Category Archives: Seafood

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

Yet another leftover from the Nissin Hong Kong Meet The Manufacturer! What’s XO Saucve? Here’s a little info from wikipedia –

Developed in the 1980s in Hong Kong for Cantonese cuisine, XO sauce is made of roughly chopped dried seafoods, including scallops, dried fish and shrimp, and subsequently cooked with chili peppers, onions, and garlic. This dried seafood-based sauce bears similarity to the Fujianese Shacha sauce. Spring Moon, the Peninsula Hong Kong’s Chinese restaurant, is often credited with the invention of XO sauce, although others claim the sauce’s origin in the urban area of Kowloon.
The name XO sauce comes from fine XO (extra-old) cognac, which is a popular Western liquor in Hong Kong and considered by many to be a chic product there. In addition, the term XO is often used in the popular culture of Hong Kong to denote high quality, prestige and luxury. In fact, XO sauce has been marketed in the same manner as the French liquor, using packaging of similar colour schemes.

Shall we? Let’s!

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle – Hong Kong

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork, shellfish and fish. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

The noodle block.

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

The dry base sachet.

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

A light powder with a seafood scent.

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

A liquid base sachet.

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

A thick sauce with a spicy scent.

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sweet onion, spring onion, chashu pork, ito togarashi, fishballs and carved squid. First, the noodles are nice and plump. Indeed, the standard gauge Demae Ramen. Second, the broth has a nice spiciness to it and a taste that lingers between seafood and a little pork taste that peeks out here and there. In conclusion, the combination works well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878800049.

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

Nissin Demae Ramen, X O Sauce Seafood, 3.5 oz (30 packs)

A TV commercial from Nissin Hong Kong.

#2295: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Flavor

Here’s another one sent by Colin from the east coast – thanks again! In a review yesterday, I mentioned that I review a couple of varieties daily and that I’m around 60 reviews ahead. Well, today is November 9th, 2016 – the day after the Presidential election. The results of the election are definitely a shock to most people in my community. I live in Washington State – very liberal. In fact during the primary elections, I believe Bernie Sanders got 80+%. I’m hoping that everything calms down and things end up going okay. Rest assured I’ll be reviewing noodles during the Trump administration as well. This is a type of Cup Noodle I’ve not seen in the past – this one is made in China. Let’s check it out!

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

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

Some of the bits loose in the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onions, fishballs, narutomaki, kamaboko, carved squid and shrimp. The noodles hydrated well and have a gentle bite to them. Quality was good and quantity was good too. The broth was a very tasty seafood taste with a kind of buttery ambiance. The bits hydrated very well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code .

Nissin Spicy Seafood Instant Authentic HK Japanese Ramen Cup Of Noodles Soup (24 Packs)

But did they listen to Miles when he was only 7 months old? No…

#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!

#2288: Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yum Goong Flavour

Here’s a rather striking purple cup! This one’s from Nissin Hong Kong – they sent it along with over 50 other varieties for Meet The Manufacturer. Since I only review up to 15 varieties in a row for a Meet The Manufacturer, the rest go into the daily rotation.  I’m curious about whether this will be hot and spicy – let’s find out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add cold water to fill line and microwave at 800W for 3 minutes (use this tool to convert wattage for your microwave). Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Some loose seasoning and garnish from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, coriander and Thai chillies. The noodles are this and flat with a soft chew to them. They’re the standard Cup Noodles. The broth has a nice tom yum flavor – lemongrass and some heat. The bits of shrimp and egg are really nice – the egg was kind of a surprise; I mean, have you ever had tom yum and egg? Works well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4897878100156.

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Nissin makes a tom yum in Japan (this one), Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand – 75gX12 pieces Nissin Cup Noodle Tom Yum Goong noodle by Nissin

A Nissin Hong Kong TV commercial for their flavors of Southeast Asia line.

#2287: Master Kong Artificial Abalone Crab Flavor Instant Noodle

Here’s one sent to me by Colin – thanks again! So these have been a real conundrum for me for quite a long time. The little chef on the logo is definitely different from the regular Master Kong chef, but I can’t get to the bottom of the exact name of this brand and so it’s Master Kong?

I dunno – I’ve gotten hold of the distributor via the phone number on the back of the package but really haven’t gotten a straight answer. If anyone’s in New York – check this place out perhaps? Would love to straighten it out once and for all. Anyhoo, this is a new flavor – abalone crab. I’ve seen abalone chicken quite a bit but never abalone crab. Let’s give it a try!

Here’s the back of the pack (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. The package doesn’t list an exact amount of water to use, so as with other Master Kong varieties I’ve reviewed, 500ml will be used. Add everything into a bowl and add 500ml boiling water. Cover for 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry base sachet.

A light mixture.

The sauce sachet.

Dark and oily.

The vegetables sachet.

A medium amount for an instant.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added crab claw fishcake, coriander and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles were alright – plentiful too. Nothing to write home about. What is to write home about is the flavor. Write a warning letter home! I mean this was just plain funky; seemed initially like a crab stick kind of scent and essence but it just turned into this not food kind of taste that I just couldn’t stomach whatsoever. Couldn’t pour this down the drain fast enough. Oh and the vegetables hydrated decently. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6909146402430.

Here’s Master Kong’s Braised Beef big cup – this is excellent stuff!

A video about different kinds of Chinese noodles.