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The International Lunch

Here’s what I had for lunch today (click to enlarge) – not a new review or anything, but thought it was interesting how many international flavors came together on this one. First, FMF Chow Noodles Masala Flavor from Fiji. Added kimchi, a Korean dish, some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake from Japan, Dua Belibis chili sauce from Indonesia, some ham, stirfry veggies and sweet onion, and a 2 egg omelet with 2 slices of processed cheese and some Tabasco Jalapeno hot sauce – which I presume is all from the United States but might not be. Was pretty good – quite an interesting combo!

#890: Unif / Tung-I Mushroom Flavor Ramen Noodles

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.

Dry seasonings.

Powder as well as veggies!

The seasoned oil packet.

Looks interesting.

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.

Unif TV commercial – Vietnamese

Early 70’s Vietnamese funky music!

#821: Master Kong/康师傅 Potatoes & Stewed Beef Instant Noodles

This rather unassuming package of ramen came from Bo H. of China. I don’t know if this is exactly what this is called, but I hope it comes close to its name in taste. Potatoes aren’t something commonly found when it comes to instant noodles; there’s sweet potato noodles and potato noodles, but really nothing that involved potato flavor.

The back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

Was originally a round block it appears.

The powder seasoning.

Lots of powder.

The paste packet.

I had a little taste – it definitely has a peanut component.

A small packet of bits and pieces…

Very small amount but we’ll see…

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added vegetables, some roast beef lunch meat and some Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. So the noodles are nice and plump. The broth and noodles come together masterfully and this honestly tastes so good I’m going to say I’m truly sad I don’t have any more of it! It literally tastes like a dish centering on beef and potatoes. I love it. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – hands down awesome stuff. The bits and pieces weren’t bad either although very scant. UPC bar code 6903252010947 .

Tai Chi?

Re-Review: Nongshim Mupama Tangmyun Noodle Soup

I’ve wanted to re-review this one for a while. Just has a kind of weird name, ya’know? Here’s what the Nongshim site says about it:

Mupama Tangmyun is a hearty Noodle Soup with a separate package of freeze-dried vegetable seasonings so there is no need to add additional vegetables.

It says at the bpottom to improve it, add your favorite vegetables. But as always, I’ll give it a try as packaged and then pile some things on.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The big ol’ noodle block – looks tasty!

The seasoning packet.

Lots of powder.

A vegetable seasoning packet perhaps?

Interesting little tasties…

Finally, the large vegetable packet.

A lot of veggies and a nice variety too. I don’t think I’ll add more. But then again I am hungry… Hmm…

I asked for a mean angry face – looks like I got one! Top Ramen Chicken with a slice of cheese and some kamaboko for the boy.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added an egg, a slice of cheese and a little squirt of Sunchang Gochujang . The noodles are your standard Nongshim – wider than most and a nice texture. The broth is very veggie – not spicy though. The veggies were decent – and extremely plentiful. I gotta say, it’s all about vegetables in this one. Not bad. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 031146157600 – get it here.

Here’s a Mupama Tangmyun commercial.

This guy shows how to make the best instant noodles.

#803: Master Kong (康师傅) Premium Taste Roasted Beef Noodle

Here’s another one of the Master Kong variants sent to me by Bo H.! Thanks again! This one is the the first Master Kong large noodle bowl I’ve tried.

The side panels (click image to enlarge).

Includes a folding fork!

The powder seasoning packet.

This stuff has a very nice beef taste to it.

Liquid seasoning packet.

Thick and oily.

Veggies and bits.

Looks like a lot of veggies and some dried beef perhaps.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a slice of cheese and some kizami shoga (pickled ginger). The noodles aren’t the best in the world but they’re not bad – could have slightly more backbone. The broth is great – very beefy and tasty! The veggies and bits are wonderful – excellent veggies and the bits must be beef – if they’re not, they’re the most convincing pieces of TVP I’ve ever had. Darn good bowl of noodles! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 6903252714036 .

This has to be one of the best noodle commercials I’ve ever seen. Ever.

I’m really curious what they’re talking about here – what do Teletubbies, the Master Kong mascot, alpacas and the police have to do with one another?

#722: Yamamoto Seafood Flavor Ramen

Some Japanese stuff that’s been waiting for just the right day – and this is it. I may have not translated the title exactly right – a few things mentioned ‘thickening’ and ‘flour,’ so this may be thick seafood ramen.  Anyways, shall we?

Here’s what the distributor’s sticker looks like…

The noodle block awaits some boiling water!

A single seasoning packet – pretty big though!

Here’s the seasoning powder. Very light and a good amount of it.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some stir-fry veggies, narutomaki, Ajishima Kim Chi furikake and some Sushinori. The noodles are good – a little thinner than most in a bowl and just slightly firmer. The broth is nice – salty and has a bit of that ‘of the sea’ flavor going on.  I liked it – good stuff! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4979397770024 .

Japanese seafood market

Eskimo Disco 7-111 featuring Pingu

#442: Nongshim Kal Guk Soo Korean Style Noodle Soup

Okay so I reviewed Samyang’s Kalgugsu a long time ago and it said it was assorted clam flavored noodle soup. This one just says its Korean noodle soup, however its got mussels, anchovy, bonito, shrimp tuna and mushroom going on too. I wouldn’t call it assorted clam flavor this time around – more like assorted flavor flavor.

Veggies on the left, powder on the right.

Lots of stuff! So this one asked for 2 3/4 cups of water and to be cooked for six minutes!!!

Click image to enlarge. Added two eggs to the boiling noodles while cooking. So first off, the noodles are very nice – high in quality and chewiness. The broth was good and hearty and the veggies were plentiful. I liked the flavor and body of the meal, and rating it accordingly. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

#441: Ottogi Asian Style Instant Noodle Spice Seafood Noodle


I was very much on the fence as to whether I’d tried this one before, but as it turns out I haven’t. Looks like something tasty.

Two packets – dry powder seasoning above and vegetables below.

Wow some heavy contrast going on between the ingredients and the bowl. Deep color on the seasoning make me think spicy!

Click image to enlarge. Boiled two eggs with the noodles. So here we are. The broth is very spicy – salty and seafood flavors are abundant as well. The noodles are very good – some decent backbone to them. Finally, I noticed that the amount of veggies in this one were quite ample and I liked that. Good stuff – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars!


#438: Samyang Ramen Beef Flavor Big Bowl Noodle Soup

So here’s something good I’m sure! Haven’t ever seen this popular Korean beef ramen in a big bowl before – let’s try it!

One big packet for one big bowl of noodles!

So I reviewed Nongshim Kimchi Big Bowl yesterday and it had the same configuration – one big packet and the veggies were loose in he bowl. This one’s got a ton of them too!

Click image to enlarge. Added two fried eggs. This came out beautifully. The broth has a little spiciness to it and the noodles suck it up. The vegetables are plentiful and re-hydrate very nicely. I loved this stuff – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.

#437: Nongshim Big Bowl Spicy Noodle Soup With Kimchi Flavor

Honestly instead of Big Bowl I think these should be marketed as Huge Bowl, but honestly this is about what you would get if you bought a pack of Nongshim Kimchi noodles in a pack, except you would get better quality noodles there. These noodles are built for fast inflating and absorbency.

Only one packet – but like the bowl, it’s really really big.

So the veggies were already in the bowl and it looks like a decent amount of them. The seasoning is a nice reddish color – spicy usually red. The noodles look a little wide and I wonder how they shall taste.

Click image to enlarge. Finished product with a couple fried eggs with a touch of Lindberg-Snider Porterhouse and Roast Seasoning atop the eggs. Okay so the noodles first: lackluster. They were spongy. Kinda bummer. The broth was a smack in the mouth though – spicy goodness! The veggies were very generous which I liked. So my only complaint would be the noodle quality. I’m going to slap it with a 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

#431: Unif Tung-I Chinese Onion Flavor Instant Rice Noodles


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.


#423: Nongshim Shin Cup (Shin Ramyun)

So here’s the last (as far as I know) of the Shin Ramyun line from Nongshim. Shin Ramyun (pack), Shin Cup, Shin Bowl and Shin Big Bowl.  Let’s give it a go.

One packet – full of the powder seasoning.

Some veg and the powder awaiting the boil and a few minutes to steep.

Click image to enlarge. Finished product. Well, the noodles are pretty stock as it were. A little spongy and a little thicker so they’re just so-so. The veggies all his at the bottom after a good stir; I really dislike that but what can you do? The broth is hot, there’s no question about that! My lips are burning – nice burn. Not too shabby. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.