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#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.

Meet The Manufacturer: #992: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa La Mian

Here’s the other of the two Prima Taste La Mian varieties they sent. Laksa is a dish that’s extremely popular around the world that comes from Singapore. Wikipedia defines it: “Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup from the Peranakan culture, which is a merger of Chinese and Malay elements found in Malaysia and Singapore, and Indonesia.”

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

Here’s the noodle block. Steamed, not fried.

A big paste packet.

Has a sweet and slightly fishy scent to it.

The second packet (I still think it’s funny how the premix is B).

Lots of powdered coconut!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little sweet onions, some cooked shrimp and some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are exemplary – nice chewiness and taste very fresh and of good quality. The broth is amazing – downright hearty stuff! It makes me think of a broth that is homemade and has been cooking all day to reach perfection. The flavors of coconut, spicy chili and seafood intertwine to bring something very special. This is a supreme accomplishment in the world of instant noodles and as with the Singapore Curry LaMian, a true game changer for the industry. Perfection. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 013934067995.

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Prima Taste Laksa LaMian and Curry LaMian commercial.

Meet The Manufacturer: #991: Prima Taste Singapore Curry La Mian

Curry. For me, it’s up there with bacon, pizza, fried chicken and dim sum. Curry has this flavor that has always enthralled me and can be prepared in so many different ways. Here we have Prima Taste’s take on curry with their Curry La Mian.

The back of the packaging (click image to enlarge). Notice the ingredients. Also, note the cooking time.

The noodle block – large and circular.

This is a really big packet. There are two packets, A and B.

This curry paste smells so good! I’ve never seen anything like this in any instant I’ve tried before.

Now we have the curry premix – I think that’s kind of funny as I would think that the premix would’ve been labeled as A.

Powdered coconut. Awesome stuff!

Finished (click image to enlarge. Added onions, baked chicken and some white potato. The noodles are of a very nice quality and nicely chewy. The broth is amazing – it has a really nice thickness from the coconut component and a great spicy and authentic curry flavor second to none. This stuff is wonderful; it has a real gourmet feel to it! I definitely have never seen this kind of thing in any instant noodle I’ve tried before – I believe this to be a real game changer. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars easily. UPC bar code 01393406796.

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A commercial for both the Laksa and the Curry La Mian

#708: Wu-Mu Pork Flavor Ramen Mi Thit Bam

Got this on our recent trip to California at a 99 Ranch down there. I rememebr enjoying the beef one I got the time before in California during our honeymoon, so figured it’d be a good idea to give this one a try!

The package back (click image to enlarge). Notice the directions – they don’t say how much boiling water – except in the microwave part. Actually, if you look at the Chinese, you can see the number 550 in there. Sometimes there are packs or cups with nothing in English and those numbers can be really helpful. Single digits like 3 or 4 can be minutes of cooking. 550 would usually be the amount of water in mL or cc.

These looks to be the standard steamed noodles that Wu-My likes to use.

Hey – get your grubby mitts offa my sauce bag! Actually, this contains dry seasonings.

See? Not real saucy. Dry soup base and veggies.

Here’s some seasoned oil.

Pretty standard seasoned oil.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I scrambled an egg with a little Kikkoman Soy Sauce, added some turkey breast, some store brand stir fry veggies and a little Ajishima Kim Chi furikake. The noodles were a big letdown here. Very chewy – overly so. They also didn’t take on the flavor of the broth. The broth was pretty lackluster as well. A surprise since the beef ramen they make was so good! Well, there’s one more variety to try they make in this line so I’ll have to give that one a shot. Most of their products are really good but not a fan of this one, sad to say. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 673367040448 .

Taiwanese pork noodles video

Taiwanese tourism video

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!

Happy National Noodles Month! Meet The Manufacturer: Interview with Tat Hui Foods – Makers of KOKA Noodles

Let’s kick off National Noodles Month with a special new feature – Meet The Manufacturer!

Recently, I had the fortunate experience to talk to James Parr, a marketing manager for Khong Guan, the distributor for Tat Hui Foods’ KOKA l;ine of instant noodle products. He was very kind and offered to liaise an interview between myself and the company in Singapore! He sent along some great samples and today I’ll be doing a re-review of the Spicy Sesame flavor KOKA noodles today as well as a post about the sample he sent! Here’s the interview! I also want to thank those of you who sent in questions for the manufacturer!

TRR: Hello! Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn more about instant noodles and your company!
To begin, how did your company start out? What is the history?

THF: In 1987, the company founder Mr Lim Hi Lay embarked on the mission to take Tat Hui products to other countries. The products were first introduced to the Chinese grocery markets in US, Europe and Australia. In the following years, Tat Hui started to venture into mainstream European and Middle Eastern markets and saw demand increase ten-fold. Today Koka Noodles continues to win over more and more fans around the world.

TRR: Other than the Koka variety, I’ve had the Mi Hua – did you choose to go the low fat route with your products?

THF: THF (Tat Hui Foods) is committed to promoting healthy eating without compromising on Taste, evident through its continuous investment in research and development and new production facilities to produce low fat instant noodles. The noodles are steam-cooked and bake-dried  through a fat-free process instead of the deep-frying process used in making conventional instant noodles.

TRR: How do you differ in your production of instant noodles from other manufacturers?

THF: Noodles are carbo food and a staple, just like rice, in most of Asia. They are made ‘Instant’ through a cooking and drying process to enable easy preparation and a longer shelf-life. While most consumers are accustomed to the taste and mouth-feel of conventional deep-fried instant noodles, the non-fried/ fat-free noodles definitely offer a healthier alternative. Besides cutting down on the fat, we also do not add MSG, preservatives or artificial colouring to our noodles and seasonings.

TRR: The varieties you have currently are amazing – how do you decide what different flavors to offer? Do you plan on coming out with new varieties on a regular basis for the United States market?

THF: The convenience food market is saturated with similar flavours across competing brands. Therefore, in line with our commitment to continuous improvement and innovation, it is our aim to introduce more choices to the discerning customers with a variety of tasty and authentic flavours from around the region.
Favourite flavours are Chicken, Curry, Laksa and Beef, to name a few.*
We are excited to introduce more of our creations in US soon – Koka Purple Wheat noodles in 3 new recipes,  Chilli & Lime, Soy & Vinegar and Aglio Olio.

TRR: People here add all sorts of things to their instant noodles. What was a surprise to me was how shocked so many are at the concept of adding eggs to them. How are Koka noodles and your other varieties enjoyed in Singapore?

THF: Adding sliced hard boiled eggs to Curry and Singapore Laksa noodles is delicious although they are appetizing enough on their own. We also suggest that adding some shredded chicken breast or just chopped coriander to Koka Chicken would greatly enhance the taste and wholesomeness of the meal. In general, a handful of semi-cooked crunchy bean sprout added to the noodles is always enjoyable with that extra contrast of texture to the bite. If ‘fried shallot’ is readily available in supermarkets like in Singapore, it’s great to top up as garnishes for almost any noodle dish. Of course in Singapore chilli is another favourite commonly used, as well as fish cake, fish ball and sausages too.

TRR: I asked readers of the blog to pose some questions you might be able to shed light on – here are some of them:

Any plans to spread the distribution to other EU countries?  – Denis P., Slovenia

THF: Not sure at this stage.

Why is it so hard to find your noodles in Canada? – Anonymous

THF: Please write to us at [email protected] and we can advise you based on your location.

(I would like to know) what flavour of instant noodles they cannot imagine making? – Cindy C., UK

THF: This is an interesting question because all the time we are only thinking about what CAN we create next.

TRR: Again, thank you very much for the opportunity to ask you some questions!

Well, that’s it! Thanks again to Tat Hui Foods, James Parr at Khong Guan and those who sent in questions! There will be another fun Meet The Manufacturer coming soon!

#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!

#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.