Another one from Javier over at Box From Japan! Thanks! So if you didn’t already know, BoxFromJapan.com is a subscription service. You can get 4 instant noodles from Japan a month. What’s amazing is that I not yet received a single on that I’d reviewed previously which is truly amazing. You can also get a monthly Japanese candy box! Pretty rad! Today, I’ll be checking out this Acecook curry udon cup. Let’s crack it open!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat or not. To prepare, open lid and add boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir well and enjoy!
Some of the little bits and pieces from the bottom of the cup.
Wow this is pretty neat – like a small brick of curry!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kizami shoga, spring onion and chashu pork. The udon come out soft and supple with a nice light chew to it and really comfort-food like. Especially when paired with the curry broth – a nice rich curry with a little hint of spiciness in there. Unfortunately, the big curry block did disintegrate, but it had a kind of gritty broth.. The bits of fried tofu and mincemeat are a nice touch. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901071226206.
Here’s another one sent by Jen from Australia – thanks again! So this one’s an Australian brand. I’ve seen these around for a long time but never before have been able to get any to try. Today, it’ll be Oriental flavor. Okay, so what is Oriental flavor? Of course I should know; I’ve tried over 2,000 varieties! I’m The Ramen Rater! Well, hate to break it to you folks, but I haven’t the slightest idea what Oriental flavor is. My best guess would be a flavor that’s good, but not really definable. Another guess is a vegetarian accessible variety that shouldn’t make meat eaters say ‘eww – that’s for the plant eaters.’ What odd about this flavor is that the term Oriental evokes racist tones that offend some people from Asia. So, either the companies don’t know this or don’t care. Anyways I’m not a fan of offending people – if I ever start a noodle company this flavor won’t be on the menu. Alright enough with the pleasantries – let’s crack this cup open and see what we’ve got here.
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, empty sachet contents into cup and fill to line with boiling water. Cover and steep 2-3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
These are ‘seasonal’ vegetables. Carrot I think I see amogst other things.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles are thick and have a nice chewy texture compared to many. It was a pleasant surprise here. The flavor is ‘Oriental,’ which I can only describe as kind of a buttery salty concoction; almost like chicken flavor but not quite. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9310155680509.