October 25, 2014 By

The Ramen Rater For Apple iPhone

I am very proud and happy to introduce the release of The Ramen Rater mobile app for the Apple iPhone! The app is the culmination of many months of work by myself and app developer Calvin Tam of Malaysia (you can see some of his other work here). You may have noticed a while back I posted an ad on the right side asking for folks who might be interested in developing an app with me for mobile users. Well, Calvin answered that call and devoted a great deal of time making this happen! I want to personally thank him for the time and effort expended on this app. Without further adieu, let me introduce you to The Ramen Rater for iPhone!

Welcome! This is the initial screen you will be greeted with. You can quickly scroll through the last 50 reviews and posts.

As you can see, the review’s stats are labeled at the top – title, stars and a shot of the product. Also, instead of the video being at the bottom, it is viewable at the top. Clicking on the video will bring it up in a window.

What you see here is the best part! You can scan a bar code from a package of instant noodles – if I’ve reviewed it, the app will find it and ask if you’d like to see the review! Note – right now, it’s only working correctly for 12 digit UPC bar codes. It likes to omit the first digit of EAN bar codes, which are 13 digits. This will be addressed in an upcoming update.

Finally, you can share the reviews/posts with people across the Internet through social media, email, send it in an SMS text message.

There’s how The Ramen Rater iPhone app v1.0 stands currently! It’s now available in the iTunes Store for $0.99USD. It will work on Apple Iphone, iPad, and iPods running iOS 7.1 and above. Some updates we’re talking about like a simple search box where you can enter info to search for instead of scanning, quick access to top ten lists and more are in the works! If you have any ideas, please feel free to comment! If you do download the app, please give it a good review if you like it! Thanks!

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#1509: Nissin Donbei Kitsune Udon Mini

It’s kind of hard to tell the size of this little mini Kitsune Udon, so let’s have a look at this.

I think this kind of brings the idea home a little. It’s quite small. Donbei Kitsune Udon comes with a fried slice of tofu. Also, the noodles are usually much wider than your standard ones. I guess there are lots of Mini sized instant out there – got this one up in Richmond, BC on my birthday this year from a little store called Fujiya. Let’s check out this pint-sized (more like a schooner) bowl!

Here’s the distributor/import sticker (click image to enlarge). Contains fish.

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks like you add everything into the bowl and add 200ml boiling water. Re-cover and steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A slice of fried tofu.

The soup base sachet.

Has a kind of sweet fishy scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, sliced green onion and hard boiled egg with a sprinkle of Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Basil Seasoning. The noodles are flat and broad udon. They come across a little soggy unfortunately. The broth has a sweet fish and soy sauce flavor which is quite nice though. The kitsune piece is a trip. Imagine something really floppy but chewy, almost chewy as meat, but not meat. In a way it’s kind of like a fried tofu tongue! I will say it didn’t feel like I was making out with my food. Nevertheless, it was a nice little bowl of noodles – like a dim sum portion, and you can’t beat a little fried tofu. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 49698510.

You can purchase this cup here on Amazon.

Here’s a Nissin Donbei commercial featuring Gundam Wing!

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October 23, 2014 By

#1508: Mamee Chef Gold Recipe Mi Kari Seribu Rasa

Today we have a new one from Mamee Chef. Mamee Chef’s products made not only the Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014 list, but also topped the Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups Of All Time 2014 list. Really exceptional stuff! They have come out with two varieties in this flavor: one with their ‘mi tarik’ noodles (noodles made in a way to emulate hand-pulled noodles) and a version that comes with bihun (pronounced bee-hoon, it’s a very thin rice noodle). Today I’m reviewing the wheat noodle variety.

This one is a bit different; I’ve not seen seribu rasa in my instant noodle packs before. It means ‘thousand flavors.’ The fully translated name of this one would be Mamee Chef Thousand Flavors Curry Instant Noodles.

When abroad in Malaysia, I saw not only a wheat noodle in many noodle dishes, but a small amount of the bihun as well. Since Mamee Chef sent me a multitude of packs of both these varieties, I thought today I’d toss in a small amount of the bihun with these. Granted I’m only reviewing the base product shown here, but hopefully in the finished image you’ll see what I’m talking about. When I review the bihun variety soon, I’ll just be using the rice noodle in that one. Let’s get to it!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains fish and crustaceans. To prepare, cook noodles for 3 minutes in 400ml boiling water. Add in contents of dry sachets and stir. Add in contents of paste sachet and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

Soup base sachet.

Has a seafood scent to it and slight sweetness.

A sachet of non-dairy creamer.

A decent amount of powder.

The paste sachet.

Smells quite nice – curry!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green chilli paddi, about a sixteenth of a block of bihun,  hard boiled egg, shrimp, sliced squid, tau pok (tofu puff) and Chinese long beans. The noodles are excellent – they have a round shape and just a hair wider gauge than your standard instant. They are lightly chewy with a subtle crumble that works. The broth is just wonderful! A very strong curry flavor and spiciness – very rich. The broth ands up with a serious thickness as well. This was just excellent – worthy of being called Gold Recipe I’d say! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars easy. EAN bar code 9555022303482.

Here’s a few of the other varieties Mamee makes – Tom Yum, Curry and Vegetarian.

A short video about the Mamee Chef line of products.

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October 22, 2014 By

#1507: Nissin Chu Qian Yi Ding Prawn Flavour Instant Noodles With Soup Base

Here’s another one the nice folks at MyKuali got me on our trip to visit them in Malaysia! Thanks again! Wow – I must say I really miss Malaysia! Was such a vibrant place – and the food! These noodles are made made in Singapore. Singapore is at the far southern border of Malaysia, so it makes sense they’d sell them in Malaysia too. Anyways, yeah – this is one of the special packs I brought back so I’m excited to eat it! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken and seafood. To prepare, boil noodles in 450ml water for 3 minutes. Add contents of sachet and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a strong prawn scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, prawns and hard boiled egg. The noodles are good – a standard chewiness that you would expect in an instant. Maybe a hair chewier. The broth is also kind of what you would expect – a nice prawn flavor and a little buttery. The broth has a slight thickness to it which I liked. A good bowl – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888279210038.

Here’s a combo pack of varieties you can get here in the United States. These are made in Hong Kong.

Wow – if I had this I would never leave my house! Nissin Pachinko? Awesome!

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October 21, 2014 By

#1506: Nissin Cup Noodles Mug Noodles Spicy Vegetable

Yesterday my wife and I headed over to Bellevue to check oput some new spots for Asian foodstuffs. We came across and Indian supermarket and lo and behold, they had instant noodles! What’s awesome is that they had quite a few Nissin varieties – which I’ve been searching for for quite a while. There are a lot of different way instant noodles are transmitted to the end user: a pack that has contents cooked in a bowl or pot on the stove, cups that are steeped, trays, bowls etc. A few however are made to be steeped in a mug, and here is one of those. This is a relatively small sized package, and hails from India! Let’s have a look.

Here’s the distributor/import sticker (click image to enlarge). Contains no meat.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, take a mug. Pour in package contents and add boiling water to cover noodles. Cover and steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Here is what you find inside the packaging. The noodles are very short. What’s nice about these is that you can eat them straight as a snack, and they are somewhat like namkeens. Namkeens are a wonderful thing – kind of like an Indian trail mix, sometimes with raisins, almonds, puffed rice, and almost always with strong seasonings and nice flavors.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). This is how it looks unadulterated. The noodles are short as rice and absorbed literally every drop of water in the mug. They were perfectly hydrated. The flavor is lightly spicy and there are nicely hydrated bits of vegetable in there. It reminds me of an Indian fried rice to be honest, It’s quite nice for breakfast. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 8901014000128.

If you get these and are in need of a mug, check this one out!

Another product in India by Nissin is called Scoopies!

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