I met a lot of people during my trip to Taiwan in November, 2017. One was a gentleman named Isaac Chen – he was at the International Food Expo and I spoke to him for a couple minutes about noodles and tried some of the products they had there. He wanted to give me samples but my luggage was already jam packed, so samples were sent later and a Meet The Manufacturer series was born. I asked a few questions – let’s see what he had to say –
Interview With Mr. Noodle – Taiwan
THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers about the history of Mr Noodle?
MR NOODLE> We are young generation in 1990s looking for products to sell online. Our friends’ parents are noodle factory in Tainan (kuan miao), Taiwan. Their noodles are sold worldwide. Due to food safety issue they faced their sauce are effected, and they took the plain noodle out and donate to orphanage and dump the rest, it was large quantities. I think we can help them with others good quality noodles selling online. Mr. Noodle was born at this timing.
TRR> Why the name Mr Noodle? Is Mr Noodle named after a person?
MR NOODLE> Since our noodles are famous in Taiwan and worldwide, we took MR. NOODLE as we are nice noodle producer. The logo was depicted under our founders’ image and slightly change with it’s hair and face shape- noodle shape.
TRR> What was the first product you made?
MR NOODLE> Our first product is “mushroom onion sauce flavor with plain noodle” (green package). Our first sale.
TRR> Your company is located in Taiwan. Can you tell us a little about your country?
MR NOODLE> Our country is on east Asian, located beside China and under Japan and Korea. Regardless of political issue with China and USA, we are nice and friendly people. We work hard and was a famous OEM country: Product MIT (Made in Taiwan) were famous. Now our business are enhanced high tech, semi conduct electronics products and cultural creative local products.
TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?
MR NOODLE> In terms of noodle shape: we have line-shaped, width-shaped and butter-fly shaped
As sauces: we have 6 flavor sauces. According to taste and sauces characteristic, different shaped noodles are matched. For example, black vinegar sauces are more watery we use line-shaped increase its taste.
TRR> How many noodle products do you produce every year?
MR NOODLE> About 300,000 packages Mr. Noodle brand. Each package contains four sets of noodle and sauces.
TRR> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle manufacturers?
MR NOODLE> Most instant noodle are oil-fired. Our noodle is dried with sun baked, instead of dry up in machine. In old way, we dry the noodle in yards, outside. Now we have an indoor warehouse with, still, plenty of sun light drying up. This process enhances our noodles’ specialty: long cooked and still very flexibility.
TRR> Can you suggest pairings for your products, like meats or vegetables?
MR NOODLE> We suggest parings for our noodle, such as salad, broccoli, cucumber, carrot and mushroom. Actually, our top sale product, spicy sesame paste (orange package), pair with cucumber and carrot are one of traditional Chinese cuision: sesame paste noodles.
TRR> Are there any other products you make?
MR NOODLE> Temporarily, none.
TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?
MR NOODLE> Cook in our recommended way: cook in boil plan water 500cc for 3-5 minutes. Our noodle contains three different types of noodle and salt and water. As the noodle cooked, its salt dissolve into water.
TRR> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?
MR NOODLE> Yes, we usually ship 3-5 boxes (240 sets noodles) to Taiwan Fund for Children and Families, and homeless organization.
TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?
MR NOODLE> Yes, it’s xo- sauces flavor.
TRR> In what countries are your products popular? Do people enjoy them differently in different places?
MR NOODLE> Our 6 flavors are really typical taste in Chinese cuisine so in most Chinese communities they love our top sale “mushroom and onion”. Japanese love this too! However, People from Hong Kong and Singapore enjoy our “barbecue and curry sauces” noodle. Westerners enjoy our spicy sesame paste flavor.
TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to make them extra special?
MR NOODLE> Salad, eggplant and egg, very delicious!
THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Mr Noodle and your products!
Thank you to Isaac Chen for making this Meet The Manufacturer happen! Let’s begin!