I was fortunate to be able to check out Dr. Gary Hou’s instant noodle course at the Wheat Marketing Center in Portland, Oregon a couple years ago – turns out he’s doing it again and if you’re interested, you should give it a look!
Asian Noodle Technology and Ingredient Application Short Course, April 5-8, 2016
Advanced Asian Noodle Technology Short Course, June 6-10, 2016
Here’s the last of the ones my sister brought me back from Hawaii! Minced pork bean vermicelli… Sounds kind of interesting! A very dark day here – wet, cold and windy.
The back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).
The bean vermicelli block.
The powder seasoning packet.
Interesting flavor… Salty and… Not sure!
Has a nice onion and meat kind of scent – should liven things up…
The veggies! I must say that Vina Acecook usually does pretty good with their veggies.
Here’s the veggie mixture – a decent amount and looks nice.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some ham that I minced with a little Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce, some onions and some stir fry veggies. The noodles are decent – plentiful and not too hard to break by pursing the lips. Again as always, I recommend using a pair of kitchen scissors on these while still in the pot – just do a few snips and it’ll make a big difference. The broth is good – has a nice comfort food flavor and the veggies are plentiful and interesting. Good pack of bean vermicelli! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8934563308117
I really like this – a pretty cool overview of Vina Acecook’s company.
I saw an advert in a magazine yesterday for some enormous fans – some 24 feet across! Thought they were pretty awesome – and then the name – Big Ass Fans! How rad! Anyways, here’s a little video story about Big Ass Fans and what they do. Check out the Big Ass Fans website 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.
So here’s something else from Vina Acecook – Hảo Hảo. Looks interesting – onward!
Soup base and flavored oil is all we get in this one.
Flavorings and noodles in a bowl awaiting hot water bath for 3 minutes.
Click image to enlarge. Final product with a couple of fried eggs. I liked it – has a hot flavor to it and isn’t a taste bud killer. The noodles are delicious and appropriately sturdy, the broth is flavorful and the veggies are delicious. Altogether this one deserves a 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. Here’s a commercial for this stuff – it’s the 100g version but the same thing just bigger.