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.
So here’s one my lady got for me – chili flavor Top Ramen! So cool – dueling Chili flavor products back to back! Let’s rock!
A single packet. How they can tell this from a different packet is beyond me. Amazing.
Vivid reddish powder. Has a nice volume too.
Click image to enlarge. I added a couple hard boiled eggs, a sliced up piece of turkey breast lunch meat some Lindberg-Snider Red Baron BBQ seasoning and some Amanfopong Hot Pepper powder. So it was spicy and tasty. I also detected something I really really liked – a hint of cumin. This bound it all together nicely. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here. UPC bar code 070662010174.
Awesome Nissin noodle commercial from Japan
I thought this was funny – see, I call my wife Kit and she calls me Pup…
So here’s another one of these by Paldo. It shall be today’s breakfast/lunch.
One solitary packet of love.
Mount Kimchi Flavoring! Behold all of its glory!
Click image to enlarge. So I added a slice of oven roasted turkey breast lunch meat. So there are veggies – just in the bottom of the bowl on this one. The noodles sat for about 8 minutes and I thought that made them extra good. The broth was nice and spicy too, and the veggies were crisp. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars – a good lunch. Find it here.
So this has been one I’ve been curious about for a while. It’s lurked in my ramen box, quietly asking me to try it from time to time. I heeded its call, and tonight gave it the trappings of a fine bowl of noodles.
The shiny packet contained vegetables and seasoning powder. After adding the spices, I tend to give the inside of the powder packet a quick lick to get a taste. Well, I wasn’t too enthused. This was nasty. Like socks.
Vegetables on the left and seasoning oil on the right. You can see the powder intermingled with the veggies.
SoI sampled the noodles and broth before the additions. It wasn’t my favorite whatsoever. The noodles were fine but the flavors were horrible. Almost a hint of dirt I would say. Just not my style whatsoever… 1.75 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.
So here’s a guy making ramen and then adding vegetables.
So I thought why not do a head to head – same company, should be same noodles right? First off the left is the Demae Ramen, more of the kind that you would find in Japan or Hong Kong and to the right is the United States version. The Demae is a bigger brick of noodles and says it is one serving while the Top Ramen is smaller yet says it is two servings.
Bigger seasoning packet for the Demae than the Top. Also a little more festive I think. Why green is associated with chicken I don’t know, but tan is already taken in the Demae realm by the holy curry flavor…
Well they look practically identical… The Demae looks to have a little more tiny chunkies than the Top though.
Click image to enlarge. I baked a chicken breast and didn’t season it and sliced it in half and put one half in each. I had the Top Ramen and my lady had the Demae Ramen. After a little while we swapped tastes and reflected in them.
Kit thought that the Top Ramen had kind of a curry taste to it. I noticed that the Demae Ramen’s noodles were a little smaller and firmer and the broth a little more complex. I think the Top Ramen is saltier, but after reading the nutrition facts, the Demae looked to have way more sodium.
So for reviews: The Demae first. I give the Demae a 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. It’s chicken flavor. I wasn’t expecting anything great. I think the addition of some seasoned oil would be nice – like sesame chicken perhaps.
The Top Ramen: I’m giving it 2.8 out of 5.0 stars. A little less here because the noodles weren’t as good and mushier. It was fun to review this way and hope we find a pair of different ramens to challenge again sometime – perhaps Top Ramen and Maruchan beef head to head or shrimp I dunno. Get the Demae here and the Top here.