Category Archives: * Stars 4.1 – 5.0

#3314: O’Taste Jjajang Tteokbokki With Noodles – South Korea

#3314: O'Taste Jjajang Tteokbokki With Noodles - South Korea

I got three different version of this up in Canada. After a little translation work, it looks to be Jjajang

O’Taste Jjajang Topokki With Noodle – South Korea

Import/distributor’s label (click to enlarge).

#3314: O'Taste Jjajang Tteokbokki With Noodles - South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add 80ml water to the line in the cup. Add noodles, veggies, and seasoning. Microwave for 3 and a half minutes. To prepare on the stove (how I’ll be doing it) Add 160ml water to a pot and boil. Add noodles and cook for a minute and a half. Add veggies and seasoning, stir in, and cook an additional minute and a half.

Detail of the lid (click of enlarge).

An included fork!

A little nest of noodles.

Tteokbokki!

A wet sauce sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and sesame seeds. The noodles are great – working with the sloppiness of the sauce – tteokbokki also was the same. Sauce was interesting – like a sweet and spicy tteokbokki sauce with notes of black bean. Delightful – first one I’ve eaten that wasn’t a mukbang in a while. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8809061679017.

Otaste Roasted Misugaru Multi Grain Powder, 2 Pound

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#3313: Nissin Raoh Kogashi Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3313: Nissin Raoh Kogashi Spicy 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 called geikikara’ (extremely hot); however, it’s not as hot as it thinks it is. We bet you will like this even if you are not a big fan of spiciness. The rich tonkotsu soup contains delicious ma-yu (burnt sesame oil and garlic), and it creates an irresistable smell for your appetite. The unique octagonal form of the box is to let it stand out from other noodles.’

The non-spicy version made a high spot on the 2019 Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls list – let’s give this one a try.

Nissin Raoh Kogashi Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3313: Nissin Raoh Kogashi Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, take out sachets and add dry ones in. Add 400ml boiling water and cover 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block – a little darker than most.

A wet sachet.

Another wet sachet.

Lots of solid bits in this dry sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added narutomaki, fried garlic, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, egg, spring onion, chashu, shichimi togarashi, and black sesame seeds. Noodles are exemplary – thick with a nice chew. Broth is very meaty and full with a nice heat level that doesn’t detract from the rich flavors within. Lots of meat and veg in here. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105245972.

Nissin – Raoh, Japanese Instant Noodles, Burned soy sauce Soup, 4.1oz X 6bowls

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#3309: Itsuki Spicy Miso Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3309: Itsuki Spicy Miso Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

This one was in a Ramen Trunk subscription box.These boxes are full of extremely high end varieties that you’ll never find in the United States or anywhere outside Japan! Check out this link and use coupon code RAMENRATER20OFF for 20% off any single box or subscription!

I found some info online about this one and had to use Google translation –

● Miso-tonkotsu ramen where you can feel the taste in the hotness, which is made by adding the spicy taste with the chili pepper and soya bean paste to the pork broth, and the richness with the miso and the flower bud. 

● The soup is based on a hot pepper base with chili pepper and comes out with 2 kinds of rice miso and neri sesame seeds, and it has an exquisite and deep taste with the addition of the flavor of fish and the smell of florets. 

● Excellent compatibility with soup and straight non-fried noodles. 

● For hot taste, I blended several spices and seasonings, and I was particular about not only the hotness but also the quality of hotness. 

-It is a tonkotsu ramen that is unbearable for those who really like hot things. 

● Please note that this is a very hard ramen.

So this kind of sounds like it may be a mukbang – unsure at this point. But very cool either way! Let’s check it out!

Itsuki Spicy Miso Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3309: Itsuki Spicy Miso Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Guessing it contains meat, but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The straight ramen noodles.

A dry powder sachet.

A wet sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added narutomaki, chashu, spring onion, black sesame seeds, habanero togarashi, chili oil, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Was impressed by this one as it was very different. Noodles come out nicely – straight noodles are with a good mouthfeel and chew. The broth is very different insofar as it is quite spicy and it has this smoky pepper taste – kind of leaning in the direction of chipotle. It worked well and was fascinating to me. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014165.

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

Itsuki food 2 co-yaki soba 340gX6 pieces

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#3308: Teishi Old Wine Instant Noodles – Taiwan

#3308: Teishi Old Wine Instant Noodles - Taiwan

Here’s something new from Tiawan from a brand I’ve not tried before. This one contains alcohol – yep – real booze! In the past I’ve tried varieties which contain different spirits and found them to be pretty good; the alcohol adds a nice bit of richness and flavor. Let’s give this one a try!

Teishi Old Wine Instant Noodles – Taiwan

#3308: Teishi Old 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 4-5 minutes. Add in alcohol sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry soup base sachet.

A wet sachet of seasoned oil.

The wet sachet of wine.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, bbq pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, egg, red pepper flake, and sesame seeds. Wow – this really was quite good. It was such a rich and savory broth – kots of flavor and the wine really complimented it! Noodles were a little thicker than an average instant and had great mouthfeel and chew. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710969979359.

#3160: Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce - Taiwan

The Food of Taiwan: Recipes from the Beautiful Island

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#3307: O’Taste Pho Rice Noodle HOT – South Korea

#3307: O'Taste Pho Rice Noodle HOT - South Korea

Here’s another one I found over at Boo Han Market in Edmonds, Washington. This new O’Taste brand seems to be cropping up a lot lately. It’s interesting as it’s not exactly a Nongshim variety, but it’s Taekyung Food & Processing, and I’m unsure exactly how they fit in with the Nongshim corporate structure. Maybe I should find out.

Anyways, this isn’t the first Pho I’ve seen from a South Korean company. Nongshim’s Farmer’s Heart range (Farmer’s Heart is a translation of Nongshim) has one. Let’s give it a try!

O’Taste Pho Rice Noodle HOT – South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add everything to the cup and boiling water to the fill line. Cover for 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3307: O'Taste Pho Rice Noodle HOT - South Korea

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The rice noodles.

A dry soup base sachet.

Dry vegetables sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added pork, star anise, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, red pepper flake, coriander, and sesame seeds. The rice noodles hydrated perfectly with a soft tooth that worked magnificently with the broth. Broth had all the hallmarks of pho and was believable. Impressed as I’ve never found an instant pho I truly enjoyed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8809061676429.

Otaste Roasted Misugaru Multi Grain Powder, 2 Pound

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#3306: Itsuki Tempura Soba – Japan

#3306: Itsuki Tempura Soba - 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! Here’s what they have to say about it – ‘There’s a saying in Japan that long noodles are good luck for a long life! These soba (buckwheat) noodles are extra long for that reason! They also come with tasty crispy tempura balls, seaweed and crunchy shrimp.’

This one is interesting since in a previous Umai Crate, there was one that looks almost identical, but only had the powder sachet where this one has the topping as well – a nice addition! Let’s check it out.

Itsuki Tempura Soba – Japan

#3306: Itsuki Tempura Soba - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodle in 300ml water for 1 minute. Add in soup base and stir. Finally, top with garnish and enjoy!

The fresh soba noodles.

A dry soup base sachet.

The garnish sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added kamaboko, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and sesame seeds. The noodles are very good – soft and a good texture. The broth is my favorite tempura broth; not too sweet, not too fishy – just right on all fronts. The included garnish was particularly enjoyable with tempura at the forefront. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014127.

Itsuki – Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen for 1 Servning

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Indomie Prison Ramen Burrito – Instant Noodle Recipe Time

How do you feel? Yeah – you feel better knowing you can make a lovely burrito out of Indomie Mi Goreng now, don’t you? Well, watch the video and then you will. I’ll walk you through the incredibly easy process step by step.

Note – an article I found mentioned I got these ingredients on Amazon. Actually, you can get them there or you can get them where I did – in Edmonds, Washington at a little store full of awesome Indonesian food called Waroeng Jajanan!

Waroeng Jajanan – 22315 Hwy 99 Suite I – Edmonds WA 98026  Phone: 425 412 7025 – www.waroengjajanan.com

Indomie Prison Ramen Burrito – Instant Noodle Recipe Time

You can get everything you’ll need on Amazon for this – Chitato Indomie chips, ZONA or Rotary Kerupuk Aci, and of course the Indomie!

Here is the glory (click to enlarge). Everything you need to know is right there in the video above! It came out perfectly in this experiment (never made this before so lucked out). Make it yourself and send pictures!

#3304: Himawari-Shokuhin Yanbaru Soba – Japan

#3304: Himawari-Shokunin Yanbaru Soba - Japan

This one was in a Ramen Trunk subscription box.These boxes are full of extremely high end varieties that you’ll never find in the United States or anywhere outside Japan! Check out this link and use coupon code RAMENRATER20OFF for 20% off any single box or subscription!

Here’s what they had to say about this particular variety – “Yanbaru Soba is a very popular noodles restaurant in northern Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost chain of islands known for its tropical weather and pristine beaches. But what is too often and unfortunately overlooked is Okinawa’s delicious soba noodles.’

Let’s dive right in!

Himawari-Shokunin Yanbaru Soba – Japan

#3304: Himawari-Shokunin Yanbaru Soba - Japan

Detail of the insert (click to enlarge). To prepare, cook noodles 4 1/2 ~ 5 1/2 minutes. Meanwhile, add osup base sachet to 250ml boiling water and stir. Finally, drain noodles and add to a bowl and add soup. Enjoy!

One of the two pouches of these very thick noodles.

One of the two servings of broth.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Slad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, and barbecue pork. The noodles are just sensational – thick and wide with a nice character to them. The broth was extremely tasty with an almost bacon like quality – strong pork here. All in all, just charming. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4560372741049.

Japanese Soul Cooking: Ramen, Tonkatsu, Tempura, and More from the Streets and Kitchens of Tokyo and Beyond

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#3302: 7-Eleven Premium / Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto – Japan

#3302: 7-Eleven Premium / Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto - Japan

I saw an article mentioning two new ‘super spicy’ noodle coup out of Japan. Well, I found one of them (actually I found both but this one was cheap on eBay while the other required buying six and that wasn’t happening). I keep seeing that this is a spicy Mongolian miso tanmen which sounded interesting.

Today’s an interesting day. If you don’t know, I’ve been doing a lot of diet and exercise stuff. I have a weird little project I’m about to complete. I have my wife’s old cellphone and it’s decent as far as a vidoeo camera. Today, my daughter and I will walk west to Lake Forest Park, hit ACE Hardware for a couple of big washers. We walked there a couple of days ago for some parts already, but I want bigger washers. I’m drilling a hole in one of the drink holders and then there’s a threaded length of screw that the phone in a clamp kind of thing will scren into and we’ll be able to do landscape videography of our walk – kind of treating the stroller like a dolly. All said and done our walk will probably be 12 miles, recording our trek from Lake Forest Park, through Kenmore, up a hill into Bothell, and wrapping around back to Kenmore and home. Pretty stoked!

Then After she’s had her lunch and is down for a nap, it’ll be time for cooking noodles. Then I’ll do a mukbang of this one. Let’s get started!

7-Eleven Premium / Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto – Japan

#3302: 7-Eleven Premium / Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). I’m sure this contains meat. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 5 minutes. Finally, add in wet sachet, stir, and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Loose bits and seasoning from the cup.

A wet sachet of spicy liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Nothing added as this was for a mukbang. This one has some of the thickest noodles I’ve ever seen in an instant cup, and they hydrated quite well. Broth is very rich and hearty with bits of kikurage, lots of tofu and other vegetable. As for the heat level, it’s very tame. The article I read mentioned it being super spicy, however the reviewer must be a little sensitive to heat. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105233634.

The Success of 7-Eleven Japan

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#3301: Yatekomo Fideos Orientales Barbacoa – Spain

#3301: Yatekomo Fideos Orientales Barbacoa - Spain

I can’t thank my readers enough. When one went on a visit to Europe and kept updating m on varieties he’d found and asked if I wanted to try hem while I was there – that’s really jumbling. Thank you! This is from Spain. Barbecue chicken flavor. Let’s give it a go!

atekomo Fideos Orientales Barbacoa – Spain

#3301: Yatekomo Fideos Orientales Barbacoa - 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.

A dry sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, spring onion, pepper flake, fried garlic, and dried persimmon. The noodles sucked up 150ml of water in about 3 minutes just as they said it would. They have a soft but not mushy character. Flavor is much like barbeque potato chips, although the smokiness is a little more believable and there’s a bit of spiciness in there. All in all, quite nice. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8410300349983.

Paella!: Spectacular Rice Dishes From Spain

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#3299: Jinanbo Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3201: Jinanbo Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

This one was in a Ramen Trunk subscription box.These boxes are full of extremely high end varieties that you’ll never find in the United States or anywhere outside Japan! Check out this link and use coupon code RAMENRATER20OFF for 20% off any single box or subscription!

Here’s what they had to say about this particular variety – “Based in Fukuoka on Kyushu island, the home of tonkotsu ramen, Ramen Jinanbo is an award winning Tonkotsu broth (pork bone broth) ramen that ranked #1 in a prestigious nationa ramen competition.

The chef has studied and perfected a recipe which uniquely minimizes the scent of the pork bones in order to create a rich soup base that is neither too fatty nor salty. This is a famously delicious soup that has become popular with all ages and people.

The classic Hakata-style made from wheat are thin and straight noodles, perfect for capturing this soup and delivering that perfect mouthful. Best prepared firm or al dente.”

Hey awesome! Let’s check it out!

#3201: Jinanbo Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3201: Jinanbo Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Can’t read Japanese, but I’m sure it contains pork. To prepare, boil noodles for 45sec-1min and add 270ml of hot water for broth. Finally, combine and enjoy!

#3201: Jinanbo Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

This box contains three servings – here’s one of the three packages of noodles.

#3201: Jinanbo Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

One of the three wet sachets.

#3201: Jinanbo Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Thick stuff!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chashu, kizami shoga, shichimi togarashi, sesame seeds, soft egg. Noodles are thin and very good – they only cook for a minute or so and just come out exquisitely. The broth is porky and hearty and smooth – just the nicest flavor you could want in a tonkotsu. A fine bowl of noodles. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4527760120008.

#3201: Jinanbo Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan’s Food Culture

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#3298: INA Pan Mee Goreng Dried Curry Flavour – Malaysia

#3298: INA Pan Mee Goreng Dried Curry Flavour - Malaysia

I haven’t done a mee goreng variety in some time – at least it seems like it. This one sounds really good – I love curry and mee goreng as well so this should be good. Found this one in a shop at Lansdowne Centre up in Richmond, BC. Let’s get started!

INA Pan Mee Goreng Dried Curry Flavour – Malaysia

#3298: INA Pan Mee Goreng Dried Curry Flavour - Malaysia

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

The noodle block.

A dry sachet.

A wet seasoning.

Guessing sweet soy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, baked chicken with NuTek Salt For Life, tofu puff, fried onion. Noodles came out superbly – just perfect. Flavor is a spicy and sweet curry I could eat on that famous lonely deserted island for quite a while. Impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9555123500735.

#3286: INA Pan Mee Perisa Sup Laksa Nyonya Melaka - Malaysia

INA Pan Mee Malacca Nyonya Laksa Soup

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