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#2889: Sugakiya Nagoya Kishimen

#2889: Sugakiya Nagoya Kishimen umai crate

Here’s one that came by way of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate – thanks! You can get nice boxes of instant noodles all the way from Japan to your door every month – check em out! Here’s what they had to say about these in the pamphlet that comes with the box:

This slightly sweet noodle soup dish offers you the at home opportunity to make something that you’d find at Nagoya station in Japan. Flavored by bonito, short for Katsuobushi (dried, fermented and smoked tuna), these noodles pack an interesting punch of flavor in your mouth.

Hey nothing like a nice flavorful punch in the mouth! Let’s take a look!

Sugakiya Nagoya Kishimen – Japan

#2889: Sugakiya Nagoya Kishimen umai crate

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodle to boiling water and cook a minute after water has returned to a boil. In a separate pot, boil 250ml water and add in soup base sachet contents. Drain noodle and add to bowl, then add soup. Finally, top with dry mixture and enjoy!

#2889: Sugakiya Nagoya Kishimen umai crate

The noodle pouch.

#2889: Sugakiya Nagoya Kishimen umai crate

Dry soup base.

#2889: Sugakiya Nagoya Kishimen umai crate

A fine powder.

#2889: Sugakiya Nagoya Kishimen umai crate

A dry vegetable sachet.

#2889: Sugakiya Nagoya Kishimen umai crate

Looks to be mostly katsuobushi.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added narutomaki, tofu puff, spring onion and shichimi togarashi. The noodles are quite good – extra wide and nice and thick. The broth has that sweet taste, however it isn’t overly fishy like so many bonito udons are. The bonito was very tasty and went well. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901677003522.

#2889: Sugakiya Nagoya Kishimen umai crate

A Complete Guide to Nagoya

A tour of Nagoya Station

Meet The Manufacturer: #1384: Takamori Hiyashi Udon Bonito Sauce

This is another cold noodle dish. Bonito is a fish that is used to flavor broths quite often in Japanese cuisine. The last Takamori cold noodle variety I had was one of the best I’ve ever had – let’s see how this one fares!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure but probably contains fish. To prepare, add the sauce sachet to 60ml cold water and combine. Set aside. Put contents of one noodle sachet in a shallow dish and add 2cm of water. Microwave for 2 minutes 20 seconds at 500 watts or 2 minutes at 600 watts. Drain and run cold water over the noodles. Plate the noodles and pour sauce and water mixture. Enjoy!

One of the two included noodle pouches.

The liquid base.

Has a nice fish scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added egg, Kizami Shoga (pickled ginger), green onion and cabbage. The udon noodle is very good cold – they remain moist. The sauce has a nice bonito flavor which is rich and enjoyable. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4901959100413.

The process in which bonito is smoked and cooked and finally becomes shaved katsuobushi.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1333: Sakura Noodle Chikara Brand Udon Oriental Flavor

I asked my wife to pick today’s variety and she picked this one. I was thinking – what is Oriental flavor? Well, the French version tells us. I tried Google’s auto translate and it thought it was Spanish for ‘nice.’ In French, bonito means bonito. So, what does bonito mean? Simple.


noun: bonito; plural noun: bonitos
1.a smaller relative of the tunas, with dark oblique stripes on the back and important as a food and game fish.

Ah ha! Fish! It’s only logical, really. Fish is a staple all across the world and particularly in Asia. I think fish sounds good today – let’s give this a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil 1 3/4 cups of water and cook noodles for 2 minutes. Add the contents of the sachet towards the end of cooking. Enjoy!

The fresh noodle pouch.

The soup base sachet.

A light powder.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kamaboko, sweet onion, chikawa, squid, shitaruba, green onion and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles have a great chew yet again. Thick and luxuriously hearty. The broth has a nice seafood taste; slightly sweet and smoky. Good stuff! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 078128120016.

Here’s an interesting video about bonito processing. Bonito is caught, prepared and smoked. The end product is katsuobushi, and it’s a long involved process.

#907: Nongshim Neoguri Spicy Seafood Flavor Cup

Here’s something new – Neoguri Spicy in a cup! Kind of interesting; Neoguri usually has a wider Udon-like noodle and I don’t know that I’ve seen anything like that in a cup form before. Well, let’s have a look.

Here are the side panels (click to enlarge).

Close up of the lid with preparation instructions.

Sure enough, the noodles are much wider than what you’d find in a regular cup noodle..

Here’s the seasoning packet.

The spicy powder base.

Bits from the bottom of the cup. Looks like kamaboko and seaweed amongst other things of the sea.

A piece of thick seaweed.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added some onions, kamaboko, odeng kimchi, a slice of processed cheese and a little sprinkle of Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are great – they are nice and wide and very hearty. Must say I’ve never seen noodles like these in a cup – unique! The broth is nice – a deep and rich seafood taste and a nice trademark spiciness. The added bits of kamaboko and nori are festive and the big chunk of kelp is very nice too. I grew up in a small town on an island in northwest Washington state and always was close to the ocean – the kelp reminds me of that. All in all a good cup of noodles! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 031146017072 .

Here’s a Neoguri commercial for ya!

I challenge this guy, PSY, to a Shin cup eating competition! Oppan Gangnam Style, meet Spicy Ramyun Style!

Meet The Manufacturer #883: Yamachan Shio Ramen Seafood Clear Soup Base Mild

This is something a little different. This is two servings of fresh ramen in a pack. They’re made in San Jose and this looks to be something gourmet. Let’s check it out!

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

The noodles are fresh – it looks like you could take them out and take a rolling pin to them and they’d turn back into dough! Pretty neat.

The soup base is a packet of liquid.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Just the noodles and broth this time. The noodles are really quite good; chewy and taste literally like they were just made. Definitely gourmet grade. The broth is interesting too. My only experience with the concept of Shio is a couple Shio flavor packs and one bowl. The broth here is salty, yes (Shio means salt in Japan) but the saltiness is tempered with a depth of flavors. It’s not violently fishy by any means – its quite nice really. I liked this one – 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 767921019503

I know PSY’s gottten big here with the Gangnam Style, but I’m still surprised Kyary Pamyu Pamyu still hasn’t.

#868: CJ (CheilJedang) Katsuobushi Udon

This one was donated by Ramen Place – thanks again! I haven’t a clue of how this one will be. Looks like its celebrating the 10th anniversary of CheilJedang or this product. Well, let’s give it a try!

Here’s the export sticker (click to enlarge).

Here are the side panels. It looks like you add hot water, then either microwave for four minutes if you have a 700 watt microwave or for two minutes if you’ve got a 1000+ watt microwave (click to enlarge).

The fresh udon noodles.

Liquid base.

Dark stuff!

The veggies and bits.

Looks like a nice melange…

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some kizami shoga (pickled ginger), kamaboko, hard boiled egg and Krazy Mixed Up Salt. The udon is chewy and good. Pretty standard fresh udon. The broth is sweet and has a nice taste I have found in Japanese tempura soba bowls before. A nice tempura taste. The veggies re-hydrated nicely. good stuff! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801007009377 – find it here.

KPop stars (including PSY) in a CJ TV commercial.


#619: Yamamoto Ponpoko Tempura Udon Fried Noodles Bowl

What an awesome bowl of noodles. First, it’s a new brand to me – Yamamoto. Second, it’s got tempura in there as well as udon. Third, there’s a couple tanuki on the label.

What is a tanuki Here’s the Wikipedia link – they’re common in Japanese folklore and often little statues of them can be seen outside restaurants and temples. The word tanuki translates to raccoon-dog. What’s strange about the statues is that, like the animals themselves which do exist – they have disturbingly large testicles. Now tanuki doesn’t appear in the title of this bowl, but ponpoko does. All I could find about ponpoko was that there was a video game released along time ago – here’s a link with info on that. Then there was Pom Poko, a Studio Ghibli movie about a war involving tanuki!

Here’s a sticker that was on the underside of the bowl.

A single packet of seasoning powder.

The seasoning powder is atop the udon awaiting a boiling water bath for a few minutes.

A nice disc of tempura is a wonderful finishing touch.

Click image to enlarge. Added one fried egg and its done. Oh man – the noodles are awesome – thick and slightly chewy. The broth had a salty and soy taste. The Tempura lent a satisfying crunch and I also let some intermingle with the broth and it made it a bit richer. This was worth the $3+. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. delish!

If you really were wondering about the prowess of the tanuki, look no further than this commercial.

Here’s a real one

Another real one…

Studio Ghibli movie trailer

#543: Menraku Japanese Curry “Udon”

One of my favorite things in all the world of cuisine is curry. Hot curry, curry soup, curry beef, curry chicken, curry vindaloo, curry powder, curry paste, green curry, yellow curry, masaman curry, Indian curry and Japanese curry. This sounded good and I’m starving.

So its powder on the right, but I wonder what this chunky stuff in the veggie packet is all about? Hmm…

Wow, that’s quite a pile of powdered seasoning – and its got a great curry stink to it! Also, look at all that stuff on the right – fried tofu and green onions with a dash of carrot and bonito.

Click image to enlarge. No eggs. Just curry udon. So the noodles are awesome – very wide and thick and chewy! The broth is oozing with curry goodness! The veggies and tofu? Perfect. Yup – I’m really quite happy with this one – 4.75 out of 5.0 stars!

Here’s the commercial!

Really – watch this the guy’s got a ridiculously large camera collection

#524: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Seafood Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles ( Hong Kong )

Whilst digging through my bin of packages of instant noodles for a particular one I was sent to review tomorrow, I realized I wasn’t hungry for a big pack tonight so went for the cup noodle you see here. Spicy seafood sounds relaxing.

As you can see, this ain’t your regular local supermarket cup noodle.

You can really tell the difference when you peel back the lid. Lots and lots of additions in this cup. Cuttlefish, clams, bonito, sardines… Nondairy creamer?! Yep – some interesting ingredients!

Click image to enlarge. Here we are. The noodles were nice for a cup – tasty and full of flavor from the broth. The broth itself is a little salty but flavorful and just the right amount of spicy. The veggies and bits of fish stuffs were abundant and enjoyable. Fine cup of noodles! 3.75 of 5.0 stars.

Here’s a commercial for the non-spicy version.

#391: Myojo Hyoubanya no Chukasoba Japanese Style Noodles Oriental Flavor

So on our recent trip to the new Bellevue Uwajimaya, we got a 5-pack of this stuff. My lady Kit really enjoyed the Myojo Charmela stuff so I thought maybe this would be something she would like too.

One packet.  A sleek and awesome packet of Japanese-ness.

The powder of the packet in the bowl awaiting the noodles.

Click image to enlarge. Wow that sure looks lovely! A couple of eggs and some baked chicken breast with salt and pepper. The soup was amazingly good – had nice fish flavor. The noodles were robust and had some good chewiness. Altogether, it was a fine dinner. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.

#286: Myojo Hyoubanya No Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodles Oriental Flavor

So here’s a nice box of Myojo yakisoba aching to be eaten.

Click image to enlarge. Nice design – fill the water, let it sit, pull off the drain, pour out the water. Pretty easy.

Clockwise from top left: seasoned oil, dry seasoning, garnish and dried vegetables.

The dried vegetables are ample – but all they are is cabbage. Not that I’m really complaining as I’m a friend to cabbage.

So boiling water, sit and drained. Here are the noodles with the remaining packets awaiting a stir. The dark one is the garnish – dried bonito powder, red pickled ginger and green laver – ah, green laver…

So here is the finished product (click image to enlarge). The noodles are decent. The cabbage is ample for sure. The flavor is interesting – the oil and the powder are somewhat subdued by the garnish – which was really decent. I liked it a whole lot and am giving this one 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

So found another Myojo commercial – surprised they’re so far and few between with how popular they are.

#185: Shirakiku Fresh Japanese Style Udon Sanukiya Udon

MMMMMM – fresh udon! Plus, its being enjoyed while we watch the Maury show and watch people yell and freak out at eachother.

So the noodles and liquid go in the bowl with water and gets microwaved for 3 minutes. After that, some stirring and the flake packet go in…

Click image to enlarge. So here’s the finished product… Good stuff! First off, if you get the backstage hug from Maury Povich, you know you’ve fucked up. Well, no hugs for the Shirakiku Sanukiya Udon! This stuff is very tasty. The noodles are chewy and ample. The veggies are a little mushy but have a nice taste, and the broth is perfect. I’m giving this a 3.75 out of 5.0 stars – it has some serious tasty flavor! Get it here.