Category Archives: Japan

#2323: Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen

#2323: Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s one I got at the Carrefour store in Taipei at the bottom of the Miramar Entertainment Park mall. It was on sale and definitely something I didn’t expect to see. There was a bunch of articles that came out about this variety a while back – it was popular many years ago and discontinued and then brought back to the delight of consumers. Noodles with a picture of a giraffe in a bow tie on the front? Yeah; this sounds neat. Let’s check out this revisited classic from Japan!

Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen – Japan

The import/distribution sticker (click to enlarge).

#2323: Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure as to meat contents. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water for 2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2323: Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The large bag pictured above contains 6 of these individual servings.

#2323: Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2323: Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The soup base sachet.

#2323: Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The powder base.

#2323: Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles come out with a rather exceptional chew for an instant; perhaps it’s the two minute cook time, but they’re very good. The shio broth is just all around tasty. I like how sesame seeds were present – even though only one sachet. Clean and lovely. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4982504863403.

#2323: Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

“KIRIN SALT Ramen 6packs”

A short video showing the product at a food expo from 2014.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Sad to say it but this is the last of the varieties sent to me by Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com. He’s decided to end the subscription service for instant noodles, however you can still get neat boxes of Japanese candy! Check ’em out! Well, here’s what he had to say about this variety:

Recreating the taste of the local ramen from the city of Kameyama, Mie prefecture.
Noodles: Broad, slightly yellowish noodles. They are also a little curly, and mix well with the soup. Soup: The soup’s base is beef bone, to which you add a mixture of 3 kinds of miso paste (red miso, soy miso and wheat miso), you flavor it with garlic and ginger, and for the final touch you add pepper and spicy soy sauce. Cauliflower fungus powder from Mie prefecture is also used to enhance the flavor and thicken it. Ingredients: Cabbage, bamboo shoots, Jew’s ear fungus, ground beef, and carrots.

Alright – let’s have a look!

Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji – Japan

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and the vegetables sachet. Cover for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy! Garnish with togarashi.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Detail of the lid and its underside (click to enlarge).

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

The noodle block.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

The liquid base.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Has a miso scent.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Vegetables and meat.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Veg and chashu.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

A garnish sachet.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Togarashi.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are very chewy – very premium stuff. The broth is VERY rich – probably some of the strongest miso flavor I’ve experienced in an instant ramen before. That being said, it’s pretty overwhelming to me; I like a nice rich miso, but this one jumps the shark and is just too much. The vegetables are decently hydrated and of good quality. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734026747.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Sapporo most miso ramen bowl 81g ~ 12 pieces

A Sapporo Ichiban TV commercial.

#2316: Nissin Cup Noodle Spicy Chicken Curry

#2316: Nissin Cup Noodle Spicy Chicken Curry - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

This was sent to me by Ippin, a purveyor of wonderful Japanese items! Thank you again! They informed me that this one has been discontinued, but I’m reviewing it anyways. I really like curry, spicy things and chicken. What’s more, it’s snowing today! Let’s give this Cup Noodle with a famous tennis player on the front!

Nissin Cup Noodle Spicy Chicken Curry – Japan

#2316: Nissin Cup Noodle Spicy Chicken Curry - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. to prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2316: Nissin Cup Noodle Spicy Chicken Curry - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2316: Nissin Cup Noodle Spicy Chicken Curry - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2316: Nissin Cup Noodle Spicy Chicken Curry - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Loose pieces of garnish and seasoning from the cup.

#2316: Nissin Cup Noodle Spicy Chicken Curry - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A liquid sachet.

#2316: Nissin Cup Noodle Spicy Chicken Curry - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Has a curry scent.

#2316: Nissin Cup Noodle Spicy Chicken Curry - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are flat and thin and have a slightly wider gauge than standard Cup Noodle noodles I’ve seen. Lots of noodles and they work well with the broth. The broth (more akin to a sauce) is a tasty melange of curry with a little hit of spiciness; nothing that will make you run by any means. Complimenting the meal are bits of chicken, egg, potato and carrot. This was absolutely delightful! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105232767.

Cup Noodle BIG Pooh Patpong 105g

A bit of interesting news is that Cup Noodle has a bit of a role to play in Final Fantasy XV!

#2305: Ajinatori Halal Chicken Shio Ramen

Ajinatori Halal Chicken Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

The nice folks at Ippin sent me this one (SG folks click here) – thanks again! They are purveyors of all things Japanese! This ramen we have here today is a HALAL-friendly chicken variety – looks great! Let’s check it out!

Ajinatori Halal Chicken Shio Ramen – Japan

Ajinatori Halal Chicken Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 -5 minutes. Drain. Add 300ml boiling water and soup base to a bowl and stir. Add in cooked noodles. Enjoy!

Ajinatori Halal Chicken Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Inside the package you find a pack with noodles and soup base.

Ajinatori Halal Chicken Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

The liquid base sachet.

Ajinatori Halal Chicken Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Has a nice chicken scent.

Ajinatori Halal Chicken Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, hard boiled egg and baked chicken with panko. The noodles are thick and very chewy; I cooked them for 4 minutes although perhaps 5 would have been better. The broth has a very strong salty chicken taste to it with a little bit of oiliness to it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4937678050593.

Ajinatori Halal Chicken Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Halal Shio-flavor Chicken Ramen – Standard Packaging 130g

An informational presentation about what HALAL means and why followers of Islam can eat some foods and not others.

MyKuali Sends Long-Awaited Samples From Malaysia!

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

Hooray a new box of MyKuali samples! I’ve been a big fan of their products ever since they released their Penang White Curry way back in 2013 I believe. Since then, they appeared on my top Ten Spiciest list and then my Top Ten annual. They’re known nowadays worldwide as something unique and different. Let’s see what’s in this package!

Product Samples From MyKuali – Malaysia

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

Hey look – The Ramen Rater stamp of approval on the box (click to enlarge)!

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

The evil tape (click to enlarge). Well, I shouldn’t say evil, but I’ve gotten empty boxes before when they decide to destroy some packs that have a microscopic amount ofof chicken or beef powder…

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

Under the lid (click to enlarge). Let’s check everything out in detail.

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

These are awesome (click to enlarge)! So companies will make different package designs for different countries. These are little boxes for Japan. We have MyKuali Penang White Curry on the left and MyKuali Hokkien Prawn on the right.

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

So here’s the back of the little boxes (click to enlarge). Obviously they’re pretty happy about making the #1 and #2 spots on my lists!

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

MyKuali’s Penang Red Tom Yum (click to enlarge) was #1 on my 2015 Top Ten annual. So this style packaging is for the Singaporean market. This one has a styrong shrimp and spicy taste with lemongrass.

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the famous Penang White Curry (click to enlarge) – #1 on 2014. It’s kind of hard to describe this one’s taste. Indeed it has a spicy element but then this curry which I think can only be explained as Malaysian.

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

Here we have the MyKuali Hokkien Prawn (click to enlarge), which hit #2 on the 2016 Top Ten annual list. So this one has a really strong sweet prawn taste to it and really nice crunchy fried onion.

Long Awaited Samples From MyKuali Of Malaysia! - The Ramen Rater

These actually are the ones I’ve been waiting for (click to enlarge). So these are rice vermicelli versions of the Penang White Curry and Penang Tom Yum varieties. In conclusion, I’m really looking forward to reviewing all of these! Thank you very, very much!