December 10, 2016 By

#2263: Sichuan Baijia Broad Noodle Artificial Beef Flavor Hot Pot

When it says these are broad noodles, its definitely not an understatement. I’ve had mixed feelings about the offerings from this brand in the past – let’s see how this one pans out!

Here is the distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to the cup and fill to line with boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block – see, I told you they were really broad!

The dry base sachet.

When pouring this out of the sachet into the little bowl, the powder was so light and fine that it almost looked like a little bit of vapor came off of it.

A liquid base sachet.

Has a kind of beef scent – I think I detect Sichuan pepper as well.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, spring onion, beef and chilli flake. The noodles are ultra broad – insanely so! I really like the noodles; they have a bit of chew to them and work well with the broth. The broth has a beef and Sichuan pepper hit along with a good oiliness. The included vegetable bits were pretty good too – the peas mostly hydrated very well – only found one that was a little iffy. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars EAN bar code 6926410320252.

Baijia Instant Noodles, Chinese Spicy Fei-Chang Flavor, 19 Ounce

A corporate video from Sichuan Baijia.

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December 9, 2016 By

#2262: Dream Kitchen Curry

Here’s one we found when in Renton, Washington’s Uwajimaya a while back. From what it looks like on the label, this is a private label for a big distributor here in the USA by a company in Singapore.I love curry but have been a little confused by this series. Let’s give it a looksie.

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

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

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An included fork!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Interesting – not really detecting much of a scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Looks like your standard carrot, corn and spring onion.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, hard boiled egg and pork. The noodles hydrated well with a slight tint of sponginess. The star here is definitely the broth which was more akin to a sauce by nature. It was giving; full of nice Japanese curry taste. This is that kind of tasty almost sweet kind of curry. The vegetables hydrated decently and worked well enough. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 854195002109.

Making Artisan Pasta: How to Make a World of Handmade Noodles, Stuffed Pasta, Dumplings, and More

Want to make a huge pot of Japanese curry?

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December 8, 2016 By

Re-Review: Samyang Ramen

A few weeks back I was at an HMart – the one on 184th next to Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Washington state. I saw this perky orange pack practically jumping off the shelf at me saying ‘pick me, pick me!’ I’ve reviewed this one a couple times in the past, but it just screamed eat me. Today, I’ve got so much craziness going on – I’ll let you in on it. First, I want to say that if you take really long flights, you should get up and walk around every hour or so. Why? Well, when you don’t, you can end up with blood clots in your legs. Then those blood clots can get into your lungs. Then you can end up in the hospital like I did last weekend with my first IV in my arm and a very timid feeling for the universe. Luckily, I’ll be fine, but it could’ve been much worse (i.e., no more The Ramen Rater). I’ve been having to get my blood checked, get injections this week… Not much fun. On the up side, I should be fine – the only pain I’m in is from shots (fleeting little bits of pain when I’m jabbed) and the clots will go away naturally. The other crazy business is that in 9 days Kit and I expecting our second child together! We’re very excited and I’ll definitely post pictures of her when she’s born! Those are the bigguns – aside from those, I have a sore tooth (drove me bonkers in the last 24 hours but totally eased up now), it’s about to snow any minute now, and oh yeah – Christmas is just around the corner! A lot in a small period of time. New life and dodging a bullet. Wow. Today, I slept in a little and decided to skip reviewing. Well, couldn’t figure out what to have for lunch – I didn’t want anything that would anger the tooth again, and so again this orange pack of noodles was staring at me. Today is your day!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 550ml boiling water as well as sachet contents. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A powder with a slightly spicy beef scent.

The ‘flake’ sachet.

Bits of vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). After tasting the base product, cooked another couple minutes  – added a couple eggs, sweet onion and cheese. The noodles are fatty ramyun – super good stuff! The broth has a nice beef taste and a little bit of spiciness in there. The vegetable bits hydrate just right. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 074603005212.

Samyang brand Samyang Ramen Beef Flavor. 4.2oz package (Pack of 20)

A Samyang Foods TV spot for Samyang Ramen. Also FYI – yeah, it’s the Bubble Bobble song.

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#2261: TableMark Tohokuno Aji Yonezawa Ramen

Here’s another one sent to me by Javier from Box From Japan. Box From Japan has subscriptions for all sorts of neat Japanese things. I regret to say that I was informed that they won’t be taking subscriptions for their ramen boxes for now – hopefully that will start again soon. He mentioned that you can purchase instant noodles from them here. Here’s what he had to say about this particular variety:

Local ramen in Yonezawa, located in the northeast. Noodle: Medium-thick non-fried noodles. Chewy and good texture. Soup: Sweet soy sauce flavor with a pork and chicken base that has dried anchovy and dried bonito to give it a light taste. The soup has a clean flavor so you can taste the soy sauce directly. Ingredients: Roasted pork, bamboo shoots, green onion, processed fish paste

Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish chicken and pork. To prepare, add in contents of vegetable sachet and fill to line with boiling water. Cover for 4 minutes. Add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The liquid sachet.

A rich looking liquid.

A vegetables sachet.

Hey look some pork and narutomaki as well!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, hard boiled egg and shichimi togarashi. The noodles are nice – good gauge and a unique chew I found very likable. The broth is a kind of fish influenced shoyu which is a little sweet and works well. The naruto and pork slice were alright and the bamboo shoots were definitely enjoyable. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901520400492.

TableMark homer eaves wonton noodles 99g (noodles 65g) 12 pieces ~

A short video from TableMark.

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December 7, 2016 By

Help Support The Ramen Rater When You Sop On Amazon!

Just wanted to let everyone know – when you go to Amazon and do any shopping during the holidays (actually, any time of year) and use this link, The Ramen Rater gets a referral bonus! When you click the link, it brings you straight to Amazon – but if you look, the link will have a little mention in it of ‘theramrat’ (short for The Ramen Rater). It helps a lot and I appreciate those who already do – thanks! Bookmark the link now!

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