Thanks again to Jen from Australia for sending this and myriad of other Australian varieties! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a chicken and sweet corn flavored instant noodle before. Let’s crack it open and see what we have here!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add in sachet contents to cup and fill to line with boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and some baked chicken. The noodles came out on the mushy side. Not extremely pleased with this. The broth was minimal but had an almost over herbed taste to it which I didn’t care for. The vegetables did hydrate very well. 2.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9310155304269.
The last time I had one of these, I found something fascinating inside. The sachets all say Mexi Ramen on them, a brand I have reviewed once in the past (actually it was my 500th review). The package said it was MexiRamen. This one is clearly mentioning mi goreng, a Southeast Asian delicacy, and Bento, a Japanese style meal. Let’s crack this box open and have a look inside.
A little card with preparation instructions from inside (click to enlarge). To prepare, remove all sachets. Add in 200ml water and microwave 5 minutes uncovered. Replace lid and use drain spout to drain off water. Add in powder and liquid sachet contents and stir well. Garnish with Lingam’s sauce. Enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dual sachet of dry seasonings.
Chilli powder atop the seasoning base.
A liquid sachet.
Oddly smells a little like salsa.
A vegetables sachet.
Looks like peas and other things.
Finally, a little sachet of Lingham’s chilli sauce. I’ll leave it unopened for now and use it to garnish.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander. The noodles were a little on the gorged side, but all in all not too bad. The flavor without the Lingham’s sauce was very dull – a little spicy, but otherwise very bland. The addition of the Liungham’s sauce was a sweet and spicy smack in the mouth – a hard one at that. This is definitely one of the spicier varieties I’ve have. The vegies were nice in theory, but peas just didn’t seem to feel at home here in this Mlaysian-Japanese-Mexican jumbled oddity. 0.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 850248004137.
On my last trip to the Asian grocery store, I had a though. I thought maybe I ought to toss in some of the varieties I’ve not reviewed in a while that I’ve recommended quite a bit to people since they’re relatively easy to source and quite good. This one’s a perfect example. My first favorite instant growing up was the Japanese Nissin Chickin Ramen. After trying a few varieties, I found Indomie Mi Goreng line and was all about it. When we’d go to Seattle we’d come back with a couple bags full of them, and I don’t think my parents minded too much since it was around 25 cents a pack. I tried many different varieties in the Indomie Mi Goreng line – there are quite a few. I used to go for the Satay flavor mostly, but then found the Barbecue Chicken one to my liking. Then there’s the Rendang which is a really great one, gracing the top ten list a couple times I think. This one today is the original version. If you’ve not tried this stuff, you’ve got to; it’s a real treat and easily modified to taste. There’s five sachets ioncluded- quite a few in an instant noodle pack and I’ll explain them all here. Anyways, let’s bring on the Indomie Mi Goreng!
Here’s the back of the pack (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Combine all sachet contents except fried onion in a bowl. Drain noodles thoroughly and add them to the bowl and stir until combined. Garnish with fried onion and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dual sachet.
This is the bawang goreng, aka fried onion. It’s the one you’ll want to sprinkle on at the end.
The ‘bumbu’ which is a dry seasoning here.
A trifecta of liquid sachets. On the left, a seasoned oil. Next to it in the middle is manis pedas, a sweet and spicy chilli sauce. Finally at the far right we have the kecap manis. This is sweet soy sauce – a thick and syrupy sweet dark liquid.
The three liquid sachets all co-mingling together.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fried egg, extra fried onion, krupuk aci and Dua Belibis chilli sauce. The noodles have a nice tension and gauge – decent quantity as well. The flavor is stuff of legend; it’s just excellent! A sweet, salty and spicy combo that works so well – very balanced and tasty. The fried onion bits add such a good crunchiness as well. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 089686170726.
There are quite a few varieties of these Pancit Canton – and in the past this one’s been my favorite. It’s been quite a while – sounds really good today.
The weather here in Northwest Washington has been wet and really windy lately. In the summer the trees in the background weren’t visible due to tons of big green leaves that were still attached to the trees in the foreground. Alas, winter will be upon us soon. There have been mentions of snow-rain mix in the weather forecasts about a week away. Sweet and spicy pancit canton sounds just right for today. Let’s get started!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to a pot of briskly boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents and combine to form a paste, then add noodles and combine thoroughly. Enjoy!
The noodle block.
The dry seasoning sachet.
A granular powder.
A dual sachet of seasoned oil on top and sauce below.
The sauce and oil co-mingling.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef, sweet onion and green onion with soy sauce and hard boiled egg with Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper on top. The noodles have a nice standard gauge with a light spring. The chew is right for this application. The flavor is like a nice sweet and spicy with butter and salt kind of thing; extremely reminiscent of Indonesian mi goreng varieties. Just right. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4807770272554.
Here’s another one from Joe & Gill of the UK! Thanks again! Sweet & spicy… I have had quite a few Pot Noodles and recently I had a sweet and sour variety. Curious how this one tastes. Well, let’s check it out!
Here’s the detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge).
Where are the noodles you say? Well, Pot Noodle is much different from what you would find here in the States. The noodles are underneath all of the powder, which is mostly wheat flour. The usual broth you would expect in a cup of noodles is more of a sauce or gravy here.
Pot noodles usually come with a single packet such as you see here (front and back). Make the noodles, add some sauce.
Finished (click image to enlarge. Added onions, stir-fry vegetables, light ham and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are your standard Pot Noodle fare; broad and flat with a crumbliness and slight chew. The sauce has a nice taste to it – sweet with a very light spicy factor. The mango sauce has a nice taste – very sweet and a little tanginess. I liked this one – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 5000118203527
Pot Noodle has a contest – you can win a spinning fork! I really want to review one of these things so if anyone ever wants to make me really happy, send me one!
Here’s the first of many reviews of instant noodles that were donated by Joe & Gill of the UK! Thank you again! It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a Pot Noodle. Generally they’re impossible to find in the United States – which surprises me since I think they’d do really well here. Anyways, Let’s check out the sweet and sourness!
Here are the side panels – click image to enlarge.
You’re probably wondering “what is that?” Well, a Pot Noodle is different from a Cup Noodle. The main difference is that instead of a broth is has more of a sauce. The large amount of powder is mainly wheat flour that will turn into the sauce. Underneath lies the noodle block.
They usually include a little sauce p[acket that goes well with the motif of the cup. It sounds pretty good, too!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, turkey breast lunch meat and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. Wow – for something so downed on in Red Dwarf, this is pretty decent! The noodles are broad and flat with a slightly crumbly texture. The sauce is a thick sweet and sour kind of thing – has a nice taste to it. The little sauce packet was kind of odd – had an almost puckery acidity to it – not what I think many would think of when they think sweet and sour sauce like one would find in Chinese take-out. All in all an interesting melange of flavor. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars – possibly my favorite Pot Noodle thus far! UPC bar code 5000118203610 .
Rabokki huh? Ramyun and Ttebokki perhaps? Let’s check this one out!
The back of the package (click image to enlarge). I went with the second set of instructions (the lower ones)
The noodle block
Has a sweet taste to it.
The powder seasoning packet.
Our old friend, the spicy red powder!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some onions, red bell pepper and broccoli, some roast beef lunch meat and finally a few slices of hard boiled egg with Krazy Mixed Up Salt on top. Wow – this is very different! The noodles are good – nice amount and they are of good character and quality. The broth is a completely different experience than I’m used to. As you see in the cooking method, you cook the additions in 400cc water along with the liquid packet. Then you add the noodles and the powder packet’s contents. The broth is thick, sweet and spicy. The noodles soaked up a lot of the heat too – the veggies soaked up a lot of the sweetness. It’s awesome stuff! Now as always, I review the base products and not my additions. This is really quite neat stuff and I’m hooked – I hope this comes to the United States someday! 4.75 out of 5.0 stars! Excellent! UPC bar code 8801128509374 .
Here’s the next to last of the noodles sent by Cindy C. of England! Basically, a cup (or a pot) noodle where you supply your own cup (or mug). Shall we check it out?
Here’s the back (click image to enlarge)
Here’s the contents of the packet in a mug.
My wife got this mug long before we ever met. She said she got it at the gift shop… I wonder…
Finished (click image to enlarge). This is decent – the noodles are a little nicer than the ones in the Pot Noodles; more pliable and less gritty by far. The broth is nice too – a nice sweet and sour taste complimented with bits of veggies here and there. Very different from what we’ve got over here. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 50211476000832.
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This one was sent by Michelle L. of New York! Unfortunately, for this one I have exceedingly low expectations. Every Baijia product I’ve tried has been just plain gross in my opinion.
The side panels (click image to enlarge).
Hey – a fork!
Thick liquid seasoning starting on left, powder seasoning in the middle and finally beans on the right.
Otis Pug and Daisy Pug are out cold…
So they cannot be held responsible for that vile looking thing.
Finished (click image to enlarge). While this was pretty horrible, it wasn’t as horrible as I expected. First, the noodles were not too bad themselves; they weren’t as clumpy as usual. The broth was all but gone and the bean things were as funky and odd as always. The problem as with all of the Baijia products I’ve tried thus far was the flavor. First, it’s spicy – nothing wrong with that, but it’s like a ridiculously strong black pepper kind of spicy. Also, it’s very salty too. All in all, I felt a little funky after eating a couple of bites – I deem this non-palatable. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 6926410321341 – get the pack version here.
This is the last of the Super Noodles sent by Cindy C. of England. Thanks again!
So today is my wife and I’s second anniversary. No, not a wedding anniversary – we got married in July. This is our two year ‘Click-I-Versary.” You see, we met on an online dating website! Two years ago today she clicked a button on my profile and let me know she liked me. I did the same. The chatted online for a little bit and then called and talked to each other for many hours – the rest is history! I can honestly say I’ve never been happier in my life. Love you, Kitten!
Here’s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge)…
The single, shiny packet…
The contents smelled really good!
As I said above, Kit & I were married in July. I made a great batch of hot sauce for wedding souvenirs!
The finished product (click image to enlarge). Added a two-egg omelet with Pup & Kit’s Burning Love hot sauce and a few dashes of Krazy Mixed Up Salt. It’s kind of a bummer; I thought I was saving the best for last but as far as this stuff went, the seasoning’s great odor ended there. The stuff was so bland! Weird. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. The hot sauce filled omelet was good at least. I got a text from Kit on Christmas morning on 2009 asking if I would like to fly down to California to meet for the first time and spend New Year’s with her. Saying yes was the best decision I ever made. You can get the noodles here.
Saucy noodles eh? Wouldn’t kind trying it with some fish fingers!
Thought I’d do some more of this stuff today. I was expecting a package but there was a FedEx delivery exception and so I’ll have to wait til Monday most likely. So, here’s something weird – sweet and sour noodles? Yep. Let’s do this.
Click image to enlarge. Here’s the back panels of the packet… If you’re wondering, no – there was no cash in the packet.
Thought I’d include a pic of the noodle block on this one. It seems a little more dense than many.
A single seasoning packet. Here’s the front and back.
Here’s the powder itself. Looks pretty harmless.
Click image to enlarge. Here’s the finished product. Pretty good stuff – the noodles bulk up nicely and have an almost buttery taste. The seasoning lent a little bit of a sweet and sour flavor but it was very light. I definitely wanted more flavor. Not bad though – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. Can’t seem to find this flavor online but I did find the bacon flavor, and if you eat it you’ll be burping up bacon flavor for days – check it out here.
So here’s another of Vina Acecook’s line of ‘Daily’ instant noodles, hot & sour with shrimp. Sounds good to me; the picture on the front is definitely enticing…
Four packets – that’s always nice. Here we have [clockwise from top left] soup paste, powdered soup base, seasoned oil and veggies as well as dehydrated shrimp.
Clockwise from top: veggies ‘n shrimp, seasoned oil, soup powder, liquid soup paste.
Click image to enlarge. So I added a couple of fried eggs, some fried shallot, a little kizami shoga (ginger you’d find in yakisoba) and a little pepper on the eggs. This is one of the better bowls of noodles I’ve had in quite some time. I become quite fond of how Vina Acecook blends its veggies – there’s always some nice sweet basil in there and it really comes through in the flavor of the broth. The noodles were pre-seasoned and so the sesame oil-esque flavor is easily detected in this soup. The noodles themselves are light and plentiful – not chewy but not spongy. The vegetables really boost on re-hydration which is nice. There was a little hot and a little sour; kind of like Tom Yum soup but much lighter. The eggs and other flavors on top made it absolutely perfect. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars for this one! Find it here.
I like how colorful the Vina Acecook commercials are.