Here’s another interesting bowl sent by Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com, a great subscription service! You get 4 bowls a month from Japan – they also do candy! Definitely check ’em out! This one says it’s a tonkotsu with chicken fat? Interesting. Let’s give it a go!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, add in garnish sachet and fill to line with boiling water. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir, and finally add on nori (seaweed). Enjoy!
Here’s the underside of the lid (click to enlarge). Looks like if you visit the link, you can get 100 JPY off the admission price to the Cup Noodle Museum! I’d gladly pay full cost to go see it…
The noodle block.
The liquid base sachet.
Has a rich scent; reminiscent of miso actually.
The vegetables sachet.
Meat and vegetables!
A sachet of nori.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and S&B nanami togarashi. The noodles are very nice – high quality and fresh feel. The broth has a milky kind of miso and tonkotsu feel to it, and then that chicken fat that gives it extra body and character with a rich taste and good oiliness. The garnish definitely satisfies – good sized vegetable and the meat was a very nice bonus, as was the nori which added a good taste to the broth. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. 4902105239131.
This is a special one sent to me by the kind folks at Thai President Foods – thanks again! In October, there is a special festival that takes place in Thailand and other places in Asia involving vegetarianism. Here’s a little info on it from wikipedia:
The Nine Emperor Gods Jiǔ Huáng Xīng Jūn / Jiǔ Huáng Da Di (九皇星君/九皇大帝) are the nine sons manifested by Father Emperor Zhou Yu Dou Fu Yuan Jun (斗父周御國王天尊) and Mother of the Big DipperDou Mu Yuan Jun (斗母元君) who holds the Registrar of Life and Death. The worship of Dou Fu Yuan Jun has declined strongly as proper teachings of Taoism degenerate since being exported out of China. Today, most Nine Emperor God temples do not acknowledge the existence of Dou Fu Yuan Jun. However, Dou Fu Yuan Jun is invoked alongside Dou Mu Yuan Jun in Great Dipper Honouring known as Li Dou (禮斗) ceremonies. According To Priest Long Hua, the 35th Generation Leader of Long Shan Men Taoist Sect (Singapore), honouring the Northern Dipper stars prolongs one’s life, eliminate calamities, and absolves sins and past debts of oneself and his family.
The term Ye (爺) as in Jiu Huang Ye (九皇爺) loosely translates as “Grandfather”, a title worshipers commonly use to bring a more intimate relationship between themselves and the Nine Emperors. The Nine Emperor Gods should not be mixed up with the Wang Yeor Princes of the Ming rebels. Popular folk culture has it that the Nine Emperor Gods are actually sea pirates of the Ming dynasty that plotted to overthrow the Qing dynasty. According to Priest Long Hua, this information is inaccurate and considered derogatory to the actual teachings of Taoism as the Nine Emperor Gods are actually high-ranking Star Lords who preside over the movement of planets and coordinate mortal Life and Death issues.
The Nine Emperors is formed by the seven stars of the Big Dipper of the NorthUrsa Major (visible) and two assistant stars (invisible to most people). The Nine Emperor Stars are:
Tan Lang Tai Xing Jun (貪狼太星君)1st Star (Visible) Bayer: α UMa
Ju Men Yuan Xing Jun (巨門元星君) 2nd Star (Visible) Bayer: β UMa
Lu Cun Zhen Xing Jun (祿存貞星君) 3rd Star (Visible) Bayer: γ UMa
Wen Qu Niu Xing Jun (文曲紐星君) 4th Star (Visible) Bayer: δ UMa
Lian Zhen Gang Xing Jun (玉廉貞綱星君) 5th Star(Visible) Bayer: ε UMa
Wu Qu Ji Xing Jun (武曲紀星君) 6th Star(Visible) Bayer: ζ UMa
Po Jun Guan Xing Jun (破軍關星君) 7th Star (Visible) Bayer: η UMa
Zuo Fu Da Dao Xing Jun (左輔大道星君) 8th Star (Invisible)
You Bi Da Dao Xing Jun (右弼大道星君) 9th Star (Invisible)
In Thailand, this festival is called Tesagan Gin Je เทศกาลกินเจ, the Vegetarian Festival. It is celebrated throughout the entire country, but the festivities are at their height in Phuket, where about 35% of the population is Thai Chinese. It attracts crowds of spectators because of many of the unusual religious rituals that are performed.
In accordance with the traditions, many religious devotees will perform ritualized mutilation upon themselves and one another (with the consent of, context and understanding of all involved and the practice itself) while under a trance-like state, including but not limited to: impaling through cheeks, arms, face, legs, back etc., with everything from as small as syringes to as large as is agreed upon between all members; partial skinning (the skin is not removed, just cut and flipped over); slashing of limbs, chest, stomach and especially tongue with swords, axes and knives; bloodletting; removal of tissue (normally limited to cysts) and intentionally wrapping or standing near fire crackers as they are lit.
These vegetarian tom yum noodles are made specifically for the festival and today I’ll be giving them a try! I’ve heard of vegetarianism in Chinese and other cultures before, but I wasn’t sure about ‘fetid’ vegetables during this event. Here’s a little about that from wikipedia:
With that, now you know a bit more about vegetarian culture and I’m ready to try this cup! Let’s check it out!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Definitely does not contain meat or fetid vegetaables. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to the inside fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added tau pok, coriander and pepper strands. The noodles hydrated perfectly and have that signature MAMA noodles chewiness. The broth is a refreshing tom yum with good heat and crisp lemongrass taste. The supplied vegetable bits did well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850987101946.
You know, I just saw this one at the local HMart a week or so ago and thought it would be nice to have it again. Kind of weird to be doing a re-review when I’m getting close to the 2,000th review, but hey, like I said it sounds good. This has been a popular one for a while now since it slammed onto the scene. I think it was a comedian named Lee Kyung who made this spicy chicken variety a big hit. Anyways, let’s crack it open and dig on in.
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, boil 500ml water and add in package contents. Cook for 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
A big noodle block!
The powder soup base sachet.
Has a really nice spicy chicken scent. Honestly, it reminds me of Jalapeno Cheddar Chee-tos.
The vegetables sachet.
A nice assortment. Note the little strips of chicken. A little story – so I found out that this is chicken from the United States, however this is a product of South Korea. So they import USA chicken into South Korea, process it, then export it back into the USA. A lot of extra work, but the CBP/USDA can be quite insane that way.
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles have a great width and chewiness I really enjoy. They kind of have a two-layeredness – kind of extra soft on the outside with more of a chew within. The broth is a jalapeno and chicken hit which works very well. Supplied vegetables worked perfectly as always. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 648436100682.