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#3000: Peyoung Yakisoba GIGAMAX – Japan

I want to start by thank you for having a look at this. 3000. It’s a pretty big number. I would never have achieved it without the help and support of my family- my mother who introduced me to the instant noodle at an early age, my father who introduced me to the world of Asian cuisine, my sister for supporting all of my niche ventures whether they be instant noodles or hot sauces or even robot skinning, my children for trying all these different flavors I’ve foisted upon them over the years. Most of all, I want to thank my wife Kit who has stood by me through thick and thin, been a sounding board for my ideas, waited patiently as I inspect every aspect of the noodle aisle at an Asian grocery, and stood by me through it all. I love you all.

#3000: Peyoung Yakisoba GIGAMAX - Japan

Well, today’s the day. It’s kind of funny – this is probably the largest instant noodle I’ve ever reviewed, exclaiming the massive size in it’s name and then the calories below in huge text as well. I originally thought wow – how could anyone eat something this enormous?? I probably could, but I like yakisoba – but I don’t like feeling how I would probably feel after pounding this huge tray. Not only that, I thought that it would be more fitting to prepare it and share it with family. There’s definitely more than enough here for everyone to get a taste!

Here’s a video including an interview with my mother, Barbara Lienesch, interview with my family and cooking this monstrosity up in a special Instant Noodle Recipe Time episode!

Peyoung Yakisoba GIGAMAX – Japan

#3000: Peyoung Yakisoba GIGAMAX - Japan

Detail of the outer wraps (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. Check for yourself. To prepare, add in solid ingredients sachet and fill to line with boiling water (1300ml!). Cover for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in liquid base sachet and stir. Add smaller dry seasonings sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3000: Peyoung Yakisoba GIGAMAX - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3000: Peyoung Yakisoba GIGAMAX - Japan

Under the lid.

#3000: Peyoung Yakisoba GIGAMAX - Japan

This is an enormous noodle block. I’m going to guess that it equals about four times the noodles contained in a single tray of Peyoung yakisoba.

#3000: Peyoung Yakisoba GIGAMAX - Japan

A huge sachet of yakisoba sauce.

#3000: Peyoung Yakisoba GIGAMAX - Japan

The solid ingredients sachet – mostly cabbage.

#3000: Peyoung Yakisoba GIGAMAX - Japan

A large sachet of what I think to be white pepper on the left and a togarashi on the right.

Here’s everything in a skillet after doling it up (click to enlarge).

Finished (click to enlarge). Added white onion, mung bean sprouts, cabbage, chicken, spring onion and mayonnaise. I’ve sampled this variety in a multitude of forms over the years – and this is just a huge version of it. It was so large that it was a dinner for myself, my wife, my mother, my sister, and my son Andy. The noodles are great – nice quality and chew. The flavor is definitely a sweet and salty one – but it doesn’t have that tangy bite that yakisoba usually has that I missed. That being said, it is still quite good – the included garnish and included cabbage worked well. Was a nice dinner for all. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902885005001.

#3000: Peyoung Yakisoba GIGAMAX - Japan

Peyoung Cup YAKISOBA GIGA Max 439g 2142kcal Ramen Noodles Japan

 

#2879: Peyang Cho-Omori Yakisoba Half & Half Gekikara

ぺヤングやきそば #2879: Peyoung Cho-Omori Yakisoba Half & Half Gekikara

Hey look at this! This is most definitely the largest yakisoba I’ve seen to date!  This came by way of Hobby Link Japan, a great site that has all sorts of amazing Japanese things including instant noodles! Thank you very much! Here’s what they had to say about this unique variety on their website –

Can’t decide what kind of yakisoba you want? We’ve got you covered with this two-in-one set of instant noodles! You’ll need to split the 820ml of hot water required between both containers — which are kept separate so you can enjoy each flavor on its own.

Peyoung’s Cho-Omori style Yakisoba is packed with double the noodles and double the sauce! The Gekikara variety packs a super spicy punch in a regular half-size serving. Cooks in just 3 minutes!

Unfortunately, the site mentions that this one has been discontinued so you’ll have to go get the regular and spicy versions separately. But let’s have a look!

Peyoung Cho-Omori Yakisoba Half & Half Gekikara – Japan

ぺヤングやきそば #2879: Peyoung Cho-Omori Yakisoba Half & Half Gekikara

Detail of the outer wraps (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, add boiling water and contents of vegetables sachet. Cover for 3 minutes. Use drain spout to drain. Add liquid pouch to one side and the other liquid pouch to the other. Stir. Sprinkle garnish on top. finally, stir and enjoy!

ぺヤングやきそば #2879: Peyoung Cho-Omori Yakisoba Half & Half Gekikara

The inner lid with drain spout (click to enlarge).

ぺヤングやきそば #2879: Peyoung Cho-Omori Yakisoba Half & Half Gekikara

It’s literally two full sized noodle blocks as you would find in the regular packages.

ぺヤングやきそば #2879: Peyoung Cho-Omori Yakisoba Half & Half Gekikara

The vegetables sachet.

ぺヤングやきそば #2879: Peyoung Cho-Omori Yakisoba Half & Half Gekikara

A nice mixture.

ぺヤングやきそば #2879: Peyoung Cho-Omori Yakisoba Half & Half Gekikara

A dual sachet.

ぺヤングやきそば #2879: Peyoung Cho-Omori Yakisoba Half & Half Gekikara

On the left, seaweed and sesame seed.

ぺヤングやきそば #2879: Peyoung Cho-Omori Yakisoba Half & Half Gekikara

On the right, white pepper.

ぺヤングやきそば #2879: Peyoung Cho-Omori Yakisoba Half & Half Gekikara

The original flavor yakisoba sauce.

ぺヤングやきそば #2879: Peyoung Cho-Omori Yakisoba Half & Half Gekikara

A lot of liquid.

ぺヤングやきそば #2879: Peyoung Cho-Omori Yakisoba Half & Half Gekikara

The second sachet – the spicy yakisoba sauce.

ぺヤングやきそば #2879: Peyoung Cho-Omori Yakisoba Half & Half Gekikara

Another large amount of sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Spicy is top right. standard lower left. Spicy: added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles have a good gauge and nice chew to them. Flavor wasn’t really my favorite – the spiciness lent itself more to a bitterness which was just not enjoyable. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. Standard: Added spring onion and Kewpie mayonnaise. The gauge of the noodle is again very good as is the chewiness. The flavor is a sweet and tasty yakisoba which I enjoyed quite a bit. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. 3.0 + 4.5 / 2 = 3.75 out of 5.0 stars overall.  JAN bar code 4902885003465.

ぺヤングやきそば #2879: Peyoung Cho-Omori Yakisoba Half & Half Gekikara

Peyoung Yakisoba

Yakisona and baseball – sounds like a good combo!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014 Edition

It’s only a few days until Momofuku Ando Day, and what better time to introduce the very first Japanese Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list? In 1958, Momofuku Ando initially brought these convenient products to the world. At first seen as an overpriced novelty, they’ve grown in popularity; 100 billion instant noodle products were enjoyed in 2012! Here are my favorites, manufactured in the instant noodle’s birthplace of Japan.

#10 – Nissin Chikin Ramen

This is the original instant noodle. Nissin had introduced ‘Roasted Ramen’ in the United States in the 1980s and my mom would cook them al dente and then drain them and fry with scrabled egg. Wonderful stuff! Roasted Ramen was discontinued, but we found out that Chikin Ramen was identical. Thus began my love of the instant noodle. There is no seasoning sachet; all the flavoring is infused into the noodle. Simple and delicious. Original review here

#9 – Acecook Comet Mori Yukino Tan-tan Men

Broad flat premium noodles and a very rich pork flavor broth are the hallmarks of this variety. The striking color and quality ingredients definitely tickled my taste buds. Original review here

#8 – Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise no Yakisoba Teriyaki Mayo Flavor

The noodles are thin and light with a soft chew to them and slight crumble to the texture. The flavor is semi-light with a bit of a teriyaki flavor. The mayonnaise somehow mystically binds everything together and gives it that ‘greasy noodle’ niceness which I find delectable. Original review here

#7 – Nissin Yakisoba

Wowie zowie this is truly great stuff – a great combo of flavor and texture! The noodles have a good consistency – soft with a light chewiness. The flavor is out of this world – everything I would ask for from yakisoba. The seaweed gives it a nice finish. Original review here

#6 – Sakurai Foods Sesame Noodles

The noodles are absolutely perfect – nice chewiness and perfect gauge. The broth is amazing – deep and luxuriant sesame flavor. It isn’t overly sesame flavored; its just the right amount. This is really great stuff. Original review here

#5 – Nissin U.F.O. (Unidentified Flying Object) Yakisoba With Wasabi Mayonnaise

The noodles are plentiful and have a nice texture – they’re rounded and kind of fluffy. The flavor is very nice; you start with a standard Worcestershire yakisoba taste. The wasabi mayonnaise has a good ‘zing’ to it. Of course, this is a very greasy dish, but that’s the point. The little sprinkles added a very nice seaweed/saltiness. Original review here

#4 – Sapporo Ichiban Sesame Ramen

The noodles are very good – the gauge on these is just slightly bigger than your baseline standard instant. Very nice chew. The broth is excellent – has a great sesame taste and doesn’t seem like they went overboard on sesame oil; it’s just right. The sesame seeds are a nice finishing touch. Original review here

#3 – Peyang Yakisoba

The guy who sent me these said these were ‘the soul food of Japan.’ The noodles are very light and bouncy. The yakisoba flavor is excellent – not too oily or overbearing. The vegetables come out clean with a satisfying crunch. The seaweed and white pepper give a final bit of flavor – a great accompaniment. Original review here

#2 – Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Soy Sauce Flavor

The noodles were very nice – perfect chewiness and consistency. Reminds me of fresh ramen noodle varieties. The broth is strong and has a nice thickness. The broth is definitely rich. Has a deep soy flavor and nicely thicker than normal instant noodle broths. What’s more, it comes with a nice piece of pork which hydrates nicely and tastes really food! Original review here

#1 – Myojo Ippei-chan Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodles

The noodles come out so nicely (and authentically). The flavoring is great. Tastes just like yakisoba sauce, which has a Worcestershire taste with other flavors mixed in like tuna. The veggies? Crunchy cabbage works very well. The finishing touch of the mayonnaise mustard sachet is epic – gives it a nice moistness that has a crisp spicy bite. This stuff is excellent – definitely something I would consider gourmet or premium. Original review here

#1159: Peyang Yakisoba

Here’s one I received from Mika in California – thank you! I really like yakisoba and this looks interesting. I read that this is considered ‘the soul food of Japan’ – let’s check it out!

Here’s detail of the top (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block. Had a really nice fried noodle scent.

The vegetable packet.

A nice bit of variety.

The yakisoba sauce packet.

Classic scent of sweetness, saltiness and Worcestershire.

A dual packet – not sure of the left, but the right is seaweed.

I tasted a pinch of the left – white pepper perhaps?

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some kamaboko. The noodles are very light and bouncy. The yakisoba flavor is excellent – not too oil or overbearing. The vegetables come out clean with a satisfying crunch. The seaweed and white pepper give a final bit of flavor – a great accompaniment. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.   UPC bar code 4902885000686.

This is a must see: 1,200 of these boxes of yakisoba are prepared meticulously in an enormous reproduction of the box – a huge team of people take part and cranes and enormous forks come into play – all to celebrate a guy’s birthday.