January 19, 2013

Momofuku Ando Day! #964: Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Soy Sauce Flavor

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2015 The Ramen Rater’s Momofuku Ando Day here!

Today marks the second annual The Ramen Rater’s Momofuku Ando Day! Who was Momofuku Ando? Well, if it weren’t for him, myself, tens of thousands of college students and millions and millions of people around the world would be hungry today. Momofuku Ando invented not only the instant noodle in 1958, but also the Cup Noodle which was introduced in 1971. The company he founded, Nissin Foods, still exists today and produces flavors of instant noodles for many countries in the world. Here in the US, Top Ramen and Cup Noodles are prevalent while in Japan more local flavors like Shoyu (soy sauce) or Shio (salt) can be found. In the Philippines, there are flavors like Bulalo and Sotanghon, and in India Curry and Masala are available. Here’s a short piece about Mr. Ando and the invention of instant noodles from Nissin’s website. I should also mention there will be a special Show Your Noodles to see today as well!

The folks at Nissin Foods USa sent me a big box of samples a couple weeks ago and inside was this little gem from Japan. I have seen this before online but never anywhere in the USA. This is called Raoh and it is one of Nissin’s more premium Japanese products. In honor of Momofuku Ando day, I have done up a video review that you can see below.

Here’s the special Momofuku Ando Day celebratory video! Check it out then look below for more!

Here are the details from the side panels (click image to enlarge).

The veggie packet.

Looks like some nice stuff – green onion I recognize but not sure about the other things.

Dry powder packet.

Looks like soup base powder.

Liquid soup pack.

Has a nice scent.

Check this out – a slice of pork! This is awesome – definitely something you won’t find here in the US.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, green onions and hard boiled egg. The noodles were very nice – perfect chewiness and consistency. Reminds me of fresh ramen noodle varieties. The broth is strong and has a nice thickness. The broth is definitely rich. Has a deep soy flavor and nicely thicker than normal instant noodle broths. The slice of pork? It re-hydrates exceptionally well with a nice consistency and some fat – very decadent for an instant bowl of ramen I’d say. The veggies did well too – a decent amount. All in all, this is amazing stuff. I’d love to try all of the varieties of Raoh, that’s for sure. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars easy. Thanks to Scott A. over at Nissin Foods USA for sending this along with the other samples – awesome! UPC bar code 4902105214077

A tour around the Cup Noodles Museum in Yokohama, Japan. I would love to go here someday. Here’s the official website and hours/price:

Name: CUPNOODLES MUSEUM (formal name: Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum)  Address: 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0001 Japan  Telephone: General information: 045-345-0918 / Chicken Ramen Factory reservations: 045-345-0825 (Reception hours: 10:00-18:00, holidays excluded)  Museum hours: 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:00)  Holidays: Tuesdays (when Tuesday is a holiday, closed the following day), year end / new year holidays  Admission: Adults: 500 yen (tax included) / high school age children and younger admitted free  *Some facilities within the museum require separate admission. *Museum admission fee and facility usage fees are subject to change.

Last year’s Momofuku Ando Day video – Top Ramen Chicken Flavor!

46 thoughts on “Momofuku Ando Day! #964: Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Soy Sauce Flavor

  1. Joseph H.

    Wow. That looks so delicious. That slice of pork was real pork, and not textured vegetable/soy protein? I’m impressed!

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      1. Ambi DeXter

        It wasn’t criticism. Just thought you might be interested to know. I love anything Japanese. Actually the bento principle to make food look extra attractive, colorful and tasty should translate well to ramen. Especially ramen where you add a few things yourself.

        1. Hans "The Ramen Rater" Lienesch Post author

          Right on – hey any chance you know of any kind of little mold or something that helps in making narutomaki? I think it’d be neat to make some, although the steaming of fish could stink up our one bedroom apartment and anger the wife!

          – TRR

  3. kristedy

    Wow this blog is awesome. I’m a college student and eat instant noodle like A LOT. Now with these blog I have a reference to try something new. You are Sir, a beacon to every student!:D

    However, Keep your diet balance, I heard instant noodles aren’t exactly healthy, though i also thinks that these stuff however will do less harm than 2 big mac, 3 fries and 2 shakes. An apple a day, keeps the doctors away, right?

    Anyway just curios since you had so many noodles, do you really try them by your own or do you have some kind of assistant?

    Because if you really are eating all of these by your own then i would suggest you call the Guiness book, cause these stuff are legendary. never seen people with so many experience with instant noodle.

    sorry for the long post, i’m just fascinated. Anyway good job mate! 😉

    1. Hans "The Ramen Rater" Lienesch Post author

      Glad you like the blog! Actually yeah I’m the only one who does the reviews. I eat all the noodles too! I only have one a day on here usually and add good protein and vegetables to them so they’re not so bad. For dinner I usually have brown rice, chicken breast and salad. As far as the Guinness people, there’s a guy in Japan who is up to around 5000 reviews, although his are different. Keep checking the blog – more cool stuff soon – hoping to do some new reviews of Indonesian varieties – those are my favorite!

      – TRR

  4. Zoner

    Expensive, but i gotta try these some time. I noticed on the japan’s Nissin Raoh home page they got a new line of “dipping ramen”, Hans you should talk to your friends at Nissin about getting to try some out~

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