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#3167: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger – Taiwan

#3167: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger - Taiwan

Here’s one of the last ones sent by a Taiwanese university student who has probably graduated by now – thanks again and good luck! This is a really big box – let’s check it out!

Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger – Taiwan

#3167: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, boil noodles for 1~2 minutes in 400ml boiling water with soup pouch. Drain. Add in soup pouch. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3167: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger - Taiwan

Two of these noodle blocks are included.

#3167: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger - Taiwan

Two soup pouches are included.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added boiled beef, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, scallion and mushroom. The noodles hydrated well but seemed kind of out of place; the visual was a stark white noodle in a rich looking broth and it was honestly off-putting. Round noodle has a nice chew though. The broth really didn’t give me that braised beef taste. Beef seemed a little fattier than I would have liked. Overall, the flavor just didn’t hit for me. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. .  EAN bar code 4710110232494.

#3167: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger - Taiwan

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Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef – Taiwan

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

Here’s one sent by a reader who found it in the Philippines – thanks! Definitely looks different from the ones found in Taiwan. Export version! Let’s check it out!

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef – Taiwan

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add in all sachets and boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

A light powder.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

A sauce sachet.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

Cold in here this morning – cold temps tend to make pastes and sauces thicken up a bit.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

A large retort pouch.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

Thick stuff!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and scallions. Noodle was pretty good – better backbone than expected. Broth has a nice braised beef taste with a little bit of heat – but nothing I would put at a high heat level. Included beef was of good quality and worked well. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710111904222.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

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Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef – Taiwan

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

This one comes by way of a reader from Taiwan who visited t he Philippines and saw this and a spicy version there. This is most definitely an export version. First, lots of English text. Now, you’ll never see this in the United States as it does contain beef. Casn’t go wrong with braised beef – well, I guess you could if it’s bad, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case here. Let’s find out!

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef – Taiwan

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add everything in, add boiling water to line, cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

A dry base sachet.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

A light powder.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

A paste sachet.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

Thick and oily.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

A retort pouch.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

Liquid and chunks of beef.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles had a decent chew although didn’t marry exceedingly well with the broth; they sort of stood apart. Broth was a little lighter thgan anticipated and beef just seemed too dried out. Not enough braised flavor. However even with all these issues, everything came together well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710111904208.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

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Watch me cook this one up!

#2978: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

Here’s another one I received from a University student in Taiwan – thanks again! She’s working on her Master’s thesis and wanted info from me on a few products and what I thought of them – an honor! Let’s check out this braised beef variety!

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle – Taiwan

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add noodle block and two smaller sachets to 500cc boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in large retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

The noodle block.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

A dry base sachet.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

A coarse powder with bits of vegetable.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

A liquid base sachet.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

A thick and oily paste.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

The retort pouch.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

Lots of beef and sauce.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and scallions. The noodles are excellent – flat and soft with a large quantity. The broth Has very good flavor – tasty and strong with a very good oiliness. The included retort pouch seals the deal; the beef is a little dry but that couples with the sauce makes everything tie together very well. A hint of spiciness and a strong beef flavor make this a new favorite. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710110231879.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

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I don’t know much about this guy other than he’s pretty popular – does a lot of promo for Vedan.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

Here’s one of the very last varieties I found in Taiwan during my last visit in November, 2017. Big thanks to Kyle K. for help translating this one! So braised meats from Taiwan are some of the most amazing flavors – anywhere. I’m telling you – find a Taiwanese restaurant and get some braised pork – it’ll blow your freaking mind. Alright – let’s crack this bowl open and get this going.

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle – Taiwan

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To  prepare, add in sachets and not retort pouch. Add 500ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes with pouch on top. Add in retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

The noodled block.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

A dry base sachet.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

Seasoning and vegetables.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

A paste sachet.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

Thick stuff!

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

A retort pouch.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

Braised pork with sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions. The noodles were quite good – nice gauge and chew – no sponginess here. The broth has a great braised pork flavor – notes of star anise and other herbs popping out here and there. Included braised pork was sumtuous and good – excellent quality. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710110241076.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

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A pretty wild ride in this video

#2946: Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Sichuan Hot Flavor

#2946: Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Sichuan Hot Flavor

Alright – this is the last of the reviews for the Uni student in Taiwan – thanks again for sending these – it’s been fun and quite truly an honor that someone going for their Master’s degree is asking me for help!

Wondering what’s up with the name? Well, 449 sounds like the word for slurp in Chinese (thank you Kyle K for helping me out with this)! I’m guessing this one will have a Sichuan pepper flavor to it. Let’s find out!

Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Sichuan Hot Flavor – Taiwan

#2946: Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Sichuan Hot Flavor

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 450ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Drain, saving water. add sauce to noodles and silver sachet to drained water. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2946: Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Sichuan Hot Flavor

The noodle block.

#2946: Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Sichuan Hot Flavor

The liquid base sachet.

#2946: Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Sichuan Hot Flavor

A thick sauce.

#2946: Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Sichuan Hot Flavor

The soup base sachet.

#2946: Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Sichuan Hot Flavor

A light powder with little bits in there.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried salted beef (salted with Salt For Life) and scallion. The noodle has a great Sichuan pepper spiciness. Not extremely salty flavor. The noodle itself is a little on the regular instant side – would have been nice to see an upgrade there. The broth had a very good flavor and worked well with the noodle back and forth. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710110233194.

#2946: Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Sichuan Hot Flavor

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All  of the 449 TV spots

#2945: Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Three-Cup Chicken Flavor

#2945: Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Three-Cup Chicken Flavor

Alright here’s one of the ones sent by the University student working on her Master’s thesis paper. It’s getting closer to her deadline at the time of writing this, so I am busting out the last three. So – three cup chicken – here’s some info from Wikipedia –

Sanbeiji (simplified Chinese三杯鸡traditional Chinese三杯雞pinyinsānbēijīPe̍h-ōe-jīsam-poe-ke; literally: “three-cup chicken”) is a popular chicken dish in Chinese cuisine. The dish originates from the Jiangxi province of southern China, is a specialty of Ningdu, and has become especially popular in Taiwan.

There are several versions for the origins of sanbeiji. These stories often involve a cook who placed three cups of sauces into an earthenware pot and simmered it for a long time. One version is that of Wen Tianxiang, a national hero and Jiangxi native during the Song Dynasty. Wen was captured by the invading Yuan armies of Kublai Khan and tortured for 4-years during his imprisonment. It was during this time that a sympathetic prison warden cooked the dish for him (using these limited resources) before Wen Tianxiang’s execution.

The dish derives its name from the three cups of sauces required. For each chicken, a cup each of soy saucerice wine (usually mijiu although it may be mixed with Shaoxing jiu), and sesame oil are added. Lin Shangquan, a famous chef in Taiwan, believes that the traditional recipe called for a cup each of soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar, with added gingergarlic, and basil.

The chicken, together with the sauces, is cooked in an earthenware pot on high heat for ten minutes, then on low heat to allow the sauces to be absorbed by the meat. Sanbeiji is served with no sauce; the dish is cooked until all the sauce evaporates and is absorbed by the chicken. When it is served at the table, the chicken should be sizzling—even popping—on the cusp of burning. This gives the chicken a crisper texture (and richer flavor) unlike most other Chinese or Taiwanese stewed dishes. The dish is then eaten with either steamed rice or rice congee.

Other meats, such as pork or frog, can be substituted for chicken in this dish without detracting from the taste.

Interesting and sounds good! Let’s give this one a go!

Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Three-Cup Chicken Flavor – Taiwan

#2945: Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Three-Cup Chicken Flavor

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 3 minutes in 450ml water. Drain. Save drained water and mix with silver soup sachet – there’s your sipping soup. Add liquid sauce to noodle. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2945: Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Three-Cup Chicken Flavor

The noodle block.

#2945: Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Three-Cup Chicken Flavor

A liquid base sachet.

#2945: Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Three-Cup Chicken Flavor

A thick sauce.

#2945: Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Three-Cup Chicken Flavor

The soup base.

#2945: Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Three-Cup Chicken Flavor

To be mixed with the drained water.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added salt and pepper chicken (sal.lted with Salt For Life) and scallion. The noodle is a very standard one – no frills here. The flavor is kind of a spicy, soy and sesame melange much like its namesake. It was so-so. The broth however was not to my liking at all – just a turn off and had an off-putting taste. 1.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710110233132.

#2945: Vedan 449 Fried Instant Noodle Three-Cup Chicken Flavor

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An advert for Vedan 449

#2937: Vedan Wei Wei “A ” Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL

#2937: Vedan Wei Wei "A " Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL

Here’s another one that was sent by a University student working on her master’s thesis. She asked me to review a set of six instant noodle varieties by Vedan. Sure! I’ve tried this before in an export version and really didn’t like it. Let’s give this local variety a try.

Vedan Wei Wei “A ” Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL – Taiwan

#2937: Vedan Wei Wei "A " Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle and dry sachet to a bowl along with 500ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Drain liquid into soup bowl. Add in liquid base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2937: Vedan Wei Wei "A " Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL

The noodle block.

#2937: Vedan Wei Wei "A " Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL

A dry base sachet.

#2937: Vedan Wei Wei "A " Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL

Powder and veg.

#2937: Vedan Wei Wei "A " Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL

A pretty big paste sachet.

#2937: Vedan Wei Wei "A " Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL

Thick and oily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Noodle comes out very well – definitely a large quantity here! Goes great with the sauce – which has a light taste. Some spices and little bit in there work well. The broth is one of the better broth inclusions I’ve found. A chicken broth which isn’t overly salty. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.   EAN bar code 4710110232852.

#2937: Vedan Wei Wei "A " Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL

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A video I did for this one

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Here’s another one I received from a University student in Taiwan – thanks again! She’s working on her Master’s thesis and wanted info from me on a few products and what I thought of them – an honor! Let’s check out this variety with a Korean influence.

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle – Taiwan

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

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

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

The noodle block.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

A dry base sachet.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Powder with bits of vegetable.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Another dry base sachet.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Unsure – white pepper?

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

A large retort pou ch.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Rich color and lots of beef.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles were just plain weird here. I don’t know why, but they really did not feel right compared to the other varieties I’ve had in this premium range. The broth had a ramyun kind of taste with a decent kick of spiciness. The beef was of good quality, however was also just not quite right. I think the issue here might be that Koreans do Korean food best while Taiwanese do Taiwanese foods best. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710110232883.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

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I don’t know much about this guy other than he’s pretty popular – does a lot of promo for Vedan.

#2913: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Stewed Beef Noodle Soup

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

Brought this one back with me from Taiwan last year! Time to crack it open and give it a try, that’s for sure. Something about a beef noodle sounds like a good idea today. Let’s do this!

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Stewed Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

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

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

The noodle block.

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

A dry base sachet.

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

Powder and some bits.

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

A liquid base sachet.

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

Thick and oily.

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

A large retort pouch.

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

Lots of large chunks of beef and liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles came off pretty well – soft tooth and good quantity. Broth has a very nice taste to it – especially what with the inclusion of the retort pouch, which bring great beef flavor. The beef was excellent. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710110226578.

#2913: Vedan Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup

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I don’t know much about this guy other than he’s pretty popular – does a lot of promo for Vedan.

#2900: Vedan Double Bang Spicy Beef Noodle Soup

#2900: Vedan Double Bang Spicy Beef Noodle Soup

Here’s the last of the Vedan Double Bang varieties I brought home from my trip to Taipei last November. This one’s spicy beef. Let’s do this.

Vedan Double Bang Spicy Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

#2900: Vedan Double Bang Spicy Beef Noodle Soup

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, add sachet contents and 700ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2900: Vedan Double Bang Spicy Beef Noodle Soup

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2900: Vedan Double Bang Spicy Beef Noodle Soup

Two noodle blocks.

#2900: Vedan Double Bang Spicy Beef Noodle Soup

A dry base sachet.

#2900: Vedan Double Bang Spicy Beef Noodle Soup

A speckled powder.

#2900: Vedan Double Bang Spicy Beef Noodle Soup

A liquid base sachet.

#2900: Vedan Double Bang Spicy Beef Noodle Soup

Thick stuff.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage and spring onion. The noodles were of a huge quantity however a little on the soft side this time around. The broth was very light unlike others inthe series which were a little stronger. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710110230049.

#2900: Vedan Double Bang Spicy Beef Noodle Soup

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A TV spot related to this series

Unboxing Time: Instant Noodles From a Taiwanese University Student 2.0

Unboxing Time: Instant Noodles From a Taiwanese University Student 2.0

I received some varieties from a woman who was working on her master’s thesis in Taiwan a few weeks ago. Well, I prepared one of them incorrectly. I asked for another and she sent me a bunch of new ones! Thank you! Let’s take a look at this box and what’s inside!

Unboxing Time: Instant Noodles From a Taiwanese University Student 2.0 – Taiwan

So the one I made wrong was the Wei Wei A series.

So I tried it out again and was very impressed! I have noticed thast one the Internet most notably, people who make mistakes or are wrong about something will cling to the original concept even when offered new information from a valid source. That’s just not me – if I make something incorrectly, I want to make it correctly. I could sit and do the ‘I’ve reviewed almost 3,000 varieties – I’m always right’ kind of thing… That wouldn’t be helpful for myself or anyone else out there curious about this variety. Honesty is the best policy and by making mistakes, we end up learning from them.  Thanks again!