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#3358: Nissin Top Ramen Shrimp Flavor Bowl – United States

#3358: Nissin Top Ramen Shrimp Flavor Bowl - United States

Here’s the second of three new Top Ramen bowls from here in the United States. At first I though ‘okay, it’s just Top Ramen in a bowl.’ But the extras in these are very interesting. Definitely excited to try ’em. Let’s do it!

Nissin Top Ramen Shrimp Flavor Bowl – United States

#3358: Nissin Top Ramen Shrimp Flavor Bowl - United States

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add powder and vegetable sachets into the bowl along with room temperature water to the fill line. Microwave uncovered for 3 minutes at 1000W. Let sit in the microwave an additional minute. Add in wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A dry soup base sachet.

The dry vegetables sachet.

A wet sachet of garlic oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, sesame seeds, and chili flake. Noodles came out of the microwave pretty well. Broth was nice – especially with that garlic oil. Really tied the place together. Included vegetables were primarily carrot and bell pepper. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662026106.

Nissin Cup Ramen Noodle Soup, Curry, 2.82 Ounce (Pack of 6)

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#3357: Kenko Foods Healthy Vegetable Ramen – Japan

 #3357: Kenko Foods Healthy Vegetable Ramen - 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 – “Healthy ramen? That’s right. These noodles were fried with 100% vegetable oil, made from domestic grown flour, and use natural seasoning.’

Let’s check ’em out.

Kenko Foods Healthy Vegetable Ramen – Japan

 #3357: Kenko Foods Healthy Vegetable Ramen - Japan

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

The noodle block.

A dry soup base sachet.

A dry vegetable sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, chili oil, and shichimi. Noodles had a nice character – a little dense and plump with a minuscule crumble. Broth was about what I would expect a vegetable broth to be, with a strong saltiness. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4973044020111.

#3164: Kenko Foods Health Shio Ramen - Japan

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#3355: Vite Ramen Garlic Pork Instant Noodle Soup v1.1 – United States

#3355: Vite Ramen Garlic Pork Instant Noodle Soup v1.1 - United States

First off, I’m writing this on my son Miles’ birthday – happy birthday to you, dude! We’re so proud of you and you’re a neat person!

This is really neat. I’ve been sampling Vite Ramen’s products since the prototype stage and been really impressed by them as well as the folks who created them. This is version 1.1 – there will be some changes! One thing that’s not changed is the healthiness – lots of protein, lower sodiu, and full of vitamins and minerals. Looking forward to trying this – in fact, I just got it two days ago so I’m on it. Let’s give it a try.

Vite Ramen Garlic Pork Instant Noodle Soup v1.1 – United States

#3355: Vite Ramen Garlic Pork Instant Noodle Soup v1.1 - United States

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, boil noodles in 1.5 cups water for 3 minutes. Drain. Add 1 cup hot water and sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry seasoning sachet.

A wet sachet containing canola oil.

Finally, a dry sachet of vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chashu pork, egg, sesame seeds, chili oil, soy sauce, and shichimi. The noodles are chewy – very chewy – and I liked this. They had an extremely hearty nature to them. The broth had a nice pork taste which seems to be upgraded, however there was a strong bitter back to it I just didn’t like so well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  No bar code.

#3267: Vite Ramen Garlic Pork Instant Noodle Soup - United States

Vite Ramen Garlic Pork Instant Noodle Soup

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#3353: Yatekomo Fideos Orientales Pollo Al Curry – Spain

#3353: Yatekomo Fideos Orientales Pollo Al Curry - Spain

I usually listen to politics on the radio in the morning and the term ‘magic voodoo powder’ was just used. Anyways, this is a chicken curry variety from Spain and that sounds like a neat one to finish the week on – let’s give it a try!

Yatekomo Fideos Orientales Pollo Al Curry – Spain

#3353: Yatekomo Fideos Orientales Pollo Al Curry - Spain

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add 150ml water to a pan and bring to a boil. Add noodles and cook until water is absorbed (about 3 minutes). Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, baked chicken, and spring onion. The noodles were great – slightly wide and a little thick. Curry flavor was nice and strong and a kind of European salty kind of thing. Not bad at all. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8410300359982.

Paella!: Spectacular Rice Dishes From Spain

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#3348: Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup – Canada

#3348: Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

Well hello there. A Rooster pack from Canada. These are found at the Real Canadian Superstore – which is kind of like Canada’s answer to Walmart in an equally big box style. It’s a neat place – I generally get my peanut butter there as they have the 2kg jars of Kraft Crunchy and it’s so freaking cheap. Buying a couple of those defrays the cost of gas in savings compared to buying peanut butter here and it’s the best peanut butter I’ve had. Y3eah – I’m a connoisseur of peanut butter. Oatmeal too. I really freaking love peanut butter and oatmeal. Every morning. Every day.

These probably won’t be all that spicy, but what I’ve found is that they’re tasty. Let’s give em a try.

Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup – Canada

#3348: Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add moodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3348: Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

The noodle block.

A dry sachet of soup base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, pepper flake, baked chicken, and cilantro. Noodles are thin with a slight crumble and kind disposition. The broth does indeed have a little spicy fang to it which would be doubled with half the broth. Flavor it like a spicy lo mein – kind of strange but works well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 061483036689.

#3124: Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of Canada: 101 Stories

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#3345: Peyoung Phakchi Lemon Ramen – Japan

#3345: Peyoung Phakchi Lemon 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 -“Pakuchi is what we call cilantro/coriander in Japan. This ramen features pakuchi and lemon together. Wonder how it tastes? Chances are you will be addicted to this! Pakuchi is widely used in the world, but it was not so popular in Japan until around 2015. It became popular since then and has spread to the young and old, especially among women. Big pakuchi fans are called Pakuchisto in Japan. The pakuchi mixed with the lemon peel’s bitterness creates this unique and delicious taste.”

I like coriander… When I took the Ancestry DNA test it said a trait of mine was that I thought it smelled like soap. I never thought so until it said that and now I smell and taste soap often when I used it in dishes. I’m a little annoyed by that. But I still like it.

Peyoung Phakchi Lemon Ramen – Japan

#3345: Peyoung Phakchi Lemon Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, add dry sachet and 500ml boiling water to the bowl. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3345: Peyoung Phakchi Lemon Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A wet sachet of soup base.

A dry sachet of dehydrated coriander.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, coriander, lemon slices, chili oil, and sesame seeds. Noodles are thin with a slight rigidity and crumble which was almost reminiscent of Thai varieties – almost. The broth was neat – oiliness and a strong lemon flavor abound. Coriander flavor was a little muted by the lemon, but easily detectable. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902885005384.

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

Peyoung Yakisoba

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#3344: Nissin Miojo Lamen Sabor Frango Com Alho – Brazil

#3344: Nissin Miojo Lamen Sabor Frango Com Alho - Brazil

Brazil certainly has a myriad of flavors and instant noodles reflect those very nicely. This one, garlic chicken, sounds really good! I’d better get some chicken defrosting. Let’s check out these noodles sent by a reader!

Nissin Miojo Lamen Sabor Frango Com Alho – Brazil

#3344: Nissin Miojo Lamen Sabor Frango Com Alho - Brazil

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Unsure whether this contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 450ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry sachet of seasoning.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, cilantro, scallion, and pepper flake. Noodles have a plumpness that was good. Broth was interesting; it has a light saltiness but a kind of slight smokiness and a garlic hint to it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 7891079012970.

#3186: Nissin Miojo Nissin Lamen Light - Brazil

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#3342: EDO Pack Sesame Oil Flavour Noodle – Hong Kong

#3242: EDO Pack Sesame Oil Flavour Noodle - Hong Kong

Alright so this one is made in Singapore, but it’s made for the Hong Kong market. It’s funny how products are made elsewhere for other countries, right? Well, you honestly should be used to it by now – Take the myriad of products in your home. If you have a Big Mouth Billy Bass on the wall, it’s made in China. Singing bass don’t seem like something very popular in China – could be wrong but who knows. Anyways, let’s crack this open and see what we have.

EDO Pack Sesame Oil Flavour Noodle – Hong Kong

#3242: EDO Pack Sesame Oil Flavour Noodle - Hong Kong

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in 450ml water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block – non fried.

A dual sachet – dry base on the left, wet oil sachet on the right.

#3242: EDO Pack Sesame Oil Flavour Noodle - Hong Kong

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, narutomaki, egg, chashu, sesame seeds, and nanami togarashi. The noodles are plump with a nice light chew. The broth has a great salty sesame oil taste to them. Full on umami bomb. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4895058312788.

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#3341: LMF Hong Kong Chow Mein Garlic Minced Pork Flavor – China

#3341: LMF Hong Kong Chow Mein Garlic Minced Pork Flavor - China

Yet again, that awesome little store called Smart’N’Save up in Richmond, BC at the Lansdowne Centre Mall never fails to impress. They had an array of these varieties and they certainly piqued my interest.

This one is a little difficult to locate. While it’s definitely made in Shanghai, I’m unsure whether this is a product for China or for Hong Kong, or just for export. To be on the safe side, I’m just going to go with China. Don’t want to offend anyone – I know there’s a lot going on in Hong Kong recently and in the past, calling a product from China instead of correctly from Hong Kong has caused some dismay. So that being said, if I’m not getting it right, please let me know and I’ll change it. Let’s check it out!

LMF Hong Kong Chow Mein Garlic Minced Pork Flavor – China

Detail of the import/distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

#3341: LMF Hong Kong Chow Mein Garlic Minced Pork Flavor - China

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to b meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 2~3 minutes and drain. Add 2 teaspoons oil into a skillet and heat, then add noodles. Cook for 1~2 minutes and then add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

That’s a wide noodle block! I expected 4 smaller blocks in the package.

Along with two long noodle blocks are two wet sachets.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, minced pork with chopped garlic and basil, spring onion, sesame seeds, and chili flake. The noodles are very thin and carried the flavor well. Garlic and minced pork flavor was decent – not salty and carried well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6933963802135.

The Taste of Old Hong Kong: Recipes and Memories From 30 Years on the China Coast

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#3338: Nissin Pasta U.F.O. Camaron Fuego Salsa Habanero Picante – Mexico

#3338: Nissin Pasta U.F.O. Camaron Fuego Salsa Habanero Picante - Mexico

Here’s another one of the Nissin Mexico varieties I received recently – thanks again! Spicy? Let’s find out! It mentions that it’s got kick from habanero which is most definitely spicy.

Nissin Pasta U.F.O. Camaron Fuego Salsa Habanero Picante – Mexico

#3338: Nissin Pasta U.F.O. Camaron Fuego Salsa Habanero Picante - Mexico

Detail of the bottom of the outer wraps (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, take out sachet and add in 2 cups boiling water. Cover for 5 minutes. Peel off drain spout cover and drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A wet sachet of sauce.

Loose bits from the bowl.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried egg, shrimp, spring onion, mild cheddar, red pepper flake, and Bufalo Clasica sauce. The noodles have a nice kind of whole wheat bump to them which was quite nice. Te flavor was a kind of lemony and spicy affair with notes of shrimp. Spiciness was there but balanced and mellow. Included vegetables were great. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662248140.

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#3336: Nissin Top Ramen Chicken Flavor Bowl – United States

#3336: Nissin Top Ramen Chicken Flavor Bowl - United States

This one came in a special ‘First Taste Club’ box from Nissin Foods USA – pretty snazzy. So, what’s the big deal? Well, it’s Top Ramen, in a bowl. It also comes with vegetables. It also comes with… teriyaki sauce? I’m very curious about this one – let’s cook it up and ruminate on this…

Nissin Top Ramen Chicken Flavor Bowl – United States

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add powder and vegetable sachets into the bowl along with room temperature water to the fill line. Microwave uncovered for 3 minutes at 1000W. Let sit in the microwave an additional minute. Add in wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3336: Nissin Top Ramen Chicken Flavor Bowl - United States

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3336: Nissin Top Ramen Chicken Flavor Bowl - United States

The noodle block.

A dry soup base sachet.

A dry sachet of vegetables.

A wet sachet of teriyaki sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, carrot, sesame seeds, and shichimi togarashi. Noodles worked well and had a nice character to them. The broth smelled very much like homemade chicken broth – until the teriyaky liquid went in. It eradicated all taste of chicken in there. Vegetables were prevalent. I’m not saying it’s bad – in fact it was quite good – just when I see chicken I expect a chicken flavor. 3.5 out of 6.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662026038.

Nissin Cup Ramen Noodle Soup, Curry, 2.82 Ounce (Pack of 6)

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#3333: Shuang Ren Hsu Famous Chinese Noodles Sesame & Peanuts – Taiwan

#3333: Shuang Ren Hsu Famous Chinese Noodles Sesame & Peanuts - Taiwan

Found this one at 99 Ranch Market recently and thought it would be neat to try. It just amazes me how many Taiwanese dry noodle varieties and brands there are out there. They just keep popping up and so many contact me and ask if I’ll review them – which I really enjoy – and there are still brands I’ve never seen left and right! Let’s give this one a try!

Shuang Ren Hsu Famous Chinese Noodles Sesame & Peanuts – Taiwan

#3333: Shuang Ren Hsu Famous Chinese Noodles Sesame & Peanuts - Taiwan

Detail of the package liner (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles 4~5 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3333: Shuang Ren Hsu Famous Chinese Noodles Sesame & Peanuts - Taiwan

The noodle block.

A dry sachet of peanut powder.

A wet sachet of soy sauce.

A wet sachet of oil.

A dry sachet of vegetable flake.

A dry sachet of sesame seeds.

A dry sachet of crushed red chili.

#3333: Shuang Ren Hsu Famous Chinese Noodles Sesame & Peanuts - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Youku Sichuan pepper powder, spring onion, and sesame seeds. Noodles came out pretty well – kind of on the fluffy side for dry noodles. The flavor was interesting; peanut was light and soy did a good job. Oiliness made it very slippery. Flavors seemed slightly muted but all in all not bad. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4715409919094.

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