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#3337: Nongshim Fururu Cold Noodles – Japan

#3337: Nongshim Fururu Cold Noodles - 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 -“Korean bibim noodles (think bibimbap, but switch out the rice with noodles) is popular in Japan on sunny days. These cold bibim noodles are flavored with sweet, sour, and spicy gochujang sauce. A relaxing and cold meal with a kick!”

Alright – it’s a sunny day! Let’s give ti a try!

Nongshim Fururu Cold Noodles – Japan

#3337: Nongshim Fururu Cold Noodles - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold wate. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

A large noodle block.

A wet sauce sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, cucumber, carrot, ham, sesame seeds, pepper flake, and spring onion. Noodles are thin with an interesting chew to them. The sauce imparts a sweet and bitter taste with a nice spicy level to them. Has a definite premium kind of flavor and experience. Refreshing and tasty! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4582214630229.

159gX10 pieces Nongshim Flour cold noodle survivin cold noodles

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#3335: Samyang Foods Bibimmyun – South Korea

#3335: Samyang Foods Bibimmyun - South Korea

It’s summer right now (I wrote and reviewed this on the last day of July) and one thing that happens during the summer months is that South Korean brands put out their cold noodles. This one is a play on bibimbap – instead of rice, it’s noodles. Here’s a little about bibimbap from Wikipedia –

Bibimbap[2] (/ˈbbɪmbæp/ BEE-bim-bap,[3] from Korean 비빔밥 [pi.bim.p͈ap̚], literally “mixed rice”), sometimes romanized as bi bim bap or bi bim bop, is a Korean rice dish. The term “bibim” means mixing various ingredients, while the “bap” noun refers to rice. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) or kimchi (traditional fermented vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste), soy sauce, or doenjang (a fermented soybean paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The hot dish is stirred together thoroughly just before eating.[4]

The noodle version is served cold while the rice version is hot – and my favorite is served in a stone pot. The rice at the bottom is kind of crunchy and you pour a little tea in and it makes it’s own little rice soup which is nice. Let’s check out this, the noodle version called bibimmyun.

Samyang Foods Bibimmyun – South Korea

#3335: Samyang Foods Bibimmyun - South Korea

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles 4 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The oodle block.

A wet sauce sachet.

#3335: Samyang Foods Bibimmyun - South Korea

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sliced egg, spring onion, carrot, cucumber, ham, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles worked well with the sauce – thick and chewy. The sauce was spicy and sweet – very good and a nice accompaniment to hotter weather. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073101449.

Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking: Authentic Dishes for the Home Cook

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#3334: Nona Lim Dan Dan Noodle Bowl – United States

#3334: Nona Lim Dan Dan Noodle Bowl - United States

Here’s the second of the three refrigerated bowl sent by Nona Lim – thanks again! This one contains ‘Beyond Meat,’ a meat substitute that sounds interesting. I know I liked Dan Dan Noodle so let’s see how this measures up!

Nona Lim Dan Dan Noodle Bowl – United States

#3334: Nona Lim Dan Dan Noodle Bowl - United States

Detail of the cardboard outer sleeve (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cut a slit in the noodle pouch and microwave for 1 minutes. Add into bowl along with sauce. Microwave 30 seconds. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle pouch.

The broth.

#3334: Nona Lim Dan Dan Noodle Bowl - United States

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, cucumber, and carrot. I should note I didn’t realize the instructions on this one differed from the previous bowl, but I think everything came out as it should. The noodles were very good – nice chew to them and a rustic kind of texture. The flavor was nice; a little hint of spice, a lot of the Beyond Meat – it kind of came together like a nice microwavable Hamburger Helper though – didn’t make me think of Dan Dan Noodle so much. That’s not to say that it wasn’t delicious – I really wanted to eat this whole bowl! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 859792002194.

Nona Lim Heat & Sip Cups, Sampler Variety Pack – Gluten Free (10 oz, 6 Count) – Packaging May Vary

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#3333: Shuang Ren Hsu Famous Chinese Noodles Sesame & Peanuts – Taiwan

#3333: Shuang Ren Hsu Famous Chinese Noodles Sesame & Peanuts - Taiwan

Found this one at 99 Ranch Market recently and thought it would be neat to try. It just amazes me how many Taiwanese dry noodle varieties and brands there are out there. They just keep popping up and so many contact me and ask if I’ll review them – which I really enjoy – and there are still brands I’ve never seen left and right! Let’s give this one a try!

Shuang Ren Hsu Famous Chinese Noodles Sesame & Peanuts – Taiwan

#3333: Shuang Ren Hsu Famous Chinese Noodles Sesame & Peanuts - Taiwan

Detail of the package liner (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles 4~5 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3333: Shuang Ren Hsu Famous Chinese Noodles Sesame & Peanuts - Taiwan

The noodle block.

A dry sachet of peanut powder.

A wet sachet of soy sauce.

A wet sachet of oil.

A dry sachet of vegetable flake.

A dry sachet of sesame seeds.

A dry sachet of crushed red chili.

#3333: Shuang Ren Hsu Famous Chinese Noodles Sesame & Peanuts - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Youku Sichuan pepper powder, spring onion, and sesame seeds. Noodles came out pretty well – kind of on the fluffy side for dry noodles. The flavor was interesting; peanut was light and soy did a good job. Oiliness made it very slippery. Flavors seemed slightly muted but all in all not bad. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4715409919094.

Southern Hokkien: An Introduction(3volumes+3CD)

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#3332: Kubota Men Onomichi Aji Hei Ramen – Japan

#3332: Kubota Men Onomichi Aji Hei 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 have to say about this one – “

Onomichi is a small city of 136,000 in Hiroshima prefecture known for it’s ancient temples. It is a hilly city southwestern coast of Honshu island, the main island of Japan.

This Ajihei ramen is characterized by it’s soy sauce (shoyu) based broth cooked with fish to imbue a unique but light seafood flavor to round out the broth. Although noodles in the region typically are wide and flat, Ajihei ramen sticks with a more traditional thin-medium noodle thickness to not over power a lighter shoyu based broth.”

Let’s have a look at this fancy premium variety from Japan!

Kubota Men Onomichi Aji Hei Ramen – Japan

#3332: Kubota Men Onomichi Aji Hei Ramen - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains fish (and almost certainly pork). To prepare, boil noodles on high heat for 30 seconds, then turn to medium heat and cook 1 minute. Combine soup base with 300ml boiling water. Drain noodles. Finally, add noodles and soup to bowl and enjoy!

#3332: Kubota Men Onomichi Aji Hei Ramen - Japan

Two servings of noodles.

Two servings of soup base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, narutomaki, chashu, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, nanami togarashi, and chili oil. The noodles are thin and quite nice – they’ve still got a backbone with a light kind of disposition at the same time which was nice. The broth is very rich and has a great oiliness to it. Impressive! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4972874209840.

ramen kitakata aizuwakamatsu koriyama iwaki Gourmet Information in Koriyama (Japanese

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#3331: Nona Lim Green Curry Noodle Bowl – United States

#3331: Nona Lim Green Curry Noodle Bowl - United States

This is an interesting one and took a little research. Is a plant based diet same as a Vegan diet? Well this video explains that they’re two different things. This is a fresh bowl which requires refrigeration. I really like green curry – let’s give it a try!

Nona Lim Green Curry Noodle Bowl – United States

#3331: Nona Lim Green Curry Noodle Bowl - United States

Detail of the cardboard outer packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add contents to the bowl and microwave for 2~3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3331: Nona Lim Green Curry Noodle Bowl - United States

What you see under the cardboard outer packaging.

Gluten free laksa rice noodles.

A container of broth.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, fried tofu, basil, and pepper flake. The noodles has some oomph to them no doubt which was nice. The broth was very hearty and the inclusion of the vegetables was appreciated. However, the flavor was muted and could have used some salt. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 859792002699.

Nona Lim Heat & Sip Cups, Sampler Variety Pack – Gluten Free (10 oz, 6 Count) – Packaging May Vary

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#3330: Three Meters Pepper Sesame Belt Noodles – Taiwan

#3330: Three Meters Pepper Sesame Belt Noodles - Taiwan

This is blue! I really like the color of this package – very striking and vibrant. These are something new from Three Meters – Belt Noodles. They’re very wide – kind of like a belt! The flavor sounds quite nice as well. Let’s check these out!

Three Meters Pepper Sesame Belt Noodles – Taiwan

#3330: Three Meters Pepper Sesame Belt Noodles - Taiwan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 5 minutes in 1000ml water, stirring gently. Midway through add 100ml cold water. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3330: Three Meters Pepper Sesame Belt Noodles - Taiwan

One of three individual servings.

#3330: Three Meters Pepper Sesame Belt Noodles - Taiwan

The belt noodles.

A wet sachet of sesame paste.

A wet sachet – guessing soy sauce.

A third sachet – looks like oil.

A dry sachet of Sichuan pepper.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, tea egg, scallions, and sesame seeds. Noodles are very broad with a nice chew to them – not too chewy or too soft but just right. The flavor is a nice coat of sesame, saltiness from soy, and pepper. It worked incredibly well. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4713361500121.

THREE METERS NOODLES Sesame Sauce Noodles (480g/4pcs) Best Taiwanese Gift – THREE METERS – Fresh Stock-Taiwan food – Noodle – Vegetarian

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#3329: Nissin Cup Noodles Dark Dragon Sabor Salsa Negra Y Limon – Mexico

#3329: Nissin Cup Noodles Dark Dragon Sabor Salsa Negra Y Limon - Mexico

I just have to say – what an ominous name for an instant noodle! I really dig that! When I saw this, I had to contact Nissin Mexico and see if I could get some. Well, they sent it! They also sent three U.F.O. Yakisoba varieties as well which you’ll see on upcoming reviews.

It’s been so crazy lately; apartment remodel, sinus infection, wife in the hospital (note this review is appearing about 100 days after I wrote it and fingers crossed shes getting out the day I’m writing it). It’s nice that things are at the cusp of really coming back to normal and things will be mellower. Let’s give this a try and check out the videos at the end – the regular Instant Noodle Recipe Time as well as the Spicy Noodle Mukbang! Let’s go!

Nissin Cup Noodles Dark Dragon Sabor Salsa Negra Y Limon – Mexico

#3329: Nissin Cup Noodles Dark Dragon Sabor Salsa Negra Y Limon - Mexico

Detail of the cardboard outer packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open lid halfway and add boiling water to line. Cover 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The cup en Espanol.

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Loose bits from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, cilantro, mozarella, fried onion, and Cholula Chili Garlic hot sauce. The noodles are really quite good in this one – round and a kind of whole grain-ness to them. The broth is like what I would envision a Mexican tom yum to be. Good heat and good crisp flavor from lemon. All in all quite impressed. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662247198.

Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico

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#3328: Chef Nic’s Noodles Hot And Spicy – Taiwan

#3265: Chef Nic's Noodles Hot And Spicy - Taiwan

I’ve seen these recently at our local 99 Ranch Market in Edmonds, Washington. They’re on the more expensive end – closer to $6USD which is pretty steep, but I wanted to do a Spicy Noodle Mukbang video, was in the mood for something new from Taiwan… This just smacked of something interesting to try. Not only that, it was in a box. I swear, although more expensive, little boxes that are fancy with instant noodles in them are pretty dang cool.

A reader told me that this guy, Nic Xie, is a well-known actor from China. Let’s check these out!

Chef Nic’s Noodles Hot And Spicy – Taiwan

#3265: Chef Nic's Noodles Hot And Spicy - Taiwan

Detail of the box (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 3 minutes and drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3265: Chef Nic's Noodles Hot And Spicy - Taiwan

A tight little noodle block.

#3265: Chef Nic's Noodles Hot And Spicy - Taiwan

A wet sachet. Watch the Instant Noodle Recipe Time video to see contents!

Another wet sachet.

Crushed Sichuan peppercorn.

#3265: Chef Nic's Noodles Hot And Spicy - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecue pork, scallions, a tea egg, and black sesame seeds. The noodles have a great gauge and mouthfeel – fat little chewy strands. They pick up the sauce well, which is an amalgam of spicy Sichuan pepper flavor and sweetness and saltiness. Really worked well together – love it. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897069140244.

Nic Reborn Love Karaoke VCD By Nicholas Tse

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#3325: Tabate Yuzu Dashi Shio Ramen – Japan

#3325: Tabate Yuzu Dashi Shio 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 have to say about this one – “This package of noodles is a very special one indeed and feels great during the wet season in Japan. First, the broth seasoning in this pack is a great mix of salt (shio) flavoring combined with Japan’s traditional dashi flavor and topped off perfectly with a hint of  citrus from the yuzu fruit (kind of like a lemon/lime). It’s a truly unique combination of  well balanced flavors.”

I’ll be honst, I’ve yet to have a yuzu variety that really has been all that great in my opinion, so fingers crossed for this one – let’s get started.

Tabate Yuzu Dashi Shio Ramen – Japan

#3325: Tabate Yuzu Dashi Shio Ramen - Japan

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish, unsure of other meat – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 4 1/2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A wet sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sesame seeds, Spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, baked chicken, and soft egg. Noodles were on the thin side, but chewy as hell and very good. Broth was strong with shio and dsahi, thin but giving. The yuzu element while not smack in your face danced around in a balance; a triumvirate of balance. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901592913401.

Ramen at Home: The Easy Japanese Cookbook for Classic Ramen and Bold New Flavors

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#3324: Itsuki Cold Tea Soba – Japan

#3324: Itsuki Cold Tea 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 -“Buckwheat and Uji matcha are blended to make these smooth and flavorful soba noodles. These cold oodles come with 2 servings of a mellow umami dipping sauce that is a perfect meal for a hot summer day.”

Cool – I mean cold. Let’s give it a try.

Itsuki Cold Tea Soba – Japan

#3324: Itsuki Cold Tea Soba - Japan

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles 4~5 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water. For the dipping sauce, combine 1 sachet with 50ml cold water and mix. Finally, di soba into sauce and enjoy!

A grip of buckwheat soba.

Wet sachets of dipping sauce mix.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and narutomaki to the noodle and sesame seeds to the dipping sauce. Noodles are great cold – just the right gauge and chew for dipping. Sauce was like a crisp soy sauce with notes of fish. An apt pairing, perfect for a hot day. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014615.

Itsuki Dried Soba Noodles, Green Tea, 15.87-Ounce

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#3323: Samyang Foods Buldak Carbo HOT Chicken Flavor Topokki – South Korea

#3323: Samyang Foods Buldak Carbo HOT Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

Two days in a row of varieties with long names! This one does NOT include noodles, however it’s topokki. What’s that? Wikipedia, if you please –

teok-bokki (떡볶이) or stir-fried rice cakes is a popular Korean food made from small-sized garae-tteok (long, white, cylinder-shaped rice cakes) called tteokmyeon (떡면; “rice cake noodles”) or commonly tteok-bokki-tteok(떡볶이 떡; “tteok-bokki rice cakes”).[1][2] Eomuk(fish cakes), boiled eggs, and scallions are some of the most commonly added ingredients. It can be seasoned with either spicy gochujang (chili paste) or non-spicy ganjang (soy sauce)-based sauce; the former being the most typical form,[3] while the latter is less common and sometimes called gungjung-tteok-bokki (royal court tteok-bokki).

Today, variations also include curry-tteok-bokki, cream sauce-tteok-bokki, jajang-tteok-bokki, seafood-tteok-bokki, galbi-tteok-bokki and so on. Tteok-bokki is commonly purchased and eaten at bunsikjip (snack bars) as well as pojangmacha (street stalls). There are also dedicated restaurants for tteok-bokki, where it is referred to as jeugseog tteok-bokki (impromptu tteok-bokki).

Curry topokki?! Oh man I’m missing out. These little rice tubes of deliciousness are just what the doctor ordered – let’s give it a try!

Samyang Foods Buldak Carbo HOT Chicken Flavor Topokki – South Korea

#3323: Samyang Foods Buldak Carbo HOT Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add sauce, topokki, and hot water to the line. Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes at 1000W with the lid on. Add in powder. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included spork!

A large pouch of topokki.

A wet sachet of sauce.

A dry cheese powder sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken. spring onion, sesame seeds, and fried onion. The tteokbokki comes out very well – very satisfying. The carbo flavor is quite good – although came out soupy this go around. Nevertheless it’s very good. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073910287.

Samyang Carbo Buldak Tteokbokki Korean Rice Cake Instant 8oz 230g (Carbo & Roast Chicken Sauce) Snack

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