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#3246: Cigala Banzai Noodle Sabor Caril – Portugal

#3246: Cigala Banzai Noodle Sabor Caril - Portugal

First off a big thanks to Chris G. for picking these up and sending them after his whirlwind trip around Europe! This one’s from Portugal which is pretty neat. What flavor is it? Caril translates to curry. Let’s give it a try!

Cigala Banzai Noodle Sabor Caril – Portugal

#3246: Cigala Banzai Noodle Sabor Caril - Portugal

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to line and cover 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3246: Cigala Banzai Noodle Sabor Caril - Portugal

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3246: Cigala Banzai Noodle Sabor Caril - Portugal

The noodle block.

#3246: Cigala Banzai Noodle Sabor Caril - Portugal

Loose seasoning and garnish from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, cilantro, black pepper. Noodles hydrated a little less than optimally in the 3 minutes allotted. Broth was suppose to be curry flavored, but was not very convincing. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 5601260591601.

#3246: Cigala Banzai Noodle Sabor Caril - Portugal

The Taste of Portugal: A Voyage of Gastronomic Discovery Combined with Recipes, History and Folklore.

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#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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#3244: Yamachan Ramen Z Miso Flavor Ramen – United States

#3244: Yamachan Ramen Z Miso Flavor Ramen - United States

So when Yamachan contacted me about a gluten free ramen, I was interested. Really? How does that work? Well, only one way to find out! One thing is these are konyak noodles. I’ve had thick gauge konyak and really disliked it. I have to admit though seeing the gauge of these I’ve got hope. Let’s check it out!

Yamachan Ramen Z Miso Flavor Ramen – United States

#3244: Yamachan Ramen Z Miso Flavor Ramen - United States

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). To prepare, rinse noodles. Add noodles and miso paste to 6oz of water and microwave 3 minutes. Finally, sir and enjoy!

#3244: Yamachan Ramen Z Miso Flavor Ramen - United States

One of two servings of noodles.

#3244: Yamachan Ramen Z Miso Flavor Ramen - United States

One of two wet sachets.

#3244: Yamachan Ramen Z Miso Flavor Ramen - United States

Miso soup base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, black sesame seeds, and habanero togarashi. The noodles are indeed unique. The gauge definitely works for this style though; while they have a gummy kind of texture, it works with the broth. The miso broth is strong and tasty which I enjoyed. Couple that with a 136 calorie per reasonably sized serving size too. I was surprised how much I liked this. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 767921033608.

#3244: Yamachan Ramen Z Miso Flavor Ramen - United States

Gluten Free Ramen Z Sapporo style Miso soup flavor (shirataki, ramen noodles, pasta, chowmein), 7 oz -3 pags (2 servings in each bag)

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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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#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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#3240: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar – Taiwan

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Recently, I heard about a variety from Tseng that I guess has been around for a little while but I’d never heard of it. A lot of confusion for me about this one. The biggest issue is the variety itself – what the heck is spicy dolar anyway? Nothing I could find on Wikipedia or elsewhere. But dolar must be a pretty common concept because there’s a restaurant in Canada I saw in Richmond that mentions it – something like Dolar Hotpot or something. Well, let’s check it out!

Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar – Taiwan

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 4.5~5.5 minutes. Drain, saving some cooking water. Add noodles and reserved water to a bowl along with sachet contents. Finally, stira nd enjoy!

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

One of the 4 servings in the pack.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Thin noodles.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Liquid and paste.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

A second wet sachet.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Smells like soy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and barbeque pork. The noodles have a nice gauge – thick and a little wide. They are chewier than I expected with the cook time. They went well with the sauce, which at the outset smelled extremely sweet, had a good balance of spiciness. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4713008550359.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Tseng Noodles Variety Pack 3 Flavors (Pack of 3)

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#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen – South Korea

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

I’ve mentioned a few times recently how much I’ve really been into Samyang Ramen in the last year or so. It’s really quite good – has a ham flavor, nice level of spiciness. It’s just got a good all around comfort food thing going on. Well, here’s the same thing – but now it’s got a cheese component. I’ll admit it – I like cheese. There. That feels better. Load off my mind. I usually add cheese to South Korean ramen, so let’s see how this one with a cheese component included goes.

Samyang Cheese Ramen – South Korea

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

The noodle block.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

A dry sachet.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

A lot of powder. Notice the little light specks in there.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

Another dry sachet.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

A light cheese powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, uncured ham, and pepper flake. The noodles are thick and have a typical Samyang tooth to them which I thoroughly enjoy. They’re meaty. The broth was not as I expected initially but is quite good. A standard spicy Korean style ramen hit to it – and being Samyang Ramen it’s got a ham flavor. But the cheese is a combo of cheddar, camembert and goude, so it has a smoky element which although unexpected was quite welcoming. Small fishcake were strewn about. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073114111.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

Samyang Ramen, 4.23-Ounce Units (Pack of 20)

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#3232: Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai – United Kingdom

#3232: Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai - United Kingdom

Found this one at Walmart here in the area. Actually it was a Walmart Market – basically just groceries. Figured what the heck – it looks interesting. Shall we?

Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai – United Kingdom

#3232: Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai - United Kingdom

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free and mentions ‘suitable for vegetarians.’ To prepare, open lids halfway and microwave at 800W for 90 seconds. Add sauce to noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3232: Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai - United Kingdom

A plastic cup of noodles.

#3232: Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai - United Kingdom

A plastic cup of sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbeque pork, fried tofu, peanuts, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and coriander. The noodles are a little interesting – like egg noodles but rice. Not my favorite but worked well with the sauce. This was as much like pad thai and I’m a native of Thailand, however it was quite tasty. Basically sweet Thai chili sauce you find at the store is the base. It actually works, but it’s not pad thai by any stretch. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 846462142380.

#3232: Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai - United Kingdom

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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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#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico – Italy

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

One of the very last varieties sent by the Butlers from their trip to Italy – thanks again! Yup – Italian yakisoba! Not something you’d expect, eh? Well here it is and I think we’ll just have to crack it open and take a look – let’s do it!

Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico – Italy

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Unsure whether this one contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add sachets and 250ml water to a pan and dissolve for a minute. Add in noodles and cook until water is absorbed or for 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

The noodle block.

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

A dry sachet.

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

A coarse powder.

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

A wet sachet.

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

Yakisoba sauce.

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

A dry garnish sachet.

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

A ton of vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sauteed beef, micro arugala. Noodles were alright but seemed a little funny. The flavor of the yakisoba sauce was definitely different. It was very acrid and acidic; not one that I liked. The sheer cavalcade of included vegetables wasn’t the best either. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 7613035103320.

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

Buitoni short pasta No.5 farfalle 500gX12 bags

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#3228: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour – Thailand

#3228: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour - Thailand

The spicy fire trend reaches everywhere – here’s one from MAMA of Thailand now! It’s nice to see honestly; people really seem to like it hot and that’s something for years that wasn’t really offered. Something ‘hot and spicy’ was often anything but. Let’s see if this one packs a punch!

MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour – Thailand

#3228: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour - Thailand

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles and dry sachet 2 minutes in 400ml water. Drain. Add in wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3228: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour - Thailand

The noodle block.

#3228: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour - Thailand

A wet sachet.

#3228: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour - Thailand

A thick sauce/paste.

#3228: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour - Thailand

A dry garnish sachet.

#3228: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour - Thailand

Greenery.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added micro arugala, black sesame seeds, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and soft egg. This is definitely a Thai take on the fire noodle. Noodles are thicker and chewier which works nicely. Flavor is strong and definitely has the same style of heat although a little different. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8850987148200.

#3228: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour - Thailand

Mama Instant Cup Noodles Oriental Kitchen Hot & Spicy Flavour Net Wt 65 g (2.29Oz) x 6 cups

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#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup – Russia

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

When I used to drink (and I was very good at it, mind you), I would often try beers from different countries. One I remember from South Korea was Hite beer. It’s pretty good stuff – they had them in cans and bottles and then in these huge plastic jugs which I would get from time to time. This one’s a private label variety from Samyang Foods that came in a recent box from them. Very curious about this one – let’s give it a looksie…

Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup – Russia

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water and sachet contents and cover 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

The noodle block.

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

Loose bits from the cup.

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

A dry sachet.

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

A coarse powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg yolk, boiled beef, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion. Noodles came out well for the most part although got on little crunchy one which flavorwise was negligible. The broth was a lightly spicy one with a sweetness and attention to mushroom. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073211698.

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

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