Category Archives: Sanyo Foods

#2128: Sapporo Ichiban Taimeiken Yousyoku Yasangatsukutta Omumen

Here’s another one from They’re a subscription service where you can get a box of noodles from Japan every month (they also have neat candy boxes from Japan as well). Still to this date I haven’t gotten a repeat or anothing I’ve ever reviewed in the past – pretty awesome! Here’s what they have to say about this one:

Ever since being founded in 1931, and located in Nihombashi, Tokyo, the long-standing Western-style restaurant “Taimeiken” has continually sustained its good reputation. Its standard “Omurice” menu comes arranged with a serving of cup noodles. Soup: Its chicken extract is cooked authentically, and by adding a vegetable extract with tomatoes the overall avor is sweetened with a tomato taste. Noodles: They are exible, supple, tasty to swallow and their seasoning goes together perfectly with the soup. Ingredients: The “Omurice” menu is made with scrambled eggs and green peas coupled together with a tomato soup

I really like the little bit of info they include for every noodle! Let’s check this one out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains eggs. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and let steep 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet from the top of the lid. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

some of the loose ingredients from the cup.

The sachet which was affixed to the lid.

Has  kind of ketchup scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added a two egg omelette. The noodles hydrated perfectly and have a little chew to them which I liked. The gauge was thin. Broth was very saucy – kind of like a tomato sauce, augmented very nicely with bits of egg, peas (which hydrated very well) and some odd little time circular things I am not sure of. Very Chef Boyardee with a more adult spin – I like it! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734027140.

If you are keen on ramen, this is a must see film, bar-none. Tampopo

Here’s a clip from the film ‘Tampopo.’ They bust into a restaurant kitchen and make omurice; basically a rice omelette.

#1549: Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein Japanese Style Noodles Yakisoba

Here’s another one my wife got me during my annual birthday trip to Canada this year – thank, Kit! So this is the Canadian version of Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein. There are a couple differences between this and the version for sale in the United States packaging wise, but does it taste different? I’m guessing it’s going to be about the same but it could be different. Let’s find out as I tear into the Canadian version of Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein!

Here’ the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 250ml water in skillet or frying pan. Add the noodle block and stir until noodles loosen and absorb all of the water. Add some meat or veggies – or both – and sautee for a bit. Add in seasoning sachet contents and combine. Add green laver sachet as garnish. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The seasoning base sachet.

Has a yakisoba scent.

The green lavel sachet!

Bright green seaweed!


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added thinly sliced beef sauteed with Worcestershire sauce. The noodles have a good gauge and chew, and like to suck up liquid! They cooked very quickly and once I tossed in the seasoning, they were perfect. The seasoning is very good with a rick yakisoba flavor. The green laver adds a subtle touch. This is one of my all time favorites. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 076186070083.

Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein, 3.6-Ounce Packages (Pack of 24) – So the difference between the USA version and the Canadian version is also the size – the Canadian version is 100g vs. ours are 102g.

An older Japanese Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein TV advert

#1330: Sapporo Ichiban Otafuku Okonomi Sauce Yakisoba

Here’s some more noodles I picked up last July in Canada. It’s been a while now, so I’ll tell you the story of the July trip. I saw a blog post from a guy up in Vancouver, BC who was talking about my top ten list. He had a really neat little graphic icon that looked cool, so I tried to figure out where it was from. Finally, he was the one who let me in on it. It was a graphic someone had made of my top ten list! I was curious to find out where it had come from…

Here it is (click image to enlarge). Pretty awesome, but hey wait a minute – they’re using my images and list and name and everything and haven’t asked permission or anything! So I figured I should give them a call. I left a message and got a return call promptly. They apologized for doing it and said that they were big fans (wow Canadian fans – rad!). They also said that they pulled the poster because everything on it had sold out. At first I was kind of mad, but then I thought that if they thought maybe I could collaborate with them. A date was set, and me and my partner/site developer Dave drove up to Richmond, BC to their headquarters. They wanted to have me do appearances at their stores and develop a top ten list just for them. They also gave me a shopping cart and demanded I go up and down the aisles of the Metro Center T&T and have all the noodles I’d never reviewed. $400 worth of them; was like a strange shopping spree! Was a lot of fun and very nice of them.  Department of Agriculture stopped us on the way back – was pretty comical! Anyways, they were going to call me with a contract/proposal but never got back with me. Really bummed about that; really don’t know what happened on their end. But yeah that was the big July 2013 trip. I’ve got no hard feelings on T&T; they were all really nice people and it was a fun day. At least they gave me something for using my material unlike lots of places. Anyways, on with the review!

Here’s the distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free, but check for yourself.

Here are the side panels and bottom (click image to enlarge). To prepare, remove sachets. Add boiling water to line and steep 3 minutes. Using pour spout, drain. Add sachet contents and drizzle with mayo sachet. Enjoy!

Here’s detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The liquid sachet.

Yakisoba sauce.

Some bits of cabbage and other vegetable from the bottom of the tray.

A garnish sachet.


This is one of my favorite things about Japanese instant noodle trays; when they have mayonnaise. Yup – mayonnaise and yakisoba is where it’s at. Period. Bar none.


Andy and I enjoying our noodles and watching Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato, thatis).

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added grilled chicken, cabbage and a little kamaboko on the side. The noodles were pretty good; the texture was just right for yakisoba. The flavoring was right on the money too –  the only yakisoba sauce I’ve ever seen for sale around these parts is that Otafuku stuff so either it’s all they can get or it’s popular. The mayo was wonderful and the seaweed (green laver) was a perfect accompaniment. If you like yakisoba and instant noodles, this is the perfect stuff. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4901734017493.

Here’s how you do it homemade!

#1238: Sapporo Ichiban Sesame Ramen

Wow a noodle review on Thanksgiving? Yeah – although I did it yesterday and scheduled it to auto-post… Rest assured as you read this I’m probably helping make Thanksgiving dinner up at my mom’s. Sesame ramen eh? I bet turkey would go good with it… I’ll do some kind of turkey recipe soon. Let’s check this one out.

Here’s the distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, put the contents of the seasoning sachets in a bowl and set aside. Boil 500ml water and add noodle block. Cook for 3 minutes. Pour liquid into bowl and stir then add noodles.

The noodle block.

The dry seasonings sachet: soup base on the left and sesame seed mix on the right.

The sesame seed mix atop the soup base.

The liquid sachet.

Has a strong but not overbearing sesame scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg. The noodles are very good – the gauge on these is just slightly bigger than your baseline standard instant. Very nice chew. The broth is excellent – has a great sesame taste and doesn’t seem like they went overboard on sesame oil; it’s just right. The sesame seeds are a nice finishing touch. Very much enjoyed this; reminds me of how I felt after my first bowl of Sapporo Ichiban Shio. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. Happy Thanksgiving!  UPC bar code 4901734002642.

An exceedingly happy Sapporo Ichiban commercial.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Made In The USA Of All Time 2013 Edition

The instant noodle originated in 1958 in Japan, but since that time, they’ve expanded in popularity all over the world, including of course, the United States. Seeing this, instant noodle companies thought it wise to start building plants here in the 1970s. Since then, many brands operate factories here in the US, mostly in southern California. This is a list of my favorite varieties produced here, encompassing my over 1,100 reviews to date. With that, here’s your top ten, America!

#10: Nongshim Shin Bowl Noodle Soup

Shin Ramyun is one of the most popular instant noodles in South Korea. It’s spicy and beefy. This one here has that same great flavor and is microwaveable! A while back, they changed how they make their noodles for their line of bowls, and although they were great before, they’re even better now. Original review here

#9: Nissin Top Ramen Short Cuts Roast Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Nissin came out with this new line of noodles fairly recently. What’s unique about then is that they are a large box with a bag of seasoned noodles. You can use as little or as much as you like! The noodles are short and broad with a ‘comfort food’ appeal and a nice roast chicken flavor. Original review here

#8: Maruchan Bowl Hot & Spicy Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodles With Vegetables

Maruchan has been known for a long time for their Instant Lunch line of noodles cups, but here we have something new for them – bowls! This one stood out for me – it had a ‘south of the border’ heat to it and was full of noodles of great quality. Spicy, but not so spicy most couldn’t handle it. Original review here

#7: Nissin Top Ramen Cucharealo Home-Style Picante Chicken Flavor

This is a serious fusion: the noodles are short and thin. I remember noodles kind of like these in other products when I was a kid, but always felt like I was getting way more soup than noodles. This one quells that need for more noodles – there’s plenty of them. The picante chicken flavor is excellent with notes of chili powder and cumin. Original review here

#6: Nissin Chow Mein Spicy Teriyaki Beef Flavor Chow Mein Noodles

I would have never thought that mixing teriyaki and spicy heat together would work, but it does. The combination is excellent – especially since the sauce coats everything so well. The vegetables hydrate nicely and it’s an all around great meal. Original review here

#5: Nongshim Chapagetti Roasted Chajang Noodle

Thick, slightly chewy noodles in a rich black bean sauce – excellent stuff. What’s also excellent is that you can make it in the microwave. It uses just a little water and the finished product has sucked it all up, leaving you with nice, saucy noodles. Original review here

#4: Maruchan Creamy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

I absolutely adore this stuff. Take your standard instant noodle and add a nice creamy chicken flavor. The broth has a really nice ‘stick to your ribs’ way about it. Whenever I’m under the weather, this is my go-to comfort noodle. Original review here

#3: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black Premium Noodle Soup

After twenty years of Shin Ramyun, Nongshim decided to upgrade it. Enter Shin Ramyun Black. It has a richer broth, great noodles, and an amazing packet with nice veggies and beef – yes, beef. This one has little pieces of freeze dried beef that spring to life – and have an enjoyable chew and flavor! Original review here

#2: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Chow Mein

This one requires a different approach to cooking, but it really pays off in the end. The noodles are cooked in very little water, which they slurp up rather quickly. Then you stir in the flavor packet and you’ve got some exceedingly wonderful chow. The flavor is reminiscent of yakisoba sauce; kind of a Worcestershire sauce thing going on. Then the fun part – a little packet of ‘green laver’ (powdered seaweed) is supplied for you to sprinkle on top. With it or without it, this one’s worth your time to try. Original review here

#1: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja Flamin’ Hot & Nutty Noodle Soup

For regular followers of The Ramen Rater, this should be no surprise. I have been touting the greatness of this one back when it was only produced in South Korea. Happily, they make it in southern California now. Jinjja Jinjja (translates to Really Really) is a sumptuous sojourn to flavorland. Ramyun noodles are a little thicker and a little chewier than others. Combine that with a spicy and hearty pork broth, nice veggies and a packet with black sesame seeds and peanut powder. The result is absolutely perfect. Original review here