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#2714: KOKA Signature Chicken Flavor Instant Noodles

#2714: KOKA Signature Chicken Flavor Instant Noodles - Singapore the ramen rater

Yep – another KOKA! I think there might be one more left but maybe not – we shall see! I made a chicken breast in the oven yesterday and figured I’d better do a chicken review! So let’s get to it!

KOKA Signature Chicken Flavor Instant Noodles – Singapore

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodle to 400ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2714: KOKA Signature Chicken Flavor Instant Noodles - Singapore the ramen rater

The noodle block.

#2714: KOKA Signature Chicken Flavor Instant Noodles - Singapore the ramen rater

A dry base sachet.

#2714: KOKA Signature Chicken Flavor Instant Noodles - Singapore the ramen rater

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, egg and baked chicken. The noodles have a good chew and bounce to them. The gauge is a familiar one. The broth has a nice chicken flavor which is rather clean. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code  8888056813117.

#2714: KOKA Signature Chicken Flavor Instant Noodles - Singapore the ramen rater

K o k a  Instant Noodles Chicken Flavour 85G x 4

A K O K A tTV commercial I’ve not seen before

#2709: KOKA Signature Black Pepper Fried Noodles

#2709: KOKA Signature Black Pepper Fried Noodles - Singapore - Tat Hui - The Ramen Rater

Well, I thought I was out of KOKA varieties to review and only had a couple duplicates but nope – nada – still got more! See, there are KOKA Signature and KOKA Delight which both look about the same and often have the same flavors. What’s the difference? Well, KOKA Delight is baked noodles – not fried. So I’ve still got a few varieties left. This one is a black pepper flavor noodle – without broth. Black pepper is an interesting thing – very historic as well. Let’s see if I can find something from Wikipedia –

Black peppercorns were found stuffed in the nostrils of Ramesses II, placed there as part of the mummification rituals shortly after his death in 1213 BCE.[22] Little else is known about the use of pepper in ancient Egypt and how it reached the Nile from South Asia.

Pepper (both long and black) was known in Greece at least as early as the 4th century BCE, though it was probably an uncommon and expensive item that only the very rich could afford.

A Roman era trade route from India to Italy

By the time of the early Roman Empire, especially after Rome’s conquest of Egypt in 30 BCE, open-ocean crossing of the Arabian Sea direct to southern India‘s Malabar Coast was near routine. Details of this trading across the Indian Ocean have been passed down in the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea. According to the Roman geographer Strabo, the early Empire sent a fleet of around 120 ships on an annual one-year trip to China, Southeast Asia, India and back. The fleet timed its travel across the Arabian Sea to take advantage of the predictable monsoon winds. Returning from India, the ships travelled up the Red Sea, from where the cargo was carried overland or via the Nile-Red Sea canal to the Nile River, barged to Alexandria, and shipped from there to Italy and Rome. The rough geographical outlines of this same trade route would dominate the pepper trade into Europe for a millennium and a half to come.

Pepper was so valuable that it was often used as collateral or even currency. In the Dutch language, “pepper expensive” (peperduur) is an expression for something very expensive. The taste for pepper (or the appreciation of its monetary value) was passed on to those who would see Rome fall. Alaric the Visigoth included 3,000 pounds of pepper as part of the ransom he demanded from Rome when he besieged the city in 5th century.[24] After the fall of Rome, others took over the middle legs of the spice trade, first the Persians and then the Arabs; Innes Miller cites the account of Cosmas Indicopleustes, who travelled east to India, as proof that “pepper was still being exported from India in the sixth century”.[25] By the end of the Early Middle Ages, the central portions of the spice trade were firmly under Islamic control. Once into the Mediterranean, the trade was largely monopolized by Italian powers, especially Venice and Genoa. The rise of these city-states was funded in large part by the spice trade.

One tablespoon (6 grams) of ground black pepper contains moderate amounts of vitamin K (13% of the daily value or DV), iron (10% DV) and manganese (18% DV), with trace amounts of other essential nutrientsprotein and dietary fibre.[42]

It is commonly believed that during the Middle Ages, pepper was used to conceal the taste of partially rotten meat. There is no evidence to support this claim, and historians view it as highly unlikely: in the Middle Ages, pepper was a luxury item, affordable only to the wealthy, who certainly had unspoiled meat available as well.[27] In addition, people of the time certainly knew that eating spoiled food would make them sick. Similarly, the belief that pepper was widely used as a preservative is questionable: it is true that piperine, the compound that gives pepper its spiciness, has some antimicrobial properties, but at the concentrations present when pepper is used as a spice, the effect is small.[28] Salt is a much more effective preservative, and salt-cured meatswere common fare, especially in winter. However, pepper and other spices certainly played a role in improving the taste of long-preserved meats.

I always thought it was mayonnaise that was used to cover the taste of rotted meat… Well, you learn something new every day – even if it isn’t correct. Let’s look within!

KOKA Signature Black Pepper Fried Noodles – Singapore

#2709: KOKA Signature Black Pepper Fried Noodles - Singapore - Tat Hui - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents and combine. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2709: KOKA Signature Black Pepper Fried Noodles - Singapore - Tat Hui - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2709: KOKA Signature Black Pepper Fried Noodles - Singapore - Tat Hui - The Ramen Rater

A dual sachet.

#2709: KOKA Signature Black Pepper Fried Noodles - Singapore - Tat Hui - The Ramen Rater

A peppery powder.

#2709: KOKA Signature Black Pepper Fried Noodles - Singapore - Tat Hui - The Ramen Rater

Oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Dodo fish balls, coriander, fried onion from Waroeng Jajanan, and Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts. The noodles came out as expected – nice gauge and chew and good for a dry instant noodle dish. The flavor was a nice black pepper one – not too strong that it’s unbearable – just right in this one. It coats everything but isn’t soupy at all. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8888056820016.

#2709: KOKA Signature Black Pepper Fried Noodles - Singapore - Tat Hui - The Ramen Rater

Koka Instant Noodles B l a c k   P e p p e r  Flavor 85g. Pack 5

KF Seetoh shows you how to make this popular singaporean crab

#2701: KOKA The Original Chicken Flavor Oriental Instant Noodles

#2701: KOKA The Original Chicken Flavor Oriental Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

I thought I was out of KOKA varieties to review, but definitely not yet. They sent every single SKU they produce for their Meet The Manufacturer. Thanks again – that was really awesome! I have a limit of 15 reviews for a Meet The Manufacturer series, so the extras go into the regular rotation.

The regular rotation is what I call picking a couple packs out of the hampers for the day’s reviewing. I like to pick two that are from different countries and brands than the previous day. Sometimes, this isn’t what happens but usually does. For example, lately I have a lot of Japanese varieties, so a lot are getting into the mix – which is great; the Japanese varieties I’ve not reviewed are surprisingly hard to come by locally.

Today, we have chicken. Chicken instant noodles are almost always present; a company that doesn’t have a straight up chicken variety is kind of rare. Let’s give this one a try!

KOKA The Original Chicken Flavor Oriental Instant Noodles – Singapore

#2701: KOKA The Original Chicken Flavor Oriental Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Add in sachet content. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2701: KOKA The Original Chicken Flavor Oriental Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2701: KOKA The Original Chicken Flavor Oriental Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The soup base sachet.

#2701: KOKA The Original Chicken Flavor Oriental Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

A very light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken and spring onions. The noodles have a good gauge and chew – your standard instant with just a skosh more backbone it seems. The broth has a standard chicken flavor with a little extra something. Don’t know what that something is, but as far as chicken instant noodles go, I liked this one. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8888056903862.

#2701: KOKA The Original Chicken Flavor Oriental Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

K o k a  Instant Noodles Chicken Flavour 85G x 4

A K O K A tTV commercial I’ve not seen before

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

Yet another leftover from the KOKA Meet The Manufacturer series. I’ve still got a bunch more! Wow! So this one should be really great – I love KOKA’s Laksa Singapura every time I try a different version. They make it in quite a few – rice, wheat, fried, non-fried. Let’s crack into this bowl and see what’s within.

KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine – Singapore

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add in sachets and 400ml boiling water. cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

The rice fettuccine block.

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

A dual sachet.

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

Powder seasoning base.

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

A seasoned oil.

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

A dry sachet.

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

Coconut powder.

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

A garnish sachet.

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

Looks like shrimp and vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added a trifecta of Dodo fish balls. The rice fettuccine came out very nicely and has a wide and flat nature. The chew is there – not too much, not too little. The broth is a smack of a lot of things – the coconut powder and oil set the scene for the overall taste – one which has a spicy element, a slightly sweet element, and kind of rings to me of a chowder in some aspects. The included garnish featured little shrimp which were nice. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8888056811144.

#2688: KOKA Silk Laksa Singapura Instant Rice Fettuccine - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

KOKA Laksa Singapura Rice Noodle (get it here)

A KOKA TV spot

#2684: KOKA Instant Noodles Mushroom Flavour

#2684: KOKA Instant Noodles Mushroom Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Here is another one of the KOKA varieties I have left over from their Meet The Manufacturer of earlier this year. So as I said yesterday – not a particular fan of mushroom. But also as I said today, I’m hoping today will be a day of mushroom goodness. Let’s have a look!

KOKA Instant Noodles Mushroom Flavour – Singapore

#2684: KOKA Instant Noodles Mushroom Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free and says suitable for vegetarians. To prepare, add noodle block to 450ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2684: KOKA Instant Noodles Mushroom Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2684: KOKA Instant Noodles Mushroom Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The soup base sachet.

#2684: KOKA Instant Noodles Mushroom Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

A very light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles come out nicely and are of good quality. The mushroom flavor just isn’t my thing; earthy and funky. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888056813155.

#2684: KOKA Instant Noodles Mushroom Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Koka, Instant Cup Noodles, Mushroom Flavour, net weight 70 g (Pack of 3 cups)

KOKA also makes purple wheat noodles!

#2674: KOKA Oriental Instant Noodles The Original Chicken Flavour

#2674: KOKA Oriental Instant Noodles The Original Chicken Flavour

It is truly amazing I still have quite a few KOKA varieties to review! Can’t complain, that is for sure – having my hampers stocked well is a good thing and lets me be at ease about not running out of varieties to try. Today its chicken and I got up at 4 am and cooked some chicken in the oven to go into this one. Let’s have a look.

KOKA Oriental Instant Noodles The Original Chicken Flavour – Singapore

#2674: KOKA Oriental Instant Noodles The Original Chicken Flavour

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free however it does have a red dot denoting not suitable for vegetarians. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2674: KOKA Oriental Instant Noodles The Original Chicken Flavour

The noodle block.

#2674: KOKA Oriental Instant Noodles The Original Chicken Flavour

The soup base sachet.

#2674: KOKA Oriental Instant Noodles The Original Chicken Flavour

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and baked chicken. The noodles were pretty good – decent gauge and chew. A slightly stronger backbone than expected to be honest. The broth had a patent chicken flavor – not a bad one, but not a surprisingly amazing one. This was a decent chicken flavor instant noodle. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888056603862.

#2674: KOKA Oriental Instant Noodles The Original Chicken Flavour

Koka Instant Noodles C h i c k e n  Flavour 85G x 4

A disco chicken – enjoy for an hour if necessary

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

Here’s another left from the Tat Hui Meet The Manufacturer from earlier this year. I’ve had a lot of pho instant varieties over the years and to be honest, I’ve liked only a couple of them, so I’m really hoping this is one I’ll like.

Pho restaurants are very popular here in the United States – they’re everywhere! Here’s a little about pho from Wikipedia –

Phở or pho[1] (pronounced variously as /fɜːr//fʌ/, or /f/;[2] Vietnamese: [fəː˧˩˧]) is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of brothrice noodles called bánh phở, a few herbs, and meat, primarily made with either beef or chicken[3].[4] Pho is a popular street food in Vietnam[5] and the specialty of a number of restaurant chains around the world. Pho originated in the early 20th century in northern Vietnam, and was popularized throughout the rest of the world by refugees after the Vietnam War. Because pho’s origins are poorly documented,[6][7] there is significant disagreement over the cultural influences that led to its development in Vietnam, as well as the etymology of the word itself.[8] The Hanoi and Saigon styles of pho differ by noodle width, sweetness of broth, and choice of herbs. A related noodle soup, bún bò Huế, is associated with Huế in central Vietnam.

Alright – let’s check this one out.

KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor – Singapore

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). To prepare, cook fettuccine in 400ml boiling water for 2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

The fettuccine in its own package.

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

A dual sachet.

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

Powder base.

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

Oil.

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

The garnish sachet.

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

Onion, coriander and chilli flake.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander and Huy Fong sriracha sauce. The fettuccine comes out very well – slippery stuff but not entirely mushy. The broth has an onion and chicken flavor with notes of cinnamon and anise. The garnish was the real seller for me – the onion, coriander and chilli flakes really went a long way to wrap this dish all to gether. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8888056801107.

#2669: KOKA Silk Instant Rice Fettucine Chicken Pho Flavor

Koka Laksa Singapura (Rice Noodles, Bowl), 70-Grams (Pack of 12)

A video about KOKA

#2618: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles

#2535: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Another one from the recent KOKA Meet The Manufacturer. A curry from Singapore – can’t say I’ve met one of those I didn’t like. Let’s have a look.

KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles – Singapore

#2535: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Packaging says ‘suitable for Vegetarians.’ To prepare, add noodle block and vegetable sachet to 450ml boiling water. Cook 2~3 minutes and add soup base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2535: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2535: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The powder base sachet.

#2535: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Sure enough, smells like curry!

#2535: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

The vegetable sachet.

#2535: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Carrot and other veggies.

#2535: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and coriander. Really like the noodles in these Delight varieties – good gauge and chew. The broth has a kind of sweet and spicy curry which works really well and is unique. The vegetable assortment included with the pack is aptly chosen. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888056000258.

#2535: KOKA Delight Curry Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater

Koka, Instant Noodles, Curry Flavour, 85 g (Pack of 5)

A commercial for their purple wheat noodle

#2571: KOKA The Original Spicy Stir-Fried Noodles

#2571: KOKA The Original Spicy Stir-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s one from KOKA left over from the KOKA Meet The Manufacturer series earlier this year. This one certainly looks like an export version. How can you tell? A big giveaway is a number of different languages on the packaging. Not a lot of German-speaking folk in Singapore. Let’s have a look at this one and give it a try!

KOKA The Original Spicy Stir-Fried Noodles – Singapore

#2571: KOKA The Original Spicy Stir-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Removed color to aid in viewing. Says ‘suitable for vegetarians.’ To prepare, cook noodles for 2~3 minutes. Drain. Add in seasoning sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2571: KOKA The Original Spicy Stir-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2571: KOKA The Original Spicy Stir-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A dual sachet.

#2571: KOKA The Original Spicy Stir-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The dry base.

#2571: KOKA The Original Spicy Stir-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Seasoned oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and fried onion. The noodles were good – springy and peppy. The flavor was a kind of sesame oil and strong pepper taste. To be honest, I really didn’t expect these to be so spicy. But I didn’t really like the pairing of flavors that went on here, unfortunately. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888056708109.

#2571: KOKA The Original Spicy Stir-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

K o k a   Instant Noodles, Stir-Fry Original Flavour, Mi Goreng, 85 g (Pack of 5)

A TV spot for a different variety from their product line

#2558: KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Hot & Sour Fish Flavor

#2558: KOKA Creamy Soup Hot & Sour Fish Flavor - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - Tat Hui - cup

Here’s another left over from the Tat Hui/KOKA Meet The Manufacturer series. Indeed, I’ve been really enjoying their Creamy Soup line. Actually, it’s not just an enjoyment, but a fascination – is it a soup with noodles or a noodles with soup? It’s kind of more the former rather than the latter as it comes with a pack of crushed noodles.

I don’t think I’ve seen instant noodles presented this way before. Not only that, the soup is usually quite creamy and thick. I’m very curious how this hot and sour will be; I have a feeling it will be quite different from what one would find in Chinese restaurants in the United Sates – which is great! Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about hot and sour soup –

Hot and sour soup is a variety of soups from several Asian culinary traditions. In all cases, the soup contains ingredients to make it both spicy and sour.

In the United States, Soup preparation may use chicken or pork broth, or may be meat-free. Common key ingredients in the American Chinese version include bamboo shoots, toasted sesame oil, wood ear, cloud ear fungus, day lily buds, vinegar, egg, corn starch, and white pepper.[1]Other ingredients include button mushrooms and small slices of tofu skin. It is comparatively thicker than the Chinese cuisine versions due to the addition of cornstarch. This soup is usually considered a healthy option at most Chinese establishments and, other than being high in sodium, is a very healthy soup overall.[2]

In China, “Hot and sour soup” is a Chinese soup claimed variously by the regional cuisines of Beijing and Sichuan as a regional dish. The Chinese hot and sour soup is usually meat-based, and often contains ingredients such as day lily buds, wood ear fungus, bamboo shoots, and tofu, in a broth that is sometimes flavored with pork blood.[3] It is typically made hot (spicy) by red peppers or white pepper, and sour by vinegar.

Authentic is the road I like to travel. Let’s check out this creamy soup from KOKA!

KOKA Creamy Soup Hot & Sour Fish Flavor – Singapore

#2558: KOKA Creamy Soup Hot & Sour Fish Flavor - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - Tat Hui - cup

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and crustacea. To prepare, add in soup sachet and then noodle sachet. Add 300ml boiling water and stir. Let steep covered for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2558: KOKA Creamy Soup Hot & Sour Fish Flavor - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - Tat Hui - cup

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2558: KOKA Creamy Soup Hot & Sour Fish Flavor - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - Tat Hui - cup

An included spoon!

#2558: KOKA Creamy Soup Hot & Sour Fish Flavor - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - Tat Hui - cup

The soup base sachet.

#2558: KOKA Creamy Soup Hot & Sour Fish Flavor - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - Tat Hui - cup

A lot of fine powder.

#2558: KOKA Creamy Soup Hot & Sour Fish Flavor - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - Tat Hui - cup

The crushed noodles sachet.

#2558: KOKA Creamy Soup Hot & Sour Fish Flavor - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - Tat Hui - cup

Indeed, crushed noodles and some bits.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added 3 Dodo fish balls. This one was really interesting. First, it had a kind of acidic and sweet and spicy thing going on that worked extremely well. The broth was indeed thick – kind of like what I have tried in American Chinese restaurants, but just seemed a bit cleaner. The crushed noodle hydrated very well and works perfectly. The included veggies and garnish are fresh and just right. Another great creamy soup – 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8888056833290.

#2558: KOKA Creamy Soup Hot & Sour Fish Flavor - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - Tat Hui - cup

Koka Laksa Singapura (Rice Noodles, Bowl), 70-Grams (Pack of 12)

A KOKA advert

#2551: KOKA Signature Tom Yum Flavor Instant Noodles

#2551: KOKA Signature Tom Yum Flavor Instant Noodles - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

I recently did a Meet The Manufacturer series with KOKA (actually the company that makes KOKA is called Tat Hui) – they sent pretty much every SKU they make! Thanks again! So during a Meet The Manufacturer, I only review up to 15 varieties. So, there are some leftovers which are always nice. Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about tom yum –

Tom yum or tom yam (UK pronunciation: /ˌtɒm ˈjæm/ or /ˌtɒm ˈjʌm/; US pronunciation: /ˌtɑːm ˈjɑːm/;[2] Thai: ต้มยำ, rtgstom yam, pronounced [tôm jām]) is a type of hot and sour Thai soup,[2] usually cooked with shrimp (prawn).[3] Tom yum is widely served in neighbouring countries such as Cambodia, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and Laos and has been popularised around the world.

The words “tom yam” are derived from two Thai words. Tom refers to the boiling process, while yam refers to a Thai spicy and sour salad. Indeed, tom yum is characterised by its distinct hot and sour flavours, with fragrant spices and herbs generously used in the broth. The basic broth is made of stock and fresh ingredients such as lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce, and crushed chili peppers.

Commercial tom yum paste is made by crushing all the herb ingredients and stir frying in oil. Seasoning and other preservative ingredients are then added. The paste is bottled or packaged and sold around the world. Tom yum flavored with the paste may have different characteristics from that made with fresh herb ingredients. The soup often includes meats such as chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp.

The 1997 Financial Crisis in Asia, which started in Thailand, is sometimes referred to as the “Tom Yam Kung Crisis”.[4]

Let’s have a look!

KOKA Signature Tom Yum Flavor Instant Noodles – Singapore

#2551: KOKA Signature Tom Yum Flavor Instant Noodles - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). contains seafood. To prepare, add noodles to 400ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Add in powder and oil sachet contents. finally, stir and enjoy!

#2551: KOKA Signature Tom Yum Flavor Instant Noodles - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

The noodle block.

#2551: KOKA Signature Tom Yum Flavor Instant Noodles - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

A dual sachet.

#2551: KOKA Signature Tom Yum Flavor Instant Noodles - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

A powder base.

#2551: KOKA Signature Tom Yum Flavor Instant Noodles - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

Seasoned oil.

#2551: KOKA Signature Tom Yum Flavor Instant Noodles - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Dodo fish ball, squid flower, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and coriander. Indeed, the noodles come up nice and plump like I like them. Just a slight bit more density than your average instant. The broth is very good – a mild kind of tom yum – not extremely spicy, but more smooth. So, I liked this one. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888056813148.

#2551: KOKA Signature Tom Yum Flavor Instant Noodles - The Ramen Rater - Singapore

Koka, Instant Noodles, Spicy Singapore Fried Noodles, Mi Goreng, 85 g (Pack of 5)

Tom yam in Thailand

#2543: KOKA Curry Flavour Instant Noodles

#2543: KOKA Curry Flavour Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - Tat Hui

Here’s another left over from the KOKA Meet The Manufacturer – thanks again for participating For almost a whole year I was reviewing two varieties per day – this is how I got so far ahead in my reviews. Now I’m only doing one at this point and I think I probably will for a while. You see, having a 5 month old baby girl and a very inquisitive 21 month old boy in the house can be a little crazy. He’s really interested in grabbing things and flinging them on the floor. He’s also a big fan of stealing remote controls (we got him a couple just for him, but he still steals ours). He loves the mouse and keyboard too, so I have to put those up when he’s running around.

Another nice thing is that It definitely frees up a lot more time – one review I can do pretty quick but two takes 2x the time. Plus it takes a lot more time in the midday cooking and plating etcetera which can be very difficult to wrangle if he’s not taking a nap. My daughetr will be crawling any day now and she’s a zero-to-sixty kind of gal. She will be just fine, happy and cooing – then she decides she’s hungry and it’s a kind of scramble to get her some food and drop everything thing.

At the time of this post I’m still almost 90 reviews ahead, so on days where reviewing just isn’t going to work, I have a huge buffer. Anyways, today it’s curry! Let’s get started with this curry cup from KOKA!

KOKA Curry Flavour Instant Noodles – Singapore

#2543: KOKA Curry Flavour Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - Tat Hui

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). To prepare, add sachet contents to cup and add 320ml boiling water. Cover and let steep for 2~3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

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Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

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An included fork!

#2543: KOKA Curry Flavour Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - Tat Hui

The noodle block.

#2543: KOKA Curry Flavour Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - Tat Hui

The soup base sachet.

#2543: KOKA Curry Flavour Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - Tat Hui

Smells like curry!

#2543: KOKA Curry Flavour Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - Tat Hui

The garnish sachet.

#2543: KOKA Curry Flavour Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - Tat Hui

Cabbage and carrot.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Dodo fishball, spring onion, tau pok, and fried onion. The three minutes I let the cup steep was just right for the noodles to hydrate. Indeed they had a good gauge and chew and quite a decent quantity- always surprises me how much food can come from a cup. The broth is very good – had a rich curry flavor with a nice hit of spiciness. The included carrot and cabbage garnish works extremely well and supplies a fresh little crunch. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888056706600.

#2543: KOKA Curry Flavour Instant Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - Tat Hui

The Little Singapore Cookbook: A Collection of Singapore’s Best-Loved Dishes

A short video from a series called Instant Noodles Diary about Tat Hui Foods.