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Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Bolognese Red Wine Sauce Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Bolognese Red Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Today, we have a traditional Italian variety – from Taiwan? Yup – Italian noodles from Taiwan! Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about bolognese –

Bolognese sauce (UK/ˌbɒləˈnzˈnɛz/US/ˌblənˈjz/;[1] known in Italian as ragù alla bolognesepronounced [raˈɡu alla boloɲˈɲeːze; -eːse]ragù bolognese, or simply ragù) is a meat-based sauce originating from Bologna, Italy, hence the name. In Italian cuisine, it is customarily used to dress tagliatelle al ragù and to prepare lasagne alla bolognese. In the absence of tagliatelle, it can also be used with other broad, flat pasta shapes, such as pappardelle or fettuccine. Genuine ragù alla bolognese is a slowly cooked sauce, and its preparation involves several techniques, including sweatingsautéing and braising. Ingredients include a characteristic soffrittoof onion, celery and carrot, different types of minced or finely chopped beef, often alongside small amounts of fatty pork. White wine, milk, and a small amount of tomato concentrate or tomatoes are added, and the dish is then gently simmered at length to produce a thick sauce.

The earliest documented recipe of an Italian meat-based sauce (ragù) served with pasta comes from late 18th century Imola, near Bologna. A recipe for a meat sauce for pasta that is specifically described as being “bolognese” appeared in Pellegrino Artusi‘s cookbook of 1891. The ragù alla bolognese that is now traditionally associated with tagliatelle and lasagne is somewhat different from Artusi’s recipe. Many traditional variations currently exist. In 1982 the Italian Academy of Cuisine registered a recipe for authentic ragù alla bolognese with the Bologna Chamber of Commerce (incorporating some fresh pancetta and a little milk). In Italy, ragù alla bolognese is often referred to simply as ragù.

Outside Italy, the phrase “Bolognese sauce” often refers to a tomato-based sauce to which minced beef (or pork) has been added; such sauces typically bear less resemblance to ragù alla bolognese being more similar in fact to the ragù alla napoletana from the tomato-rich south of the country. Whereas in Italy ragù is not used with spaghetti,[2] so-called “spaghetti bolognese” has become a popular dish in many other parts of the world.

Alright – let’s give it a try!

TTL Bolognese Red Wine Sauce Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Bolognese Red Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, cook noodles in 500ml boiling water. Tip – place retort pouch in to heat it as well. Cook for 3 minutes. Add soup sachet to 200ml boiling water to make soup. Drain noodle after 3 minutes cooking and combine with retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy! Note – soup is not combined with noodles but served alongside as shown in image below.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Bolognese Red Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Bolognese Red Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The soup sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Bolognese Red Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A light powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Bolognese Red Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Bolognese Red Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Red wine.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Bolognese Red Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The retort puoch.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Bolognese Red Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Thick with a tomato scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added parmesan cheese, habanero curry shichimi and scallion. The noodles hydrated nicely and have a soft tooth. The flavor from the retort pouch is quite nice – a zesty tomato sauce with little pieces of pork in there. The red wine works well here, but it’s overwhelming. The sipping soup wasn’t altogether to my liking; it reminded me of frozen pizza with its flavor. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710199110904.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Bolognese Red Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Taiwan TTL Red Wine Pasta Instant Noodles 1 box (12 bags) 台灣台酒紅酒帕式達一箱12入

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2993: Wugudaochang Tomato Sirloin Instant Broad Noodles – China

#2993: Wugudaochang Tomato Sirloin Instant Broad Noodles - China

Found this one recently up in Canada at a T&T Supermarket. There’s a few of them in Richmond, BC – they’re all pretty big. The one we went to was connected to an Olympic skating oval which was kind of interesting. What was kind of hard at this as is with many stores I’ve been to is that I would’ve been able to get more varieties, however they were in multi-packs instead of singles. I’m only going to review one item, so not into spending ten bucks on a multi-pack of noodles. Anyhoo, let’s check this one from China out!

Wugudaochang Tomato Sirloin Instant Broad Noodles – China

#2993: Wugudaochang Tomato Sirloin Instant Broad Noodles - China

The import sticker (click to enlarge).

#2993: Wugudaochang Tomato Sirloin Instant Broad Noodles - China

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add all sachets and boiling water to fill line. cover for 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2993: Wugudaochang Tomato Sirloin Instant Broad Noodles - China

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2993: Wugudaochang Tomato Sirloin Instant Broad Noodles - China

An included spoon!

#2993: Wugudaochang Tomato Sirloin Instant Broad Noodles - China

Here’s how the noodles look – very thin and broad.

#2993: Wugudaochang Tomato Sirloin Instant Broad Noodles - China

A dry seasoning sachet.

#2993: Wugudaochang Tomato Sirloin Instant Broad Noodles - China

Has a nice tomato scent.

#2993: Wugudaochang Tomato Sirloin Instant Broad Noodles - China

A liquid base sachet.

#2993: Wugudaochang Tomato Sirloin Instant Broad Noodles - China

Thick stuff.

#2993: Wugudaochang Tomato Sirloin Instant Broad Noodles - China

A solid ingredients sachet.

#2993: Wugudaochang Tomato Sirloin Instant Broad Noodles - China

Looks like maybe greenery, carrot and TVP.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Chines sausage, fried onion, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are indeed very broad and hydrate just wonderfully in 4 minutes. They have a medium tooth and work quite well with the broth. Broth has a nice warm kind of meaty tomato taste despite being meat free. Included vegetable and TVP came out well and complimented. A nice surprise! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6936986800522.

#2993: Wugudaochang Tomato Sirloin Instant Broad Noodles - China

All Under Heaven: Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China

Watch me cook this one up!

#2990: Nissin Miojo Turma Da Monica Sabor Tomate Suave – Brazil

#2990: Nissin Miojo Turma Da Monica Sabor Tomate Suave - Brazil

Here’s one sent by Daniel in Brazil – thanks again! The characters on the package are from a popular series for children called ‘Monica’s Gang’ in Brazil. This one’s tomato flavor – curious where it’s a fresh tomato, or what I’m guessing – a creamy kind of tomato taste. Let’s find out!

#2990: Nissin Miojo Turma Da Monica Sabor Tomate Suave – Brazil

#2990: Nissin Miojo Turma Da Monica Sabor Tomate Suave - Brazil

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 450ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2990: Nissin Miojo Turma Da Monica Sabor Tomate Suave - Brazil

The noodle block.

#2990: Nissin Miojo Turma Da Monica Sabor Tomate Suave - Brazil

A seasoning sachet.

#2990: Nissin Miojo Turma Da Monica Sabor Tomate Suave - Brazil

Reddish soup base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added cheese, fried onion, sour cream and spring onion. The noodles hydrated very well and had a nice character to them. The broth was like a creamy tomato soup – which worked very well with the noodle and was a real treat. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 7891079001028,

#2990: Nissin Miojo Turma Da Monica Sabor Tomate Suave - Brazil

Monicas Gang Panini Comics Issue 12 in english Brasil November / 2010

Watch me cook this one!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2738: Meimen Tomato Noodles Soup

vegan Meet The Manufacturer: #2738: Meimen Tomato Noodles Soup - Taiwan vegan

To start things off, we have a tomato variety from Meimen. Just as a reminder, all of the Meimen products are Vegan.

I’ve had many, many people ask me about Vegan noodle picks and so this should be one that those folks find interesting. I’ve also been asked about a Vegan top ten list, however I don’t consider myself qualified to pick apart ingredient lists to the point of declaring something as Vegan. Anyways, let’s have a look at this tomato soup from Meimen!

Meimen Tomato Noodles Soup – Taiwan

vegan Meet The Manufacturer: #2738: Meimen Tomato Noodles Soup - Taiwan vegan

Detail of the outer package (click to enlarge). Note: This is a four pack. States that it is Vegan-friendly on the packaging. To prepare, add noodles and sachet contents to a bowl and add 500ml boiling water. Cover for 6~7 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

vegan Meet The Manufacturer: #2738: Meimen Tomato Noodles Soup - Taiwan vegan

One of the four individual serving packs.

vegan Meet The Manufacturer: #2738: Meimen Tomato Noodles Soup - Taiwan vegan

The back of the package (click to enlarge).

vegan Meet The Manufacturer: #2738: Meimen Tomato Noodles Soup - Taiwan vegan

The noodle block.

vegan Meet The Manufacturer: #2738: Meimen Tomato Noodles Soup - Taiwan vegan

A liquid base sachet.

vegan Meet The Manufacturer: #2738: Meimen Tomato Noodles Soup - Taiwan vegan

Definitely tomato!

vegan Meet The Manufacturer: #2738: Meimen Tomato Noodles Soup - Taiwan vegan

The vegetable sachet.

vegan Meet The Manufacturer: #2738: Meimen Tomato Noodles Soup - Taiwan vegan

A nice mixture!

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are spectacular – about as perfect as an instant can be. Just a nice plump gauge and a chew second to none. The broth has a very nice tomato taste and an oiliness which compliments well, giving it a good heartiness as well. Vegetables are diverse, accompanies by tofu, and hydrate to excellence. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4712931430110.

vegan Meet The Manufacturer: #2738: Meimen Tomato Noodles Soup - Taiwan vegan

Living Vegan For Dummies

Vegan street food in Taiwan

#2588: Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored

#2513: Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Here’s another one sent by Colin from Massachusetts – thanks again! So this is a Hong Kong variety. Let’s see if I can find something on Wikipedia about Ho Fan –

While shahe fen and he fen are transliterations based on Mandarin, there are numerous other transliterations based on Cantonese, which include ho fun, hofoen (a Dutch transliteration in Suriname), hor fun, sar hor fun, etc. In addition, shahe fen is often synonymously called kway teow (粿條), literally “ricecake strips”, transliteration based on Min Nan Chinese, POJ: kóe-tiâu) or guotiao (Mandarin pinyin: guǒtiáo), as in the name of a dish called char kway teow. However, shahe fen and kway teow are strictly and technically not the same (the latter being essentially ricecakes sliced into strips) and the Min Nans in general still consciously make a distinction between shahe fen and kway teow in their speech. Original ricecakes or its strips are very stiff in texture (even after cooking), making them unpopular with modern consumers.

It is also known in Sabah as da fen (大粉), means “wide vermicelli“, due to its similarity of colour and texture to rice vermicelli.

These noodles are called guay tiew sen yai (Thai: เส้นใหญ่, meaning “large rice noodles”) in Thailand, and kwetiau in Indonesia.

I *think* these are the same thing. With that, let’s dig in!

Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored – Hong Kong

#2513: Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 600ml boiling water. Cook for 2 minutes then add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2513: Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2513: Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

The dry sachet.

#2513: Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Smells like tomato.

#2513: Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

A seasoned oil sachet.

#2513: Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Orange in color, that’s for sure.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little shredded chicken. The noodles are broad and flat. They are chewy, but not overly so. The broth has a tomato flavor, although is extremely thin. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 087303862757.

#2513: Sau Tao Ho Fan Tomato Soup Flavored - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Sao Tao – Chicken & Abalone Sichuan Noodle Soup 5.6 Oz (Pack of 1)

A cooking video.

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

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

So today it’s the fifth annual The Ramen Rater’s Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time. On my other lists, I exclude varieties that no longer are on the market. On this list, everything’s fair game for the bottom ten. As I say in the video presentation, if you like some of these, there’s nothing wrong with you – I just find these detestable personally. These are my least favorite varieties of the over 2400 varieties posted to date. Without gurther ado, the bottom ten.

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

The full list video!

#10: Roland Ramen Japanese Style Quick-Cooking Alimentary Paste With Chicken Artificially Flavored Soup Base – United States

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

Honestly, I expected this to be a kind of ‘run-of-the-mill’ variety. I review based on the base product as well as the provided cooking directions. Well, they call for 3 cups of water and they’re violently bland. In the nutrition facts, they mention that this pack contains 3 servings! I’m guessing this is so they can say the sodium level is low? I’m unsure. What I’m sure of is that I really disliked these. Original review

#9 – Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Braised Spicy Chitterling Flavor – China

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The sweet potato thread was alright, but very gloppy. The flavor was kind of brutal; indeed, too strong for me. I think the soup direction might have been better. What’s more, the powder sachet contents didn’t work well as the peas didn’t hydrate whatsoever. Original review

#8 – Maruchan Spicy Tomato Salsa Ramen – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles hydrated very nicely and have a standard flatness and thin character. The flavor was unfortunately something of a departure. It was a kind of spicy and putrid tomato melange – like homemade salsa left out overnight from binge drinking with a crew of chainsmokers – which just tastes like pure trainwreck. The bits of potato were interesting and hydrated well enough though – kind of liked that they had potato skins on. But yeah – this was just a fusion that should come undone. Original review

#7: Vedan Wei Wei A Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles were very ho-hum. While they hydrated well, they seemed like they just didn’t belong in the ‘food’ group; spongy and riddled with sadness. As for chicken flavor, that was definitely absent. I was really happy about the vegetables, but they were mushy. Original review

#6 – Master Kong Artificial Abalone Crab Flavor Instant Noodle – China

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles were alright – plentiful too. Nothing to write home about. What is to write home about is the flavor. Write a warning letter home! I mean this was just plain funky; seemed initially like a crab stick kind of scent and essence but it just turned into this not food kind of taste that I just couldn’t stomach whatsoever. Couldn’t pour this down the drain fast enough. Original review

#5 – Koyo Reduced Sodium Garlic & Pepper Ramen – United States

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles are thick – more like ramyun. They have an alright chew; although they seem almost doughy- and not Hakata style ramen noodle doughy. The broth does taste of garlic and pepper, but it’s so very bland. It really is like you could boil some pepper and a clove of garlic and achieve the same results. Not at all to my liking. Original review

#4 – Urban Noodle Authentic Street Food Black Bean – United Kingdom

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles in this one were flat instead of round. They came out very nicely. The flavoring however was just strange. I expected maybe something of a Korean-Chinese fusion dish, but those are hearty and rich and not savory and sweet. In fact, this one was a little too sweet for me. The thinly sliced bamboo shoots don’t work for me either; leaving them whole would be nicer I think. What’s more, it has a kind of chemically aftertaste; like chlorine or soap. Original review

#3 – One Dish Asia Japanese Ramen Noodle – United States

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

This one comes with a fresh noodle pouch. They didn’t have a very fresh texture; more mushy. The bamboo shoots (which more resembled overcooked carrot and I had to consult the ingredients to figure what they were) were mushy as well. The broth had an acidic and a flavor reminiscent of the teriyaki flavor I’ve encountered in bad teriyaki instant flavors. A hot mess. Original review here

#2 – Baijia Single Noble Black Bone Chicken Flavor Instant Sweet Potato Noodles – China

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

I was told by a guy from the company that this indeed was believed to be medicinal and helpful to women having their ‘time of the month.’ I’m also been told by a reader that people generally don’t like black bone chicken soup even in China. Very slimy sweet potato noodles, thick, greasy broth and horrid veggies that didn’t hydrate well was just a flavor, texture, and complete food hole nightmare for me. This was just horrible stuff that I couldn’t stand. Original review

#1 – Dr. McDougall’s Vegan Pad Thai Noodle Soup – United States

Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

Wow – where do it begin. Well, first off when one in the United States thinks of Pad Thai, they think of what they might find at a domestic Thai restaurant. Okay so the rice noodles came out nicely – short, flat and broad and well hydrated. Now for the broth. Thin. Nothing like pad thai. Has a little lime taste and a kind of herbed taste. The floating bits of tofu are a lot like the marshmallows you get in the hot chocolate that comes with marshmallows. This is as far from pad thai as I can even express in words. It’s like someone gave a broken description of pad thai to someone who has short term memory problems and no taste buds a week prior and told them to make it. I kind of feel personally violated and offended. A new #1 on the Bottom Ten. Original review

Meet The Manufacturer: #2449: KOKA Delight Tomato Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles

Meet The Manufacturer: #2449: KOKA Delight Tomato Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - Tat Hui

Today we have one I have had the export version of in the past. This however, is the local Singapore version. One thing to note for the Vegetarian crowd is that these have that little box with the green circle inside. There’s two kinds – the green circle or the red circle. Green means suitable for Vegetarians and red means not suitable. Also, they’re steamed and not fried, and to top it off, there’s no added MSG, something people are always interested in. Well, let’s get started with this tomato variety from KOKA!

KOKA Delight Tomato Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles – Singapore

Meet The Manufacturer: #2449: KOKA Delight Tomato Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - Tat Hui

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Bears the green circle – suitable for Vegetarians. To prepare, add noodle block to 450ml boiling water and cook for 2~3 minutes. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2449: KOKA Delight Tomato Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - Tat Hui

Here’s the noodle block – significantly light in weight than it’s fried brethren.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2449: KOKA Delight Tomato Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - Tat Hui

The soup base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2449: KOKA Delight Tomato Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - Tat Hui

A very light powder with a tomato scent.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2449: KOKA Delight Tomato Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - Tat Hui

A sachet of dehydrated vegetables.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2449: KOKA Delight Tomato Flavor Instant Non-Fried Noodles - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - Tat Hui

Looks like carrot and chives for the most part.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The noodles are of an excellent gauge. Moreover, they have a nice chew and bounce to them – plus they’re not fried. The broth has a very nice tomato flavor to it – very much like a fresh tomato bisque. So much so, I wonder how this one would be with maybe half milk half water. The included carrot, bell pepper and chive garnish hydrated nicely and the carrots had a nice crunch to them! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888056000265.

Koka Noodles T o m a t o Flavour – 85g x 4

A TV spot for KOKA Non-Fried Noodles

Meet The Manufacturer: #2340: Nissin RapiFideo Sabor A Tomate Y Pollo

Meet The Manufacturer: #2340: Nissin RapiFideo Sabor A Tomate Y Pollo - Mexico - The Ramen Rater

This is the second of the two RapiFideo varieties. Translating to Quick Noodles, RapiFideo has short, thin noodles and broth and can be prepared in the microwave. Let’s take a look!

Nissin RapiFideo Sabor A Tomate Y Pollo – Mexico

Meet The Manufacturer: #2340: Nissin RapiFideo Sabor A Tomate Y Pollo - Mexico - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, remove lid and add water to fill line. Microwave for 3 minutes. Let stand 1 additional minute. Stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2340: Nissin RapiFideo Sabor A Tomate Y Pollo - Mexico - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #2340: Nissin RapiFideo Sabor A Tomate Y Pollo - Mexico - The Ramen Rater

Here’s what’s under the hood. Short noodles with seasoning infused.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2340: Nissin RapiFideo Sabor A Tomate Y Pollo - Mexico - The Ramen Rater

Finished (click to enlarge). Added corn and adobo seasoned baked chicken. The noodles are short and thin with a nice slight crumble and good chew. The broth has a great fresh tomato taste with a chicken kind of back to it. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 7503020651045.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2340: Nissin RapiFideo Sabor A Tomate Y Pollo - Mexico - The Ramen Rater

Fire And Blood: A History Of Mexico

There’s a lot of these little ten second commercials for RapiFideo.

#2041: Master Kong Tomato Sauce Instant Noodle

Here’s yet another one from Colin – thanks! He’s sent me a ton of great stuff and here’s another one. I reviewed the bowl variety over 300 reviews ago – #1735! Looks like I liked that one – let’s see how the pack version does.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. As preparation instructions aren’t included, I’m going with 500ml water for 3 minutes (cooking) and adding in vegetable sachet during cooking, then sachet contents at the end and stirring.

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

A very light powder.

The liquid sachet.

A thick and tomato scented concoction.

The vegetables sachet.

An interesting mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are about double the width of a standard instant noodle and flat. Very floppy but very nice in this application. The broth is indeed tomato flavored, and has a nice tomato taste at that. The included vegetables hydrated perfectly – all the way down to the peas. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6900873035885.

Here’s Master Kong’s Braised Beef big cup – this is excellent stuff!

A very upbeat TV spot for Kangshifu.

#1956: Maruchan Spicy Tomato Salsa Ramen

Here’s another one sent by Casey P. from Hong Kong – thanks! I want to especially thanks Casey P., Jef M. and the folks on dpreview.com for all your help with figuring out all the settings and ways to use my new camera. It’s been an uphill battle for me, but I think I’m almost at the summit. This one looks particularly interesting – it mentions salsa on the label but the sticker mentions tomato. Not only that, the colors denote either Italy or Mexico. I’m going to guess Mexico, especially with salsa mentioned. but I guess we’ll see!

Here’s the distributor/import label (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge).

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for three minutes. Add in contents of included sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

Bits and pieces loose in the cup.

Attached to the outside of the lid is this sachet.

This has an extremely strong tomato scent – like a tomato oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander and barbecue pork. The noodles hydrated very nicely and have a standard flatness and thin character. The flavor was unfortunately something of a departure. It was a kind of spicy and putrid tomato melange – like homemade salsa left out overnight from binge drinking with a crew of chainsmokers – which just tastes like pure trainwreck. The bits of potato were interesting and hydrated well enough though – kind of liked that they had potato skins on. But yeah – this was just a fusion that should come undone. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990333610.

TOYO Extra-large Sauce Yakisoba Noodles 171g×6

Man, I’d love to see a live performance of the Space Battleship Yamato theme…

#1779: Chering Chang Instant Non-Fried Noodles Tomato Flavour

I’ve tried quite a few tomato flavored instant noodles over the years. What’s kind of interesting s that many of them hail from Taiwan – including this one I’ll be trying today, I can count three in all, and that could be missing one or more. I like tomatoes – they’re pretty tasty and have a seemingly endless global appeal. Let’s have a look at this Taiwanese variety with a tomato taste.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The cooking instructions are on the side of the bag (click image to enlarge). Contains tomato! To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling wtaer and cook 3-5 minutes (I’ll cook them today for 4 minutes). Add in contents of sachets and cook for one more minute. Stir and enjoy!

Inside the bag are 4 individual servings.

The noodle block.

A liquid sachet.

Has a strong tomato scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Looks like quite an array of vegetables here!

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles came out really good – wide and thick with a really good chewiness. The broth did have a tomato flavor, and it was pretty good. The vegetables didn’t hydrate well at all this time – peas and corn were very tough which was a sad thing; a real bummer for one I had high hopes for. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710589440796.

Chering Chang whole wheat fast cook ramen (steam pork flavor) – 14oz

Some things to see in Taichung, Taiwan.

#1735: Master Kong Tomato Sauce Instant Noodle

There’s a new Asian Food Center on 130th & Aurora – went there hunting for some of the fruit I goty to try in Thailand and found mangosteen – and quite a few instant noodle varieties, this being one of them. It’s pretty far and few between that I find Master Kong varieties – always kind of a treat! I want to thank Bobby Y. from Canada for help in translation on this one! Let’s have a look at this one from China!

Detail of the side panel (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add sachets to cup and boiling water to fill line. Steep for 3-4 minutes, covered. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

An ultra light powder.

A liquid sachet.

Has a strong tomato scent.

The vegetables sachet.

A great quantity!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, scrambled eggs, onion and tomato. The noodles were a little extra broad and flat in nature. They had a good texture and chew and hydrated pretty well. The broth had a very nice tomato flavor and a richness I enjoyed. It also featured a slight thickness which was welcome. The vegetables hydrated well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6900873035861.

Here’s Master Kong’s Braised Beef big cup – this is excellent stuff!

A news story about competition in the instant noodle world. This is huge business!