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#2269: Wai Wai Instant Noodles Veg Masala Flavour

Here’s another one that was sent by Marvin R. of Fort Worth, TX – thanks again! So you may have seen Wai Wai before coming from Thailand. This is a Wai Wai for India – by the Chaudhary Group. Let’s have a look!

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 1 1/2 cups boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Add in seasoning sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet – dry on the left and wet on the right.

The dry base.

Onion flavored oil.

A small sachet.

Chilli powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, spring onion and tofu puff. The noodles are sturdy with a nice gauge and interesting chew. They have a kind of sesame hit to them as well. The broth has a kind of salty earthy spicy kind of thing going on with lots of depth to it. Although thin, it’s rich and flavorful. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8906013030022.

Delicious Journey. Cuisine of Goa State. India.

A Wai Wai TV commercial for their XPress line.

#1679: Ten-In Veggie World Vegetarian Braised Beef Instant Noodles

Here’s one I got from the folks at Exotic Noods. It’s one big bowl, that’s for sure – and heavy, too! Let’s see what’s inside.

The import/distributor sticker (click image to enlarge). Contains milk.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A paste sachet.

Thick and sticky stuff.

The dried vegetables sachet.

Has a kinf of salty and herbal scent.

A massive retort pouch.

Here’s the back of the retort pouch (click image to enlarge). To prepare, add everything into the bowl and add hot water. It doesn’t say how much hot water, so adding to the first line. Cover and let sit 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy.

The retort pouch contents. Looks like textured vegetable protein.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles are flat and of a standard instant gauge. They hydrated pretty well although had a bit of a crumble I didn’t like. The broth did indeed have a braised beef flavor, but had a kind of odd aftertaste; kind of like coffee. The beef substitute from the retort pouch appears to be the source of the off coffee flavor. It is chewy and reminiscent of an overcooked egg foo yung. It all works together in an odd way though. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4711155296359.

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A Taiwanese TV show about the Top Ten list I came out with in 2014.

#1140: Meet The Manufacturer: Asian Thai Foods Preeti Instant Noodles Veg Soup Base

Here’s another one from Nepal! Preeti translates to ‘love.’ I love instant noodles, so what better name for them? Let’s check this pack out!

Here’s the back of the packet (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself.

The noodles block. Pre-seasoned noodles that can be eaten uncooked as a snack as well.

A dual packet – soup base and chlili powder.

Here’s the red chili powder atop the soup base.

A packet of onion flavored oil.

Has a nice onion scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added red, orange and yellow bell peppers, broccoli, jalapeno peppers, Walla Walla sweet onion and some ground coriander on top. The noodles are crumbly, but also have a wonderful chew to them – decent backbone and something I thoroughly liked. The flavor is wonderful – garlic, cumin and a bit of heat and other flavors come together in an exotic and perfect way. It’s funny; my wife’s parents came up to be with us while my wife had surgery and her mom brought me a bag of bujia. Bhujia is a kind of snack mix that is very popular in India about Nepal. It’s dry and crunchy and all around great stuff with strong coriander, garlic and other spices. The flavor of these noodles and broth is very reminiscent of this. It’s no wonder on the back of the package it says you can just crush the block and eat it straight like bhujia! Here’s a recipe for aloo bhujia. I don’t know if it’s grammatically correct, but I must say I preeti Preeti! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 9504000021993.

Here’s a TV spot for Preeti.

#386: Fu Chang Chinese Noodle Company Pork, Seafood & Noodles Combo

Well, this looks like a lot of insanity! Here we go!!!

Wait – I thought this was pork and seafood flavor, not shrimp flavor…

Pretty impressive – four packets!

So there’s the contents of that retort pouch on top – looks kind of like cat food and has the same consistency. The dry powder was chunky… The oil looked okay though and a nice amount of vegetables.

Here’s where all hell breaks loose. First off, there are no instructions included on how to cook this. At the end of the seasoning packet ingredients, notice that it has Fe in it. WHAT THE HELL IS ‘Fe?’ Also, no Red Chili Powder Packet. It’s like this product isn’t this product.

I went with my instincts; hell, I’ve had over 380 different varieties of noodles and I should be able to figure out this one’s cooking directions. I added enough boiling water to cover the noodles and all the ingredients. Guess what? The biggest insult I have ever had to deal with – the bowl LEAKS. Boiling water with oil and seasoning all over my table.  And floor. I transferred this stuff to a bowl and added a little water and covered for 4 minutes.

Click image to enlarge. The noodles were absolutely horrible. No character whatsoever. The retort stuff just didn’t work at all. The broth tasted very odd. Add that to the lack of instructions, incorrect ingredients and a leaky bowl and you get a ZERO STAR bowl of noodles. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. What a mistake these were. Get them here.

Yes, I’m voluntarily Rick Rolling this review. You know the rules…..

And I’ve sold out to the Keyboard Cat as well.

#360: Nissin Cup Noodles Hearty Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Another one from California! Thanks my lovely Kitten! So this should be good I hope! Onward!

Pretty standard here – just remember – don’t microwave the styrofoam!

That’s a lot of seasoning! Didn’t see any veggies though.

Click image to enlarge. Yep – veg-less! So I think a more apt name would be creamy chicken flavor. It’s not bad, although I must admit the noodles didn’t seem to get done enough. I even gave them extra time and they were still a little tough. Not bad, not great. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here. UPC code 070662030233.

Make your own at the Ramen Noodle Museum!

#342: Nongshim Shin Big Bowl Gourmet Spicy Noodle Soup

So here we go – an even larger container of Nong Shim Shin Ramyun!

Styrofoam! Ready for battle!!!

This is a good sized and pretty full packet.

Just check out all the powder! It smells spicy as can be! I tasted the remnants left inside the packet – made my tongue burn nicely. The veggies look to be a nice mixture too!

Click image to enlarge. Plus two fried eggs. Wow – what a big bowl of noodles! So they’re hot and spicy – nicely so in fact. Not too much, not too little, The noodles are a little weak though and I think some better ones are in order – less spongy but more quality. The veggies were ample and of decent character, and the broth was superb – like drinking tasty fire. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

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No broth? Seems a little ridiculous. Also, I don’t think eating out of a dog bowl seems all that cool, but what do I know…

#341: Vina Acecook Daily Vegetarian Flavour Instant Noodles

Some new stuffs of happiness from the folks at Vina Acecook – we have vegetarian flavour. I’m enthused! I’m curious if this will taste like a vegetarian – vegetarian created with Japanese technology, that is!

Clockwise from top left: vegetables, seasoned oil and powdered soup base.

I’m always really happy with the way the veggies smell when I open the packet. It has a kind of sweet tea kind of aroma.

Click image to enlarge. With two eggs boiled in with the noodles. The noodles were amazing – had a very nice flavor. The broth was great too and the veggies were awesome – there was a big chunk of mushroom that re-hydrated very nicely. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars!

This video is really cool and I was most impressed during the segment where the president of the company had that amazing bass sound as he spoke! Very cool!

#328: Nongshim Big Bowl Udon Japanese Style Noodle Soup

Ladies and gentlemen, the enormous Ramen Box has been opened and we begin. This one comes from Korea.

A single packet of powdered soup base.

Holy cow look at this one! There’s the big pile of seasoning powder in the middle, but look at all this other stuff! Wow, I’m thoroughly impressed – I wasn’t expecting to see this much stuff going on here. Neat little naruto slices, sliced fish stuff, and fried somethings. I would love to know what all these things are! Lots of veggies too – carrot and onion and more.

Click image to enlarge. Bamm finished product. Mmm… The noodles are nice – chewy and thick… Was nice to find a lot of pieces of fish and veggies with every bite! This is a rarity in the instant noodle world I assure you. The broth had a very nice seafood taste and was very nice. I really was impressed with this one and give it 4.5 out of 5.0 stars! Get it here.

#325: Namchow Mee-Jang Artificial Pork Flavor Instant Noodles

So some noodles from Thailand. I have no idea what to expect from this one… Let’s see what’s inside…

Looks like the design that was on the Little Cook packet I last tried. Powder on the left, seasoned oil on the right.

Whoa – greenish oil and brownish powder! Hope it sits well…

Click image to enlarge. The finished product. Noodles are like cup noodles. The broth is salty and a little spicy. A bit of the stewed pork flavor there, a bit of veg. I liked it – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. Find it here.

Here’s some TV ads from 1974 from the UK…

#321: Little Cook Spicy Beef Flavor

So this looks really interesting. Upon tearing off the outer cellophane, i notice that where it says NEW TVP SPICY BEEF FLAVOR is actually a sticker. In fact, on the sides there were stickers as well – ingredients, nutrition facts and direction on preparation.

My Spidey Senses were tingling. I took the lid off of the bowl and held it up to my swing arm lamp. Lo and behold, hidden by the NEW TVP SPICY BEEF sticker were the sacred words ‘with Real Meat.’

The bowl contained two packets – first a small one containing some bit of veg and some soup base very much smelling and tasting like curry.

Then, the retort pouch – something I have not seen since my youth. What is funny is that its exactly the same as it was when I was a kid – same size, lettering and everything. So this means there’s some sauce and possibly some decent veg and meat going on inside. Thing is that from seeing what it said underneath the sticker on top and reading the ingredients sticker, I was not going to find any meat in this sucker.

Ah yes – don’t use this if its punctured or oozing everywhere.

There’s the curry like soup base atop the noodles. See the line? That’s the boiling water line! I was floored – it asks for so much…

But I obliged it to a degree; it said to leave the lid attached and use the Retort Pouch to hold it down as the noodles ‘cooked.’ I decided of course to go the sane route and use an old Tower of Power record.

Here we are – the finished product (click image to enlarge). First, the noodles are great – nice texture and firmness. The broth is spicy and beef-like and very curry. Finally the textured vegetable protein fake meat things that are found here and there are really weird but interesting and flavorful too. In short, this whole things is a smorgasbord of oddities tat I find irresistable. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars! Little Cook is the man!

#318: Unif Super Bowl Instant Noodles Artificial Pickled Chilli Beef Flavor

So this is the third and final Super Bow. I do have a couple more of the Unif brand ones I think so those will be next! Anyways, here we go with Artificial Pickled Chilli Beef flavor!

From left to right we have a shiny, almost mirror like packet of soup base, then a packet of veggies, then a fine fork, and last but not least, the packet of seasoned oil.

Topmost is the veggies, then the seasoned oil and lower we have the seasoning soup base. Sometime the seasoned oil is more liquidy – that, in my experience, has had to do with the temperature.

Click image to enlarge. Bam a lam. So Again we can see here that sunken veggie syndrome has taken hold. Isn’t it kind of surprising that with all that stuff in those packets that there’s really no visual evidence that there’s much more than unseasoned noodles than a couple flecks of veg on the rim of the bowl? Anyways, this stuff was spicy – really spicy. It ddfinitely lived up to its chilli name and also had a nice taste of ginger going on. Beef? Yeah kinda. The noodles were okay and the broth was greasy. The Veggies were there but not abundant of course until you got to the dregs of the bowl. Not too bad, not super awesome. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.

#316: Unif Super Bowl Instant Noodles Artificial Stewed Pork Chop Flavor

Jeez these things are big enough… I wasn’t able to finish the last one! So here e go with some stewed pork chop! Interesting – don’t those meat cuts on the label look like ribs? I’m just sayin’…

From left to right: soup base powder, seasoned oil, fork, veggies.

A colorful pile of veggies, a powdery pile of base and in between the funk of all funky seasoning oil goo.

Click image to enlarge. Finished product. So the noodles aren’t bad…  The veggies seem a bit more easily found than last time too. The broth is hearty and greasy. Not bad stuff – I think it could be a little better with broad rice noodles. I’m giving it a 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

This guy’s pretty funny.