Here’s one sent by Colin from Massachusetts – thanks again! So I don’t usually get thrilled with instant noodles that are mushroom flavored. Mushroom can be hit or miss and usually I find mushroom to be a little funky. Let’s give it a try with an open mind.
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to a bowl and add 350ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dry base sachet.
Looks like powder and mushrooms.
A seasoned oil sachet.
An oily concoction.
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are thin and a bit crumbly. The broth is sickeningly sweet with a mushroom taste and pieces of mushroom here and there. Truly, this is my kryptonite. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 073217060068.
I think I should explain the symbol in the upper right hand corner before anything else. While the symbol may bring up thoughts of World War II, this actually has nothing to do with oppression; this is a Buddhist symbol denoting that it is safe for those who practice strict vegetarianism. Here’s a little from wikipedia about it:
As for the symbol, it is considered an ancient symbol of auspiciousness in Hindu and Buddhist culture. It is immediately recognizable in the West however with Nazi Germany. Here’s some about that –
At the end of 20th century, and early 21st century, confusion and controversy has occurred when consumer goods bearing the Buddhist symbol have been exported to North America, and mistakenly interpreted by Western consumers as a Nazi symbol.
When a ten-year-old boy in Lynbrook, New York, bought a set of Pokémoncards imported from Japan in 1999, two of the cards contained the left-facing Buddhist swastika. The boy’s parents misinterpreted the symbol as a Nazi swastika, which is right-facing with 45 degree rotation, and filed a complaint to the manufacturer. Nintendo of America announced that the cards would be discontinued, explaining that what was acceptable in one culture was not necessarily so in another; their action was welcomed by the Anti-Defamation League who recognised that there was no intention to be offensive but said that international commerce meant that “isolating [the Swastika] in Asia would just create more problems”.
In 2002, Christmas crackers containing plastic toy red pandas sporting swastikas were pulled from shelves after complaints from consumers in Canada. The manufacturer, based in China, said the symbol was presented in a traditional sense and not as a reference to the Nazis, and apologized to the customers for the cross-cultural mixup. In 2007, Spanish fashion chain Zara withdrew a handbag from its stores after a customer in Britain complained swastikas were embroidered on it. The bags were made by a supplier in India and inspired by commonly used Hindu symbols, which include the swastika.
I think it’s a little sad that instances such as this could have been times when the public in the West could have been made to understand that this symbol has been used by religions to denote auspiciousness and vegetarianism for a lot longer than in WWII. But instead of learning, it gets pulled from sight in the marketplace. Let’s give this vegetarian rice vermicelli a try.
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Does not contains meat. To prepare, add package contents to a bowl and add 500ml boiling water. Cover for 2 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The rice vermicelli.
A dry base sachet.
Powder and vegetables.
An oil sachet.
Smells like sesame oil.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and tofu puff. The vermicelli didn’t hydrated as it should have in two minutes and was a little stiff and kind of had that dry spiderweb kind of quality I dislike. The broth was nicely accommodated by seaweed but the sesame oil and earthy flavor just didn’t work for me at all. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888217006105.
So these last two days have been crazy – so many people from Taiwan just coming in droves to the site and declaring their passion for the instant noodles of their country! You should be proud of yourselves; I’m never going to look at Taiwanese noodles the same again, that’s for sure! I’m sure I’ll be reviewing more very soon so keep your eyes on The Ramen Rater!
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So today I have two mushroom flavored instant noodles I’ll be doing. First off will be this Unif/Tung-I mushroom pack. What’s interesting about this one is that Unif Tung-I is usually from Taiwan, but this one’s from Vietnam. Anyways, let’s try this one and see how it is.
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Notice all of the German on here!
The noodle block.
Powder as well as veggies!
The seasoned oil packet.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some baked chicken, yellow onion, green onion, Krazy Mixed Up Salt and Ajishima Kimchi furikake. The noodles are thin and have an almost buttery taste. The broth has a mushroom taste but its not overwhelming; almost like sauteed mushrooms. Pretty good – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 073217060068 – get it here.
I have absolutely no idea about this one. First off, it’s been quite a while since I’ve had a Unif Tung-I pack. Second, I usually don’t like bean thread. Third, Tong Tsai? What’s that? Well, I’m not sure.
Here’s the back of the packaging. Click to enlarge.
Here’s the block of bean thread.
Looks like there are bits in there. Upon a little taste I get sweet, salty, onion? Garlic?
Seasoned oil packet.
Looks good and weird. I have somewhat high hopes of this being an interesting one.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Look rather art-like with the curves toward the top and little bubbles towards the bottom. The noodles are thin and funky as bean thread usually is. It is also really long and hard to break off with your lips. I went the kitchen scissor route and cut them. Much easier to eat that way! The broth is salty and kind of greasy with hints of garlic, onion, maybe shallots too. I am surprised; I liked this one and actually ate all of it! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars – fascinating! UPC bar code 073217060228 – get it here.
If my kid did this, they’d be grounded. Period. Also, it’s ramen – rah-men.
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Wow look at this one – all purple and yellow… Very different looking than anything I’ve seen yet. And the flavor – beef and sauerkraut? I wonder if it’s going to be any good? Well, let’s have at it!
So purple packet must be the sauerkraut, next to it would be the seasoned oil and below the powder seasoning. A fork! I did a mention of this one before in the special fork report so no need to do it again.
Would you look at that – kind of scary eh? Time to add boiling water and give ‘er a try…
Click image to enlarge. Here we are. So first off, it’s spicy and I really did not expect that at all. Strong cabbage taste – that’s what sauerkraut is so logical… The broth is salty and kind of a beef taste but reminds me slightly of bad milk. The noodles aren’t bad but unimpressive. Hmm. I’m still a little moved by the interesting nature of these noodles. It’s a very very different flavor that’s for sure. Despite some weirdness, it’s strangely addicting and is getting 3.75 stars out of 5.0. It’s definitely worth checking out!
I’ve reviewed a ton of the Unif noodles, but it’s been quite a while. Here’s a Unif rice noodle – Chinese onion.
Two packets – powdered seasoning and seasoned oil.
I got a little of the oil on my finger – boy is it pungent stuff! Had an almost putrid strong smell.
Click image to enlarge. I was expecting these noodles to be a little slimy and clumpy, but they were not. The broth is salty and very onionny. It’s not bad stuff, and worth having again if you are a crazed cultist of the church of onion. Like Funyun stew. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.
So here’s some Unif Shrimp Fish… What’s funny is that I have had the Super Bowl’s lately and they looked exactly the same as this, but this one doesn’t say Super Bowl on it so go figure.
From left to right: soup base powder, seasoning oil, vegetables.
From left to right: seasoned oil, veggies and soup base powder atop the noodle block. Added some boiling water and…
Click image to enlarge. This one was interesting since the veggies didn’t hide so much – I like that! The noodles are exactly what you’d expect. The broth is nice and seafoody and the veggies run rampant and are more than adequate. I like it a lot! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.
Bean thread huh? Hmm – not always my favorite. It tends to be gloppy, mucky stuff that kind of congeals together.
Two packets – powder and oil – smelled like a light sesame oil.
Very light colored seasonings awaiting the boiling nature of bean thread in 3 minutes of pain.
Click image to enlarge. Well, not too much positive to report on this one! Tjhe bean thread was its standard gloppy and funky way. I don’t like it. No vegetables here unless a couple green pieces of something floating around count. The flavor was kind of neutral to me; shrimp? Not extremely. So here’s the score: 1.5 out of 5.0 – just not something I liked. Get it here.
I must admit I laugh a little when I see this brand – I like the bit of Norwegian on the front. Biff!!! Smak!!! Sounds like the old Batman TV show! Well, Let me whip out my Bat ramen pot and cook this stuff up.
Red oil – I think a good sign!
Looks nice as it awaits the soup and noodles…
Here’s the Biff Smak (click image to enlarge) ! Wham bam! Wow – this stuff is tasty nice. The noodles are nice – not the best in the world but they have a bit of fortitude to them. The broth is slightly thick and has a slight spiciness and really hits the spot for a lunch meal. Also, a lot of noodles here – they pack em tightly. I’m giving this one a 3.75 out of 5.0 stars! Good stuff! Get it here.
So after a long walk I was really quite hungry and decided to go with something simple and figured this would taste nice. Fresh shrimp sounds nice. I also really love how this brand has the text in another language – looks like dutch perhaps? Frisk Rekesmak!!!
Skint on packets – but two is better than one.
The powder had all those nice green onions in it and the oil was sesame. A nice little arrangement here.
And here we are presented with a bowl of frisk rekesmak nudlers (click image to enlarge)…. I really liked these; they ere what I expected. A nice consistency to the noodles. The broth was tasty and had a decent amount of vegetables for a package of noodles in the 50-79 cent range. I liked it. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.
Been awhile since I’ve had rice noodles – let alone artificial Chinese beef flavored broth!
As you can see, the noodles look different in the bag. They don’t crunch up in the bag the same by any means…
Oil packet and a seasoning powder packet – very basic here.
Here they are in the bowl.
Sp here’s the finished product. Beef flavor is there but the rice noodles don’t soak it up. In fact, the broth and noodles act like separate entities, almost like a sandwich and chips on the side. They don’t play well together. This may just be the way it is as far as rice noodles are concerned. The rice noodles were extremely thin and of a nice firmness and consistency – a little chewier than regular noodles you find in these instant noodles packs. All in all, it wasn’t bad. I’m giving this one a 2.85 out of 5 stars – it was tasty and interesting and would be nice to have any time. It was kind of light.