Category Archives: Pork

#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!

#2293: Nissin Nupasta Bacon In Carbonara Sauce Flavour Instant Noodle

Another leftover from the Nissin Hong Kong Meet The Manufacturer – thanks again! Been waiting for the right day to review this one – I should mention today actually is November 8th, 2016 – election day here in the United States. You see, I’m about sixty reviews ahead of myself. How? Well, I usually try to do two reviews a day – and been doing that for a while. I used to only do one a day and if I missed a day I would have to scramble to do a review and post it the same day etc etc. I can hear it ‘oh my god you eat two packs of instant noodles every day?’ Of course not; people reviewing wines don’t chug down a whole bottle to decide what they think of it. I take a couple spoons of broth and a few bites of noodle. In fact, I would say that after reviewing two bowls of noodles, I’ve maybe had the equivalent of 1/3 of a bowl, so there you go. This way if I need to take a couple days off, I can. Well, by now we know who is the new president when you’re seeing this. My daughter Miriam will have been born and Christmas may be over. Crazy. Well, let’s try this one – the cup version was in this year’s The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Instant Noodle Cups Of all Time list – let’s check the pack out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork (lard). To prepare, add noodles to 250ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents and cook over medium heat until sauce thickens. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The sauce powder sachet.

A lot of light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added pork, sweet onion and garlic sauteed in a little butter with some salt. The noodles are great – good gauge and chewiness – they feel like an Italian pasta versus an Asian noodle if that makes sense. The sauce is a luscious white with a bacon taste throughout. Very rich and very tasty. I wouldn’t have pegged Hong Kong to be the source of this in a million years – it’s just wonderful! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878190034.

Nissin Demae Ramen Variety Pack (6 Flavors)

A recipe for spaghetti carbonara.

#2290: Nissin Demae Ramen Straight Noodle Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle

One of the more interesting varieties left over from the Nissin Foods Hong Kong Meet The Manufacturer. This one’s very new; a two-serving pack with a pork bone broth and black garlic oil fun! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add noodles to 450ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add powder sachet to a bowl. Add noodles and broth to bowl, stirring broth as it pours out with the powder you already put in the bowl. Add in black garlic oil. Stir and enjoy!

Here’s what you’re greeted with when you open the package: two of everything.

The straight noodle bindle.

The powder base sachet.

A light powder.

The black garlic oil sachet.

Black. Garlicky. Oily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chashu pork, spring onion and nanami togarashi. The noodles are just perfect – perfect firmness and chew! The broth is a creamy tonkotsu augmented by the black garlic oil. Rich, hearty and very giving. This stuff is just sensational! Easy 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – super impressed!  EAN bar code 4897878850020.

Nissin Demae Ramen Variety Pack (Tonkotsu Series) (Pack of 16 with 4 Each Flavor)

A Nissin Hk TV commercial about their new Demae Ramen Straight Noodle.

#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.