Recently, I started seeing more of these A-Sha Tainan Style Noodles at the local Costco warehouse. Curious about how they will taste, I grabbed one last month and have been addicted since. Unlike traditional instant noodles, this comes straight from Taiwan and the noodles are not fried. Instead, they are air-fried which means the noodles themselves retain much less oil. This is evident when you boil the noodles and see that the residual water is not oily.
Tainan style noodles are popular throughout Asia and originates south of Taiwan (yes, you guessed it, in the city of Tainan). This version is thin, chewy, and delectable. Since the noodles are thin, it quickly absorbs any sauce that you mix it with. With no preservatives and no added MSG, this is an easy way to fix a quick meal.
A-Sha Tainan Style Noodles Product Details
- Costco item #1374314.
- Original sauce pack.
- No preservatives.
- 10 grams of protein per serving (per pack).
- Non fried ramen.
- No trans fat.
- No added MSG.
- 12 packs (Costco version).
- Total net weight 40.21 ounces or 1140 grams.
- Made in Taiwan.
A-Sha Tainan Style Noodles Ingredients List
Noodle: Wheat flour, salt, and water.
Sauce: Soy sauce (made with soya beans, water, salt, and sugar), white sesame oil (made with soy oil and sesame oil).
Allergen information: This product contains wheat, soy, and sesame.
The A-Sha Tainan Style Noodles serving size is 95 grams or each single serve package. See below for more images of what the individual noodle packs look like. There are 290 calories in each serving. 10 grams of protein, a little bit of iron.
If you dump the whole sauce flavoring into the noodles after they’re cooked, you’ll be consuming 1510 mg of sodium, which is quite high at 66% the daily value. ‘ll be happy to learn that here are about 20 servings per container.
About A-Sha Tainan Style Noodles
Asha ramen noodles (pronounced AH-SHA) has been very popular in Taiwan since over a decade ago. You can find similar noodles at your local Asian grocery store or supermarket. By mixing in your own soy sauce and sesame oil, you will probably get quite close to the taste and texture of this product. So why then bother purchasing this pack from Costco? Well, quite a few people haven’t gone into an Asian grocery store before. If they did manage to fight through the flurry of products, it may just not reach the taste and convenience of these pre-packaged A-Sha Tainan noodles.
A-Sha Noodles Open Box
Each of these boxes from Costco contains 12 of these packs that you can see in the image below. They are convenient to bring to the office or just leave in your pantry for that last minute quick meal. Each pack contains a block of dried Tainan noodles and a flavor pack (which contains soy sauce and sesame oil).
Tainan Style Noodles Cooking Instructions
Heat up a pot of water and get it to boil. Drop the block of Tainan noodles in there and stir frequently. These thin noodles are already pre-cooked through the air-frying process. You’re essentially reheating them to get them soft and moist. So no need to leave them in there for too long. At medium heat, they just need about two minutes. After they are soft and loose, lift them up (they tend to cluster closely to a bunch even after cooked) with a fork or a pair of chopsticks, and place them in a bowl. You should make sure that you remove most of the water from the cooking process as you lift them into the bowl.
Then, the next and final step is seasoning. Each noodle pack contains a soy sauce and sesame oil packet that is pre-mixed. You can dump as much as you’d like based on your personal taste. I recommend using just half of the flavoring pack when you do this the first time. Mix it up well with the moist noodles and see how it tastes. You can always add more later. Remember, each flavor pack contains up to 66% of your daily value of sodium! So don’t add too much.
Feel free to garnish with some chopped green onions or your other favorite vegetables. You can also add some meat.
Where to Buy Tainan Style Noodles?
Currently, most Costco warehouses have this product in stock. With that said, Amazon has this item in stock at the best price with shipping included. There are also other flavor options available, such as spicy (Mah Lah) versions.