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#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

Found this one up in Canada – we’ve been going up there a lot lately and it’s been a nice change of pace. About 2 hours from here to the border and we’ve figured out how to time it for the quickest border crossing by avoiding peak times. LKast time going in it was one car in front of us, leaving was 2 cars in front of it – total wait time was around ten minutes!

Kind of confused with this one – looks like one I got a while back but it’s different; no mayo, no powder. Well, there is powder but it’s more like a kind of togarashi. Anyways, here’s a little about fried noodles from Wikipedia –

Yakisoba (焼きそば?), literally “fried buckwheat,” or sōsu yakisoba (ソース焼きそば?) (the same, but in sauce). It first appeared in food stalls in Japan during the early 20th century.[1] Although soba means buckwheat, typically suggesting noodles made from that flour in mainland Japan, yakisoba noodles are made from wheat flour. It is typically flavored with a condiment similar to oyster sauce.

It is prepared by frying ramen-style noodles with bite-sized pork, vegetables (usually cabbage, onions or carrots) and flavored with yakisoba sauce, salt and pepper. It is served with a multitude of garnishes, such as aonori (seaweed powder), beni shoga (shredded pickled ginger), katsuobushi (fish flakes), and mayonnaise.

Yakisoba is most familiarly served on a plate either as a main dish or a side dish. Another popular way to prepare and serve yakisoba in Japan is to pile the noodles into a bun sliced down the middle in the style of a hot dog, and garnish the top with mayonnaise and shreds of pickled ginger. Called yakisoba-pan, pan meaning bread, it is commonly available at local festivals or konbini (convenience stores).

Sometimes, Japanese white Udon is used as a replacement of Chinese style Soba and called Yakiudon. This variation was started in Kitakyushu or Kokura in Fukuoka Prefecture.

In Okinawa, Yakisoba is popular with Okinawans and U.S. service members stationed on the island alike. After the 1945 hostilities ended on Okinawa, the US military command supplied American food products to the malnourished residents. The preferred Okinawan Yakisoba was prepared from spaghetti, spam, ketchup, any available vegetable (usually canned), and mayonnaise for frying. Mess halls and other on-base eateries often serve yakisoba. Chopped hotdogs are a popular addition to yakisoba made on Okinawa, in addition to other meats such as ham, chicken, and pork.

Alright – let’s check out this squid tray right now!

Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba – Japan

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

Import/distributor sticker (click to enlarge).

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

Detail of the plastic outer wrap (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add the vegetable sachet and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Use supplied drain spout to drain. Add in remaining sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

The noodle block.

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

The liquid base.

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

Yakisoba sauce.

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

The vegetables and seafood sachet.

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

Lots of stuff in here!

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

A smaller sachet.

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

Some kind of garnish togarashi?

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and some extra squid. The noodles were extremely plentiful. This is a big amount of yakisoba! The taste was like a slightly sweeter than normal yakisoba augmented by bits of squid. It worked pretty well. Bit of cabbage added to the scene very well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901071207182.

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

A c e c o o k  Ika Big Noodle, Instant Source Yakisoba with Squid, Pack of 12

An TV spot from this company

#2542: Acecook Super Cup Yochan Ika Yakisoba

#2542: Acecook Super Cup Yochan Ika Yakisoba - Japan - squid - The Ramen Rater

My wife and I have been trying out something new. We trade cooking for the week. I make all the dinners one week, she the next. It’s actually been a lot of fun – some positives (I have learned how to make some pretty awesome yakisoba in the kitchen) and some fails (red curry slow cooked in a crock pot really isn’t the way to go when the beef  released a thick sheen of greasy fat). Nothing better than to make something your significant other really enjoys!

I’ve been asked in the past if I’m a chef which makes me laugh. I make instant noodles and add garnish to them – That definitely doesn’t vault me into the world of top chef, rather into the world of being resourceful and finding where to find logical ingredients for garnish and knowing how to prepare them. I just know what I like – that’s where the stars come in. Anyways, this looks to be a squid yakisoba – here’s a little about yakisoba from Wikipedia –

Yakisoba (焼きそば?), literally “fried buckwheat,” or sōsu yakisoba (ソース焼きそば?) (the same, but in sauce). It first appeared in food stalls in Japan during the early 20th century.[1] Although soba means buckwheat, typically suggesting noodles made from that flour in mainland Japan, yakisoba noodles are made from wheat flour. It is typically flavored with a condiment similar to oyster sauce.

It is prepared by frying ramen-style noodles with bite-sized pork, vegetables (usually cabbage, onions or carrots) and flavored with yakisoba sauce, salt and pepper. It is served with a multitude of garnishes, such as aonori (seaweed powder), beni shoga (shredded pickled ginger), katsuobushi (fish flakes), and mayonnaise.

Yakisoba is most familiarly served on a plate either as a main dish or a side dish. Another popular way to prepare and serve yakisoba in Japan is to pile the noodles into a bun sliced down the middle in the style of a hot dog, and garnish the top with mayonnaise and shreds of pickled ginger. Called yakisoba-pan, pan meaning bread, it is commonly available at local festivals or konbini (convenience stores).

Sometimes, Japanese white Udon is used as a replacement of Chinese style Soba and called Yakiudon. This variation was started in Kitakyushu or Kokura in Fukuoka Prefecture.

In Okinawa, Yakisoba is popular with Okinawans and U.S. service members stationed on the island alike. After the 1945 hostilities ended on Okinawa, the US military command supplied American food products to the malnourished residents. The preferred Okinawan Yakisoba was prepared from spaghetti, spam, ketchup, any available vegetable (usually canned), and mayonnaise for frying. Mess halls and other on-base eateries often serve yakisoba. Chopped hotdogs are a popular addition to yakisoba made on Okinawa, in addition to other meats such as ham, chicken, and pork.

Had no idea about the hot dogs! Interesting! I should mention – yes, I know this isn’t a cup, but from everything I’ve read, this range is called Super Cup. Alright – let’s have a look at this Acecook Super Cup yakisoba.

Acecook Super Cup Yochan Ika Yakisoba – Japan

#2542: Acecook Super Cup Yochan Ika Yakisoba - Japan - squid - The Ramen Rater

The distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

#2542: Acecook Super Cup Yochan Ika Yakisoba - Japan - squid - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the underside of the outer plastic wrap (click to enlarge). To prepare, peel back tab A to line B. Add contents of garnish sachet and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Peel off tab C to expose drain spout and drain off water. Remove lid completely and add dry and liquid base sachets. Stir and enjoy!

#2542: Acecook Super Cup Yochan Ika Yakisoba - Japan - squid - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2542: Acecook Super Cup Yochan Ika Yakisoba - Japan - squid - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2542: Acecook Super Cup Yochan Ika Yakisoba - Japan - squid - The Ramen Rater

A dry base sachet.

#2542: Acecook Super Cup Yochan Ika Yakisoba - Japan - squid - The Ramen Rater

Has a sweet scent.

#2542: Acecook Super Cup Yochan Ika Yakisoba - Japan - squid - The Ramen Rater

A liquid base sachet.

#2542: Acecook Super Cup Yochan Ika Yakisoba - Japan - squid - The Ramen Rater

A very dark liquid.

#2542: Acecook Super Cup Yochan Ika Yakisoba - Japan - squid - The Ramen Rater

The garnish sachet.

#2542: Acecook Super Cup Yochan Ika Yakisoba - Japan - squid - The Ramen Rater

Guessing some of this is squid.

 

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shichimi togarashi, spring onion and Kewpie mayo. The noodles are good – and very plentiful. However, the flavor is like a very acrid punch with a kind of yakisoba sauce back to it and it just doesn’t make me very enthusiastic about eating. The included garnish hydrated well and I did enjoy the bit of squid. Unfortunately, I’m experiencing disappointment. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071207342.

#2542: Acecook Super Cup Yochan Ika Yakisoba - Japan - squid - The Ramen Rater

Acecook Ika Big Noodle, Instant Source Yakisoba with Squid, Pack of 12

An Acecook TV spot

#2019: Acecook Seabura Tonkotsu 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, we have a nice little cup – pork tonkotsu! Let’s crack it open and see what is inside!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Guessing it contains pork. To prepare, open lid and remove sachet. Add boiling water to fill line and cover for 2 minutes, leaving sachet on top to hold lid shut. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A liquid sachet.

Cold in here this morning!

Seasoning and vegetables from inside the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrated pretty well in the 2 minutes allotted; they end up on the al dente side. The broth is very rich and tasty an a little on the salty side. Vegetables and meat hydrated very nicely – the little meat bits are really quite nice! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.   JAN bar code 4901071278243.

Ace Cook Noodle Super Big Ramen, Tonkotsu, 3.70-Ounce

An Acecook TV commercial.

#1189: Acecook Comet Mori Yukino Tan-tan Men

Here’s one sent from Japan by Ichiro Yamoto of Yakantei! Thank you! This one was a little tricky to translate – I want to thank Courtnay N. of Canada and Mari S. of Tennessee! Tan tan men is more widely known as dandanmian. It heralds from China and is named after a pole street vendors would use to carry their wares. It’s usually a spicy broth with oil and minced pork affair.  After some research, I figured out who the woman on the lid is. She’s part of AKB48 – here’s what Wikipedia says about them:

AKB48 (read “A.K.B. Forty-eight”, pronounced as eː keː biː ɸɔːti eɪto) is a Japanese idolgirl group. As of September 2013, the group has 88 members.[2] The girls range in age from early teens to mid-20s.[3][4] Produced by Yasushi Akimoto, it is one of the highest-earning musical acts in the world, with 2012 record sales of over US$226 million in Japan.[5] It has achieved such popularity in Japan[6] that it has been characterized as a social phenomenon.[7]

An 88 member Japanese idol group. Whoa. Alright let’s check it out!

Here are the side panels (click to enlarge). One of the panels was so wide it just wasn’t in the cards to do up nicely – sorry about that.

The noodle block.

The powder soup sachet.

Has a curry like scent.

Liquid soup base sachet.

Look at that color!

The solid ingredient sachet.

An interesting melange of things…

Not sure what’s in this sachet.

Chili powder.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onions and minced pork. The noodles are broad and flat. They have a very nice chew to them and are of a premium type. The broth is very rich and oily. It has a strong spiciness and is almost thick – but not in a bad way. A rich pork flavor abounds. The veggies and other bits hydrated quite nicely. This is very good – 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4901071234881.

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Here’s an AKB48 music video.

#869: Vina Acecook Good Bean Vermicelli Chicken Flavour

I’ve got to say, this is some of my favorite packaging. I really like the big drumstick in the picture and the old english exclaiming ‘good.’ I hope it’s good! I’d rather it be better than just good, but I think I’ll just wait and see.

The back of the package (click to enlarge).

The bean thread block.

The seasoning powder.

Salty and chinkenny.

The seasoned oil.

Smells good too.

The veggie packet!

Quite an ample supply of vegetable bits.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, baked chicken, Krazy Mixed Up Salt and Huy Fong Sriracha hot chili sauce. The noodles are, well, pretty good. They break easily when you purse your lips. The broth is good. Has a great chicken flavor. Only issue is that it has a kind of sting to it – wish I had a better word. Not like the bite of a spicy pepper, but different. The veggies were wonderous. All in all I think this was pretty ‘good.’ I think bean thread is growing on me. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8934563328115 .

A Vina Acecook video about bean vermicelli.

Chung Kết VietNam Digital DJ Battle 2012 – SBD 27 – Nguyễn Thanh Tuấn (Nguyễn Nhạc)

#861: Vina Acecook Hao Hao Mi Chay Vegetarian Flavour

This looks like something good. The last one I reviewed wasn’t the best, so hopefully ol’ number 861 will be kinder and gentler.

I am going to say at the outset here that I find it really interesting that twice now I’ve had Vietnamese vegetarian noodles, but there’s no veggie packet. Seems kind of odd! I looked and out of four that I will have done now, only one will have included veggies. Also, this will be the second instant noodle review of the day that will be steeped!

Here’s the back of the packaging. Click to enlarge.

Noodle block – pre-seasoned and crunchy.

The powdered soup base.

This is a seriously light powder. Tried a little taste and kind of got a flavor reminiscent of fettucine flavor Noodle Roni!

Seasoned oil.

I’m gonna figure it’s the black pepper and chilli that are the solid bits.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added the rest of my bag of bell pepper and broccoli (that’s what all those little green bits are), a little onion, a two egg omelet with 2 slices of fat free processed cheese, Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce and some Krazy Mixed Up Salt. The noodles are pretty good – although really nothing amazing. The broth is very mellow and subtle. Not bad. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8934563163150 .

Vina Acecook TV commercial

Construction Company Limited and Golden Land Real Estate information real estate market and promoting the development potential of Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak Province. The city is planning to become a grade 1 directly under the Central Government in 2015 – 2020.

#855: Vina Acecook Bestcook Instant Noodles Hot & Sour With Shrimp Flavour

Here’s a new one – sounds good to me – kind of funny having two instants that are ‘hot and sour’ flavored in a row…

The label around the side! Click to enlarge!

Hey – a new fork!

The noodle block.

Powder seasoning.

Slightly granular in nature.

There are two liquid packets.

Dark and thick.

This is a seasoned oil.

Looks interesting…

The veggie and seafood packet.

I must say – I’m quite impressed with the variety here.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some bell pepper, onion, broccoli, odeng (Korean fish cake), hard boiled egg with Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning and a few squirts of Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. The noodles are thin, tasty and buttery – exceptional. The broth has a nice spicy, sour and tasty flavor. The vegetable/seafood mixture wasn’t bad; I would say it adds more to the broth than as something that stands out on its own. This was really quite good – 4.25 out of 5.0 stars – I’m impressed.  UPC bar code 8934563501167 .

A Vina Acecook promo video.

My lady also finds this to be very amusing as do I

#805: Acecook Super Big Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Japanese Style Instant Noodle

So the last one of these I had was super salty. hoping this one isn’t going to be like that; I couldn’t really eat the last one because of it.

3,290mg of sodium (click image to enlarge).

A nice looking noodle block.

A big seasoning packet.

Veggies and powder.

A liquid packet.

Smells like sesame oil.

Finished. (click image to enlarge) Noodles are lackluster; they lack decent backbone. The broth is extremely salty but has a nice soy flavor. The oil kind of cheapens the experience as does the heavy saltiness A tad less on both would be excellent. The finest point in this one was the veggies. They’re really decent – corn and other bits like narutomaki. That doesn’t save it from doom though. 1.25 out of 5.0 stars – again, so salty I couldn’t finish it. UPC bar code 074410396701 – get it here.

Looks like a commercial for its Japanese version.

How to make soy sauce

#796: Vina Acecook Kingcook Vegetable Flavour Kimchi Noodle Soup

Here’s one from Vietnam. My sister found it for me up in Canada earlier this year. Vegetable? Kimchi? Sounds good to me.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the noodle block – crunchy.

The seasoning packet – pretty full.

Looks like a melange of seasoning powder and vegetables mixed in.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg, some kimchi, some Ajishima Kimchi furikake and some Tabasco Buffalo Style hot sauce. The noodles are okay – not all that great. The broth wasn’t bad for a vegetable flavor, although it was kind of funky nonetheless. It did have a slight spiciness to it that was agreeable. All in all, nothing special here. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8934563704162 .

Here’s a Vina Acecook commercial.

Ramen – rad.

#791: Acecook Super Big Ramen Tonkotsu Flavor Japanese Style Instant Noodle

Here’s one I got a while ago at Uwajimaya in Seattle. It’s big, Japanese and tonkotsu flavor – sounds much better than the last one I had!

Here’s the side panel stuff – click to enlarge.

The noodle block. Looks really nice, I think.

Only one seasoning packet, but it’s really big.

I put most of the packet in this little sake cup – it would not all fit.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some veggies, some chicken lunch meat, kizami shoga (pickled ginger), a hard-boiled egg marinated in Kikkoman soy sauce, some Ajishima Kimchi furikake, some Sushinori (seaweed) and finally a couple shakes of Tabasco Buffalo Style hot sauce. The noodles: not bad – a nice texture and quality to them. The broth however is way too salty for me – so much so I couldn’t handle it. I was really shocked at that but oh well. Bummed. 1.0 out of 5.0 – the noodles were good, at least. UPC bar code 074410396718 – get it here.

I bet this stuff is really really good!

Mr. Noodles and a meat tenderizer. This is bizarre.

#404: Vina Acecook Hảo Hảo Sate Onion Flavour

Hảo Hảo Hảo? I doubt whether John Lee Hooker enjoyed this stuff during his life, but let’s see if it’s any good.

Powdered soup base on the left and seasoned oil on the right.

The noodles are the fried and eat right out of the bag variety – pre-seasoned. That little dry pile is the soup base and the little shiny spot is the oil.

Click image to enlarge. Added two fried eggs and topped them with a little Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning and a couple drops of Crystal Louisiana hot sauce. So this stuff was really tasty – the noodles had a characteristic firmness that I enjoy of the Vina Acecook line. The broth was nice and onionny. No really any veggies here to speak of. The meal was enjoyable – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.

#341: Vina Acecook Daily Vegetarian Flavour Instant Noodles

Some new stuffs of happiness from the folks at Vina Acecook – we have vegetarian flavour. I’m enthused! I’m curious if this will taste like a vegetarian – vegetarian created with Japanese technology, that is!

Clockwise from top left: vegetables, seasoned oil and powdered soup base.

I’m always really happy with the way the veggies smell when I open the packet. It has a kind of sweet tea kind of aroma.

Click image to enlarge. With two eggs boiled in with the noodles. The noodles were amazing – had a very nice flavor. The broth was great too and the veggies were awesome – there was a big chunk of mushroom that re-hydrated very nicely. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars!

This video is really cool and I was most impressed during the segment where the president of the company had that amazing bass sound as he spoke! Very cool!