Category Archives: United States

#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).

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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?

#2259: Farmer’s Heart Pho Beef Flavor Vietnamese Rice Noodle Soup

Let’s start with the brand name of this one – Farmer’s Heart. I think many of you will be surprised that it’s a translation of a brand that’s very well known – Nongshim. Usually Nongshim’s flavors lean towards Korean flavors – logically. But this one’s definitely Vietnamese. I’m really curious about it also because not only are these rice noodles, but they can be made in the microwave. Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef and fish. To prepare, add in powder sachet and fill to line with room temperature water. Microwave (1000W) for 3 minutes. Let sit for 1 minute in the microwave. stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The powder base sachet.

Has a very nice pho scent to it.

Some bits from the bottom of the bowl.

The sriracha sauce sachet.

Tasty stuff!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, beef, Huy Fong Sriracha chilli sauce, chilli flake and fried garlic. The rice noodles did very well from the microwave. Fully hydrated and a nice way about them. The broth has a nice pho taste -much better than I expected honestly. The supplied sriracha had a nice heat and taste but a bitter finish. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146033980.

Farmer’s Heart Soup, Classic Chicken Noodle, 2.64 Ounce (Pack of 6)

A video about Vietnamese street food.

#2256: Goku-Uma Ramen Noodles Artificially Flavored Tonkotsu

I haven’t reviewed anything by this brand in a long time – they were ubiquitous for a while then kind of disappeared, then came back with more traditional Japanese ramen flavors. Let’s check out this tonkotsu bowl!

Detail from the side and bottom of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

Detail of the lid (detail of the lid). To prepare, add in sachet contents and add boiling water to the fill line. Let steep covered for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

The soup base sachet.

A very light powder.

The vegetables sachet.

Peas and corn and carrot and onion and and and…

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, my last slice of chashu pork, hard boiled egg and spring onion. The noodles hydrated pretty well and were interesting. They seemed slightly on the spongy side although a tad chewier than most – although hydrated. The broth came out nicely – creamy and milky and a medium salty taste with a kind of pork mood to it. The bit of dehydrated vegetables that came with it hydrated pretty well, although carrot seemed out of place here. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 074410396664.

The Ramen Book

A recipe for tonkotsu.

#2248: Nongshim Shin Noodle Soup

Every year in January I come out with a Top Ten list of South Korean varieties. Much to the disappointment and anger of many people, this will never be on that list. Why? Simple. It’s made in the United States. People have debated me into the dirt on it too ‘so, why does it matter?’ Well, if I put Nissin top Ramen on the Top Ten Japanese list that would be a little ridiculous, wouldn’t it? The differences between the Nongshim Shin Cup manufactured here and manufactured in South Korea might be only geographic and packaging, but those are the rules. This could be on the Top Ten Made In The USA list at some point (I haven’t come out with a new one of those lists in a while – maybe next year perhaps). I’m working on getting some South Korean varieties soon, so I guess we’ll see this January!

Anyways, this is a pretty ubiquitous cup around the United States. A lot of people are huge fans of Shin Noodle Soup (aka the soup formerly known as Shin Ramyun). I must admit I really like the name change; I’ve seen so many people call it Shin Ramen – this isn’t ramen – it’s ramyun. I guess instead of continuing to allow this incorrect nomenclature, changing it to noodle soup makes a lot more sense. Let’s see what’s in here!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef and anchovy. To prepare, add in contents of sachet. Add room temp water to fill line and microwave at 1000W for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

The spicy reddish powder.

Some of the vegetables from inside the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, beef, tteokbokki (ricecake), processed cheese. The noodles came out really well microwaved. Everything was hydrated perfectly. The noodles have a light chew – definitely now as chewy as the ramyun in the packs but still very nice. The broth has the signature Shin taste to it – spicy with beef and mushroom notes. The included vegetables were of good size and quality and hydrated nicely. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146270606.

Nongshim Shin Cup Noodle Soup, Gourmet Spicy, 2.64 Ounce (Pack of 12)

I find this fascinating – a recipe from Nongshim to make Rice Krispies Treats using Shin Ramyun Black!

#2246: Dream Kitchen Soy Sauce

The last Dream Kitchen variety I had wasn’t all that great; it was tonkotsu but didn’t seem to really scream tonkotsu to me. This one is soy sauce (shoyu) and hopefully will be a good one. Let’s find out!

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

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A light powder.

The vegetables sachet.

A smattering of vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, sous vide chicken, spring onion and nanami togarashi. The noodles hydrated alright in this one – good quantity and a fairly decent chew. The broth was a kind of soy sauce thing; not bad really. The vegetables did alright – especially the corn, but it just kind of seemed odd to include carrot. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 854195002086.

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

A tasty recipe for yakibuta ramen.