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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!

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Noodles

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

It’s kind of interesting. Indeed, I review two products a day but generally only post one. This ensures two things. First, I get to everything before it expires. Second, I have a buffer in case I don’t have time to do a review. Meanwhile, the buffer has grown and is quickly reaching 80 reviews! I did this review on November 13th, 2016 and today is Inauguration Day, January 20th, 2017. It’s kind of funny; I did this review about as many days before my daughter Miriam was born as days since she was born (December 17th). Another interesting thing is while unplanned, this review follows Momofuku Ando Day yesterday where I did a video about Nissin Yakisoba. Weird. Finally Happy Birthday to my sister Sue!

I reviewed this Nissin Yakisoba so many years ago that I think it deserves a new number today. Why? Well, back then it had a mayonnaise and mustard pack which is not present here; kind of a bummer since it went so well. But hey – I have a feeling this will be good. I thought I’d review this one today as my wife Kit really likes yakisoba and I’m about to go on a big trip to Taiwan tonight. Going to be gone for five days. This will be the longest I’ve been away from my son Miles since he was born – going to miss them both so much! I should mention that this review will be coming out long after I’ve returned – its November 13th right now and I wouldn’t be surprised if this doesn’t come out until around New Year’s Eve. Anyways, what’s yakisoba? Let’s ask wikipedia –

Yakisoba (焼きそば?), literally “fried buckwheat,” or sōsu yakisoba (ソース焼きそば?) (the same, but in sauce), is considered a Japanese dish but may have originated in Japan as a variant of fried noodles. It first appeared in food stalls in Japan during the early 20th century.[1] Although soba means buckwheat, typically suggesting noodles made from that flour in mainland Japan, yakisoba noodles are made from wheat flour. It is typically flavored with a condiment similar to oyster sauce. Prepared by frying ramen-style noodles with bite-sized pork, vegetables (usually cabbage, onions or carrots) and flavored with yakisoba sauce, salt and pepper. It is served with a multitude of garnishes, such as aonori(seaweed powder), beni shoga (shredded pickled ginger), katsuobushi (fish flakes), and mayonnaise.

Let’s check it out!

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba – Japan

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Detail from the bottom and sides of the cellophane outer wraps (click to enlarge).

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Probably contains fish. To prepare, open tab 1 to line 2 and take out sachets. Add boiling water to line and close for 3 minutes. Next, remove tab 3 to expose drain spout and drain. Finally, add in contents of sachets. Stir and enjoy!

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Bits from under the noodle block – primarily cabbage.

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

A dry base sachet.

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Smells like yakisoba sauce!

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Another dry sachet.

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Looks like shichimi togarashi.

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Finished (click to enlarge). Added beef and mayonnaise (put mayonnaise in a sandwich bag in one end then poke holes with a toothpick in one side on the other end and squirt) and beef. The noodles came out well – a little thinner than expected. Indeed, the quantity is serious here – only for those with a serious appetite! The yakisoba flavor is a little lighter than expected but it’s very good – not overdone. The cabbage is nice and crunchy and the sprinkle of togarashi is a plus. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105226780.

#2302: Nissin Yakisoba - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Nisshin source yakisoba cup mustard mayonnaise 108g ~ 12 pieces

A video from the Sixth Annual Momofuku Ando Day of me preparing Nissin Yakisoba.

#2294: Sapporo Ichiban Tabimen AizuKitakata Gyokai Shoyu Ramen

Here’s another one sent to me by Javier from Box From Japan. Box From Japan has subscriptions for all sorts of neat Japanese things. I regret to say that I was informed that they won’t be taking subscriptions for their ramen boxes for now – hopefully that will start again soon. He mentioned that you can purchase instant noodles from them here. Here’s what he had to say about this particular variety:

Instant noodles that simulate the local flavor of the ramen from the city of Kitakata, in the Aizu region of Fukushima prefecture. Noodles: Flat and curly noodles that mix well with a glossy-surfaced soup. Soup: Light soup with the richness of seafood. Its base is cooked-and-dried pork, to which you add the flavor of dried bonito, two types of soy sauce concentrated and enhanced with ginger, which serves to heighten the flavor. Ingredients: Grilled pork slices, fish paste spirals (naruto), bamboo shoots, and chives.

Alright, let’s have a look!

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

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The liquid base sachet.

A decent amount of liquid.

The vegetables sachet.

Not just veggies but pork and narutomaki.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and hard boiled egg. The noodles hydrated nicely – they have a soft chew and a wide and thick kind of character. The broth is definitely a kind of fishy shoyu; one that is alright but a slight bit saltier than I prefer. The naruto was good, vegetables decent but pork so thin it might have not been present. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734025344.

Sapporo most salt ramen bowl 83g ~ 12 pieces

Wow – prepare to dance around your house!

#2289: Myojo Shin-Toyama Black Ramen

Here’s another one sent to me by Javier from Box From Japan. Box From Japan has subscriptions for all sorts of neat Japanese things. I regret to say that I was informed that they won’t be taking subscriptions for their ramen boxes for now – hopefully that will start again soon. He mentioned that you can purchase instant noodles from them here. Here’s what he had to say about this particular variety:

The Noodles: Thick, filling, deep fried noodles. The surface of the noodles glistens and they have a palatable, plump yet rm texture. The Soup: A pitch black soy sauce flavored soup. It is a recreation of the merits of Toyama Black, with savory flavors, such as fish sauce and chicken, combined with soy sauce and given a punch with black pepper. We have evolved the flavor by adding an original arrangement of sprinkled spices combining fish powder with black pepper and chili pepper. The Toppings: Roast pork, bamboo shoots, and green onions.

Only one or two of these from Javier left. Let’s check this one out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and fish. To prepare, add dry sachet contents to bowl and fill to line with boiling water. Let steep covered for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The liquid base.

Indeed, this looks murky…

A seasoning sachet.

Black pepper mixture.

The vegetables sachet.

Vegetables and pork.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and hard boiled egg. The noodles came out pretty well – kind of soft for the thickness of them, but they worked. The broth is definitely a murky swamp of blackness with a definitive black pepper taste and a kind of soy thing going on. The included vegetables were alright – the menma was not mushy but was slightly tough. The slice of pork seemed more like pepperoni than chashu. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881418348.

Myojo Tonkotsu Noodles, Creamy, 7.37 Ounce

A TV spot for Myojo’s Yakisoba

#2283: Nissin Raoh Pork Bone Soy Soup Noodle

This is another one sent by Colin from the east coast – thanks again! So pork bone broth is hugely popular in Japan and this sounds like a soy and pork variety to me. Let’s check out this premium variety!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure but probably contains pork. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Add liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The liquid sachet.

A very thick liquid with a pork and soy scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, hard boiled egg and sauteed pork with some shichimi togarashi atop. The noodles are big and thick with a compassionate chewiness and excellent quantity. The broth was really good – good thickness and the flavor was like a soy and pork combo. This just worked right and rubbed me the right way. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105900673.

Nissin – Raoh Japanese Instant Ramen Pork Bone Soy Soup Noodles (For 5 Servings)

A Nissin Raoh TV commercial.