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Zenpop December 2018 Instant Ramen Subscription Box

Zenpop December 2018 Instant Ramen Subscription Box

Here’s the latest and greatest box from www.zenpop.jp! Use coupon code RAMENRATER at checkout for a discount! Let’s have a look.

Zenpop December 2018 – Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater – Japan

Japan Candy Box Tasting & Giveaway! The Chocolate Break EXTRA

So the other day I did an unboxing of the November 2018 Japan Candy Box and today, it’s time to give everything a try! Not only that, look below and enter a contest to win a free box!

Japan Candy Box Tasting & Giveaway! The Chocolate Break EXTRA

To enter the contest, check out Here’s the link for that giveaway – http://bit.ly/japanesecandygiveaway – you could be living large with a box of Japanese Candy Box candy very soon! Thanks to Japan  Candy Box for shooting this over for us to try!

Unboxing Time: Japan Crate Umai Crate March 2018

Unboxing Time: Japan Crate Umai Crate March 2018

Another month, another box! We have a new Umai Crate to unbox! To be honest, I really had a lot of fun opening the last one of these up. It’s been crazy lately – the day I did this video I did three other unboxing videos and there are 3 more packages coming in the next week or so.  Continue reading to get a coupon code

Unboxing Time: Japan Crate Umai Crate March 2018 – Japan

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Coupon code: THERAMENRATER

The Ramen Rater’s Seventh Annual Momofuku Ando Day

Momofuku Ando The Ramen Rater's Seventh Annual Momofuku Ando Day

Seven years ago I first heard about Momofuku Ando Day. I was curious about it and very happy it existed – so much so that I decided that since I devote so much time to instant noodles and reviewing them, I ought to pay homage to their creator.

The Ramen Rater’s Seventh Annual Momofuku Ando Day

Today has a special meaning to me. I grew up in a place where the exotic seemed very much out of reach. In the end, the instant noodle saved me from what I considered the mundane and boring. Flavors and images from far flung places around the world at a low price. Mr. Ando’s invention has allowed me to try something new every day, had the added side effect of visiting places I’d never thought I’d see, and enjoy learning about other cultures. I salute you, Mr. Ando and your invention out of necessity. The instant noodle was born out of the hope to feed people and it has done that – especially in times of crisis and disaster. A fine legacy to leave the world.

Here’s lots of info from Wikipedia including invention timeline and early life.

Early life and education

Ando was born Go Pek-Hok (Chinese吳百福Pe̍h-ōe-jīGô͘ Pek-hok) in 1910 into a wealthy Taiwanese family in Kagi-chō (Japanese嘉義廳, modern-day Chiayi County), Japanese-era Taiwan, and raised by his grandparents within the city walls of Tainan-chō (臺南廳Tainan) following the deaths of his parents.[1] His grandparents owned a small textiles store, which inspired him, at the age of 22, to start his own textiles company, using 190,000 yen, in Eiraku-chō (永樂町), Daitōtei, Taihoku (Taipei).

In 1933, Ando traveled to Osaka where he established a clothing company while studying economics at Ritsumeikan University.[1]

Career

Founding Nissin

After World War II, Japan lost Taiwan as its territory and Ando as a Taiwanese had to choose between becoming a citizen of the Republic of China (Taiwan) or remaining a Japanese subject. Ando chose the former in order to keep his ancestral properties in Taiwan (since all Japanese nationals had to forfeit their properties in Taiwan). However, Ando remained in Japan.

He was convicted of tax evasion in 1948 and served two years in jail. In his biography, Ando said he had provided scholarships for students, which at the time was a form of tax evasion. After he lost his company due to a chain reaction bankruptcy, Ando founded what was to become Nissin in IkedaOsaka, Japan, starting off as a small family-run company producing salt.

Invention of Chicken Ramen

Momofuku Ando The Ramen Rater's Seventh Annual Momofuku Ando Day

 

A recreation of Ando’s Workshop at the Momofuku Andō Instant Ramen Museum.

With Japan still suffering from a shortage of food in the post-war era, the Ministry of Health tried to encourage people to eat bread made from wheat flour that was supplied by the United States. Ando wondered why bread was recommended instead of noodles, which were more familiar to the Japanese. The Ministry’s response was that noodle companies were too small and unstable to satisfy supply needs, so Ando decided to develop the production of noodles by himself. The experience convinced him that “Peace will come to the world when the people have enough to eat.”[2]

On August 25, 1958, at the age of 48, and after months of trial and error experimentation to perfect his flash-frying method, Ando marketed the first package of precooked instant noodles. The original chicken flavor is called Chikin Ramen. It was originally considered a luxury item with a price of ¥35,[3] around six times that of traditional udon and soba noodles at the time. As of 2016, Chicken Ramen is still sold in Japan and now retails for around ¥120, or approximately one third the price of the cheapest bowl of noodles in a Japanese restaurant.

Cup o’ Noodles invention

Momofuku Ando The Ramen Rater's Seventh Annual Momofuku Ando Day

 

Nissin Cup Noodles (1971 ~)

According to The Financial Times, Ando’s invention of Cup Noodles in 1971, at the age of 61, helped spark the popularity of instant noodles overseas. He had observed that Americans ate noodles by breaking the noodles in half, putting them into a cup, and pouring hot water over the noodles. They also ate them with a fork instead of chopsticks. Ando was inspired, and felt that a Styrofoam cup—with a narrower bottom than the top—would be the ideal vessel for holding noodles and keeping them warm. Eating the noodles would then be as easy as opening the lid, adding hot water and waiting. This simplicity, efficiency and low price of Cup Noodles went on to transform Nissin’s fortunes.[4]

Ando began the sales of his most famous product, Cup Noodle (カップヌードル Kappu Nūdoru), on September 18, 1971 with the idea of providing a waterproof polystyrene container.[5] As prices dropped, instant ramen soon became a booming business. Worldwide demand reached 98 billion servings in 2009.[6]

Industry memberships

In 1964, seeking a way to promote the instant noodle industry, Ando founded the Instant Food Industry Association, which set guidelines for fair competition and product quality, introducing several industry standards such as the inclusion of production dates on packaging and the “fill to” line. He was also the chairman of the International Ramen Manufacturers’ Association.

Personal life and death

Momofuku Ando The Ramen Rater's Seventh Annual Momofuku Ando Day

 

Silver statue of Momofuku Ando

In 1966, Ando naturalized through marriage and became a Japanese citizen. “Momofuku” is the Japanese reading of his Taiwanese given name (百福Pek-hok), while Andō (安藤) is the last name of his Japanese wife.

Ando died of heart failure on January 5, 2007 at a hospital in IkedaOsaka Prefecture at the age of 96.[2]

Ando was survived by his wife Masako, two sons and a daughter. Ando claimed that the secret of his long life was playing golf and eating Chicken ramen almost every day. He was said to have eaten instant ramen until the day he died.[7][8]

Honors

Momofuku Ando was repeatedly honored with medals by the Japanese government and the emperor, including The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, Second Class, in 2002 which is the second most prestigious Japanese decoration for Japanese civilians.

Medal of Honor with Blue Ribbon (1977)

Order of the Sacred Treasure, Second Class, Gold and Silver Star (1982)

Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon (1983)

Director-General of the Science and Technology Agency “Distinguished Service Award” (1992)

Order of the Rising Sun, Second Class, Gold and Silver Star (2002)

Foreign decoration

Order of the Direkgunabhorn of Thailand, Fourth Class, (2001)[9]

Order of precedence

Senior fourth rank (2007, posthumous)of the say

Commemoration

The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum is named after him.

In 2015Google placed a doodle on its main web page commemorating his birthday on March 5.[10]

The name of the Momofuku restaurants in the United States alludes to Momofuku Ando.[11]

 

#2018: Pulmuone Noodles With Spicy Oyster Soup

Another one from Colin – thanks again! So Pulmuone is considered a ‘healthful’ brand in South Korea. As you can see, these are non-fried noodles. Let’s look within and see what else we find.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add everything but the sachet with the oyster on it to 2 1/4 cups boiling water and cook for 4 1/2 minutes. Take off heat and stir in contents of sachet with oyster shown on it. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

A lot of powder!

The oyster flavoring sachet.

Has a strong oyster scent.

The vegetables sachet.

A very nice quantity. I believe that Pulmuone has their own farms where they produce vegetables for their products.

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Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The noodles were decent – chewy with a kind of gelatinous outer coat with a firm inned core. The broth was definitely oyster and spicy. I would say that the spicy kind of overwhelms the oyster slightly – I think it it were toned down just a pinch it would be better. The vegetables were superb – nice variety and very good quality down to the little pepper rings. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801114124291.

Non-fried Ramyun Noodle 3.7 Oz Each – Pack of 8 (Spicy Oyster Soup)

A Pulmuone TV commercial.