Sapporo Ichiban: Chow Mein
Notes: Now this stuff is quite different – and quite good as well. It definitely
tastes like a greasy, heavily sauce laden noodle. The broth is dark brown
mainly because of all the soy, but it’s not all that salty. It is quite good
and I highly recommend it. One of the more compelling packets in this one is a little cellophane pouch of ‘green laver.’ It’s seaweed powder and adds a delicately mossy green shade to the concoction if added like pepper evenly to the top. This is a must for the adventurous and keen on the weird factor.
Sutah: Cup Noodle
Notes: What a strange little cup noodle… A deep red broth with some strange
little bits of something. Not sure what they are – possibly soto? Not sure. One
of the items I was happily able to purchase across the street at the Markette Deli
on State Street in Marysville, Washington. UPC bar code 8801073101197
Vifon: Nam Vang
Stars: ** 1/2
Notes: This stuff wasn’t bad – basically a typical salty rice noodle snack ramen from Vietnam. It would not do well with an egg though, as the noodles weren’t the most strong and a lot of them turned to an almost gelatinous state – not from overcooking I assure you. Other than the weak fortitude of the noodles, the broth was fine as were the dried vegetables.
Vifon: Hu Tiu Nam Vang [“Phnom Penh” style] Asian Style Instant Rice Noodles
Notes: Good bowl of noodles – Rice noodles with floating vegetable things [don’t think they were mushrooms, but they definately were onions] and a clear broth. The broth was quite good and went very nicely with the noodles. Probably the best cambodian style noodles I’ve had.
Wai Wai: Oriental Style Instant Noodles
Notes: One star. It reminds me way too much of their other ramen, called ‘Sour Soup.’ This is pure gut-wrenching heartburn ladies and gentlemen! Make sure you have some Tums and a bed available for the next day or so.
Westbrae: Miso Ramen
Notes: This stuff ranks very low on my chart of good ramen. It’s marketed obviously to the
‘health conscious’ ramenphile, however, it’s $3.00 a pack price and paltry, weak wheat
noodles lacked character, as did it’s bland tasteless broth. I was very, very, very