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#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu – United States

#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu - United States

Here’s a new one from Sapporo Ichiban – a collaboration with Momosan Ramen & Sake restaurant, a venture by ‘Iron Chef’ Masaharu Morimoto. Curious if this is going to be good, but guessing it will be; Sanyo Foods doesn’t come out with a new variety too extremely often here in the United States. Let’s give it a try!

Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu – United States

#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu - United States

Detail of the pack (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodles to 450ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sachet contents to a bowl. Add noodles and liquid to bowl and stir. Finally, enjoy!

#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu - United States

The noodle block.

#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu - United States

A dry sachet.

#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu - United States

A light powder.

#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu - United States

A wet sachet.

#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu - United States

A think liquid.

#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu - United States

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, black sesame seeds, chashu, spring onion, and habanero togarashi. Noodles have a great chew and shape. The noodles are not fried which is a departure from the norm for this company and work well. Broth is nice and hearty with a good thickness and rich flavor of shio tonkotsu. Impressed and satisfying. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 076186550011.

#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu - United States

SAPPORO ICHIBAN INSTANT RAMEN (TONKOTSU) 100g X 5

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Sapporo Ichiban’s New ‘Momosan’ Iron Chef Morimoto Ramen – United States

I was contacted recently by Sapporo Ichiban regarding a new range of products. In collaboration with Iron Chef Masaharu Miromoto and his Momosan Ramen restaurants, here’s the new varieties for the USA! Let’s check them out!

Sapporo Ichiban’s New ‘Momosan’ Iron Chef Morimoto Ramen – Unboxing Time

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Sanyo Foods (1 of 2)

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Sanyo Foods (1 of 2)

Was really happy to get samples directly from Sanyo Foods Corp Of America for this Meet The Manufacturer series. As I said previously, one of my goals has been to do Meet The Manufacturer series with all the instant noodle companies in the United States. Let’s see what’s inside!

Product Samples From Sanyo Foods (1 of 2) – United States

Thanks again to everyone at Sanyo Foods Corp Of America! This is going to be fun!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Sanyo Foods Corp Of America

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Sanyo Foods Corp Of America

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I’ve aslways wanted to do Meet The Manufacturer series with all the major players in the instant noodle world – and especially the ones at home here in the Uniuted States. Well, today I’m happy to announce I’m one step closer to the latter of thos two goals. Today starts the Meet The Manufacturer series with Sanyo Foods Corp Of America, makers of the very well known Sapporo Ichiban range of products. I conducted this interview with Karin Umeda.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers
about the history of Sanyo Foods?

SANYO FOODS> Sanyo Foods is a family-owned company that was established in Gunma
prefecture, Japan in 1953 by Fumio Ida and Takeshi Ida. They previously ran
a Japanese sake distribution business and eventually expanded to sell
instant noodles. Sanyo Foods Corp. of America was established in 1978 in
Garden Grove, California, and has been manufacturing Sapporo Ichiban
instant noodles in California for 40 years.

TRR> Why the name Sanyo? Why the name Sapporo Ichiban

SANYO FOODS> Sanyo means three oceans (San: Three, Yo: Ocean). At the time we started
the instant noodle business, we chose the name because we wanted our
company’s influence to span the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans.
In the 1960s, Takeshi Ida, founder of Sanyo Foods, traveled around Japan to
discover great ramens from all over the country for his inspiration. One day,
he made a fateful encounter in Ramen Alley in Sapporo, Hokkaido. After, he
wanted to share the amazing taste with the customers all over the country
by creating a new instant noodle product. Since “Ichiban” means “No. 1” in
Japanese, he named the product “Sapporo Ichiban” to express the praise of
the most delicious ramen in Sapporo. This product has been a huge hit and
continues to be loved by many customers.

TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?

SANYO FOODS> We produce Sapporo Ichiban bag noodles and cup noodles. The varieties
for the pouch noodles are original(soy sauce flavor), chicken, beef, shrimp,
miso, shio, hot & spicy chicken, tonkotsu, and yakisoba chow mein. For the
cup noodles, we have original(soy sauce), chicken, beef and shrimp flavors.

TRR> Your company is located in the California as well as in Japan. Can you tell us
a little about your locale?

SANYO FOODS> Sanyo Foods Corp. of America is located in Garden Grove, California, 34
miles, about 45 minutes south of the city of Los Angeles. Mild weather
throughout a year, close to the beach cities and known for t he Garden
Grove Strawberry Festival, annually held over Memorial Day weekend.

TRR> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle
manufacturers?

SANYO FOODS> We are very particular about the ingredients. All the rich ingredients are
carefully chosen to make its unique and delicious taste of Sapporo Ichiban.

TRR> How do you decide on what varieties to produce?

SANYO FOODS> Sapporo Ichiban Original flavor, which is soy sauce flavor, is the most typical
flavor of Japanese food. When we developed the Sapporo Ichiban Chicken
flavor and the Beef flavor, we got ideas from the chicken soup and the beef
soup from Cambell’s Soup. The concept of Sapporo Ichiban Shrimp flavor is
influenced by Saimin, a noodle dish developed by different immigrant
groups in Hawaii.

TRR> Apart from noodles, are there other products you produce or plan to
produce?

SANYO FOODS> Noodles are the only products that we manufacture here since we open.

TRR> Can you suggest pairings for your products, like meats, seafood or
vegetables?

SANYO FOODS> One of the secrets behind the success of Sapporo Ichiban Ramen is that our
unique yet versatile soup and noodle combinations that work well with
many other ingredients. While it is delicious on its own, people can expand
the flavors of our ramen by adding their favorite ingredients such as
vegetables, meat or tofu.

TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you
recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?

SANYO FOODS> Since Sapporo Ichiban goes well with varieties of ingredients, we
recommend to add lots of vegetables and other ingredients you love and
create your own healthy ramen.

TRR> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?

SANYO FOODS> We donate our products to the local food bank a few times per year.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

SANYO FOODS> Please wait until you see what is coming!

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

SANYO FOODS> Our products are available in United States, Canada, Mexico, Pacific Islands
(Guam, Saipan, Palau, etc.), and also some of the countries in South
America.

TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to
make them extra special?

SANYO FOODS> A few drops of sesame oil make the Sapporo Ichiban Original more
flavorful, and Sapporo Ichiban Miso and butter are the perfect match for
rich and fatty soup lovers. If you like spicy, Sapporo Ichiban Miso and
Kimchi is also one of the most popular combinations.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Sanyo Foods and
your products!

 

#2538: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

This is the second variety I’m trying of the Very Veggie range from Nissin Foods of America. Soon as I heard about these products I was extremely curious. Will they have enough vegetables? Will these vegetables be good?

Included in the cup are enough veggies for a full serving – a half cup! Let’s look within and see what this is all about.

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add room temperature water to fill line. Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes, then let sit for another minute. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

The noodle block.

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

A lot of vegetables!

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Finished (click to enlarge). As you can see, this bowl is full of vegetables. First, the noodles hydrated well and have a soft and thin character. The broth has a beef flavor which is heavily influenced by the vegetables which give it more flavor. The vegetables hydrated perfectly and are just everywhere. I’m pretty surprised and very pleased. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662401026.

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Nissin Cup O Noodles Beef, 2.25-ounce (Pack of 24)

A video about the recipe change for the standard Cup Noodles

#2203: Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soup Independence Day Limited Edition Spicy Chicken Flavor

I saw this at the local supermarket the other day and just couldn’t pass it up. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an instant noodle showing such patriotism before! Also, before anyone starts sending me comments saying ‘how dare they use our flag – that’s made in South Korea,’ I have news for you. Nongshim America is down in Rancho Cucamonga, California and employs a LOT of Americans! Yep – chances are that if you’re living in the USA and enjoy Shin Ramyun or Shin Black or any of the Bowl Noodles, it was most likely made here in the states. Make sure to check out the factory tour video at the end of this post – I went on it in 2012 and it was a blast! Anyways, let’s check this one out!

Detail of the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, tear off lid and add in sachet contents. Microwave for 3-4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

A side shot of the bowl.

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Notice the little chart showing time vs noodle consistency.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

Bits from the bottom of the bowl.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chicken I cooked sous vide style at 146 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours with Johnny’s Chicken & Seafood seasoning and crushed red pepper. The noodles came out great – I did them for 4 minutes and they were on the soft side as promised. The broth has a nice kind of spicy chicken flavor as advertised. As for the included bits, they hydrated well too. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146262571.

Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soup, Spicy Chicken, 3.03 Ounce (Pack of 12)

This is a great tour of Nongshim with Ray Adams – a real nice guy!

New Product Samples Fron Nongshim America

I was checking out Nongshim America’s website a few days ago and noticed a new product I’d not seen before. I sent my friend Ray a message and he sent me a package!

What have we here?

Check it out (click to enlarge) – a hot and spicy cold dish for summer! I’ll have to find out what Chal means, but bibim myun usually is a hot spicy cold noodle.

A nice shopping bag (click to enlarge)! Thank you very much! Looking forward to trying this new flavor!

A Nice Gift From Nongshim America

Got a box from Nongshim America today. They were stoked on the story that came out about my ramyun burger recipe. Thank you very much! Let’s see what’s inside!

Temporary tattoos!

A fan!

Neat chef hats!

They also sent a couple shirts – here are the front and back.

Finally, a big box of Shin Ramyun Black! Wow! Thank you very much!

A Nice Surprise From Nongshim America!

Was looking at my posts and found this on that I hadn’t posted for some reason – check it out – it’s from 2013

When we got home from the hospital yesterday, I called the apartment office to see if there were any packages – they said there was one. A mailer from Nongshim America – what’s inside?

There were a couple of sheets of stickers… I immediately put them in one of my noodle binders (yes, I have binders full of instant noodle stuff – mostly the lids and empty packaging).

Holy cow! Two sheets of special postage stamps with PSY and Shin Black Cups! Thank you! What’s funny is that when I was very young, I collected stamps, and then my mother took that over once I lost interest. So one sheet will stay in the binder and one will go to my mom. Thanks to Ray A., Hannah C. and all the great folks down in Rancho Cucamonga at Nongshim America – miss you guys!

#1003: Nissin Chow Mein Spicy Teriyaki Beef Flavor Chow Mein Noodles

Here’s something new – a spicy teriyaki beef tray. Spicy teriyaki? I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of such a thing! Well, let’s see if it’s a good’un.

Close-up of the bottom of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

Here’s what you see when you remove the plastic wrap (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

When you cook it, you add the veggies to the tray first.

I always find that corn just seems kind of weird in these trays, but it’s usually tasty nonetheless.

After the noodles are done, you add the liquid seasoning and stir, stir, stir!

This stuff smells really good! I don’t smell the spicy but I do smell the nice sweet teriyaki.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green bell pepper, broccoli, sweet onions, kizami shoga (pickled ginger), rib eye beef sauteed with minced garlic and some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are plentiful and have a nice texture and springy chew. The flavoring is definitely teriyaki with a nice bit of spiciness that works quite well. Unique and delicious. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662087206.

Nissin Chow Mein commercial.

#996: Maruchan Bowl Ramen Noodles With Vegetables Chicken Flavor

Here’s one of the new Maruchan Bowls that they recently sent samples of. The only Maruchan bowls I’ve had before were only made in Japan – like the Midori No Tanuki and the Akai Kitsune Udon, both of which are in the Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls list. Today I’m having the chicken variety.

The side panels (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The seasoning powder packet. Note the ‘2’ – it is added after cooking.

Has a really nice chicken flavor!

The vegetable packet.

Corn and other type of veggies are here.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli, sweet onion, green bell pepper and oven baked chicken with italian seasoning and Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning. The noodles are great – thin and flat with that ‘comfort food’ niceness that instant noodles for the US market sometimes have. The broth is great – has a very nice chicken flavor that I thoroughly enjoyed. The veggies? More than expected and hydrated well. It certainly seemed like a lot of noodles in this one – quite filling! This is a great noodle bowl – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 041789003011 – get it here.

A video on fusion cooking using Maruchan instant noodles.

New Product Samples From Maruchan!

Wow how cool – samples from Maruchan! first ever!

I saw something about the new Maruchan Bowls on their website and asked my contact about them. Well, they sent me this neat box!

With the new varieties inside! How awesome! Thanks go to Craig and Mark over at Maruchan!