Category Archives: * Stars 3.1 – 4.0

#3315: Sapporo Ichiban Cup Star Potato Butter Shio Ramen 44th Anniversary Limited Edition – Japan

#3315: Sapporo Ichiban Cup Star Potato Butter Shio Ramen 44th Anniversary Limited Edition - Japan

This one comes from Zenpop.jp – a subscription box service. If you want to check out their boxes and get one, use coupon code RAMENRATER for a discount. Here’s what they have to say about this one – “The Cup Star came out on January 18th in 1973. This limited flavor is made to celebrate the Cup Star’s 44th anniversary. Some members from the idol group Nogizaka48 are printed on the label to give a special touch to the product, and you might see some of their printed autographs when you open the lid. Enjoy the combination of chicken and butter and this shio (salt) based ramen and contains slightly chunky potatoes along with cabbage, corn, and carrots. If you are a Nogizaka48 fan you should save the container after using it!”

I’m a little confused; if it came out in 1973, wouldn’t it be 46? I came out in 1975 and I’m 44! Well, regardless lets give it a try – it sounds good.

Sapporo Ichiban Cup Star Potato Butter Shio Ramen 44th Anniversary Limited Edition – Japan

#3315: Sapporo Ichiban Cup Star Potato Butter Shio Ramen 44th Anniversary Limited Edition - Japan

Detail of the side panels. Contains chicken. To prepare, add boiling water to line and cover 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Seasoning and solid bits from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, spring onion, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles came out nicely. Broth had a very buttery hit to it and the potatoes were perfect. Tasty stuff. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734036463.

hobby link japan #2843: Sapporo Ichiban CupStar Tonkotsu Cup Noodles

Sapporo Ichiban Cupstar Tonkotsu Cup Noodles

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#3312: Teishi Shaoxing Nuerhong Wine Instant Noodles – Taiwan

#3312: Teishi Shaoxing Nuerhong Wine Instant Noodles - Taiwan

Here’s the second of the Teishi varieties I received recently. The first one was truly exceptional – curious how this one’s going to go – let’s find out!

Teishi Shaoxing Nuerhong Wine Instant Noodles – Taiwan

#3312: Teishi Shaoxing Nuerhong Wine Instant Noodles - Taiwan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains alcohol. To prepare, add noodle block and sachets (not alcohol sachet) and boil in 450ml water for 4~5 minutes. Add in alcohol sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry sachet.

A wet seasoned oil sachet.

The sachet of wine.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, spring onion, chili oil, and black sesame seeds. Noodles came out well – nice gauge and plumpness here. Broth was pretty good although I found the previous variety from Teishi was much better. Wine is a nice accompaniment, however previous version worked better. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710969979366.

#3160: Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce - Taiwan

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#3311: Paldo Teumsae Ramen (9,413 SHU) – South Korea

Paldo Teumsae Ramen (9,413 SHU) - South Korea

I’ve been wanting to try this one for a great while. Happily, they were sent along by my new contact at Paldo! Thank you very much! This one screams mukbang to me but as some of you might know already, mukbang is something that’s getting harder and harder for me these days. I used to eat a LOT mre, and now I exercise and my diet is much more regulated. To put it bluntly, scarfing down a big block of carbs is easy when you do it more often than I do now.But of course, I’ll give it a shot.

I think this one will definitely test my spice handling; that’s another thing I haven’t done a lot of recently. Handling spicy foods seems like it’s kind of like a muscle – if you don’t exercise it at all it gets weak. Let’s give these a try!

Paldo Teumsae Ramen (9,413 SHU) – South Korea

Paldo Teumsae Ramen (9,413 SHU) - South Korea

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles and sachet contents in 500ml water for 3~4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry sachet of soup base.

A dry sachet of vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, egg, beef sauteed in soy sauce, narutomaki, spring onion, and sesame seeds. The noodles are thick and luxuriant as always. Thicker than your average instant gauge, a hallmark of Korean noodle variants. The broth has a strong spiciness which isn’t for the casual spicy fan but for those who crave strong heat. Good flavor. Vegetable bits did well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801128508858.

Teumsae Ramen(빨계떡) Bag- 4.23 Oz 5 Packs

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#3310: Nissin Miojo Cremoso Sabor Molho De Queijo – Brazil

#3310: Nissin Miojo Cremoso Sabor Molho De Queijo - Brazil

Here’s another one from a reader in Brazil – thank you very much! So from translation, it sounds like this is a cheese sauce noodle. It mentions ‘menos agua’ which means ‘less water,’ probably meaning this will have a thicker broth/sauce. Let’s give it a try!

Nissin Miojo Cremoso Sabor Molho De Quejo – Brazil

#3310: Nissin Miojo Cremoso Sabor Molho De Queijo - Brazil

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat so have a look for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles in 300ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The seasoning sachet. Note mention f the 300ml water – this is probably to make sure people don’t use the standard which is a larger quantity.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried onionm green onion, and baked chicken. Pretty standard noodle here. The cheese sauce was really quite nice – definitely a comfort food kind of thing. Like mac and cheese done with instant noodles – and it works very well. Don’t believe me? Ask my daughter – she loved it! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 7891079013229.

#2992: Nissin Miojo Cremoso Sabor Pizza - Brazil

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#3305: Sapporo Ichiban CupStar Classic Shoyu – Japan

#3305: Sapporo Ichiban CupStar Classic Shoyu - 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 – ‘The original ‘CupStar Shoyu’ was released in 1975 (Showa 50), and is now back in your kitchen as a reprinted edition so you can try the original version. Toppings are scrambled eggs, kamaboko, shrimp, and scallion. The standard version today has minced pork, but the original version did not include it; instead, it has kamaboko (a type of cured fish paste). It is one of the simplest, yet most enjoyable instant ramens out there. Please enjoy the original version and explore a ‘back to the past’ experience!’

Nothing like a good shoyu – let’s give it a try!

Sapporo Ichiban CupStar Classic Shoyu – Japan

#3305: Sapporo Ichiban CupStar Classic Shoyu - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains prk and fish. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Loose seasoning and solid ingredients from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, egg, narutomaki, chashu,shichimi togarashiand sesame seeds. The noodles are of good quality, however the chewiness was kind of off-putting to be honest. I think they just seemed wrong for the gauge. The broth was nice though, with pleasant inclusions of egg and kamaboko, as well as decently sized shrimp. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734037309.

12 Sapporo most cup star miso 79g ~

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#3300: Maruchan Yellow Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3300: Maruchan Yellow Hakata Tonkotsu 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 – ‘This is a brand new ramen just debuted. It’s an updated version of an original that came out in 1982. The simplicity of this bowl of ramen is just right and irresistible. You can taste the kikurage (wood ear mushroom) as one of the toppings. Kikurage is low in fat and calories but rich in protein and other nutrients and is a particularly good source of the B vitamins, too. The tonkotsu broth is excellent – can you taste the umami from the dried sardine? There are two chashu pork slices on top to satisfy your mouth!’

I definitely enjoy tonkotsu – let’s give this one a try!

Maruchan Yellow Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3300: Maruchan Yellow Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains sardine, chicken, and pork. To prepare, Add powder and garnish sachets and boiling water to line. Cover 3 minutes. Add in wet sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Loose bits from the bowl.

A dry powder sachet.

A wet sachet.

Chashu!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, sesame seeds, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, narutomaki, and shichimi togarashi. The noodles are nice – not crazy nice but work very well here. Broth is on point tending toward the saltier side but has a very nice character to it. Inclusion of kikurage and chashu really helkp a lot. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901990362696.

Maruchan QTTA 2.8oz 2Type × 4pcs Fried Chicken And Hamburger Japaneese Instant Noodle Cup Ramen Toyosuisan Ninjapo

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#3293: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Texas Beef Flavor – United States

#3293: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Texas Beef Flavor - United States

After years of searching, here we are. Where are we and what is this? This is a pack of instant noodles that is only for inmates in correctional facilities – prisons. I found them on eBay and asked fans on the Facebook page if they would be interested in purchasing them (it was a pack of 24 and I only needed a couple) and send me a couple. A fellow named Nick Bizarro was kind enough to take up the task, and thanks to him, here we are.

Why is this special? Well, I contacted the distributor for these and they were quite adamant that the only possible way I could ever review these is if I went to prison. I pleaded with them, as I am not really interested in going to prison, but they wouldn’t budge.

You might notice that this variety isn’t available on the market – yup, it’s prison-only. However Maruchan says that it’s the same as Picante Beef flavor. Another thing is that these packages (known in the industry as pillow packs) are transparent. This is so officers can make sure no contraband is inside them. Since I have two packs of these, I’m going to do two versions – one more gourmet as I would garnish as per usual, and the other using an interpretation of a recipe used by inmates.

Solet’s delve into Maruchan Texas Beef Ramen Noodle Soup!

Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Texas Beef Flavor – United States

#3293: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Texas Beef Flavor - United States

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add noodle block to two cups of boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Take off heat and add sachet contents. Finally, stir for one full minute and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A clear dry sachet of soup base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shichimi, chili oil, sesame seeds, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, roast beef, and soft egg. Noodles were as you’d expect – familiar gauge and light on the chew. The picante beef-like taste is a good one.  3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 041789002786.

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#3292: Sapporo Ichiban Kita Kyushu Moji-Harbor Cheese Curry Ramen – Japan

#3292: Sapporo Ichiban Kita Kyushi Moji-Harbor Cheese Curry 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 – ‘Let us introduce you to this brand new breakthrough ramen! Yaki Curry (grilled curry) is Moji-Harbor’s, in Fukuoka prefecture, beloved local dish, enjoyed for over 60 years. There are numbers of local cafes serving this dish around Moji-Harbor. The noodle itself is seasoned too which makes the soup blend in better with noodles. It’s a great combination of spicy curry soup with the mellow flavor of cheese.’

This sounds really good – as many of you know, I’m a staunch advocate for curry of all kinds, and Japanese curry is one of my favorite varieties. Let’s see how it fares.

Sapporo Ichiban Kita Kyushu Moji-Harbor Cheese Curry Ramen – Japan

#3292: Sapporo Ichiban Kita Kyushi Moji-Harbor Cheese Curry Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef, chicken, and pork. To prepare, add boiling water to line and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Loose seasoning from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft egg, spring onion, shichimi togarashi, Noodles came out pretty well. Broth does indeed have a cheese and curry taste to it, but not really finding the combo all that impressive. I think if it included more vegetable or meat it might be better. Nevertheless, it does have a curry and cheese flavor. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734037071.

Sapporo most cup Stars curry Nanban 84g ~ 12 pieces

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#3291: Itsuki Classic Udon – Japan

#3291: Itsuki Classic Udon - Japan

Here’s one from an Umai Crate – a subscription box from Japan. Use coupon code THERAMENRATER for a discount if you’d like to get one!

This is an udon variety. It features a fresh pouch and some seasoning. Here’s a little about udon from Wikipedia –

Udon (饂飩, usually written as うどん) is a type of thick wheat flour noodle used frequently in Japanese cuisine. It 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 dashisoy 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. Shichimi can be added to taste.

The flavour 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. This is noticeable in packaged instant noodles, which are often sold in two different versions for east and west. Currynanban is another popular variation, served in curry broth.

The happy bear graphic is Kumamon – the mascot of Kumamoto prefecture in Japan, so logically this would be in the style of Kumamoto udon broth I suppose. Let’s give it a try!

Itsuki Classic Udon – Japan

#3291: Itsuki Classic Udon - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Most likely contains fish but check for yourself. To prepare, boil udon in 250ml water for 1 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The pouch of fresh udon.

A dry seasoning sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added kamaboko, spring onion, tempura, and shichimi togarashi. Udon come out nice and soft after a minute. Broth has a good sweet, salty and bonito taste to it. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726005125.

Itsuki food Itsuki hermitage Tempura Udon 210gX10 pieces

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#3290: Nissin Men Shokunin Tonkotsu 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 – ‘Indulge yourself freely with this dish because these are non-fried noodles with whole grains. We LOVE how healthy the noodle tastes, and no wonder it is very popular. The tonkotsu soup has much depth of flavor matching perfectly with garlic. Toppings are chashu, wood ear mushrooms and scallions. Since it is the lightest one out of this month’s pack, when you crave ramen in the middle of the night, this is the best bet.’

Craving ramen in the middle of the night. Let’s give it a try!

Nissin Men Shokunin Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3290: Nissin Men Shokunin Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and pork. To prepare, add soli ingredients sachet and dry sachet and cover for 4 minutes. Add in wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3290: Nissin Men Shokunin Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The non-fried noodle block.

A dry sachet (see contents on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

A small wet sachet.

A dry garnish sachet includes a slice of chashu.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shichimi togarashi, sesame seeds, soft egg, and spring onion. The noodles have a neat texture to them; they’re non-fried and have whole grains. It’s not gritty or funky, but neat. The broth is a salty tonkotsu with a pretty good flavor. Chashu is very thin and just a slight tease. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105245507.

Nissin Food Men Artisan Cup (Men Shokunin) Noodle Ramen Pork Flavor 12pcs

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#3288: Little Cook Spicy Beef Flavor – Thailand

#3288: Little Cook Spicy Beef Flavor - Thailand

Almost 3000 reviews ago I gave this one a try. It looks as though I really liked it. It’s been such a long time it’s getting a new number- mainly because I’m going to guess that sourcing has changed at least soewhat and also the cup is different; it used to be a foam bowl.

It should be noted as well that the little cook branding is in Taiwan as well, but this is from Ratchaburi, Thailand. Ratchaburi gets hot and humid and is really beautiful. If you get the chance to visit, check out Dheva Mantra over there – very nice place to stay.

Little Cook Spicy Beef Flavor – Thailand

#3288: Little Cook Spicy Beef Flavor - Thailand

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. Tried removing stickers but they’re very well stuck. To prepare, add dry sachet and fill to line with boiling water. Cover for 3~4 minutes (I’m going for 4), and put retort pouch on top so it gets some heat. Finally, as pouch contents, stir, and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). I first reviewed this one in 2011 and lo and behold, it’s still new!

The noodle block.

A dry sachet (watch Instant Noodle Recipe Time below to watch me utilize sachets).

A rarity – a retort pouch which is available in a product sold in the United States.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added nothing. The noodles in here are very good – thick and a nice chew to them. The broth has a very strong braised beef kick to it and just a superb amount of spiciness to complement bit not overwhelm. Broth also has a good thickness/oiliness to it. Where it kind of gets strange is the TVP. It doesn’t really compliment all that much, and I suspect that there is a version available that does indeed contain real beef which would be exceptional. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 684431001111.

City Maps Ratchaburi Thailand

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#3287: Itsuki Neapolitan Spaghetti – Japan

#3287: Itsuki Neapolitan Spaghetti - 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.

Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘Stir up the heat this winter and enjoy Japan’s take on Neapolitan spaghetti for lunch or dinner! This pack contains a tomato sauce that is full of yummy flavor. Even when it’s cold, it’s equally as delicious and Kumamon thinks so, too!’

Kumamon is the character on the package – he’s the spokesanimal-thing for Kumamoto prefecture in Japan. Let’s get started!

Itsuki Neapolitan Spaghetti – Japan

#3287: Itsuki Neapolitan Spaghetti - Japan

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, heat 1 tablespoon butter or oil in a pan. Add in any meat or vegetables you wish. Add in noodles and cook funtil done. Add in sachet contents and stir fry until combines. Finally, enjoy!

A pouch of fresh noodles.

The dry seasoning base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecue pork and spring onion, fried garlic, and chili flake. All in all, things end up very tasty. The only problem is that everything is extremely dry, which isn’t how I usually find spaghetti to be. Just seemed a little on the off side. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726005040.

#3287: Itsuki Neapolitan Spaghetti - Japan

176gX10 pieces Kumamoto ramen of Itsuki food Kumamon

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