September 8, 2019 By

#3277: Marutai Kyushu Hakata Vegetarian Tonkotsu – Japan

#3277: Marutai Kyushu Hakata Vegetarian Tonkotsu - 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.

While being tonkotsu flavored (pork bone broth), it is meat free. Let’s give it a try!

Marutai Kyushu Hakata Vegetarian Tonkotsu – Japan

#3277: Marutai Kyushu Hakata Vegetarian Tonkotsu - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). To prepare, boil one bundle of noodles in 4707ml water  for 2 minutes. Add in one each of the sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Two servings of noodle.

Two dry sachets of soup base powder (watch these get used on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

A pair of wet sachets.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecue pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, habanero togarashi, soft egg, and spring onion. The noodles are extraordinary in their niceness; they just shake hands with the broth which is rich, luxuriant and giving. This is a big sloppy bowl of hot lovin’. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902702003111.

MARUTAI Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Instant Noodle Soup Ramen Non-fried For 2 servings (2pcs)

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September 7, 2019 By

#3276: Nongshim Neoguri Seafood & Spicy Ramyun – South Korea

#3276: Nongshim Neoguri Seafood & Spicy Ramyun - South Korea

So you might be wondering – you haven’t reviewed this popular South Korean variety before? Well, yes and no. I’ve had it quite a few times – South Korean versions as well as ones manufactured in the United States. However this particular version is made for Europe and Oceania, so a different export version. I try to hit every version of everything- especially ones people have lots of access to. This one is generally a nice spicy seafood soup – let’s check it out.

Nongshim Neoguri Seafood & Spicy Ramyun – South Korea

#3276: Nongshim Neoguri Seafood & Spicy Ramyun - South Korea

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish and crustaceans. To prepare, add everything to 550ml boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Note the instructions mention dried kelp, which was not present. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry base sachet (watch this being used on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

A sachet of flake.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, shrimp, carved squid, Busan fishcake, egg yolk, sesame seeds, and pepper flake. The noodles are just about the thickest ramyun I’ve found and work just perfectly with a broth. Strong seafood flavor and great heat and hallmarks of this variety. Lots of seaweed and bits of vegetable galore. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146150304.

Korean Hit Nongshim Noodles Ramen Variety 10 pack (Shin,Shin Black,Neoguri Udon,Kimchi Ramyun,Soon Veggie 2each) + (4) Mixx Snack Boxx Chopstick

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September 6, 2019 By

Umai Crate – Japanese Ramen Noodles Subscription Box – September 2019 Unboxing

Hey look – another Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater! This one came today and we brought it inside set up the lights, shot the video, edited it and boom here it is! Lots of neat stuff in this box! Check it out! Get yours here: http://bit.ly/umaicrate
Use coupon code THERAMENRATER for extra discount!

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#3275: Haogemen Chongqing Noodles Hot & Spicy – China

#3275: Haogemen Chongqing Noodles Hot & Spicy – China

Another one found at FoodyWorld up in Richmond, BC. That place never ceases to amaze me where really out of the way varieties are concerned. This one should definitely be hot and spicy – curious in which way it will swing – savory or deluge of pain. Let’s find out!

Haogemen Chongqing Noodles Hot & Spicy – China

An import sticker (click to enlarge).

#3275: Haogemen Chongqing Noodles Hot & Spicy - China

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).  Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles for 3 minutes. Drain. Add 260ml boiling water and sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

A sachet of narrow noodles.

A dry solid ingredients sachet. Watch the Instant Noodle Recipe Time espiode below to see contents of sachets.

A wet sachet (soy sauce).

A wet sachet (clili sauce).

A final wet sachet (pickled mustard).

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecued pork, coriander, sesame seeds, and pepper flake. Noodles are thin with a round shape. Chew is very nice here. Broth has a strong peppery taste to it and was really quite good. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6971070670476.

Chongqing Hot Pot

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September 5, 2019 By

The Chocolate Break: Our Other Passion

If you didn’t know, we also review chocolate. The Chocolate Break (www.thechocolatebreak.com) reviews chocolate in a weekly show I and my wife Kit produce. We’ve been doing it for over a year! Please check it out, why don’t you? Here’s the latest episode – it comes on YouTube, facebook and The Chocolate Break website weekly at 11am Los Angeles time.

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#3274: Maruchan Tempura Udon – Japan

#3274: Maruchan Tempura Udon - Japan

This one was in a box from www.zenpop.jp – head over and use coupon code RAMENRATER for a discount!

Here’s what they had to say about this one – “A simple and delicate broth made from bonito and kelp. The broth is so delicious you will finish until the last drop of this soup. Contains rather small shrimp and onion tempura inside this cup, it is an ideal night snack for you! It’s light flavor won’t give you any guilt eating at midnight.”

Sounds interesting – let’s hit it up!

Maruchan Tempura Udon – Japan

#3274: Maruchan Tempura Udon - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood and pork. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and steep 3 minutes. Add in contents of sachet from lid . Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Loose bits from the cup.

Sachet affixed to lid.

#3274: Maruchan Tempura Udon - Japan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sesame seeds, shichimi togarashi, spring onion, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are wide and slightly thick but incredibly soft. Broth is light with a bit of a bonito hit to it. The amount of included garnish is quite impressive and of good quality. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990330961.

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September 4, 2019 By

#3273: Hide-Chan Kani Miso Ramen – Japan

#3273: Hide-Chan Kani Miso 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 – “We just can’t get enough of Hokkaido’s miso ramen. We’re excited to bring you a special box from Bihoro, Hokkaido. This is a small town of only 20,000 people but they create an excellent crab ramen due to its proximity to the ocean and special wheat used in their noodles which is grown in this region.”

This is a miso whoe broth is based with boiled crab shell – sounds interesting – let’s give it a try!

Hide-Chan Kani Miso Ramen – Japan

#3273: Hide-Chan Kani Miso Ramen - Japan

Detail of the back of the box (click to enlarge). Contains crab and pork. To prepare, boil noodles 1~2 minutes. Seperately, heat 25-280ml water and stir in broth. Add noodles to bowl then add broth. Finally, enjoy!

One of the two servings of noodles.

A wet sachet of soup base (see inside on Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

#3273: Hide-Chan Kani Miso Ramen - Japan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added surimi, egg, sansyo, spring onion, kizami shoga, sesame seeds, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles came out very well and were aromatic while cooking. Broth has a red miso hit to it and a subtle crabbiness. Not a thick broth but a tasty one. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4978849325027.

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

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September 3, 2019 By

Hakubaku Mochi Barley Samples & An Embarrassing Story

Here’s something I’ve been fortunately able to enjoy almost every day. This is a big part of my diet regimen. I mix it in with canned soup and it really is quite good – check out the vid!

Hakubaku Mochi Barley Samples & An Embarrassing Story

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#3272: Kenko Foods Health Shoyu Ramen – Japan

#3272: Kenko Foods Health Shoyu 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? Enjoy the best of soy sauce ramen by Kenko Foods who are known for making health conscious foods. These instant noodles in particular are made from natural water using 100% domestic flour and natural salt.”

I can get with that – let’s give it a go!

Kenko Foods Health Shoyu Ramen – Japan

#3272: Kenko Foods Health Shoyu Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, boil noodle block in 500ml water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry sachet of soup base.

#3272: Kenko Foods Health Shoyu Ramen - Japan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, sesame seeds, chili flake, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, pork, egg, and sansyo. The noodles in this one I’ve found quite relaxing. They’re a soft and mellow instant style. The broth was a slightly less salty and sharp shoyu hit which was kind of nice too. The kind of bowl to down and fall asleep to. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4973044020012.

#3164: Kenko Foods Health Shio Ramen - Japan

Forms of Japan: Michael Kenna

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September 2, 2019 By

#3271: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl – South Korea

#3271: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl - South Korea

I’m sure there are some folks out there figuring this is going to violently spicy. Well, that’s just not the case. Not everything that Samyang Foods makes has an angry little chicken on it! Let’s see what we have inside this big bowl!

Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl – South Korea

A distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

#3271: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl - South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3271: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl - South Korea

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A wet soup base sachet. To see the sachets in action, watch Instant Noodle Recipe Time video below.

Dry garnish in this one.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, pork, and chili flake. Noodle is thick and chewy but more along the lines of their standard ramen. However, the broth is where the udon taste comes in a little more I suppose. It’s tasty and has a hint of spiciness. Myriad green onion and sesame seeds. Enjoyable. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073211452.

Samyang Ramen Best Korean Noodles (Tsuyu Udon, 4 Pack)

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More Paldo Samples: More Mr. Kimchi & Japanese Version Teumsae

So the last box from Paldo had some interesting stuff inside and this one is no different. Have a look!

More Paldo Samples: More Mr. Kimchi & Japanese Version Teumsae – South Korea

September 1, 2019 By

New Maruchan Gold Ramen & Fire Yakisoba From The USA!

New Stuff from the United States? Yeah! Let’s check it out!

New Maruchan Gold Ramen & Fire Yakisoba – United States