So this is one that the company sent to me – thanks! So this is one of the new Taste Of Asia series, a range that has some really great varieties. I really liked the Sukiyaki Beef from their first three kinds and then they came out with this one and also a Tom Yum which I would say is my favorite so far.
But today it’s kimchi. I do like kimchi and it’s interesting to see how it’s done from variety to variety. Let’s have a look at this bowl, one that I’ve found Maruchan packs with lots of noodles usually.
Maruchan Taste Of Asia Hot & Spicy Kimchi Ramen Ramen Noodle Soup – United States
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add room temp water and contents of sachet marked 1. Microwave (1000W) for 3 minutes and let cool for another minute. Add in sachet marked 2. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, beef, and spring onion. The noodles are bountiful, thin, and soft on the tooth. The broth is extremely tangy, which unfortunately didn’t hit me too happily. I love kimchi, but this didn’t seem on point as their other Taste Of Asia variants. The included kimchi was alright – and it had a good quantity. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789003554.
When I saw this one I was extremely interested. I’ve had tom yum soup many times in Thailand and in Malaysia as well. I’ve reviewed tom yum instant noodle varieties from throughout Southeast Asia – tons of them. I’ve NEVER had one however from the United States. Not only that, this one is a microwavable tom yum. I must admit these are definitely uncharted waters. I’m really hoping this is good. With an open mind and palate, I delve into this bowl.
Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup – United States
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp, chicken, and lobster. To prepare, add in sachet marked #1 and add room temp water to fill line. Microwave (1000W) for 3 minutes and let stand an additional minute. Add in dry base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added chilli oil, coriander, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles were flat and on the thin side. This worked extremely well with the broth which has a very good character; it had the spiciness, lemongrass notes and a good sweetness which I love about tom yum. I liked how a little creamer was in there to give the broth a kind of heartiness. The bell pepper did well, the shrimp was there and the only complaint was that they were small and only a scant few. However, I found this to be absolutely fantastic stuff – very authentic and I found the noodle was light enough that it reminded me of rice noodles. This was a very pleasant surprise and I definitely recommend it to tom yum fans. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789003547.
Today, I’m happy to be unboxing some samples from Maruchan!
Unboxing Time: Samples From Maruchan – United States
Maruchan has recently come out with some new additions to a couple of their ranges. Two new bowls from Taste Of Asia and a new Instant Lunch. Check out the video as I unbox them for your viewing pleasure! Thank you very much to Maruchan Consumer Affairs for sending these my way – really appreciate it!
Tonkotsu is probably my favorite traditional ramen flavor. This and creamy broth with pork. Can’t beat it. Well, it’s now available from Maruchan in the USA in this bowl form! Let’s see how it fares!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, add in sachet #1 and room temperature water to the fill line. Microwave at 1000 watts for 3 minutes (if you have a microwave with different wattage, use this tool to convert the cooking time). Add in contents of sachet #2. Stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chashu pork and chilli flake. The noodles are thin and flat with a very light chew to them. The sheer amount of noodles is pretty amazing! The broth is definitely tonkotsu, but I feel it doesn’t have the right… Something. Instead of a milky and rich pork taste, I get a more salty and chicken flavor. It is thicker than most instants here in the USA that’s for certain. The vegetables hydrated very well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789003516.
Here’s another one of these interesting new Maruchan Taste Of Asia bowls… These are really interesting; such a departure for their traditionally domestic flavors that are sold here in the United States. I like it! Let’s give it a try!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add in contents of sachet #1 (solid ingredients) and room temperature water to fill line. Microwave (1000W) for 3 minutes uncovered. If you have a microwave with different wattages, use this tool.Let sit in the microwave an additional minute. Add in contents of sachet #2. Stir and enjoy!
A curious array – looks like corn, TVP and maybe chipotle peppers?
The soup base sachet.
A light powder
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, baked chicken and ito togarashi. The noodles a flat and a little wider gauge than a standard instant. The microwave definitely did them justice and they’re pretty darn good – and very plentiful. The broth is a slightly thick spicy chicken with a little note of miso in there. The corn and other vegetables hydrated well – I also quite enjoyed the bits of TVP “chicken” in there which were very nice. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789003523.
Hey look at this! So every two weeks, my wife and I bring my son Andy down to Renton, Washington to go to Pokemon League. Yeah – there’s such a thing! Kids (and some adults) play the Pokemon card game. Well, my wife and I don’t play Pokemon so we have time to look around and stroll. As it happens, there’s a Uwajimaya nearby which is awesome. The first time we went I found two big bagfulls of noodles! What was a surprise was finding a LOT of Maruchan products I’d not seen before. There are a couple new Instant Lunch cups (sriracha which I reviewed previously as well as a cihpotle chicken) and these Taste of Asia products in the Bowl line. Let’s check out this sukiyaki variety!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef and chicken. To prepare, add in contents of sachet #1 (solid ingredients) and room temperature water to fill line. Microwave (1000W) for 3 minutes uncovered. If you have a microwave with different wattages, use this tool.Let sit in the microwave an additional minute. Add in contents of sachet #2. Stir and enjoy!
Looks like vegetables and textured vegetable protein.
The powder soup base sachet.
A large amount of light powder.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are good – and very plentiful. They’re soft and flat. The broth is really nice – it’s got a kind of sweet beef taste to it and a decent oiliness. The included veggies and TVP hydrate perfectly – not only that, the quantity is very good. I like how there’s tons of cabbage as well as decent sized pieces of TVP beef going on! Excellent! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789003530.
Here’s an interesting new one – bulgogi is probably one of my most favorite foods! Bulgogi, for those of you who haven’t experienced it, is Korean barbecued beef. What they do is marinate the beef in a nice sweet sauce and then barbecue it in thin strips. What are great are Korean barbecue restaurants. You are seated at a table with a little brazier in the center.
This is a pic from a visit we had to our favorite Korean barbecue restaurant called Secret Garden. As you can see, there’s a gas burner in the middle of the table! It’s really neat – they also do pork, chicken, and hot dogs of all things! It’s really good stuff. As for all the little dishes – those are called banchan. They are all sorts of pickled things – cabbage (kimchi), radish, lotus bean pod, bean sprouts… Different restaurants have different banchan, but it’s always a lot of fun as you get to try out all sorts of tasty things. I’ve read that people really like this bulgogi-inspired mi goreng, and I must say it’s going to be interesting. Being a huge fan of the real deal, it’s going to have to be pretty good stuff. However, Indomie usually does a really good approximation of flavors, and so my hopes are high. Let’s check it out!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free. To prepare, boil 400cc water and add noodles and garnish sachet contents for 3 minutes. Put the liquid sachet and sesame seed sachet and chilli powder sachet contents into a bowl. Once the three minutes are up, drain. Add it to the bowl and combine thoroughly. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and enjoy!
The noodle block. These noodles look to be a bit broader and thicker – slightly similar to instant dry udon from Japan.
Here’s the liquid sachet.
The paste is very thick like molasses.
The vegetables sachet.
A fascinating little mix of onion and other vegetables.
Finally, a dual sachet with sesame seed garnish on the left and chilli powder on the right.
Here they are next to each other.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef sauteed with garlic, green onion and sweet onion, carrot, fried egg and BonCabe Level 10 chilli seasoning. The noodles are very different from what we’re used to from Indomie. The noodles are wide and thick and have a chew very similar to some Japanese udon bowls I’ve had before. The flavoring was interesting; it had a bulgogi-like skew to it, but then kind of skewed back towards a sweet soy based flavor. This, coupled with the noodles seemed kind of off to me. The vegetable mix was fascinating – it said it was onions and other veggies, and I figured the large flat pieces were cabbage ala kimchi, but I think it’s tofu. The sesame seeds were a nice touch. To sum it up, I think it was more interesting than enjoyable for me. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 089686043532.
Here’s a TV advertisement for Indomie Taste Of Asia Bulgogi flavor.
Got a package today – from Indonesia! New product samples from Indomie! This should be awesome!
I’ve been seeing these all over Instagram lately – let me explain… There is a new line Indomie’s making called Taste of Asia. Usually Indomie makes varieties centering around the many different cuisines of Indonesia; but not this time. Three varieties based on flavors from other Asian regions. Tom yum, laksa and bulgogi! Wow – this will be fun! Theyt also sent one which is brand new called Iga Penyet. What I think it is isa flavor based on a dish centering around spicy beef ribs. Sounds good – looking forward to giving it a try!
They also sent me an autographed advert! It was signed by the manager of marketing, noodles division! Pretty awesome! Thanks to Ridki, Susienta, and everyone at Indomie! I’ll be trying these soon!