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#3280: Mama Pat’s Seafood Gumbo Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles – United States

#3280: Mama Pat's Seafood Gumbo Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States

I’ve reviewed Mama Pat’s products in the past, however there have been some changesto the packs (no more drink sachet and no vegetable sachet either) and now there are cups (which I’m reviewing for the first time). I think these are neat ranges – very unique varieties Chef Ron is bringing to market. Let’s check out this cup version!

Mama Pat’s Seafood Gumbo Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles – United States

#3280: Mama Pat's Seafood Gumbo Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood/crustaceans. To prepare, add sachet contents and fill to line with boiling water. Cover for 3~5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

A dry base sachet (watch Instant Noodle Recipe Time episode below to see contents).

A dry sachet of vegetable matter.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, barbecued pork, spring onion, chili flake, hot sauce, fried garlic, and fried onion. The noodles were disappointing to be honest – they ended up with a kind of sponginess I didn’t like and just didn’t work. Broth flavor was overwhelmed by the vegetable sachet which was mostly herb. It just seemed to be thrown together quickly and not of the quality I’m used to from this brand. 1.25 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 757170500204.

Mama Pat’s Low Sodium Ramen Noodles, Seafood Gumbo Flavor, 24 Pack

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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

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#3233: Nissin Cup Noodles Soup’D Up Zesty Chicken Flavor – United States

#3140: Nissin Cup Noodles Soup'D Up Zesty Chicken Flavor - United States

This came by way of Robert over at www.dadbert.com – thanks! I’ve never seen hide nor hare of this variety ever before – anywhere. Test market in Kentucky? Perhaps. It looks like these are a meat version of the Very Veggie really; lots of meat instead of vegetables. My thought – screw it – I mean put lots of meat AND vegetables in there. In fact, screw that – do a retort pooch with meat and vegetables – now you’re talking! Nissin – you’re here in the United States already – use real meat! Retort pouches are the salvation – they shall bring a whole new age to the domestic instant noodle industry in America! At least that’s my vision. Let’s check it out!

Nissin Cup Noodles Soup’D Up Zesty Chicken Flavor – United States

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, . UPC bar code.

#3140: Nissin Cup Noodles Soup'D Up Zesty Chicken Flavor - United States

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3140: Nissin Cup Noodles Soup'D Up Zesty Chicken Flavor - United States

The noodle block.

#3140: Nissin Cup Noodles Soup'D Up Zesty Chicken Flavor - United States

Loose seasoning and bits from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and grilled chicken. The noodles came out pretty well. The broth was very thin and could have used a little more zestiness. Vegetables did well, however chicken chunks while of a decent size weren’t completely done in the center. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code

#3140: Nissin Cup Noodles Soup'D Up Zesty Chicken Flavor - United States

Nissin Cup Noodles Soup’d Up Zesty Chicken, Zesty Chicken, 2.58 Ounce (Pack of 6)

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#3215: MyKuali Vegetarian Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia

#3215: MyKuali Vegetarian Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia

I’m starting to feel like with the sheer amount of products I’m finding lately that a list for vegetarian people might not be too far off. But we’ll see. A lot of companies (including MyKuali as you can see here) are getting on board with catering to the Vegetarian folks. Let’s see what the differences are going to be with this one.

MyKuali Vegetarian Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia

#3215: MyKuali Vegetarian Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Says it is Vegetarian. To prepare, cook noodles for 5-6 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents and noodles to 380ml boiling water. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3215: MyKuali Vegetarian Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia

These aren’t individually packaged. Interesting.

#3215: MyKuali Vegetarian Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia

The nodle blocks are non-fried.

#3215: MyKuali Vegetarian Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia

A dry sachet.

#3215: MyKuali Vegetarian Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia

Non-dairy creamer.

#3215: MyKuali Vegetarian Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia

A wet sachet.

#3215: MyKuali Vegetarian Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia

A lot of paste!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, tofu puff, and coriander. Noodles were a departure from MyKuali’s norm as they’re non-fried. They were pretty good. The broth was however very much a departure from the norm insofar that I really didn’t like it. I made it twice to see if it would grow on me but no – just not my thing, and I’ll stick with their original lgendary white curry. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9555655005784.

#3215: MyKuali Vegetarian Penang White Curry Noodle - Malaysia

MyKuali Penang Tom Yum Noodle (4 Pack x 3.7 oz each)

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#3194: Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup – Canada

#3194: Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

Made for Loblaw’s Canada, these Rooster varieties have been surprisingly good. In fact, despite having a very plain and generic look to them, they’ve all been really quite good. Will this bowl continue on in this way? Let’s find out!

Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup – Canada

#3194: Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add sachet content and 350ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3194: Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3194: Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

The noodle block.

#3194: Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

A dry sachet.

#3194: Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

A light powder with some little vegetable bits.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft egg, baked chicken with Neo-Essence pepper salt and NuTek Salt for Life, coriander, Cholula Original hot sauce, and black sesame seeds. Sadly, the noodles just didn’t hydrate enough in the alotted time, leaving them spongy. However the broth was really great. Five minutes would have dome this one much better. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 061483036641.

#3194: Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

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#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) – Japan

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

I reviewed this one on February 10th, 2019. This has been a crazy week – we’ve got layers of snow here and haven’t been able to even move the car since Friday. It’s Tuesday and probably we won’t be going anywhere today, either.

The weather folks say this has been a storm series that I’ll be able to tell mygrandkids about. Yesterday was the best day of it – after days of not making it about freezing and waking up to take the dog out in 13 degrees (-10.5C) cold, it finally warmed up a bit. To the point that it started dumping snow yet again. Huge fluffy wet flakes.

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

It was great – it had been so slick and icy everywhere and now you could run in the stuff. We threw snowballs at eachother, Kit built a snowman with Miri which on first attempt Miles ran over to and kicked over. I rolled a pretty big snowball. It was a lot of fun. In the sky we saw flashes from time to time – snow undoubtedly weighing down branches of big Douglas fir trees to the point of snapping and busting power lines which in turn cause transformers to explode.

It’s funny because I know this will end up published about 3 months from now as we’re knee-deep not in snow but in springtime. Let’s check it out!

Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) – Japan

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Mentions being vegetarian. To prepare, add to 200ml boiling water and cook until water is absorbed. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

The noodle block.

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

A thick and dark liquid.

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

A small dry sachet.

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

Powdered seaweed.

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles come out very nice – I like them. The flavor did have a Worcestershire component, but there was a strong sweetness that just wasn’t my cup of tea. I like a bit more Worcestershire bite to yakisoba. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4960813312775.

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

Sakurai food Goma-ramen 100gX20 bags

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#3179: Nagatanien Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli – Japan

#3179: Nagatani Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli - 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 -“Enjoy the two worlds of hot and sour with tom yum this season. With notes of pakuchi (coriander) and lemongrass, this Japanese take on Thai fried noodles will leave your stomach full and taste buds satisfied.”

Alright – so they recommend bacon with this. I’m going to take the leap and go with chashu. Let’s give it a try!

Nagatanien Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli – Japan

#3179: Nagatani Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure but probably contains shrimp. To prepare, add vermicelli to a skillet with 200ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in liquid base. Stir and enjoy!

#3179: Nagatani Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli - Japan

The vermicelli.

#3179: Nagatani Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli - Japan

A wet sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, black sesame seeds and habanero togarashi. The vermicelli came out pretty well – very thin and a nice chew. I liked also the fact that they were in semi-short lengths, making them easier to manage with a fork from the outset. The flavor was definitely a Japanese take on a Thai tom yum as it definitely was different. A lot of sweetness here and some lemongrass. It just didn’t rub me the right way. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902388014890.

#3179: Nagatani Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli - Japan

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#3167: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger – Taiwan

#3167: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger - Taiwan

Here’s one of the last ones sent by a Taiwanese university student who has probably graduated by now – thanks again and good luck! This is a really big box – let’s check it out!

Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger – Taiwan

#3167: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, boil noodles for 1~2 minutes in 400ml boiling water with soup pouch. Drain. Add in soup pouch. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3167: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger - Taiwan

Two of these noodle blocks are included.

#3167: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger - Taiwan

Two soup pouches are included.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added boiled beef, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, scallion and mushroom. The noodles hydrated well but seemed kind of out of place; the visual was a stark white noodle in a rich looking broth and it was honestly off-putting. Round noodle has a nice chew though. The broth really didn’t give me that braised beef taste. Beef seemed a little fattier than I would have liked. Overall, the flavor just didn’t hit for me. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. .  EAN bar code 4710110232494.

#3167: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger - Taiwan

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#3159: Sichuan Baijia Big Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli – China

#3159: Sichuan Baijia Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli - China

Found this one up in Canada at Foodyworld and it looks really neat! The kids are really interested in this one but I’m sure it’s definitely off the charts spicy for them. I’m always curious when I see a cartoon or comic character on a product. Definitely looks interesting, that’s for sure! Let’s crack it open!

Sichuan Baijia Big Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli – China

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in all sachets and boiling water to fill line. cover for 6~7 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3159: Sichuan Baijia Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli - China

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3159: Sichuan Baijia Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli - China

An included fork!

#3159: Sichuan Baijia Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli - China

The sweet potato vermicelli.

#3159: Sichuan Baijia Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli - China

Three dry sachets!

#3159: Sichuan Baijia Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli - China

Three wet sachets!

Finished (click to enlarge). No garnish. The vermicelli hydrated well. Made a few crosscuts with a pair of kitchen scissors. The flavor was strong on the Sichuan pepper side and super strong otherwise. Super oily too. Lots of included garnish was neat but it had a very odd flavor – to me at least. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6926410338165.

#3159: Sichuan Baijia Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli - China

Baijia Hakka Instant Rice Noodle 10.9 oz (2 Packs)

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#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen – Japan

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - 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 – ‘Spicy but tasty tonkotsu shoyu soup with garlic and red pepper. Add pork kimuchi flavored oil to enjoy delicious smell of kimchi. Ingredients are well seasoned pork, two kinds of kimchi seasoned with special sauce, green onion, and red pepper.’

Spicy pork kimchi tonkotsu? Okay let’s give it a try!

Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen – Japan

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge).Contains pork. To prepare, add all but liquid base sachet into bowl and cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

A light powder.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

A kimchi scented oil.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

A dry garnish sachet.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

An interesting melange.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft egg, barbecue pork, scallions, sesame seeds, and pepper flake. The noodles came out alright, but I think this one would be better served steeping for 4 minutes instead. A nice kimchi and tonkotsu flavor. Included garnish was alright although the kimchi hydrated and had an almost gelatinous other funk to it. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071231651.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

Acecook Super Cup 1.5 times miso ramen 137g ~ 12 pieces

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#3115: Suraj Masala Noodles – Canada

#3115: Suraj Masala Noodles - Canada

Here’s another one found at The Real Canadian SuperStore up in Richmond, BC. These are made in China for Loblaw’s, a Canadian company that has a huge empire of supermarkets.

Back in the 70’s, William Shatner did some ads for Loblaw’s – don’t know how I happened upon them a few years back, but they’re pretty funny to see. Okay – let’s give this a go!

Suraj Masala Noodles – Canada

#3115: Suraj Masala Noodles - Canada

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block (broken into quarters) and sachet contents to 250ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3115: Suraj Masala Noodles - Canada

There are four of these packs in the large package.

#3115: Suraj Masala Noodles - Canada

The noodle block.

#3115: Suraj Masala Noodles - Canada

A dry sachet.

#3115: Suraj Masala Noodles - Canada

Definitely smells like masala.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added grilled chicken and spring onion. The noodles were your standard instant with a slightly thinner gauge. Masala flavor was a little muted – definitely not what I was hoping for in an Indian-style masala. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 061483059190.

#3115: Suraj Masala Noodles - Canada

President’s Choice Cookbook : Menus for All Seasons

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#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef – United States

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

Found this one up in Canada. Nongshim products in Canada are interesting because unlike in the United States where you can find ones made here as well as from South Korea, Canada also has products that come from the Chinese Nongshim factory. That’s a lot of sources for one brand! Let’s check it out!

Nongshim Oolong Men Beef – United States

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, I’m going to go with the microwave instructions. First, completely remove the lid. Add sachet content and room temp water to fill line. Microwave at 1000W for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

The noodle block.

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

A dry sachet.

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

A granular mixture.

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

Loose vegetable from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added boiled beef, fried garlic, soft egg, and green onion. The noodles came out of the microwave piping hot and most certainly done. The doneness of them was very much acceptable given their microwave ride and enjoyable. The broth had an initial beef taste that gave way to a mushroom flavor. Included garnish included mushroom which sadly did not hydrate and was like chewing a piece of wood. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146271245.

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

NongShim Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup, Gourmet Spicy, 4.2 Ounce (Pack of 20)

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