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#2825: Yum Yum Instant Noodles Tom Yum Kung Flavour

#2825: Yum Yum Instant Noodles Tom Yum Kung Flavour

I really the enjoy that I have the opportunity to review products from a lot of different countries. This really makes things interesting every day. Today, we’ve got one from Yum Yum of Thailand. This is tom yum kung – let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about it –

Tom yum or tom yam (UK: /ˌtɒm ˈjæm/ or /ˌtɒm ˈjʌm/US: /ˌtɑːm ˈjɑːm/;[2] Thaiต้มยำRTGStom yampronounced [tôm jām] (About this sound listen)) is a type of hot and sour Thai soup,[2] usually cooked with shrimp (prawn).[3] Tom yum has its origin in Thailand. In recent years,[when?] tom yam 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 lemongrasskaffir lime leaves, galangallime 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]

tom yam kung (Thaiต้มยำกุ้ง) – the version of the dish most popular among tourists, is made with prawns as the main ingredient.[10] The dish originated during the Rattanakosin Kingdom.[11]

Alright – let’s give this a try!

Yum Yum Instant Noodles Tom Yum Kung Flavour – Thailand

#2825: Yum Yum Instant Noodles Tom Yum Kung Flavour

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish and crustacean. To prepare, add noodles to 360ml boiling water and cook for 2~3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2825: Yum Yum Instant Noodles Tom Yum Kung Flavour

The noodle block.

#2825: Yum Yum Instant Noodles Tom Yum Kung Flavour

The dry base sachet.

#2825: Yum Yum Instant Noodles Tom Yum Kung Flavour

Lots of powder.

#2825: Yum Yum Instant Noodles Tom Yum Kung Flavour

The paste sachet.

#2825: Yum Yum Instant Noodles Tom Yum Kung Flavour

Deep color.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, coriander and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are soft here with no crumble. There’s a lot of them and they are of decent quality. The broth is sharp and strong with chilli strength and lemongrass crispness. This is a great taste of Thailand. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850250002994.

#2825: Yum Yum Instant Noodles Tom Yum Kung Flavour

Yum-Yum Instant Cup Noodles Tom Yum Goong (Shrimp) Flavour Thai Original Spicy Net Wt 60 g (2.11 Oz) x 6 cups

Yum Yum is also in Myanmar – here’s a TV spot.

#2718: Banzai Instant Noodles “Tom Yam Kung” Shrimp Flavour

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These came by way of Snackoo – a company that supplies you with great snack boxes, containing all sorts of fascinating things as well as ramen noodles. Why not check them out?

Here’s a little about this variety of tom yam from Wikipedia –

tom yam kung (Thaiต้มยำกุ้ง) – the version of the dish most popular among tourists, is made with prawns as the main ingredient.[10] The dish originated during the Rattanakosin Kingdom.[11]

I’ve never seen this Banzai brand before which is great – always nice to see new brands I’ve not reviewed popping up! Let’s take a look!

Banzai Instant Noodles “Tom Yam Kung” Shrimp Flavour – Vietnam

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Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add all sachets and 320-350ml boiling water. Cover for 3-4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

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Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

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An included fork!

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The noodle block.

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A powder base sachet.

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A chilli powder sachet.

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Chilli powder atop soup base.

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A liquid base sachet.

#2718: Banzai Instant Noodles "Tom Yam Kung" Shrimp Flavour Vietnam snackoo snackoo.com www.snackoo.com

Oil and paste.

#2718: Banzai Instant Noodles "Tom Yam Kung" Shrimp Flavour Vietnam snackoo snackoo.com www.snackoo.com

The garnish sachet.

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Some veg and TVP perhaps?

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and coriander. Noodles came out pretty well – a little stringy – kind of a weird term to use but I can’t think of one much better. The broth was a little saltier than expected but it was pretty good too. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8936046150800.

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Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors

Let’s have unboxing time!

#2570: Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour - Thailand - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

So I haven’t done a review of this company’s products before, however I have had therm in the past. Tao Kae Noi is pretty well known for their crunchy seaweed snacks. They make them in quite a few flavors – my favorite are their tom yum flavored ones – spicy and tasty.This pack comes with a couple pieces of their snack seaweed. Let’s see a little from Wikipedia about Tom Yum Kung –

Tom yum or tom yam (UK: /ˌtɒm ˈjæm/ or /ˌtɒm ˈjʌm/US: /ˌtɑːm ˈjɑːm/;[2] Thaiต้มยำrtgstom yampronounced [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 CambodiaBruneiMalaysiaSingapore 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 lemongrasskaffir lime leaves, galangallime 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]

Tom yam kung (Thaiต้มยำกุ้ง) – the version of the dish most popular among tourists, is made with prawns as the main ingredient.[10] The dish originated during the Rattanakosin Kingdom.[11]

Alright – let’s check out this product from Tao Kae Noi.

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour – Thailand

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour - Thailand - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodles and seasoning to a bowl along with 400ml boiling water. Cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy with seaweed!

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour - Thailand - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour - Thailand - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A dual sachet.

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour - Thailand - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A powder base.

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour - Thailand - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A paste.

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour - Thailand - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A garnish sachet.

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour - Thailand - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Tao Kae Noi crispy seaweed snack.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added 35-44ct shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and coriander. The noodles steeped great and have a really great chew to them. The broth is a sharp tom yum with a nice creamy look and flavor. The seaweed really goes better as a snack I think, but the ends with the broth while soggy had a nice taste from the broth and the non-wet part has that excellent crispiness that this company’s seaweed snacks have. A really nice little pack of noodles! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8858702421034.

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Crispy Seaweed Tom Yum Goong, 1.27 oz (Pack of 6)

A short promotional video for the company

#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

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle

TO EVERYONE ASKING ABOUT THIS ONE – THIS PRODUCT WON’T BE COMING OUT. SORRY TO DISAPPOINT. SOMEDAY I’LL COME OUT WITH MY OWN INSTANT NOODLE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - Hans Lienesch - instant noodles - ramen - tom yam - noodles

Well folks, here it is. This is what I’ve been working on for over a year now. As you will see from a lot of the text on the package, it’s still has a couple of loose ends to tie up – a couple typos and the cooking instructions are a little off. It’s my fault really; I wish I spoke Chinese… Really should learn someday. But it’ll get there.

Also there’s the label on there that says it contains crustaceans – there’s no shrimp or prawn in it.  Basically, I think this means that this would be suitable for vegetarians (correct me if I’m wrong) – which is an added bonus.

I should mention that this is really strange. I’ve reviewed a lot of instant noodles – 2,499 before this one. I really love how this tastes – it came out exactly as I wanted which is all I could ever ask for. I want to thank Steven Chong for working with me on this – it’s been a long year of trial and error until we got to this point – thanks for your hard work, bro!

So, you might have some questions – let me answer them for you, anticipating what they may be:

Q> Where can I get The Ramen Rater Select?
A> Yeah – I wish I had an answer for you today. I can say when I do I will absolutely let you know, but for now we have a little bit more to do. Not a lot. How it works is we get a product all ready and then the company will get orders from distributors. If they don’t buy it,. you won’t get to try it. So the more you yell and scream to get this, the faster it will be available.
Q> Okay great but will The Ramen Rater Select  be in my country?
A> If you are in Southeast Asia, chances are that they will be too. As for North America, it may take a little longer, but seeing as these don’t contain any meat or fish, that should get it out even quicker. I’m hoping a distributor in the US will be interested in getting it on Amazon as well, which increases accessibility to everyone around here so that’s a plus.
Q> Who’s going to rate YOUR ramen?
A> This is one of my favorite questions I was asked – and I do have an answer! Samples are currently being sent to 4 reviewers – they’re in South Korea, Malaysia, Australia and Germany. I’ve asked them to be honest – these are all friends and I trust that they’ll be unbiased, but I figured I should mention that first. It’s pretty hard being an instant noodle reviewer and not knowing the other instant noodle reviewers – we have a kind of odd kinship; more like the fellowship of the noodles. This review you’re looking at of course is 5 stars – I love this stuff. However, it will never be on a top ten list as that would just be wrong.
Q> Can you make a Gluten Free/Non-Spicy/Low-Carb…
A> So to be honest, it takes a lot of time to make a change. Ingredients have to be sourced, packaging changed, etc etc etc. I would have thought the same thing – hey a little more of this – that’s no easy task when it comes to something mass-produced. But if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
Q> Will this be on your Top Ten?
A> No. Reviewing my own noodles and saying they’re the best – I mean I think they are but will let you be the judge.

It’s time. The Ramen Rater Select is gets it’;s first look today! Let’s have a peek at this dream and give it a thorough view!

Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle – Malaysia

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Here’s detail of the box (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to a pot of boiling water and cook for 7 minutes. Drain, saving 300-380ml water (less water, thicker and stronger, more water thinner but still strong). Return water and noodles to pot. Add sachet content and cook 1 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

I recorded this cooking video over the weekend in the frontyard of my childhood home in Anacortes, Washington. I thought that it would be neat to do the video up there since that’s where my whole noodle journey began! Lot of little things getting in the way though – first off it was windy and that made for things falling over a lot! Second, the sun kept moving (or rather the Earth did) causing shadows to run amok. I’m thinking I’ll probably do another video as time goes on. I think I’ll be doing another video and showing garnish I’ll add to it in the near future. I want to thank Susan Lienesch (my sister) and Andy Lienesch (my son) for all the help making this video

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - Hans Lienesch - instant noodles - ramen - tom yam - noodles

The noodle block. Non-CMO, non-fried organic low-fat noodles. That’s a mouthful!

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - Hans Lienesch - instant noodles - ramen - tom yam - noodles

The dry base sachet.

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - Hans Lienesch - instant noodles - ramen - tom yam - noodles

Has a sweet coconut scent.

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - Hans Lienesch - instant noodles - ramen - tom yam - noodles

The tom yum paste sachet.

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - Hans Lienesch - instant noodles - ramen - tom yam - noodles

Thick and oily with a really nice scent.

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - Hans Lienesch - instant noodles - ramen - tom yam - noodles

The solid ingredients –

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - Hans Lienesch - instant noodles - ramen - tom yam - noodles

Tofu puff and long bean. Tofu puff has a lot of protein.

#2500: The Ramen Rater Select Supreme Creamy Tom Yum Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - Hans Lienesch - instant noodles - ramen - tom yam - noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added 31-44ct shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and coriander. These noodles are chewy and thick. They are a lot like the standard  yellow noodle you’d find in a hawker stall in Malaysia, however chewier and slightly lighter gauge. The broth is thick – the coconut milk powder marries to the tom yum paste in such a way that you get many elements – sweet, spicy, lemongrass and more. The long bean and tofu come out very nice – all around a filling bowl of noodles I’m proud to call The Ramen Rater Select on. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555851500076.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Rice Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

Now for the third year, I’m coming out with the latest Top Ten Instant Rice Noodles list. Rice noodles have some benefits as opposed to their fried wheat counterparts. First, they’re virtually fat-free. Also, they’re not fried. Rice noodles are gluten-free by nature, although the ingredients in the sachets that come with these varieties might not be. People ask me for a gluten-free list often, but that would be rather difficult as I’d have to pore over every ingredient list on every review to do this. Well, let’s have a look at these great rice noodle varieties – the best instant rice noodles varieties of the almost 2,500 reviews to date!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Rice Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The list’s video presentation.

#10:Vifon Viet Cuisine Bun Rieu Cua Sour Crab Soup Instant Rice Vermicelli – Vietnam

#10:Vifon Viet Cuisine Bun Rieu Cua Sour Crab Soup Instant Rice Vermicelli - Vietnam - The Ramen Rater - instant rice noodles

The instant rice noodles came out of the microwave slightly underdone, but that was easy to look past as by the time I sat down to eat this, they were very good. Light chew, thin gauge. The broth was very, very good – a nice oiliness and crab taste with lots of crab in there and vegetable. Original review

#9: KOKA Silk Spicy Marinara Instant Rice Fettuccine – Singapore

#9: KOKA Silk Spicy Marinara Instant Rice Fettuccine - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant rice noodles

The instant rice noodles – fettuccine – came out remarkably well. Indeed it is perfectly hydrated. I make a couple cross-cuts with a pair of kitchen scissors to make them easier to work with a fork. The broth is very tasty with a fresh taste of tomato and a bit of spiciness. Moreover, the broth definitely has a seafood feel to it – almost has a slight lemony hint to it. The vegetables hydrated very well and were complimentary. Also,m the shrimp that are included taste good and are of a decent quantity. Original review

#8: Nissin Seafood Flavour Rice Vermicelli – Hong Kong

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The noodles were slightly thick and chewier than many – and it worked well here; a little heartier. The broth was very good – a milky seafood and butter kind of taste which was absolutely delicious. The included bits included scrambled egg, spring onion, mushroom and seafood which all hydrated perfectly. Well done! – Original review

#7: Mamee Chef Gold Recipe Bihun Kari Seribu Rasa – Malaysia

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The Mamee Chef Gold Recipe on the 2015 Edition of the Top Ten Instant Noodles list, but with bihun! The noodles have a slight dryness to them, but the best part is how the broth is so rich and flavorful; it’s like a bowl of Malaysian love. Original review

#6: Ah Lai Penang Favourite White Curry Rice Vermicelli – Malaysia

#6: Ah Lai Penang Favourite White Curry Rice Vermicelli – Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant rice noodles

I found I liked this vermicelli version of their white curry better than their wheat noodle variety! I don’t think that’s happened before; it’s kind of been a love/hate relationship I’ve had with rice based noodles for years. However, the rich flavor of the broth embraces the noodles and enrobes them in curry happiness. Original review

#5: MeeKuali Bihun Sup Rempah Perisa Daging – Malaysia

#5: MeeKuali Bihun Sup Rempah Perisa Daging - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant rice noodles

The vermicelli came out really good. This and cooked nicely. I made a couple of cross cuts with a pair of kitchen scissors to make the vermicelli more manageable. The broth is great . It’s got a great beef flavor and definitely full of spices. Moreover, it has the thickness I like. The shallots pull it together well – crisp and tasty. Original review

#4: Tseng Rice Noodle Seafood Laksa Flavour – Taiwan

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The noodle was great – a little thicker than the other rice noodle varieties from Tseng. A little heartier which worked well here. The broth was a luxuriant sea of deep orange with a good coconut body. The flavor was not extremely strong in this one, but it was satisfying and quite good. Impressed at this being a Laksa coming from Taiwan. Original review

#3: MAMA Instant Rice Noodle Soup Spicy Shrimp Flavour – Thailand

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The noodles are very good – broad in nature and light in chewiness. The broth is really quite good – it has a spicy, lemongrass flavor with a nice shrimp hit, plus a sweetness as well that I wasn’t expecting. The little shrimp are in there as well, which hydrated quite nicely. Very pleased indeed! Original review

#2: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Rice Vermicelli Soup – Malaysia

#2: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Rice Vermicelli Soup - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant rice noodles

The vermicelli came out nice – not too chewy and very plentiful. I used a pair of kitchen scissors to make 3 cross cuts in order to make them more manageable with a fork. The broth is a sea of flavor. So it has a strong lemongrass presence coupled with a serious spiciness. The shrimp taste is strong here and the broth is thick – really thick. The included garnish was excellent and hydrated perfectly. Original review

#1: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Soup Rice Vermicelli (Bihun) – Malaysia

#1: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Soup Rice Vermicelli (Bihun) – Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant rice noodles

The bihun as hydrated really well for something steeped. The broth is mind blowing. If you like a thick and serious onslaught of prawny sweetness and heat, this is absolutely for you. It’s so rich and strong and tasty! To top it all off, fried onion bits that are the best I’ve ever had in any instant product – other than the wheat noodle package version of this product. Amazing! Original review

#2400: Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yam Seafood Flavour

#2400: Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yam Seafood Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

This was sent to me by Ippin, a purveyor of wonderful Japanese items! Thank you again! This is one from Singapore. Tom yum is a very popular flavor in Southeast Asia – here’s a little about tom yum from wikipedia:

Tom yum, rtgstom yam, Thai: ต้มยำ,  [tôm.jām]) is a Thai soup, usually cooked with shrimp.[2] 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.

So let’s dig into this one from Singapore!

Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yam Seafood Flavour – Singapore

#2400: Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yam Seafood Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, open halfway. Add in sachet contents. Fill to line with boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2400: Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yam Seafood Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2400: Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yam Seafood Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

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Some loose ingredients from the cup.

#2400: Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yam Seafood Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A paste sachet.

#2400: Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yam Seafood Flavour - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Thick and oily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, squid flowers, fish balls, shrimp, coriander and chilli flake. The noodles were very good – nicely hydrated and hearty gauge. The broth was quite good as well. It has a strong tom yam taste – lemongrass and spiciness abound. The bits of seafood are abundant and include shrimp, fishcake and crab stick. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8888279102098.

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A Nissin TV commercial.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2178: MAMA Instant Tom Yam Rice Noodles

A few days back I reviewed the flat noodle version of this one. What will this one be like? Let’s find out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, add package contents to a bowl. Cover with 350ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet.

Chilli powder atop soup base.

A liquid sachet.

A garlic scented concoction.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added basil, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, fishball, fried garlic and chilli flakes. The rice noodles came up well – tender but not too soft. The broth was spicy and a little sugary which I’ve found to be the trait of tom yam in these rice versions – and I like it a lot. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8850987201035.

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A promo video for MAMA rice vermicelli.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2176: MAMA Instant Rice Vermicelli Yentafo Tom Yam Mohfai

The wheat noodle version of MAMA’s Yentafo Tom Yam Mohfai has been on the annual The Ramen Rater Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list as well as the cups list for the cup version before. Very curious how the rice vermicelli will be! Looking forward to it – let’s give it a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains squid. To prepare, add everything to a bowl and add 350ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The vermicelli.

The soup base sachet.

A granular mix, flecked with herbs.

A liquid sachet.

Dark and oily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kamaboko, Dodo fish ball, tofu puff, fried garlic, chilli pepper flake and coriander. The vermicelli hydrated very well. I gave it my usual two cross cuts with a pair of kitchen scissors. The vermicelli has an ultra thin gauge. The broth is spectacular. It has a spiciness and a strong sweet and kind of sour taste to it which is very bright and refreshing. This is one of those that I just couldn’t stop enjoying until it was gone! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars! EAN bar code 8851876000128.

Instant Mama Rice Vermicelli Noodles Yentafo Tom Yum Mohfai Flavor

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Meet The Manufacturer: #2171: MAMA Instant Flat Noodles Tom Yum Flavour

I have all the noodles that MAMA sent in a big bag and going to blindly pick them out every day! Today, I pulled out this rice noodle – wide! Plus, tom yam flavor – definitely a good foot to start out with. Tom yam has a spicy and citrussy flavor to it – crisp and refreshing and tasty! Let’s have a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, simmer noodle in 350ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block – very wide rice noodles here.

A dual sachet of soup base and chilli powder.

The chilli powder atop the dry soup base.

The oil sachet.

Has a great garlic scent!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, lime wedge, mushroom and Dodo fish ball. The noodles are thin and slick – and wide, and tasty. Well hydrated as well. The taste is very good, but a little different than I expected; the lemongrass taste seems to be a little absent and it has a sweetness here that is very good. Alongside that is a nice bite of pepper and nice garlic oil gives it an great oiliness. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850987201158.

Mama Thai Tom Yum Flat Rice Noodle 50g X 6pcs

A MAMA TV commercial.

#2058: Zow-Zow Instant Noodles Tom Yam Shrimp Flavoured

Here’s one that the folks from Prima Taste in Singapore sent – thank you! I’ve been curious about this brand for a very long time; mainly because of the name. Zow-Zow just sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Let’s see how this tom yam noodle holds up!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure if it has shrimp or not. To prepare, add noodle to 350ml boiling water and cook 2-3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base.

A tan powder with little flecks throughout it.

The paste sachet.

Oily and spicy.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shrimp, lime, coriander and chilli flake. The noodles were good – very standard gauge and a nice chew. The broth was good as well – has a nice spiciness and lemongrass flavor with the shrimp taste as well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850536109041.

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Big motorcycle event in Sungai Golok where these noodles are manufactured.

#1848: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle (New Version)

So the number one on my annual Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list got some new clothes! Why do I like this one so much? Well, when I got to visit the island of Langkawi, Malaysia (which is a stone’s throw south of Thailand), I got to try all sorts of tasty foods. One was tom yum. I got to try it a couple of ways – check it out!

Notice how the broth is such a deep color? Check the one out on the right – it was served inside a coconut! What they both had in common was the very rich flavor and deep color. It also was much thicker than Thai tom yum that I had in Thailand. I asked about that in May while I was visiting a factory there and they told me that Thais like thin broths while <alaysians like theirs much thicker. At first it seemed pretty amazing that something as traditional as tom yum could be so different with the two countries being so close. But then I thought about the United States and Mexico – definitely completely different flavors of cuisine. Anyways, let’s see if it’s just a new change of clothes on this favorite or something more.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. Hadn’t noticed they’d put my logo on their packs! Looks like it’s on the White Curry and Hokkien Prawn, too! To prepare, noodles to 380ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A tan powder.

A paste sachet.

Thick stuff with a wonderful scent!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander and lime. The noodles came out perfect as always – good thickness and chew. The broth is a deep celebration of tom yum – it’s almost identical to what I tried in Langkawi. A bite of heat, and a cascade of lemongrass, shrimp and other flavors enthrall the tastebuds like no other. Just fantastic stuff! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555655005234.

MyKuali Penang Tom Yum Noodle (4 Pack)

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