Category Archives: Japan

#3241: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba – Japan

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - 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 super cup contains 1.5 times the normal amount of noodles! Okinawa has a few famous dishes but this one is the most unmistakable for anyone visiting the islands. Yummy chewy noodles in a slightly sweet and spicy dash is perfect for summer.”

Sounds good – let’s check it out!Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba – Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken, pork, and fish. To prepare, add everything but the wet sachet. Fill to line with boiling water and cover for 5 minutes. Add in wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - Japan

The noodle block.

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - Japan

A fluffy powder.

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - Japan

Smells like rice wine.

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - Japan

A dry garnish sachet.

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - Japan

Interesting mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecue pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, crispy fried garlic, and habanero togarashi. Noodles are sadly very spongy. They support a broth which has a very odd flavored broth – well, it’s not bad but the aftertaste is just not very good. Lots of fish cake and bits of vegetable throughout aren’t enough to put this one in my good graces. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071231552.

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - Japan

Acecook Super Cup mini vegetables Chanpon 42g ~ 12 pieces

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#3238: Itsuki Soba – Japan

#3238: Itsuki Soba - 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 -“Enjoy a hot bowl of this soba in its soup base, rich with flavors of bonito, soy sauce and spice.”

Yeah okay this sounds pretty good – fresh soba… Let’s do it!

Itsuki Soba – Japan

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodles in 300ml water for 1 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

A fresh soba pouch.

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

A light powder with a sweet scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kamaboko, mentaiko furikake and spring onion. Noodles are definitely buckwheat soba. First time I think I’ve had fresh buckwheat in this form factor and it’s pretty decent. The broth was a pretty typical soy and bonito hit, however the balance of flavors worked better than any I’ve had before.. All in all alright. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014134.

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

Itsuki food 2 co-yaki soba 340gX6 pieces

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#3235: Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon – Japan

Myojo Scrambled Egg 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 -“Thick and soft udon noodles topped with soft scrambled egg and deep-fried tofu. The simple dashi soup has a flavor of fish. You might want the mild sweetness to complete the ramen touring around Japan.’

Alright let’s give this a try.

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon – Japan

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line as well as sachet contents. Cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

The noodle block.

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

A dry sachet.

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

A light powder.

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

Loose bits of egg and tofu from the bowl.

Finished (click to enlarge).  Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chashu pork, spring onion, and tempura bits.Noodles are broad and fat and soft – fried udon tends to match those stats a lot of the time. Broth is full of scrambled egg bits and has a sweet and bonito hit. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881426480.

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

Assorted Japanese Instant Cup Noodles 9 Cups of Yakisoba NT6000013

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#3231: Myojo Ippeichan Yakisoba – Japan

#3231: Myojo Ippeichan Yakisoba - 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!

Okay so yeah this is a pretty standard variety from Japan, but what’s a little different is how I’ll be preparing it. I’ll be using my new Ultimate TKG – Tamago Kakae Gohan machine! It’s pretty fascinating and you can see it in action in the video below. Let’s get to it!

Myojo Ippeichan Yakisoba – Japan

#3231: Myojo Ippeichan Yakisoba - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure if it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, fill to line with boiling water and cover 3 minutes. Drain. Add in everything else. Stir and enjoy!

#3231: Myojo Ippeichan Yakisoba - Japan

The noodle block.

#3231: Myojo Ippeichan Yakisoba - Japan

Yakisoba sauce.

#3231: Myojo Ippeichan Yakisoba - Japan

A spice mixture.

#3231: Myojo Ippeichan Yakisoba - Japan

Mayonnaise garnish (which is completely forgot to use.

#3231: Myojo Ippeichan Yakisoba - Japan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Ultimate TKG machined egg, barbeque pork, spring onion. Noodles are great – good gauge and chew. Works well with the sauce which is enough to coat everything. Spice mix is a tasty extra. As for the mayo I forgot I saw it soon as I got back to the kitchen – typical Japanese mayo which does wonders for yakisoba. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901881404570.

#3231: Myojo Ippeichan Yakisoba - Japan

MYOJO IPPEI-CHAN YOMISE YAKISOBA INSTANT NOODLE CASE [12pcs] by Myojo

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

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 July 2019 Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater

#3225: Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa – Japan

#3225L Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa - 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 – ‘Laksa, a spicy noodle soup dish of Singapore, joins Zenpop Ramen this month to try and win the Zenpop Ramen Cup. The creamy coconut flavor is spiced up with chili and coriander. How do you like this iconic Asian taste?’

Yeah I’m a huge fan of Laksa. Been curious about this one – I’ve reviewed another Nissin Cup Noodle Laksa from Japan before but this looks entirely different. Let’s give it a try.

Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa – Japan

#3225L Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. TO prepare, fill to line with boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3225L Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3225L Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa - Japan

The noodle block.

#3225L Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa - Japan

Loose seasoning and bits from the cup.

#3225L Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa - Japan

A wet sachet is affixed to the lid.

#3225L Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa - Japan

Laksa paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander. Noodles are your standard Cup Noodle fare – Japanese cup noodle that it. The broth is very rich – lots of coconut going on. The included laksa paste adds a nice lime taste (although I lost much on my shirt – watch the video below). 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105242988.

#3225L Nissin Cup Noodles Singapore Laksa - Japan

Cup noodle Singapore Spicy club 78 g × 12 pieces ramen Japan

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#3223: New Touch Natsukashi Shoyu 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 – ‘Chicken based shoyu ramen – the kind that makes you cherish your memory eating your first shoyu ramen. (natsukoshi roughly means nostalgic). This is like the ramen you see being waten at yatai food stalls set up on streets by characters in some anime. Chopped chashu (roast pork) goes well with this simple, most enjoyed ramen.’

As of late, I’ve really been into chicken. Baked chicken with some seasonings in particular. Let’s give this one a try…

New Touch Natsukashi Shoyu Ramen – Japan

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

#3223: New Touch Natsukashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3223: New Touch Natsukashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3223: New Touch Natsukashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3223: New Touch Natsukashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

A coarse powder.

#3223: New Touch Natsukashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

A dry garnish sachet.

#3223: New Touch Natsukashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

Lots of different bits in here.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sliced chashu, soft egg, spring onion, sansyo, sesame seeds. Noodles come out very well – nice hydration and chew. The broth had a good shoyu character to it with chicken notes. Bits of vegetable and the odd shrimp floating about. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4903088009537.

#3223: New Touch Natsukashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

Apex Imports Flying Spaghetti Monster FSM Car Window Vinyl Decal Sticker 5″

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#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen – Japan

#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu 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 ramen was first released by New Touch in 1985: It has stuck around so long because it is a delicious twist on the classic shoyu ramen. With extra negi (green onion) and just a touch of spicy (“pirikara in Japanese) this is a simple yet satisfying bowl of noodles.’

I like green onion and spicy things – let’s see how it fares!

New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen – Japan

#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

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

#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

Smells good, that’s fr sure.

#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

Full of green onion!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, chashu, spring onion, shichimi togarashi, black sesame seeds and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles came out very well – not spongy at all. Broth had a very nice shoyu taste to it – no bitterness here. Definitely a lot of included green onion and they augmented the flavor well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4903088000619.

#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

Apex Imports Flying Spaghetti Monster FSM Car Window Vinyl Decal Sticker 5″

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#3219: Kinchan Squid Yakisoba – Japan

#3122: Kinchan Squid Yakisoba - Japan

Here’s another one sent by the company – thank you! I’ve had quite a few squid yakisoba varieties. This one though is by a different brand – all the others were by the same brand, so this should be a bit different. Having trouble thinking of what to say here; just had a hellstorm with a WordPress update and it’s fixed so feeling happy right now. Sorry! Anyways, let’s check it out!

Kinchan Squid Yakisoba – Japan

#3122: Kinchan Squid Yakisoba - Japan

Detail of the bottom and side (click to enlarge). Contains squid. To prepare, add boiling water and dry sachet contents to bowl. Cover for 3 minutes. Drain using spout. Add liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3122: Kinchan Squid Yakisoba - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3122: Kinchan Squid Yakisoba - Japan

The noodle block.

#3122: Kinchan Squid Yakisoba - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3122: Kinchan Squid Yakisoba - Japan

Yakisoba sauce.

#3122: Kinchan Squid Yakisoba - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3122: Kinchan Squid Yakisoba - Japan

Squid and other bits.

#3122: Kinchan Squid Yakisoba - Japan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added squid, soft egg, spring onion, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are just perfect in this one – just made to be enjoyed as an instant yakisoba. The sauce is just smackdown lovely. Great yakisoba flavor with garnish full of cabbage and decent sized squid pieces. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4904760013767.

#3122: Kinchan Squid Yakisoba - Japan

Sendan Bowl Poppy Red 7.75″dia.x 2.75″h

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#3218: Nakaki Foods Tomato Ramen – Japan

#3218: Nakaki Foods Tomato Ramen - 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 -“The typical broth base for ramen in Japan are shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce), miso (soybean paste), and tonkotsu (pork bone). Known for their konjac noodles, Nakaki Foods’ version adds an unusual twist of tomato flavoring this winter season for a new refreshing taste on the classic ramen dish.’

Tomato ramen! Let’s give it a try!

Nakaki Foods Tomato Ramen – Japan

#3218: Nakaki Foods Tomato Ramen - Japan

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add 150ml to a pot and bring to a boil. Add sachet contents and stir. Add in large pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3218: Nakaki Foods Tomato Ramen - Japan

The noodle pouch – these are different from what I’m used to seeing. Should be interesting!

#3218: Nakaki Foods Tomato Ramen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3218: Nakaki Foods Tomato Ramen - Japan

Soup base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, spring onion, Velveeta cheese, and baked chicken with  NuTek Salt For Life. The noodles are so weird I can’t handle it. They’re like chewing crumbly gel wrist rests I think – I dunno. Tubes of overcooked Jell-O gelatin? But they’re fascinating all the same. Tomato broth has a very good taste to it which I enjoyed. A very unique combo here which also is only 84 calories for the whole pack, but still so weird. 2.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4976166014426.

#3218: Nakaki Foods Tomato Ramen - Japan

Nakaki MAGIC NOODLES (2 bags)

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#3216: Sapporo Ichiban Small Fried Shrimp Soba – Japan

#3216: Sapporo Ichiban Small Fried Shrimp Soba - 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 -“Savor a bowl of soba this winter with bits of dried shrimp! Hot soba like this one is usually served as a noodle soup in a bowl of hot tsuyu (dashi soup stock and a mixture of soy sauce, mirin and sugar) as a sou p base. It’s a thinner version than the dipping sauce used for cold soba. For a busy day, take this one to go for a quick lunch at work.”

Alright, let’s go!

Sapporo Ichiban Small Fried Shrimp Soba – Japan

#3216: Sapporo Ichiban Small Fried Shrimp Soba - Japan

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

#3216: Sapporo Ichiban Small Fried Shrimp Soba - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3216: Sapporo Ichiban Small Fried Shrimp Soba - Japan

The noodle block.

#3216: Sapporo Ichiban Small Fried Shrimp Soba - Japan

Loose seasoning from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added 31-44ct shrimp, spring onion, and tempura. The noodles are very thin and hydrated well. Not soggy. The flavor is a salty shrimp tasty – pretty strong too. Not bad – especially with included kamaboko and tempura, however included shrimp was full of shell. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734035961.

#3216: Sapporo Ichiban Small Fried Shrimp Soba - Japan

Sapporo Yakisoba Chow Mein Noodles, 3.60 Ounce (Pack of 24)

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