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#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

#1791: Vit’s Tom Yam Instant Noodles

This is yet another I picked up during my trip last year to Malaysia! Tom yam is a great flavor – whether you spell it tom yam or tom yum. Actually, they’re the same thing. Sounds good to me! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 400ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in contents of sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has an interesting scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added cili padi, lime, Dodo prawn flavor fish balls, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and coriander. The noodles came out really great – slightly thicker than average gauge and great mouthfeel. The broth definitely has the standard components of tom yam – spicy, lemongrass – but it has a sweetness as well which works so nicely. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9556354000476.

I must say that travelling to Malaysia was one of the highlights in my life. Here’s a Lone Planet guide to KL, Melaka and PG!

A Vit’s TV commercial.

#1237: MAMA Instant Noodles Creamy Tom Yum Minced Pork Flavour

Hey something from Thailand! Sounds good to me! Lime, pork, spiciness… Let’s get to it!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to me meat-free but check for yourself. To prepare, put noodle block and sachet contents in a bowl. Add 300ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Give it a stir and it’s ready.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a peanut and spicy scent.

The oil sachet.

Has a citrus scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added minced ham, lime, Fresno chilli pepper and Lee Kum Kee Sriracha sauce. The noodles are thin and have a nice texture. They’re pre seasoned with a slight sesame oil hint. The broth is really odd. I thought it smelled bad at first, but when I tasted it I quite enjoyed it. Pork, chilli, lime and other flavors come in and duck out when you taste its flavor. Fascinating. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8850987143618.

Not exactly sure, but it looks to be a little shop you can go into in Thailand and pick the instant noodle and then they gussy it up for you real nice!

#896: Vina Acecook Good Tomyum Kung Flavour Bean Vermicelli

Hey it’s a bag of Good! Right there between bad and excellent… Kind of a funny name – let’s check it out.

Here’s the sticker that was on the back.

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

The bean vermicelli.

Powder seasoning.

Interesting smell.

Here are the veggies!

A couple little pieces of kamaboko in there.

Seasoned oil.

Nice color.

Soup paste.

Dark and thick.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added yellow onion, two fried eggs with Krazy Mixed Up Salt and Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce and some green onions. The bean thread is good. I gotta say that for me, using a pair of scissors to shorten the length really makes a big difference in palatability in bean thread. The broth is nice – has a very strong citrus flavor and a nice heat that accompany a nice seafood taste. I liked this one – probably the best bean vermicelli I’ve tried yet! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8934563309114

Here’s a Vina Acecook ad for a cup product.

More awesome older Vietnamese music.

#689: Namchow Mee Jang Noodle Soup Sour Spicy Shrimp (Tom Yum)

Here’s the first review I’m doing with my new camera! No more Blackberry 8900 camera – now I’ll be using a Sony Cybershot 14.1MP! Should look better now, hopefully! Today I decided to dig out this bowl – it’s one my wife got for me for my birthday at Uwajimaya. Let’s give it a looksie!

Side panel information (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the noodle block in the bowl. I’m going to use a new bowl today but I’ll use this one to cook them!

Dry seasonings packet.

…and the contents!

Liquid seasoning paste.

Had a very citrus odor – fitting for a Tom Yum.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Notice the new bowl? My mother in law got that for me at the 99 Ranch Market in Pleasanton, California this last week! Thank you! Added one fried egg and sprinkled a little Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt on top and added a smattering of Bird’s Eye Stir Fry vegetables. The noodles are pretty standard noodle bowl noodles and  nothing remarkable. The broth was disappointing; spicy but not flavorful enough. When I slurped the broth at the end I tasted a lot of heat and very little flavor. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 684431000732 – get the shrimp tom yum variety here.

Thai elections commercial

These guys need more stage presence, plain and simple; c’mon, move around a bit! This is s’posed to be heavy!