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#2815: Sapporo Ichiban Pokemon Shoyu Ramen

#2785: Sapporo Ichiban Pokemon Shoyu Ramen Japan Ramen Box

This one comes by way of Japan Ramen Box. Japan Ramen Box is a new subscription box outfit with neat varieties to check out! Go visit their website and have a look!

Well, it’s been a long time coming but it finally came. I’ve been wanting to see this Pokemon instant noodle cross my desk for a while. My son Andy is really into Pokemon. I mean really. You ask him what he had for lunch and you might get a ‘uhhh I forgot’ – but you ask him evolutions of all the grass-type Pokemon in the Kanto region are and he will give you a dissertation worthy of a TEDx speech. I’m serious – he has this stuff down pat.

Since it’s just after 4am and he’s still asleep, here’s a little sdomething about Pikachu, the yellow Pokemon featured on the front of this cup:

Pikachu (Japaneseピカチュウ Hepburn: Pikachū) (/ˈpkə/[pikatɕɯː]) are a species of Pokémon, fictional creatures that appear in an assortment of video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games, and comic books licensed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese corporation.

The Pikachu design was conceived by Atsuko Nishida and finalized by Ken Sugimori. Pikachu first appeared in Pokémon Red and Green in Japan, and later in the first internationally released Pokémon video gamesPokémon Red and Blue, for the original Game Boy.

Like other species of Pokémon, Pikachu are often captured and groomed by humans to fight other Pokémon for sport. Pikachu are one of the most well-known varieties of Pokémon, largely because Pikachu is a central character in the Pokémon anime series. Pikachu is regarded as a major character of the Pokémon franchise as well as its mascot, and has become an icon of Japanese pop culture in recent years. It is also seen as one of the major mascots for Nintendo.

This one comes with a little round card you can collect – let’s check this cup out!

Sapporo Ichiban Pokemon Shoyu Ramen – Japan

#2785: Sapporo Ichiban Pokemon Shoyu Ramen Japan Ramen Box

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Probably contains meat and fish. To prepare, take out collectible card and add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2785: Sapporo Ichiban Pokemon Shoyu Ramen Japan Ramen Box

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Note – in Japan they’re known as Pocket Monsters.

#2785: Sapporo Ichiban Pokemon Shoyu Ramen Japan Ramen Box

The noodle block.

#2785: Sapporo Ichiban Pokemon Shoyu Ramen Japan Ramen Box

Pikachu fish cake.

#2785: Sapporo Ichiban Pokemon Shoyu Ramen Japan Ramen Box

Hey look!

#2785: Sapporo Ichiban Pokemon Shoyu Ramen Japan Ramen Box

Here’s the collectible card (click to enlarge).

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrated well and were light. The broth was a salty shoyu – nothing really amazing. The fish cake really jumped the shark here – perfect for kids. My  son’s exact words were, ‘that’s a lot of Pikachu fish cake!’ 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734024057.

#2785: Sapporo Ichiban Pokemon Shoyu Ramen Japan Ramen Box

Sapporo most P o k e m o n  noodle seafood taste 37gX12 pieces

A TV spot for this product

#2770: Sapporo Ichiban Barbeque Yakisoba

#2770: Sapporo Ichiban Barbeque Yakisoba zenpop zenpop.jp japan japanese

Here’s another interesting one from Zenpop.JP – thanks! So Zenpop is doing monthly boxes of all sorts of things Japan-related including instant ramen of course.  This is a big tray from Sapporo Ichiban – here’s what the folks at Zenpop have to say about this one –

‘Yakisoba is a popular noodle dish in Japan. When the savory noodles mingle together with the tantalizing flavor of BBQ, the result is an umami paradise. The flavor of beef is zested up with sesame, garlic, lemon and black pepper.’

Finally, here’s a little from Wikipedia about yakisoba –

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.[1]

Alright – let’s give it a try!

Sapporo Ichiban Barbeque Yakisoba – Japan

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Detail of the bottom and side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add boiling watedr to fill line and cover. Drain using spout. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

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Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

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The noodle block.

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Bits of noodle and garnish from the tray.

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A dry base sachet.

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A light powder.

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A liquid base sachet. Unsure whether this is mayo so going to leave it be for now. Note – definitely not mayo – a seasoned oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles were fluffy and pretty decent. The flavor was a kind of barbeque flavor – kind of had that grilled kind of hit to it which was nice. The cabbage was plentiful and crunchy and the bits o’ beef were a nice touch. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734017554.

#2770: Sapporo Ichiban Barbeque Yakisoba zenpop zenpop.jp japan japanese

Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein , 3.60 Ounce (Pack of 24)

A Sapporo Ichiban TV commercial from Japan

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

Recently, I added a chat feature to The Ramen Rater, allowing readers to comment and ask me questions directly. It’s been very eye-opening; great to hear about why people are here and what they’re interested in seeing. One thing I have been asked repeatedly is ‘when will there be an update to the Japan list?’ Well, I heard you. The last list came out in 2014. I’ve been reviewing a LOT of Japanese varieties lately, and it looks like there will be an influx of Japanese varieties for the foreseeable future crossing my desk. This most likely will be an annual list from now on. With that being said I should also mention that with the huge amount of varieties that are released annually in Japan, many are discontinued. While this is the ‘of all time list,’ spanning all my reviews, I try to make sure that what is on it is available. This is very hard with Japanese varieties. Finally, I should mention also that if you’re an instant noodle manufacturer from Japan or elsewhere for that matter and you’d like me to review your products, I encourage you to use the contact form and drop me a line. That being said, let’s take a look at this new list, encompassing my favorite and most memorable reviews from the over 2,500 reviews I’ve done to date.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

#10: Nissin Men Shokunin Kaoruyasai Shio

top ten japanese #10: Nissin Men Shokunin Kaoruyasai Shio

The noodles are very, very good – a really nice thinnish gauge with a strong backbone and just the nicest little bit of crumble to them – almost dainty. the broth is thick and rich shio with a lot of pork and chicken flavor throughout. The included cabbage, sesame seeds and other veggies are just perfect. Original review

#9: Nissin Cup Noodle Light+ Bagna Cauda

#9: Nissin Cup Noodle Light+ Bagna Cauda

The Cup Noodle Light+ series has really impressed me; amazing how much flavor you get out of a low-cal cup. The noodles have a really nice quality to them – not mushy or anything; they’re just really good. The broth is saucy and hearty with a cheese and light fish taste which is augmented with vegetables galore. This is on the top ten cups list and now on the top ten japanese list. Original review

#8: Nissin Raoh Hot & Sour Ramen

#9: Nissin Cup Noodle Light+ Bagna Cauda

Nissin’s Raoh is a range of premium varieties. The noodle are great – excellent chew and backbone. The broth is serious business – oily, rich in color and has a nice hot and sour taste. Original review

#7: Sapporo Ichiban Otafuku Okonomi Sauce Yakisoba

#7: Sapporo Ichiban Otafuku Okonomi Sauce Yakisoba

I’ve always really loved yakisoba and this is the best I’ve found in an instant form yet. Otofuku is a brand of yakisoba sauce that can be found almost anywhere, and it’s inclusion in this one is just perfection. What’s more, the noodles are garnished with green laver (flaked seaweed) and a little mayonnaise packet! Original review

#6: New Touch Sugomen Niigata Seabura Shoyu Ramen

#6: New Touch Sugomen Niigata Seabura Shoyu Ramen

The noodles hydrated very well and have one seriously good chew to them. The broth is equally amazing – a purely elegant shoyu broth with a good oiliness and great flavor. The vegetable bits hydrated very well and were of excellent quality. To top it off, it comes with a happy little slice of pork, which comes out just right. Original review

#5: Maruchan Gotsumori Sauce Yakisoba

#5: Maruchan Gotsumori Sauce Yakisoba

This big tray of yakisoba was a very nice surprise. First, there’s a lot of noodles here – easily enough for two. Second, the flavor has a little hint of spiciness. Thirdly, the cabbage hydrated very nicely with a tantalizing crunch. Finally, the inclusion of Kewpie mayonnaise sealed the deal for me. Original review

#4: Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen

#4: Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen

The noodles came out just right – nice firmness and chew with that groovy flouriness Hakata ramen noodle have. The broth is luxuriant – nice and thick with a rich pork flavor and garlic taste. Just top notch tonkotsu. Original review

#3: Seven & I Gold Sumire Ramen

#3: Seven & I Gold Sumire Ramen

The noodles are thick and chewy – very premium. The broth has a very rich miso flavor that had a little thickness and a nice oiliness. The vegetables and bits hydrated perfectly – nice bits of ground meat and menma float happily about and are of good quality. Original review

#2: Tokushima Seifun Yakibuta Ramen

#2: Tokushima Seifun Yakibuta Ramen

The broth has a nice saltiness and soy flavor with just a little touch of sweetness. The pork flavor finds it’s way into the broth as well which is spectacular. The pork has a nice sweetness and ‘fall off the bone’ texture to it which is pure delicacy. The army of decent sized slices of narutomaki were amazing, and the spring onion and bamboo shoots were perfect. A bowl of amazing taste and quality. Original review

#1: Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen

#1: Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen

Talk about amazing. Now, on most of these bowls, you’ll notice I’ve added my own garnishes. I don’t count them in my reviewing – everything is reviewed prior to any additions I make. This is one where I’ve added nothing and just look at it! This one had very good noodles to start off. The broth was a very thick prawn infused decadent flavor spectacle. Then there’s the little crunchy topping and the other garnish they provide and this is just amazing stuff. Wow. Floored. The top of ther Top Ten Japanese varieties Original review

Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Beef Flavored Soup

Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Beef Flavored Soup - United States - The Ramen Rater - サッポロ一番

There are some varieties that I hear people raving out about a lot and I start thinking ‘I should re-review this one.’ Well, today’s the day. I even have a little story about these which is sort of funny.

So we went to a furniture place a few years ago. We needed to get a couch – actually we went to a few places. I was being a cheapskate and getting annoyed at how much it costs to get something to sit on. Seriously;I mean, it’s a big pillow with wood inside, right? I thought hey – $400 is insane but we could shell out $400 I guess. Well, after a long conversation about couches and me being a cheapskate, my wife and I went to one last place. I finally found the couch I was into.

This thing had buttons on the side that made each seat recline and it was really comfy. I figure yeah it’s about $1200, but what the hell – my wife’s happy, I’m happy because it’s literally a comfortable electric chair – it’s a win-win situation right? Well, I then found out shopping for a couch is kind of like shopping for a car.

You go to the dealership and spend hours sitting, waiting, schmoozing and finally get out of therewith a new thing. At the dealership – drives me nuts when we get a new car, they have the balls to say ‘congratulations!’ I always thought I should just say ‘no congratulations for putting us on the hook for a recurring payment for 36 months.’ Anyways.

So during the schmoozing process, it’s the standard questions and chit chat at the furniture store. What do you do? When I tell anybody about reviewing instant noodles I get a couple of regular answers ‘wow – I didn’t know there were that many kinds of instant noodles,’ ‘wow that’s amazing’ and ‘don’t you get sick of reviewing instant noodles?’ Well, this guy started going off about Sapporo Ichiban noodles. He would talk about how great it was that a pack has 4 grams of fiber. I mean, I’m getting a couch and getting an education from this guy about being older and having a hard time taking a dump. It was kind of awkward but then again kind of fascinating that this guy was really okay with sharing his bowel habits with a total stranger while trying to sell him something.

Anyways, that’s my funny Sapporo Ichiban story. Here’s a little about the company from Wikipedia –

Sapporo Ichiban (サッポロ一番?) is a brand of instant noodles (most of them ramen) made by Sanyo Foods.

Sapporo Ichiban has found a market outside Japan, most notably with consumers in Hong Kong, the United States, Mexico, Argentina and Canada.

Sapporo Ichiban literally means “Sapporo’s number one [noodle]”, but there is no particular relation between Sapporo Ichiban and the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido, where the company has only a small sales branch

Sapporo Ichiban has found a market outside Japan, most notably with consumers in Hong Kong, the United States, Mexico, Argentina and Canada.

Ramen flavors include:

  • “Original” (Red package) a mild soy sauce flavor, debuted in stores January 1966.
  • Miso (Orange package), debuted in stores September 1968.
  • Shio (Salt) (Black and Red package), debuted in stores August 1971.
  • Tonkotsu (Gold package)
  • Chicken (Green package)
  • Beef (Brown package)
  • Shrimp (Pink package)
  • Hot & Spicy Chicken (Green and Red package)
  • Original Cup
  • Chicken Cup
  • Beef Cup
  • Shrimp Cup

So there you are – some background and a kind of weird story. Let’s check it out!

Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Beef Flavored Soup – United States

Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Beef Flavored Soup - United States - The Ramen Rater - サッポロ一番

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and beef. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups (500ml on package, 473ml in reality) boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in soup base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Beef Flavored Soup - United States - The Ramen Rater - サッポロ一番

The noodle block.

Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Beef Flavored Soup - United States - The Ramen Rater - サッポロ一番

The soup base sachet.

Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Beef Flavored Soup - United States - The Ramen Rater - サッポロ一番

A light powder with dark flecks here and there.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, beef and shichimi togarashi. The noodles are heavy and very plentiful. This is a heavy noodle block – pretty impressive. The broth has a salty beef taste which works well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 076186000035.

Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Beef Flavored Soup - United States - The Ramen Rater - サッポロ一番

Japanese Style Noodle Soup (Beef Flavor) – 3.5oz [Pack of 6]

A vintage TV commercial

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Sad to say it but this is the last of the varieties sent to me by Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com. He’s decided to end the subscription service for instant noodles, however you can still get neat boxes of Japanese candy! Check ’em out! Well, here’s what he had to say about this variety:

Recreating the taste of the local ramen from the city of Kameyama, Mie prefecture.
Noodles: Broad, slightly yellowish noodles. They are also a little curly, and mix well with the soup. Soup: The soup’s base is beef bone, to which you add a mixture of 3 kinds of miso paste (red miso, soy miso and wheat miso), you flavor it with garlic and ginger, and for the final touch you add pepper and spicy soy sauce. Cauliflower fungus powder from Mie prefecture is also used to enhance the flavor and thicken it. Ingredients: Cabbage, bamboo shoots, Jew’s ear fungus, ground beef, and carrots.

Alright – let’s have a look!

Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji – Japan

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and the vegetables sachet. Cover for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy! Garnish with togarashi.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Detail of the lid and its underside (click to enlarge).

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

The noodle block.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

The liquid base.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Has a miso scent.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Vegetables and meat.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Veg and chashu.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

A garnish sachet.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Togarashi.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are very chewy – very premium stuff. The broth is VERY rich – probably some of the strongest miso flavor I’ve experienced in an instant ramen before. That being said, it’s pretty overwhelming to me; I like a nice rich miso, but this one jumps the shark and is just too much. The vegetables are decently hydrated and of good quality. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734026747.

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Sapporo most miso ramen bowl 81g ~ 12 pieces

A Sapporo Ichiban TV commercial.

#2214: Sapporo Ichiban Tabimen Nagasaki Chanpon

Here’s another one sent to me by Javier from Box From Japan. Box From Japan has subscriptions for all sorts of neat Japanese things. I regret to say that I was informed that they won’t be taking subscriptions for their ramen boxes for now – hopefully that will start again soon. He mentioned that you can purchase instant noodles from them here. Here’s what he had to say about this particular variety:

Noodles: smooth with a supple, chewy texture. The thin, crimped noodles mix well with the soup. Soup: eight varieties of miso are mixed together with fragrant herbs and shichimi togarashi (a Japanese red pepper spice mixture) to create a full-bodied soup. Toppings: The four vegetable toppings of roughly chopped bok choy, cabbage, corn, and carrots perfectly complement the soup. The freeze-drying process preserves the flavors of the raw ingredients.

Shall we? We shall!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Guessing it contains meat and/or fish. To prepare, add in contents of vegetables sachet and fill to line with boiling water. Let steep covered for 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet content. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The liquid sachet.

A nice looking liquid!

The vegetables sachet.

Cabbage, bok choy, carrot and corn.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, fried garlic and shichimi togarashi. The noodles came out very nicely – thin gauge and unique mouthfeel to them. The broth was seriously miso – they weren’t kidding about the 4 different kinds of miso – I feel a little fermented myself after that! Was very tasty and strong miso. The supplied vegetables came out great and worked well. 4.25 out of 5.0  JAN bar code 4901734025351.

Sapporo most salt ramen bowl 83g ~ 12 pieces

Wow – prepare to dance around your house!

#2146: Sapporo Ichiban Kun Ramen Sumo-kuchikin (Smoked Chicken)

Here’s soimething I’ve never seen before – smoked chicken ramen! This one hails from Japan and was sent by Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com. You can subscribe to receive a box with 4 different Japanese ramen bowls every month – it’s pretty awesome and honestly since it includes the shipping pretty cheap. Let’s see what Javier has to say about this one:

Noodles: Deep-flavored, durable and flexible noodles prepared with an intensely textured soy sauce. Soup: Features the characteristic taste of aged soy sauce, which gives it a grilled, smoky aroma. The base of the soup itself is a simple chicken broth, to which you add aromatic vegetables such as garlic and onion, and the final touch is made by adding black sesame. Ingredients: Cabbage, ground chicken, scrambled eggs, and red bell pepper.

Hey neat – well, let’s have a look!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add in dry sachet and fill to line with boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The liquid base sachet.

Has an interesting smoky scent.

The solid ingredients sachet.

A nice mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles were pretty good – mellow on the chew. The broth had a definitely smoky taste to it and it was a little overboard. It was that ‘liquid smoke’ kind of flavor and just didn’t seem quite right. The bits of egg, cabbage and chicken were very good. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734027676.

Sapporo most soy sauce mini bowl 44g ~ 12 pieces

A Sapporo Ichiban TV commercial.

#2128: Sapporo Ichiban Taimeiken Yousyoku Yasangatsukutta Omumen

Here’s another one from BoxFromJapan.com. They’re a subscription service where you can get a box of noodles from Japan every month (they also have neat candy boxes from Japan as well). Still to this date I haven’t gotten a repeat or anothing I’ve ever reviewed in the past – pretty awesome! Here’s what they have to say about this one:

Ever since being founded in 1931, and located in Nihombashi, Tokyo, the long-standing Western-style restaurant “Taimeiken” has continually sustained its good reputation. Its standard “Omurice” menu comes arranged with a serving of cup noodles. Soup: Its chicken extract is cooked authentically, and by adding a vegetable extract with tomatoes the overall avor is sweetened with a tomato taste. Noodles: They are exible, supple, tasty to swallow and their seasoning goes together perfectly with the soup. Ingredients: The “Omurice” menu is made with scrambled eggs and green peas coupled together with a tomato soup

I really like the little bit of info they include for every noodle! Let’s check this one out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains eggs. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and let steep 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet from the top of the lid. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

some of the loose ingredients from the cup.

The sachet which was affixed to the lid.

Has  kind of ketchup scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added a two egg omelette. The noodles hydrated perfectly and have a little chew to them which I liked. The gauge was thin. Broth was very saucy – kind of like a tomato sauce, augmented very nicely with bits of egg, peas (which hydrated very well) and some odd little time circular things I am not sure of. Very Chef Boyardee with a more adult spin – I like it! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734027140.

If you are keen on ramen, this is a must see film, bar-none. Tampopo

Here’s a clip from the film ‘Tampopo.’ They bust into a restaurant kitchen and make omurice; basically a rice omelette.

#1330: Sapporo Ichiban Otafuku Okonomi Sauce Yakisoba

Here’s some more noodles I picked up last July in Canada. It’s been a while now, so I’ll tell you the story of the July trip. I saw a blog post from a guy up in Vancouver, BC who was talking about my top ten list. He had a really neat little graphic icon that looked cool, so I tried to figure out where it was from. Finally, he was the one who let me in on it. It was a graphic someone had made of my top ten list! I was curious to find out where it had come from…

Here it is (click image to enlarge). Pretty awesome, but hey wait a minute – they’re using my images and list and name and everything and haven’t asked permission or anything! So I figured I should give them a call. I left a message and got a return call promptly. They apologized for doing it and said that they were big fans (wow Canadian fans – rad!). They also said that they pulled the poster because everything on it had sold out. At first I was kind of mad, but then I thought that if they thought maybe I could collaborate with them. A date was set, and me and my partner/site developer Dave drove up to Richmond, BC to their headquarters. They wanted to have me do appearances at their stores and develop a top ten list just for them. They also gave me a shopping cart and demanded I go up and down the aisles of the Metro Center T&T and have all the noodles I’d never reviewed. $400 worth of them; was like a strange shopping spree! Was a lot of fun and very nice of them.  Department of Agriculture stopped us on the way back – was pretty comical! Anyways, they were going to call me with a contract/proposal but never got back with me. Really bummed about that; really don’t know what happened on their end. But yeah that was the big July 2013 trip. I’ve got no hard feelings on T&T; they were all really nice people and it was a fun day. At least they gave me something for using my material unlike lots of places. Anyways, on with the review!

Here’s the distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free, but check for yourself.

Here are the side panels and bottom (click image to enlarge). To prepare, remove sachets. Add boiling water to line and steep 3 minutes. Using pour spout, drain. Add sachet contents and drizzle with mayo sachet. Enjoy!

Here’s detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The liquid sachet.

Yakisoba sauce.

Some bits of cabbage and other vegetable from the bottom of the tray.

A garnish sachet.

Seaweed!

This is one of my favorite things about Japanese instant noodle trays; when they have mayonnaise. Yup – mayonnaise and yakisoba is where it’s at. Period. Bar none.

 

Andy and I enjoying our noodles and watching Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato, thatis).

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added grilled chicken, cabbage and a little kamaboko on the side. The noodles were pretty good; the texture was just right for yakisoba. The flavoring was right on the money too –  the only yakisoba sauce I’ve ever seen for sale around these parts is that Otafuku stuff so either it’s all they can get or it’s popular. The mayo was wonderful and the seaweed (green laver) was a perfect accompaniment. If you like yakisoba and instant noodles, this is the perfect stuff. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4901734017493.

Here’s how you do it homemade!

#1184: Sapporo Ichiban Pokemon Shoyu Ramen

Here’s another one from the folks at Record China news in Japan – thank you! My son is a really big fan of Pokemon. He’s got every one’s name, what they evolve into and all Pokemon lore stuffed in that PokeDex brain of his! If any of you reading have kids that like Pokemon, you know of what I speak. Well, I’ve wanted to get some Pokemon noodles for him and this is the first! I know there are more out there and hopefully I’ll find them sooner or later! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the lid (click image to enlarge)  – note the little Pikachu and Tepig kamaboko!

The side panels (click to enlarge).

A little bonus?

A little trading piece! Andy has informed me that the Pokemon on the front is called Glaceon, the ‘fresh snow’ Pokemon. It’s an ice type and evolves from Eevee. It’s from the Sinnoh region, but Eevee is from Kanto region.

The noodle block.

Here’s all the seasoning and solid ingredients from the bottom of the cup. Pretty rad kamaboko!

Here’s the Pokemaniac himself! Also got a neat little Pokemon bowl from the Record China folks – it’s smaller than expected but it’s definitely fun!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Unadulterated. The noodles are pretty decent actually – thin, noodles in a cup fare that had been pre-seasoned. Not top of the line but far from bottom of the barrel. The broth is nice – soy sauce flavor with nice rounded flavor. The corn and green onion’s alright and the kamaboko? Well, it’s a little on the rubbery side, but that’s how kamaboko is honestly. I would say they’re on the better than most side of dehydrated kamaboko. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4901734016458.

[AMAZONPRODUCTS asin=”B000WD3XBI”]We got Andy one of these and he’s been playing with them for a long time. It’s a really good deal even if there are duplicates, since the cards at the store are pretty expensive. It saddens me that they don’t put that crappy bubble gum we used to get in baseball cards anymore.[/AMAZONPRODUCTS]

A TV spot for another Pokemon noodle cup!

#1152: Sapporo Ichiban Tomato & Basil Shio Ramen

Check this big sucker out! This one was sent by a guy who runs a store in Japan called Yanaktei (www.yakantei.com). Kind of looks pizza minded eh? Let’s check it out!

Here are the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains egg, pork and chicken.

Here’s the noodle block – note that there’s a lot of seasoning interspersed.

A ton of bits and pieces in this one!

A small liquid packet.

Looks to be like a tomato oil – has a very strong fresh tomato scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Sauteed some pork butt with a sprinkle of garlic salt for a few and then added Walla Walla sweet onion, green onion and bell pepper. Garnished with grape tomatoes. The noodles aren’t amazing; but they’re not bad either. They have a standard noodle cup texture. The broth is very nice – the tomato packet really punches home the tomato flavor – and it’s a real taste, but a ketchup smack. The bits and pieces are very nice too – scrambled egg, veggies and some meat round out nicely. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 4901734019503.

Here’s a TV advertisement for Sapporo Ichiban Tomato Basil Shio Ramen.