Category Archives: * Stars 4.1 – 5.0

#2262: Dream Kitchen Curry

Here’s one we found when in Renton, Washington’s Uwajimaya a while back. From what it looks like on the label, this is a private label for a big distributor here in the USA by a company in Singapore.I love curry but have been a little confused by this series. Let’s give it a looksie.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and fill to line with boiling water. Let sit covered for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).


An included fork!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Interesting – not really detecting much of a scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Looks like your standard carrot, corn and spring onion.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, hard boiled egg and pork. The noodles hydrated well with a slight tint of sponginess. The star here is definitely the broth which was more akin to a sauce by nature. It was giving; full of nice Japanese curry taste. This is that kind of tasty almost sweet kind of curry. The vegetables hydrated decently and worked well enough. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 854195002109.

Making Artisan Pasta: How to Make a World of Handmade Noodles, Stuffed Pasta, Dumplings, and More

Want to make a huge pot of Japanese curry?

#2261: TableMark Tohokuno Aji Yonezawa 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:

Local ramen in Yonezawa, located in the northeast. Noodle: Medium-thick non-fried noodles. Chewy and good texture. Soup: Sweet soy sauce flavor with a pork and chicken base that has dried anchovy and dried bonito to give it a light taste. The soup has a clean flavor so you can taste the soy sauce directly. Ingredients: Roasted pork, bamboo shoots, green onion, processed fish paste

Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish chicken and pork. To prepare, add in contents of vegetable sachet and fill to line with boiling water. Cover for 4 minutes. Add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The liquid sachet.

A rich looking liquid.

A vegetables sachet.

Hey look some pork and narutomaki as well!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, hard boiled egg and shichimi togarashi. The noodles are nice – good gauge and a unique chew I found very likable. The broth is a kind of fish influenced shoyu which is a little sweet and works well. The naruto and pork slice were alright and the bamboo shoots were definitely enjoyable. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901520400492.

TableMark homer eaves wonton noodles 99g (noodles 65g) 12 pieces ~

A short video from TableMark.

#2260: Uni-President Science Noodle (X’Mas Edition)

Since Christmas is just around the corner, I thought I ought to review this one that I found in Taiwan during my visit to Mom’s Dry Noodle in mid-November! This usually has a different packaging actually – a wizard with a wand.

Here’s where I got these (click to enlarge). There are over 2,000 7-Eleven stores in Taiwan (hell, at a train station we saw at least three of them)! Unlike the ones here in the USA, a lot of stuff can be done there – pay your water bill for example. Your cellphone bill; get licenses I believe. Lots of tie-ins make it an indispensable kind of place. Like the one I visited in Thailand, I gave the people there a couple of my cards and told them how stoked I was to be in a foeign 7-Eleven. They thought it was funny and then I think they recognized me after reading the card. Well anyways, this is a snack noodle – crush it, sprinkle the stuff, shake it. Let’s take a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge) Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, crush noodles inside package. Open and add in seasoning sachet contents. Close up package and shake to distribute seasoning. Open and enjoy!

The whole noodle block before smashing.

The seasoning sachet.

I read that this is supposed to be a kind of black pepper flavor.

Finished (click to enlarge). I’ve been blinded by science noodle! Well actually I had really bad eyesight before I tried the science noodle.. So the noodles are crunchy and really tasty – very light and crisp. The taste has a nice pepper taste and I think maybe a hint of fish? It works and is a nice snack noodle for sure. For a snack noodle, it gets 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710088410191.

Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir – Eddie grew up in theme-park America, on a could-be-anywhere cul-de-sac in suburban Orlando, raised by a wild family of FOB (“fresh off the boat”) hustlers and hysterics from Taiwan. While his father improbably launched a series of successful seafood and steak restaurants, Eddie burned his way through American culture, defying every “model minority” stereotype along the way. He obsessed over football, fought the all-American boys who called him a chink, partied like a gremlin, sold drugs with his crew, and idolized Tupac. His anchor through it all was food—from making Southern ribs with the Haitian cooks in his dad’s restaurant to preparing traditional meals in his mother’s kitchen to haunting the midnight markets of Taipei when he was shipped off to the homeland. After misadventures as an unlikely lawyer, street fashion renegade, and stand-up comic, Eddie finally threw everything he loved—past and present, family and food—into his own restaurant, bringing together a legacy stretching back to China and the shards of global culture he’d melded into his own identity.
Funny, raw, and moving, and told in an irrepressibly alive and original voice, Fresh Off the Boat recasts the immigrant’s story for the twenty-first century. It’s a story of food, family, and the forging of a new notion of what it means to be American.

So here’s a TV commercial for this one in it’s normal packaging. I found lots of others including this one which appears to be a girl group called the Uni Girls. I always find it interesting when instant noodle companies have their own music groups.

#2258: Kamfen Instant Wonton Noodles Scallop Lobster Soup Flavor

Been a while since I’ve had a Kamfen bowl… Scallop and lobster wonton favor? Definitely Hong Kong. It’s a seriously rainy day today and we’re going to have a power outage I predict. Ahhh. It’s not like we live in the middle of nowhere; we’re in the city! Weird. Noodle time!

The distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shellfish and crustacean. To prepare, add in contents of sachets and boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep for 3-4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The powder soup base.

Definitely has a seafood scent.

A paste sachet.

Thick and oily.

The vegetables sachet.

Lots of greenery amongst other things.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onions and fishballs. The noodles are very al dente and have quite a chew to them. They worked very well with the broth which has a nice seafood taste to it. Very impressed! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6920363401020.

The Wonton Coobkook: 50 Delicious Wonton and Asian Dumpling Recipes

A video showing how to find the best Wonton Noodles.

#2255: Daikoku Hiroshima Flavor Yakisoba

Saw this one at Uwajimaya a few weeks ago after visiting the Living Computer Museum and walking around the Seattle International District – good times with my homie Matt B. I thought today I’d make my lovely wife Kit some yakisoba – she really likes yakisoba and she’s been pretty miserable lately so I thought it’d be a nice treat. Let’s check it out!

Detail from underneath and the sides of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish.

Detail of the lid under the wraps (click to enlarge). To prepare, peel back A to the B line and add boiling water to inner line and close for 3 minutes. Open C (drain spout_ and drain off water. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

From the tray underneath the noodle block.

Yakisoba sauce.

Smells like yakisoba sauce!

A garnish sachet – and looks like it also has another sachet inside!

Bits of tempura!

What have we here?

Looks like nanami togarashi – a chilli pepper condiment.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added beef and Kewpie mayonnaise (note – I discovered the trick to garnishing mayo like this is to put some mayo in one side of a ziploc and on the other, pierce a toothpick through three times, making 6 holes total. Squeeze the bag so the mayo goes towards the end with the holes).. The noodles came out really nicely – thick and a really large quantity. The yakisoba sauce was very good; a nice combination of the sweet, salty and acidic. Cabbage and other included bits were perfectly hydrated and the bits of tempura added a pleasant crunchiness. The nanami togarashi was good too – a little heat was great. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4904511003481.

Daikoku food cold Nukisoba Shichimi with 120g 1 case (12 Kuii)

I don’t even know how to describe how much I would love to eat this right now – and we just got a pizza, but I’d totally skip pizza for this thing. Wow.