Here’s an interesting one from Colin – thanks again! This is an onion flavored shoyu. I’ve had a few onion flavor varieties – let’s give this one from Itomen a try!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it has meat or not. To prepare, add noodle block and clear sachet to 500ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in soup base. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
A light tan powder.
A sachet of onions.
A decent quantity.
Finished (click to enlarge). Adde Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chashu pork and hard boiled egg. The noodles were excellent – imagine if you had 2 standard instant noodles that were next to eachother. It’s like that; like a double-wide instant noodle and it works quite well. The broth was good – definitely shoyu, however not getting a huge amount of ‘onionniness’ from it. The onions did hydrate well, but they could definitely have been bigger and in the same quantity – would’ve worked better. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901104132269.
Here’s one my lovely wife got me during a birthday trip to Richmond, BC on my birthday! I really like this packaging; very retro! Let’s check it out!
Here’s the import sticker.
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be vegetarian friendly but look for yourself.
The noodle block.
The dry seasoning sachet.
Has a nice buttery scent.
The sesame oil sachet.
This has a very strong sesame scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added imitation crab meat. The noodles have a lightness to them that is really great. Very springy and mellow. The broth is rather overwhelmed by the sesame oil, but that’s not a complaint. The crab flavor is light. It’s got a warm stick-to-your-ribs buttery comfort-food appeal I found. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4901104150157.
Here’s one that the folks from God Of Patena sent – thanks! Very little English on here – searched and translated via UPC code and kept coming up with ‘chanpon’ over and over so I’m calling it that. Also found it called ‘champon’ too, but more often than not it was ‘chanpon.’ Most things show it as a seafood broth, but as you can see on the package, it looks like ham or smoked pork. I also saw mention that this was a borrowed noodle soup from Chinese culture; like jjamppong perhaps? Let’s check it out!
The back of the package (click image to enlarge).
The noodle block. It reminds me of waves lapping a distant shore.
The seasoning packet.
A nice scent with seafood notes.
Looks like cabbage and shrimp and maybe some other things going on.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added thin sliced chuck sauteed in garlic and Worcestershire sauce, carrot, mushroom, egg and sweet onion. The noodles are wonderful – thin and elastic with a perfect consistency. The broth is light and almost cheery – a nice savory taste. The extra bits hydrated well. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4901104100015
A bunch of Japanese TV commercials from 1987 – there’s an Itomen one at 1m30s.
Here’s one I got at Uwajimaya in Beaverton, OR on the way home from our big California trip this summer. I’m sure there’s a better translation for it’s name, but this is what I came up with. Shall we?
Import sticker info.
Side panels – click to enlarge.
The noodle block. Note its slightly darker color – buckwheat.
A big seasoning packet.
The large amount of powder.
Hey – wild plants!
Looks like some interesting stuff here.
A smaller red packet…
Red pepper flakes!
Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles are a little on the crumbly and weak of character side – kind of a surprise. The broth is salty, kind of sweet and also has a fish component. The edible wild plant is pretty good stuff – lots of it – as well as a couple little tempura bits thrown in. The short bean looking things are quite good. The more I ate it, the more I liked it. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4901104302518 .
This one was a puzzle – the only things in English on the packaging wwas a website called itomen.co.jp. I sent out a call for help in identifying this one and got help from a reader named Eric Z. from Parkland, FL! He scanned the bar code on the image and found it on Google! Not too shabby! Thanks again! Now let’s open this one up and see what’s inside.
On the left is a packet of dry seasoning and veggies, on the right, a bunch of little bits of who knows what. Upon opening the packet on the right, I figured out it was bits of tempura.
Awaiting the boiling water. I set the tempura pearls aside as they’d get real soggy while the noodles cooked.
Click image to enlarge. Added two fried eggs and sprinkled all the tempura on at the end. The broth is very tasty – the tempura was crunchy for a short time and then made the broth stewlike. The noodles were excellent and delicious. The eggs tied everything together. I loved this one – super good! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars!
Not sure if it relates, but here’s how Okinawa soba noodles are made.