I am happy and proud to announce the inception of The Ramen Rater Official Fan Club! What’s it all about? Here are some simple questions answered.
Q: How much does it cost to join?
A: A lifetime membership is $25.
Q: What do I get for joining?
A: You will get a ‘members kit’ which includes the following:
Membership card – made of durable plastic you can show off to your friends
A signed welcome letter
The Ramen Rater stickers
Bi-annual members-only newsletters in your email
Access to The Ramen Rater Official Fan Club Forum
Q: What’s this forum about?
A: I get emails and comments from many of you asking where to get instant noodles. Of course, many aren’t available in the United States and are hard to get here. The main idea behind the forum is that people could connect and trade varieties. I figure that could be a lot of fun for people. As membership grows, more people interested in this will participate hopefully. Also, this will be a great place for discussions on instant noodles; from manufacturing to personal tastes; anything goes! Ideas for new forums from members will be taken into consideration as well and implemented correspondingly. Once you’ve paid for your membership, you’ll get an email shortly about joining the forums.
Q: I’m not in the United States – can I join? Is there an extra fee for sending me the members kit?
A: Nope – everyone pays the same amount. It might take a little longer to arrive of course the further away you live from the western US.
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Products cooked according to package instructions. Product reviews done prior to adding any additional ingredients.
Here’s one of the new varieties from Annie Chun’s that they sent! It’s 22 degrees outside – very cold! This looks appropriate for such a cold day – let’s check it out!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free and a lot of natural ingredients. Lower calorie/fat as well. To prepare, cook noodles in 1 1/2 cups water for 1 minute. Drain water and boil another pot of water, 1 cup this time. Add the liquid sachet. Put the cooked noodles in a bowl and then add the broth.
The fresh noodles.
Liquid soup base sachet.
Has a nice chicken vegetable scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken, broccoli, big ugly carrot, leeks, sweet onion and green onion. The noodles are reminiscent in texture of South Korean fresj udon cups – then again the noodles in those generally come in the same package. Yet these are much thinner than udon and have a slightly bouncy chew and good texture. The broth has a slightly sweet and full vegetable flavor which goes well with the noodle. The interaction between noodle and broth leaves me with a fresh and premium feel. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 765667140505.
Hey – who’s the instant noodle king? Always kind of hoped I held that throne… anyways, I kind of miss the Thanksgiving turkey, but I’m not a turkey cooking kind of guy – so going with something chicken flavored. Let’s check it out!
Here’s the distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself.
The back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, put the noodles into 600ml boiling water for 90 seconds. Add sachet contents, stir, and you’re done.
The noodle block – very thin noodles.
The powder soup base sachet.
A light powder with a couple little bits here and there.
The liquid base sachet.
Smells like a cross between chicken and whitefish.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with Lindberg-Snider Red Baron BBQ Spice, leeks, and some green onion. The noodles are interesting; they’re thin but kind of hearty at the same time, sucking up water nicely. The broth is just what it purports to be – chicken and abalone, so a kind of poultry/seafood combo. It’s very strong and pretty hearty too – the oil give it an extra oomph. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 087303860593.
Here’s one that Joe B. and Sarah B. sent me from Nottingham, UK – thanks! I was going to review this yesterday, but it’s been a little tricky; you see, there’s no English on this really at all. I’ve been asking my friend Bobby Y. on Facebook questions about it and got the title and directions from him – thanks – saved me on this one! Let’s check it out!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure if there’s meat or not. To prepare, I was stumped. Bobby Y. said there weren’t any directions on the package! I ran into this last time I did one of these and used 400ml water for a few minutes. I think this time I’ll try 400ml and then add 100ml more and taste it then. It looks rather soupy on the packaging, and 600ml water seems to be pretty standard in Chinese variants like this. UPDATE – just walked to the local Asian market to get some leeks and green onions. Strolled down the noodle aisle and saw the export versions of Unif-100. Felt it out and it’s a round noodle block too. Calls for 500ml water, so that’s what I’m going with – for 4 minutes.
The noodle block.
Soup base sachet.
Lots of little bits.
A seasoned oil sachet.
Has a vinegar scent.
A little green sachet (both sides)
Whoa – little peppers!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef and leek I sauteed with garlic salt and some green onion. The noodles are pretty good – nice gauge and quality. Quite a decent amount of them too. The broth is interesting; it has a sort of beeef-vinegar-spicy triumvirate melding together. Usually I’m not a big fan of vinegar and beef, but this worked well. The little peppers? They’re salty and pretty hot. They’re like pickled peppers. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 6925303710446.
Here’s one my wife got me earlier this year on my birthday trip to Canada! Thanks, Kit! Today I’ll be using the very last of the amazingly succulent and perfect turkey Kit made this Thanksgiving – trust me – it was absolutely perfect. That’s why it’s chicken flavored noodles today; I don’t think it’d be very logical to add it to shrimp or beef flavored. Maybe duck, but I don’t believe there’s any duck flavored in my stash. So the noodles were bought in Canada, distributed in Hong Kong and a product of Thailand – got all that? Let’s check it out!
The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, put the noodles and contents of sachets in a bowl. Add 400ml boiling water, cover for 3 minutes, give a stir and it’s done.
The rice noodle block.
Seasoning powder sachet.
A light powder.
Flavored oil sachet.
Has a slightly garlicky scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg and Added turkey baked in the over stuffed with apples and onions with fresh rosemary, garlic and butter under the skin and basted regularly during the time in the oven. The noodles were the kind of rice noodles I dislike; they’re extremely thin and wispy like cobwebs – not the ones you get from a spider but the ones that you’d get at a Halloween store. The broth however is actually quite nice with a good chicken flavor. This would’ve been way better with rice stick. 1.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4897878200023.