Category Archives: Kabuto Noodles

Meet The Manufacturer: #1963: Kabuto Rice Noodles Vegetable Laksa

Today, we bid a fond farewell to the Kabuto Noodles Meet The Manufacturer. These have all been very unique and innovative products. As I’ve said before, most of the instant varieties I’ve sampled from the UK have been, in a word, bland. Flavorless is another word. These have all had good flavor and great quality. Today, it’s laksa, one of my favorite Southeast Asian flavors. Let’s check it out.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, remove lid and add boiling water to fill line. Cover loosely and let sit for 3-4 minutes. Stir well and let stand an additional minute. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The rice noodle block.

Some bits of sweetcorn and powder with a sweet coconut scent from the pot.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Dodo fishball, laksa leaf, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and tau pok. The rice noodles hydrated very nicely here and are broad and flat. The broth has a sweet coconut flavor and a hint of heat. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 5060250610348.

Kabuto Noodles Vegetable Laksa 65g – Pack of 6

A head to head challenge between Sophie and Cris – who can eat the most turkey?

Meet The Manufacturer: #1962: Kabuto Rice Noodles Chicken Pho

Up until now, I’ve been reviewing some of Kabuto Noodles’ egg noodles – now it’s time to take a look at their rice noodle varieties to wrap up Meet The Manufacturer. It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed any pho varieties. Pho is a traditional (and wildly popular) Vietnamese noodle soup. Pho involved cooking broth with lots of spices like cinnamon, star anise, stewing beef bones for hours, and with rice noodles. Usually when you get it locally, it comes with jalapeno slices, sweet basil, mung bean sprouts, a little Huy Fong Sriracha sauce and Hoisin sauce. Oh – and there’s a lot of different kinds of meats to choose from – beef flank, tendon, ribeye – and chicken. Let’s check this one out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, remove lid and fill to line with boiling water. Loosely cover and let sit 3-4 minutes. Stir and let stand another minute. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The rice noodle block.

Some of the seasoning from the pot.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, beef tendon meatball, sweet basil and jalapeno slices. The noodles hydrated well – broad and flat rice noodles. The broth was on the sweet side and had a nice chicken flavor to it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 5060250610331.

Kabuto Noodles Chicken Pho 65g – Pack of 6

Another challenge – this time, Sophie eats as many pancakes as she can in 15 minutes.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Kabuto Noodles Miso Ramen

I’ve got to say – it’s been quite a while since I’ve had this one – #1167! Seems like it’s been forever since I’ve reviewed anything from the UK as well. Well, let’s kick this Meet The Manufacturer off with one of their first varieties, miso! Here’s something to note – over in the UK, these aren’t commonly referred to as ‘cup noodles’ – they refer to these containers as ‘pots.’

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open lid and fill to line with boiling water. Cover and let steep for 3-4 minutes. Stir well and let sit for 1 additional minute. Enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Some of the soup base from inside the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, hard boiled egg, spring onion and pepper flakes. The noodles are hearty and plentiful – really plentiful! They have a nice homestyle feel to them too. The broth has a nice miso flavor – and it does indeed have a decent amount of flavor – not bland like most other instants I’ve had from the UK. The cavalcade of bits and pieces in the broth make it really hearty and nice. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 5060250610072.

Kabuto Noodles Miso Ramen 85 g (Pack of 6)

Looks like they have a lot of fun over at Kabuto Noodles!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1961: Kabuto Noodles Chicken Ramen

Yesterday, I reviewed a chilli chicken offering from Kabuto Noodles. Today, its just chicken ramen. I’m curious if it will just be a less spicy taste or something completely different (yesterday’s pot mentioned it having a lime element while this does not). Either way, sounds good to me. By the way – in the United Kingdom, they refer to noodle cups as noodle pots! Let’s go!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, remove lid and add boiling water to fill line. Cover loosely and let sit 3-4 minutes. Stir well and let sit another minute. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Some of the included seasoning in the pot.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added leftover fried chicken meat, hard boiled egg and spring onion. The noodles are the standard Kabuto egg noodles – thin and a nice chew. The broth has a very homemade chicken flavor – it comes together more as a homestyle chicken noodle soup taste, but in a Japanese kind of presentation. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 5060250610058.

Kabuto Noodles Chicken Ramen (85g) – Pack of 6

The Kabuto Noodles folks challenge eachother to different feats – this time it’s skydiving!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1960: Kabuto Noodles Chilli Chicken Ramen

Chilli chicken, eh? This sounds interesting – not a flavor I think I’ve seen coming out of the UK before (and I’ve seen a lot of interesting ones). By the way – if you’re wondering what coriander is, it’s the same thing as cilantro. Okay – let’s have a look inside this neat ‘pot’ of noodles!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). contains chicken. To prepare, remove lid and add boiling water to fill line. Cover loosely for 3-4 minutes. Stir well and let sit an additional minute. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block – pre-seasoned.

Some of the seasoning from the inside of the pot.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added leftover fried chicken meat, coriander and red bell pepper. The noodles have that great chew and abundance I’ve been finding very much to my liking – they’re egg noodles and come out very good. The broth is full of little bits of vegetable and has a very nice note of spiciness and the lime is definitely there as well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 5060250610164.

Kabuto Noodles Chilli Chicken Ramen (85g) – Pack of 2

A Kabuto Noodles advertisement.

Meet The Manufacturer: Kabuto Noodles Product Samples

Wow – samples for the first UK Meet The Manufacturer!

Six cups (click to enlarge) – they call them ‘pots’ in the UK – and a card!

Here’s one of these uniquely designed pot (click to enlarge). Looking forward to trying them – thank you!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Kabuto Noodles

Interview With Kabuto Noodles * Product Samples From Kabuto NoodlesKabuto Noodles Chilli Chicken Ramen * Kabuto Noodles Chicken Ramen * Kabuto Noodles Miso Ramen * Kabuto Rice Noodles Chicken Pho * Kabuto Rice Noodles Vegetable Laksa

This is great – not often do I get the chance to do a Meet The Manufacturer with a company in Europe. This one’s very unique – you’ll understand once you see the cups. Actually – they’re known as ‘pots’ in the UK! Anyways, let’s learn about what Kabuto Noodles is all about from this interview I conducted with Sophie Venner.

THE RAMEN RATER> Can you start by telling me a little bit about the history of Kabuto Noodles – how did you start?

KABUTO NOODLES> Kabuto started in 2011 with Crispin hunting down the lovely upmarket, independent stores in London, who to this day still support us now. Very quickly this led to a listing in Harvey Nichols, one of the UKs premium stores, followed shortly by Waitrose and Ocado. We’re super stoked today to now be listed in all of the UKs great supermarkets and we’re even expanding out of the UK to the Emirates, Spain and Belgium.

TRR> For my readers who aren’t familiar with your products, can you tell a little about them?
KABUTO NOODLES> We make delicious instant noodles in grown-up Asian flavours using real ingredients yet completely free from additives and preservatives. We’ve use inspiration from all over Asian including Japan, Vietnam and Thailand to produce a range from flavours from Chicken Ramen to a Vegetable Laksa.

TRR> Your noodle cups have a different design than others – can you tell us what led up to this unique design?

KABUTO NOODLES> When we first started we teamed up with B&B, an awesome design studio in London! Kabuto is the name of a Samurai warrior’s helmet and we really wanted to have this portrayed within our logo but whilst keeping it modern and fun. The creative genius’ came up with the logo by incorporating the Samurai helmet with a noodle bowl and chopsticks…we’re so proud of them and their awesome job.

TRR> Do you produce products other than instant noodles?

KABUTO NOODLES We very recently ventured outside of the noodle world into instant rice pots. Inspired by the fragrant curries from Thailand we developed two awesome rice pots; Thai Green Chicken Curry and Thai Red Vegetable Curry.

TRR> How do you noodle products differ from those by other manufacturers?

KABUTO NOODLES> Our noodles differ in a couple of ways. First up, the ingredients we use have created some super authentic, fresh tasting flavours bursting with the likes of coconut, chilli and lime.
Secondly, we don’t use any nasties in our recipes. Our noodles are completely free from additives, preservatives, MSG and palm oil, making us super good for you whilst being environmentally friendly.
We really care about what we put into our noodles and how our noodle making manners affect the environment, making sure everyone stays healthy and happy whilst chowing down on great tasting noodles.

TRR> Can your products be purchased outside of the UK?

KABUTO NOODLES> Absolutely, you can find our noodles in Spain in El Courte Ingles Gourmet, LuLu stores across the Emirates, Belgium, Netherlands and Ireland.

TRR> Where do you make your noodles?

KABUTO NOODLES> All our noodles and rice pots are made in the UK just outside London.

TRR> What was your first product?

KABUTO NOODLES> We first launched with the recipes which still stand strong as our best sellers today; Chicken Ramen, Beef Pho and Miso Ramen. These all have super distinct flavours, Chicken Ramen is our most popular.

TRR> Are you involved in the local community/charity?

KABUTO NOODLES< Absolutely, we’ve recently teamed up with Cool Earth, helping give back to the environment according to the level of our carbon footprint.
We also support Honour Village in Cambodia making sure that no kid learns on an empty stomach by helping fun the project.
Finally we have also teamed up with a charity a little closer to home, on our doorstep in Bristol actually. Empire Fighting Chance have gone from strength to strength since we first helped them out 4 years ago. They recently gained a lottery grant and do a fab job at providing programs for vulnerable children who need support…they do this through boxing, very close to our MDs heart.
Check out more details here http://www.kabutonoodles.com/story/good-stuff/

TRR> How many packs, cups and bowls of instant noodles do you produce annually?

KABUTO NOODLES> Blimey…that’s a tough one. In 2015 the UK ate 62 arctic trucks worth of Kabuto Noodles.

TRR> Have you ever thought about varieties like macaroni and cheese or pizza flavored instant noodles?

KABUTO NOODLES> We’re huge fans of the authentic Asian style noodles and love the challenge of replicating these fresh tasting flavours into an instant noodle. I think until a pizza flavoured noodle becomes authentic we will just stick to the traditional recipes.

TRR> Which is your personal favorite variety of Kabuto Noodles and what (if anything) do you add to them?

KABUTO NOODLES> I think the whole of team Kabuto are in agreement that the new Chicken Laksa is our absolute favourite. It tastes so fresh and has a lovely creamy coconut flavor to it whilst having a hint of spice.

TRR> You’re located in the UK – can you tell us a little about life where your company is located – local highlights and the like?

KABUTO NOODLES> Here at Kabuto we’re based in Bristol and whilst we’d sometimes love to swap the office for a beach in the Bahamas we’re pretty much in love with the city. Of course we chow down on our noodles pretty much every day but we just so happen to be right in the centre of town surrounded by some awesome, authentic noodle bars where you often find us seeking out inspiration for new things. We’re a pretty chilled bunch and a big thing for us is being able to escape the office as soon as our noodle work is done and head to the coast for a surf to find our inner noodle, so Bristol couldn’t be better situated!

TRR> Why the name Kabuto Noodles?

KABUTO NOODLES> Kabuto is the name of a Samurai Warriors helmet. Our authentic Asian flavours seemed to fit perfectly with the Samurai association so thus was born Kabuto Noodles!

TRR> Are there any new products on the way from Kabuto Noodles? Can you give my readers a ‘sneak peek?’

KABUTO NOODLES> Ah, you will have to wait and see! That’s only for the Chief Warrior to know.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity! I and my readers appreciate it!

#1167: Kabuto Noodles Miso Ramen

Here’s one from my friend Martin A. in the UK. This one’s pretty cool – very vertical! Those Brits, they sure come up with neat cups. Let’s check it out!

Here are the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains egg.

Looks interesting. I’m very curious.

 

Finished) click image to enlarge). Added kamaboko and green onion. The noodles are thin, round, and syrprisingly good. They have an interesting vegetable flavor and an agreeable crumble to them – very comfort food like. The broth is good too – the miso flavor isn’t akin to what I’m used to, but it’s good. A decent cup! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 5060250610072>.

A neat commercial for Kabuto Noodles.