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#2883: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

Here’s a new one from Taiwan! Taihodien Restaurant is known as a hot pot place that has some of t he spiciest stuff out there. Here’s a bit about the restaurant from their website:

“Taihodien was the name of the palace where the emperors of the Qing dynasty held court. Since its establishment in 1994, Taihodien Restaurant has worked to ensure that its customers can enjoy the quality of service and savor the taste of food fit for an emperor. The restaurant only uses the finest quality materials in the hope and expectation that visitors from around the world will always carry the memory of Taiwan’s good flavors on their taste buds. Coming to Taihodien Restaurant to partake of the Taiwanese passion for gourmet dining is like attending a dinner held by the United Nations. The world of the gourmet knows no boundaries; we welcome all comers to share in this special dining experience.
Taihodien Restaurant’s spicy chili soup is smooth and mild, and low in dryness and heat; it can be enjoyed even in the summer. The stock is made with all natural ingredients. Our famous soft duck blood pudding tofu is made with a triple stewing process—alternately bringing it to a boil and then slow-marinating three times. Bring your family and friends to come and taste our natural, quality flavors.”

Sounds impressive! Maybe I’ll have to visit next time in Taiwan! Let’s have a look.

Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle – Taiwan

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodle in 1200ml water for 6 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

An interesting dry noodle block.

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

The first of three liquid sachets.

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

Spicy paste.

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

Another liquid base sachet.

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

Soy sauce.

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

The third sachet.

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

Spicy oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage and coriander. The noodles are narrower than a lot of dry noodles and have a pleasant chew to them I really like. The flavor is very intense. If you like Sichuan peppercorn flavor, you’re in for a treat. For me, I will have to admit it’s just too much of an inundation of Sichuan peppercorn – just way way too much for it to me enjoyable taste-wise. However, it’s seriously impressive spicy-wise. This one packs a punch to be sure! 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710006581651.

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

Sichuan Peppercorns 4 Oz.

A video from Taihodien Restaurant.

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle

TO EVERYONE ASKING ABOUT THIS ONE – THIS PRODUCT WON’T BE COMING OUT. SORRY TO DISAPPOINT. SOMEDAY I’LL COME OUT WITH MY OWN INSTANT NOODLE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

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Well folks, here it is. This is what I’ve been working on for over a year now. As you will see from a lot of the text on the package, it’s still has a couple of loose ends to tie up – a couple typos and the cooking instructions are a little off. It’s my fault really; I wish I spoke Chinese… Really should learn someday. But it’ll get there.

Also there’s the label on there that says it contains crustaceans – there’s no shrimp or prawn in it.  Basically, I think this means that this would be suitable for vegetarians (correct me if I’m wrong) – which is an added bonus.

I should mention that this is really strange. I’ve reviewed a lot of instant noodles – 2,499 before this one. I really love how this tastes – it came out exactly as I wanted which is all I could ever ask for. I want to thank Steven Chong for working with me on this – it’s been a long year of trial and error until we got to this point – thanks for your hard work, bro!

So, you might have some questions – let me answer them for you, anticipating what they may be:

Q> Where can I get The Ramen Rater Select?
A> Yeah – I wish I had an answer for you today. I can say when I do I will absolutely let you know, but for now we have a little bit more to do. Not a lot. How it works is we get a product all ready and then the company will get orders from distributors. If they don’t buy it,. you won’t get to try it. So the more you yell and scream to get this, the faster it will be available.
Q> Okay great but will The Ramen Rater Select  be in my country?
A> If you are in Southeast Asia, chances are that they will be too. As for North America, it may take a little longer, but seeing as these don’t contain any meat or fish, that should get it out even quicker. I’m hoping a distributor in the US will be interested in getting it on Amazon as well, which increases accessibility to everyone around here so that’s a plus.
Q> Who’s going to rate YOUR ramen?
A> This is one of my favorite questions I was asked – and I do have an answer! Samples are currently being sent to 4 reviewers – they’re in South Korea, Malaysia, Australia and Germany. I’ve asked them to be honest – these are all friends and I trust that they’ll be unbiased, but I figured I should mention that first. It’s pretty hard being an instant noodle reviewer and not knowing the other instant noodle reviewers – we have a kind of odd kinship; more like the fellowship of the noodles. This review you’re looking at of course is 5 stars – I love this stuff. However, it will never be on a top ten list as that would just be wrong.
Q> Can you make a Gluten Free/Non-Spicy/Low-Carb…
A> So to be honest, it takes a lot of time to make a change. Ingredients have to be sourced, packaging changed, etc etc etc. I would have thought the same thing – hey a little more of this – that’s no easy task when it comes to something mass-produced. But if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
Q> Will this be on your Top Ten?
A> No. Reviewing my own noodles and saying they’re the best – I mean I think they are but will let you be the judge.

It’s time. The Ramen Rater Select is gets it’;s first look today! Let’s have a peek at this dream and give it a thorough view!

Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle – Malaysia

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Here’s detail of the box (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to a pot of boiling water and cook for 7 minutes. Drain, saving 300-380ml water (less water, thicker and stronger, more water thinner but still strong). Return water and noodles to pot. Add sachet content and cook 1 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

I recorded this cooking video over the weekend in the frontyard of my childhood home in Anacortes, Washington. I thought that it would be neat to do the video up there since that’s where my whole noodle journey began! Lot of little things getting in the way though – first off it was windy and that made for things falling over a lot! Second, the sun kept moving (or rather the Earth did) causing shadows to run amok. I’m thinking I’ll probably do another video as time goes on. I think I’ll be doing another video and showing garnish I’ll add to it in the near future. I want to thank Susan Lienesch (my sister) and Andy Lienesch (my son) for all the help making this video

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - Hans Lienesch - instant noodles - ramen - tom yam - noodles

The noodle block. Non-CMO, non-fried organic low-fat noodles. That’s a mouthful!

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - Hans Lienesch - instant noodles - ramen - tom yam - noodles

The dry base sachet.

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - Hans Lienesch - instant noodles - ramen - tom yam - noodles

Has a sweet coconut scent.

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - Hans Lienesch - instant noodles - ramen - tom yam - noodles

The tom yum paste sachet.

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - Hans Lienesch - instant noodles - ramen - tom yam - noodles

Thick and oily with a really nice scent.

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - Hans Lienesch - instant noodles - ramen - tom yam - noodles

The solid ingredients –

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - Hans Lienesch - instant noodles - ramen - tom yam - noodles

Tofu puff and long bean. Tofu puff has a lot of protein.

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - Hans Lienesch - instant noodles - ramen - tom yam - noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added 31-44ct shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and coriander. These noodles are chewy and thick. They are a lot like the standard  yellow noodle you’d find in a hawker stall in Malaysia, however chewier and slightly lighter gauge. The broth is thick – the coconut milk powder marries to the tom yum paste in such a way that you get many elements – sweet, spicy, lemongrass and more. The long bean and tofu come out very nice – all around a filling bowl of noodles I’m proud to call The Ramen Rater Select on. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555851500076.

#2135: Doll Instant Noodle Supreme Abalone And Chicken Flavour

Another one I reviewed as part of a series of Hong Kong varieties in conjunction with an interview by Apple Daily news of HK. I have a feeling if you dig through my reviews for the word abalone, you’re not going to find scads of varieties I’ve been very fond of. I’m hoping this might be one I enjoy, but I have my doubts. I guess the only way to find out it to try it with an open mind and mouth. Let’s give it a go!

The back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish and chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

These noodles look different from the ones I’ve been sampling from Hong Kong – much thinner.

The dry soup base sachet.

A granular mixture with little flecks throughout.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Looks very abalone!

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are thinner and have a sturdier chew than the rest of the instant I’ve been sampling from Hong Kong lately. The broth though is more chicken than abalone I think and the whole thing just rubs me the wrong way. Like I said, I wasn’t expecting this would be to my liking from the outset, and with an open mind and a sad tongue, this one gets 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4892333102348.

Doll Instant Noodles, Artificial Chicken, 36.63 Ounce (Pack of 5)

An older Doll instant noodle TV commercial.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1777: JML Supreme Bowl Noodles With Stewed Egg Spicy Flavour

As we come close to the end of this Meet The Manufacturer, we have the third bowl that includes an egg: the spicy flavor bowl. Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge).  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 seasoning sachet.

Lots of vegetable bits with a light powder.

A liquid sachet.

An oily paste.

Last but not least…

Our little egg.

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles are very plentiful and of good quality. The broth has a good level of spiciness to it, but not so much it will be too much for anyone. The vegetables that were in the powder base hydrated very nicely and there were lots of them – cabbage and other things I enjoyed. The egg again had a tough outside and nice yolk; it went well with the noodle and broth. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6921555505434.

Jml Instant Noodle Artificial Stew Pork Flavour 5 small bags

A JML TV commercial.

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!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From JML

Was extremely happy to get a knock at the door and a nice big box today!

Ooh! New things to try from China! What’s within I wonder?

A bunch of really interesting looking items! Looking forward to reviewing them! Thanks to Alvin Leung and everyone at JML!

#1645: Lucky Me! Supreme Jjamppong Korean Style Spicy Seafood Soup

I recently reviewed a South Korean Jjajang instant noodle. Well, here’s another double J named instant noodle! Jjamppong! So, what’s jjamppong? Wikipedia has this to say:

Jjamppong (Korean: 짬뽕, Chinese name: 炒碼麵), a spicy noodle soup flavored with onions and chili oil. A form of jjamppong is also the local Chinese specialty in the Japanese port city of Nagasaki (see Chanpon). The noodles are made from wheat flour.

Seafood sounds good! Let’s check it out!

 Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, empty sachets into bowl. Add boiling water to line and steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

 Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

The solid ingredients sachet.

Little bits of fish perhaps.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge).  Added crab stick, fish ball, sliced squid, shrimp, kamaboko, mung bean sprouts and white onion. The noodles are of a thin gauge although made from wheat and have a nice soft texture. The broth has a definitely spicy seafood taste which I really liked. The garnish hydrated well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4807770272646.

Not a fan of seafood? Try out this Lucky Me Supreme Instant Noodles Bulalo Flavor 65g Pack of 8

A new TV spot from Lucky Me!

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Lucky Me! Supreme Bulalo Artificial Bone Marrow Flavor Instant Noodles

Bulalo sounds interesting – a beefy soup. I think I need more info though – here’s what wikipedia had to say:

Bulalo is a beef dish from the Philippines. It is a light colored soup that is made by cooking beef shanks and marrow bones until the collagen and fat has melted into the clear broth. Bulalo is native to the Southern Luzon region of the Philippines.

Many references have evolved regarding its origin. One of it says that this type of dish originated from Batangas where you find the many versions of Bulalo.[1] Other reference says that it actually came from Tagaytay in which there are a lot of cows.

Nice – sounds like a beefy affair. I’ve noticed that the beef flavors I’ve experienced through this Meet The Manufacturer have been going for a slow cooked simmered beef kind of thing which has been nice. Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge).

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, open lid halfway and add in sachet contents. Fill to line with boiling water, re-cover, and steep for 3 minutes. Stir well and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a kind of fatty beef scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, spring onion, sweet onion and carrot I boiled desperately and added later. The noodles were a little on the spongy side at the end of the three minutes, but I found after a minute or two they became a little better. The broth has a nice beefy flavor. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 4807770271175.

Lucky Me Supreme Instant Noodles Bulalo Flavor 65g Pack of 8

A Lucky Me! Supreme Bulalo TV advertisement.

#1285: Lucky Me! Supreme Chow Mien Seafood Flavor Instant Stir-Fried Noodles

Don’t see new Filipino varieties often these days, so was very pleased to come across this one. Wondering about the spelling? Well, it’s spelled many ways – mein, mien, mian… Basically, mien means noodles. Anyways, let’s check this one out!

Here are the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains seafood.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, open the container and use the fork to poke holes through the little guide on the lid. Take all the sachets out. Open the solid ingredient sachet and pour in the bowl. Add boiling water to outside line for 3 minutes. Drain water. Add the contents of all the other sachets and stir – enjoy!

An included fork!

The noodle block.

Dry powder sachet.

Has a seafood scent.

The solid ingredient sachet.

Bits of vegetable and imitation crab.

Liquid ingredient sachets.

Oil.

Soy sauce.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added narutomaki and sweet onion. The noodles are slightly broad and flat. They’ve got a slightly crumbly texture and a hint of sesame flavor. The additions are interesting. I think what kind of did this in was the amount of oil. I think the dish would have been fine without it. The veggies and crab bits were nice, and the all around flavor was pretty good. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4807770273162.

Unfortunately, my beard didn’t do that. I guess results may vary.

#433: Lucky Me! Supreme Bulalo Bone Marrow Flavor Noodle Soup (Cup)

So This one got reviewed at the studios of KIRO 97.3 FM yesterday – here’s a video of me making and trying it.

Click image to enlarge. So this stuff wasn’t bad. It had a nice beefy flavor to it and the noodles weren’t too soggy, although they were a little funky. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

#305: Lucky Me! Supreme Special Beef Carne de Vaca Instant Mami Noodles With Free Crackers

So I’ve reviewed another Supreme with the free crackers before. This time it’s special beef flavor! The tops are all the same on this line it appears…

So here’s the ‘front’ I suppose. I found it interesting that they put a sticker over something so I peeled it off. It looks like they covered up the Filipino text with Spanish for sale in the US; which seems strange since there are a lot of folks from the Philippines here!

Drove my Chevy to the levee and then ate a bowl noodle… Very interesting side image…

So they seem hell bent on letting you know ‘hey, these crackers are free – gratis – and you will like them!’ Powder and some kind of seasoned oil on the right and a veggie pack on the left.

Waiting for a bath…

Click image to enlarge. Added two eggs with a little seasoning on them. So the noodles aren’t bad – not really firm. The broth is interesting – a beefy flavor. I’m still unsure of the vegetable here but they’re fun and the crackers add a nice touch. A good bowl of noodles – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.

#299: Lucky Me! Supreme Sotanghon Artificial Chicken Flavor Instant Vermicelli Soup

So here’s the third Sotanghon flavored instant noodles I’ve tried – the others weren’t really my thing. Hopefully I like this one a bit!

So here we have a silver packet of dry powder seasoning, a ridiculous little fork – its just far too small to be of any use I think… Then some seasoning sauce (looks like an oil) and maybe fried onions.

Looks like very little onion for all the liquid that’s going to be around it – but let’s giver a try!

The finished product (click image to enlarge). So this is some weird stuff. I definitely like it better than the first two I’ve had but not much. The broth was kind of thick and weird; not what one would normally expect from instant noodle broth; it’s more meaty if that makes any sense. Kind of like the broth you would get from boiling a turkey carcass for hours.  The thin rice vermicelli does work here and I liked them. The ‘veggies’ if you want to call them that danced around and kind of looked at my fork like some kind of alien scalpel of mistrust. In the end, not bad but not my fave by any means. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. Find it here.