This is a kind of rare occurrence. I reviewed this one yesterday. Usually the posts you see here every day are from at least 100 days prior – it’s nice being ahead of the game. But, this being a re-review, it doesn’t get a new review number or anything. I was at the store and thought it would be nice to have something easy to do up and post.
I thought it would be an opportunity to post some news as well. It’s been a tough few weeks here – my mom died recently, my brother’s son died from COVID, and a dear friend from Instant Noodle – The Ramen Rater group on Facebook apparently died in Febrary. Never have I had to face all these kind of death related things all at once. It’s pretty depressing.
On the flipside of things, I’m happy to wish my son Miles a happy 5th birthday! He’ll be entering Kindergarten starting September 2nd, and his sister Miriam starting early childhood education (ECEAP) as well. Of course, 100% distance learning due to the pandemic. Crossing my fingers that online school will have some kind of distance between classes that work (imagine a 3 year old and freshly turned 5 years old with a pair of tablets doing live classes in the same room). That’s going to be really a test of will!
Aside from the pandemic, we have the election as well. Not to inflame the whole political conversation (that’s for Instant Noodle Recipe Time see below), I get a lot of email and messages from friends in Southeast Asia. Everyone is so worried about how things are going here. We’ve got a big problem with COVID here that needs to end – wear a mask – it’s really not that hard. I really don’t want to have to explain to another person how having a family member who’s life has been taken from us so young in life will make you take it seriously again.
On the top ten list front, two more will be coming soon – one toward the beginning of September and one a little further on. I’ll be working hard on another 4 lists to share soon – seems to work better this way. Takes about a week to do it up but then I’m good for a couple of months.
The folks at Sapporo Ichiban told me that original flavor indeed was soy sauce, which also is known as shoyu ramen. Here’s a little about shoyu ramen from Wikipedia
Shōyu (醤油, “soy sauce”) ramen is the oldest of the four, it has a clear brown broth, based on a chicken and vegetable (or sometimes fish or beef) stock with plenty of soy sauce added resulting in a soup that is tangy, salty, and savory yet still fairly light on the palate. Shōyu ramen usually has curly noodles rather than straight ones, but this is not always the case. It is often adorned with marinated bamboo shoots or menma, green onions, kamaboko(fish cakes), nori (seaweed), boiled eggs, bean sprouts or black pepper; occasionally the soup will also contain chili oil or Chinese spices, and some shops serve sliced beef instead of the usual chāshū.
Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Original Flavored Soup – United States
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add seasoning sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
A decent amount of powder.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added organic Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, marinaed egg, chashu pork, spring onion, sesame seed, narutomaki, and shichimi togarashi. Noodles were your standard curly instant – except better. Gauge was slightly wider. Also, the chew was on point and very nice. The broth was definitely a shoyu – rich and tasty. A surprise here – very impressed. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 076186000011.
Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!