#738: Nissin U.F.O. (Unidentified Flying Object) Yakisoba

This one is a donation from Courtnay N. of Surrey, BC! She brought some back from a trip to Japan! Thanks! So this looks really interesting – let’s give it a try!

Here’s the bottom of the package (click image to enlarge).

This is what you see once you remove the plastic wrapping (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block – a nice, big, round disc!

Kind of looks like this piece I did a long time ago!

Under the noodle block, some veggies and – yes – dried meat!

Here’s the liquid seasoning pack.

The liquid seems to be yakisoba sauce and oil.

This looks like…

Seaweed to put on top! Sweet!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little of the veggie mix we made, a little beef lunch meat, a little kizami shoga (pickled ginger) and a pinch of Ajishima Kimchi furikake. The noodles are a bit mushy; a bummer. I expected them to be a little higher quality. The yakisoba sauce mixture has a wonderful taste – I like how it is liquid instead of a powdered addition. The veggies are nice and the meat re hydrated nicely! The powdered seaweed adds a nice extra taste to everything. Wish the noodles were a little better, but the flavors are really good – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4902105022122 .

Yakisoban, to the rescue!

Yep – there’s a Super Nintendo game!

Okay so I’ve shown KPop and VPop, but here’s some Bubblegum JPop – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. What I’ve noticed is that all three of these regional pop forms maintain intrusively catchy melodies that will eat your mind and spit it out on the sidewalk. My wife and I have listened to this album about a thousand times in the car already – she knows all the words and we have both developed sore necks and minds from the tunes.


  1. I am a fanatic instant noodle lover. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the taste and even the smell of these noodles. Maybe it varies to some people. But for me, a typical Filipino food noodle lover, I don’t like it. I already throwed it onto the trash can along with my one hundred peso budget. I had to drink lots of water so I wouldn’t taste it. Maybe next time I buy a new instant noodles, I will re-think for a week so as not to face regret again.

  2. I LOVE that you have a blog dedicated to Ramen, and will stop by periodically to see what kinds of gems you’ve found. This UFO Ramen is awesome! I often buy quirky food items like this, and when they turn out to be good.. it’s just icing on the cake!! Great review my friend!

    1. Wow – just spent some time poring over the retro stuff on your blog – very impressive! I’ve spent a lot of time in thrift stores as well – seen my fair share of Firestonje Christmas albums and artifcacts of days gone by…

      – TRR

      1. Thanks, I appreciate it! BTW.. I’ve linked to your great blog via my food blog, because the world NEEDS to know of your greatness. =^D

        Oh.. In case you didn’t know.. (but I’m sure a Ramen Guru such as yourself already does) there is Japanese comic and cartoon called Kinnikuman, which translated roughly means MUSCLE Man. It’s based of a race of super men that wrestle.. is about 25 years old or so.. and is still very popular to this day. Anyway, a prominent character in the series is named “Ramen Man” named after his favorite food. He even had a spin-off series because he was so popular. In fact.. at one time, he was more popular than the main characters of Kinnikuman amongst fans.

        So Mr. Ramen Man.. you have an alter ego in anime and Manga! Heh Heh.

  3. That is exactly how I feel about them lol…And you made your finished yakisoba look totally like what they serve in okonomiyaki shops in Japan; takes skill I’d say!

  4. Fun fact: my dad’s college roommate hailed from Japan, and his father was the inventor of U.F.O.! They looked forward to having gigantic crates of ramen sent to them every few weeks.

    I love the blog, man. Keep up the great work.

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