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#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef – Taiwan

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

Here’s one sent by a reader who found it in the Philippines – thanks! Definitely looks different from the ones found in Taiwan. Export version! Let’s check it out!

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef – Taiwan

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add in all sachets and boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

A light powder.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

A sauce sachet.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

Cold in here this morning – cold temps tend to make pastes and sauces thicken up a bit.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

A large retort pouch.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

Thick stuff!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and scallions. Noodle was pretty good – better backbone than expected. Broth has a nice braised beef taste with a little bit of heat – but nothing I would put at a high heat level. Included beef was of good quality and worked well. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710111904222.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

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Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef – Taiwan

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

This one comes by way of a reader from Taiwan who visited t he Philippines and saw this and a spicy version there. This is most definitely an export version. First, lots of English text. Now, you’ll never see this in the United States as it does contain beef. Casn’t go wrong with braised beef – well, I guess you could if it’s bad, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case here. Let’s find out!

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef – Taiwan

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add everything in, add boiling water to line, cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

A dry base sachet.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

A light powder.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

A paste sachet.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

Thick and oily.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

A retort pouch.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

Liquid and chunks of beef.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles had a decent chew although didn’t marry exceedingly well with the broth; they sort of stood apart. Broth was a little lighter thgan anticipated and beef just seemed too dried out. Not enough braised flavor. However even with all these issues, everything came together well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710111904208.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

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Watch me cook this one up!

#2978: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

Here’s another one I received from a University student in Taiwan – thanks again! She’s working on her Master’s thesis and wanted info from me on a few products and what I thought of them – an honor! Let’s check out this braised beef variety!

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle – Taiwan

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add noodle block and two smaller sachets to 500cc boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in large retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

The noodle block.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

A dry base sachet.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

A coarse powder with bits of vegetable.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

A liquid base sachet.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

A thick and oily paste.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

The retort pouch.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

Lots of beef and sauce.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and scallions. The noodles are excellent – flat and soft with a large quantity. The broth Has very good flavor – tasty and strong with a very good oiliness. The included retort pouch seals the deal; the beef is a little dry but that couples with the sauce makes everything tie together very well. A hint of spiciness and a strong beef flavor make this a new favorite. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710110231879.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

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I don’t know much about this guy other than he’s pretty popular – does a lot of promo for Vedan.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

Here’s one of the very last varieties I found in Taiwan during my last visit in November, 2017. Big thanks to Kyle K. for help translating this one! So braised meats from Taiwan are some of the most amazing flavors – anywhere. I’m telling you – find a Taiwanese restaurant and get some braised pork – it’ll blow your freaking mind. Alright – let’s crack this bowl open and get this going.

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle – Taiwan

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To  prepare, add in sachets and not retort pouch. Add 500ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes with pouch on top. Add in retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

The noodled block.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

A dry base sachet.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

Seasoning and vegetables.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

A paste sachet.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

Thick stuff!

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

A retort pouch.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

Braised pork with sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions. The noodles were quite good – nice gauge and chew – no sponginess here. The broth has a great braised pork flavor – notes of star anise and other herbs popping out here and there. Included braised pork was sumtuous and good – excellent quality. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710110241076.

#2977: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Pork Noodle

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A pretty wild ride in this video

#2937: Vedan Wei Wei “A ” Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL

#2937: Vedan Wei Wei "A " Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL

Here’s another one that was sent by a University student working on her master’s thesis. She asked me to review a set of six instant noodle varieties by Vedan. Sure! I’ve tried this before in an export version and really didn’t like it. Let’s give this local variety a try.

Vedan Wei Wei “A ” Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL – Taiwan

#2937: Vedan Wei Wei "A " Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle and dry sachet to a bowl along with 500ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Drain liquid into soup bowl. Add in liquid base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2937: Vedan Wei Wei "A " Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL

The noodle block.

#2937: Vedan Wei Wei "A " Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL

A dry base sachet.

#2937: Vedan Wei Wei "A " Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL

Powder and veg.

#2937: Vedan Wei Wei "A " Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL

A pretty big paste sachet.

#2937: Vedan Wei Wei "A " Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL

Thick and oily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Noodle comes out very well – definitely a large quantity here! Goes great with the sauce – which has a light taste. Some spices and little bit in there work well. The broth is one of the better broth inclusions I’ve found. A chicken broth which isn’t overly salty. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.   EAN bar code 4710110232852.

#2937: Vedan Wei Wei "A " Series Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor XL

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A video I did for this one

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Here’s another one I received from a University student in Taiwan – thanks again! She’s working on her Master’s thesis and wanted info from me on a few products and what I thought of them – an honor! Let’s check out this variety with a Korean influence.

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle – Taiwan

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add everything but the large retort pouch to 500ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

The noodle block.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

A dry base sachet.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Powder with bits of vegetable.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Another dry base sachet.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Unsure – white pepper?

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

A large retort pou ch.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Rich color and lots of beef.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles were just plain weird here. I don’t know why, but they really did not feel right compared to the other varieties I’ve had in this premium range. The broth had a ramyun kind of taste with a decent kick of spiciness. The beef was of good quality, however was also just not quite right. I think the issue here might be that Koreans do Korean food best while Taiwanese do Taiwanese foods best. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710110232883.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse

I don’t know much about this guy other than he’s pretty popular – does a lot of promo for Vedan.

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

Here’s one of the six varieties sent by a Taiwanese university student. She asked if I could review a specific set of varieties as special research for her master’s thesis and I said absolutely. I’m not sure about this variety – insofar what Dynasty Beef is. I did some looking, but it seems that the word dynasty kind of takes precedent in search results and so that’s not very helpful. Anyways, let’s have a look at this fancy one from Taiwan.

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle – Taiwan

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add everything but the large retort pouch to 500ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

The noodle block.

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

A dry sachet.

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

A light powder.

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

A liquid base sachet.

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

A thick paste.

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

A large retort pouch.

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

Lots of meat!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions. The noodles were thin and light – not much chew but a bountiful quantity. While cooking, I definitely noted a strong cumin scent. The broth wasn’t too bland in this one before adding the retort pouch. As for the meat, it was of good quality, however lots of tendon isn’t really my thing. The tendon was extremely tender though and the beef that was present very nice and not dry at all. Impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710110231763.

#2927: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Dynasty Beef Tendon Instant Noodle

Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse

A pretty wild ride in this video

#1873: Vedan Wei Wei A Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor

The last one from the trip we took to Canada for my birthday. This is a Taiwanese variety I found up there. I see a picture of a chicken on the package, but that’s as far as it goes as the serving suggestion doesn’t look very ‘chickenny.’ Let’s see how it goes!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open lid halfway and add in sachets. Here’s where this one seems a little different: it says to fill water to the ‘brim.’ I’m going to surmise that the brim is below the absolute edge of the bowl since that would cause the whole thing to be very precarious and then stirring would be a messy endeavor. Let steep for 3 minutes, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Dry soup base.

Dry powder and vegetables.

A paste sachet.

A thick paste with an oiliness to it.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The noodles were very ho-hum. While they hydrated well, they seemed like they just didn’t belong in the ‘food’ group; spongy and riddled with sadness. As for chicken flavor, that was definitely absent. I was really happy about the vegetables, but they were mushy. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 810477010255.

Here’s the sausage I use – Chinese Style Sausage (Lap Xuong Thuong Hang) – 14oz [Pack of 3]

A Vedan TV spot from Vietnam.

#1627: Vedan Wei Wei A Instant Noodles Hot Beef Flavor

Here’s one I got a couple weeks ago on my birthday trip to Canada! I’ve had a few varieties by Vedan before but this one sounds really good. Hot beef is always a good bet. I think I’ll try it with some Chinese sausages in the mix! Let’s check out this Vedan Wei Wei A Hot Beef flavor!

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open lid halfway and add in sachets. Here’s where this one seems a little different: it says to fill water to the ‘brim.’ I’m going to surmise that the brim is below the absolute edge of the bowl since that would cause the whole thing to be very precarious and then stirring would be a messy endeavor. Let steep for 3 minutes, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

Lots of bits of veggie amongst the powder.

The seasoned oil.

Has an oily scent if that makes any sense.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage and white onion. The noodles were, shall I say, a little tedious. They were ample and had a nice gauge, however they were kind of humdrum. So much so that I felt kind of bored eating them. The broth was very nice though – very nice thickness to it and a good spicy beef flavor. The spiciness was there but not extreme. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 810477010262.

Here’s the sausage I use – Chinese Style Sausage (Lap Xuong Thuong Hang) – 14oz [Pack of 3]

A Vedan TV spot from Vietnam.

#623: Wei-Wei “A” Series Instant Noodles Vegetarian Flavor

Here’s another one that was sent to me by Michelle L. of New York! I know… Yep – it’s a swastika, the symbol of the national socialist party of Germany in WWII, the Nazis. Well, Wei-Wei isn’t a Nazi company or has anything to do with oppression. On the complete opposite side, in the far east it represents the whole of creation as well as Buddhism. Wikipedia says:

In Taiwan, Buddhist monks, nuns, and most lay followers eat no animal products or the fetid vegetables – traditionally garlic, Allium chinense, asafoetida, shallot, and Allium victorialis (victory onion or mountain leek), although in modern times this rule is often interpreted to include other vegetables of the onion genus, as well as coriander – this is called Su vegetarianism. Some Zhaijiao lay adherents do not eat any meat.

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

Veggies on the left, seasoned oil on the right.

The block and the seasonings. This one asks you add 400cc water and cover for a few.

Finished (click image to enlarge) – added a two egg omelet with a slice of Monterey Jack, a couple thin slices of deli turkey and some Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning.  One thing I like about these noodles – they suck up most of the water and really get nice and bulky! Very filling. The noodles aren’t bad. The vegetable flavor? Well, not too bad either. The actual vegetables were everywhere which is nice. Not very crunchy though. All in all not bad – 3.25 out of 5.0 stars! Get some here.

Wow – this looks good!

#610: Wei-Wei “A” Series Instant Noodles Artificial Chicken Flavor

Here’s yet another from Michelle L. of New York. I am really digging the “A” series so far!

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

Powder on the left and oily base on the right.

Again like #609, the block is very angular and flat – you could rest a Slurpee on top of this without worry that it would fall over!

Dry seasoning on the left, oil seasoning on the right. This stuff was steeped with the noodles under an 80’s yearbook for four minutes…

Finished (click image to enlarge). So I made a couple eggs, scrambled them in the pan, put a touch of Colby cheese and some ketchup, turned it into an omelet, and finally a few pinches of Cavender’s Greek seasoning. Not bad – was a little greasy and the chicken flavor wasn’t super good. The noodles were nice though. Didn’t finish the broth though. Good amount of veggies. Last “A” was better. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. Find it here.

Yay! Chicken nuggets!

#609: Wei-Wei “A” Series Instant Noodles Artificial Hot Beef Flavor

Here’s another that was sent to me by Michelle L. of New York. This is something I’ve never had before – Wei-Wei brand. Wai Wai yes, Wei-Wei, no. The packaging is interesting – note the guy with the suave hat in the upper right. He’s there; on the scene – purchasing noodles . Let’s see if these noodles rock.  Note the economical 49 cent price tag!

Click image to enlarge.  I remember having a Vedan ‘Jaopai Series’ bowl of noodles a few years back that netted a zero star rating with some choice comments of it’s flavor. I’m hoping this is something different.

Two packets – a coagulated oil and flavoring liquid on the left and powdered seasoning on the right.

A very tightly woven block of noodles. Also very angular and flat.

Ready for 400mL of water.

Click image to enlarge. Added two egg plain omelet with Cavender’s All-Purpose Greek Seasoning and a couple squirts of Tabasco Buffalo Style hot sauce.  This steeped for three minutes. The noodles fluffed up an amazingly huge amount – like one of those capsules you put in the tub and turn into a dinosaur. Good noodles actually – fluffy and buttery. The broth is spicy but not to the point of pain. The veggies although sporadic are nice. Quite a good buy at 49 cents – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars – looks like “A” series is decent stuff!

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