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Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Garlic & Sesame Flavor – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

We bid a fond farewell to Fu Chung today and I hope we will see more of their products in the future! Let’s try this one – sesame and garlic!

Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Garlic & Sesame Flavor – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.  To prepare, add noodle block to a large pot of boiling water. After one minute, separate noodles gently. Continue cooking 5~6 minutes. Drain. Add wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

One of the four individual packs.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

A dark wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

Soy sauce going on in this one.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

A light wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

A creamy looking liquid.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

A clear wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

Oil.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, baked chicken with NuTek Salt For Life, scallions, Fu Chung Spicy Chili Sauce, and sesame seeds. As always, the noodle are great – chewy and have a great mouthfeel. The flavor though was definitely a lot of garlic, however it was very bitter and I would have liked more saltiness in this one. Just not appealing to me. 1.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710887929900.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Basil & Clam Flavor – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

Here we have the second of three varieties from Fu Chung – a basil and clam flavor! Sounds interesting – let’s hit it up!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to a large pot of boiling water. After one minute, separate noodles gently. Continue cooking 5~6 minutes. Drain. Add wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

One of the four packs.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

Seasoned oil.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

Chili flakes and seeds.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Fu Chung garlic chili oil, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and soft egg. The noodles are great – gauge and chew are just perfect. I was surprised though; the basil and clam flavor were just destroyed by the overly spicy flavor. It just didn’t make any sense to me to do this. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710887929122.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar - Taiwan

Here’s the first of a trio from Fu Chung – a spicy Sichuan variety with vinegar. No doubt this includes Sichuan pepper. Now, it’s not like a fleshy chili pepper – it’s a peppercorn. Here’s a little about Sichuan pepper flavor from Wikipedia –

Sichuan pepper’s unique aroma and flavour is not hot or pungent like black, white, or chili peppers. Instead, it has slight lemony overtones and creates a tingly numbness in the mouth (caused by its 3% of hydroxy alpha sanshool) that sets the stage for hot spices. According to Harold McGee in On Food and Cooking, they are not simply pungent; “they produce a strange, tingling, buzzing, numbing sensation that is something like the effect of carbonated drinks or of a mild electric current (touching the terminals of a nine-volt battery to the tongue). Sanshools appear to act on several different kinds of nerve endings at once, induce sensitivity to touch and cold in nerves that are ordinarily nonsensitive, and so perhaps cause a kind of general neurological confusion.”

I think this is a very apt description of what Sichuan pepper is like. Let’s give this a try!

Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to a large pot of boiling water. After one minute, separate noodles gently. Continue cooking 5~6 minutes. Drain. Add wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar - Taiwan

One of the four included packages.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar - Taiwan

The first of two wet sachets.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar - Taiwan

A dark liquid.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar - Taiwan

The second of two wet sachets.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar - Taiwan

A seasoned oil with a Sichuan peppery scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Fu Chung Minced Pork & Scallion Sauce, scallions, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and soft egg. The noodles are just great – flat, broad, just right. An apt balance in the flavor as well – not overuse of anything – works very well. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. As for the sauce, I’m really happy with that – meaty and savory – if I were to score it I’d give it a 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6710887929894.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar - Taiwan

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Meet The Manufacturer: Interview with Fu Chung – Taiwan

Interview with Fu Chung * Product Samples from Fu ChungFu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Spicy Sichuan Pepper With VinegarFu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Basil & Clam Flavor  * Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Garlic & Sesame Flavor

Was contacted in October 2018 by a company in Taiwan interested in having me sample their products. I accepted and today we start the review series! We start with an interview with Gary Ma of Fu Chung.

Interview With Fu Chung – Taiwan

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers about the history of Fu Chung?

FU CHUNG> Fu Chung was founded by the well known Taiwanese producer, Wang Wei-Chung and his
sister Wang Rong Rong in 2012. The goal was to continue Taiwan’s unique ‘juan cun’ cuisine and culture. ‘Juan cun’ were temporary villages built in Taiwan for the Nationalist soldiers and their dependents after they retreated from the mainland in 1949. The sister Wang Rong Rong was an expert at ‘juan cun’ cuisine because the family has lived in a juan cun for many years. She published three related cook books (see pictures below). Juan cun cuisine is so special because when the nationalist party retreated, the temporary villages were occupied by people from many different provinces in China. The variety of taste and recipes came together to form the very unique Taiwanese juan cun culture.

TRR> What was the first product you made?

FU CHUNG> The first product was a home recipe of a spicy chili sauce, would happy to mail you a sample of it.

TRR> Your company is located in Taiwan. Can you tell us a little about your country?

FU CHUNG> Taiwan is an island with high mountains and beautiful coastlines. Approximately 23 million people live on this island South East of China. Taiwan often leaves an impression of being a country that is known for its good food, especially street food like boba tea, beef noodles, and fried chicken.

TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?

FU CHUNG> Our noodles are a type of traditional Taiwanese noodle, they are thick and wide cut with a big knife.

TRR> What does the name ‘Fu Chung’ mean?

FU CHUNG> ‘Fu’ in Chinese means luck and fortune.
‘Chung’ in Chinese means honesty and loyalty.
‘Chung’ was part of the founder’s name and we hope to add in the ‘Fu’ to give the
name a symbol of luck and happiness.

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

FU CHUNG> Our products are available in Taiwan, US (H-Mart or some Asian markets), Hong Kong, Australia, China.

TRR> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle manufacturers?

FU CHUNG> Our noodles contain wheat, salt, and water only. They are without a lot of common seasonings and oil found in instant noodles. It is actually a very traditional way of Taiwanese noodle-making. The dough is repeatedly massaged and dried naturally with sunlight. This way the noodles can be cooked for a long time without falling apart, and they are thicker and juicer.

TRR> Are noodles the only products you make?

FU CHUNG> We also have sauces and jerky.

TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?

FU CHUNG> We source natural produce from Chinese and Taiwanese farmers, our products do not contain any harmful chemicals so the consumers can eat with a peace of mind.

TRR> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?

FU CHUNG> We periodically send our products to veterans and elders who need help.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

FU CHUNG> We’re looking to launch new products in the first quarter of 2019. Will love to get your insight on them.

TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to make them extra special?

FU CHUNG> We recommend adding some thin slices (strings) of cucumber, carrots, and adding a fried egg.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Fu Chung and your products!