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Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From TTL (2 of 2) – Taiwan

Here’s the second box of samples from Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor (TTL). Again, I wasn’t completely sure what was in here, but I was definitely keen on finding out what was in this big box! Let’s find out together!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From TTL (2 of 2) – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From TTL (1 of 2) – Taiwan

I was really thrilled to get a huge box from Taiwan as always, but I wasn’t exactly sure what this box was at the outset. I really enjoy a surprise as well, so let’s watch as I crack this box open and look at some of the varieties for review in this Meet The Manufacturer series!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From TTL (1 of 2) – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With TTL – Taiwan

Interview with TTL * Product Samples from TTL (1 of 2) * Product Samples from TTL (2 of 2)TTL Hua-Diao Dongpo Braised Pork Instant NoodleTTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant NoodleTTL Bolognese Red Wine Sauce Instant NoodleTTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant NoodleTTL Hua Diao Pickled Vegetable Beef Instant NoodleTTL Carbonara White Wine Carbonara Instant Noodle * TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle * *

In November of 2017, I met a fellow named Cy Ben at the Taiwan International Food Expo from TTL. I was a big fan of their products – they include sachets of alcohol and this was a first for me. Not only that, they contain retort pouches with real meats. I was very interested in trying new varieties as well as doing a Meet The Manufacturer series. After some time and many conversations, samples were sent and we begin the series today, about a year later! Let’s begin with an interview with Ms. Cherry Hseih, Division of Liquor/Production Management Division/Section Manager of Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers about the history of TTL?

TTL> The monopoly business in Taiwan was started during the time of the Japanese occupation. The Taiwan Governor’s Office expanded its range of items and in 1901 established the “Monopoly Bureau of the Taiwan Governor’s Office”. Then in 1905 and 1922 the Taiwan Governor’s Office took over tobacco and liquor business. Therefore the monopolized goods before the retrocession of Taiwan were: cigarettes, liquor, opium, salt, camphor, matches, petroleum and the standardization of weights and measures.
After the retrocession of Taiwan in 1945, the Taiwan Government Executive Administration Office continued the monopoly system by establishing the “Taiwan Provincial Monopoly Bureau”. In 1947 the Taiwan Provincial Government brought the Bureau directly under its authority by a re-organization which formed the “Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Bureau”. At this time, the number of monopolized items was reduced to three: tobacco, liquor and camphor. In 1951 the Bureau was put under the supervision of the Finance Department of the Taiwan Provincial Government. In1968 after the ending of camphor monopoly, the monopoly range of the Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Monopoly Bureau was reduced to only tobacco and liquor.
The Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Monopoly Bureau was an agency which handled the production, delivery, and sales of tobacco and liquor products. It was responsible for mass production of sufficient supplies of tobacco and liquor to satisfy the public demand, and also the implementation of the tobacco and liquor Monopoly Regulations. The agencies under its jurisdiction included tobacco and liquor distribution units and permitted retailers spread throughout Taiwan, which became a strong, extensive sales network. The monopoly profits from tobacco and liquor sales were submitted to the national Treasury, and fulfilled their economic and financial goals. The operations of the Bureau were very profitable, and the profits provided to the Treasury accounted for a large portion of the tax revenue of Taiwan.
The Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Monopoly Bureau was reformed since July 1, 1999 and under the Ministry of Finance continued the management of production and sales of tobacco and liquor. In preparation for internationalization and liberalization, the government intended to abolish the monopoly system and free tobacco and liquor production. Accordingly, the “Tobacco and Liquor Management Law” and the “Tobacco and Liquor Tax Law” were enacted. The two laws took effect on January 1, 2002. Since then the monopoly system was eliminated and the free production of tobacco and liquor began.
The ” Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation Regulations ” were passed by the Legislative Yuan on April 25, 2002 and became law by presidential decree on May 15, 2002. The name of the Bureau was subsequently changed to the Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation on July 1, 2002.

TRR> Why combine instant noodles and alcohol?

TTL> The company is a professional wine company, and wine has always been part of the oriental culture. Wine and fragrant dishes are the eastern and western food and cooking techniques, while instant noodles are modern conveniences. The company will follow the ancient method with innovative concepts. The Huadiao wine and rice wine, together with the Q-shaped noodles, the rich soup head and the meat block conditioning package, enable busy modern consumers to enjoy instant and delicious instant noodles at any time and any place.

TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?

TTL> Now our product line contains “Chicken noodle Sesame oil flavored with rice liquor (red label), Chicken noodle flavored with Hwa-Diou liquor, Beef noodle flavored with Hwa-Diou liquor and Taiwanese mustard, Dong-po pork noodle flavored with Hwa-Diou liquor, Taiwan pasta-Red wine type, and Taiwan pasta- White wine type, and so on.

TRR> Your company is located in the Taiwan. Can you tell us a little about your locale?

TTL> Taiwanese people are very kindness and inclusive with various things. Taiwanese cuisine is also very famous, such as traditional Taiwanese food, night market snacks, dumplings, clams, pineapple cakes, Tai-yan cakes, etc.

TRR> How does process differ from other instant noodle manufacturers?

TTL> Our product line of instant noodle are contain with well cook meat pair with selective wine in a food pack. The wines we used is top-quality, well-aging, high cost, and very suitable with instant noodles. Give unique taste and aroma to all of them.

TRR> Do you make your own pastes, sauces and seasonings?

TTL> At present, the company is still developing and adjusting the flavor with the instant noodle manufacturer. After many research and development evaluations, the flavor and taste are determined before release.

TRR> How do you decide on what varieties to produce?

TTL> To realize the trend of market and preferences to the consumer, we need to combine our strengths , characteristics, and keep trying any possibility to improve. Whole instant noodles product line have undergone many evaluations before going public. Until it is well-confirmed with its unique flavor and selling potential then we decided to release.

TRR> How many noodle products do you produce every year?

TTL> Our productivity raised year by year. About 1.5 million boxes in 2016 and 2 million. The company’s instant noodle series products sold more than 2 million boxes.

TRR> Apart from noodles, are there other products you produce or plan to produce?

TTL> The company has a variety of non-alcoholic foods including biscuits, beverages, meat processed products and biotechnology products such as beauty, health care, cleaning, etc., all categories have new product development and listing at any time.

TRR> Can you suggest pairings for your products, like meats, seafood or vegetables?

TTL> Chinese cabbage and eggs are the best partner for instant noodles. Shrimp and clams also be added to improve seafood flavor and fresher taste. In addition, sesame oil chicken noodles are very suitable for adding a lot of cabbage, which will make the taste definitely richer.

TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?

TTL> It is recommended to adjust the amount of seasoning bag according to your taste, or add a little more water, vegetables, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, which is actually a very healthy meal.

TRR> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?

TTL> The company invested nearly 10 million Taiwan dollars in social welfare in 2017, including local community connections, care for the weak, education and culture, sports and health and other related fields.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

TTL> In some cases, the company continued its innovative thinking of wine and vegetables. On November 1st this year, it launched a spicy but not dry spicy noodles, which was developed with the company’s traditionally brewed Yushan Maotai. The new product “Taiwanese spicy wine fragrant porridge noodles”.

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

TTL> It is sold in Taiwan, mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and other places.

TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to make them extra special?

TTL> When I eat the noodles of the Huadiao wine flavor series like Huadiao chicken, Huacai sauerkraut beef, Huadiao Dongpo meat noodles, I will add more Huadiao wine or Shaoxing wine to make the whole bowl of the wine more rich and delicious. Very recommended for everyone to try.

TRR> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about TTL and your products!

Thank you to Cherry, Elaine and Cy Ben for making this series happen! Let’s try some noodles!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

It’s time for another top ten list and this time it’s The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition! The first list debuted in 2013 – I can’t believe this is the sixth list! As always – if you are a company who would like me to review your products, please contact me via the contact link – I want to talk to you! These are my favorite instant noodle bowl selections from my over 2800 reviews to date. Let’s get started!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

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Here’s this year’s video presentation of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

#10 – Paldo Bul Jjamppong – South Korea

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #10 - Paldo Bul Jjamppong - South Korea

This variety boasts a thick and chewy ramyun – a wider and flatter noodle that’s become popular in the last few years. Pairing that with a spicy soup with strong notes of grilled seafood taste – almost smoky – and vegetables/seafood and you’ve got an excellent bowl. Original review

#9 – Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #9 - Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup - United States

To be honest, I’m about as surprised by this one as you might be! But make no mistake – this US domestic variety is truly amazing. The tom yum flavor is just superb along with a huge quantity of noodles. You’ll fill up and be extremely happy as you do so. Original review

#8 – Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #8 – Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen - Japan

The second Maruchan variety on the list and this one comes from Japan. A light and tasty shio broth is paired with a large quantity of noodles in this bowl. The inclusion of wonton – which are very good I might add – rounds everything out and becomes a delicious feast. Original review

#7 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #7 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan

The noodles are thick and chewy – very premium. The broth has a very rich miso flavor that had a little thickness and a nice oiliness. The vegetables and bits hydrated perfectly – nice bits of ground meat and menma float happily about and are of good quality. Original review

#6 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #6 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

First, the noodles have a little bit thicker a gauge than most instant varieties. Indeed they are premium although a slight bit softer than one might expect. The broth is a sea of rich pork flavor – different than many. As a matter of fact, this really REALLY has a nice pork flavor; most pork varieties don’t have a great pork taste as the pork taste they do have get overshadowed by saltiness. The vegetables hydrated well and the pork was very good. Original review

#5 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #5 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan

So the noodles are broad and flat with a light chew and an excellent quantity. The broth is a tour de force of beef taste. It has a good thickness/oiliness to it as well as a good flavor. Indeed as expected, there’s a decent punch of spiciness. Indeed, the chunks of beef are of good size and quality. Moreover, the liquid with the beef in the retort pouch add depth to the broth. Finally, little rings of chilli pepper are here and there, joining the party. Original review

#4 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #4 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

TTL stands for Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor and indeed there’s a sachet of rice wine in here! Add to that a big retort pouch full of decent sized chunks of chicken, good noodles and garnish, This is definitely a bowl to seek out and try. Original review

#3 – Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #3 - Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat - Taiwan

Okay so first off, this is a heavy bowl. There’s a huge retort pouch in here full of beef and beef tendon. The noodles are wide and have a great chew and the broth has a nice flavor. But the start of the show is that braised beef and tendon – it’s perfect and there’s just so much of it. Very impressive! Original review

#2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

Talk about amazing. Now, on most of these bowls, you’ll notice I’ve added my own garnishes. I don’t count them in my reviewing – everything is reviewed prior to any additions I make. This is one where I’ve added nothing and just look at it! This one had very good noodles to start off. The broth was a very thick prawn infused decadent flavor spectacle. Then there’s the little crunchy topping and the other garnish they provide and this is just amazing stuff. Wow. Floored. Original review

#1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Wow – I’m so freaking impressed with this one. First, there are two bowls. Peel back the lid of the first bowl and add boiling water. After a short time, you poke holes in the lid and drain the liquid into the second. A sachet of soup base is added and you have a soup with lots of corn and herbs. Next, a huge sachet with chicken and vegetables boasts a great spicy green curry flavor which mixes with the noodle. A really amazing product which is unique and delicious. This is Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle’s second year in the number one spot in a row – congratulations! Original review

#2756: TTL Carbonara White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle

#2817: TTL Chicken Alfredo White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle

This was one variety I didn’t want to leave Taiwan without. I was lucky – we walked around the food expo in Taiwan last November and didn’t see it. Then We went through the beer, wine and spirits section and boom – there it is! A huge booth for TTL (Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor) and a guy asks is he could answer any questions. ‘Where are the noodles?’ Well, I showed him my event badge and he knew who I was which was very cool. Nice guy who went by the name of Ben – if you see this Ben, contact me – would love to do an interview about this product line!

I’ve reviewed the first two varieties – one was chicken with rice wine, the second chicken with Shaoxiang cooking wine. This one is one of two varieties that are new – one with white wine and the other being a bolognese with red wine. Awesome! Boozy noodles! Let’s hit it!

TTL Carbonara White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle – Taiwan

#2817: TTL Chicken Alfredo White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add noodles and powder sachet to 500ml boiling water and steep for 3 minutes. Drain, saving 200ml water. Add powder sachet contents to it and set aside. Add wine and retort pouch sachet contents to drained noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy the noodles and sip the soup!

#2817: TTL Chicken Alfredo White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle

The noodle block.

#2817: TTL Chicken Alfredo White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle

The powder base sachet.

#2817: TTL Chicken Alfredo White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle

A light powder.

#2817: TTL Chicken Alfredo White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle

The white wine sachet.

#2817: TTL Chicken Alfredo White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle

White wine.

#2817: TTL Chicken Alfredo White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle

A retort pouch.

#2817: TTL Chicken Alfredo White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle

The white sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles come out nice – just a perfect gauge and mouthfeel. They have a decent backbone to them which works well with the sauce. It’s a rich and creamy carbonara with pieces of meat and vegetables throughout – just wonderful stuff. Add to that a creamy soup alongside and you’ve got a really great combo here. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710199110850.

#2817: TTL Chicken Alfredo White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle

The Hungover Cookbook

Here we find the TTL booth at the International Food Expo and get some samples!

#2482: TTL Chicken Noodles With Chinese Shaoxing Wine

#2482: TTL Chicken Noodles With Chinese Shaoxing Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

This is one I was sent by Daniel of Exotic Noods, a subscription service specializing in instant noodles. I should note that this was something special he put in after a recent trip to Taiwan – thanks again! So these are manufactured by Wei Lih for TTL. TTL stands for Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor. Tobacco and liquor – what?! Indeed, this is a boozy noodle. It contains rice wine, something apparently that goes well in noodles and cooking. Ireviewed the bowl version of this a few weeks back.

Just to clarify when I get the question, this one won’t be found at your local Asian grocery store here in the United States. Ever. Well, unless there’s a huge shift in things as far as what’s allowed entry into the United States. First, it’s got chicken in it – real chicken. It’s near impossible to get real chicken imported into the USA from Southeast Asia. Second, it wouldn’t surprise me if people here would have a tizzy fit that kids would buy 20 of these packs and guzzle down the wine, the concerned parents would have a fit, and government inquiries would go crazy. It’s unfortunate as that’s just kind of how it works here.

Anyways, I think it’s time to open up this bowl. So let’s do it! Indeed, it’s time to try TTL noodles!

TTL Chicken Noodles With Chinese Shaoxing Wine – Taiwan

#2482: TTL Chicken Noodles With Chinese Shaoxing Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and rice wine. To prepare, add noodle block as well as add in dry sachet and dark liquid sachet to 500ml boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes. Add in rice wine and retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2482: TTL Chicken Noodles With Chinese Shaoxing Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2482: TTL Chicken Noodles With Chinese Shaoxing Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

The powder base.

#2482: TTL Chicken Noodles With Chinese Shaoxing Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Lots of little bits in here.

#2482: TTL Chicken Noodles With Chinese Shaoxing Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

The paste sachet.

#2482: TTL Chicken Noodles With Chinese Shaoxing Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A liquid paste.

#2482: TTL Chicken Noodles With Chinese Shaoxing Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A wine sachet.

#2482: TTL Chicken Noodles With Chinese Shaoxing Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Oh yeah smells like alcohol.

#2482: TTL Chicken Noodles With Chinese Shaoxing Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A big retort pouch.

#2482: TTL Chicken Noodles With Chinese Shaoxing Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Lots of liquid and chicken.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are soft and bountiful; indeed, a lot of them. The broth is really nice – a nice chicken taste with the wine and oil – works extremely well. The chicken is of good quality and tastes, well… Like chicken! Everything went together nicely, as expected. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710199108963.

#2482: TTL Chicken Noodles With Chinese Shaoxing Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

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