Tomorrow is Momofuku Ando Day and I thought it would be fun to let my son Andreas do a video review. Just a reminder – today (January 18th, 2014) is the last day to enter the Momofuku Ando Day Photo Contest! The winner will be announced tomorrow. My Momofuku Ando Day video will be up tomorrow!
My son Andreas (Andy) giving his thoughts on his favorite instant noodles as well as recommendations for garnish.
I’ve seen many times mentions of Kamaboko and Naruto in ramen dishes and looked all over for them. This last Saturday we went to Uwajimaya and I found both! Hah! First, let’s check out Kamaboko. It’s surimi, which comes in many ways – for example, imitation crab is one form of surimi.
Here’s how it comes – on a little piece of wood! You slice it thinly and it can be eaten unheated since it’s steamed previously. It’s slightly rubbery and chewy – kind of like a cold-cut version of calamari. t has a very light flavor.
This is Naruto. There’s a popular anime character with the same name…
He’s got a little spiral on his head; he’s a ramen fan.
Hey look – the same little spiral! So it’s like a log of fish that you slice thinly. It is a lot like the Kamaboko except not as chewy and has a more fishy flavor.
Today I had some noodles with my son. He had a bowl of Nissin Dmae Ramen – the sesame oil flavor.
He was very interested in trying the Naruto and Kamaboko! The fearless Andy didn’t question ‘what’ it was, but was very interested as it’s from Japan – he’s in a club at school called ‘Nakano Club’ – they’ll have visiting students soon from Nakano, Japan and so he’s interested in all things Japanese. He liked the Kamaboko a little more than me – was hoping for a bit more flavor, but it was nice. I liked the Naruto better than he did. It had a slightly fishier taste and was less chewy. He ate the whole bowl of noodles though with all the additions! Not bad!
Such a classic – almost as American as it is Japanese! Actually, this packet was made in California. Just like rival Nissin, Maruchan has a huge southern California factory. Here’s a re-review of this standard that probably everyone has had once in their lifetime.
My son, Andreas gave me this one, along with a beef and a pork flavor pack! He’s been quite a noodle eater – he really likes Top Ramen Chicken flavor, but I got him to try the Indomie Special Chicken flavor and he really liked it – gotta keep trying new things! Thanks for the noodles, Andy!!!
Back of the packaging (click image to enlarge). At the bottom you can see – Irvine, California.
Here’s the block in all of it’s glory. It’s ready to join two cups of water.
A single packet. A lot of these end up in kitchen drawers or half used. As always, I say use the whole thing. Don’t be a wuss! Don’t hate on ramen while that fast food meal has twice the sodium.
Behold, the spice! It might not help you evolve into a space folding Guild navigator, but it makes the broth and noodles tasty!
Finished (click image to enlarge)! Two egg omelet with some Tabasco Buffalo Style Hot Sauce, garlic salt, and a light sprinkle of Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning within. I added some Kizami Shoga (pickled ginger) on top. First, the noodles. They’re surprisingly chewy and of good character; not eternally stalwart, but there for you during a cold snap. Decent noodles. The broth and its flavor are interesting; almost like a shoyu. I like this one – not my favorite of the Maruchan line, but I think it deserves praise for its simplicity and surprisingly complex flavor. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 041789002144 – Get it here.
I remember reviewing this one a while back up in Anacortes – got it and was really stoked as I’d never seen it before!
Here’s my son, Andreas! He’s eating a bowl of Indomie Special Chicken flavor noodles – he doesn’t like the soup do I drain it for him. He gave me a gift this year for Christmas which was a pack of Beef, Pork and Oriental Maruchan noodles! Awesome! Thank you so much, Andy! Love you and will enjoy these and review them!
Here’s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge). Pretty standard panels.
The noodle block.
I keep seeing people doing up posts like ‘how to make ramen healthy’ and one thing they say to do is to either get rid of the packet altogether or use barely any of it. I don’t think these people like to taste their food. Anyways, here’s the glorious single packet!
Here’s the seasoning powder – yes, it contains salt. So does a salt shaker, pizza, hamburgers, etc.
Click image to enlarge. I added two eggs as it boiled. I also adjust the water – about 25mL less. I don’t know if it does much, but it seems like the flavor stays more intact what with the increase in mass in the bowl. Anyways, the noodles – your standard all-Americanized/Japanese noodles. Note – to those who demand they delete the seasoning pscket, why not just buy some high quality ramen noodles? Soba! Come on! The broth is very nice – salty and pork flavor. I really liked this one. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars! Thasnks again, Andy! Merry Christmas!
Andy’s a huge LEGO maniac – and soon as I click ‘post,’ we’re going to build a ton of sets he got for Christmas!