January 19, 2017 By

The Ramen Rater’s 6th Annual Momofuku Ando Day

The Ramen Rater's Sixth Annual Momofuku Ando Day

Every year, I celebrate the life and innovative achievements of Momofuku Ando, the inventor of the instant noodle. This year, I thought it’d be neat to show different varieties of Cup Noodles, a global brand that celebrated its 45th anniversary last year.

Cup Noodle (or Cup Noodles) were realized while Mr. Ando was travelling. He noticed businessmen adding chunks of instant noodles to their coffee cups, filled with boiling water. This concept reaches a new level by creating noodle blocks that go into the cup and are elevated slightly. Boiling water is introduced and the space above and below the block allow the boiling water to reach all surfaces of the noodle, making them prepare evenly.

In this video, I take a look at six different Cup Noodles varieties from around the world as well as a recipe for yakisoba using Nissin Yakisoba from Japan.

Nissin Yakisoba – Japan

Nissin Yakisoba with Chashu Pork + Mayonnaise

Finished (click to enlarge). So I made the yakisoba using the standard instruction. Second, I also added some chashu pork and karashi mayonnaise.

To get the mayo to look like this here’s what I do. I take a sandwich baggie and add mayonnaise to one end. On the other, poke three holes in the corner. Squeeze the mayo at one end over to the other. I usually give it a squeeze over the sink to make sure which side it will squirt out of. This saves an epic mess. Finally, I just go back and forth over the noodles and chashu and end up with this effect. Actually, its kind of like a piping gun – this way you can just chuck the baggie in the trash. Specifically its very convenient. Also, if you have any yakisoba that comes with a sachet of mayo, you could poke a push pin in the end.

Happy Momofuku Ando Day to everyone! A great day to thank the man who brought one of our favorite foods into the world!

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January 18, 2017 By

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

Here’s another one sent by Jen from Australia – thanks again! I’ve seen so many different versions of chicken over the years – spicy versions, savory versions, you name it, (insert adjective here) chicken is very commonplace. But oriental chicken from Australia; what’s that all about? Let’s find out!

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour – Australia

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachets and add enough boiling water to cover noodles. Let steep covered for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

The noodle block.

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

The soup base.

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

A granular mixture with a little lumpiness.

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

The vegetable bits.

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

Lots of greenery and maybe some carrot.

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chicken. The noodles are definitely on the mushy end of the spectrum. The broth (what little of it there is) is a strong chicken taste. As for the ‘Oriental’ aspect, it’s lost on me – reminds me more of flavors from South America lite gallina which is young hen and a little more oily. The vegetables hydrated decently. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9310155535267.

#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour

Australian Cooking From Down Under: 70 Amazingly Delicious Australian Cooking Recipes From the Outback and Beyond

30 minutes of Australian TV commercials from the 90s including a Suimin TV spot around the 5 minute mark.

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January 17, 2017 By

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

Yet another leftover from the Nissin Hong Kong Meet The Manufacturer! What’s XO Saucve? Here’s a little info from wikipedia –

Developed in the 1980s in Hong Kong for Cantonese cuisine, XO sauce is made of roughly chopped dried seafoods, including scallops, dried fish and shrimp, and subsequently cooked with chili peppers, onions, and garlic. This dried seafood-based sauce bears similarity to the Fujianese Shacha sauce. Spring Moon, the Peninsula Hong Kong’s Chinese restaurant, is often credited with the invention of XO sauce, although others claim the sauce’s origin in the urban area of Kowloon.
The name XO sauce comes from fine XO (extra-old) cognac, which is a popular Western liquor in Hong Kong and considered by many to be a chic product there. In addition, the term XO is often used in the popular culture of Hong Kong to denote high quality, prestige and luxury. In fact, XO sauce has been marketed in the same manner as the French liquor, using packaging of similar colour schemes.

Shall we? Let’s!

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle – Hong Kong

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork, shellfish and fish. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

The noodle block.

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

The dry base sachet.

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

A light powder with a seafood scent.

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

A liquid base sachet.

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

A thick sauce with a spicy scent.

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sweet onion, spring onion, chashu pork, ito togarashi, fishballs and carved squid. First, the noodles are nice and plump. Indeed, the standard gauge Demae Ramen. Second, the broth has a nice spiciness to it and a taste that lingers between seafood and a little pork taste that peeks out here and there. In conclusion, the combination works well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878800049.

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

Nissin Demae Ramen, X O Sauce Seafood, 3.5 oz (30 packs)

A TV commercial from Nissin Hong Kong.

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January 16, 2017 By

#2299: Cintan Mi Segera Mmm… Original

#2299: Cintan Mi Segera Mmm… Original

Another one from Colin – thanks! In 2014, I visited Malaysia and found quite a few varieties of Cintan products at a grocery store called Econsave in Butterworth. I didn’t expect to get one from somebody who lives here and sourced here. However, I’m very curious what this original flavor is like. Moreover, what is original flavor? Perhaps their vegetable flavor? I guess we’ll see. Now, let’s check it out!

#2299: Cintan Mi Segera Mmm… Original

#2299: Cintan Mi Segera Mmm… Original

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shellfish. To prepare, add noodle block to 360ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2299: Cintan Mi Segera Mmm… Original

The noodle block.

#2299: Cintan Mi Segera Mmm… Original

The seasoning sachet.

#2299: Cintan Mi Segera Mmm… Original

A kind of small amount of seasoning.

#2299: Cintan Mi Segera Mmm… Original

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, tau pok, sous video chicken and hard boiled egg. First, noodles hydrate out well – very standard. The broth is interesting, but not at the same time. I would call it chicken flavor since it is definitely more chicken-like. However, it is on the bland side. Finally, if you’re the type who is non-committal to anything involving choice, this is the flavor for you. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 025296932026.

#2299: Cintan Mi Segera Mmm… Original

Lonely Planet Discover Malaysia & Singapore (Travel Guide)

A Cintan TV commercial followed by some behind the scenes of its filming.

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January 15, 2017 By

#2298: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

Finally, after decades of sticking with the same recipe, Nissin has decided to go with something new. On Cup Noodles’ 45th anniversary here in the USA, they’ve changed it to make it healthier. Some changes are no added MSG and no artificial flavors. Furthermore they’ve lowered the amount of sodium in these cups from the previous versions using potassium chloride.  So, let’s give this Spicy Chile Chicken a try!

#2298: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

Detail from the cardboard outer packaging (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, open lid halfway and add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

The iconic cup in all of its glory! Maybe the same old cup, but it works well.

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

The seasoned noodle block.

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

Seasoning and loose vegetables from the cup. Seems like some bell pepper, corn and chicken bits here.

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, sous vide chicken, spring onion and nanami togarashi. The noodles hydrated well and had a better than expected chewiness. In addition, broth has a very good taste – a light spiciness with a kind of cumin hit – maybe chile de arbol pepper? As a result, I think spicy chile chicken is a fitting title. Finally, the vegetables hydrated well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662030110.

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Flavor Chile Chicken, 2.25-Ounces (Pack of 12)

A Nissin Foods USA promo video about the new version Cup Noodles line this Spicy Chile Chicken variant is part of.

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