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#2403: Goku-Uma Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodle

#2403: Goku-Uma Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodle - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

We recently took a trip to Asian Food Grocery in 130th & Aurora and found this one. My wife likes yakisoba a lot and so I like to make it for her. This one has a little interesting thing though. On the sticker, it mentioned ‘This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.’ Wait, what? So I took a look at the ingredients list and found something I’d not seen before – an ingredient called Rebaudioside A. I looked that up and wikipedia had this to say:

Rebaudioside A (sometimes shortened to “Reb A”) is a steviol glycoside that is 200 times sweeter than sugar.[2] The glycoside contains only glucose (to the exclusion of other commonly found monosaccharides) as its monosaccharide moieties. It contains four glucose molecules in total with the central glucose of the triplet connected to the main steviol structure at its hydroxyl group, and the remaining glucose at its carboxyl group forming an ester bond.

Rebiana is the trade name for high-purity rebaudioside A.[3]

Okay so it looks like this is related to stevia. I looked at Rebiana and found this:

Rebiana is the trade name for high-purity rebaudioside A,[1] a steviol glycoside that is 200 times as sweet as sugar.[2] It is the primary source of sweetness in the Truvia sweetener brand. According to the Truvia website, Rebiana is derived from stevia leaves by steeping them in water and purifying the resultant extract to obtain the rebaudioside A exclusively.[3]Cargill has filed patents that give it exclusive rights to sell Rebiana in beverages.[4]

Okay so it’s the same stuff as in Truvia, a popular sweetener that comes from stevia extract. So I’m still not seeing anything about cancer. In fact, I found this on wikipedia – “Purified rebaudioside A has been allowed since December 2008 as a food additive (sweetener), sold under various trade names, and classified as “generally recognized as safe” (“GRAS”). So am I barking up the wrong tree?

The only other thing I could think of is that there could be some katsuobushi in here. Katsuobushi is smoked and dried fish that is commonly used. From the warning (one that sounds like one you would find on a pack of cigarettes), I think this may be the case. So when it comes down to it, smoked salmon, smoked meats – they have been exposed to smoke. Smoke contains carcinogens. Carcinogens have been found to cause cancer.

I will say if this is the culprit for the label warning, that the amount of seasoning you would have to eat to equal the amount found in a drag from one cigarette would probably be gargantuan; like over 100 servings. But there it is. I don’t know either way. Could be one, could be the other, could be neither – could be an error putting that on the pack (although I’m sure the company would fix that). Anyways – warning be damned! Let’s give this Goku-Uma yakisoba a try!

Goku-Uma Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodle – United States

#2403: Goku-Uma Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodle - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

An import sticker (click to enlarge).

#2403: Goku-Uma Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodle - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Labeling from the bottom of the outer wraps (click to enlarge). Contains egg. To prepare, add in cabbage sachet and add boiling water to fill line. Let steep for 3 minutes covered. Drain. add in liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2403: Goku-Uma Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodle - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2403: Goku-Uma Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodle - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

The noodle block.

#2403: Goku-Uma Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodle - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

The liquid base sachet.

#2403: Goku-Uma Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodle - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Has that Worcestershire scent standard of yakisoba sauce.

#2403: Goku-Uma Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodle - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Guess what’s in here?

#2403: Goku-Uma Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodle - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Yep – cabbage!

#2403: Goku-Uma Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodle - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Mayonnaise/mustard combo garnish!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and chashu pork. The noodles came out well – The texture and chew are very good. The yakisoba flavor is good, however it is slightly muted. Indeed, I like yakisoba sauce flavor to be decently strong. Finally, the karashi mayo. I love this stuff and it really does a lot insofar as lubricating the noodles. Without it they would be just a sticky dry affair – glad they include it! 4.75 out of 5.0 stars.   UPC bar code 074410396367.

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A freaking enormous ton of yakisoba.

#2315: Goku-Uma Ramen Noodles Miso Flavor

Here’s one of a line I’ve been kind of on the fence about lately. I tried their tonkotsu and was a little disappointed and hopeful that this miso will be a different story. Shall we have a look?

Detail of the side and bottom (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add sachets and boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A dry sachet.

A vegetable garnish.

A liquid sachet.

The liquid base.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are so-so; they end up hydrated with a slightly off al dente kind of feel to them. Just something I don’t like; like they want to be like a single noodle. The broth wasn’t bad – not the bitter sub-miso I’ve had before – but one that’s not too strong. The vegetables did well. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 074410396497.

The Ramen Book

A recipe for miso ramen.

#2277: Goku-Uma Ramen Noodles Soy Sauce Flavor

Some days I really need to wake up before I get started. Case in point, today I deleted the above image after I had taken pictures of what was inside of the bowl! If you didn’t, know, you cal ‘undelete’ files – lots of utilities out there that do it. So there it is. Let’s crack it open figuratively and check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A light powder.

The solid ingredients sachet.

Looks like shrimp and greenery.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and hard boiled egg. The noodles came out pretty well although a littler on the spongy side. The broth tasted like a shoyu but was a little off. The vegetables were a nice combo, but the menma was mushy. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 074410396640.

The Ramen Book

A recipe for tonkotsu.

#2256: Goku-Uma Ramen Noodles Artificially Flavored Tonkotsu

I haven’t reviewed anything by this brand in a long time – they were ubiquitous for a while then kind of disappeared, then came back with more traditional Japanese ramen flavors. Let’s check out this tonkotsu bowl!

Detail from the side and bottom of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

Detail of the lid (detail of the lid). To prepare, add in sachet contents and add boiling water to the fill line. Let steep covered for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

The soup base sachet.

A very light powder.

The vegetables sachet.

Peas and corn and carrot and onion and and and…

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, my last slice of chashu pork, hard boiled egg and spring onion. The noodles hydrated pretty well and were interesting. They seemed slightly on the spongy side although a tad chewier than most – although hydrated. The broth came out nicely – creamy and milky and a medium salty taste with a kind of pork mood to it. The bit of dehydrated vegetables that came with it hydrated pretty well, although carrot seemed out of place here. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 074410396664.

The Ramen Book

A recipe for tonkotsu.

#916: Goku-Uma Seafood Flavor Japanese Style Instant Noodles

Here’s one my sister brought me back from Hawaii! Thanks! I used to see plenty of these around but never went and got any. Now, I can’t find them around here.

Here are the side panels (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The seasoning powder.

There’s a ton of this stuff!

The veggie packet.

Looks like a nice combination.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sweet onion, odeng and some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The Noodles have a good consistency and great quality for a bowl. Not spongy or soggy whatsoever. The broth is quite nice – salty, but has a really nice seafood taste I have rarely found in bowl ramen. The veggies were great too. This is an exceptional bowl! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars – quite good! UPC bar code 074410396473 – get it here.

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Tsukiji Seafood Market in Tokyo, Japan

#567: Goku-Uma Japanese Style Instant Noodles Soy Sauce Flavor

Well here’s something I haven’t had in a while – Goku-Uma. Sounds like a tasty breakfast so I shall begin.

I myself tore off the lid completely since I save them in a binder and when it cooks, I put an old yearbook I found with people in it who have big 80’s hair on top.

Here’s the powder on left,. veggies on the right…

Awaiting some boiling water…

Told you it was an old yearbook. Got this ages ago at the Goodwill Outlet in Seattle. Full of signatures, well-wishes and bad hair.

Click image to eblarge. Here we have it with a couple of fried eggs with some Tabasco Buffalo Style hot sauce on top. Noodles were good – not extremely stalwart and firm but not too mushy. The broth was a little interesting; not the normal kind of soy broth I’m so fond of but it’s passable. The veggies were awesome. All in all pretty good. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

Obviously not noodles here. Shirakiku makes the noodles in the review as well as a soft drink called ramune. It’s got a unique way you open it – this vid shows how.

Yes, another random old home movie featuring Thanksgiving…

#335: Goku-Uma Ramen Noodles Hot Flavor Japanese Style Instant Noodles

So I’ve seen these bowls around for a while but haven’t tried them. So here’s the first – hot flavor.

Two packets – powdered soup base and some nice looking veggies.

The powder has a lovely reddish color to it and the veggies look very light and tasty.

Added two fried eggs (click image to enlarge). This one’s quite good! The spiciness stayed in broth not in the noodles. The veggies were well behaved and didn’t hide too much and romped playfully throughout the dining experience. The noodles were of good character; would be happy to introduce them to friends and family. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars for the first of these I have reviewed. Get it here.