January 21, 2017 By

#2303: Maruchan Sopa Maruchan Sabor A Camaron

#2303: Maruchan Sopa Maruchan Sabor A Camaron - Mexico

Here’s one my friend Paul S. brought me back from a trip to Mexico – thanks again, bro! So instant noodles are very popular in Latin America. A lot of flavors that reflect the local tastes, this one being shrimp. Let’s check it out!

#2303: Maruchan Sopa Maruchan Sabor A Camaron – Mexico

#2303: Maruchan Sopa Maruchan Sabor A Camaron - Mexico

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in seasoning sachet and let simmer another minute. Stir and enjoy!

#2303: Maruchan Sopa Maruchan Sabor A Camaron - Mexicoto

The noodle block.

#2303: Maruchan Sopa Maruchan Sabor A Camaron - Mexico

The soup base sachet.

#2303: Maruchan Sopa Maruchan Sabor A Camaron - Mexico

A light powder.

#2303: Maruchan Sopa Maruchan Sabor A Camaron - Mexico

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, spring onion and pepper jack cheese. The noodles hydrated well and have a soft tooth and very standard gauge. The broth has a shrimp taste – nothing spicy though. This seems to be identical to the version of Maruchan shrimp ramen sold here in the United States. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789002977.

#2303: Maruchan Sopa Maruchan Sabor A Camaron - Mexico

Maruchan Ramen Shrimp Flavor Noodle Soup 3 oz (Pack of 24)

A Maruchan TV commercial from Mexico.

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January 20, 2017 By

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Noodles

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

It’s kind of interesting. Indeed, I review two products a day but generally only post one. This ensures two things. First, I get to everything before it expires. Second, I have a buffer in case I don’t have time to do a review. Meanwhile, the buffer has grown and is quickly reaching 80 reviews! I did this review on November 13th, 2016 and today is Inauguration Day, January 20th, 2017. It’s kind of funny; I did this review about as many days before my daughter Miriam was born as days since she was born (December 17th). Another interesting thing is while unplanned, this review follows Momofuku Ando Day yesterday where I did a video about Nissin Yakisoba. Weird. Finally Happy Birthday to my sister Sue!

I reviewed this Nissin Yakisoba so many years ago that I think it deserves a new number today. Why? Well, back then it had a mayonnaise and mustard pack which is not present here; kind of a bummer since it went so well. But hey – I have a feeling this will be good. I thought I’d review this one today as my wife Kit really likes yakisoba and I’m about to go on a big trip to Taiwan tonight. Going to be gone for five days. This will be the longest I’ve been away from my son Miles since he was born – going to miss them both so much! I should mention that this review will be coming out long after I’ve returned – its November 13th right now and I wouldn’t be surprised if this doesn’t come out until around New Year’s Eve. Anyways, what’s yakisoba? Let’s ask wikipedia –

Yakisoba (焼きそば?), literally “fried buckwheat,” or sōsu yakisoba (ソース焼きそば?) (the same, but in sauce), is considered a Japanese dish but may have originated in Japan as a variant of fried noodles. It first appeared in food stalls in Japan during the early 20th century.[1] Although soba means buckwheat, typically suggesting noodles made from that flour in mainland Japan, yakisoba noodles are made from wheat flour. It is typically flavored with a condiment similar to oyster sauce. Prepared by frying ramen-style noodles with bite-sized pork, vegetables (usually cabbage, onions or carrots) and flavored with yakisoba sauce, salt and pepper. It is served with a multitude of garnishes, such as aonori(seaweed powder), beni shoga (shredded pickled ginger), katsuobushi (fish flakes), and mayonnaise.

Let’s check it out!

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba – Japan

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Detail from the bottom and sides of the cellophane outer wraps (click to enlarge).

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Probably contains fish. To prepare, open tab 1 to line 2 and take out sachets. Add boiling water to line and close for 3 minutes. Next, remove tab 3 to expose drain spout and drain. Finally, add in contents of sachets. Stir and enjoy!

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Bits from under the noodle block – primarily cabbage.

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

A dry base sachet.

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Smells like yakisoba sauce!

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Another dry sachet.

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Looks like shichimi togarashi.

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Finished (click to enlarge). Added beef and mayonnaise (put mayonnaise in a sandwich bag in one end then poke holes with a toothpick in one side on the other end and squirt) and beef. The noodles came out well – a little thinner than expected. Indeed, the quantity is serious here – only for those with a serious appetite! The yakisoba flavor is a little lighter than expected but it’s very good – not overdone. The cabbage is nice and crunchy and the sprinkle of togarashi is a plus. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105226780.

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Nisshin source yakisoba cup mustard mayonnaise 108g ~ 12 pieces

A video from the Sixth Annual Momofuku Ando Day of me preparing Nissin Yakisoba.

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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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