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#974: Pot Noodle Chilli Beef Flavour

Here’s another one of the great varieties sent by Joe & Gill of the UK – thanks again! Chilli Beef Pot Noodle. Looks interesting to me!

The side panels (click image to enlarge)

Powder and noodles. See, British instant noodle cups are different. Instead of a broth that is thin, it comes out more as a thick sauce or gravy.

It comes with a packet of chilli sauce – here’s the front and back.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli, sweet onion, green bell pepper, fried egg and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are the standard broad and slightly crumbly and thick Pot Noodles. The flavor is a little funky – beef flavor is there. The sauce is impressive – I’ve had other varieties of ‘spicy’ Pot Noodle before and this stuff is very hot. Kind of acidic too. 2.25 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 8712566158386 .

Tastified Pot Noodle advertisement.

Stand Up Comedy Gig

Donation From South Korea

Kristen W. of Arizona sent me some noodles she got while she was in South Korea!

This is a great little collection of South Korean varieties you can’t easily find here! Ottogi Cheese Ramyun and Spaghetti bowls – been wanting to try them for a while! The two above are Paldo Korea varieties – I think Rabokki and Jjajang. The Nongshim Shin Cup in the lower right is the South Korean version. Thank, Kristen! Soon as they’re made, some The Ramen Rater stickers will be coming your way!

#973: Springlife Instant Noodles Spinach With Organic Noodles


Here’s one of the packs that came from Australia! Thanks go to Melanie I. of Jannali, NSW for sending these and also thanks to Mark K. for getting her to do it! These are from China but sold in Australia. Looks like something different – let’s check it out.

The distributor’s sticker.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). I went with the second set of instructions.

The noodle block – in it’s own cellophane.

A large seasoning packet.

Interestingly light powder.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken, broccoli, sweet onion, green bell pepper, garlic salt and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are very nice – great texture and feel. The broth definitely tastes of spinach, but it ends there. It’s not very salty at all, which can be good and bad. Good is that you can add your own, bad is if you don’t have any. I go with the base product of course on my reviews and this is some bland stuff. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 6931162280921 .

A video about organic foods in Australia.

Something completely unrelated – Robocop shows up for dinner in Korea…

Some Really Neat Stuff From Paldo

My friend Sungmin over at Paldo Foods America sent a package of neat stuff!

Wow this looks cool!

A bunch of little cellophane wrapped rectangular things…

Hey neat! Paldo postable notes and little color flags! I like how on top it has info on different products and what quantities they come in!

RAD! A couple posters with the Namja Man! Wish I could’ve gotten a better pic but I think you get the idea!

Desk calendars! Cool!

How awesome – I think this is my favorite pages. I kind of like the idea of a business trip dealing with instant noodles! Thanks to Sungmin and everyone over at Paldo America for sending me this stuff!

The Ramen Rater Noodle News #24

Been a while, but here we go with the 24th edition of The Ramen Rater Noodle News!

I search the ‘net for interesting news and view on instant noodles and beyond. Oldest articles start at the top. Here you go!

  • Stone Mountain Lithonia Patch – Inside The Police Reports: Shoplifting Beer And Ramen From Walmart – USA – Link
  • Sydney Morning News – Let The Snobs Simmer Over Slow Food – Australia – Link
  • Lovin’ From The Over – Spiced Up Ramen & Winner – USA – Link
  • Berita Jakarta – Flood Casualties In South Jakarta Received Compensations – Indonesia – Link
  • Morning Whistle – Parent Of Instant Noodle Giant Unveiling Smart Phones – China – Link
  • The Guardian – New Korean Noodle Sponsor For AFC Wimbledon – UK – Link
  • Food Beast – Ramen-Flavored Ice Cream For ‘Instant’ Gratification – USA – Link
  • The Daily Meal – Air Canada Launches Rouge, A New Budget Airline – USA – Link
  • Bit Rebels – You Know You Want This…Innovative Spork For Eating Soupy Noodles – USA – Link
  • The Nation – Ajinomoto MSG Plant To Start Operating In May – Thailand – Link
  • Bangkok Post – MAMA Maker Envisions Bhutan Joint Venture – Thailand – Link
  • Washington Square News – Top 5 Ramen Recipes For The Student Budget – USA – Link
  • Huffington Post – 11 Amazing Things You Can Do With Ramen Noodles – USA – Link
  • Manufacturing.net – Nissin To Set Up Lab To Develop New Noodles – USA – Link
  • Saudi Gazette – Indomie Employs 100 Saudi Females – Saudi Arabia – Link
  • Jakarta Post – Tiga Pilar To Roll Out New Products For Local, Foreign Markets – Indonesia – Link
  • National Post – Food Trends 2013: Ramen, ‘Resourcefulness’ And More Tacos – Canada – Link
  • Moneycontrol.com – Nestle Cuts Retail Margins Grammage On 5 Rs Noodle Pack – India – Link

#972: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Soup Bowl Chinese Chicken

This is it – the last of the nine Annie Chun’s samples that were sent for Meet The Manufacturer. It’s definitely been an interesting jaunt! Some I really liked quite a bit, some I didn’t like so much. What’s very evident here is that Annie Chun’s definitely has a wide range of flavors. The last one is Chinese Chicken.

Back of the outer cardboard (click image to enlarge).

Fresh Hokkien noodles.

Liquid soup base.

I’ve got to say, this stuff smells fantastic.

The last of the seasoning blocks I have enjoyed so much!

The seasoning block.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added oven baked chicken, cilantro and some onion. The noodles are really nice – I steeped them with the non-microwave method. Excellent. The broth was really nice – had a good real chicken flavor; I would deem it real comfort food flavor. The seasoning block lent itself nicely with lots of good veg. Great stuff – 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 765667100301 – get it here.

Annie Chun’s TV commercial.

Annie Chun’s also make seaweed snacks that people like too!

#971: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Ramen House Spicy Chicken Ramen

Here’s the next to last of the Annie Chun’s varieties they were kind enough to send for Meet The Manufacturer. Spicy Chicken Ramen sounds awesome! Let’s check it out.

Back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The fresh ramen packet.

The liquid soup base.

Has a spicy scent!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added bell peppers, onions and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are nice and fresh with good firmness – good stuff. The broth is indeed spicy and has a rich and deep flavor I found very enjoyable. This is a good one! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 765667140109 – get it here.

Here’s a show about Annie Chun’s products.

#970: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Noodle Express Spicy Szechuan

As we are starting to wind down the Annie Chun’s Meet The Manufacturer (there are only two left), we find the last Noodle Express I have – Spicy Szechuan. It mentions that the Szechuan sauce is made with gochujang, a Korean standard as far as spicy fare goes. Let’s check it out.

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

The noodle box.

Fresh noodle pack.

Fresh noodle packet.

Veggie packet.

A nice selection – lots of shallot which is one of my favorites.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some bell peppers and onions, light ham and some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are as usual very nice and have a great freshness and firmness. The flavor this time has a strange bitterness and a kind of singularity where I expected more depth of flavor. I do taste the gochujang for sure, but it seems to be missing something, what I do not know. The veggies again are very nice. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 765667200100 – get it here.

Annie Chun’s advertisement

Here’s how people make gochujang – a LOT of gochujang!

#969: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Soup Bowl Vietnamese Pho

Here we go with some more Annie Chun’s product! This one’s Vietnamese Pho, a flavor I have enjoyed dining out and dining in. Let’s see how this version of Pho does!

Here’s the back and side panel details (click image to enlarge).

The noodle pack.

Liquid soup base.

Has a nice beef scent.

Another one of these seasoning blocks!

I am so fascinated by these things. The re hydrate so nicely.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some Apinya Thai Chilli Sauce. The noodles are nice – good chew and very fresh. I found them interesting though as they’re wheat noodles instead of the traditional rice noodles one would find in pho. The broth is really quite good! Nice beef taste and sweet basil and other spices are there – very good! The seasoning block unleashed a lot of nice veggies! All in all, I’m quite enthused! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 765667100110 – get it here.

Annie Chun’s commercial.

A couple guys go to a pho restaurant – and eat.

Re-Review: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Ramen House Soy Ginger Ramen

Here’s one I reviewed a long time ago. Soy ginger sounds good to me! Let’s check it out.

Back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The fresh noodle pack.

Liquid seasoning pack.

A dark liquid.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, kamaboko and kizami shoga (pickled ginger). The noodles are decent as in the previous Ramen House review I did the other day. The broth is a little different. I’m not a fan of the strong soy flavor; I would have enjoyed something with a different soy sauce flavor. It seems like there’s two kinds of soy sauces – I don’t know the differences as far as brewing or correct terms for what they are, but this is the kind I’m not a huge fan of. However, a lot of people are a fan – unfortunately, it’s my tastebuds I have to answer to. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 765667140208 – get it here.

A review on Annie Chun’s Seaweed Snacks – they sound good!

Here’s an Annie Chun’s dinner party

#968: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Noodle Express Teriyaki

Here’s another of the Noodle Express line – teriyaki! Teriyaki is one of my favorite foods – nothing like a to go box for lunch. Let’s see how this one from Annie Chun’s stacks up.

The cardboard outer packaging (click image to enlarge).

After you remove the cardboard, this is underneath.

Just like the earlier Noodle Express box, there are three items inside. First, the noodle pack.

The soup base – liquid.

The back of the packet is transparent so you can see how much is in there.

The dry vegetables packet.

Looks like a nice little melange.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onions, thin sliced turkey breast, stir fry veggies and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are nice and springy and fresh. The flavor was not my favorite, however. The teriyaki has a strong vinegar flavor to it which I imagine is used as a natural preservative. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 765667200209 – get it here.

Annie Chun’s commercial.

Shopping for Annie Chun’s products at a grocery store.

#967: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Soup Bowl Korean Kimchi

Here’s something interesting – a kimchi fresh udon bowl made in the US! Let’s give it a look!

Here’s detail from the cardboard outer (click image to enlarge).

Under the cardboard we find this little plastic box. Not at all flimsy either.

Inside, we find a few things. First, a pack or fresh udon.

Next, a packet of liquid soup base.

A thick liquid.

My favorite! I just love packets full of! I wonder what this number means…

Actually, I do love these! This is a seasoning block. Basically its freeze dried seasoning and veggies in a nice little square. They spring back to life and are really great from the ones I’ve had so far.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, odeng (Korean fish cake) and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are very good – thick fresh udon. The broth delivers the kimchi flavor very nicely; spicy and tangy. The seasoning block gives some nice kimchi too. This is an awesome kimchi udon with great authentic flavor  – 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 765667100400 – get it here.

Annie Chun’s TV spot.

For you gluten free folks, here’s something about a different Annie cCun’s product. Looks like these guys have done a series of these videos with the cellphone ringtone music!