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I like BBQ Beef Super Noodles, but they don't taste the same as they used to. The flavour sachet is not as strong as it used to be (maybe they use more filler nowadays).

I can buy plain egg noodles, but how can I make the seasoning?

The ingredients are listed as:

Noodles (Water, Wheat Flour, Palm Oil, Antioxidants (Butylated Hydroxyanisole, Citric Acid, Propyl Gallate)), Sugar, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Diacetate), Salt, Skimmed Milk Powder, Flavour Enhancers (Monosodium Glutamate, Disodium 5’-ribonucleotides), Yeast Extract, Sour Cream Powder (Milk), Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Tomato Powder, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Flavouring, Colour (Paprika Extract), Spices, Anti-caking Agents (Silicon Dioxide, Tricalcium Phosphate), Rapeseed Oil, Celery, Wheat Flour.

I suspect I won't be needing any of those chemicals!

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    First thing that comes to mind: instant brooth? There seem to be BBQ-Style Beef flavored Broth available, the other idea that comes to mind is "regular" beef brooth plus liquid smoke aroma. If that still comes on too weak, you can always try adding chilly, cayenne pepper or whatever you still believe is missing. – Layna Sep 7 '15 at 13:42
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    "I suspect I won't be needing any of those chemicals" - on the contrary, that's what determines how strong it tastes to you, especially the monosodium glutamate. It is also possible that it doesn't taste less strong that it used to, but that you just grew accustomed to the taste, a very common process known as hedonic adaptation. – rumtscho Sep 7 '15 at 13:55
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Find a good Asian food market. They should sell small jars, tins, or liquid in sachets of soup flavours.

I find the jars most convenient. About a teaspoon per serving is plenty, store in the fridge after opening.

Some of the liquid in sachets can be the most authentic for the Asian style, but for just a beefy broth, one of the jars will do fine.

If you like a more tomato flavour, buy bulk cans of tomato paste, freeze in ice cube trays, then bag in zip style freezer bags. One or two cubes per serving works fine, and they just melt into the hot noodle soup base.

Use low salt noodles, as most of the soup flavours are very salty for preservation reasons.

Here are some examples I use. Click on pictures for full size view.

Pho soup base Sichuan Hot & Spicy

Tom Yum Paste

  • Those are all great flavours, but they're not the one the poster was asking for. – dopiaza Oct 10 '15 at 23:44
  • @dopiaza I didn't say they were? I doubt it's possible to be 100% same, but the Pho soup + tomato paste would be similar – TFD Oct 11 '15 at 0:05
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    It's a while since I ate Beef-flavoured Batchelors Super Noodles, but I seem to recall that the beef flavour was something akin to Beef flavoured crisps. Very different from any real Asian instant ramen I've ever had. The pho base sounds like it might be a possibility, if he could get it, but I've never seen it here in the UK - I'd love to give that a whirl though. I really do think his best bet is Marmite. FWIW, Batchelors are very low down on my list of favourite noodles... – dopiaza Oct 11 '15 at 0:16
  • @dopiaza personally never had that brand. Sounds as enticing as "single girls chocolate"? – TFD Oct 11 '15 at 1:11
  • I tried looking in a smaller Chinese supermarket in Manchester, UK a couple of times but they said they didn't have this beef soup base stuff. I might need to try a big Asian supermarket. – Danny Beckett Jan 4 '18 at 1:39
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To make the seasoning, you'll need to experiment. You'll need at least some of those chemicals, but you can probably find them with friendlier, less chemically-sounding, names.

Looking at the ingredients list, I'd guess that the key ingredients in that list, flavour-wise, are probably Monosodium Glutamate, Yeast Extract, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Tomato Powder. Those are all easy enough to source. A decent supermarket will likely have several of them, and the rest are easy to find on the internet. Tomato powder might be the trickiest, although I expect you could simply take some sun-dried tomatoes and blitz them in a grinder.

The key to most of the 'beefy' flavours I've come across in products like this seems to be in the glutamates - those are the things that give that rich umami-flavour to things. MSG is commonly used commercially, but you also find them in other common foodstuffs - yeast extract, parmesan, anchovies, fish sauce, soy sauce to name but a few.

I'd start with some Marmite/Vegemite, a mix of the three vegetable powders and a sprinkling of MSG if you have some, fish/soy sauce if not. Play with the proportions until you find something you like the taste of. You'll need salt too, but you may well already have enough from the other ingredients. You'll wind up with a paste rather than a powder, but you can use that to season the noodles just as easily.

Bovril might be a good addition for a meaty flavour too.

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    the innocuous sounding yeast extract is biggest proportion of 'meat' flavor. The manufacturers manipulate the wee beasties with enzymes etc to create everything from roast chicken to BBQ pork... My point is if meat flavor is substituted, no yeast necessary. Nice addition for free glutamate (msg) – Pat Sommer Jan 5 '18 at 18:57
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Go to the S&M store. (That is a Philippine package you show, and S&M stores are nationwide.) They have a good selection of BBQ dry mix packs (and instant soup packs) near the spices.

Start with the base from the packet. Add extra to it: hot pepper, garlic, etc. Store small jars with lids (like baby food jars). you now have your own flavor to use. For example, I might use about 3/4 red Korean soup base, 1/4 BBQ seasoning, dried crushed hot peppers, and some extra spices to taste.

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I'd recommend looking up spices used to make barbecue sauces such as smoked paprika, onion and garlic powder, tomato powder, cumin etc.

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