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Meet The Manufacturer: #2120: Nissin Super Tom Yum Shrimp

Today we have another 7-Eleven tie-in from Nissin Thailand. Extra shrimp and tom yum sounds great! Let’s crack it open and explore inside!

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

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

Loose seasoning from the cup.

A paste sachet.

Smells great!

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrated well and were of good quality and quantity. The broth was your standard tom yum – spicy and strong lemongrass and a nice shrimp taste. This was good, however I only found two shrimp unfortunately. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8852528003092.

The Treasures and Pleasures of Thailand: Best of the Best (Impact Guides)

Why can’t we have Thai food in our 7-Eleven stores in the USA?

Meet The Manufacturer: #2117: 7-Select Nissin Instant Noodles Shrimp Ma Nao Lui Suan Flavour King Cup

7-Eleven in Thailand was a fascinating place to visit last year. It’s different than what we have here insofar as there is a whole aisle of instant noodle varieties inside! I wish we had that here – it’d be so awesome! Lots of different brand partner with 7-Eleven there and have special flavors only available at 7-Eleven – kind of an exclusive. This one sounds interesting – really unsure about what it will be like – the manao sounds like lime perhaps, but aside from that… I do see shrimp! Hey! Let’s crack it open and delve into the mysteries within.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). contains shrimp. To prepare, add in sachets and boiling water to fill line. Let steep for 3 minutes covered. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A lot of powder!

A solid ingredients sachet.

Looks like lots of shrimp and spring onion.

A smaller oil sachet.

Has a lime scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shrimp, lime, fried garlic, coriander and red pepper flake. The noodles were pretty good – well hydrated with a pretty standard gauge it seems for this brand. The broth was interesting – like a strong lime with a spiciness and shrimp taste. I really liked the bits of shrimp in there – very nice. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8852528002491.

Thailand: The Cookbook

A rather moving short film celebrating Teacher’s Day in Thailnd by 7-Eleven Thailand.

#1867: Yum Yum Premier Bowl Instant Noodles Stewed Pork Flavour

The next to last variety I found while in Thailand – there was a Seven-Eleven next to our hotel which we visited countless times; so different from the ones we have here! Slurpee machines in the back as always, but you make a 180 degree turn and boom – a huge assortment of instant noodles. It was amazing and burned into my mind! Some companies do special partnerships with Seven-Eleven all over Southeast Asia and have special varieties only available there – this is one of them. Let’s check it out!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare,  add in the smaller sachet and boiling water to fill line inside. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes, leaving the large retort pouch on top. Add in retort pouch contents, stir and enjoy!

An included fork!

The noodle block.

A soup base powder sachet.

A coarse mixture with bits of vegetable matter.

A retort pouch.

Nice pieces of real pork with a nice scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and coriander. The noodles hydrated very well in the three minutes allotted. They are thin and of decent quality. The broth has a nice pork taste – like stewed pork! A bit of spiciness too. The retort pouch’s content was very good – nice pieces of stewed pork (not fake but real) and nice pieces of mushroom. A nice bowl of noodles! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850250004301.

Thai Food Yumyum Instant Dried Noodles Jumbo Minced Pork Flaour (Pack of 6)

A Yum Yum video!

#1844: Seven & I Gold Sumire Ramen

Here’s another one that was sent to me by Javier over at Box From Japan – thanks! Box From Japan is a subscription service – you can get a box sent to you every month with some great noodles within! Today it’s one from Seven-Eleven in Japan. Seven-Eleven does partnerships with different companies (this on is made by Nissin) and has varieties they make only available there. This is Sumire Ramen, a miso variety. Let’s take a look!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef and pork. To prepare, add in powder and solid ingredient sachets. Add boiling water to inside line and cover for 4 minutes. Stir. Add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Powder soup base.

Light and fluffy.

A liquid sachet.

Has a meaty scent to it.

The extras!

This is really quite a varied melange here!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added kizami shoga, spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. 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. A premium bowl of ramen. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105225288.

Looks like the pack version comes in a box! Japan Hokkaido popular Ramen “SUMIRE” instant noodles

The 7-11 in this commercial looks quite spacious!

#1715: Yum Yum Instant Noodles Minced Pork Flavour

Here’s another one I got at 7-11 on our recent trip to Thailand. There were so many varieties there; didn’t really know what was what, but luckily found some English text on the back of the package. Let’s have a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add contents of package to 360ml boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir and enjoy! Alternately, you can add everything to a bowl and add in 360ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes and stir, or add everything and 360ml water to a bowl and microwave for 5-6 minutes.

The noodle block.

A dual sachet of dry ingredients: soup base on the left and chilli powder on the right.

Chilli powder atop the seasoning base.

A liquid base sachet.

Has a satiny look on top.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fried egg, minced pork with coriander and bell pepper, white onion and coriander. The noodles are quite good – nice chew and quantity. The broth has a very good pork flavor with a little spiciness. The broth also had a good richness to it. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850250000730.

5 Packs – Yumyum Minced Pork Flavour Instant Noodles Thailand

A Yum Yum TV commercial for Minced Pork Flavour instant noodles.

#1703: 7 Select Super Tom Yum Shrimp

Here’s one of the ones I picked up on my recent trip to Thailand at 7-11. It’s made by Nissin, and has Nissin logos on it, but it’s like a private label for 7-11; kind of different. Anyways, tom yum sounds good – let’s see what dwells within!

Details of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, open lid and take out fork and sachet. Empty sachet into cup and add boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (clink image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The seasoned noodle block.

A liquid sachet.

Has a strong tom yum scent.

Some of the seasoning from the noodles and little shrimp abound.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added red and orange bell pepper, white onion, shrimp and coriander. The noodles are round and thin. They have a little mushiness to them. The broth on the other hand has a very strong heat and lemongrass hit with a good shrimp flavor. The amount of shrimp that were included was pretty good, but I did expect them to be a little bigger. They hydrated perfectly. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8852528003092.

The Treasures and Pleasures of Thailand: Best of the Best (Impact Guides)

When I get to go to foreign countries, I’m usually more interested in trying the local cuisine. American BBQ flavor chips are about as far from my mind as can be, but this guy take you on a pretty good tour of a 7-11 in Thailand.

#1695: MAMA Cup Shrimp Creamy Tom Yum

A few years back, I started noticing a lot of people leaving comments about MAMA Shrimp Creamy tom Yum. The first time I had it I wasn’t keen on it. They kept saying ‘dude, try it again – this stuff is awesome.’ So I did and was blown over – awesome stuff. I think the first time I tried it was a review in the low 100’s. It’s funny; after trying so many kinds, your tastebuds look for different things and your palate kind of matures. MAMA Shrimp Creamy Tom Yum was on the 2013 Top Ten Instant Noodle list. This cup was a neat one to find – I got it at a place I’ve wanted to visit for quite a while – an Asian 7-11.

During our trip to Thailand, we stayed at the Chatrium Hotel. My sister and I wanted to find some postcards to send back home, and the concierge there said to try the little shop a little ways down the street. Lo and behold, 7-11. They didn’t have postcards, but they had a lot of other amazing things…

Just take a gander at that! Right across from the Slurpee machines – which were Cherry and Coke flavored. It really reminded me of a 7-11 that you would see in the states, except it was way way more interesting. The huge amount of instant noodles was far larger than the candy aisle and about the same size as where the chips were. It’s crazy; I feel like some day I’ll have to move my family overseas just to stay for a while to review all the ones they have at 7-11’s! What more crazy is they have them all over Asia. I think one thing you’ll notice as well – almost all cups. Well, I’ve never reviewed the local Thai MAMA Creamy Shrimp Tom Yum variety, so let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Note – I removed color and changed contrast for better readability. Not sure if it contains shrimp but pretty sure it does. To prepare, add in sachet contents and fill to line with boiling water. let steep for 3 minutes covered. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The solid ingredients sachet.

A nice spicy and lemongrass scent.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Getting a shrimp scent here.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added white onion, red bell pepper, coriander and fish ball. The noodle have that wonderful MAMA wheat noodle character I’ve enjoyed in their other cup varieties – a slight crumble and a strong backbone. The broth brings all the flavor of the pack version of the shrimp creamy tom yum but some extra strength it seems. This is just what I wanted to eat tonight. The balance of lemongrass, shrimp flavor [and tiny shrimp which hydrated perfectly) and spiciness make an excellent shrimp creamy tom yum cup.  5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850987128400.

MAMA Cup Instant Noodles Shrimp Creamy Tom Yom…

An older MAMA TV spot featuring their cups as well as an app for iPhone – wish I had one – I dig noodle games!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups Of All Time 2013 Edition

Cups were the second instant noodle innovation that really took the world by storm. Nissin founder Momofuku Ando of Japan decided that a cup would be a really handy way to have instant noodles on the go. His creation came to the market in 1971. Forty-two years later, the instant noodle landscape is filled with many different cup designs and contents – some all inclusive only needing hot water,m and some requiring a little more with packets – and some even with forks! Of all the varieties I’ve tried to date, here are my favorite ten.

#10: Pot Noodle Bombay Bad Boy Flavour – United Kingdom

Pot Noodle is a UK company whose plastic cups are things of legend. Their myriad of interesting flavors are always fascinating, with such greats as Sticky Rib, Jamaican Jerk and now Piri Piri. Bombay Bad boy has a nice spiciness to it from a little supplied packet. These don’t have so much of a broth, but more of a sauce or gravy. Original review here

#9: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Curry – Hong Kong

Since 1971, Nissin Cup Noodle has been synonymous with… Well, noodles in a cup! The noodles come out just perfectly in these. Not only that, there are copious amounts of veggies and seafood. Then there’s the flavor – a really nice Japanese curry with seafood notes – great stuff! Original review here

#8: Paldo Gomtang – South Korea

Gomtang (pronouced gohm-tahng) is a traditional South Korean soup made with brisket or oxtail. It has a rich, hearty taste that will warm your bones on a wintry day. This one has such a warm and creamy flavor and the noodles are nice and full in the ramyun style. Original review here

#7: Eat & Go    Spicy Chicken Mi Instan Cup – Indonesia

I only just had this one recently and was immediately enthralled. Contains five different seasoning packets which provide chili powder, veggies, seasoned oil and even a packet of tofu chips! Plus, you get a fork. Pure deliciousness! Original review here

#6: Ottogi Bekse Curry Myon Cup – South Korea

This little cup has some wonderful attributes. The seasoning and noodles end up nicely – the broth is thick and has a strong curry flavor and a nice spiciness. What was also very memorable was that there were potatoes in there – the only time I’ve seen potatoes in an instant noodle. A true friend for the curry fanatic! Original review here

#5: Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Cup – South Korea

This is the third list this year that Paldo Kokomen has appeared on. The broth has such a great melding of the heat of jalapeno pepper and the flavor of chicken. The noodles are very good and the bits of chicken and vegetables are top notch. Original review here

#4: Seven & I Shoyu Noodle – Japan

Yes – they have 7-11 convenience store in Japan! With a great flavor and lots of vegetables and seafood, this is really a memorable cup. Strong soy sauce flavor and perfectly hydrated bits and noodles make this an all time favorite of mine. Original review here

#3: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black Spicy Beef Cup – South Korea

First, Nongshim made Shin Ramyun which is still incredibly popular. Then they upgraded and came out with Shin Ramyun Black. Finally, Shin Black has made it into a cup – and it’s really good! Rich beef flavor and real beef along with thick ramyun noodles. Premium stuff! NOTE: Previously, this was marked as being from the United States. This one shown here was in fact manufactured in South Korea. I will be reviewing the one made in the United States at Nongshim America soon.  Original review here

#2: Nissin GooTa Demi Hamburg-Men – Japan

Another fairly recent discovery. GooTa is a high end offering from Nissin with premium ingredients. Excellent noodles, a beef and tomato inspired broth, veggies like corn and then the topper – a dehydrated hamburger patty. No joke! What’s better than the novelty of the hamburger is that it works so well with the noodles and broth. Wow. Original review here

#1: Indomie Mi Goreng Instant Cup Noodles – Indonesia

Indomie’s Mi Goreng was a variety I was enjoying long before becoming The Ramen Rater. Quality noodles coated in a spicy and sweet combination of flavors that never get old. The way you do it is you add the boiling water, steep for a few minutes, then use the supplied plastic lid which has holes to drain it. Just like the pack version, it comes with all of the standard flavor packets you’re used to and comes out just right. Original review here

#830: Seven & i (7-11 Japan) Premium Shoyu Noodle

This one comes from Courtney N. from British Columbia, Canada! How rad – this is from Seven-11 in Japan! Looks interesting…

Here’s the lid.

The side panels (click image to enlarge).

Wow just look at that! Lots of bits and pieces – multiple shrimp! Looks awesome!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a few pieces of kamaboko. The noodles are quite decent, the broth is tasty – sweet and salty, and the bits and pieces are above and beyond! Beef, shrimp, egg – it’s really quite different from any cup I’ve had here in the US before. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars – this is amazing! UPC bar code 7901734015765 .

A vintage 7-11 commercial!

A short video of Japanese 7-11. About 4 1/2 minutes in you get to see some noodle cups!