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#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen – Japan

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso 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 – “The other feature in this combo pack also hails from Sapporo and is another take on the region’s Miso soup broth – Shirakabasansou Ramen.

Shirakabasansou Miso Ramen is a legendary ramen shop with it’s own unique recipe blending two distinct types of white miso with Japanese peppers, sesame oil, a balance of oyster sauce, and garlic. The ramen master at Shirakabasansou had a dream of delivering the  most delicious Hokkaido miso ramen to as many people  as possible. Ramen Trunk is doing our part by getting this unique taste to your door.”

This sounds like another really fancy offering – let’s dig into it!

Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen – Japan

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

Here’s one of the two packs of this variety inside the big box.

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). I’m sure it contains pork. To prepare, boil noodles 4 minutes. Add soup base sachet contents to 270ml hot water and combine. Drain noodles and add to a bowl and add broth. Finally, enjoy!

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

A thick liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, black sesame seeds, barbeque pork, and habanero togarashi. The noodles were just perfect – four minutes and they’ve got a very premium chew and gauge. The broth has a strong miso flavor which is very rich. It seemed to center in red miso. The broth also has a slight pepperiness. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901468910398.

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

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#3260: Kikusui Keyaki Miso 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 – “Welcome to Hokkaido! No visit to Hokkaido is complete without a bowl of their famous miso ramen.

This month we have a unique combo pack. The first set is a famous miso ramen from Sapporo based Keyaki Ramen.

The Keyaki ramen is distinct due to its recipe combining three different types of Hokkaido miso with their secret broth recipe which includes smooth pork back fat, a concction of aromatic oils, flavorful vegetable paste, and finally a hint of ground dried sardine powder. This secret recipe not only creates a one of a kind rich and savory taste but also has made Keyaki ramen immensely popular up north in Japan and across the entire country.’

As they mention, it’s a combo pack and includes two packages of two differen varieties. Let’s take a closer look.

Kikusui Keyaki Miso Ramen – Japan

#3260: Kiku Keyaki Miso Ramen - Japan

One of the two packs of Keyaki miso ramen.

#3260: Kiku Keyaki Miso Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back f the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, boil noodles 4 minutes. Add soup base sachet contents to 300ml hot water and combine. Drain noodles and add to a bowl and add broth. Finally, enjoy!

#3260: Kiku Keyaki Miso Ramen - Japan

The noodles.

#3260: Kiku Keyaki Miso Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3260: Kiku Keyaki Miso Ramen - Japan

Thick stuff!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, barbecue pork, sesame seeds, and shichimi togarachi. The noodles in these are just awesome – superb gauge and chew to them. The broth is a luxuriant miso – really rich and tasty. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901468910633.

#3260: Kiku Keyaki Miso Ramen - Japan

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#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard – Japan

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - 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 – “The Gunma prefecture is a landlocked and mountainous prefecture in the middle of Japan best known for its skiing and ample supply of wondrous onsens (hot springs).

The noodles in Kuro Tetsuya are ‘willow-like’ with natural irregularities in the noodles through the unique cutting process thus mimicking a hand cut texture. This noodle has won some awards including the 2008 Monde Selection Gold award. The noodles are classified as ‘Chinese-style’ soba.

Sounds interesting – let’s give it a go!

Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard – Japan

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, boil noodles for 4 minutes. Drain. Add soup base to 320~340ml hot water and mix. Add noodles and broth in a bowl. Finally, enjoy!

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

One of two bundles of noodles.

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

Two wet sachets (two servings per package).

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

Shoyu style soup base.

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

Another dual sachet, this one dry.

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, sesame seeds, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, habanero togarashi, and bbq pork. Noodles were very very soft. However they went with the shoyu which was very tasty. Worked out well! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902588282105.

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

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#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen – Japan

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry 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 – ‘The rich and deep flavor of the soup is created with beef, onion, garlic, miso and other spices and seasonings which all keep a perfect balance together. topped with four kinds of ingredients including diced potatoes which are the hidden stars of this dish,’

Cool – curry! Let’s do this.

Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen – Japan

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beeff, chicken and pork. To prepare, To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

A dry soup base sachet.

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

The garnish sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, spring onion, habanero togarashi, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and sesame seeds. Noodle were pretty good – not spongy. The broth was a nice one two punch of curry and sweetness which I liked quite a bit. The only down thing was the potatoes which were slow to hydrate. 4.0 out of 5,0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734024545.

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

Sapporo most curry ramen 5 meals P

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Unboxing The September 2019 Zenpop Spicy & Savory Pack – Japan

Dig on ramen? Check out one of these neat Zenpop boxes! Use the coupon code RAMENRATER for a discount!

Unboxing The September 2019 Zenpop Spicy & Savory Pack – Japan

#3251: Hokkaido Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen – Japan

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa 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 – “Tomikawa ramenprimarily contains a shoyu (soy sauce) based broth but the recipe here involves the complex combination of chicken stock, seaweed, and a balanced hint of sardine essence combined perfectly to deliver a beautiful golden broth. Topping off the delicate bowl of ramen is a pack of fragrant chicken oil. Use at you discretion and taste preference. The noodles contained in this pack are a common medium thickness with a high protein content. As a recognition for Furano Ramen’s dedication to finding the perfect balanced taste, this Tomikawa ramen was listed in the Michelin Hokkaido Guide 2012.”

Sounds neat let’s hit it!

Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen – Japan

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure what meat is in here, but sure there’s meat. To prepare, boil noodles for 5~6 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents to 300ml boiling water. Add noodles and soup to a bowl. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

A large wet soup base sachet.

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

Looks like a dry sachet of onion.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, chashu pork, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, habanero togarashi, and black sesame seeds. Noodles were on point with a unique chew which worked well. Broth was fantastic and tasty. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4571327730070.

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

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#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon – Japan

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - 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 – ‘Pirikara means little bit spicym and Kenchin refers to a soup dish containing sauteed carrots, burdock root, and various vegetables, The soup is shoyu based kelp, bonito and shiitake mushroom broth, Yawataya Isogoro’s shichimi (7 spice) is one of the most popular shichimi seasonings in Japan, and it has a history of over 270 years in production. This udon introduces you to the special shichimi from Yawataya Isogoro and Kenchin soup. Especially, burdock and shiitake mushrooms in the cup taste delicious, we hope you enjoy this one of a kind udon.’

Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon – Japan

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, fill to line with boiling water and cover for 5 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

The udon block.

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

A dry sachet (a rush day – no contents shown – watch video)

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

A second dry sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added bbq pork, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and black sesame seeds. Noodles came out pretty decently – broad, flat udon. The broth was odd – a little sweet, a little spicy, but very earthy. Fascinating. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734036739.

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#3247: Mitukura Okinawa Soba – Japan

#3247: Mitakura Okinawa 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 – “Okinawa prefecture is a group of islands in the south of Japan. Well known for its tropical weather and beautiful beaches. However, equally well known is the  unique Okinawa Soba produced on these islands.

Okinawa Soba is a noodle soup with thick wheat noodles reminiscent of udon noodles and are slightly flat. Definitely a deviation from typical thin ramen noodles but just as delicious.

The soup is a pork based broth flavored with kombu (seaweed) and bonito (fish flakes) adding to a lighter and more delicate taste.'”

Sounds good – let’s check it out!

Mitakura Okinawa Soba – Japan

#3247: Mitakura Okinawa Soba - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure but most likely contains meat and fish products – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodle for 4 minutes. Add sachet to 220ml hot water. Finally, combine drained noodle with broth and enjoy!

#3247: Mitakura Okinawa Soba - Japan

One of the two servings of noodles.

#3247: Mitakura Okinawa Soba - Japan

A wet sachet (click here to enlarge).

#3247: Mitakura Okinawa Soba - Japan

Concentrated liquid base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sesame seeds, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chashu pork, kizami shoga, fish cake and spring onion. Noodles are exemplary with a great thickness and chew. Broth is as advertised – a porky bonito. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4900674003450.

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Unboxing Time: Umai Crate Japanese Ramen Box – August 2019

Hey look – another Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater! This one came today and we brought it inside set up the lights, shot the video, edited it and boom here it is! Lots of neat stuff in this box! Check it out! Get yours here: http://bit.ly/umaicrate
Use coupon code THERAMENRATER for extra discount!

Umai Crate Japanese Instant Noodles August 2019 Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba – Japan

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba - 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 yakisoba just debuted from Myojo as their first umakara miso flavor. Umakara is a word mixture of umai (delicious) and karai (spicy). Kogashi ninniku means roasted garlic, so this yakisoba offers you irresistible tastes of kogashi  ninniku with umakara miso flavor to fill your appetite! The kara miso paste (orange packet) add it as you like, you can maybe start adding little by little to see your preference of spiciness.”

Oh you know me I’ll use it all. Let’s check it out!

Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba – Japan

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork chicken and beef. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba - Japan

Here is the lid (click to enlarge). Note the drain spout.

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba - Japan

The noodle block.

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba - Japan

Loose bits from the tray.

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba - Japan

A wet sachet – yakisoba sauce.

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba - Japan

The spicy sauce.

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba - Japan

A dry garnish sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, TKG egg, kizami shoga, and black sesame seeds. The noodles are just right for the sauce. Sauce has a good miso taste – a nice tang to it and a good heat level. Included togarashi worked well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881436939.

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba - Japan

Ippeichan Fried Noodles Sauce Taste 4.8oz 4pcs Japanese Instant Noodle Myojo Yakisoba Ninjapo

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#3243: Sapporo Ichiban Pickles Kimchi Chige Ramen – Japan

#3243: Sapporo Ichiban Pickles Kimchi Chige 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 – ‘Kimchi chige flavor soup is made up with savory seafood, veggies, and bonito broth. Plus added garlic so that you can feel some umami in the spicy soup. Sourness and spiciness of kimchi goes well with the soup and soft texture of tofu toppings to whet your appetite.”

O’m unsure about the pickles reference; I think it has to do with the kimchi aspect as I found Pickles Corporation and it looks to be about things ‘pickled’ perhaps. Let’s check it out!

Sapporo Ichiban Pickles Kimchi Chige Ramen – Japan

#3243: Sapporo Ichiban Pickles Kimchi Chige Ramen - Japan

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

#3243: Sapporo Ichiban Pickles Kimchi Chige Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3243: Sapporo Ichiban Pickles Kimchi Chige Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3243: Sapporo Ichiban Pickles Kimchi Chige Ramen - Japan

Loose seasoning and solid ingredients.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chashu pork, black sesame seeds, habanero togarashi. Noodles hydrated great in 3 minutes. Broth has a great kimchi flavor to it and is augmented with a plethora of tofu and kimchi floating around. A hard one to not devour. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734035756.

#3243: Sapporo Ichiban Pickles Kimchi Chige Ramen - Japan

Sapporo most cup Stars curry Nanban 84g ~ 12 pieces

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#3242: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba – Japan

#3150: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Yakisoba is a Japanese noodle stir-fry dish enjoyed all over Japan and is the perfect dish for the summer without a hot soup base. This type of yakisoba is flavored with a salt seasoning rather than the traditional soy sauce dressing.”

Let’s hit it!

Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba – Japan

#3150: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to line for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3150: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Note the drain spout.

#3150: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba - Japan

The noodle block.

#3150: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3150: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Shio yakisoba sauce.

#3150: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba - Japan

A dry garnish sachet.

#3150: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Looks like sesame seeds, seaweed and possibly tempura bits.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, baked chicken (seasoned with black pepper, garlic powder, and Nutek Salt for Life). Noodles were pretty good – hydrated well and not at all spongy. The flavor was good – a little sweet and a nice shio hit. Sesame notes as well. Topping garnish (not pictured) featured sesame seeds and bits of tempura which had a satisfying crunch.  3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071207540.

#3150: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Acecook JANJAN yakisoba Kokusosu 104g ~ 12 pieces

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