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#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Well would you look at that! Top Ramen. An American original. You might be thinking ‘aww that’s Japanese,’ but this stuff is as American as it gets. The flavor is made to appeal to the local market. What bums me out is when I say ‘an American original’ all I can think about is my favorite political show which is no more. My dad used to watch The McLaughlin Group for years and I finally hit an age after he was gone that I checked it out and got hooked on it. I’d torture poor Andy and make him watch it all the time. But Dr. McLaughlin died a couple years ago, and they ended the series long run. I would be curious how it would have been if he would have stayed alive longer – how the show would be these days. Anyways, I’ve gone way off track. So soy sauce is known as Shoyu in Japan. This is a kind of Shoyu ramen. Let’s check i tout!

Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Says vegetarian on the front and looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

The noodle block.

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

The soup base sachet.

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, spring onion, narutomaki, chashu pork and nanami togarashi. The noodles hydrate as expected. They have a very standard baseline kind of chew – slight plumpness works but just seems a hint less chew than should be. The broth seems much changed from the original Oriental’ flavor. This new recipe definitely has strong notes of mushroom, undoubtedly from replacement of artificial flavors. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662010013.

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Nissin Top Ramen – Soy Sauce Flavor (pack of 24) Formerly Oriental Flavor, Same Great Flavor

The ones I’m reviewing today were in a box the company sent

#1422: Nissin Pan Asian Kitchen Spicy Szechuan Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodles

Hey here are some noodle made here in the USA! Interesting – spicy Szechuan… I’m curious how spicy it will be. I’ve had many different takes on Szechuan before – I’m hoping this one is good as usually I don’t tend to like Szechuan variants so much. Actually, I like the ones like this usually more than the ones actually made in China! Let’s see how this one comes out.

The bottom of the tray (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, remove outer wrap and open lid halfway. Take out all sachets. Add peanut and premium ingredient sachets. Add water to fill line and re-cover. Microwave 5 minutes and let sit for 1 minute. Add liquid sachet contents and stir. Enjoy!

Here’s how the lid looks under the wraps (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A sachet of peanuts.

Little bits.

The premium ingredients sachet.

An interesting mix here – looks like corn peas and bell pepper in there.

A liquid sachet.

A thick and oily liquid.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, red and green bell pepper and chicken I sauteed. The noodles are great – it’s amazing how well they come out in the microwave. The flavor however isn’t really my cup of tea. It reminds me of the flavor you get in microwaveable TV dinners – the low calorie ones – when they’re trying to do an Asian chicken of some type. It is like they’re shooting for teriyaki, but end up with this spicy, citrus Szechuan thing. The veggies did well though and the peanuts were a nice touch. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 070662487273.

This is a demo reel showing off Nissin products. I’m imagining it was played at a trade show, most likely in Hong Kong, as these products look to be part of the Nissin Hong Kong line.

#1225: Nissin Pan Asian Kitchen Sweet & Sour Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodles

Man I’m beat and my feet hurt. Maybe Birkenstock sailboat deck sandals aren’t the best choice for walking 2 miles. This sounds good though – I really like sweet and sour! This one’s made in the United States, too! Let’s give this one a peek.

Here’s the bottom of the tray (click image to enlarge). Contains wheat and soybean. To make this one, open the tray halfway and put only the vegetables sachet’s contents in. Fill it to the line and microwave for 5 minutes.  Let it sit for 1 minute, then add the liquid sachet and stir and you’re ready to eat!

Here’s the li ditself (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The premium ingredients sachet.

You know, that kind of looks like a bird’s eye chilli pepper on top. I suppose we’ll see!

The liquid seasoning sachet.

Oil and sauce co-mingling.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken, bell pepper, sweet onion and pineapple with a bit of garlic salt. The noodles are really good – great texture and gauge. The flavor is good too, although it’s not the sweet and sour I am used to at Chinese takeout restaurants, it’s pretty darn good. The veggies hydrated very nicely (and that was a nice spicy pepper!). 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662487280.

This is a great tour of the Nissin Cup Noodle Museum – it is a dream of mine to visit here someday!

#970: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Noodle Express Spicy Szechuan

As we are starting to wind down the Annie Chun’s Meet The Manufacturer (there are only two left), we find the last Noodle Express I have – Spicy Szechuan. It mentions that the Szechuan sauce is made with gochujang, a Korean standard as far as spicy fare goes. Let’s check it out.

Here’s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

The noodle box.

Fresh noodle pack.

Fresh noodle packet.

Veggie packet.


A nice selection – lots of shallot which is one of my favorites.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some bell peppers and onions, light ham and some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are as usual very nice and have a great freshness and firmness. The flavor this time has a strange bitterness and a kind of singularity where I expected more depth of flavor. I do taste the gochujang for sure, but it seems to be missing something, what I do not know. The veggies again are very nice. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 765667200100 – get it here.

Annie Chun’s advertisement

Here’s how people make gochujang – a LOT of gochujang!

#969: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Soup Bowl Vietnamese Pho

Here we go with some more Annie Chun’s product! This one’s Vietnamese Pho, a flavor I have enjoyed dining out and dining in. Let’s see how this version of Pho does!

Here’s the back and side panel details (click image to enlarge).

The noodle pack.

Liquid soup base.

Has a nice beef scent.

Another one of these seasoning blocks!

I am so fascinated by these things. The re hydrate so nicely.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some Apinya Thai Chilli Sauce. The noodles are nice – good chew and very fresh. I found them interesting though as they’re wheat noodles instead of the traditional rice noodles one would find in pho. The broth is really quite good! Nice beef taste and sweet basil and other spices are there – very good! The seasoning block unleashed a lot of nice veggies! All in all, I’m quite enthused! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 765667100110 – get it here.

Annie Chun’s commercial.

A couple guys go to a pho restaurant – and eat.

#967: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Soup Bowl Korean Kimchi

Here’s something interesting – a kimchi fresh udon bowl made in the US! Let’s give it a look!

Here’s detail from the cardboard outer (click image to enlarge).

Under the cardboard we find this little plastic box. Not at all flimsy either.

Inside, we find a few things. First, a pack or fresh udon.

Next, a packet of liquid soup base.

A thick liquid.

My favorite! I just love packets full of 1.2.8.6.D! I wonder what this number means…

Actually, I do love these! This is a seasoning block. Basically its freeze dried seasoning and veggies in a nice little square. They spring back to life and are really great from the ones I’ve had so far.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, odeng (Korean fish cake) and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are very good – thick fresh udon. The broth delivers the kimchi flavor very nicely; spicy and tangy. The seasoning block gives some nice kimchi too. This is an awesome kimchi udon with great authentic flavor  – 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 765667100400 – get it here.

Annie Chun’s TV spot.

For you gluten free folks, here’s something about a different Annie cCun’s product. Looks like these guys have done a series of these videos with the cellphone ringtone music!

Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Samples

A package came from Annie Chun’s!

What’s under the bubbles?

Awesome! They sent three different varieties of three of their noodle lines. Get ready for some reviews! Thank, Annie chun’s!

Re-Review: Nissin Top Ramen Cucharealo Home-Style Tomato Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Thought I’d try this one again – it’s pretty sad – I have nothing new to review! Looking forward to some new varieties coming soon though hopefully! A couple from the UK have informed me that they’re sending a treasure trove of interesting varieties! Can’t wait! In the meantime, here’s the elusive Cucharealo – haven’t seen it for sale anywhere yet. Good stuff! Here’s the original review here.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg, cheese, Taxes Pete hot sauce, sweet onions, chicken lunch meat and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are great – short and there’s tons of them. The broth has a really nice tomato taste with a hit of cumin. Great stuff! Gonna give it a 3.5 out of 5.0 stars yet again. UPC bar code 070662081013 .

This place was amazing when I was a kid; you could put your hand on the window outside and it would make the train inside move! I miss the old guard of the enormous department store.

#937: MAMA Shrimp Flavour (TOM YUM) Oriental Style Instant Noodles

NOTE – This was originally catalogued as a ‘Re-Review’ but actually hadn’t reviewed it before. Therefore, I am correcting this and making it the next successive review, which is #937.

Here’s something I picked up at Walmart that asked for a re-review. As I’m sure many of you have read, the stock of new varieties of noodles that I have to review has dwindled. I’m hoping that will change soon, but until them, I’m forced to re-review some older ones. This should be pretty good – a spicy shrimp Tom Yum variety from Thailand.

The back of the package (click to enlarge).

The noodle block. This is pre-seasoned and pretty good right out of the bag.

Here’s a dual packet – chili powder on the left and seasoning powder on the right.

Here we have the chili powder atop the seasoning powder.

Here’s a packet of paste.

Not a huge amount but I’m sure it is an interesting addition…

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg with Krazy Mixed Up Salt, sweet onion, kamaboko and a little Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. The noodles are this and kind of crumbly. The broth has a strong citrus flavor and heat – nice Tom Yum tastes to it. I would recommend it – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 052066000036. Get it here.

Interesting MAMA TV commercial…

MAMA TV commercial.

Re-Review: Paldo Namja Ramyun (Men’s Ramyun)

I have fallen ill with some kind of head cold it seems and I thought something spicy would be good. My lovely wife Kit was kind enough make me some noodles for breakfast – she’s so good to me! Thought I’d have these – they’re available in the US now, but this is a Re-Review of the pack that is sold in Korea. The version sold in the US will be being reviewed soon! Here’s the link to the original review I did during Paldo’s Meet The Manufacturer.

Finished (click to enlarge). She put some odeng and a slice of processed cheese in. The noodles are great, the flavor is superb. I still agree with the old review – 5.0 out of 5.0 stars! Thanks again to my wife for making me feel better while I feel crummy! I love you! UPC bar code 8809296771018 – get it here.

Dude looks quite serious! Namja commercial

Re-Review: Indomie Mi Instan Rasa Mi Cakalang

Of the re-reviews I’ve done recently, I would say this is one of the most recent. Here’s the link for it’s first review, #858. Cakalang is also known as Skipjack tuna.

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Finished (click to enlarge). I added some sweet onion, a fried egg with some Krazy Mixed Up Salt and Dua Belibis chili sauce. This stuff packs from heat! The noodles are your standard Indomie – nice texture and spring. The broth is spicy and has a nice tuna flavor along. There was a packet of garnish, which was dried tuna bits and was quite tasty. I like this a lot! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 08968604302 .

This is about Indonesian musical intruments – very cool!

Here’s what happens when you have musicians playing!

Re-Review: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja (Really Really) Ramyun

You’re probably wonder ‘gee, he sure reviews that Jinjja Jinjja quite a lot – what gives?’ Well, they sent me a lot of it and since I really like it, I want to enjoy it before it expires. Well, actually it expired in September, but I’m just about out of it. Here’s the last full review of it.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a slice of processed cheese, a little peanut butter, kimchi and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. Peanut butter – good stuff! Still calling it a 5.0 – great stuff! UPC bar code 8801043017916.

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This guy is brave – he’s pounding this stuff down!

Here’s both of the guys in the same commercial!