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#1290: Nongshim Sain Sain Garlic Teriyaki Fresh Cooked Udon Pasta

In March of 2012, I tried this new Garlic Teriyaki Udon by Nongshim – review #683. It was really great stuff – my wife Kit absolutely loved it (she doesn’t usually go crazy like I do for noodles, but this one was her fave). Well, a little while later, it was discontinued. Well, now it’s back and a little different. The first one had a whopping 3040mg of sodium per pack, but this new one has only 720mg for the whole thing. Let’s see how this one stacks up against the old version.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains tuna. To prepare, put the contents of the noodle pouch into the supplied bowl. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Add contents of flake and paste sachets and combine. Enjoy!

The fresh udon noodle pouch.

Soup paste sachet.

Less of a paste, more of a sauce.

The dry ingredient sachet.

Interesting stuff!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added thin sliced beef, pineapple, garlic and shredded colby jack cheese. The noodles were great – excellent chewiness and nice wide udon gauge. The flavor was quite good – sweet and coated everything. It is hard to not compare this to the older version; the older version was a little better in my opinion. The cheese powder was so good with it, however it added so much sodium that it left me very sleepy. What I like about this version is that you can add whatever kind of cheese you like or none at all. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146016341.

While the noodles in this review are made in South Korea, many of the varieties we get here in the USA are made in the USA. Nongshim USA is in Rancho Cucamonga, California! Here’s a tour of their plant – a tour I was very fortunate to take in 2012.

#683: Nongshim Udon Premium Noodle Dish Garlic Teriyaki

The folks at Nong Shim sent me a box of these last week! Thanks again! Can’t wait to visit the big factory in May! I’ve not seen this before and from what I gather it is brand spanking new! Garlic teriyaki sounds awesome – let’s see how it goes!

Here’s the packaging (click image to enlarge). Notice the direction – you microwave the noodles for a minute and a half and then stir everything in. No mention of water? This is certainly new to me! The sodium level’s kind of high is you’re going to eat the whole pack, but probably about the same as a few slices of pizza.

Here’s the packet of noodles – fresh udon.

Okay so this packet isn’t so much a paste but a free-flowing liquid. I knew something like this would have to come into play and there’s no water. Hmmm!

Here’s the veggie packet.

Cheese you say? So let me get this straight: teriyaki garlic cheese udon? Okay it’s on!

Noodles in the supplied bowl awaiting the minute and half spin in the microwave.

Noodles are hot and here’s everything on top awaiting the big stir!

This stuff was really great (click image to enlarge)! The noodles are your standard chew, fresh udon you find in packets like this. The star here is what the udon is slathered in! It literally is like a sweet, garlicky and cheesy melange. I wouldn’t have expected that it would have worked so well but it does!  The flake veggies do well too. All in all I am very pleasantly surprised! 4.75 out of 5.0 stars – this is AWESOME – would absolutely LOVE to see this is a regular width instant noodle version as well! UPC barcode 03114601634 .

Vintage Nong Shim Neoguri commercial from ’85!

Here’s a commercial for Shin Ramyun Black – also great stuff!