naruto and Kamaboko! The fearless Andy didn’t question ‘what’ it was, but was very interested as it’s from Japan – he’s in a club at school called ‘Nakano Club’ – they’ll have visiting students soon from Nakano, Japan and so he’s interested in all things Japanese. He liked the Kamaboko a little more than me – was hoping for a bit more flavor, but it was nice. I liked the Naruto better than he did. It had a slightly fishier taste and was less chewy. He ate the whole bowl of noodles though with all the additions! Not bad!

#608: Koka Instant Non-Fried Noodles Spicy Black Pepper Flavour

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Hadn’t tried it before and at under $3.00 for the four pack, how could I resist?

Here’s the front of a single pack. I have had many of the other varieties of Koka before, but spicy black pepper just sounds so good!

Look at those stats – 2g of fat and just barely over 1000mg of sodium. This is pretty nice stuff (click image to enlarge).

This packet contains powdered soup base and oil.

As you can see, the base has a nice pepper color to it.

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A couple reviews back, I had some Batcheors Super Noodles Low Fat Chicken & Herb flavor from England. They had a little more fat in them and had a smaller block. The noodles in the Batchelors weren’t really good to taste before cooking; more like trying to crunch uncooked spaghetti. The Koka noodles are virtually the same texture as fried noodles when uncooked. Also, the noodles are actually lighter as far as weight. Thought that was neat.

After you cook the noodles, you sprinkle this garnish on top. It’s a bunch of freeze dried veggies. I really like how it mentions that it could be different depending on the season – amazing.

Click image to enlarge. . I added a couple fried eggs. So there’s not a lot of broth in this one – it all kind of turns into this wonderful gravy kind of sauce. The noodles are excellent. The broth-like sauce is excellent. The garnish is wonderful. This is going on my top ten list: the sauce makes it reminiscent of Sapporo’s Chow Mein. The garnish however allows it to stand so far out from any other instants I’ve ever tried; a real smorgasbord of flavors. The noodles themselves are of top-notch quality. The sauce is nice and peppery but not overly so. This does not come across as a low-fat meal in any way shape or form. This is grubbin! What a lucky pick today! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 8888056000234. I can’t recommend it higher! They don’t have this one just yet – but you can be notified when they have it. Check it out here.

This is probably one of the funniest advertising campaigns for noodles as well.

This is a Punjabi video of a song called “Koka.” Cultures can be so different – pretty awesome!

Tipping Point: Is There Really A Danger From Cup Noodles?

I’ve seen a few articles as of late about people burning themselves because they tip over cups of instant noodles. This is ridiculous. These articles start citing that the design of these cup is flawed. Also, it is mentioned that many of the victims are children! I think anyone saying “here little tyke, be careful, it’s hot” ought to have their heads examined. . If you don’t know how to correctly operate and consume a cup noodle, I will herein inform you as to how.

The first rule of the cup noodle is follow the directions. Most people don’t read directions when making a cup noodle, but most of them have them. Nowhere does it say to fill it with water then put it in the microwave for a few minutes; in fact, there are little icons warning against doing exactly that. Microwaving cup noodles can cause super-heating of the contents as well as can release chemicals from the foam. Note, the cups are made from foam, not Styrofoam which is a trademarked material.

Most cup noodles direct you to heat water in a separate container in the microwave and then pour it in and close the lid. Is there a difference in the taste? Sure! Would you microwave spaghetti noodles and expect them to taste good? Of course not; you’d do what it says on the packaging.

Now for the tipping issue. I’ve had a lot of instant noodles in my day. Bowls, bags, cups, big bowls and king cups. Have I ever tipped one over? No. Have I ever knocked one over? Yes. Something tipping over on its own and being knocked over by me are two distinctly different things altogether. It isn’t a design flaw. I had a stage when I was in my teem years when I would knock over everything that had liquid in it on myself. At McDonald’s I knocked a large Coke on myself. At a pizza joint, I knocked a banana malt all over my shorts. Was it lame? Yes. Was it my fault? Sure was. Was it the fault of the design of the beverage receptacle? Not really. How could it be?

The flaw, especially when it comes to kids getting burned, is the parent letting them get burned. Come on, parent – don’t be a lazy hooplehead!

I am willing to take all responsibility for my own actions and as of this moment, openly  apologize to myself for all accidents involving cup noodles that get knocked or ‘tipped’ over by me in times previous and future. I’ve never heard anyone complain about those long-neck beer bottles being elbowed – granted they don’t contain hot liquid, but they’re easily knocked over.

In closing, read the directions and while the noodles steep, let them sit in a safe place. Watch yourself and be careful! Contents may be hot.

#587: Sunlight Steam Vermicelli

The last time I had a bag of instant noodles like this I had a horrible experience; a ball of glued together, sticky, nasty funk. This time I’m a little more experienced and wiser and going to try a different method of attack.

Here’s the back (click image to enlarge). The only thing I can really understand here is 1800cc of water. That’s a lot! I’m going to take the noodles and break them into thirds and use around 500cc of water.

Dry seasoning and veggies on the left, cayenne powder in the middle and potato starch on the right. I used half the veggie pack, half the cayenne and none of the starch – that got me into the gloppy mess last time.

Click image to enlarge. Interesting stuff. The noodles aren’t my favorite, but they’re growing on me a little. What I did like about this was the broth. It had a very nice smoky, spicy and slightly fishlike flavor which I really liked. Still, the flavor does have an off-putting aftertaste which I found somewhat chemically and the noodles are really dry once you get your chew on. So I dunno. I’m giving it 2.1 out of 5.0 stars.

Taiwanese film “Crazy Racer”

#300: Wu-Mu Steam Spinach Ramen With Onion Flavor

Okay and here we go with review #300! It’s really getting hard to find ones I haven’t sampled and reviewed yet so if anyone would like to send me some that would be really much appreciated! So here’s #300, spinach onion time!

This pack actually contains four servings. I like how the silver ones say soup bag in English and the seasoned oil says nothing in English. I also like the fact that this packaging doesn’t tell you how much water to use. I figured draining the water off was the best bet.

Kinda green going on – spinach’ll do that!

Seasoning powder and seasoned oil.

Click image to enlarge. I added two fried eggs, some kizami shoga [pickled ginger] and fried shallots. I must say I am thoroughly impressed with this one – wow. The noodles are broad and the perfect texture. The seasonings are exactly what they purport to be and brilliantly done. Adding egg and ginger compliments the dish quite nice, and the shallot just makes sense. Altogether, I think this goes up there in the hallowed ranks of the almighty five stars. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

To make things more awesome, here’s the commercial for this product! It’s the one all the way on the left.

Here’s another.