Category Archives: Shirakiku

#2557: Yamachan Sapporo Miso Ramen

#2557: Yamachan Sapporo Miso Ramen - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - shirakiku

I contacted Yamachan a couple of weeks ago and they had new varieties for me to review! I did a Meet The Manufacturer with them a long time ago and their stuff is really great. Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about miso –

Miso ramen is a relative newcomer, having reached national prominence around 1965. This uniquely Japanese ramen, which was developed in Hokkaido, features a broth that combines copious amounts of miso and is blended with oily chicken or fish broth – and sometimes with tonkotsu or lard – to create a thick, nutty, slightly sweet and very hearty soup. Miso ramen broth tends to have a robust, tangy flavor, so it stands up to a variety of flavorful toppings: spicy bean paste or tōbanjan (豆瓣醤), butter and corn, leeks, onions, bean sprouts, ground pork, cabbage, sesame seeds, white pepper, and chopped garlic are common. The noodles are typically thick, curly, and slightly chewy.

So let’s give this new variety from Yamachan a try!

Yamachan Sapporo Miso Ramen – United States

#2557: Yamachan Sapporo Miso Ramen - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - shirakiku

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge) Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add one of the noodle packs to 800ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. In a separate pot, add base to 300ml boiling water. Drain noodles and add to a bowl. Pour on soup and enjoy!

#2557: Yamachan Sapporo Miso Ramen - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - shirakiku

One of the noodle packs.

#2557: Yamachan Sapporo Miso Ramen - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - shirakiku

The soup base.

#2557: Yamachan Sapporo Miso Ramen - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - shirakiku

Seriously thick!

#2557: Yamachan Sapporo Miso Ramen - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - shirakiku

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chashu pork, spring onion and shichimi togarashi. The noodles are great – very premium with a good hearty chew. The broth is indeed very rich and strong but not overly salty or anything like that. This is a delicious bowl of miso ramen. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 767921011217.

#2557: Yamachan Sapporo Miso Ramen - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - shirakiku

The Book of Miso

Anthony Bourdain in Sapporo, Japan

#2412: Shirakiku Sanukiya Udon Japanese Style Noodles Shrimp Flavor

#2412: Shirakiku Sanukiya Udon Japanese Style Noodles Shrimp Flavor - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s one I recently received by way of a reader named Colin from Arlington, Massachusetts – thanks again! So you might find these in either a refrigerated or non-refrigerated area at a grocery store. Indeed, I’ve always found this to be a bit of an oddity; why would it be in both places? Well first off, it doesn’t require refrigeration. However, sometimes this style of noodle is called ‘fresh noodles’ and so when you couple that with a refrigerated section, it gives it a little more premium feel. Anyways, here’s a little about udon from Wikipedia:

Udon (饂飩?, usually written as うどん) is a type of thick wheat flournoodle of Japanese cuisine. Udon is often served hot as a noodle soup in its simplest form, as kake udon, in a mildly flavoured broth called kakejiru, which is made of dashi, soy sauce, and mirin. It is usually topped with thinly chopped scallions. Other common toppings include tempura, often prawn or kakiage (a type of mixed tempura fritter), or aburaage, a type of deep-fried tofu pockets seasoned with sugar, mirin, and soy sauce. A thin slice of kamaboko, a halfmoon-shaped fish cake, is often added.

The flavor of broth and topping vary from region to region. Usually, dark brown broth, made from dark soy sauce (koikuchi shōyu), is used in eastern Japan, and light brown broth, made from light soy sauce (usukuchi shōyu), is used in western Japan.

So I think we’re good here. Let’s have a look at this shrimp variety.

Shirakiku Sanukiya Udon Japanese Style Noodles Shrimp Flavor – United States

#2412: Shirakiku Sanukiya Udon Japanese Style Noodles Shrimp Flavor - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodles to 1 3/4 cups of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Add sachet contents at 1 minute 30 seconds. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2412: Shirakiku Sanukiya Udon Japanese Style Noodles Shrimp Flavor - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle pouch.

#2412: Shirakiku Sanukiya Udon Japanese Style Noodles Shrimp Flavor - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The soup base sachet.

#2412: Shirakiku Sanukiya Udon Japanese Style Noodles Shrimp Flavor - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A fine powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added lots of big shrimp. The udon noodles are thick and chewy. They have a fresh kind of mouthfeel are of fine quality. The broth has a kind of shrimp taste; what you’d expect from a shrimp instant noodle per se. Indeed my wife enjoyed them. 3.25 out of 5.,0 stars. UPC bar code 074410410896.

#2412: Shirakiku Sanukiya Udon Japanese Style Noodles Shrimp Flavor - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Sanukiya U d o n Japanese-Style Noodles by Shirakiku – Shrimp (7.05 ounce)

A recipe for making your own at home.

#2277: Goku-Uma Ramen Noodles Soy Sauce Flavor

Some days I really need to wake up before I get started. Case in point, today I deleted the above image after I had taken pictures of what was inside of the bowl! If you didn’t, know, you cal ‘undelete’ files – lots of utilities out there that do it. So there it is. Let’s crack it open figuratively and check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A light powder.

The solid ingredients sachet.

Looks like shrimp and greenery.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and hard boiled egg. The noodles came out pretty well although a littler on the spongy side. The broth tasted like a shoyu but was a little off. The vegetables were a nice combo, but the menma was mushy. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 074410396640.

The Ramen Book

A recipe for tonkotsu.

#2267: Shirakiku Karami Ramen Spicy Chili Flavor Japanese Style Noodle With Soup Base

Here’s another one sent by a reader named Colin from the east coast – thanks again! I’m giving this one not a re-review but a full new review. I tried it in the past – it was review #125. Why a new review and not a re-review? Well, I don’t see anything on the old one mentioning non-fried noodles and think that maybe this has changed. The packaging has changed, but unsure if that’s denoting a difference. The brand Shirakiku is one of Nishimoto. Basically, kind of think of Trader Joe’s – they source foreign/domestic brands and re-brand them for sale in the USA under their name. That’s the case usually with Shirakiku.  Let’s have a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish, shellfish and crustacean. To prepare, add noodle block to 1 3/4 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The non-fried noodle block.

The soup base sachet (I forgot to take the picture before I put the contents into the little cup but used a little Photoshop to reconstruct the cut top left corner).

The soup base has a seafood scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, narutomaki and ito togarashi. The noodles came out alright although they seemed a little foreign to the broth; they just didn’t seem like they wanted to be friends. The broth was a kind of spicy shoyu/miso-ish WTF which just screamed of something not being correct. I don’t know what’s going on here but it’s just kind of a wrongsalaught. I think I may go ahead and try other varieties in this range in hopes of a winner though. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Finished (click to enlarge). UPC bar code 074410415167.

Shirakiku Japanese Style Instant Ramen Soy Noodle Sauce, 14.63 Ounce

A mom and her son go to an Asian grocery. I really like seeing things like this.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1336: Shirakiku Fresh Chow Mein Noodles With Seasoning

I’m sure you’re gonna say it – this looks familiar. Well, it’s part of a really neat coincidence that happened recently. I reviewed this one by Takamori Kosan of Japan the other day. Well, it was actually made by Sakura Noodle in Los angeles, California for the US market under their name! This one here is also made by Sakura Noodle but under the Shirakiku name. Are they different? Yep! If you look at the ingredients and nutrition facts on eacvh, there are some subtle differences. What’s interesting is that I contacted Takamori Kosan about doing a Meet The Manufacturer with them and they seem quite receptive, so keep an eye out for it coming soon! A day or so later, I was contacted by Sakura Noodle. I looked at their website and noticed this chow mein and asked if perhaps Takamori Kosan had contacted them, but they hadn’t – neat coincidence!

Something people might find odd is that mayonnaise is often a garnish for yakisoba. It comes in a variety of forms, from regular mayo to Karashi mayo, Wasabi mayo and so on. I have a squeeze bottle of mayonnaise, but I like the little packets that have come with other varieties of chow mein / yakisoba in the past. Since I have none of those, today I walk to the grocery store deli to see if I can purchase one during my daily constitutional. Let’s have a look inside the package and then I’m off to the store.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, put a little oil in a pan and saute up some vegetables. Set vegetables aside. Add a tablespoon oil, two tablespoons water and the noodle block. Pan fry for 2-3 minutes. Return the veggies and sprinkle with contents of a sachet. Stir fry until veggies are all done. Enjoy!

The fresh chow mein noodle pouch.

The seasoning sachet.

Has a nice yakisoba sauce scent.

Man – it wasn’t raining earlier… But I was triumphant in acquiring a mayonnaise packet. Decided to do my whole walk of 2.3 miles in the rain. I figure the noodles will taste that much better when I get home.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added cabbage, Busan fish cake, green onion, mayonnaise and green laver (seaweed). The noodles are nice – good chew. The flavor was quite nice – it’s yakisoba! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 074410455033.

Here’s a short video displaying how one can make yakisoba at home.

#1321: Takamori Fresh Chow Mein Noodles With Seasoning

A co-worker named Joan at my wife’s work recently went to Hawaii and went out of her way to find something I hadn’t tried yet! She looked through the Big List and lo and behold, I hadn’t tried this chow mein! Thank you very much! These are fresh noodles, usually found in the cold section. They’re also a broth free variety. You might be more familiar with them as yakisoba, a noodle dish that can be found at little teriyaki joints all over. Let’s give this a try!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Package contains three noodle blocks and three seasoning sachets. Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, put a little oil in a pan and saute up some vegetables. Set vegetables aside. Add a tablespoon oil, two tablespoons water and the noodle block. Pan fry for 2-3 minutes. Return the veggies and sprinkle with contents of a sachet. Stir fry until veggies are all done. Enjoy!

A fresh noodle pouch. Note that there are three of these included.

Three of these sachets as well.

Smells like yakisoba seasoning!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added grilled chicken, sweet onion, green onion and carrot. The noodles are an almost identical gauge to spaghetti noodles. They have a decent chew to them; a little chewier than spaghetti noodles. The flavor is quite good – salty, Worcestershire and enjoyable. The oil is a little bit of a gray area in this one; adds a bit of greasiness that could go either way. Good stuff. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 074410455033.

Here’s something I’ve not heard of before – Tokuroten.

#920: Shirakiku Udon Hot & Spicy Oriental Style Noodle

Here’s one my sister brought me back from Hawaii! Thanks! This one is sort of confusing. There’s a sticker on the front that says Shirakiku. Underneath the sticker says it’s Chikara, and on the back it says it is Sakura. Well, I’m going to figure it’s Shirakiku and that’s that. Udon is an extra wide noodle. Let hit it!

Here’s the back of the pack (click to enlarge).

The fresh udon noodles.

The seasoning packet.

Sometimes seasonings like this will get a little ‘clumpy’ because of temperature changes. In the end, it dissolves in the boiling water easily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added kamaboko, onion, some stir fry veggies and some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles weren’t as I would’ve expected; they seemed a little aloof and impersonal and just seemed lacking. The broth was pretty good – has a decent amount of spiciness and wasn’t too salty. Not too bad but I wish the noodles had been a little better. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 078128123017 – get it here

A video about Sanuki Udon

My son is a huge fan of kamaboko, so he’ll be jazzed when he gets to see this video f a kamaboko factory!

#916: Goku-Uma Seafood Flavor Japanese Style Instant Noodles

Here’s one my sister brought me back from Hawaii! Thanks! I used to see plenty of these around but never went and got any. Now, I can’t find them around here.

Here are the side panels (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The seasoning powder.

There’s a ton of this stuff!

The veggie packet.

Looks like a nice combination.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sweet onion, odeng and some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The Noodles have a good consistency and great quality for a bowl. Not spongy or soggy whatsoever. The broth is quite nice – salty, but has a really nice seafood taste I have rarely found in bowl ramen. The veggies were great too. This is an exceptional bowl! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars – quite good! UPC bar code 074410396473 – get it here.

Dotch! Seafood Curry vs Eggplant Mincemeat Curry!!!

Tsukiji Seafood Market in Tokyo, Japan

#571: Shirakiku Japanese Style Ramen Shirakiku Tokusen Sio Ramen

Was digging in the noodle hamper and found this little gem so thought I’d have it for breakfast today with a couple eggs boiled in with the noodles.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).

Yup – just one packet.

A neat little pile of soup base. Had a light, fishy odor.

Click image to enlarge. Here we are with the finished product. I boiled a couple eggs with the noodles. Well, it’s nice – has a full, rich flavor of fish and salt. The noodles were nice and a little fluffy. Good breakfast. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.

REQUIRED WATCHING!

This is just plain strange for a Thanksgiving video.

#567: Goku-Uma Japanese Style Instant Noodles Soy Sauce Flavor

Well here’s something I haven’t had in a while – Goku-Uma. Sounds like a tasty breakfast so I shall begin.

I myself tore off the lid completely since I save them in a binder and when it cooks, I put an old yearbook I found with people in it who have big 80’s hair on top.

Here’s the powder on left,. veggies on the right…

Awaiting some boiling water…

Told you it was an old yearbook. Got this ages ago at the Goodwill Outlet in Seattle. Full of signatures, well-wishes and bad hair.

Click image to eblarge. Here we have it with a couple of fried eggs with some Tabasco Buffalo Style hot sauce on top. Noodles were good – not extremely stalwart and firm but not too mushy. The broth was a little interesting; not the normal kind of soy broth I’m so fond of but it’s passable. The veggies were awesome. All in all pretty good. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

Obviously not noodles here. Shirakiku makes the noodles in the review as well as a soft drink called ramune. It’s got a unique way you open it – this vid shows how.

Yes, another random old home movie featuring Thanksgiving…

#514: Shirakiku Sanukiya Fresh Spicy Ramen Japanese Style Fresh Noodle

Haven’t had a fresh noodle bowl in a while. This one comes from Shirakiku and claims to be a hot one. It definitely looks nice on the packaging. I’m still under the weather so the spicy stuff helps with the sinuses!

Here we have the noodles, veggies and powder seasoning packets. The red packets are ominous! Tread here if you like heat!

Here’s the ingredients and noodles in the bowl. This one is microwaveable and I don’t see any instructions on cooking it otherwise. So fill it up to the lines and microwave for two minutes. In the past, I’ve put the lid back on it but that was a mistake as it popped off and made a mess.

Click image to enlarge. Finished product with two eggs that were scrambles in the pan with some Lindberg-Snider Red Baron BBQ seasoning and Tabasco Buffalo Hot Sauce added.

So the noodles are fresh but really not all that impressed by them – they’re not bad but they’re just not that special. I think I like Ottogi better to be honest. Anyways, the veggies are great! Tons of them. The broth was hearty and deep – and spicy! But not just a bang bang heat but more of a complex multileveled heat – like spicy V-8 with more kick than that. I liked it. My main complaint would be that it’d be just as good with an instant noodle block I think. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Dotch Cooking Showdown: Ramen!

We’ve got pugs that do these kind of things…

#340: Shirakiku Tokusen Shoyu Ramen Japanese Style Noodle

Always nice to see a bag of noodles that I’ve only seen previously in five packs. I don’t like buying five packs period. Doesn’t matter if they are super cheap – I only want to eat one, review it and then move on. So let’s see how this goes.

One packet.

The powder set the stage for the next phase: 2 eggs that have been boiled with the noodles, some kizami shoga and some fried shallot.

Click image to enlarge. I like how this one came out – like food porn. Anyways, Yes I give this one a thumbs up – the noodles are nice and the broth tasty. Once all this other stuff was added, it was a festival of tastiness. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

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