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Meet The Manufacturer: #3032: TTL Hua-Diao Dongpo Braised Pork Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3034: TTL Hua-Diao Dongpo Braised Pork Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Today we have something special. I’ve been curious about Dongpo’s Pork for a while and this looks like it’d be a good one. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it –

Dongpo pork (traditional Chinese東坡肉simplified Chinese东坡肉pinyindōngpōròu) is a Hangzhou dish[1] which is made by pan-frying and then red cooking pork belly. The pork is cut thick, about 2 inches square, and should consist equally of fat and lean meat. The skin is left on. The mouthfeel is oily but not greasy and the dish is fragrant with wine. The dish is named after the famed Song Dynasty poet and gastronome Su Dongpo.[2]

Legend has it that during Su Dongpo‘s life of poverty during his banishment to Hangzhou, he improved on the traditional process. He first braised the pork, added huangjiu (yellow wine) to make red-braised pork, then slowly stewed it on low heat. In their scholarly work Chinese Gastronomy, Lin Hsiang Ju and Lin Tsuifeng give the recipe “The Fragrance of Pork: Tungpo Pork,” and remark that the “square of fat is named after Su Tungpo, the poet, for unknown reasons. Perhaps it is just because he would have liked it.”[3]

Dongpo Pork experienced three phases of popularity, from first appearance to mainstream appreciation. The history of the dish is said to parallel the experiences of Su Dongpo: from Xuzhou, a northern city of Jiangsu province, where Dongpo pork first appeared under the name of Huizeng pork; to Huangzhou, today Huanggang of Hubei province, where Su Dongpo finalized the method and recipe; and finally to Hangzhou, where Dongpo pork was officially named and became widely known across China.

Okay, anything that begins with ‘legend has it’ makes it immediately taste better. I mean come on – that’s instant fascination. Let’s check it out!

TTL Hua-Diao Dongpo Braised Pork Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3034: TTL Hua-Diao Dongpo Braised Pork Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, Cook noodles in 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in all sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3034: TTL Hua-Diao Dongpo Braised Pork Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3034: TTL Hua-Diao Dongpo Braised Pork Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3034: TTL Hua-Diao Dongpo Braised Pork Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Powder and herbs.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3034: TTL Hua-Diao Dongpo Braised Pork Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A paste sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3034: TTL Hua-Diao Dongpo Braised Pork Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Oily with a strong onion scent.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3034: TTL Hua-Diao Dongpo Braised Pork Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3034: TTL Hua-Diao Dongpo Braised Pork Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The hua-diao wine.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3034: TTL Hua-Diao Dongpo Braised Pork Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The retort pouch.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3034: TTL Hua-Diao Dongpo Braised Pork Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Stewed pork and sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallion and a little fried onion. Noodles as usual have a soft character to them. The broth was a salty pork driven one which worked well with the noodle and with the Hua Diao wine. Included braised pork was of excellent quality and very flavorful. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710110232678.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3034: TTL Hua-Diao Dongpo Braised Pork Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Taiwan TTL Hops Carved Chicken Instant Noodles 3 Bags Packed 台灣花雕雞泡麵3包組

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe time!

#2913: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Stewed Beef Noodle Soup

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

Brought this one back with me from Taiwan last year! Time to crack it open and give it a try, that’s for sure. Something about a beef noodle sounds like a good idea today. Let’s do this!

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Stewed Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add everything but the large retort pouch to 500ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

The noodle block.

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

A dry base sachet.

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

Powder and some bits.

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

A liquid base sachet.

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

Thick and oily.

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

A large retort pouch.

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

Lots of large chunks of beef and liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles came off pretty well – soft tooth and good quantity. Broth has a very nice taste to it – especially what with the inclusion of the retort pouch, which bring great beef flavor. The beef was excellent. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710110226578.

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse

I don’t know much about this guy other than he’s pretty popular – does a lot of promo for Vedan.

#2020: Kang Shi Fu Artficial Roasted Beef Flavour

After quite a few years, its looking more and more like Kang Shi Fu (Master Kong) is definitely getting their products distributed into the United States. This one was sent to me by a reader named Colin (thanks again!) and is definitely different from most of the Mang Shiu Fu stuff I’ve seen. First, there’s a lot of English on the package; something very new to me. Stewed beef sounds good – let’s have a look inside.

The back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add package contents to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy! NOTE: this is the method I’ve used for pretty much all of the Master Kong/Kang Shi Fu variants as the package never have instructions for a cooking method; not even this one in English.

The noodle block.

Dry soup base sachet.

Has a kind of beefy scent.

This is awesome – the ‘secret sauce’ sachet!

A cold day here at The Ramen Rater causes the liquids in sachets to thicken up. This is common – don’t worry.

The vegetables sachet.

Looks like spring onion – maybe a little TVP?

Finished (click to enlarge). Added beef for hot pot, sweet onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander and crushed red pepper. The noodles have a thin and floppy character; no backbone really but they’re alright. The broth has a very nice oiliness and a good beef taste with some spices and herbs going on. The vegetables hydrated well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6166390966518.

Kang Shifu Artificial Roasted Beef Flavor Instant Noodle 5 Bags

Kang Shi Fu also makes beverages – and short films featuring them for Chinese New Year!

#1867: Yum Yum Premier Bowl Instant Noodles Stewed Pork Flavour

The next to last variety I found while in Thailand – there was a Seven-Eleven next to our hotel which we visited countless times; so different from the ones we have here! Slurpee machines in the back as always, but you make a 180 degree turn and boom – a huge assortment of instant noodles. It was amazing and burned into my mind! Some companies do special partnerships with Seven-Eleven all over Southeast Asia and have special varieties only available there – this is one of them. Let’s check it out!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare,  add in the smaller sachet and boiling water to fill line inside. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes, leaving the large retort pouch on top. Add in retort pouch contents, stir and enjoy!

An included fork!

The noodle block.

A soup base powder sachet.

A coarse mixture with bits of vegetable matter.

A retort pouch.

Nice pieces of real pork with a nice scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and coriander. The noodles hydrated very well in the three minutes allotted. They are thin and of decent quality. The broth has a nice pork taste – like stewed pork! A bit of spiciness too. The retort pouch’s content was very good – nice pieces of stewed pork (not fake but real) and nice pieces of mushroom. A nice bowl of noodles! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850250004301.

Thai Food Yumyum Instant Dried Noodles Jumbo Minced Pork Flaour (Pack of 6)

A Yum Yum video!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1773: JML Supreme Bowl Noodles With Stewed Egg Sour Beans With Pork Flavour

Here’s one that’s truly unique – not only does it have a stewed egg but something called sour beans. I’m wondering if they’re akin to something I tried in Penang at a Nyonya restaurant. Hmmm. Well, I just looked them up and from what I gather, what is in this may be pickled Chinese long bean whereas the smelly beans I had in Penang are somewhat akin to looking like a lima bean but bigger. Anyways, let’s have a look at this one!

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, Partially lift lid, add contents of all sachets into bowl. Pour sufficient boiling water into bowl to cover noodles. Replace lid to reseal bowl, let stand for 3-5 minutes and serve. Stewed egg can be put into the soup with the noodles or being served individually according to personal preference.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

A dry sachet.

A light powder with vegetable flecks.

A liquid sachet.

Has a bit of a vinegar scent.

A special sachet.

Sour beans!

The egg!

Has a soy scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added spring onion, mung bean sprouts and barbecue pork. The noodles are plentiful and hydrated nicely. The broth has a nice sour taste with a hint of spiciness. The sour beans are excellent – and the egg had a soy flavor with a tough white and good yolk. A nice bowl of noodles. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6921555508169.

Jml Instant Noodle Artificial Stew Pork Flavour 5 small bags

As epic an instant noodles as I’ve ever seen!

#1481: Master Kong Mushroom Stew Chicken Ramen

Here’s one that was donated by a reader from Sweden! Thanks! It’s funny; you really can’t find any Master Kong noodles here in the United States which is a real bummer. They’re really good – hopefully they’ll be here at some point. What’s tough about Master Kong packs is that they don’t seem to say how much water to add in. For a pack this size, I’ve gone with 500ml before, so I’ll go with 500ml again.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to contain chicken. To prepare, add noodle block and vegetable sachet to 500ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in remaining sachet contents and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

Dry powder soup base.

A very fine powder.

Seasoned oil.

Smells oily!

The solid ingredient sachet.

Vegetables and dehydrated chicken bits.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added grilled chicken, sweet onion and bell pepper. The noodles aren’t very chewy – they’re soft like comfort food geared noodles. Not to say that’s bad – they really work well in this context. They suck up the broth, which is decently thick and has a warm, cozy chicken flavor. There is a kind of off taste that’s meandering in the background though. The vegetables and chicken are very nice and have a good taste. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6900873711598.


Here’s a different bowl from Master Kong.

#1364: Golden Wheat Korean Style Stew Pork Flavour Noodle Soup

Today we have a big bowl of noodles! These were found up in Canada for my birthday trip – last year. I must say that the shelf life of instant noodles is really quite amazing and helpful – especially when I review one every day. I’ve got quite a lot of instant noodles here, which should be no surprise! I remember in November of 2012 – I was in a bit of a panic. I did a bunch of re-reviews and had a real problem finding new varieties. Then boom – found tons and got a bunch sent to me. Anyways, let’s have a look at this big pork bowl!

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add sachet contents to bowl. Add boiling water to line and cover for 3-4 minutes. Uncover, stir and enjoy.

Detail of the lid.

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The powder soup base sachet.

You’re going to say ‘hey – this doesn’t look like powder!’ Well, over time, the powder can clump a bit – which really doesn’t hurt anything; there’s a little bit of moisture in the ingredients, and after a while, they tend to turn chunky.

The vegetables sachet.

A nice variety.

The liquid base sachet.

A thick paste.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onion, sauteed pork and sweet onion, and a little BonCabe Level 10 chilli seasoning. The noodles ended up being kind of spongy which was a big let down. The broth had a nice rich flavor and the veggies were quite good. Can’t get past the noodles though. 1.75 out of 5.0 stars. 6921555571668.

Here’s a recipe for Chinese pork stew.

#865: Little Cook Instant Noodles Stewed Duck Flavor

Stewed duck flavor time. This one came from Michelle L. of New York – thanks again! This is the last of the ones she sent – let’s give it a try.

Side panels. Click to enlarge.

The noodle block.

Seasoning powder and bits.

See? There are bits in there too.

Seasoned oil.

Pretty hard to see but its in there!

Finished (click image to enlarge) Noodles were slightly crumbly – not bad though. The broth was dark and very strong – very sweet and spiced and ducky. Not a big fan of duck ramens but this isn’t too bad. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8852098702135 – no

Short film about a Thai Football Club.

Halloween’s coming…

#842: JML Instant Noodle Artificial Stew Beef Flavour

Here’s a big bowl of noodles sent a while back by Michelle L. of New York. Stew beef sounds good to me!

Side panels (click image to enlarge).

A fork!


A good sized noodle block.

Powder seasoning.

Very light powder.

Paste packet.

Pretty thick stuff!

Veggie packet.

Looks like a nice smattering.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg with some Krazy Mixed Up Salt, some red bell pepper, broccoli and onions, and a little roast beef I sauteed with a touch of Cavender’s All Purpose Greek Seasoning. Noodles are slightly spongy but all in all pretty good. The broth is really good – has a great beef flavor with just the right amount of oil. Veggies were decent. A nice big bowl of noodles! Well done! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 6921555571866 – get it here.

One of the most awesome instant noodle commercials ever.

China: A Century Of Revolution documentary

#821: Master Kong/康师傅 Potatoes & Stewed Beef Instant Noodles

This rather unassuming package of ramen came from Bo H. of China. I don’t know if this is exactly what this is called, but I hope it comes close to its name in taste. Potatoes aren’t something commonly found when it comes to instant noodles; there’s sweet potato noodles and potato noodles, but really nothing that involved potato flavor.

The back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

Was originally a round block it appears.

The powder seasoning.

Lots of powder.

The paste packet.

I had a little taste – it definitely has a peanut component.

A small packet of bits and pieces…

Very small amount but we’ll see…

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added vegetables, some roast beef lunch meat and some Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. So the noodles are nice and plump. The broth and noodles come together masterfully and this honestly tastes so good I’m going to say I’m truly sad I don’t have any more of it! It literally tastes like a dish centering on beef and potatoes. I love it. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – hands down awesome stuff. The bits and pieces weren’t bad either although very scant. UPC bar code 6903252010947 .

Tai Chi?

#815: Chencun Stewde Chicken Of Mushroom

See? it really says it right there – stewde chicken of mushroom! I think this has to be one of my favorite misspellings yet! My sister brought me this back from Canada earlier this year. Let’s have a look!

Side panels (click image to enlarge).

A folding fork! See more of ’em on the Included Forks page!

The noodle block. A large clump of rice noodles. I’m curious if they’ll be stiff and chewy of nice and free-flowing of edibility.

Powder seasoning.

Interesting – has a slightly granular appearance.

The liquid packet.

Looks like a seasoned oil that’s congealed a bit.

Veggie packet.

Looks like a light smattering to me.

Finished (click image to enlarge). UPC bar code 6911754103395 . Despite steeping for about five minutes, the noodles didn’t seem to completely get all the way done – at least in patches. Those that did get done were soft and enjoyable. The parts that didn’t weren’t hard or anything, they were just not all the way done. The broth has a sort of chicken mushroom taste to it and a surprising thickness as well. The liquid packet is prevalent in the greasiness here. The veggies weren’t bad but more is always preferable. All in all, it is about as I expected; a passable mushroom of chicken – I mean chicken of mushroom… I don’t know but it tasted like a chicken mushroom with wide rice noodles kind of thing to be. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.

Chicken of the woods eh?

Bizarre Lingzhi mushroom found from 80+ meter deep well

#773: Little Cook Instant Noodle TVP Stewed Pork Flavor

Here’s another one that was sent in by Michelle L. of New York, New York – thanks again! TVP? What’s TVP? Well, I’ve had it quite a few times before. TVP stands for ‘textured vegetable protein’ and is basically fake meat. Usually you couldn’t get pork in a packet coming from Thailand into the states – fake pork on the other hand is doable.

The distributor’s label with nutrition facts.

A side panel – click to enlarge.

Part of the noodle block.

Powdered seasoning packet.

Powdered seasoning with what look to be bits of vegetables strewn in there.

The contents of the oil packet. Forgot to take a picture of the oil packet – it was clear and had the same triangle pattern as the powder packet.

In this big metallic packet is the textured vegetable protein.

I know, but you put ANYTHING in a clear bowl like this and it looks like cat food. It actually smells quite nice.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some mixed veggies and a little kizami shoga (pickled ginger). The noodles are interesting; the word bulbous comes to mind. They’re a little wider with an interestingly puckered texture. Different and good. The broth has a nice pork taste and is reminiscent of a duck flavored instant I had before. The textured vegetable protein chunks are abundant and not too shabby, although they have a little more sponginess than I expected. Again, the duck I had before was closer to a real piece of meat than this was. All in all, not bad – quite a big bowl of noodles for a $1.59 cup! I liked it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4710249000841 .

Old Thai commercial

Salvador Dali on Mike Wallace Interview – 1958