Here’s one I found up in Canada at Osaka Market in Yaohan Centre, which is in Richmond, BC. Sometimes they’ll have a bunch of interesting varieties that are there for a short period and this is one of them./ Let’s see what’s going on here – wasn’t able to find a whole lot about this one. At least I know how to cook it, right? Let’s begin!
Acecook Chinese Style Yakisoba – Japan
Detail of the outer wraps (click to enlarge). Guessing this contains meat and fish. To prepare, add in vegetable sachet and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Use spout to drain. Add in liquid base sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles came out well – nice gauge and chew. The flavor was a kind of overly salted one with a lots of greasiness. Not to say it was bad though – I liked it. The included vegetables were pretty good as well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901071207410.
This one sounds interesting – a big yakisoba tray with kimchi oil and pork. Here’s a little about yakisoba from Wikipedia –
Yakisoba (焼きそば, [jakiꜜsoba]), literally “fried buckwheat,” is a Japanese noodle stir-fry dish. Although soba means buckwheat, yakisoba noodles are actually made from wheat flour, and are typically flavored with a condiment similar to oyster sauce. The dish first appeared in food stalls in Japan during the early 20th century.
Here’s something about kimchi as well from Wikipedia –
Sounds like an interesting mashup – let’s give it a try!
Acecook Supercup Big Pork Kimchi Oil Soba – Japan
Detail of the side and bottom panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add in vegetable sachet and boiling water to fill line. Let steep for 3 minutes. Use spout to drain. Add in remaining sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles were of decent quality and very large quantity. It tastes like kimchi oil; that’s about it,.. Kind of disappointing. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901071207441.
Here’s another one from Zenpop.JP. Zenpop offers a lot of diverse Japanese boxes – lots of assorted things like ramen and also stationary among other things. Here’s what they have to say about this variety –
‘Chewy noodles in miso broth. The rich flavor of miso matches well with the ginger which adds the soup a pleasant, refreshing taste. Good news is that it’s relatively low in calories! Contains little pieces of green onion, corn, and red pepper.’
Well hey that sounds good – let’s check out this miso ramen!
Acecook Rich Miso Ramen – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add sachet to bowl and fill to line with boiling water. Let stand covered for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added corn, chashu pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and hard boiled egg. The noodles were chewy and worked well. I noticed they were slightly broad and flat. The broth seemed to be a combo of red miso and other kinds – it worked for me. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901071211486.
Here’s one I got from ZenPop, a company that’s producing ramen boxes in Japan. They have a new box every month with 9 different varieties for $29.50 – a pretty impressive deal as they include the shipping in the price.
Here’s how they describe this variety: ‘This miso based soup is spiced up with cilantro. It’s hot and spicy, but is absolutely savory! Don’t forget to keep a towel and a cup of water at hand. You’ll be dripping in sweat and get thirsty!’
Alrighty them – let’s give this a look!
Acecook Spice Deli Tantan Men With Cilantro – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add 440ml boiling water to fill line. Let steep covered for 3 minutes. Stir. Finally, add oil sachet and dry sachet and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Noodles were of a standard gauge although straighter than most if that makes sense. The broth was really interesting. Juxtaposed with a strong cilantro (coriander) flavor throughout was this spiciness – Sichuan pepper. It really was the last thing I would have expected from a Japanese instant noodle yet there it was. Very curious and interesting – they just keep coming up with more and more new flavors. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901071239251.
My wife and I have been trying out something new. We trade cooking for the week. I make all the dinners one week, she the next. It’s actually been a lot of fun – some positives (I have learned how to make some pretty awesome yakisoba in the kitchen) and some fails (red curry slow cooked in a crock pot really isn’t the way to go when the beef released a thick sheen of greasy fat). Nothing better than to make something your significant other really enjoys!
I’ve been asked in the past if I’m a chef which makes me laugh. I make instant noodles and add garnish to them – That definitely doesn’t vault me into the world of top chef, rather into the world of being resourceful and finding where to find logical ingredients for garnish and knowing how to prepare them. I just know what I like – that’s where the stars come in. Anyways, this looks to be a squid yakisoba – here’s a little about yakisoba from Wikipedia –
Yakisoba (焼きそば?), literally “fried buckwheat,” or sōsu yakisoba (ソース焼きそば?) (the same, but in sauce). It first appeared in food stalls in Japan during the early 20th century. Although soba means buckwheat, typically suggesting noodles made from that flour in mainland Japan, yakisoba noodles are made from wheat flour. It is typically flavored with a condiment similar to oyster sauce.
Yakisoba is most familiarly served on a plate either as a main dish or a side dish. Another popular way to prepare and serve yakisoba in Japan is to pile the noodles into a bun sliced down the middle in the style of a hot dog, and garnish the top with mayonnaise and shreds of pickled ginger. Called yakisoba-pan, pan meaning bread, it is commonly available at local festivals or konbini (convenience stores).
In Okinawa, Yakisoba is popular with Okinawans and U.S. service members stationed on the island alike. After the 1945 hostilities ended on Okinawa, the US military command supplied American food products to the malnourished residents. The preferred Okinawan Yakisoba was prepared from spaghetti, spam, ketchup, any available vegetable (usually canned), and mayonnaise for frying. Mess halls and other on-base eateries often serve yakisoba. Chopped hotdogs are a popular addition to yakisoba made on Okinawa, in addition to other meats such as ham, chicken, and pork.
Had no idea about the hot dogs! Interesting! I should mention – yes, I know this isn’t a cup, but from everything I’ve read, this range is called Super Cup. Alright – let’s have a look at this Acecook Super Cup yakisoba.
Detail of the underside of the outer plastic wrap (click to enlarge). To prepare, peel back tab A to line B. Add contents of garnish sachet and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Peel off tab C to expose drain spout and drain off water. Remove lid completely and add dry and liquid base sachets. Stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shichimi togarashi, spring onion and Kewpie mayo. The noodles are good – and very plentiful. However, the flavor is like a very acrid punch with a kind of yakisoba sauce back to it and it just doesn’t make me very enthusiastic about eating. The included garnish hydrated well and I did enjoy the bit of squid. Unfortunately, I’m experiencing disappointment. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901071207342.
What does one do after reviewing 1,500 varieties of instant noodles? All I could think of was review number 1,501. Chow mein sounded nice today and I do have an open container of Kewpie mayo in the fridge. I think after trying so many yakisoba varieties that have mayo with them, not including it when having it is kind of a tragedy. This was a strange one as far as translation goes. I looked around and found it called Super Big Cup and then found this one and thought this would be the right translation! If not, please let me know. Anyways, it’s onwards towards review 2,000. Let’s get to it!
A distributor/import sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to contain fish products.
Detail from the bottom of the box (click image to enlarge). To prepare, open lid halfway. take out sachets. Empty vegetable sachet back in and fill with boiling water. Re-cover and let sit for 3 minutes. Open drain spout and drain off the water. Add in contents of sauce sachet. Stir and enjoy!
The lid (click image to enlarge).
A large noodle block.
The sauce sachet.
Has a seafood scent.
The solid ingredients sachet.
Looks like cabbage amongst other things.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, sweet onion, kizami shoga, Kewpie mayonnaise, prawns, cabbage and Worcestershire sauce. The noodles have a nice chew to them and aren’t spongy as a lot of instant soba noodles tend to be. However, the flavoring is way too salty for my taste and the XO taste gets run over by the saltiness, which is a pity. The solid ingredients hydrated well. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 4901071206994.
Here’s another Acecook variety – available on Amazon!
Here’s one sent from Japan by Ichiro Yamoto of Yakantei! Thank you! This one was a little tricky to translate – I want to thank Courtnay N. of Canada and Mari S. of Tennessee! Tan tan men is more widely known as dandanmian. It heralds from China and is named after a pole street vendors would use to carry their wares. It’s usually a spicy broth with oil and minced pork affair. After some research, I figured out who the woman on the lid is. She’s part of AKB48 – here’s what Wikipedia says about them:
AKB48 (read “A.K.B. Forty-eight”, pronounced as eː keː biː ɸɔːti eɪto) is a Japanese idolgirl group. As of September 2013, the group has 88 members. The girls range in age from early teens to mid-20s. Produced by Yasushi Akimoto, it is one of the highest-earning musical acts in the world, with 2012 record sales of over US$226 million in Japan. It has achieved such popularity in Japan that it has been characterized as a social phenomenon.
An 88 member Japanese idol group. Whoa. Alright let’s check it out!
Here are the side panels (click to enlarge). One of the panels was so wide it just wasn’t in the cards to do up nicely – sorry about that.
The noodle block.
The powder soup sachet.
Has a curry like scent.
Liquid soup base sachet.
Look at that color!
The solid ingredient sachet.
An interesting melange of things…
Not sure what’s in this sachet.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onions and minced pork. The noodles are broad and flat. They have a very nice chew to them and are of a premium type. The broth is very rich and oily. It has a strong spiciness and is almost thick – but not in a bad way. A rich pork flavor abounds. The veggies and other bits hydrated quite nicely. This is very good – 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4901071234881.
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This one was sent to me by the folks at MBS TV in Japan after my appearance on “God Of Patena.” Thanks! This one is interesting; it has a squarish shaped cup! Let’s check it out.
Here’s the side of the container (click image to enlarge).
Here’s the lid – with drain spout (click image to enlarge).
Here’s what you see under the lid.
Actually you see this when you open it on top of what you see above – a liquid seasoning sachet.
Smells like yakisoba sauce.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Walla Walla sweet onion and beef. The noodles are thin and round. They have a decent chew and nice texture. The flavoring is that of yakisoba – slightly sweet, with a Worcestershire strength. Has a nice warm bodied yum to it. The veggies are pretty good. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4901071222130.