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#2707: My Friend Big Tanuki Udon

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Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Tanuki Udon is an udon served in a hot dashi broth and topped with tempura pieces called Tenkasu. This particular one is from My Friend company’s Big series that is popular for their large size.”

I thought I’d also put a little about the Tanuki which this variety is named after from Wikipedia –

The Japanese raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus[1]), also known as tanuki (狸 or たぬき[taꜜnɯkʲi̥]) in Japanese, is a subspecies of the Asian raccoon dog.

Researchers[who?] have suggested that they be considered a separate species, N. viverrinus, or that raccoon dogs of Japan could be further divisible into separate subspecies as N. p. procyonoides (hondo-tanuki) and N. p. albus(ezo-tanuki), but both views are controversial.

As the tanuki, the animal has been significant in Japanese folklore since ancient times. The legendary tanuki is reputed to be mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise and shapeshifting, but somewhat gullible and absent-minded. It is also a common theme in Japanese art, especially statuary.

“Tanuki” is often mistakenly translated into English as “badger” or “raccoon” (as used in the US version of the movie Pom Poko and outlined in Tom Robbins‘ book Villa Incognito), two unrelated types of animals with superficially similar appearances. Traditionally, different areas of Japan had different names for raccoon dogs as animals, which would be used to denote different animals in other parts of the country, including badgers and wild cats; however, the official word in the standard Tokyo dialect is now “tanuki”, a term that also carries the folkloric significance.

The tanuki has a long history in Japanese legend and folklore. Bake-danuki (化け狸) are a kind of tanuki yōkai (ghost) found in the classics and in the folklore and legends of various places in Japan.

Although the tanuki is a real, extant animal, the bake-danuki that appears in literature has always been depicted as a strange, even supernatural animal. The earliest appearance of the bake-danuki in literature, in the chapter about Empress Suiko in the Nihon Shoki written during the Nara period, there are such passages as “in two months of spring, there are tanuki in the country of Mutsu (春二月陸奥有狢),[8] they turn into humans and sing songs (化人以歌).[9] “.[10][11] Bake-danuki subsequently appear in such classics as the Nihon Ryōiki[10][12][13] and the Uji Shūi Monogatari.[10] In some regions of Japan, bake-danuki are reputed to have abilities similar to those attributed to kitsune (foxes): they can shapeshift into other things,[10][13] shapeshift people,[10][13] and possess human beings.[10][14]

Many legends of tanuki exist in the Sado Islands of Niigata Prefecture and in Shikoku, and among them, like the Danzaburou-danuki of Sado, the Kinchō-tanuki and Rokuemon-tanuki of Awa Province (Tokushima Prefecture), and the Yashima no Hage-tanuki of Kagawa Prefecture, the tanuki that possessed special abilities were given names, and even became the subject of rituals. Apart from these places, tanuki are treated with special regard in a few cases.[15]

The character , pronounced lí in modern Mandarin, was originally a collective name for medium-sized mammals resembling cats in China, with the leopard cat as its nucleus. When this character was brought to Japan, it could not be suitably applied to any animals. Japanese intellectuals used the character to signify tanuki, stray cats, wild boarsEurasian badgersweasels, and Japanese giant flying squirrels.[12][13]

The tanuki of Japan from time immemorial were deified as governing all things in nature, but after the arrival of Buddhism, animals other than envoys of the gods (foxes, snakes, etc.) lost their divinity. Since all that remained was the image of possessing special powers, they were seen as evil or as yōkai, with tanuki being a representative type. Some also take the viewpoint that the image of the tanuki has overlapped with that of the mysterious and fearful  of China (leopard cat).[13] However, since the tanuki of Japan do not have the fearsome image that the leopard cats of China do, unlike in China, their image took the form of a more humorous kind of monster,[13] and even in folktales like “Kachi-kachi Yama“, and “Bunbuku Chagama“, they often played the part of foolish animals.[14][16]

Compared with kitsune, which are the epitome of shape-changing animals, one saying is given that “the fox has seven disguises, the tanuki has eight (狐七化け、狸八化け)”. The tanuki is thus superior to the fox in its disguises, but unlike the fox, which changes its form for the sake of tempting people, tanuki do so to fool people and make them seem stupid. Also, a theory is told that they simply like to change their form.[13]

Tanuki statues at a temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan

The comical image of the tanuki having a large scrotum is thought to have developed during the Kamakura era, where goldsmiths would use the pelts of tanuki for the process of hammering gold nuggets into leaf. Due to the actual wild tanuki having disproportionately large testicles, a feature that has inspired humorous exaggeration in artistic depictions, and how gold nuggets share a homophone with testicles in the Japanese language, such associations would come to memetically link them together into its folklore image tradition of being a creature of wealth and whimsy. Tanuki may be shown with their testicles flung over their backs like travelers’ packs, or using them as drums. As tanuki are also typically depicted as having large bellies, they may be depicted as drumming on their bellies instead of their testicles — particularly in contemporary art

A lot I know, but I think the Tanuki is a fascinating bit of Japanese culture. Let’s check this variety out!

My Friend Big Tanuki Udon – Japan

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Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Probably contains fish – check for yourself. To prepare, add sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

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Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

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The large udon boock.

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The powder soup base.

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A light powder.

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A solid ingredients sachet.

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Tempura with seaweed.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added kamaboko, Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts, spring onion and shichimi togarashi. The udon is wide and thick. Has a soft chew but a good one. The broth is pretty good – with a kind of sweet fish taste. The bowl is full of tempura – I like the tempura/seaweed combo pieces – they were quite good. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4904511001647.

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Japanese Tanuki Raccoon Dog Statue

All about the raccoon dog

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s one sent by Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com. You can get a nice package of 4 varieties shipped to your door every month via their subscription service – they also do Japanese candy boxes as well. Today it’s shoyu from Acecook. So if you don’t know about shoyu, here’s a little something from Wikipedia –

Shōyu (醤油, “soy sauce”) ramen is the oldest of the five, it has a clear brown broth, based on a chicken and vegetable (or sometimes fish or beef) stock with plenty of soy sauce added resulting in a soup that is tangy, salty, and savory yet still fairly light on the palate. Shōyu ramen usually has curly noodles rather than straight ones, but this is not always the case. It is often adorned with marinated bamboo shoots or menma, green onions, kamaboko (fish cakes), nori (seaweed), boiled eggs, bean sprouts and/or black pepper; occasionally the soup will also contain chili oil or Chinese spices, and some shops serve sliced beef instead of the usual chāshū.

Looks like a big bowl of noodles! Let’s give it a look!

Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu – Japan

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Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add in vegetable sachet and fill to line with boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in remaining sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The dry base sachet.

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A light powder.

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A liquid base sachet.

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Has an interesting look to it.

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The vegetables sachet.

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Vegetables as well as a slice of pork.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, egg and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles came out pretty well – decent gauge a slightly more backbone than the average instant. The broth has a good oiliness and a pretty good shoyu taste to it. The included vegetables hydrated well and the pork slice did as well, however it tasted more like salami in this one. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071237943.

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Acecook Super Cup 1.5 times soy sauce ramen 114g ~ 12 pieces

An old Acecook TV spot.

#2350: Nissin Cup Noodles Big XO Sauce Seafood Flavour

#2350: Nissin Cup Noodles Big XO Sauce Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater  - ramen instant

Here’s another left over from the Nissin Hong Kong Meet The Manufacturer. Here’s a little about XO sauce from Wikpedia –

XO sauce is a spicy seafood sauce that originated from Hong Kong.[1] It is commonly used most in southern Chinese regions like Guangdong province.

Developed in the 1980s in Hong Kong for Cantonese cuisine, XO sauce is made of roughly chopped dried seafoods, including scallops, dried fish and shrimp, and subsequently cooked with chili peppers, onions, and garlic. This dried seafood-based sauce bears similarity to the Fujianese Shacha sauce. Spring Moon, the Peninsula Hong Kong‘s Chinese restaurant, often gets credit for the invention of XO sauce, although others claim the sauce’s origin in the urban area of Kowloon.[2]

The name XO sauce comes from fine XO (extra-old) cognac, which is a popular Western liquor in Hong Kong and thought by many to be a chic product there. In addition, the term XO is often in the popular culture of Hong Kong to denote high quality, prestige and luxury. In fact, XO sauce has been marketed in the same manner as the French liquor, using packaging of similar colour schemes.[3]

You might notice that the picture of the cup here is a little different. I found a way to take picture in low light and up the exposure recently – review #2349 was the first featuring this, and it’s seemed to work out pretty good so far. Update – on second thought, the colors just get funky so that’s that. Let’s check out this massive seafood cup!

Nissin Cup Noodles Big XO Sauce Seafood Flavour – Hong Kong

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Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add water to fill line and microwave at 800W for 4 minutes (for different wattage microwaves, use this tool to calculate for your model). Stir and enjoy!

#2350: Nissin Cup Noodles Big XO Sauce Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater  - ramen instant

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2350: Nissin Cup Noodles Big XO Sauce Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater  - ramen instant

The noodle block.

#2350: Nissin Cup Noodles Big XO Sauce Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater  - ramen instant

Some of the loose garnish and seasoning from the cup.

#2350: Nissin Cup Noodles Big XO Sauce Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater  - ramen instant

Finished (click to enlarge). There’s a whole lot of noodles in this one and they come out of the microwave piping hot. They’re soft and tasty. The broth has a very nice seafood and pork characteristic with a little sweetness. There’s shrimp, bits of pork and lots of other bits in there which round things out very nicely. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878630080.

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Nissin Spicy Seafood Instant Authentic HK Japanese Ramen Cup Of Noodles Soup (5 Pack)

A rad commercial from the past year.

#2309: Nissin Cup Noodles Big Seafood Flavour

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Another one from the Nissin Hong Kong Meet The Manufacturer. This one is really popular overseas – I think I saw it on some list as a favorite. Here’s a little from wikipedia on the might Cup Noodles:

1970s
In 1970, Nissin formed the subsidiary Nissin Foods (USA) Co. Inc, to sell instant noodles in the United States. Nissin recognized that the bowls traditionally used to package instant noodles in Asia were not common in the U.S, so they used the paper cup designed by Ron R. Matteson. In 1971, they introduced instant ramen packaged in a foam cup. Originally, the product was known as Cup O’ Noodles in the United States until 1993. In 1978, Nissin Foods offers new varieties of Top Ramen and Cup O’ Noodles.

1990s
In 1998, Cup Noodles Hot Sauce Varieties introduced (Beef, Chicken, Pork and Shrimp).[1]

Today, instant noodles in Japan are often sold in foam bowls, sometimes with plastic utensils. Foam bowls are inexpensive, disposable, light, and easy to hold, since they insulate heat well.
German Cup Nudeln (Spicy flavor), old packaging
Different flavors are available in other parts of the world, such as tom yum in Thailand, curry in Japan, crab in Hong Kong, and brazilian barbecue in Brazil.[2]

In 2016 the US version was changed, reducing sodium and removing MSG and artificial flavors.

Let’s have a look at this Cup Noodles Big variety.

Nissin Cup Noodles Big Seafood Flavour – Hong Kong

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Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, remove lid and add water to line. Microwave at 800W (I set mine to power level 8 instead of 10) for 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

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Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2309: Nissin Cup Noodles Big Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

The noodle block.

#2309: Nissin Cup Noodles Big Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

Loose seasoning and garnish from the cup.

#2309: Nissin Cup Noodles Big Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles come out of the microwave piping hot and with a quick stir, ready for action. They’re flat and thin and there’s a huge amount of them. They feature a soft chew. The broth has a kind of light and buttery seafood flavor. Garnishes such as vegetables, seafood and scramble egg are everywhere and add nicely. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878630011.

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Nissin Seafood Instant Authentic HK Japanese Ramen Cup Of Noodles Soup (24 Packs)

A Nissin Seafood Cup Noodles TV advertisement from Hong Kong.

#2207: Nissin Big Cup Noodles Tonkotsu Flavour

Since my wife is home today, I thought I’d make something for her. She’s not a big fan of spicy or fishy, so I thought maybe this cup might do her right. Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add water to fill line and microwave at 800W for 4 minutes (for different wattage microwaves, use this tool to calculate for your model). Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Lots of loose seasoning and garnish from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). The standard thin and ample Cup Noodles noodles are here in force! Little bits of pork throughout and lots of vegetables. Unfortunately, all the flavors that could be intertwined kind of all blended together completely and became monotone. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN 4897878630035.

Nissin Spicy Seafood Instant Authentic HK Japanese Ramen Cup Of Noodles Soup (5 Pack)

A rad commercial from the past year.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2089: Nissin Cup Noodles Big Seafood Curry Flavour

As we meander our way towards the end of this Meet The Manufacturer, we find this little gem. I’m pretty sure it’s smaller sibling was on the Top Ten Cups list a while back. This looks awesome – let’s check out this huge cup!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add water to fill line and microwave at 800W for 4 minutes (for different wattage microwaves, use this tool to calculate for your model). Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Some of the loose ingredients from inside the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, narutomaki, crab craw fish cake and kamaboko. The noodles are the standard Cup Noodles noodles – thin and soft and in this case with a huge quantity. The broth is a nice curry seafood flavored one – with a good thickness to it. The bits of cabbage, egg and lots of seafood make this one still a favorite of mine. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878630073.

Nissin Spicy Seafood Instant Authentic HK Japanese Ramen Cup Of Noodles Soup (5 Pack)

A neat commercial! I have this one in the hamper – will be reviewing it soon!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2077: Nissin Cup Noodles Big Spicy Seafood Flavour

Today I think we’ll take a look at this bigger Cup Noodles. Spicy seafood sounds tasty to me! What’s also interesting about this one is that it can be microwaved, although my microwave is 1100W so unsure how to try it at 800W. It has different power levels, 1-12 (which seems kind of illogical since I wuld think they’d number 1-11). Boiling water time! Let’s go!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block with some seasoning.

Loose seasoning and solid ingredients.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are your standard thin flat Cup Noodles fare – easy on the chew and in an extra large quantity in this one. The broth has a nice lightly spicy seafood taste I really liked, which was augmented with copious amount of egg, cabbage and seafood bits. A great seafood cup. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878630028.

Nissin Spicy Seafood Instant Authentic HK Japanese Ramen Cup Of Noodles Soup (24 Packs)

A Nissin Cup Noodles TV commercial from Hong Kong.

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Nissin Hong Kong

Interview With Nissin Hong Kong * Product Samples From Nissin Hong Kong * Special Items From Nissin Hong Kong * More Special Items From Nissin Hong KongNissin Demae Iccho Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu FlavourNissin Cup Noodles Big Spicy Seafood FlavourNissin Demae Iccho Curry Beef Flavour Instant NoodleNissin Nupasta Carbonara Flavour Instant NoodleFuku Non-Fried Superior Soup Noodle * Nissin Cup Mifun Spicy Beef FlavourNissin Cup Noodles Pork Chowder FlavourNissin Taisho Fried Noodle Sesame Paste Flavour Instant NoodleNissin Demae Ramen Straight Noodle Kyushu Tonkotsu Flavour Instant NoodleFuku Superior Soup Instant Rice VermicelliNissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Instant NoodleNissin Mie Goreng Indonesia Stir Noodle Original Flavour * Nissin Demae Iccho Beef Flavour Instant Noodle * Nissin Cup Noodles Big Seafood Curry FlavourNissin Nupasta Salmon In White Sauce Flavor Instant Noodle

Recently, I have been doing a lot of reviews of products from Hong Kong and asked Daisuke-san from Nissin Japan if he had a contact at Nissin Hong Kong in order to pursue a Meet The Manufacturer series. He was very helpful and here we go with a new Meet The Manufacturer! I conducted this interview with Takeshi Kikunaga, Director & General Manager of Nissin Hong Kong. Hope you enjoy the interview and the reviews!

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

NISSIN HONG KONG> Nissin Foods Group was established in 1958. It started to export instant noodles product to Hong Kong in 1968 and set up Hong Kong Nissin in 1984. In 1985, we opened a new plant in Taipo and is Nissin’s fifth overseas plant after the plants in the US and Brazil.
We start selling our hero brands – Demae Iccho and Cup Noodles from that time onward; and acquired two local instant noodles brands – Doll & Fuku in 1989 and 2013 respectively. With over 40 years of history, we are the market leader in instant noodles market that occupied around 60% of market share in pack type noodles and over 80% in container type noodles market.

TRR> For my readers who might now be familiar with your product lines, can you give a little information about them please?

NISSIN HONG KONG> Under Nissin umbrella, there are 3 hero brands – Demae Iccho, Cup Noodles & Fuku together with other brands in different varieties of noodles including pasta, rice noodles & vermicelli, etc.
For Demae Iccho, there are over 40 SKUs in pack, cup & bowl. Flavours are mainly categorized as Classic, Tonkotsu & Spicy series.
For Cup Noodles series, there are 25 SKUs in 3 pack size – mini, regular & big. It is famous as Seafood Specialist.
For Fuku, apart from the Emen & Mifun that are very popular in consumers’ mind, we launched Fuku non-fried noodles last year which is also widely accepted in the market.
For details, you can refer to the attached excel file.

TRR> What was the first product you produced?

NISSIN HONG KONG> The first product we produced is Demae Iccho pack noodles – Sesame Oil Flavour. It is the most popular item since it launched in Hong Kong.

TRR> Your company is located in Hong Kong. Can you tell us a little about your country?

NISSIN HONG KONG> Hong Kong is a city famous for “food, shopping & convenience”. In Hong Kong, you can enjoy foods from different countries and it is very convenient to go everywhere for shopping and sightseeing. Consumers in Hong Kong enjoy trying new product and we can see the availability of food/product in Hong Kong soon after it is getting popular in other countries. As a manufacturer, we keep observing the trend and would like to keep our consumers excited as well.

TRR> Do people eat your noodles dry as well as cooked?

NISSIN HONG KONG> Different consumers may have their own way of eating. But for Fuku, it is popular for its different ways of preparation, especially being treated as snack.
1. Steeping – steep in boiling water for 3 minutes.
2. Cooking – add noodles into boiling water & cook for 3 minutes.
3. Snack – it is a ready-to-eat crispy noodle snack for all the time.

TRR> Do you have any new varieties you’re especially proud of?

NISSIN HONG KONG> Nissin Foods has never stopped on making innovation to fulfill consumers’ increasing demand. We keep improving our existing products and launching new products to bring excitement to consumers.
One of the product-launch which is still the talk of the town is Cup Noodles South East Asian series; it is consist of Tom Yum Goong, Chilli Crab & Black Pepper Crab Flavour. It achieved number one sales volume among Cup Noodles series after the launch.

TRR> How do you decide what kinds of new products to manufacture?

NISSIN HONG KONG> Quality & customer satisfactions have always been our prime concern. To cope with the increasing demand of consumers, we have never stopped on improving the quality of our products. By observing the market trend & to react to consumer’s feedback, we review our current products as well as launching new products to fulfill consumer’s increasing demand.
Take Demae Iccho Pack Noodles as an example; because of the trend of tonkotsu ramen and spicy noodles, we launched Tonkotsu Series in 2012 & Spicy Series in 2013. We also keep improving the quality of Demae Iccho Cup Noodles by enhancing the quality of noodles, soup & condiment.
We are very confident that the revamp and the launch of products will continue our success because we devoted time, technology and most importantly enthusiasm to every development process.

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?

NISSIN HONG KONG> Consumers are now becoming more health conscious and Government is also promoting diet in low sugar and salt; some consumers may perceive instant noodles as unhealthy food.
We do promote balance diet, ie. The balance intake of protein, fat & carbohydrate. While eating instant noodles, it is encouraged to consume food with other nutrient so as to enjoy a balance diet.
We are also taking challenge to improve our products further – reduce the calorie and sodium level. We believe our products can meet consumer’s expectation.

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

NISSIN HONG KONG> Corporate social responsibility (CSR) shapes our activities and operations.
We arranged food education events including Demae Kitchen and My Cup Noodles Factory to teach kids and the public about balance eating habit.
As sports are very crucial as a part of life, we have sponsorship to Hong Kong Tennis Association to encourage kids to play more sports.
Our recruitment policy also reflects CSR. We cooperated with university to hire their graduates every year. They usually work at the marketing department to assist in developing new products.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

NISSIN HONG KONG> New product is very important to a brand because it brings excitement to consumers and can refresh the brand image in consumer’s mind. Our marketing and R&D team pay much effort on this and we believe that our coming new products will be a surprise to consumers.

TRR> In what countries are your products popular? Do people enjoy them differently in different places?

NISSIN HONG KONG> We expanded to an international level from Japan to Middle East, Europe, America and our products are seen everywhere. In Hong Kong, we are the market leader and are now expanding our business to China market. Our products are widely accepted by consumers in China especially in Guangdong Province that double-digit growth in sales quantity can be observed.
While we suggested using boiling water to prepare Cup Noodles, consumers in China used to use hot water from dispenser machine and the noodles texture will be affected. We therefore pay more effort to deliver the correct way of preparation.
In China, another usage occasion of cup noodles can be found. In some provinces, people use it as offering to worship their ancestor.

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

NISSIN HONG KONG> Personally, I sometimes add egg or cheese while preparing instant noodles. Instant noodles with topping are also a popular dish served in Tea Meal House and Fast Food Restaurant in Hong Kong. Popular menu includes Demae Noodles with satay beef, egg and sausage. Few years ago, we developed Cup Noodles Milk Seafood Flavour in react to the rumor of adding hot milk to Cup Noodles Seafood Flavour. It is so delicious and warm that is especially suitable for consumption in winter.

TRR> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Nissin Hong Kong and your products!

With that, I’d like to thank Takeshi Kikunaga for agreeing to the interview, Kamy Fung for facilitating samples and great communication/information and finally Daisuke Okabayashi for connecting me withe these great folks at Nissin Hong Kong.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2001: Nissin BIG Cup Noodle Seafood Clam Chowder

What – you thought I’d quit at #2000? Surely you jest. The beat goes on and on and on and on, folks. What’s crazy is I’ve never reviewed the regular Nissin Seafood Cup Noodle – however one has come into my possesion recently thanks to a reader, so I will be very soon. This is a very new one from Nissin – let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Some of the seasoning from within the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are the standard Cup Noodle fare – thin and flat. they hydrated completely and uniformly. The broth is milky and rich, much like clam chowder broth. It’s augmented with little diced potatoes, clams I believe a touch of scrambled egg and cabbage. It didn’t immediately strike me as clam chowder right out the gate, but once the noodles weren’t in the picture it definitely seemed moreso. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105232156.

Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Noodle King 128g ~ 12 pieces

A classic Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood TV commercial.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1995: Nissin Cup Noodle Big Cheese Mexican Chili

This looks absolutely awesome. Chili cheese Cup Noodle? Not only that, it’s big – and it has the Mexican wrestler guy on it! I wonder how it would go with corn chips… Anyways, let’s crack it open and have a look!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Guessing it contains meat. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Some of the loose seasoning from the cup. Notice the little pieces of cheese towards the bottom.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are thin and flat – maybe a hair wider than your average Cup Noodle? They hydrated just right either way. Now, the broth is something fascinating. It has a little bit of thickness to it and a definite chili cheese flavor – it literally tastes like a can of no bean chili with some cheese in it. They got it spot on; heavy on the cumin and chili powder – even  pieces of ground beef! It’s strange at the same time as satisfying; I mean they’re chili cheese: noodles. Plus, I found a few pieces of cabbage in there which worked quite well. This is definitely unique and different! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105232149.

Nissin BIG Cup Noodle Chili Tomato Flavor 105 g x 6 Packs (Japan Import)

One of my all time favorite Nissin Cup Noodles TV commercials.

#1979: Nissin Big Cup Noodle Ajillo

I could be wrong, but I believe this is the last one of the donations sent by Casey P. of Hong Kong – huge thanks to you! So this one looks interesting – it’s definitely much bigger than the standard Cup Noodle, that’s for sure. After a little research, it looks as though ajillo is a Mexican/Spanish dish which features shrimp, vegetables and sliced garlic. That definitely sounds good – let’s have a look.

The distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge). Contains pork, chicken and shrimp.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). To prepare, add boiling water to the fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Some of the seasoning and garnish from the inside of the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are the standard kind you get in Japanese Cup Noodle – thin and flat with a very soft chew. The broth was a kind of salty shrimp seafood flavor with a hint of garlic. The shrimp hydrated well and were complimented by cabbage and egg. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105232125.

NISSIN Cup Noodle AJILLO Big 96g x 12pcs from Japan

A recipe for gambas al ajillo.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition

South Korea has the highest per person consumption of instant noodles in the world. It’s not a surprise that their instant noodle are quite good – usually the noodles (known as ramyun) are thicker and accompanied by a spicy broth. These are my very favorite varieties of South Korean instant noodles – hope you enjoy!

#10: Paldo Kko Kko Myun

This one is like a bowl of candy to me. We start with nice quality noodles, and then the broth takes over. The broth has a kind of chicken and jalapeno flavor to it. The flavors play off of each other quite nicely and deliver both a strong bite as well as a mellow comfort food flavor in one bowl. The vegetable packet includes little chicken pieces. Original review

#9: Paldo Jjamppong Seafood Noodle King Bowl

Thick and chewy ramyun noodles are augmented by a broth with a good consistency – a little thickness was very good. Also a slightly sweet, seafood and spicy flavor to it I thoroughly enjoyed. Original review here

#8: Samyang Foods Red Nagasaki Jjampong

The noodles are perfect – what I like to find in ramyun! Thick and chewy. The broth is amazing – an excellent level of heat balanced with a respectable amount of seafood flavor. The added vegetable pieces hydrated quite well. Top notch! Original review

#7: Paldo King Bowl Super Spicy Pan Stirfried Noodle

The noodles are of a good ramyun gauge – lots of them as well. The flavor is a kind of seafood and spicy thing and there’s a sweetness going on as well. The supplied vegetables did great – this was an amazingly good stir noodle! Original review

#6: Nongshim Soon Veggie Noodle Soup

This is the first instant noodle on the top ten to be marketed towards vegetarians. What surprised me about it was the broth had such a full flavor to it; deep and satisfying. The noodles are slightly larger in gauge than your run of the mill instant, which is common of South Korean ‘ramyun.’ Magnificent stuff! Original review

#5: Nongshim Zha Wang (Jjawang) Noodles With Chajang Sauce

The noodles are out of this world – soft and chewy, with a nice width and thickness – very hearty. The sauce coats everything and there’s more than enough of it. It has a rich black bean flavor augmented with peas, cabbage and other veggies. This is the best jjajang I’ve ever tried. Original review

#4: Paldo Cheese Noodle

These noodles – wow. I think the best addition to South Korean ramyun has to be cheese. Well, not only is cheese included here but it’s got just the perfect notes of spiciness and strong, rich flavor. The little guy with the sign that says cheese noodle rocks as well. Original review

#3: Paldo Rabokki Noodle

The noodles plumped up just perfectly – thick and a good chew. The broth is more of a sauce and it’s very rich – spicy and sweet – like an adult version of Spaghetti-O’s which I find delectable. Original review

#2: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja

The noodles are very good – nice thick ramyun. The broth has a seriously spicy kick to it and a very peanut aroma with pork notes. The vegetables hydrated very well. Back with a vengeance! Original review

#1: ChoripDong Hurricane Rice Cake

It’s red. It’s got a thick spicy and sweet sauce. It’s got ramyun. It’s got topokki. This was a real find – Just looking at the picture makes me want some right this instant. The most wonderful big bowl of noodles I’ve ever had. Original review here