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#3104: Yi Lai Shuen Handmade Noodles With Spicy Chili Sauce – Taiwan

#3103: Yi Lai Shuen Handmade Noodles With Spicy Chili Sauce - Taiwan

So here’s somewhat of a mystery to me. I’ve never heard of this company, nor am I familiar with their products. But here they are – and they arrived in the mail yesterday in a box with such a big hole in it all I needed to do to see was was inside was reach in and pull a pack out. That’s pretty unique! Let’s give these a try!

Yilaishuen Handmade Noodles With Spicy Chili Sauce – Taiwan

#3103: Yi Lai Shuen Handmade Noodles With Spicy Chili Sauce - Taiwan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Says they are Vegan, but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodle for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3103: Yi Lai Shuen Handmade Noodles With Spicy Chili Sauce - Taiwan

A very broad dry noodle.

#3103: Yi Lai Shuen Handmade Noodles With Spicy Chili Sauce - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

#3103: Yi Lai Shuen Handmade Noodles With Spicy Chili Sauce - Taiwan

Looks oily and spicy.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added grilled chicken, soft egg, scallions, and fried garlic. Noodles were excellent – great chew and mouthfeel. Just a hair wider than most broad style noodles in this style. The flavor was equally impressive. There’s a modest and enticing hit of Sichuan pepper, a salty soy taste which isn’t overbearing, and a gentle sweetness. These components really go well together. I was very impressed with this one and giving it the score was a no brainer. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 471117318189.

#3103: Yi Lai Shuen Handmade Noodles With Spicy Chili Sauce - Taiwan

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Watch me cook this up on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#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!

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

We found this one at a place called Hen Long Market up in Surrey, BC on a trip a few months back. Thanks to my friend Ken for telling me about this place! So this one’s from Vietnam and I don’t often have come across Vietnamese varieties like this one. Usually, I see the same thing again and again and this one is definitely different. Let’s have a look at this minced pork variety!

Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork – Vietnam

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

Detail of the distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add everything bit large metallic sachet to a bowl and add 400ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir. Add in large sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

The noodle block.

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

The dry base sachet.

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

A light powder.

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

The vegetables sachet.

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

Bits of green onion and carrot.

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

A large retort pouch.

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

Stewed minced pork.

Finished (click to enlarge). Really bummed out by this one. First off, the noodles didn’t hydrate all that well in t he 3 minutes called for. After doing plating and pictures, they still didn’t seem right. The broth was salty and a kind of pork flavor to it. The saving grace of this one (why it didn’t get a lower score) was the meat sachet which has nice quality minced pork. 0.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8934561250067.

#2728: Vifon Hoang Gia Instant Noodles With Minced Pork Mi Thit Bam Vietnam The Ramen Rater Hen Long Market

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A Vifon TV spot for this product

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

Here’s another one sent by Jen from Australia – thanks again! I’ve seen so many different versions of chicken over the years – spicy versions, savory versions, you name it, (insert adjective here) chicken is very commonplace. But oriental chicken from Australia; what’s that all about? Let’s find out!

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour – Australia

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachets and add enough boiling water to cover noodles. Let steep covered for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

The noodle block.

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

The soup base.

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

A granular mixture with a little lumpiness.

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

The vegetable bits.

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

Lots of greenery and maybe some carrot.

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chicken. The noodles are definitely on the mushy end of the spectrum. The broth (what little of it there is) is a strong chicken taste. As for the ‘Oriental’ aspect, it’s lost on me – reminds me more of flavors from South America lite gallina which is young hen and a little more oily. The vegetables hydrated decently. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9310155535267.

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

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30 minutes of Australian TV commercials from the 90s including a Suimin TV spot around the 5 minute mark.

#2296: Suimin Noodles With Chicken Flavour

Here’s another one sent by Jen from Australia – thanks! This one is just plain old chicken flavor and I think should be pretty good. Let’s find out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and enough boiling water to cover the noodles. Let sit covered for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A light powder.

The vegetables sachet.

Lots of greenery and looks like little pellets of textured vegetable protein (TVP).

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are standard noodle cup gauge but are very crumbly. This works though; the broth is a strong chicken flavor – definitely reminds me of something I would expect from a domestic instant noodle cup made by a non-Japanese company if that makes sense. The vegetables hydrated well. Just a little saltier than I would like. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9310155300261.

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A Suimin TV commercial from Australia.

#2276: Nissin Cup Noodles With Shrimp Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

After decades of sticking with the same recipe, Nissin has decided to go with something new. On Cup Noodles’ 45th anniversary here in the USA, they’ve changed it to include no added MSG and no artificial flavors. Let’s give this a try!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp and pork. To prepare, open lid halfway and add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Although the contents of the cup has changed, the outside of the foam cup remains the same as far as I can tell.

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Bits of vegetable and shrimp from inside the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shrimp, shinchimi togarashi, spring onion, hard boiled egg and narutomaki. The noodles came out decently – thin and flat as Cup Noodles are usually. The broth didn’t exactly scream shrimp to me; it seemed to be slightly on the bland side unfortunately. The amount of shrimp although small was decent for a cup of instant noodles and they had good flavor. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662030028.

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A Nissin Foods USA promo video about the new version Cup Noodles line.

#2167: Great Value Vegetable Flavour Noodles With Vegetables

Here’s one my sister got me from up in Canada for my birthday! Thank you! Walmar instant noodles!

I have a sad announcement to make. On 7/31/2016 at 4:40am, I bumped into the little container that held my sake cups that I use to display the contents of seasoning sachets. Got these as a birthday present in 2012, and they first went into service in review #684. At first I thought I’d only lost two, but I gave the other two that fell with them a little squeeze and another of the little white cups made a creaking sound, so it’s cracked through. Some might find my sadness a little bizarre, but I think many will understand that you get used to using tools and when they’re gone, it really, really sucks. Hoping I can find the same ones – I’ve looked before but never seen them again. Most likely, I’ll get a new set – they will show up for review #2168.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and let steep covered for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A little bit of the vegetables from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, tofu puff, spring onion and cilantro. The noodles are pretty good – a little crumbly. The broth has that kind of butter and broccoli taste to it; very meh on this application. The actual bits of vegetable in with this cup were so-so. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 628915242102.

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Would bne interesting to see this rolling down the road, eh?

#1870: Asia Gold Instant Noodles With Beef Flavouring

Here’s a neat one. During my trip to Thai President Foods’ Agent Meeting in Bangkok last month, I went to a seminar for a large group of European distributors. There were a couple guys who were there that I met from the Thai President Foods Hungary factory, and I was able to obtain samples of many of the products that are manufactured there, this being one of them. I noticed that on the label, an Austrian company is distributing this one. Let’s have a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, put noodle block and contents of sachets into a bowl. Add 320ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet of dry seasonings.

Chilli powder atop soup base.

A seasoned oil sachet.

An oily paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added beef, green onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles hydrated well. They were of a light gauge with slight backbone. The broth was a salty beef kind of affair with a hint of spiciness. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9002859063183.

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A video about Hungarian foods.

#1192: Wu-Mu Ramen With Simmered Pork Flavor

Here’s another one I got at T&T Supermarket up in Canada. I find it interesting; I got three pork varieties there – stewed pork, steamed pork and simmered pork! I asked my wife which one I should have as I couldn’t decide. She told me to simmer down and so here we are. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself.

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

The noodle block. You get four of everything in the package. These are non-fried noodles.

Dry seasonings sachet.

Powder and vegetables.

Seasoned oil.

Has a nice pork-like scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added pork, broccoli, sweet onions and green onions. The noodles are broad and flat. They have an excellent consistency and chew – premium. The broth is light and rich at the same time. It’s not overly oily and the pork flavors isn’t too strong, but just right and a little hearty. The veg was alright. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4710175570265.

[AMAZONPRODUCTS asin=”B008GZ0ZM4″]So here’s the steam pork flavor – I should be reviewing it soon, but you can try it out![/AMAZONPRODUCTS]

Wu-Mu TV commercial.

#1165: Nissin Chow Mein With Shrimp Chow Mein Noodles

Really? I haven’t reviewed this? Nope! Wow – who’dathunkit? Well then, without further ado, let’s check out these chow mein noodles – with shrimp!

Here’s the bottom of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp.

Under the wraps (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The powder seasoning sachet.

The scent reminds me of seasoning salt.

The solid ingredients sachet.

Shrimp ahoy!

The liquid seasoning sachet.

Has a garlic scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp, red bell pepper, Walla Walla sweet onion, pineapple and a little garlic salt. The noodles are slightly wide and flat. The noodles have a nice chew to them – very light. The flavor is that of shrimp; very good and expected. The added seasoning oil make the noodle a bit greasy which is welcome. The included veg and shrimp are pretty good. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662087220.

Here’s a commercial for Nissin Chow Mein.

#1163: Chewy Rice Vermicelli Spicy Beef With Chilli Flavour

Another one from my birthday trip to Canada in March – thanks, Kit! Hot and spicy sounded like something I could go for today. Let’s see how this spicy rice vermicelli comes out – I must admit I don’t see spicy rice vermicelli variants ofter.

Here’s the import sticker (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Appears to be meat free but check for yourself.

The ‘nest’ of rice vermicelli.

Soup base powder sachet.

Has a salty and beeflike flavor.

Vegetable sachet.

Smells like herbs.

Liquid paste sachet.

I get a chilli oil scent with a hint of meat.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef seasoned with Lindberg-Snider Porterhouse & Roast Seasoning, Fresno peppers, green onions and Walla Walla sweet onions. The Noodles are very thin and wispy. A lot of them, but not a strong sense of being ‘filling.’ The broth is interesting; it has a nice chilli oil aspect and good richness. The vegetable bits hydrated alright. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 6920377218351.

Chewy commercials from a ways back.

#929: Vina Acecook Good Artificial Minced Pork Flavour Bean Vermicelli

Here’s the last of the ones my sister brought me back from Hawaii! Minced pork bean vermicelli… Sounds kind of interesting! A very dark day here – wet, cold and windy.

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

The bean vermicelli block.

The powder seasoning packet.

Interesting flavor… Salty and… Not sure!

Seasoned oil.

Has a nice onion and meat kind of scent – should liven things up…

The veggies! I must say that Vina Acecook usually does pretty good with their veggies.

Here’s the veggie mixture – a decent amount and looks nice.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some ham that I minced with a little Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce, some onions and some stir fry veggies. The noodles are decent – plentiful and not too hard to break by pursing the lips. Again as always, I recommend using a pair of kitchen scissors on these while still in the pot – just do a few snips and it’ll make a big difference. The broth is good – has a nice comfort food flavor and the veggies are plentiful and interesting. Good pack of bean vermicelli! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8934563308117

I really like this – a pretty cool overview of Vina Acecook’s company.

I saw an advert in a magazine yesterday for some enormous fans – some 24 feet across! Thought they were pretty awesome – and then the name – Big Ass Fans! How rad! Anyways, here’s a little video story about Big Ass Fans and what they do. Check out the Big Ass Fans website here!