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Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

Today, we bid a fond farewell to this great series of products from Way Premium Foods of Malaysia with a Malaysian favorite, Asam Laksa. Here’s some info about it from WIkipedia –

Asam laksa is a sour, fish and tamarind-based soup. Penang Asam Laksa listed at number 26th on World’s 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011.[12] Asam is the Malay word for any ingredients that makes a dish tastes sour (e.g. tamarindgelugur or kokum). Laksa typically uses asam keping, known as kokum in the English speaking world, which is a type of dried slices of sour mangosteens. The modern Malay spelling is asam, though the spelling assam is still frequently used.

The main ingredients for asam laksa include shredded fish, normally kembung (small mackerel of the Rastrelliger genus), and finely sliced vegetables including cucumber, onions, red chillies, pineapple, lettuce, common mint, daun kesum (Vietnamese mint or laksa mint), and pink bunga kantan (torch ginger). Asam laksa is normally served with either thick rice noodles or thin rice noodles (vermicelli). And topped off with petis udang or “hae ko” (蝦膏), a thick sweet prawn/shrimp paste.[1]

Variants of asam laksa include:

Penang laksa (Malay: Laksa Pulau Pinang), also known as asam laksa from the Malay for tamarind, comes from the Malaysian island of Penang. It is made with mackerel (ikan kembung) soup and its main distinguishing feature is the asam or tamarind which gives the soup a sour taste. The fish is poached and then flaked. Other ingredients that give Penang laksa its distinctive flavour include lemongrassgalangal (lengkuas) and chilli. Typical garnishes include mintpineapple slices, thinly sliced onion, hε-ko, a thick sweet prawn paste and use of torch ginger flower. This, and not ‘curry mee’ is the usual ‘laksa’ one gets in Penang. Penang Laksa is listed at number 7 on the World’s 50 best foodscompiled by CNN Go in July 2011

Time to cook – let’s go!

Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain and set aside. add liquid sachet to 200ml water and bring to a boil. Add noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

A pillow pack of instant noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

A large wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

A spicy and sour scented paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added pineapple, hard boiled egg, fried tofu with lemongrass, lettuce, fried garlic, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. This was just delightful. The broth has a tangy and sour hit to it with a nice tomato kind of taste. The noodles marry to it so well and it just sings of Penang flavor. Very impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555861000861.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

Enchanting Penang (Enchanting Asia)

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

Yesterday, we looked at Singapore Laksa. Today we look at another well-known Singaporean dish – Chili Crab. Here’s some info from Wikipedia –

Chilli crab is a Singaporean seafood dish. Mud crabs are commonly used and are stir-fried in a semi-thick, sweet and savoury tomato and chilli based sauce. Despite its name, chilli crab is not a very spicy dish. It is listed at number 35 on the World’s 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011.[1]

Chilli crab has been promoted by The Singapore Tourism Board as one of Singapore’s National Dishes, and can be found in seafood restaurants all over the island. It is traditionally eaten with bare hands as a means to savour the juicy crab meat with its sweet and spicy chilli sauce. Restaurants often provide wet towels or a washing bowl with lime in order to cleanse your hands after the meal.

Chilli crab sauce is described as “sensuous” and “sweet, yet savoury”, with a “fluffy texture”.[4] Mud crabs ( Scylla serrata ) are the most common type of crabs used for the dish, although other species of crab can be used too.[4]

It’s true – Chili Crab is indeed scrumptious when I’ve had it in Southeast Asia. Let’s check this one out!

Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles – Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain. Boil liquid sachet for 1 minute. Add to noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

A pillow pack of instant noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

Non-fried noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

A large wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

Thick sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added crabstick, coriander, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are thick and chewy but not overly so. They were happily enveloped by the sauce – a sticky and spicy flavored one with great chili crab flavor. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9555861000504.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

A Touch of Tropical Spice: From Chili Crab to Laksa: 75 Fabulous Recipes from Monsoon Asia

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Bringing us to the midpoint of this special Meet The Manufacturer series is some Singapore Laksa. Here’s some info about it from Wikipedia –

Laksa is a spicy noodle soup popular in Peranakan cuisine.[1][2] Laksa consists of rice noodles or rice vermicelli with chicken, prawn or fish, served in spicy soup based on either rich and spicy curry coconut milk or on sour asam (tamarind or gelugur). Laksa is found in Malaysia,[3] SingaporeIndonesia,[4] and Southern Thailand.[5]

There are various theories about the origins of laksa. In Indonesia, the dish is believed to have been born from the Chinese coastal settlements and the mixing of cultures between Chinese merchants and the local cooking practices.[6] Historians believe laksa is a dish that was born from actual intermarriage.[7] In early coastal pecinan (Chinese settlement) in maritime Southeast Asia, it was only Chinese men that ventured abroad out from China to trade. When settling down in the new town, these Chinese traders and sailors set out to find local wives, and these women began incorporating local spices and coconut milk into Chinese noodle soup served to their husbands. This creates the hybrid Chinese-local (Malay or Javanese) culture called Peranakan culture.[7] As Peranakan Chinese communities have blended their ancestors’ culture with local culture, Peranakan communities in different places now demonstrate diversity according to the local flavour.[8]

In Malaysia, the dish is believed to have been introduced by Chinese immigrants in Malacca.[9] In Singapore, the dish (or its local “Katong” version) is believed to have been created after interaction between the Peranakans with the local Singaporeans.[10][7]

Because laksa has different varieties across the region, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact origin of the dish. Nevertheless, numbers of laksa recipes has been developed along the trade channels of Southeast Asia—where the ports of PenangMedanMalaccaSingaporePalembang, and Batavia (now Jakarta) are the major stops along the historic spice route. The intensive trade links among these port cities enables exchanges of ideas to took place, including sharing recipes.[7]

Well now that you have some background, let’s make some laksa!

Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain and set aside. add liquid sachet to 160ml water and bring to a boil. Add noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

A pillow pack of instant noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Non-fried noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

A very large sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

There was more, but it would have overflowed my cup!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, coriander, fried tofu with lemongrass, Dodo Shrimp & Fish ball, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and fried garlic. The noodles have a tooth on them which is just right for this bowl. They work very well with the soup – ah, the soup. It’s thick, rich and exceedingly tasty. It has heat, depth of flavor – it’s just excellent. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555861000481.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Penang Heritage Food: Yesterday’S Recipes for Today’s Cook

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

One thing’s for sure – when I visited Penang, Malaysia in 2014, I tried a lot of prawn mee. A lot. I think upwards of 5 different bowls from different hawkers and restaurants. It’s serious business, folks! Strong prawn flavors, a sweetness, just plain amazing stuff that’s delicious and addictive. When it comes to prawn mee, I’m very interested. Let’s delve into this new one from Malaysia and see what makes it tick.

Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, cook noodles for 3~4 minutes and drain. Add sachet contents to 200ml water and bring to a boil. Add in noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

A noodle blockin its own packaging.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

A wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

A thick paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, baked chicken, shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, spring onion, and fried onion. The noodles are excellent – very strong and enjoyable backbone yielding a great mouthfeel. The broth is just in your face – good spiciness and excellent sweetness. Extremely impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  9555861000467.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

Enchanting Penang (Enchanting Asia)

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

Well here’s something new to me – Thai laksa. I’ve had Singapore and Malaysian laksa befroe, but never Thai. Here’s a bit about laksa from Wikipedia –

Laksa is a spicy noodle soup popular in Peranakan cuisine.[1][2] Laksa consists of rice noodles or rice vermicelli with chicken, prawn or fish, served in spicy soup based on either rich and spicy curry coconut milk or on sour asam (tamarind or gelugur). Laksa is found in Malaysia,[3] SingaporeIndonesia,[4] and Southern Thailand.[5]

There are various theories about the origins of laksa. In Indonesia, the dish is believed to have been born from the Chinese coastal settlements and the mixing of cultures between Chinese merchants and the local cooking practices.[6] Historians believe laksa is a dish that was born from actual intermarriage.[7] In early coastal pecinan (Chinese settlement) in maritime Southeast Asia, it was only Chinese men that ventured abroad out from China to trade. When settling down in the new town, these Chinese traders and sailors set out to find local wives, and these women began incorporating local spices and coconut milk into Chinese noodle soup served to their husbands. This creates the hybrid Chinese-local (Malay or Javanese) culture called Peranakan culture.[7] As Peranakan Chinese communities have blended their ancestors’ culture with local culture, Peranakan communities in different places now demonstrate diversity according to the local flavour.[8]

In Malaysia, the dish is believed to have been introduced by Chinese immigrants in Malacca.[9] In Singapore, the dish (or its local “Katong” version) is believed to have been created after interaction between the Peranakans with the local Singaporeans.[10][7]

Because laksa has different varieties across the region, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact origin of the dish. Nevertheless, numbers of laksa recipes has been developed along the trade channels of Southeast Asia—where the ports of PenangMedanMalaccaSingaporePalembang, and Batavia (now Jakarta) are the major stops along the historic spice route. The intensive trade links among these port cities enables exchanges of ideas to took place, including sharing recipes.[7]

So many kinds and styles of laksa…Let’s take a look!

Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa – Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge).  Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain and set aside. add liquid sachet to 160ml water and bring to a boil. Add noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

A sealed noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

A very large wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

A thick and aromatic sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added starfruit, pineapple, baked chicken, egg, prawn, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander and fried garlic. The noodles are just right – greatest chew and gauge. The broth is seething with rich flavor – a nice smack of lemongrass and spiciness here. Very impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9555861000474.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

A Touch of Tropical Spice: From Chili Crab to Laksa: 75 Fabulous Recipes from Monsoon Asia

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3087: Way Premium Foods Premium Scallop Noodles – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3007: Way Premium Scallop Noodles - Malaysia

Today we begin a special spotlight series of six different and new varieties from Malaysia. We start with this scallop noodle. Here’s a little something about scallops from Wikipedia –

Scallops are a cosmopolitan family of bivalves which are found in all of the world’s oceans, although never in fresh water. They are one of very few groups of bivalves to be primarily “free-living”, with many species capable of rapidly swimming short distances and even of migrating some distance across the ocean floor. A small minority of scallop species live cemented to rocky substrates as adults, while others attach themselves to stationary or rooted objects such as sea grass at some point in their lives by means of a filament they secrete called a byssal thread. The majority of species, however, live recumbent on sandy substrates, and when they sense the presence of a predator such as a starfish, they may attempt to escape by swimming swiftly but erratically through the water using jet propulsion created by repeatedly clapping their shells together. Scallops have a well-developed nervous system, and unlike most other bivalves all scallops have a ring of numerous simple eyes situated around the edge of their mantles.

Many species of scallops are highly prized as a food source, and some are farmed as aquaculture. The word “scallop” is also applied to the meat of these bivalves, the adductor muscle, that is sold as seafood. The brightly coloured, symmetrical, fan-shaped shells of scallops with their radiating and often fluted ornamentation are valued by shell collectors, and have been used since ancient times as motifs in art, architecture, and design.

Owing to their widespread distribution, scallop shells are a common sight on beaches and are often brightly coloured, making them a popular object to collect among beachcombers and vacationers.[2] The shells also have a significant place in popular culture, including symbolism.

Cosmopolitan, eh? Very good – that’s what I know about them – they taste very good. Let’s give this a try!

Way Premium Scallop Noodles – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3007: Way Premium Scallop Noodles - Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish, scrimp, and scallops. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain. Boil liquid sachet for 1 minute. Add to noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3007: Way Premium Scallop Noodles - Malaysia

An individual package of noodles inside the box.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3007: Way Premium Scallop Noodles - Malaysia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #3007: Way Premium Scallop Noodles - Malaysia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3007: Way Premium Scallop Noodles - Malaysia

A wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3007: Way Premium Scallop Noodles - Malaysia

An XO Scallop sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Dodo fishballs, coriander, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and fried garlic. Noodle are chewy and just right – nicest mouthfeel. The flavor is strong and excellent – scallop and other flavor mingling. Chunky sauce with tastiness throughout. Wow! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9555861000498.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3007: Way Premium Scallop Noodles - Malaysia

Greater Than a Tourist- Subang Jaya Selangor Malaysia: 50 Travel Tips from a Local

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