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#2710: Itsuki Kyushu “Tonkotsu” Pork Flavor Ramen

I think I found this one at 99 Ranch Market in Edmonds, Washington a month or two ago. I go in there an awful lot – they have the mung bean sprouts I like and usually with the longest expiration life in the area. I could go on and on about mung bean sprouts, but here’s a little about tonkotsu ramen from Wikipedia –

Tonkotsu (豚骨, “pork bone”; not to be confused with tonkatsu) soup usually has a cloudy white colored broth.It is similar to the Chinese baitang (白湯) and has a thick broth made from boiling pork bones, fat, and collagen over high heat for many hours, which suffuses the broth with a hearty pork flavor and a creamy consistency that rivals milk, melted butter or gravy (depending on the shop).

But yeah I could really go on and on and on about mung bean sprouts but I won’t today at least. Let’s give this tonkotsu a look.

Itsuki Kyushu “Tonkotsu” Pork Flavor Ramen – Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add a bundle of noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 2.5 minutes. Add in one sachet of soup base powder. Finally, stir and enjoy! Also, you can make both servings at once the same way – but use 900ml boiling water – not 1000ml.

One of the two bundles of noodles.

One of the two seasoning base sachets.

Powder soup base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, chashu pork, spring onion and Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts. The noodles came out very good – straight noodle with a nice gauge and tooth to them – not too chewy and not too soft. Right in the middle. The broth is luxuriant and giving – full of good flavor and very thick. A delight. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726013748.

Itsuki food Kurume HoTome-out ramen 123g ~ 10 pieces

Thai food is popular in the United States, however, in Thailand Japanese food is hugely popular

Tseng Noodles – Coming To America!

This is a box I’ve been really excited about – and I think a lot of you will be excited as well. People have been asking me about Tseng/Zeng noodles and where to get them since they were #9 on my annual The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition. They just made #1 on my Taiwan Top Ten list2 days ago. Well, I have it on good authority that they will be available in the United States at 99 Ranch Market in California around Christmas time – that’s all I know for now but if I hear more, I’ll let you all know!

The three varieties (click to enlarge).

Here’s my favorite of the three (click to enlarge)! Hey look – I’m on the pack too now!

Sichuan Pepper Flavor on the left (good for Nine Emporer Gods Festival) and Hu Sesame on the right (click to enlarge). Thanks! Looking forward to seeing these in the Seattle Metro area hopefully soon!


#2006: Kamfen Wonton Noodles Beef Flavor

Being low on instant noodles to review, I went to 99 Ranch to see if I could find anything I’d not reviewed yet. I ended up at the bottom end of the noodle aisle and found a ton of Kamfen stuff I haven’t gotten to yet. I always knew it was there, just didn’t get to the point of checking it out really. So being at that point, we’ll start trying these here and there. This one’s beef flavor wonton. Let’s give it a looksie.

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

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). To prepare, add in all sachet contents and fill to line with boiling water. Let stand covered for 3-4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block. Mentions ‘electrical drying Fresh and clean.’

A powder base sachet.

A tan powder.

A sauce sachet.

More of a paste.

A vegetable sachet.

A nice mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander and beef. The noodles are fascinating ;they have a different kind of chewiness that I very much enjoyed. The broth has a nice beef taste with a good oiliness. I hoped for a tad more flavor. The vegetables hydrated well and were of excellent quality – especially the corn which was nice and sweet. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6920363401013.

Instant Noodle Wonton (Beef Flavor) – 82g

A short film about Shenzhen, China – the city where these noodles are produced.

#1966: Wei Lih GGE Noodle Snack Wheat Crackers Soy Sauce Ramen

Here’s another one I got down in Pleasanton, California a month or so ago. GGE is an abbreviation for Good Good Eat, as in ‘everybody loves good good eat.’ Kind of strange but we are talking about Taiwanese snack noodles here (see Leisure Meatballs). Anyways, let’s rip this bag open and check this snack out.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.. To prepare, open bag and enjoy!

These appear to be scored strips of noodle dough that have been fried.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodle strips have a nice crunch – not hard as a rock or light as a feather, but somewhere in the middle range, maybe a little closer to the harder end of the stick. They have a nice texture and a good soy sauce flavor. For a snack, these get 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 074410705862.

Wei Lih GGE Wheat Crackers Soy Sauce Ramen, 2.82 Oz (Pack of 5)

Wei Lih’s most well known product is showcased in this commercial.

#1944: Wei Lih GGE Noodle Snack Wheat Crackers Hot Spicy

Here’s one I got at the 99 Ranch down in Pleasanton, California a couple of weeks ago. So the GGE stands for Good Good Eat, as in ‘everybody loves good good eat.’ Yeah, I know – kind of weird. But hey – this is a Taiwanese snack noodle and they can be pretty interesting (see Leisure Meatballs). Anyways, let’s crack this bag open and look inside.


Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open bag and enjoy!

Different lengths of noodles. They have the season already in them.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are great – differing lengths – some very long. They have a light crunch and a kind of chili-cheese flavor to them. Arriba! For a snack, these get 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 074410727932.

Wei Lih GGE Wheat Crackers Hot Spicy, 2.82 Oz (Pack of 5)

A Wei Lih TV commercial.

#710: Saigon Ve Wong Kung-Fu Instant Noodles Mixed Foods Flavor


Been saving this one for just the right day – and here it is! Mixed foods flavor?! Wow this is a fascinating one – never have I found an instant noodle with such a non-descript totle! Surf and turf? Not sure what’s going on here but we’ll give ‘er a try!

To be honest, if you read the ingredients it looks like it’s kind of a seafood bowl (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Powder seasoning.

Very fine powder.

Veggie and dehydrated seafood packet.

Dehydrated naruto and a couple little shrimp in there.

Seasoned oil packet.

Reminds me of an ocean on a sunny day with some seagulls. Yeah I know…

Finished (click image to enlarge). Made a two egg omelet with a little Kikkoman soy sauce and some Melinda’s Garlic Habanero hot sauce. Also added some store brand stir fry veggies and Ajishima Kim Chi furikake on top of those. The noodles are lackluster – kind of stringy and not super happy. The broth is interesting; kind of sweet seafoody like crab. I would say it’s kind of a mixed seafood flavor. The veggies aren’t bad; the shrimp and naruto were kind of passable. I think the title was really what drew me to this one and I’m not surprised with the quality. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 8934684025511 .

Foods from all over the world event in Sweden – looks amazing!

Here’s how to make Vietnamese Mixed Foods Soup!

Something Curry To Cook For Valentine’s Day

I got an email from 99 Ranch Market with this recipe in it today and thought I’d post it – sounds like a nice little Valentine’s Day dinner. Hope everyone’s having a good day!

#448: Ve Wong Kung-Fu Artificial Sesame Chicken Flavor Instant Oriental Noodle Soup

Here we have some noodles from Vietnam. I got these during the trip to California in Pleasanton. I’m figuring these won’t be too bad –  in my time as a noodle reviewer, I must say that chicken flavor is pretty hard to screw up. So let’s see what we have here!

Powdered seasoning on the left, oil on the right. I figure it’s a very large sachet of sesame oil from the color and the fact that its sesame chicken flavor….

My thoughts on the oil were correct – sesame oil for sure. What I didn’t expect was the aroma of ginger from the chicken seasoning packet – that was very nice to experience for sure!

Added one fried egg. The noodles weren’t too bad but a little on the mushy side. The broth was great – a kind of chicken ginger sesame amalgam that was very enjoyable and the ebb was welcomed by all. Excellent! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars!

Ramen Rater News

So here’s what I currently have to review – 20 different packages. I am pretty sure there should be lots more out there to pick up no problem. I still go out on my daily trips to the local asian groceries. I try to only get a single pack of noodles but it can be hard as they’re so cheap. With the advent of the city of Edmonds’ no single use plastic bag law, I had to dig out my backpack to carry things in. Irritating…

Been getting some interesting emails from people lately – a couple of which have told me ‘I’m doing it wrong’ – like on the Wei Lih and the Unif Chah Chiang varieties. So I’ll eventually have to re-review those. Should be interesting…

Gotten a few emails asking where to find noodles in specific areas of the United States. I’ll be happy to help with that no problem for sure. Some have been really annoyed and refused to believe that there could be any noodles near them, but I think that there are some pretty local to everyone in the United States – just gotta be a little resourceful. By the way – I’ve only bought one thing on the Internet but haven’t eaten it – nor will I ever as it is quite old…

Yeah here’s my Arnold Schwarzenegger Cup Noodle. Got it off of eBay a few years ago and it was a few years old back then. I was asked yesterday if I think some noodle companies have a competitiveness amongst each other. When you’re paying for the pre-Governator to adorn your noodle cups, yeah there’s competition. But not here in the states where noodles seem to be an afterthought and more of a last resort for college students.

So something you can do on your way to the Asian supermarket – actually leaving – is look around the entrance/exit area. There are usually a ton of newspapers and other printed materials as well as free CDs, DVDs, cassettes, VHS tapes – you name it. At 99 Ranch yesterday I would say there were about 60 cassettes sitting in a box. What’s on this stuff? Wel,l some is Vietnamese, I think some is Korean but its all for the most part religious. I picked up a little baggie there the other da that had 4 DVDs in it. It was a funeral, and the months leading up to the funeral of an old woman – who I imagine was important. Was a lot of chanting repetitively. I don’t know what it was about but it was interesting.

So there’s the current news… I’ll post something else soon.

– The Ramen Rater