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Meet The Manufacturer: #3039: Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3039: Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

The first of two varieties for this Fantastic Noodles Meet The Manufacturer series. From what I gather, Spicy Dolar sounds like a Sichuan pepper infused variety with some extras going on. Let’s find out!

Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3039: Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in 1000ml water for 3~3 1/2 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3039: Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3039: Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3039: Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

A powder of spices.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3039: Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

A liquid base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3039: Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

An oily combination.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, scallion, fried onion, Chinese sausage, and chili flake. Noodles have a nice gauge and chewiness to them. Great quantity as well. I cooked 3.5 minutes and that were still chewy. The flavor is interesting – has a spiciness and some other flavors going on I found interesting – worked well. I didn’t find it too Sichuan peppery though. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  No bar code.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3039: Fantastic Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

The Food of Taiwan: Recipes from the Beautiful Island

Watch me cook this one up on an episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!


New Labeling & New Products from Mom’s Dry Noodle – Unboxing Time

New Labeling & New Products from Mom's Dry Noodle - Unboxing Time

Was really looking forward to this one – product samples from Mom’s Dry Noodle. A couple new ones in here – a meat one from Xiao Ban Mian and a new flavor from the Mom’s Dry Noodle line! Let’s get to it and take a look!

New Labeling & New Products from Mom’s Dry Noodle – Taiwan

This is one big, heavy box! Thank you very much!

Unboxing Time: Favorites From CarJEN Foods Of Malaysia!

Unboxing Time: Favorites From CarJEN Foods Of Malaysia!

Usually when there’s a big list coming up, I’ll ask companies to send samples along for re-review. Well, here are a couple from CarJEN Foods of Malaysia! Both of these have graced Top Ten Lists, both past and present. Let’s get to it!

Favorites From CarJEN Foods – Malaysia

A big thanks to the folks at CarJEN for sending these along!

Unboxing Time: Simply Shredz Pork

Unboxing Time: Simply Shredz Pork

Was contacted recently about a new product called Simply Shredz. Basically, it’s marinated and shredded pork that you can put on just about everything! Well, probably not breakfast cereal… But your could put it on congee! Anyways, let’s open it up and give it a little test run!

Unboxing Time: Simply Shredz Pork – United States

Alright – so if you want to learn more, check out www.simplyshredz.com. I liked it – you might, too! Thanks for sending the samples along!

New Samples from Choumama of Taiwan

A coompany called Choumama recently reached out to me and asked if I’d try their product. Here’s the box today!

Here it is (click to enlarge). Xo Sauce Scallop noodles! Sounds tasty – thanks and I’m looking forward to trying them!

Birthday Trip: Instant Noodle Hunting In Canada


Approaching the Canadian border!

A weirdly shaped building; probably full of video cameras pointed at people crossing the border.

A rainy day.

Getting closer!

So they asked us a few questions – who are you, what are you doing, where are you going, for how long etc etc. Then they let us loose in Canada!

I really like tunnels – this one was especially cool as the center lane has little lights.

My sister Sue has come up to Canada before and gotten me noodles in the past. She told me about this place in Richmond… First stop: Price Smart Foods!

Price Smart Foods
8200 Ackroyd Rd.
Richmond, BC V6X 1B5

This place was amazing – so many varieties I’ve not seen in the USA before – really awesome!

Usually you see picture like this of people holding large fish. Five – count ’em FIVE bags full of instant noodles! Wow!!!

Then we drove through Richmond to Yaohan Centre – a big Asian shopping mall.

Yaohan Centre
3700 No. 3 Road
Richmond B.C. V6X 3X2

This place looks rad!

So I was planning on going to a couple more stores: T&T and Osaka. Well, They’re one and the same so that was easy enough. They have a huge cooked food section in Osaka Supermarket – check out all the kinds of dim sum! I like the Shepherd’s Purse bun ingredients (click image to enlarge).

We both agreed that these actually smelled quite good.

Wow! Frozen turtle!

After all the noodle shopping, we decided to check out the food court. There were a few places – a curry place which smelled awesome, lots of Chinese and then there was Seoul Express. Sweet!

My cute wife Kitten made it such an awesome day!

She got a BBQ beef combo.

I decided to get…

Bibimbap!!! Been wanting to try this for so long and it’s so good. Comes in a stoneware crucible of fire! The food was sizzling for literally five minutes after it was at the table!

French language on everything – proof of being in Canada!

Okay, I’ve discovered something amazing here. The rice at the bottom of the bibimbap is stuck to the bottom. I found that with the spoon from my miso, you could pry it off in nice little pieces. This is like the bacon of the rice world – this is great! Kit told me that her grandmother would cook rice and do the same thing.

With pugs at home demanding attention (they’re telepathic), back to the USA we went.

I ended up with 55 new packs of instant noodles to review – in addition to the 26 that were already in the hamper, that’s 81! Pretty sure I’ll be good on noodles for a while!

Brand Variety Style Country
Chencun Rice Noodle Beef With Brown Sauce Cup China
Chencun Rice Noodle Fragrant Peppery Beef Cup China
Chencun Rice Noodle Spicy Beef Cup China
Chencun Rice Noodle Red Roast Spareribs Cup China
Chencun Rice Noodle Braised Ribs Cup China
Chewy Satay Chicken Pack Hong Kong
Chewy Spicy Beef With Chili Flavor Pack Hong Kong
Chewy Taiwan Roast Pork Flavour Pack Hong Kong
Chewy Scallop With XO Sauce Pack Hong Kong
Four Seas Hot & Spicy Mushroom & Beef Bowl Hong Kong
Four Seas Chicken Bowl Hong Kong
Four Seas Japanese Style Pork Bowl Hong Kong
Four Seas Sesame Oil Chicken Bowl Hong Kong
Golden Wheat Shrimp Bowl China
Golden Wheat Spicy Beef Bowl China
Golden Wheat Mushroom Chicken Bowl China
Golden Wheat Stew Beef Bowl China
Golden Wheat Stew Pork Bowl China
Golden Wheat Stew Pork Pack China
Golden Wheat Shrimp Pack China
Golden Wheat Stew Beef Pack China
Golden Wheat Spicy Beef Pack China
Golden Wheat Mushroom chicken Pack China
Hao Hao Mi Goreng Shrimp & Onion Pack Vietnam
Itomen Cinstant Ramen Crab Pack Japan
Knorr Quick Serve Macaroni Wonton Pack Hong Kong
Knorr Quick Serve Macaroni Shrimp Pack Hong Kong
Knorr Quick Serve Macaroni Japanese Pork Bone Broth Pack Hong Kong
Knorr Quick Serve Macaroni Abalone & Chicken Pack Hong Kong
Mamee Oriental Noodles Curry Pack Malaysia
Mr. Noodles Bowl Beef Bowl Canada
Mr. Noodles Bowl Spicy Chicken Bowl Canada
Mr. Noodles Bowl Noodles Kimchi Bowl Canada
Mr. Noodles Spicy Chicken Cup Canada
Mr. Noodles Chicken Cup Canada
Mr. Noodles Beef Cup Canada
Mr. Noodles Bowl Noodles Chicken Kimchi Bowl Canada
Mr. Noodles Bowl Chicken Bowl Canada
New Touch Yakisoba Noodles Tray Japan
Nissin Demae Ramen Kimchi Flavor Bowl Hong Kong
Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Bowl Hong Kong
Nissin Demae Ramen XO Sauce Seafood Bowl Hong Kong
Nissin Demae Ramen Artificial Chicken Bowl Hong Kong
Nissin Demae Rice Vermicelli Chicken Pack Hong Kong
Nongshim Oolongmen Kimchi Cup Korea
Nongshim Potato Pork Ramyun Pack China
Nongshim Shin Ramyun Bowl China
Sau Tao QQ Scallop Seafood Bowl China
Vina Acecook Oh! Ricey Spareribs Pack Vietnam
Wei Lih Steam Noodle Spicy Sichuan Bowl Taiwan
Western Family Instant Noodles In A Cup Chicken Cup Canada
Western Family Instant Noodles In A Cup Spicy Chicken Cup Canada
Western Family Instant Noodles In A Cup Oriental Cup Canada
Western Family Instant Noodles Vegetable Pack Canada
Western Family Instant Noodles Chicken Pack Canada

Only one duplicate that I’ve reviewed before!

This was such an awesome birthday – I have the most awesome wife in the universe! I love you Kit!


Re-Review: Maruchan Creamy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Found these at Walmart yesterday – or wait that was today… We decided to go shopping at 1am – figured we’d beat the crowds… Well, we did beat the crowds but they were restocking – pretty amazing all the pallets they load there at night! Wow… Anyways, creamy chicken sounded good. Here’s the original review and I’ll do a really in-depth re-review soon!

Finished (click image to enlarge. Added processed  cheese, sweet onion, an egg and some almonds. Oh man this is grubbin’ stuff – it is indeed creamy chicken ultra comfort food flavored. Great noodles, great broth. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – a delicious guilty pleasure!


The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Weirdest, Funniest, Grossest Instant Noodle Anomalies

Here’s a list of odd instant noodle-isms.

1. Batchelor’s Super Noodles: Bacon Flavour

We have the British to thank for these bacon instant noodles. Pair ’em with eggs and toast and t’s actually pretty great stuff. But, you should know, the rest of the day your burps will taste like bacon. This one was sent to me by a Ramen Rater fan in England who also included about two dozen other fascinating packs with flavors such as Curry, Sweet & Sour, and Southern Fried Chicken.

2. Mexi-Ramen Soupless Ramen Shallot Teriyaki Flavor

Shallots and teriyaki? What does this have to do with Mexico? Well, the company also makes Chicken Habanero and Spicy Shrimp flavors (vaguely…Mexican). Sent to me as a gift from my in-laws in California, this was the 500th instant noodle I reviewed.

3. Rocket Brand Satoimo Noodles

Purple noodles eh? Weird. Couldn’t pass them up, and actually, they were quite good. Makes for a colorful dinner plate. Purchased these at the Seattle Uwajimaya Asian supermarket.

4. Koka’s Seasonal Ingredients

Seasonal? What’s amazing is they actually change the packets depending on the season’s availability. Fascinating for flavor packets, right? Sprinkle on the vegetable-based garnishes at the very end to add a fresh bit of crunch. Koka noodles, which hail from Singapore,are great. Another purchase from 99 Ranch Market.

5. Knorr Pizza Instant Noodles

Pizza instant noodles! Where are they from? Pakistan. Does it taste like pizza? Kind of! It’s a little reminiscent of grocery store frozen pizza. Spotted these between some expired masala instant noodles at a Middle-Eastern grocery just north of Seattle.

6. Fuku Superior Soup

I’m sure you can use your imagination as to how “Fuku” should be pronounced. The instructions on the back are pretty interesting as well—”just eat it raw,” it suggests. My sister brought this ramen back from Canada but it’s imported from Hong Kong.

7. Tiger Brand Food Onion Flaver Bowl Rice Noodles

The “flaver” on this one was horrible. It scored a zero out of five stars, which is extremely rare for the Ramen Rater. It’s from Taiwan, purchased at a Seattle-area 99 Ranch Market.

8. Mayonnaise/Mustard Packet

There’s something strange and wonderful about this dual-chambered mayonnaise and mustard packet. It’s from Japan of course, the land of packaging gods. You squeeze it together with two fingers as shown and put it on the noodles after they’re cooked. Go ahead and write your name in mayostard if you want. What’s more, it’s really good on top of this Nissin Yakisoba, purchased at a Japanese grocery in Seattle called Uwajimaya.

9. Super Bihun Goreng Instant Fried Rice Noodles

These Indonesian noodles definitely win for weirdest packaging. The image depicts a fake-looking egg and chicken drumstick haphazardly tossed in with the noodles. Their logo looks like a bomb and a heart. Found in Seattle at a great little store called Viet Wah—which has a huge selection of instant noodles and thumping dance music—these are some great noodles.

10. Baijia Instant Sweet Potato Noodle Spicy Fei-Chang Flavor

From what I’ve been told, this translates to “fatty pork intestine” flavor. It’s apparently very authentic in China’s Sichuan area but it was one of the worst ramens I’ve ever tried. Nothing about the photo looks appetizing, right?

#725: Meet The Manufacturer: Indomie Mi Goreng Instant Cup Noodles

Hey look at this! This came from Michael C. at Eastland Foods a little while back – thanks! What we have here is one of the products that should be available here in the states soon (according to my Indomie interview). It’s exactly what it looks like – Mi Goreng in a cup! Read the interview I did with Indomie here!

Check that out – you drain the cup!

Here’s some of the side panel info (click image to enlarge).

Dry packets – fried onion and powdered base.

Liquid seasonings: (from left to right) seasoned oil, chili sauce and sweet soy sauce.

It also comes with a fork!

Here’s the noodle block, nestled into the cup awaiting boiling water.

Finished (click image to enlarge). It’s got an egg and some veggies – is it INTERSAY? I cooked the noodles in the cup as directed. While that was going on, I fried an egg in a snowflake shaped cookie cutter and boiled some veggies up. Drained everything, combined in the pot the veggies were in, added seasonings and stirred. Atop the egg I added some Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce and some kizami shoga (pickled ginger. Well, this is the Mi Goreng everyone knows and loves. Excellent stuff – nice noodles, a little spicy and very tasty all around. If you’ve never had Mi Goreng before, I HIGHLY recommend getting yourself some! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – same great stuff just in a different configuration. UPC bar code 089686180657.


Indomie TV commercial

Another video of Indonesian street food!

The Ramen Rater Noodle News #10

Here’s the tenth installment of The Ramen Rater Noodle News! I look around the Internet and bring all sorts of interesting stories and articles about instant ramen noodles here! Enjoy!


  • NZ Herald – Revised Noodles Come Up Trumps With Less Fat – New Zealand – Link
  • New Straits Times – Bowls Of Warm Memories – Malaysia – Link
  • RocketNews24 – Korean Pop Idol Enrages Japanese Internet By Eating Instant Noodles From The Pot – Japan – Link
  • WNYC – Tokyo: An Unknowable Feast – USA – Link
  • Jakarta Globe – Indofood Sukses Net Growth Crimped By Units’ CPO Growth – Indonesia – Link
  • The SunBreak – Bo Ramen Brings New Noodle Options To Seattle – USA – Link
  • joonbug – Souper Move: Zutto Adds Ramen To The Menu – USA – Link
  • RamenNoodleRecipess.com – Calories In Ramen – USA – Link
  • Soompi – SISTAR Pigs Out On Burgers And Ramen – South Korea – Link
  • NJ.com – Trenton’s New Jersey State Prison Finds Rooms For Redemption – USA – Link

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten List: Exclusively On Foodiggity!

So I did a guest post on Foodiggity! Decided I’d give em’ the exclusive and so The new Top Ten Instant Noodles In The World (according to me) is on their site right now! Don’t worry – it’ll be up here on Saturday, but for now, check it out on Foodiggityhere‘s the link!

If it’s been a long time and you’re looking at this via the  Media Coverage link, here’s the article below (click image to enlarge).

#547: Lucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Sweet & Spicy Flavor

Hey! Haven’t tried this yet! Pancit Canton is a lot like Indomie’s Mi Goreng – that’s one of my favorites!

So we have a powder shiny packet on the left and a combo packet with oil and soy sauce on the right. I like how they tell you not to worry – it the powder’s clump the soy sauce will break it up. If the soy sauce is crystalline, a little liquid will break up the salt crystals. See, this stuff comes from the Philippines where they get some serious humidity and heat. I see lots of products from there that are packaged in some pretty fancy ways to keep food the way it needs to be.

Looks like ya stepped on a slug huh? Trust me, it’s seriously excellent stuff!

Click image to enlarge. Voila – topped with a pair of fried eggs, a little fried shallot and some pickled ginger. The noodles are drained and then you stir them with the stuff in the last photo till everything’s all combined. This is it, Ramen Rater fans – this is the holy mountain of the instant noodles world, the pinnacle of perfection. I love it – the noodles are chewy, and they’re hot AND sweet. The trick is to keep the egg yolks a little runny and everything combines nicely. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. A truly awesome meal. Get the noodles and the condiments here.

A commercial for thi stuff.