Oh yeah are you ready? Are you? Man, you’re going to think I’m nuts, but I’m a huge fan of store brand instant noodles. Why? Simple – I love the hunt. I really like to go somewhere and say ‘ah ha – I haven’t tried this one,’ put it in the handbasket and move on. Well a few weeks ago we went to Lansdowne Centre, a neat mall in Richmond, BC. We keep finding different places to visit up there which totally rocks. In the mall, there’s a bunch of store of course. The mall really is kind of a blast from the past – very Canadian and looks like it was built in the 70’s – lots of mirrored things abound. What got us there was that we saw this sign saying ‘Dollarama’ when we’d go up to Richmond every time and I thought ‘hmmm… A Canadian dollar store sounds interesting…’ So we check it out and they had their own store brand. They’re made in China for the chain of Dollarama stores and called Bowlfull. Sounds interesting. Yeah – if it sounds interesting, I’, all in. I don’t care if I like it or not – it’s something new, and that’s what my whole instant noodle journey has been about. Let’s crack open this 25 cent pack of noodles and see how things turn out.
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. For soup, add in sachet. For side dish, drain and add in seasoning. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
A light powder.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander and spring onion. Prepared according to package ‘side dish instruction.’ Basically, cook,m drain, seasoning sachet. The noodles were alright – nothing to write home about really. However I would say the one thing to write home about would be the flavor – and maybe an angry tone to thje letter might be in order. It’s salty and tastes like a drunken teen got a hold of the pizza seasonings. I mean really – I don’t even think the idea of this being drained should be on the package as it turns into a real trainwreck of a thing. I can’t think of a lot of things that would be more of a bummer than looking forward to this, making it this way, then eating it. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 667888102167.
While we were in Canada, the G7 summit was coming to a close and boom – lots of turmoil. President Trump (still hard to type that) just blasts Trudeau with idiotic banter about how Canada is ruining the USA and how Justin Trudeau is such a horrible guy. Well, I’d just like to say here that The Ramen Rater likes Canada a lot. Trump is a jerk – I apologize for his comments.
Today, it’s yet another of the KOKA varieties leftover from the Meet The Manufacturer from earlier this year! I must say that the fact that instant noodle products have long shelf lives is really a nice thing!
So this line still fascinated me – instead of a noodle soup, this is a soup with noodles. Let’s take a closer look and you’ll see what I mean.
KOKA Creamy Soup With Crushed Noodles Vegetable Flavour – Singapore
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Says ‘suitable for vegetarians.’ To prepare, add sachet marked 1, then sachet marked 2. Add 300ml boiling water and stir. Cover for 5 minutes. Finaly, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are everywhere, much like the rice in tomato rice soups. The broth is creamy and imparts a cream of vegetable flavor – light though and not extremely salty. The vegetables in this one were rampant and of excellent quality as well as size. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888056833252.
Here’s another one that was sent to me by James B. from The Netherlands – thanks! So this one is made in Thailand for the Dutch market. Vegetable flavor can be interesting; there are so many vegetables and so many takes on what ‘vegetable’ flavor is. Some taste like mushroom predominantly while other have a strong broccoli flavor. Some even taste like butter! Very curious to see what kind of vegetable flavor this one has – let’s find 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 a bowl. Add 320ml boiling water and cover for 4 minutes. Add in seasonings. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dual sachet of seasoning and chilli powder.
The chilli atop the soup base seasoning.
An oil sachet.
Has a kind of onion scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added corn, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, cili padi from Dwayne, broccoli and tau pok. The noodles wer okay – they hydrated well enough and had a kind of standard Thai instant thing to them with a bit less flavor. The broth was uninteresting – kind of a buttery taste to it. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8858829601111.
Here’s one from Vietnam. My sister found it for me up in Canada earlier this year. Vegetable? Kimchi? Sounds good to me.
The back of the package (click image to enlarge).
Here’s the noodle block – crunchy.
The seasoning packet – pretty full.
Looks like a melange of seasoning powder and vegetables mixed in.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg, some kimchi, some Ajishima Kimchi furikake and some Tabasco Buffalo Style hot sauce. The noodles are okay – not all that great. The broth wasn’t bad for a vegetable flavor, although it was kind of funky nonetheless. It did have a slight spiciness to it that was agreeable. All in all, nothing special here. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8934563704162 .
Hey! Haven’t tried this yet! Pancit Canton is a lot like Indomie’s Mi Goreng – that’s one of my favorites!
So we have a powder shiny packet on the left and a combo packet with oil and soy sauce on the right. I like how they tell you not to worry – it the powder’s clump the soy sauce will break it up. If the soy sauce is crystalline, a little liquid will break up the salt crystals. See, this stuff comes from the Philippines where they get some serious humidity and heat. I see lots of products from there that are packaged in some pretty fancy ways to keep food the way it needs to be.
Looks like ya stepped on a slug huh? Trust me, it’s seriously excellent stuff!
Click image to enlarge. Voila – topped with a pair of fried eggs, a little fried shallot and some pickled ginger. The noodles are drained and then you stir them with the stuff in the last photo till everything’s all combined. This is it, Ramen Rater fans – this is the holy mountain of the instant noodles world, the pinnacle of perfection. I love it – the noodles are chewy, and they’re hot AND sweet. The trick is to keep the egg yolks a little runny and everything combines nicely. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. A truly awesome meal. Get the noodles and the condiments here.
Vegetable flavor huh? Vegetables are supposedly something that makes one healthy. I don’t think they’re present in much of a relevant amount here, but let’s see what we’ve got.
Seasoning powder and seasoned oil at the ready. I just read in the ingredients: “vegetables in varying proportions: garlic, onion, carrot and onion leaf.
I had to get a pic of the ingredient list in all the languages. I also noticed that empty white field in the upper right quadrant – I wonder if one could just put an address on it and ship it off?
A bowl of seasonings awaiting the noodles…
Click image to enlarge. So here we are – I pan scrambled a couple of eggs and then kind of flipped them over on themselves oddly. I topped them with some fried shallot. The noodles were pretty good and of a decent quality and despite the size of the package, the noodles were of a decent quantity as well. The broth had a nice taste to it, although I don’t know how easily I would discern the difference from chicken flavor or vegetable flavor; perhaps the vegetable doesn’t have that light fake butter flavoring in it. The little tiny bits of vegetables that were present were nice. A good bowl of noodles – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.
Rad Yum Yum commercial!
The shallots I used come in a little container and are dry and super good but not like these which look absolutly awesome. I think I’ll be trying this out sometime!
Been a really really long time since I reviewed some MAMA noodles! That’s because I’ve reviewed so many of them in the past I have a really hard time finding new ones to eat! These are some I got at OC Grocery in Anaheim, California on our vacation. They didn’t have an enormous selection of noodles, however I didn’t have most of them and left with a couple bagfuls – very nice little place – smelled great and nice people! Anyways, on with the review!
Three of em: chili powder, dry seasoning and seasoned oil.
Some nice and mellow looking spices and oil…
Click image to enlarge. Added one solitary fried egg, medium soft yolk. So these noodles are very much like the Nissin Chikin noodles. This means that you can open the bag and eat them like a snack – they have their own seasoning. That being said, the noodles were on a nice texture and flavor. The broth was a little spicy from the chili powder and tasted quite nice. A salty, vegetable kind of taste. All in all, not bad. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.
A pretty awesome commercial for MAMA. I think what ya do is finely mince some pork and then fry it and have it with the pork variety? Sounds good – might have to try that…