Taipei--A shallot and onion oil instant noodle sold by New-Taipei-based Howsler Foods Co. Ltd. (?????) has been ranked among the top 10 instant noodles of 2017 by instant noodle reviewer Hans Lienesch.
In the 2017 edition of the Top 10 Instant Noodles of All Time released on his "Ramen Rater" website, Lienesch ranked the Xiao Ban Mian traditional flavor dry noodle ninth. It was the only Taiwanese product to crack the top 10.
Lienesch said he tried the three varieties of the Xiao Ban Mian dry noodle line during his visit to Taiwan in November 2016, and the traditional shallot & onion oil noodle in particular left an impression.
"I got to try them while there and then tried again for review and both times came to the same conclusion -- they're excellent," the blogger wrote.
"The noodles are plentiful and have a very nice chew. The flavor is really great -- tasty and full of shallot and scallion flavor. Another example of Taiwan's mastery of simplicity in the dry noodle genre," he added.
Lienesch said combining shallots and sesame in the noodle condiments represented a perfect match, giving the food a taste that was neither too salty nor too bland.
"A perfect balance. I'm definitely thrilled to have tried this," Lienesch wrote.
Kao Hua-yi (???), a founder of Howsler Foods, welcomed the high ranking for his company's product and said the Xiao Ban Mian dry noodle line uses noodles from Tainan's Guanmiao, which is well-known in Taiwan for producing chewy noodles.
Kao said Howsler adds secret ingredients into the dry noodles' sauce to give them a smooth texture and taste.
Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian from Singapore took the top position in the rankings for the second consecutive year with a broth that was "harmony" and noodles that had a "hearty chew and richness," according to Ramen Rater.
MyKuali Penang Spicy Prawn Soup Noodle of Malaysia was ranked second for the second straight year because of a broth that was "oily, thick and exploding with prawn favor."
Singapore's Nissin Straits Kitchen/Straits Reborn Laksa came in third, followed by Malaysia's CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa, Malaysia's MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle, and Singapore's Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian.
Rounding out the top 10 were Malaysia's Nyor Nyar Penang White Curry Instant Noodle (No. 7), Hong Kong's Nissin Demae Ramen Straight Noodle Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (No. 8) and South Korea's Paldo Budae Jigae Ramyun (No. 10).
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel