Some days I really need to wake up before I get started. Case in point, today I deleted the above image after I had taken pictures of what was inside of the bowl! If you didn’t, know, you cal ‘undelete’ files – lots of utilities out there that do it. So there it is. Let’s crack it open figuratively and check it out!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and hard boiled egg. The noodles came out pretty well although a littler on the spongy side. The broth tasted like a shoyu but was a little off. The vegetables were a nice combo, but the menma was mushy. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 074410396640.
Here’s another one sent by a reader named Colin from the east coast – thanks again! I’m giving this one not a re-review but a full new review. I tried it in the past – it was review #125. Why a new review and not a re-review? Well, I don’t see anything on the old one mentioning non-fried noodles and think that maybe this has changed. The packaging has changed, but unsure if that’s denoting a difference. The brand Shirakiku is one of Nishimoto. Basically, kind of think of Trader Joe’s – they source foreign/domestic brands and re-brand them for sale in the USA under their name. That’s the case usually with Shirakiku. Let’s have a look!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish, shellfish and crustacean. To prepare, add noodle block to 1 3/4 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!
The non-fried noodle block.
The soup base sachet (I forgot to take the picture before I put the contents into the little cup but used a little Photoshop to reconstruct the cut top left corner).
The soup base has a seafood scent.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, narutomaki and ito togarashi. The noodles came out alright although they seemed a little foreign to the broth; they just didn’t seem like they wanted to be friends. The broth was a kind of spicy shoyu/miso-ish WTF which just screamed of something not being correct. I don’t know what’s going on here but it’s just kind of a wrongsalaught. I think I may go ahead and try other varieties in this range in hopes of a winner though. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.
Finished (click to enlarge). UPC bar code 074410415167.
I’m sure you’re gonna say it – this looks familiar. Well, it’s part of a really neat coincidence that happened recently. I reviewed this one by Takamori Kosan of Japan the other day. Well, it was actually made by Sakura Noodle in Los angeles, California for the US market under their name! This one here is also made by Sakura Noodle but under the Shirakiku name. Are they different? Yep! If you look at the ingredients and nutrition facts on eacvh, there are some subtle differences. What’s interesting is that I contacted Takamori Kosan about doing a Meet The Manufacturer with them and they seem quite receptive, so keep an eye out for it coming soon! A day or so later, I was contacted by Sakura Noodle. I looked at their website and noticed this chow mein and asked if perhaps Takamori Kosan had contacted them, but they hadn’t – neat coincidence!
Something people might find odd is that mayonnaise is often a garnish for yakisoba. It comes in a variety of forms, from regular mayo to Karashi mayo, Wasabi mayo and so on. I have a squeeze bottle of mayonnaise, but I like the little packets that have come with other varieties of chow mein / yakisoba in the past. Since I have none of those, today I walk to the grocery store deli to see if I can purchase one during my daily constitutional. Let’s have a look inside the package and then I’m off to the store.
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, put a little oil in a pan and saute up some vegetables. Set vegetables aside. Add a tablespoon oil, two tablespoons water and the noodle block. Pan fry for 2-3 minutes. Return the veggies and sprinkle with contents of a sachet. Stir fry until veggies are all done. Enjoy!
The fresh chow mein noodle pouch.
The seasoning sachet.
Has a nice yakisoba sauce scent.
Man – it wasn’t raining earlier… But I was triumphant in acquiring a mayonnaise packet. Decided to do my whole walk of 2.3 miles in the rain. I figure the noodles will taste that much better when I get home.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added cabbage, Busan fish cake, green onion, mayonnaise and green laver (seaweed). The noodles are nice – good chew. The flavor was quite nice – it’s yakisoba! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 074410455033.
Here’s a short video displaying how one can make yakisoba at home.
A co-worker named Joan at my wife’s work recently went to Hawaii and went out of her way to find something I hadn’t tried yet! She looked through the Big List and lo and behold, I hadn’t tried this chow mein! Thank you very much! These are fresh noodles, usually found in the cold section. They’re also a broth free variety. You might be more familiar with them as yakisoba, a noodle dish that can be found at little teriyaki joints all over. Let’s give this a try!
The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Package contains three noodle blocks and three seasoning sachets. Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, put a little oil in a pan and saute up some vegetables. Set vegetables aside. Add a tablespoon oil, two tablespoons water and the noodle block. Pan fry for 2-3 minutes. Return the veggies and sprinkle with contents of a sachet. Stir fry until veggies are all done. Enjoy!
A fresh noodle pouch. Note that there are three of these included.
Three of these sachets as well.
Smells like yakisoba seasoning!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added grilled chicken, sweet onion, green onion and carrot. The noodles are an almost identical gauge to spaghetti noodles. They have a decent chew to them; a little chewier than spaghetti noodles. The flavor is quite good – salty, Worcestershire and enjoyable. The oil is a little bit of a gray area in this one; adds a bit of greasiness that could go either way. Good stuff. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 074410455033.
Here’s something I’ve not heard of before – Tokuroten.
Here’s one my sister brought me back from Hawaii! Thanks! This one is sort of confusing. There’s a sticker on the front that says Shirakiku. Underneath the sticker says it’s Chikara, and on the back it says it is Sakura. Well, I’m going to figure it’s Shirakiku and that’s that. Udon is an extra wide noodle. Let hit it!
Here’s the back of the pack (click to enlarge).
The fresh udon noodles.
The seasoning packet.
Sometimes seasonings like this will get a little ‘clumpy’ because of temperature changes. In the end, it dissolves in the boiling water easily.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added kamaboko, onion, some stir fry veggies and some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles weren’t as I would’ve expected; they seemed a little aloof and impersonal and just seemed lacking. The broth was pretty good – has a decent amount of spiciness and wasn’t too salty. Not too bad but I wish the noodles had been a little better. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 078128123017 – get it here
A video about Sanuki Udon
My son is a huge fan of kamaboko, so he’ll be jazzed when he gets to see this video f a kamaboko factory!