Author Archives: Hans "The Ramen Rater" Lienesch

#3305: Sapporo Ichiban CupStar Classic Shoyu – Japan

#3305: Sapporo Ichiban CupStar Classic Shoyu - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘The original ‘CupStar Shoyu’ was released in 1975 (Showa 50), and is now back in your kitchen as a reprinted edition so you can try the original version. Toppings are scrambled eggs, kamaboko, shrimp, and scallion. The standard version today has minced pork, but the original version did not include it; instead, it has kamaboko (a type of cured fish paste). It is one of the simplest, yet most enjoyable instant ramens out there. Please enjoy the original version and explore a ‘back to the past’ experience!’

Nothing like a good shoyu – let’s give it a try!

Sapporo Ichiban CupStar Classic Shoyu – Japan

#3305: Sapporo Ichiban CupStar Classic Shoyu - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains prk and fish. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Loose seasoning and solid ingredients from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, egg, narutomaki, chashu,shichimi togarashiand sesame seeds. The noodles are of good quality, however the chewiness was kind of off-putting to be honest. I think they just seemed wrong for the gauge. The broth was nice though, with pleasant inclusions of egg and kamaboko, as well as decently sized shrimp. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734037309.

12 Sapporo most cup star miso 79g ~

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#3304: Himawari-Shokuhin Yanbaru Soba – Japan

#3304: Himawari-Shokunin Yanbaru Soba - Japan

This one was in a Ramen Trunk subscription box.These boxes are full of extremely high end varieties that you’ll never find in the United States or anywhere outside Japan! Check out this link and use coupon code RAMENRATER20OFF for 20% off any single box or subscription!

Here’s what they had to say about this particular variety – “Yanbaru Soba is a very popular noodles restaurant in northern Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost chain of islands known for its tropical weather and pristine beaches. But what is too often and unfortunately overlooked is Okinawa’s delicious soba noodles.’

Let’s dive right in!

Himawari-Shokunin Yanbaru Soba – Japan

#3304: Himawari-Shokunin Yanbaru Soba - Japan

Detail of the insert (click to enlarge). To prepare, cook noodles 4 1/2 ~ 5 1/2 minutes. Meanwhile, add osup base sachet to 250ml boiling water and stir. Finally, drain noodles and add to a bowl and add soup. Enjoy!

One of the two pouches of these very thick noodles.

One of the two servings of broth.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Slad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, and barbecue pork. The noodles are just sensational – thick and wide with a nice character to them. The broth was extremely tasty with an almost bacon like quality – strong pork here. All in all, just charming. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4560372741049.

Japanese Soul Cooking: Ramen, Tonkatsu, Tempura, and More from the Streets and Kitchens of Tokyo and Beyond

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#3303: Chil Kab Farm Products Spicy Sujebi – Seafood Flavor – South Korea

#3303: Chil Kab Farm Products Spicy Sujebi - Seafood Flavor - South Korea

Found this one yesterday at Boo Han Market in Edmonds, Washington. So it had a sticker on the side which pulled a bit off but I can still make out the cooking instructions from what’s left. The sticker mentioned ‘Korean pasta’ which I found compelling. This is sujebi – let’s see what Wikipedia has to say –

Sujebi[1] (수제비, in S. Korea), ttŭdŏ-guk (뜨더국, in N. Korea), or hand-pulled dough soup[1], or Korean-Style Pasta Soup, is a Korean traditional soup consisting of dough flakes roughly torn by hand, with various vegetables. The flavor and recipe resemble kalguksu, except that the latter is made with noodles rather than wheat flakes. It is commonly considered a dish to consume on rainy days, along with bindaetteok.

The broth for sujebi is usually made with dried anchoviesshellfish, and kelp. In order to obtain a rich, umami flavor, the ingredients should be simmered for many hours. Added to this broth are soft noodles and various vegetables or kimchi, most often zucchini and potatoes.

Korean people began to eat sujebi and guksu (국수 noodles), both dishes made of wheat flour, from the early Goryeo period (935~1392), but the name sujebi (earlier sujeop-eo) dates from the mid Joseon periodSujeop-eo is a combined hanja word comprising the terms su (hanja: ; hangul: 수; literally “hand”) and jeop (hanja: ; hangul: 접어 or 접다; literally “folded” or “folding”).

From the Joseon period, people started making various types of sujeobi according to various purposes. Sujebi is today considered a typical commoner’s food, but in the past, it was relatively rare and used for special occasions especially janchi (잔치; feast, banquet) such as dol janchi (the celebration of a baby’s first birthday).

In North Koreasujebi is called milgaru ddeudeo guk (밀가루뜨더국), which is the words comprising three words: milgaru (밀가루; literally “wheat flour”) + ddeudeo (뜯어; literally “tearing” or “torn”) guk (국; literally “soup”).

The names of sujebi vary according to regions in Korea. [2]

This sounds really interesting. The package mentions this is a seafood flavor and shows some shrimp there. Let’s give it a go!

Chil Kab Farm Products Spicy Sujebi – Seafood Flavor – South Korea

#3303: Chil Kab Farm Products Spicy Sujebi - Seafood Flavor - South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether this contains seafood or meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An include spoon!

Here’s a pouch of the pasta.

A dry sachet.

A dry vegetable soup sachet.

A wet sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Pasta reminded me of shells in a way. They were definitely chewier and pretty good mouthfeel. Broth was spicy with a very strong shellfish taste to it. Vegeteables were oft found and of interesting character. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801759016616.

KOREAN NOODLE TYPES – POPULARITY TREND : A REPORT

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#3302: 7-Eleven Premium / Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto – Japan

#3302: 7-Eleven Premium / Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto - Japan

I saw an article mentioning two new ‘super spicy’ noodle coup out of Japan. Well, I found one of them (actually I found both but this one was cheap on eBay while the other required buying six and that wasn’t happening). I keep seeing that this is a spicy Mongolian miso tanmen which sounded interesting.

Today’s an interesting day. If you don’t know, I’ve been doing a lot of diet and exercise stuff. I have a weird little project I’m about to complete. I have my wife’s old cellphone and it’s decent as far as a vidoeo camera. Today, my daughter and I will walk west to Lake Forest Park, hit ACE Hardware for a couple of big washers. We walked there a couple of days ago for some parts already, but I want bigger washers. I’m drilling a hole in one of the drink holders and then there’s a threaded length of screw that the phone in a clamp kind of thing will scren into and we’ll be able to do landscape videography of our walk – kind of treating the stroller like a dolly. All said and done our walk will probably be 12 miles, recording our trek from Lake Forest Park, through Kenmore, up a hill into Bothell, and wrapping around back to Kenmore and home. Pretty stoked!

Then After she’s had her lunch and is down for a nap, it’ll be time for cooking noodles. Then I’ll do a mukbang of this one. Let’s get started!

7-Eleven Premium / Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto – Japan

#3302: 7-Eleven Premium / Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). I’m sure this contains meat. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 5 minutes. Finally, add in wet sachet, stir, and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Loose bits and seasoning from the cup.

A wet sachet of spicy liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Nothing added as this was for a mukbang. This one has some of the thickest noodles I’ve ever seen in an instant cup, and they hydrated quite well. Broth is very rich and hearty with bits of kikurage, lots of tofu and other vegetable. As for the heat level, it’s very tame. The article I read mentioned it being super spicy, however the reviewer must be a little sensitive to heat. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105233634.

The Success of 7-Eleven Japan

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#3301: Yatekomo Fideos Orientales Barbacoa – Spain

#3301: Yatekomo Fideos Orientales Barbacoa - Spain

I can’t thank my readers enough. When one went on a visit to Europe and kept updating m on varieties he’d found and asked if I wanted to try hem while I was there – that’s really jumbling. Thank you! This is from Spain. Barbecue chicken flavor. Let’s give it a go!

atekomo Fideos Orientales Barbacoa – Spain

#3301: Yatekomo Fideos Orientales Barbacoa - Spain

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add 150ml water to a pan and bring to a boil. Add noodles and cook until water is absorbed (about 3 minutes). Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, spring onion, pepper flake, fried garlic, and dried persimmon. The noodles sucked up 150ml of water in about 3 minutes just as they said it would. They have a soft but not mushy character. Flavor is much like barbeque potato chips, although the smokiness is a little more believable and there’s a bit of spiciness in there. All in all, quite nice. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8410300349983.

Paella!: Spectacular Rice Dishes From Spain

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#3300: Maruchan Yellow Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3300: Maruchan Yellow Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘This is a brand new ramen just debuted. It’s an updated version of an original that came out in 1982. The simplicity of this bowl of ramen is just right and irresistible. You can taste the kikurage (wood ear mushroom) as one of the toppings. Kikurage is low in fat and calories but rich in protein and other nutrients and is a particularly good source of the B vitamins, too. The tonkotsu broth is excellent – can you taste the umami from the dried sardine? There are two chashu pork slices on top to satisfy your mouth!’

I definitely enjoy tonkotsu – let’s give this one a try!

Maruchan Yellow Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3300: Maruchan Yellow Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains sardine, chicken, and pork. To prepare, Add powder and garnish sachets and boiling water to line. Cover 3 minutes. Add in wet sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Loose bits from the bowl.

A dry powder sachet.

A wet sachet.

Chashu!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, sesame seeds, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, narutomaki, and shichimi togarashi. The noodles are nice – not crazy nice but work very well here. Broth is on point tending toward the saltier side but has a very nice character to it. Inclusion of kikurage and chashu really helkp a lot. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901990362696.

Maruchan QTTA 2.8oz 2Type × 4pcs Fried Chicken And Hamburger Japaneese Instant Noodle Cup Ramen Toyosuisan Ninjapo

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#3299: Jinanbo Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3201: Jinanbo Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

This one was in a Ramen Trunk subscription box.These boxes are full of extremely high end varieties that you’ll never find in the United States or anywhere outside Japan! Check out this link and use coupon code RAMENRATER20OFF for 20% off any single box or subscription!

Here’s what they had to say about this particular variety – “Based in Fukuoka on Kyushu island, the home of tonkotsu ramen, Ramen Jinanbo is an award winning Tonkotsu broth (pork bone broth) ramen that ranked #1 in a prestigious nationa ramen competition.

The chef has studied and perfected a recipe which uniquely minimizes the scent of the pork bones in order to create a rich soup base that is neither too fatty nor salty. This is a famously delicious soup that has become popular with all ages and people.

The classic Hakata-style made from wheat are thin and straight noodles, perfect for capturing this soup and delivering that perfect mouthful. Best prepared firm or al dente.”

Hey awesome! Let’s check it out!

#3201: Jinanbo Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3201: Jinanbo Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Can’t read Japanese, but I’m sure it contains pork. To prepare, boil noodles for 45sec-1min and add 270ml of hot water for broth. Finally, combine and enjoy!

#3201: Jinanbo Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

This box contains three servings – here’s one of the three packages of noodles.

#3201: Jinanbo Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

One of the three wet sachets.

#3201: Jinanbo Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Thick stuff!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chashu, kizami shoga, shichimi togarashi, sesame seeds, soft egg. Noodles are thin and very good – they only cook for a minute or so and just come out exquisitely. The broth is porky and hearty and smooth – just the nicest flavor you could want in a tonkotsu. A fine bowl of noodles. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4527760120008.

#3201: Jinanbo Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan’s Food Culture

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#3298: INA Pan Mee Goreng Dried Curry Flavour – Malaysia

#3298: INA Pan Mee Goreng Dried Curry Flavour - Malaysia

I haven’t done a mee goreng variety in some time – at least it seems like it. This one sounds really good – I love curry and mee goreng as well so this should be good. Found this one in a shop at Lansdowne Centre up in Richmond, BC. Let’s get started!

INA Pan Mee Goreng Dried Curry Flavour – Malaysia

#3298: INA Pan Mee Goreng Dried Curry Flavour - Malaysia

Detail of the outer packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles 5 minutes and drain. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry sachet.

A wet seasoning.

Guessing sweet soy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, baked chicken with NuTek Salt For Life, tofu puff, fried onion. Noodles came out superbly – just perfect. Flavor is a spicy and sweet curry I could eat on that famous lonely deserted island for quite a while. Impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9555123500735.

#3286: INA Pan Mee Perisa Sup Laksa Nyonya Melaka - Malaysia

INA Pan Mee Malacca Nyonya Laksa Soup

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#3297: A-Sha Jin Kung Fu Spicy Scallion Noodle – Taiwan

#3297: A-Sha Jin Kung Fu Spicy Scallion Noodle - Taiwan

Here’s one the folks at A-Sha sent over – thanks again! I like spicy and I like scallions a lot. Scallions (spring onion/green onion) are one of the things I always have to have on hand. Period. Let’s check these out!

A-Sha Jin Kung Fu Spicy Scallion Noodle – Taiwan

#3297: A-Sha Jin Kung Fu Spicy Scallion Noodle - Taiwan

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check ofr yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 5 minutes and 30 seconds. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The dry noodle block.

A wet sachet.

Chives.

Pepper flake.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and sesame seeds. Noodles are broad and have a nice doneness and chewiness. The flavor is a sweet, spicy, and savory one with the greenery component working very well alongside the other flavors. Hard oto put down. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4715635853957.

Asha Healthy Ramen Noodles, Medium Width Mandarin Noodles, Original Sauce Flavor, 5 Pouches Per Servings, 3.35Oz (95 grams)

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Umai Crate Japanese Ramen Subscription Box October 2019

This month, we have an exceptionally rad Umai Crate! Head over to www.japancrate.com and use the coupon code THERAMENRATER – you’ll get a coupon and help us out – thanks!

Umai Crate Japanese Ramen Subscription Box October 2019

#3296: Samyang Foods Carbo Buldak Topokki – South Korea

#3296: Samyang Foods Carbo Buldak Topokki - South Korea

Oh wow okay so I’ve been kind of hanging on to this carbonara topokki for a little while. Today seemed like a god day for this one. Is it? Well, let’s find out!

Samyang Foods Carbo Buldak Topokki – South Korea

#3296: Samyang Foods Carbo Buldak Topokki - South Korea

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

Full structions (click to enlarge).

Two wet sauce sachets.

Two dry powder sachets.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, baked chicken, chashu pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and sesame seeds. Noodles are great – thick and chewy. Topokki comes out swinging. The sauce is a brilliant and lip-smacking super spicy smooth and flavor one with a kind of cheesy creamy heat and flavor. Just exemplary stuff and my favorite of th entire buldak fire noodle range. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 801073310957.

Samyang Carbo Buldak (Roast Chicken) Hot Spicy Rice Cake Tteokbokki

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#3295: Mama Pat’s Chicken Taco Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles – United States

#3295: Mama Pat's Chicken Taco Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States

So I’m stoked – Chef Ron shot over a big box of samples! Things have changed though – these days the drink is missing, as are the vegetables. He promises that this is still an amazing product and I will still love it. Let’s find out!

Mama Pat’s Chicken Taco Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles – United States

#3295: Mama Pat's Chicken Taco Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodle block 3 minutes in 2 cups water. Add in sachet and stir over heat for an additional minutes. Finally, enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry sachet.

A fine powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added grilled chicken, cheese, soft egg, baked flour tortilla, green onion, cilantro, crispy fried onion, and Cholula hot sauce. The noodles came out nicely and work well. Broth has a nice roast chicken flavor to it which I enjoyed, however the lack of vegetable makes it really just a chicken instant noodle; any semblance of taco flavor that was there before is completely gone. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 728028430929.

Mama Pats Instant Ramen Noodles

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