Category Archives: Hong Kong

#2326: Nissin Demae Iccho Tokyo Shoyu Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type)

#2326: Nissin Demae Iccho Tokyo Shoyu Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Another left over from the Nissin Hong Kong Meet The Manufacturer. I’ve reviewed many Nissin HK tonkotsu varieties thus far, and today we have yet another variety! This is a Tokyo Shoyu Tonkotsu. Shoyu translates to soy sauce, so this seems like it will be a kind of milky soy kind of thing? Let’s find out!!

Nissin Demae Iccho Tokyo Shoyu Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) – Hong Kong

#2326: Nissin Demae Iccho Tokyo Shoyu Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork, fish and egg. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and let steep covered for 3 minutes. Add in contents of sachet. Stir and enjoy!

#2326: Nissin Demae Iccho Tokyo Shoyu Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2326: Nissin Demae Iccho Tokyo Shoyu Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2326: Nissin Demae Iccho Tokyo Shoyu Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Loose seasoning and garnish from the cup.

#2326: Nissin Demae Iccho Tokyo Shoyu Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A sachet attached to the lid.

#2326: Nissin Demae Iccho Tokyo Shoyu Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A light powder (usually these sachets have contained a liquid base in my other reviews).

#2326: Nissin Demae Iccho Tokyo Shoyu Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, egg, chashu pork and nanami togarashi. The noodles are thin with a round shape. Good quantity. The broth was more seafood and shoyu than what I would usually think of with a tonkotsu. Augmented with cabbage, scrambled egg and other bits which hydrated very well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878150090.

#2326: Nissin Demae Iccho Tokyo Shoyu Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Nissin, Instant Cup Noodles, Tokyo Shoyu  Tonkotsu Flavour, 75 g (Pack of 2)

A Nissin TV commercial.

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s another one from Colin – thanks! So, wwhat’s CXO sauce? Here’s some 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.[2]

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.[3]

Typical ingredients of XO sauce include dried scallop, red chili pepper, Jinhua ham, dried shrimp, garlic and canola oil.[4] Some other recipes also call for salted cured fish and diced onion.

This looks interesting – a stir noodle with black pepper XO sauce sounds neat – let’s check it out!

Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour – Hong Kong

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and let steep for 4 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

An included fork!

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The seasoning sachet.

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Thick black sauce!

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, carved squid, fried tofu puff and diced chashu pork. Wow. The noodles are great – good quantity and nice chew – soft but with backbone. The flavor is really quite nice. A strong black pepper hit greets the palate and then all that tasty XO sauce flavor. I’m in love. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 087303866106.

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Sao Tao – Chicken & Abalone Sichuan Noodle Soup 5.6 Oz (Pack of 1)

A TV spot for Sau Tao instant noodles.

#2320: Nissin Nupasta Bolognese Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type)

#2320: Nissin Nupasta Bolognese Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Yet another left over from the Nisin HK Meet The Manufacturer! Man, they sent so many! Thank you so much – really helps a lot! So these are instant takes on classic Italian pasta dishes. They’re microwavable and thus far, I’ve not had one I didn’t like. Let’s see how this one fares.

Nissin Nupasta Bolognese Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) – Hong Kong

#2320: Nissin Nupasta Bolognese Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add sachet marked 1 (dry ingredients) to cup and fill to line with water. Microwave at 800W for 4 minutes (I have an 1100W microwave and use power level 8). Add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

#2320: Nissin Nupasta Bolognese Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2320: Nissin Nupasta Bolognese Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2320: Nissin Nupasta Bolognese Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The first of two sachets.

#2320: Nissin Nupasta Bolognese Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Vegetables and meat bits.

#2320: Nissin Nupasta Bolognese Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A liquid sachet.

#2320: Nissin Nupasta Bolognese Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Has a tomato scent.

#2320: Nissin Nupasta Bolognese Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out quite nicely – just a tiny bit al dente just like I expected. The meat sauce was pretty good – definitely a sweet tomato and meat melange here. I think of all these I’ve tried so far, I’m definitely a big fan of the Carbonara and Salmon In White Sauce variants over this one. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4897878660025.

#2320: Nissin Nupasta Bolognese Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Garlic and Oil: Food and Politics in Italy

[youtuibe url=https://youtu.be/vDbXr4qlKrs]A cooking demonstration of Nissin Nupasta with Kit Mak.

#2314: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Beef Flavour

#2314: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Beef Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Yep, you guessed it! This is yet another one left from the Nissin Hong Kong Meet The Manufacturer. Thanks again to Nissin HK for sending so many varieties! Sounds simple enough – it’s spicy, it’s beef. Let’s check it out!

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Beef Flavour – Hong Kong

#2314: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Beef Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add cold water to fill line and microwave at 800W for 3 minutes (use this tool to convert wattage for your microwave). On my microwave, I have a ‘power level’ button and set it to 8. Stir and enjoy!

#2314: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Beef Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2314: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Beef Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2314: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Beef Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Some of the loose seasoning and bits from the cup – egg and beef!

#2314: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Beef Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrated well in the microwave – perfectly done. They’re soft with a light chew but not spongy. The broth has a nice almost braised beef taste – almost but not quite. The spicy aspect was so light that my son Andy who is very sensitive to spicy things was able to polish it off no sweat. The bits of carrot, corn, beef, pea and egg were ample and ubiquitous. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878100101.

#2314: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Beef Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Nissin Instant Authentic HK Japanese Ramen Cup Of Noodles Soup (24 Pack)

A Nissin Cup Noodles TV advertisement from Hong Kong.

#2309: Nissin Cup Noodles Big Seafood Flavour

#2309: Nissin Cup Noodles Big Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

Another one from the Nissin Hong Kong Meet The Manufacturer. This one is really popular overseas – I think I saw it on some list as a favorite. Here’s a little from wikipedia on the might Cup Noodles:

1970s
In 1970, Nissin formed the subsidiary Nissin Foods (USA) Co. Inc, to sell instant noodles in the United States. Nissin recognized that the bowls traditionally used to package instant noodles in Asia were not common in the U.S, so they used the paper cup designed by Ron R. Matteson. In 1971, they introduced instant ramen packaged in a foam cup. Originally, the product was known as Cup O’ Noodles in the United States until 1993. In 1978, Nissin Foods offers new varieties of Top Ramen and Cup O’ Noodles.

1990s
In 1998, Cup Noodles Hot Sauce Varieties introduced (Beef, Chicken, Pork and Shrimp).[1]

Today, instant noodles in Japan are often sold in foam bowls, sometimes with plastic utensils. Foam bowls are inexpensive, disposable, light, and easy to hold, since they insulate heat well.
German Cup Nudeln (Spicy flavor), old packaging
Different flavors are available in other parts of the world, such as tom yum in Thailand, curry in Japan, crab in Hong Kong, and brazilian barbecue in Brazil.[2]

In 2016 the US version was changed, reducing sodium and removing MSG and artificial flavors.

Let’s have a look at this Cup Noodles Big variety.

Nissin Cup Noodles Big Seafood Flavour – Hong Kong

#2309: Nissin Cup Noodles Big Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, remove lid and add water to line. Microwave at 800W (I set mine to power level 8 instead of 10) for 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

#2309: Nissin Cup Noodles Big Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2309: Nissin Cup Noodles Big Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

The noodle block.

#2309: Nissin Cup Noodles Big Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

Loose seasoning and garnish from the cup.

#2309: Nissin Cup Noodles Big Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles come out of the microwave piping hot and with a quick stir, ready for action. They’re flat and thin and there’s a huge amount of them. They feature a soft chew. The broth has a kind of light and buttery seafood flavor. Garnishes such as vegetables, seafood and scramble egg are everywhere and add nicely. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878630011.

#2309: Nissin Cup Noodles Big Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

Nissin Seafood Instant Authentic HK Japanese Ramen Cup Of Noodles Soup (24 Packs)

A Nissin Seafood Cup Noodles TV advertisement from Hong Kong.