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#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version)

 

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

Wow check this out! This is one I’ve reviewed many times before but this is a new version that comes in a little box! Thank you to MyKuali for sending this along! Indeed, their Penang White Curry was #1 on my annual top ten list is 2014, and it’s appeared on top ten lists since then. It’s amazing stuff; very strong flavors and aroma. When I visited Malaysia in 2014, I got to get a real sense of the foods there. In fact, I got to try many, many varieties of their cuisine! I tried lots of seafood of which I really liked the sunfish.

Also, there was the dim sum. You haven’t tasted din sum correctly until you visit Asia – that’s a fact. The amazing thing about Penang is that there are so many different kinds of food to try and they’re are so many people making it and selling it. Street food (known as hawker food) is brought to the ultimate level there – so much competition brings the best of the best out. This White Curry is a cornerstone of Malaysian cuisine, Penang in particular. A milky broth with a paste that makes it not only tasty but pretty spectacular to look at. Let’s check out this Japanese version box and give it a try!

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia (for Japanese market)

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

Detail of the box (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachets contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

Inside the box is a white bag with a sticker on it.

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

A dry mix sachet.

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

The powder soup base.

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

Anothe dry sachet.

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

Non dairy creamer.

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

The paste sachet.

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

The paste has a luxuriant shrimp and curry aroma.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, chilli flake, fish ball, carved squid and tau pok. The noodles are just perfect – they’re your standard instant upgraded. Nice and plump with a nice tooth. The broth is a luxuriant escapade into the flavor of Penang. First, there’s spicy heat. Next, flavor – lots of flavor! In fact, this stuff is a dance foor the taste buds. Shrimp and a multitude of spices come together to bring an amazing bowl of noodles. A favorite. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4541708021837.

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

MyKuali Penang White  Curry Noodle (8 Packs)

A promotional video from MyKuali.

#2371: Daikoku Tanuki Soba Cup

#2371: Daikoku Tanuki Soba Cup - Japan - The Ramen Rater

This is second of two cups I found at Uwajimaya. Similar graphics on them, the other is Kitsune Udon, this one is Tanuki Soba. So, what is a tanuki anyways? Here, we have some info from Wikipedia:

While tanuki are prominent in Japanese folklore and proverbs, they were not always clearly distinguished from other animals with a similar appearance. In local dialects, tanuki and mujina (, kyujitai: 貉) can refer to raccoon dogs or badgers. An animal known as tanuki in one region may be known as mujina in another region. In modern Tokyo standard dialect, tanuki refers to raccoon dogs and anaguma refers to badgers. Regional dishes known as tanuki-jiru (“tanuki soup”) do not contain actual tanuki. Some northern, very rural communities may eat tanuki stew (tanuki shichuu).[1]

So there’s no tanuki in this cup either. What you will find in tanuki soba is tempura in some way shape or form. Let’s look inside and see what we have here.

#2371: Daikoku Tanuki Soba – Japan

#2371: Daikoku Tanuki Soba Cup

This is a distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

#2371: Daikoku Tanuki Soba Cup

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Porbably contains fish. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line. Let steep covered for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2371: Daikoku Tanuki Soba Cup

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2371: Daikoku Tanuki Soba Cup

The noodle block.

#2371: Daikoku Tanuki Soba Cup

Here we have some of the seasoning and garnish from inside the cup. As you can see, it’s quite granular.

#2371: Daikoku Tanuki Soba Cup

Here we have a tempura coated piece of seaweed.

#2371: Daikoku Tanuki Soba Cup

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. First, the noodles are this and flat. Also, there’s quite a quantity of them. Second, the broth has an interesting taste. For example, it’s got a kind of sweetness as well as a saltiness that bounces back and forth with a fish taste. Finally, the tempura is a different kind of deal in this one. It is stuck to a piece of seaweed, so there’s seaweed taste. Overall, it works pretty well. In conclusion, I enjoyed this one much more than the kitsune udon by the same brand. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4904511006079.

#2371: Daikoku Tanuki Soba Cup

Daikoku My Friends Big source chow mein 120g ~ 12 pieces

A trip to 7-Eleven in Japan!

The March Box From Japan

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Javier over at www.boxfromjapan.com is working hard to bring you the best from Japan! He hand picks the best every month – ones you definitely can’t find here in the United States. Box From Japan is a subscription service – check it out! Here’s this months offering.

The March Box From Japan – Japan

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The included letter (click to enlarge).

The March Box From Japan - The Ramen Rater - Javir - www.boxfromjapan.com

A lovely set this month (click to enlarge)! Thanks again to Javier over at www.boxfromjapan.com! Check his site out today!

#2359: Daikoku Kitsune Udon

#2359: Daikoku Kitsune Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - うどん

Animal noodles! Animal noodles? Yup – animal noodles. That’s at least what I used to call these – there are two of them very popular in Japan – kitsune uson and tanuki soba. Kitsune refers to a fox and has fried tofu with it. Tanuki soba usually has either a round disc of tempura or little bits of it. Here’s a little more info from Wikipedia –

Udon (饂飩?, usually written as うどん) is a type of thick wheat flour noodle of Japanese cuisine. Udon is often served hot as a noodle soup in its simplest form, as kake udon, in a mildly flavoured broth called kakejiru, which is made of dashi, soy sauce, and mirin. It is usually topped with thinly chopped scallions. Other common toppings include tempura, often prawn or kakiage (a type of mixed tempura fritter), or aburaage, a type of deep-fried tofu pockets seasoned with sugar, mirin, and soy sauce. A thin slice of kamaboko, a halfmoon-shape fish cake, is often a garnish.

The flavor of broth and topping vary from region to region. Usually, dark brown broth, made from dark soy sauce (koikuchi shōyu), is used in eastern Japan, and light brown broth, made from light soy sauce (usukuchi shōyu), is used in western Japan. This is even noticeable in packaged instant noodles, which are often sold in two different versions for east and west.

Kitsune udon: “Fox udon”. Topped with aburaage (sweetened deep-fried tofu pockets). This originated in Osaka.

Let’s have a look at this foxy noodle.

Daikoku Kitsune Udon – Japan

#2359: Daikoku Kitsune Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - うどん

The distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

#2359: Daikoku Kitsune Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - うどん

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

#2359: Daikoku Kitsune Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - うどん

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2359: Daikoku Kitsune Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - うどん

The noodle block.

#2359: Daikoku Kitsune Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - うどん

Loose bits from inside the cup. Note the little granules.

#2359: Daikoku Kitsune Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - うどん

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles were a bit wider, but not by much. This way of presenting udon always confused me a little, but hey whatever works. While the noodles were decent, the broth was a salty and rough go. The broth had a very strong fish taste to it which is fine, but the saltiness level was extreme. The kamaboko is everywhere which I really like as are the seaweed and strips of tofu. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4904511006062.

#2359: Daikoku Kitsune Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - うどん

Daikoku My Friends Big source chow mein 120g ~ 12 pieces

A trip to 7-Eleven in Japan!

#2355: Marutai Nagasaki Agodashi Shoyu Ramen

#2355: Marutai Nagasaki Agodashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s one that was a gift from the folks at Washoku Explorer – thanks again! This variety from Nagasaki definitely has a fish sense to i, however let’s look at Wikipedia on the subject of Shoyu ramen –

Shōyu (醤油, “soy sauce”) ramen is the oldest of the five, it has a clear brown broth, based on a chicken and vegetable (or sometimes fish or beef) stock with plenty of soy sauce added resulting in a soup that is tangy, salty, and savory yet still fairly light on the palate. Shōyu ramen usually has curly noodles rather than straight ones, but this is not always the case. It is often adorned with marinated bamboo shoots or menma, green onions, kamaboko (fish cakes), nori (seaweed), boiled eggs, bean sprouts and/or black pepper; occasionally the soup will also contain chili oil or Chinese spices, and some shops serve sliced beef instead of the usual chāshū.

Let’s take a look!

Marutai Nagasaki Agodashi Shoyu Ramen – Japan

#2355: Marutai Nagasaki Agodashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Boil noodles in 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2355: Marutai Nagasaki Agodashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The package contains 2 servings. Here’s one of the servings of noodle.

#2355: Marutai Nagasaki Agodashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The dry soup base.

#2355: Marutai Nagasaki Agodashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Has a fish scent.

#2355: Marutai Nagasaki Agodashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A liquid sachet.

#2355: Marutai Nagasaki Agodashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Oily.

#2355: Marutai Nagasaki Agodashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added narutomaki, baked chicken, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles came out wonderfully; gauge and chew were really great. The broth was definitely on the fishy end and not in a way that I prefer. Sesame seeds floated about the surface which was a nice addition. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702001230.

#2355: Marutai Nagasaki Agodashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Marutai Nagasaki Agodashi containing soy sauce ramen 178g ~ 15 meals

An advertisement for Marutai ramen products.