#749: Top Ten: Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein (New Version)

We were at 99 Ranch Market yesterday and I noticed that Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein has a new packaging. Wondering if it’s got a different flavor as well.

Okay so if you look at the serving size and everything from here and compare it to the old one here, there are definite difference in amount of fat, sodium and other things. Hmm. Click image to enlarge.

The noodle block – tight and kind of weighty – tasty raw too I might add!

Here’s the main seasoning packet.

Tasty stuff here!

Yeah! Green Laver is one of my all-time favorite seasoning additions!

Sprinkle it on at the very end and enjoy! It’s powdered seaweed.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little beef lunch meat and some kizami shoga (pickled ginger). Well, The only difference I could detect was … Well, nothing really. This is incredibly nummy stuff! It didn’t seem to want to suck up all the liquid as fast as the old one, but after adding the main seasoning packet and giving it a stir and returning it to the stove for a minute or so it was all but absorbed. There’s a reason this is in the top ten list – it’s good – really good. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – one of my all-time favorites! UPC bar code 076186000189.


Vintage Sapporo Ichiban TV commercial

A quick segue from the Asian Pop explosion, here are some demented children in vintage advertising.


  1. Awesome reviews! Just a suggestion that would help us all out; is there a way that you can rate the spicyness of all of these with little pepper icons (1) for mild, (2) for medium spicy, (3) for hot, (4) for slap your mamma and (5) for call the Ambulance? (you know, like they do on a lot of Thai menus. This would make your already resourceful site irresistible. Thank you so much for reading!

  2. Been eating these noodles very often ever since I found them at my local grocer. They’re particularly favorable because of the lower-than-average sodium content and the fact that they aren’t served in a soup-style broth. Easily a new favorite.

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