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#3179: Nagatanien Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli – Japan

#3179: Nagatani Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Enjoy the two worlds of hot and sour with tom yum this season. With notes of pakuchi (coriander) and lemongrass, this Japanese take on Thai fried noodles will leave your stomach full and taste buds satisfied.”

Alright – so they recommend bacon with this. I’m going to take the leap and go with chashu. Let’s give it a try!

Nagatanien Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli – Japan

#3179: Nagatani Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure but probably contains shrimp. To prepare, add vermicelli to a skillet with 200ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in liquid base. Stir and enjoy!

#3179: Nagatani Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli - Japan

The vermicelli.

#3179: Nagatani Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli - Japan

A wet sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, black sesame seeds and habanero togarashi. The vermicelli came out pretty well – very thin and a nice chew. I liked also the fact that they were in semi-short lengths, making them easier to manage with a fork from the outset. The flavor was definitely a Japanese take on a Thai tom yum as it definitely was different. A lot of sweetness here and some lemongrass. It just didn’t rub me the right way. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902388014890.

#3179: Nagatani Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli - Japan

Tokyo Cult Recipes

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli – Hong Kong

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

Found this up in Canada at Osaka Supermarket at Yaohan Centre in Richmond, BC. I must admit that the first time I tried one of Sau Tao’s Tom Yum Kung varieties I was kind of surprised. Tom Yum from Hong Kong? That’s a way for Thailand! But one of my favorites lately has been their straight noodle variety. This one’s a rice vermicelli – sounds interesting. Let’s check it out!

Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli – Hong Kong

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

The distributor/export sticker (click to enlarge).

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp and fish. To prepare, add one pouch of rice vermicelli to 500ml boiling water. Cook for 2 minutes, loosening noodles. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

One of the 3 servings of noodles.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

A dry sachet.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

A coarse powder.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

A wet sachet.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

A thick paste.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Dodo shrimp and fish ball, coriander and fried garlic. The noodle wasn’t what I expected. They have the same gauge as yellow noodle and a kind of odd chew to them. Not entirely to my liking. The broth however is very tasty – bright and flavorful with the notes of shrimp, lemongrass and a respectable spiciness. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 087303866885.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

Sautao Dried Mix Rice Vermicelli Non Fried (Tomyum Kung) – 3 Pack

Watch me cook this up on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2920: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour

#2920: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour

I’ve been a tom yum fan for a while now, however in my very early days of reviews I wasn’t so much. It was either too spicy or too this, too that… But now I love the stuff. Here’s a little about it from Wikipedia –

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.

Sounds good to me – it’s been a little while since I reviewed a tom yum – let’s check it out!

Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour – Thailand

#2920: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Removed color in order for easier reading – apologies for the clipping. Contains shrimp. To prepare, add everything to a bowl and add 360ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2920: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour

The noodle block.

#2920: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour

The soup base sachet.

#2920: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour

A granular powder.

#2920: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour

A liquid base sachet.

#2920: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour

An oily paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, tomato slices, 31-40ct shrimp, and coriander. The noodles are thin and have that brittle goodness that Thai noodles often have. The broth is a nice full tom yum – lemongrass and spiciness are well represented. A tasty bowl. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8852018102014.

#2920: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour

10 Packs of 2 Flavors YumYum Jumbo Instant Noodles, Pork Flavour and Shrimp Tom Yum

Early morning Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater

#2839: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Creamy Flavour

#2839: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Creamy Flavour

Oh man tom yum. I really like tom yum as lot – especially the creamy stuff. Here’s a little about it from Wikipedia –

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.

Yeah this sounds good today – let’s check it out!

Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tomyum Shrimp Creamy Flavour – Thailand

#2839: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Creamy Flavour

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish, chicken, and shrimp. To prepare, add everything to a bowl and add 360ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2839: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Creamy Flavour

The noodle block.

#2839: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Creamy Flavour

The soup base sachet.

#2839: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Creamy Flavour

A light powder.

#2839: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Creamy Flavour

A paste sachet.

#2839: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Creamy Flavour

Thick stuff.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and shrimp. The noodles are what I would expect from a Thai variety. They are on the thin side and have a crumble which is indicative of the region’s variants – a nice crumble I might add. The broth has a spicy and lemongrass hit to it and some savory shrimp in there too. A good tom yum. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8852018102021.

#2839: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Creamy Flavour

Yum Yum, Jumbo, Instant Noodles, Tom Yam Kung Creamy Flavour, net weight 67 g (Pack of 6 pieces)

A TV spot for Yum Yum noodles.

#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

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

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

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

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!

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

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

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

An included fork!

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

The noodle block.

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

A powder base sachet.

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

A chilli powder sachet.

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

Chilli powder atop soup base.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors

Let’s have unboxing time!

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

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

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

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!

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

The noodle block.

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

The first of two sachets.

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

Most bell pepper and shrimp.

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

A dry base sachet.

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

A lot of powder.

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.

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

Maruchan Bowl, Taste of Asia, Sukiyaki Beef Flavor Ramen, 3.66 Ounce

This is what I think of when I hear tomyum

#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.

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

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

#2510: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle

#2510: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle - Singapore - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Today, we have the Singaporean version of MyKuali’s Tom Yum Goong. For those of you who haven’t had tom yum, here’s a little from Wikipedia –

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.[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.

Alright – let’s give this award winning variety a try!

MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle – Singapore

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Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachets contents. Stir and enjoy!

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The noodle block.

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The soup base sachet.

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A light powder.

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The paste sachet.

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A large amount of strong scented paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Dodo fishball and coriander. The noodles are nice and plump – standard for the MyKuali noodle range. The broth is a luxuriantly rich and thick one. Indeed, if you like things bland, stay far away from this! Crisp taste of lemongrass, spiciness and shrimp weave a tale of deliciousness. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555655005500.

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My Kuali Tom Yam Goong Noodle, Pack of 8 by MyKuali

The top ten list from 2015 where MyKuali TomYum wins it.

#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.

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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

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

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The dry base sachet.

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Has a sweet coconut scent.

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The tom yum paste sachet.

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Thick and oily with a really nice scent.

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The solid ingredients –

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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