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#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine – Taiwan

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

I recently did a Meet The Manufacturer series where I tried every single one of TTL’s varieties. TTL is Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor. While these packs don’t include a cigar, they do include a sachet of rice wine – and a big retort pouch filled with meat and sauce! Rad! Looking forward to trying this new variety – let’s check it out!

TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine – Taiwan

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, cook everything but the wine and retort pouch in 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in retort pouch and rice wine. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

A vegetable flecked powder.

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

A paste.

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

A second wet sachet.

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

Rice wine.

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

A large retort pouch.

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

Sauce and pork.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallion. The noodles are nice – thin and plentiful. But the broth is the true amazement here. Rich, spicy and hearty broth is augmented with real chunks of delicious pork, vegetables, and finally rice wine. It all comes together so well – love it! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710110233453.

#3131: TTL Spicy Pork With Rice Wine - Taiwan

Taiwan TTL Chicken Instant Noodles 3 Bags Packed 台灣麻油雞泡麵3包組

Watch me cook this up on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

New TTL Spicy Pork Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan – Unboxing Time

Just got done with the TTL (Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor) Meet The Manufacturer recently. Now, they’ve come up with a new variety and it arrived today. TTL’s products always have two things – a retort pouch with real meat and a sachet containing liquor. Let’s have a look!

New TTL Spicy Pork Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

It is with great thanks and a week of interesting flavors that we bid adieu to the last of the varieties from TTL. This is the packaged version of the pickled vegetable beef variety. I really wasn’t sure how all these liquor-infused varieties would go, but they’ve been really quite impressive. Let’s check out this final variety.

TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, cook noodles in 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in all sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A powder and vegetable mixture.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A paste sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Thick and oily.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Hua diao liquor.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The retort pouch.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Large chunks of beef and a sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, fried onion and scallion. Noodles were soft and mellow as always with a large quantity. The broth has this elegantly rich character and great beef taste paired with the hua diao liquor. It goes so amazingly well. Pickled vegetable here and there goes well too. Just a wonderful beef variety. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710199109663.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Taiwan TTL Hops Carved Chicken Instant Noodles 3 Bags Packed 台灣花雕雞泡麵3包組

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

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The second review in this series was the bowl version of this one. Steeping vs non-steeped. Let’s take a look!

#3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in all sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A dry base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Powder and bits.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A liquid base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The sesame oil.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Another liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Clear rice wine.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The retort pouch.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Large chunks of chicken and a liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallion and sesame seeds. The noodles are great – soft tooth and plenty of them. The broth has a very tasty chicken and rice wine flavor, augmented perfectly by the inclusion of real meat and vegetables. Very good. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710199109274.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3037: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Taiwan TTL Chicken Instant Noodles 3 Bags Packed 台灣麻油雞泡麵3包組

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe time!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Well, here we are again. I goit one of these bowls a long time ago and guess what happened? I opened the retort pouch and spilled it all over my leg and on the floor! Was crushed; hard to find this one and I had only one of them. Egad! Luckily, TTL sent all of these for Meet The Manufacturer (thank you again!) and now I can give it another go. I should note I didn’t spill anything this time – let’s give it a go!

TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A dry base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Powder and vegetable bits.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

An oily paste.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The hua diao cooking wine.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A big retort pouch.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Chunks of chicken and liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions and fried onion. The noodles came out nicely – soft tooth and plentiful quantity. I really like how they work with the broth which is rich and full – augmented with such niceties and good chicken meat and wolfberries. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710199104507.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3035: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Taiwan TTL Hops Carved Chicken Instant Noodles 3 Bags Packed 台灣花雕雞泡麵3包組

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

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: TTL Carbonara White Wine Carbonara Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: TTL Carbonara White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Happy to be revisiting this variety, It made The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition list this year and with good reason: it’s really, really good. Here’s a little about carbonara from Wikipedia –

Carbonara (Italian: [karboˈnaːra]) is an Italian pasta dish from Rome[1][2] made with egg, hard cheeseguanciale (or pancetta), and pepper.

The recipe is not fixed by a specific type of hard cheese or pasta. The cheese is usually Pecorino Romano.[1] Spaghetti is the usual pasta, however, fettuccinerigatonilinguine, or bucatini are also used. Either guanciale or pancetta can be used. Another common substitute outside Italy is lardons of smoked bacon.

The dish was created in the middle of the 20th century.[3]

As with many recipes, the origins of the dish and its name are obscure.

The dish forms part of a family of dishes involving pasta with bacon, cheese, and pepper, such as spaghetti alla gricia. Indeed, it is very similar to the Italian pasta cacio e uova, dressed with melted lard and mixed eggs and cheese.[4]

There are many theories for the origin of the name, which may be more recent than the dish itself.[4] Since the name is derived from carbonaro (the Italian word for charcoal burner), some believe the dish was first made as a hearty meal for Italian charcoal workers.[1] In parts of the United States the etymology gave rise to the term “coal miner’s spaghetti”. It has even been suggested that it was created as a tribute to the Carbonari (“charcoalmen”), a secret society prominent in the early, repressed stages of Italian unification.[19] It seems more likely that it is an urban dish from Rome,[20] although it has nothing to do with the Roman restaurant of the same name.[21]

The name may also have derived from “Carbonada”, the word for bacon in central Italy’s dialect.[22]

Pasta alla carbonara is unrecorded before the Second World War; notably, it is absent from Ada Boni‘s 1930 La Cucina Romana. The dish is first attested in 1950, when it was described in the Italian newspaper La Stampa as a dish sought by the American officers after the allied liberation of Rome in 1944.[23] It was described as a Roman dish, when many Italians were eating eggs and bacon supplied by troops from the United States.[24] It was included in Elizabeth David‘s Italian Food, an English-language cookbook published in Great Britain in 1954.[25]

There’s a ton of info about carbonara! Let’s give it a try!

TTL Carbonara White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: TTL Carbonara White 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: Re-Review: TTL Carbonara White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: TTL Carbonara White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The soup base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: TTL Carbonara White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A light powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: TTL Carbonara White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: TTL Carbonara White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

White wine.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: TTL Carbonara White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A large retort pouch.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: TTL Carbonara White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A thick white sauce with pork.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, scallions and fried onion. Noodles come out right right for the sauce which is more than enough to hug every curve of them. The flavor is a rich and creamy one with elegant white wine notes. Included pork in the sauce goes extremely well. As for the sipping soup, it’s exceedingly good – like a cream of chicken.. A very apt pairing. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710199110850.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: TTL Carbonara White Wine Sauce Instant Noodle - Taiwan

[ 台酒TTL ] Taiwan TTL (White Wine / Red Wine ) Pasta Instant Noodles 1 bags (3packs) 台灣泡麵 (白酒/紅酒)帕式達一袋三入裝 (White Wine Pasta)

Watch me cook this one on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3034: TTL Hua Diao Pickled Vegetable Beef Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Hua Diao Pickled Vegetable Beef Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Here we have another variety with the hua diao cooking wine. Curious what the pickled vegetables are – guessing mustard stem would be one of them. Time to check out another unique variety from Taiwan!

#3036: TTL Hua Diao Pickled Vegetable Beef Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Hua Diao Pickled Vegetable Beef Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). contains beef. To prepare, add in all sachets but the retort pouch. Add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Use retort pouch to hold down lid. Add in retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Hua Diao Pickled Vegetable Beef Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Hua Diao Pickled Vegetable Beef Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A dry base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Hua Diao Pickled Vegetable Beef Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Powder and vegetable bits.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Hua Diao Pickled Vegetable Beef Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A paste sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Hua Diao Pickled Vegetable Beef Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Thick stuff.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Hua Diao Pickled Vegetable Beef Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Hua Diao Pickled Vegetable Beef Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Hua diao wine.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Hua Diao Pickled Vegetable Beef Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The retort pouch.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Hua Diao Pickled Vegetable Beef Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Smells really good!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions, fried onion, and chilli flake. The noodles came out very well – soft and plentiful. The broth seems thicker than the other s – and that’s great! It extols a very tasty beef flavor and the included beef is braised to perfection. Including the Hua Dian wine in this also was just the right move and it adds an extra layer of richness. Extremely impressed! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710199109649.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3036: TTL Hua Diao Pickled Vegetable Beef Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Taiwan TTL Chicken Instant Noodles 3 Bags Packed 台灣麻油雞泡麵3包組

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

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3032: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

I thought I ought to start at the beginning. I’m pretty sure this and the rice wine spring chicken varieties are the first that TTL shared with the world and it just made sense to go with those to begin Meet The Manufacturer. Here’s a little about Shaoxing wine, featured in this variety from Wikipedia –

Shaoxing wine (Shaohing, Shaoshing) is one of the most famous varieties of huangjiu, or traditional Chinese wines, fermented from rice. It originates from the region of Shaoxing, in the Zhejiang province of eastern China. It is widely used as both a beverage and a cooking wine in Chinese cuisine. It is internationally well known and renowned throughout mainland China, as well as in Taiwan and Southeast Asia.[1]

Let’s give this one a try!

TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3032: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in all sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3032: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3032: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A dry base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3032: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Powder with bits and pieces.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3032: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A paste sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3032: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Thick and oily.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3032: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The Shaoxing wine sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3032: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Definitely alcoholic!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3032: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A retort pouch.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3032: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Large pieces of chicken and liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallion. The noodles were a standard instant and had a soft tooth. Broth was very rich – the chicken flavor and chicken combined with the wine really gave is a different complexity. It was really quite good. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710199108963.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3032: TTL Spring Chicken With Hua-Diao Liquor Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Taiwan TTL Hops Carved Chicken Instant Noodles 3 Bags Packed 台灣花雕雞泡麵3包組

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

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!

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

When I think of rice wine, my mind immediately goes to sake from Japan. I was surprised to find that there are many different kinds of rice wine – here’s a pretty extensive list from Wikipedia –

  • Apong – An Indian rice wine indigenous to the Mising tribe, from the Northeastern states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Ara – Bhutanese rice, millet, or maize wine
  • Brem – Balinese rice wine
  • Cheongju – a clear, refined rice wine from Korea
    • Beopju – a variety of cheongju
  • Cholai – A reddish rice wine from West Bengal, India
  • Choujiu – A milky glutinous rice wine popular in Xi’an, China
  • Dansul – a milky, sweet rice wine from Korea
  • Gwaha-ju – a fortified rice wine from Korea
  • Hariya – A white/watery rice wine from India.
  • Huangjiu – A Chinese fermented rice wine, literally “yellow wine” or “yellow liquor”, with colors varying from clear to brown or brownish red.
  • Lao-Lao – A clear rice wine from Laos
  • Lihing – Kadazan-Dusun rice wine from Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
  • Makgeolli – a milky rice wine from Korea
  • Mijiu – a clear, sweet Chinese rice wine/liqueur made from fermented glutinous rice.
  • Mirin – a Japanese rice wine used in cooking.
  • Rượu cần – Vietnamese rice wine drunk through long, thin bamboo tubes
  • Sake – A rice wine from Japan. The most widely known type of rice wine in North America because of its ubiquitous appearance in Japanese restaurants.
  • Sato – A rice wine originating in the Isan region of Thailand
  • Shaoxing – A rice wine from Shaoxing, Zhejiang province, China, probably the best known Chinese rice wine
  • Sombai – Cambodian infused rice wine with sugar cane, fruits and spices still inside the bottle
  • Sonti – Indian rice wine
  • Tapai – Rice wine derived from fermented rice in various Austronesiancultures
  • Tapuy – Clear rice wine from the Mountain Province in the Philippines
  • Tuak – Dayak rice wine (Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo); Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo)

I will say, I think this is the type of wine that my mind went to at the outset, but I thought this list would be interesting to share. Let’s check this one out!

TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Here’s detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add in all sachets but the retort pouch. Add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Use retort pouch to hold down lid. Add in retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The dry base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Powder with bits and pieces.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Seasoned sesame oil.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The liquor sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Smells li ke rice wine.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

The retort pouch.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

Chunks of chicken and liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and Hachi habanero curry shichimi. The noodles hydrated exquisitely – not at all spongy which I thoroughly appreciated. The broth is complex – wolfberry was prevalent and a nice rich chicken and herbs flavor was throughout. Impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710199077849.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3033: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Flavor With Rice Wine Instant Noodle - Taiwan

National Geographic Traveler: Taiwan, 3rd edition

Watch me prepare these on an episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From TTL (2 of 2) – Taiwan

Here’s the second box of samples from Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor (TTL). Again, I wasn’t completely sure what was in here, but I was definitely keen on finding out what was in this big box! Let’s find out together!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From TTL (2 of 2) – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With TTL – Taiwan

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In November of 2017, I met a fellow named Cy Ben at the Taiwan International Food Expo from TTL. I was a big fan of their products – they include sachets of alcohol and this was a first for me. Not only that, they contain retort pouches with real meats. I was very interested in trying new varieties as well as doing a Meet The Manufacturer series. After some time and many conversations, samples were sent and we begin the series today, about a year later! Let’s begin with an interview with Ms. Cherry Hseih, Division of Liquor/Production Management Division/Section Manager of Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers about the history of TTL?

TTL> The monopoly business in Taiwan was started during the time of the Japanese occupation. The Taiwan Governor’s Office expanded its range of items and in 1901 established the “Monopoly Bureau of the Taiwan Governor’s Office”. Then in 1905 and 1922 the Taiwan Governor’s Office took over tobacco and liquor business. Therefore the monopolized goods before the retrocession of Taiwan were: cigarettes, liquor, opium, salt, camphor, matches, petroleum and the standardization of weights and measures.
After the retrocession of Taiwan in 1945, the Taiwan Government Executive Administration Office continued the monopoly system by establishing the “Taiwan Provincial Monopoly Bureau”. In 1947 the Taiwan Provincial Government brought the Bureau directly under its authority by a re-organization which formed the “Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Bureau”. At this time, the number of monopolized items was reduced to three: tobacco, liquor and camphor. In 1951 the Bureau was put under the supervision of the Finance Department of the Taiwan Provincial Government. In1968 after the ending of camphor monopoly, the monopoly range of the Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Monopoly Bureau was reduced to only tobacco and liquor.
The Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Monopoly Bureau was an agency which handled the production, delivery, and sales of tobacco and liquor products. It was responsible for mass production of sufficient supplies of tobacco and liquor to satisfy the public demand, and also the implementation of the tobacco and liquor Monopoly Regulations. The agencies under its jurisdiction included tobacco and liquor distribution units and permitted retailers spread throughout Taiwan, which became a strong, extensive sales network. The monopoly profits from tobacco and liquor sales were submitted to the national Treasury, and fulfilled their economic and financial goals. The operations of the Bureau were very profitable, and the profits provided to the Treasury accounted for a large portion of the tax revenue of Taiwan.
The Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Monopoly Bureau was reformed since July 1, 1999 and under the Ministry of Finance continued the management of production and sales of tobacco and liquor. In preparation for internationalization and liberalization, the government intended to abolish the monopoly system and free tobacco and liquor production. Accordingly, the “Tobacco and Liquor Management Law” and the “Tobacco and Liquor Tax Law” were enacted. The two laws took effect on January 1, 2002. Since then the monopoly system was eliminated and the free production of tobacco and liquor began.
The ” Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation Regulations ” were passed by the Legislative Yuan on April 25, 2002 and became law by presidential decree on May 15, 2002. The name of the Bureau was subsequently changed to the Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation on July 1, 2002.

TRR> Why combine instant noodles and alcohol?

TTL> The company is a professional wine company, and wine has always been part of the oriental culture. Wine and fragrant dishes are the eastern and western food and cooking techniques, while instant noodles are modern conveniences. The company will follow the ancient method with innovative concepts. The Huadiao wine and rice wine, together with the Q-shaped noodles, the rich soup head and the meat block conditioning package, enable busy modern consumers to enjoy instant and delicious instant noodles at any time and any place.

TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?

TTL> Now our product line contains “Chicken noodle Sesame oil flavored with rice liquor (red label), Chicken noodle flavored with Hwa-Diou liquor, Beef noodle flavored with Hwa-Diou liquor and Taiwanese mustard, Dong-po pork noodle flavored with Hwa-Diou liquor, Taiwan pasta-Red wine type, and Taiwan pasta- White wine type, and so on.

TRR> Your company is located in the Taiwan. Can you tell us a little about your locale?

TTL> Taiwanese people are very kindness and inclusive with various things. Taiwanese cuisine is also very famous, such as traditional Taiwanese food, night market snacks, dumplings, clams, pineapple cakes, Tai-yan cakes, etc.

TRR> How does process differ from other instant noodle manufacturers?

TTL> Our product line of instant noodle are contain with well cook meat pair with selective wine in a food pack. The wines we used is top-quality, well-aging, high cost, and very suitable with instant noodles. Give unique taste and aroma to all of them.

TRR> Do you make your own pastes, sauces and seasonings?

TTL> At present, the company is still developing and adjusting the flavor with the instant noodle manufacturer. After many research and development evaluations, the flavor and taste are determined before release.

TRR> How do you decide on what varieties to produce?

TTL> To realize the trend of market and preferences to the consumer, we need to combine our strengths , characteristics, and keep trying any possibility to improve. Whole instant noodles product line have undergone many evaluations before going public. Until it is well-confirmed with its unique flavor and selling potential then we decided to release.

TRR> How many noodle products do you produce every year?

TTL> Our productivity raised year by year. About 1.5 million boxes in 2016 and 2 million. The company’s instant noodle series products sold more than 2 million boxes.

TRR> Apart from noodles, are there other products you produce or plan to produce?

TTL> The company has a variety of non-alcoholic foods including biscuits, beverages, meat processed products and biotechnology products such as beauty, health care, cleaning, etc., all categories have new product development and listing at any time.

TRR> Can you suggest pairings for your products, like meats, seafood or vegetables?

TTL> Chinese cabbage and eggs are the best partner for instant noodles. Shrimp and clams also be added to improve seafood flavor and fresher taste. In addition, sesame oil chicken noodles are very suitable for adding a lot of cabbage, which will make the taste definitely richer.

TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?

TTL> It is recommended to adjust the amount of seasoning bag according to your taste, or add a little more water, vegetables, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, which is actually a very healthy meal.

TRR> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?

TTL> The company invested nearly 10 million Taiwan dollars in social welfare in 2017, including local community connections, care for the weak, education and culture, sports and health and other related fields.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

TTL> In some cases, the company continued its innovative thinking of wine and vegetables. On November 1st this year, it launched a spicy but not dry spicy noodles, which was developed with the company’s traditionally brewed Yushan Maotai. The new product “Taiwanese spicy wine fragrant porridge noodles”.

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

TTL> It is sold in Taiwan, mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and other places.

TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to make them extra special?

TTL> When I eat the noodles of the Huadiao wine flavor series like Huadiao chicken, Huacai sauerkraut beef, Huadiao Dongpo meat noodles, I will add more Huadiao wine or Shaoxing wine to make the whole bowl of the wine more rich and delicious. Very recommended for everyone to try.

TRR> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about TTL and your products!

Thank you to Cherry, Elaine and Cy Ben for making this series happen! Let’s try some noodles!