So when Yamachan contacted me about a gluten free ramen, I was interested. Really? How does that work? Well, only one way to find out! One thing is these are konyak noodles. I’ve had thick gauge konyak and really disliked it. I have to admit though seeing the gauge of these I’ve got hope. Let’s check it out!
Yamachan Ramen Z Miso Flavor Ramen – United States
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). To prepare, rinse noodles. Add noodles and miso paste to 6oz of water and microwave 3 minutes. Finally, sir and enjoy!
One of two servings of noodles.
One of two wet sachets.
Miso soup base.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, black sesame seeds, and habanero togarashi. The noodles are indeed unique. The gauge definitely works for this style though; while they have a gummy kind of texture, it works with the broth. The miso broth is strong and tasty which I enjoyed. Couple that with a 136 calorie per reasonably sized serving size too. I was surprised how much I liked this. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 767921033608.
In all the years of reviewing I’ve done, I’ve never seen a gluten-free ramen. Sure, I’ve seen rice noodles which generally are gluten free, but this is entirely different. Let’s take a first look at Ramen Z.
So this is the last of the three fresh varieties sent to me by Yamachan – thank you again! First off, Yamachan is pretty easily found in the United States – I’ve not only seen their products in Japanese/Asian supermarkets but at higher-end domestic grocery stores. Here’s a little from Wikipedia on Tonkotsu and Shoyu Ramen –
Shōyu (醤油, “soy sauce”) ramen is the oldest of the five, it has a clear brown broth, based on a chicken and vegetable (or sometimes fish or beef) stock with plenty of soy sauce added resulting in a soup that is tangy, salty, and savory yet still fairly light on the palate. Shōyu ramen usually has curly noodles rather than straight ones, but this is not always the case. It is often adorned with marinated bamboo shoots or menma, green onions, kamaboko(fish cakes), nori (seaweed), boiled eggs, bean sprouts or black pepper; occasionally the soup will also contain chili oil or Chinese spices, and some shops serve sliced beef instead of the usual chāshū.
Tonkotsu ramen is a ramen dish that originated in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture on the Kyushu island of Japan, and it is a specialty dish in Fukuoka and Kyushu. It was originally prepared as an affordable fast food for laborers at fish markets. Today, it is renowned for the significant time it can take to properly prepare the dish. The soup broth is based upon pork bones and other ingredients, which is typically boiled for several hours, and the dish is traditionally served with ramen noodles that are hard in the center and topped with sliced pork belly. In Fukuoka, Japan, tonkotsu ramen is referred to as Hakata ramen.
Alrighty – let’s check out this third and final new variety from Yamachan!
Yamachan Yokohama Tonkotsu Shoyu – United States
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, boil noodles in 800ml water for 3 minutes and drain. While boiling, combine sachet with 300ml boiling water and stir in. Finally, add noodles to a bowl and pour broth over them – slurp and enjoy!
The noodles – two servings in this pack.
The soup base.
Definitely looks like a mashup of shoyu and tonkotsu.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, egg, spring onion and chashu pork. The noodles are thicker than the other varieties it seems and very good. They have a nice gauge and chewiness to them. The broth is salty with a strong tonkotsu flavor. It’s complemented by the shoyu taste as well – and very rich. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 767921011316.
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
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!
One of the noodle packs.
The soup base.
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.
Here’s another fresh variety from Yamachan. Yamachan’s in Southern California. So this is a fresh noodle (must be refrigerated) and is a shoyu variety. Shoyu translated to soy sauce, but it’s definitely not just a soy sauce flavor. Here’s a little from Wikipedia on Shoyu style ramen:
Shōyu (醤油, “soy sauce”) ramen is the oldest of the five, it has a clear brown broth, based on a chicken and vegetable (or sometimes fish or beef) stock with plenty of soy sauce added resulting in a soup that is tangy, salty, and savory yet still fairly light on the palate. Shōyu ramen usually has curly noodles rather than straight ones, but this is not always the case. It is often adorned with marinated bamboo shoots or menma, green onions, kamaboko (fish cakes), nori (seaweed), boiled eggs, bean sprouts or black pepper; occasionally the soup will also contain chili oil or Chinese spices, and some shops serve sliced beef instead of the usual chāshū.
These packs from Yamachan have two servings. Let’s check this Shoyu variety out!
Yamachan Tokyo Shoyu Ramen – United States
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodle pouch to 800ml boiling water and cook for 1 minute. Add soup base sachet contents to 300ml boiling water. Drain noodles and add to bowl. Finally, add soup to bowl and enjoy!
The fresh noodle pouches.
The soup base sachets.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and shichimi togarashi. The noodles are very premium and fresh. Great gauge and chew – good quantity as well. The broth is indeed rich and very hearty. It has the right amount of shoyu and a little hint of bonito in the background. Excellent! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 767921011118.
I got a box the other day with refrigerated samples that t had thawed. Yamachan decided to send another box – this time with overnight shipping to make sure everything stayed cold.
Product Samples From Yamachan (Take 2 ) – United States
Thermal wrap and a nice cold block of coldgel.
Here we go (click to enlarge). These arrived very cold and I pulled them out, took a snap and immediately put them in the refrigerator! There are three varieties – a shoyu, miso and tonkotsu. Each pack has two servings! Can’t wait to give them a try! Thanks again!
Yamachan let me know about some new varieties! They sent some on ice – let’s check ’em out!
New Samples From Yamachan – United States
A big thermal wrap with some coldpak inside.
Here are the samples (click to enlarge). These look awesome! Unfortunately, the USPS was a little slow and they arrived warm. I asked if I should just pop them in the fridge but they wanted to send them again just to make sure they were okay. Thank you – wow very nice!
Here’s another bowl from Hao Way – this one a vegetarian laksa. Here’s a little about laksa from wikipedia:
Penang laksa (Malay: Laksa Pulau Pinang), also known as asam laksa from the Malay for tamarind, comes from the Malaysian island of Penang. It is made with mackerel (ikan kembung) soup and its main distinguishing feature is the asam or tamarind which gives the soup a sour taste. The fish is poached and then flaked. Other ingredients that give Penang laksa its distinctive flavour include lemongrass, galangal(lengkuas) and chilli. Typical garnishes include mint, pineapple slices, thinly sliced onion, hε-ko, a thick sweet prawn paste and use of torch ginger flower. This, and not ‘curry mee’ is the usual ‘laksa’ one gets in Penang.
Akright – let’s try this vegetarian laksa from Hao Way!
Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Vegetarian friendly. To prepare, add on contents of paste sachet and fill to line with boiling water. cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).
An included fork!
The noodle block.
The paste sachet.
Has a mushroom scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, broccoli and white onion. The noodles have a nice consistency – much different noodle from their pack versions – thicker and flat. The broth has a spicy and kind of acidic hit to it and an underlying mushroom flavor. I’m not real big on mushrooms and this aspect wasn’t really to my chagrin. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555730403009.
Penang as the World Heritage City: From Tourists’ Place Experience Perspectives – (from Amazon) – This book explores the dimensions of Cultural Traits and Heritage tourism in Penang. Penang is attractive to tourists because of its uniqueness, heritage and it is a cultural city with multi- racial ethnic population. Lack of knowledge and experience, combined with different interest may cause the tourism industry collapse. Cultural Traits and Heritage tourism is discussed as Penang’s opportunity to create tourism platform where resources and market would be kept and at the same time, competition with other World Heritage Cities will be created. Cultural Traits and Heritage recently has become an important topic and concept to tourism development especially in Penang since Penang was awarded as the World Heritage City by UNSECO in July 2008. Hence, in this research, it proposes the links of self representation to current desired outcomes of Penang’s distinctiveness and sustainability of Penang UNESCO award. At the same time, the model also tests how these outcomes influence the destination ability to meet tourists’ expectations and how Penang should act in competing in the global heritage tourism industry.
A Hao Way advertisement for their Penang White Curry.
I did a Meet The Manufacturer on Yamachan a little while back and found their products to be quite good! Here’s a new one they’ve come out with – a mild Tonkotsu! Sounds excellent! Thanks to the folks at Yamachan in San Jose, California for sending this! Now, to the review!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).
The noodle blocks, although they’re not very blocky! Fresh and nice looking!
Here’s the soup base.
They also sent bamboo shoots, aka ‘menma.’ Click image to enlarge.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onions, thinly sliced ham, minced garlic, hard boiled egg, kizami shoga (pickled ginger, menma, and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are very nice – a little chewy and firm of backbone but gentle and giving as well. The broth is extremely good. Strong notes of pork and a very comforting flavor makes the noodle and broth pair exquisite., This is wonderful stuff – go find it (I’ve seen Yamachan products it in the cold case at 99 Ranch Market as well as Uwajimaya in the Seattle area)! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 767921019305 .
How to make and share Yamachan ramen!
Drumming at a Japanese festival in San Jose, California – lot of stamina to do this stuff!
This is the last of the samples I got from Yamachan Ramen! Must admit I’m sad to see them go! Very tasty fare and it’s been a lot of fun! This one’s shoyu. Let’s give it a try.
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).
Here are the bags of fresh ramen noodles.
The soup base.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli, yellow onion, green bell pepper, turkey breast, hard boiled egg, kizami shoga (pickled ginger), green onions and Ajishima Kimchi furikake. The noodles are nice – chewy and fresh. The broth is pretty good – has a strong soy taste but also a bitterness and a sweetness – as lot going on there. Good stuff! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 767921011101 .
A neat video on how they demo the mild Yamachan Ramen varieties at a grocery store.
Here’s something different. Sara Udon means plate noodles – what you have is a crispy noodle that is thin. You put them on the plate and crush gently, then add the sauce and during the meal, the noodles go from crisp to soft. It’s a texture sensation! Well, let’s check it out!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Notice the directions.
Here are the noodles. Like big nests of thin noodles.
Here are the packets of liquid seasoning.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added yellow onion, broccoli, green bell pepper, chicken, green onion and Ajishima Kimchi furikake. The noodles are of a very interesting nature; when they don’t have sauce on them, they are crunchy. When they do, they absorb the liquid and become increasingly soggy – in a good way! The sauce is a slightly thick lightly chicken flavored concoction. The flavor is very nice – definitely not too salty at all and really tasty. This is a uniquely Japanese dish that evolves as you eat it – from crisp to soft noodle texture. Loved this one – 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 767921016809 .
I’ve had a few cold noodle varieties from South Korean manufacturers, but never any Japanese cold noodles. Let’s have a look at this one!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Notice the different cooking instructions.
The noodle blocks.
This is the dressing; you don’t dilute it.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green bell pepper, yellow onion, broccoli, green onion, oven baked chicken, hard boiled egg and Ajishima Kimchi furikake. The noodles are just as good cold as hot – they are nice and fresh and chewy and wonderful. The dressing is very delicate and light. It goes very well – has a light lemon taste which is nice. Good stuff! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 767921019404 .
The Yamachan Ramen noodle factory!
This looks really cool – I think I’ll see what my son thinks of it. He’s seen all of the Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato) and we’re checking out Robotech currently;y.