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#2229: Kang Shi Fu Artificial Beef With Sauerkraut Flavour

Here’s yet another one kindly sent to me by a reader named Colin from back east – thanks! A lot of people think Germany when they think sauerkraut and that makes sense; it’s a German word for pickled cabbage. But pickled cabbage is exceedingly popular in Asia as well. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add package contents to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy! NOTE: this is the method I’ve used for pretty much all of the Master Kong/Kang Shi Fu variants as the package never have instructions for a cooking method; not even this one in English.

The noodle block.

The dry seasoning base.

A light powder.

The secret sauce sachet!

A thick paste.

A sachet of sauerkraut.

Lots of sauerkraut!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and beef. The noodles are plentiful and soft with a nice character to them. The broth has a good tanginess – definite notes of pickled cabbage here. The sauerkraut is abundant and of good quality – all worked together nicely. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8526599430506.

Kang Shi Fu Noodle Soup Artificial Beef With Sauerkraut Flavour 118g Pack of 12 ( Come With 5 Pairs Stainless Steel Chopsticks )

A long video from MAster Kang / Kang Shi Fu for Chinese New Year 2016.

#2166: JML Instant Noodle Artificial Beef Flavor & Sour Pickled Cabbage

Purple! Nothing like purple. Purple crayons, The Color Purple, Purple Rain… Actually, I’m not really a fan of any of those; but when I see the color of purple on an instant noodle package, especially from Taiwan, Hong Kong or China, it usually denotes something pickled. Indeed, here we have sour pickled cabbage. This isn’t quite like sauerkraut but kind of like it. Anyways, let’s crack into this one – another kindly send by colin. Thanks again!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to a bowl. Pour 500ml boiling water over everything and cover for 3-4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A light powder with fleck in it.

An oil sachet.

Looks thick and possibly spicy.

The pickled cabbage.

Quite a bit of it!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, spring onion and Chinese sausage. The noodles are light and almost fluffy; definitely on the plentiful side as well. The broth was very good – a salty and beefy excursion with sour notes and a light spiciness. The pickled cabbage has a very nice acrid nip to it I enjoyed. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6921555509982.

Instant Noodle Artificial Beef Flavor & Sour Pickled Cabbage – 4.24oz (Pack of 3)

Now this is one epic instant noodle commercial!

The Ramen Rater Reviews The Red Robin ‘Red Ramen Burger’

We were out doing grocery shopping and thought ‘hey there’s that Red Robin over there – wonder if they have those Red Ramen Burgers.’ Well, after a quick phone call to make sure they did, we swooped in to give them a try.

On the door (click to enlarge) we immediately saw some advertising for it. Kind of funny; the cat is clutching a bottle of ‘That’s Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale’ (I tried the root beer version which gave me a horrible gut ache) and nowhere did I see any mention of ordering this product anywhere.

At the table.

So it’s $12.49 – a little on the high end.

However if it were one of our birthdays, we could have gotten one for free!



Miles decided to sleep through the whole thing – he was out seconds after this.

Here is the one I got (click to enlarge).

A side shot of the burger (click to enlarge).

Let the investigation begin…

Well, there were some problems with this burger I found from the outset. They didn’t fry the bun long enough as it completely fell apart rather quickly. After about 3 bites, I ended up using a fork and eating it off the little plastic tray. The ‘seasoned bun’ really didn’t seem altogether seasoned at all to me; in fact, it just seemed bland. The burger itself was alright, but the aioli of onion, carrot and cabbage was like coleslaw and was just not right. Neither of us detected the presence of any basil really. Honestly, I wouldn’t bother with this overpriced burger. If I were to make a suggestion, do it like they did originally in Japan – use chashu pork! Maybe some tonkatsu sauce! In fact, I know that a short walk away from the Red Robin we visited in Katsu Burger, and last time we were there they had mentioned offering a ramen burger soon using breaded pork and tonkatsu sauce with a ramen bun.

Kit’s ramen burger (click to enlarge) was a little different. As you can see, the bun definitely seems a little darker.

Here’s a side shot. Hers stayed cohesive and I could definitely hear a lot more crunch to it when she took a bite. She had the same complaints about the aioli as well; she thought it was teriyaki sauce on coleslaw. They offered to serve it with or without jalapenos at the beginning which we both declined at the start. Jalapenos would have definitely overwhelmed all the flavor of the teriyaki, that’s for sure. I think we both agreed – the Red Ramen Burger gets about a 2 out of 5 stars – not extremely fun at all. A better idea is to make your own! Here’s the recipe I came up with using Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black South Korean instant noodles – in fact, you use everything from it and come out with fries and dipping sauce as well! Check it out!

The Ramen Rater’s Shin Ramyun Black Burger

  • 1 Package Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black
  • ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 slices processed cheese
  • frozen french fries
  • cooking spray
  • ketchup and mayonnaise

The noodle block. This is where our buns come from.

In this recipe, everything in the package is used. I’ve seen so many recipes for ramen burgers where the flavorings are discarded. Why waste?

Step 1: Boil a pot of water. Add the noodle block and cook for 4 minutes. Drain well. Return to pot and crack egg into it – combine with noodles. Split noodle/egg mixture into two bowls. I used one with a rounded bottom for the bun and one with a flat bottom for the lower bun (actually, the top part of a bun is called the ‘crown’ and the bottom the ‘heel!) Press the noodles down a little and then put in the fridge for a couple hours to set.

Here are the crown and heel all done and out of their bowls.

Step 2: Spray pan and cook both sides of your buns until done as you like. A nice crispness is really enjoyable, but burnt isn’t so great so just keep and eye on them and don’t flip too much – they are a little delicate.

Step 3: For the fries – use a little cooking spray on them and sprinkle liberally with the gold Sul-Long-Tang powder packet and cook.

Step 4: Empty the contents of the green package into a little bowl and add some hot water. Let sit for a minute or so which lets the veggies and other bits hydrate. Drain.

Step 5: Add ketchup and mayonnaise – I used a little more mayo than ketchup – and combin3. This will be the fry sauce as well as the sauce for the burger.

Step 6: For the patty, add the entire red packet to the ground beef and combine well. Form into a patty and cook. Put the buns and burger together – add processed cheese and sauce.

Voila! Click image to enlarge). This came out really nice – the burger has a really great flavor from the red packet. I think you could switch it as well – use the red packet on the fried and the gold packet with the beef. Either way, this was really good – I hope you try it and let me know how it goes!


Meet The Manufacturer: #1997: Nissin Cup Noodle Vegeta Buta-kyabetsu Tonkotsu

This is a very yellow Cup Noodle! It’s a pork and cabbage tonkotsu andc I noticed that it mentions ‘1/3’ in a few spots. I believe this is denoting that this contains 1/3 of the daily intake of vegetables one should get. That’s great – I really like it when lots of vegetables are included in a variety! As for tonkotsy, tonkotsu is a pork bone milky broth ramen – one of my favorites. Let’s take a look!

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

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Looks like a log of vegetables, pork and maybe egg in there.

Finished (click to enlarge). Noodles hydrated well and have a flatness to them – standing Cup Noodles fare. The broth is definitely thick in this one, with a strong cabbage taste to it. It’s kind of the same consistency of split pea soup. Lots of cabbage everywhere and a lot of corn as well. This honestly reminds me of something more Irish than Japanese – it works quite nicely! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105232088.

NISSIN RAMEN Rich Taste Wakayama Tonkotsu Pork Instant Cup Noodle 130g x 12pcs from Japan

A Nissin Pork instant noodle TV commercial.

#1948: Sichuan Baijia Artificial Pickled Cabbage Fish Flavor Instant Vermicelli


I’ve been checking out a few of these Baijia varieties recently, and they’ve been interesting. When I first started reviewing, I generally found the flavors and varieties to be pretty horrid, but after a few years , I’m starting to come around. Pickled cabbage and fish, eh? Well, let’s have a look.

The distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

The back of the package (click to enlarge). To prepare, add package contents to a bowl. Add 500ml boiling water and cover for 5-6 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Sweet potato vermicelli.

A dry seasonings sachet.

A very bright white mixture.

The liquid soup base.

Thick like a sauce.

The vegetables sachet.

A decent quantity.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The vermicelli hydrated well – I cut twice with kitchen scissors to make it more manageable with a fork. They’re a little slimy but have a nice gauge and feel to them. The broth on the other hand wasn’t really my thing. Although spicy, the ‘pickled’ aspect was just a bit too acidic. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6926410392563.

Baijia Instant Noodles, Artificial Pickled Cabbage Fish Flavor, 19.4 Ounce

A video of Sichuan, China.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1019: Samyang Foods Kimchi Ramyun

Kimchi! I love kimchi – not only is it hot and spicy and crunchy and awesome, it’s purported to be one of the healthiest foods out there. My favorite comes from a store in my area called KS Mart. They make it in the store and it doesn’t taste at all like the varieties that are branded. I’ve tried to get some people I know to try it, but they think it smells bad and are terrified by it; I just don’t understand. Anyways, here’s kimchi ramyun by Samyang Foods. I think the smiling onion and cabbage say it all – but what I wonder; is the onion planning on eating the cabbage with the chopsticks?

Back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Seasoning powder.

A lot of seasoning powder!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added egg, sweet onion and kimchi. The noodles are great – nice thickness and chewiness. The broth is great too – not extremely spicy and has a very nice kimchi taste. Great stuff! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8801073101630 – get the US version here.

An older Samyang Foods commercial.

Re-Review: Nongshim Kimchi Ramyun Noodles With Soup


My Aunt and her daughter went to an Asian store in San Francisco and picked up some noodles for me! Here’s one of them. Been wanting to re-review therm for a while! Thanks!!!

Here’s the back of the package.

The noodle block.

The seasoning packet. Kind of interesting; usually the seasonings are in a red packet and veggies in green, but this one’s backwards!

Lots of spicy red powder!

The veggie packet.

Looks like a nice mixture.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kimchi, egg, onion, processed cheese and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are really nice and buttery – wasn’t expecting that; they’re better than I remembered! The broth has a nice heat and a strong tang to it. The veggies are nice as well. Does it taste like kimchi? Yeah – it’s got a nice kimchi flavor to it – spicy and has that kimchi tanginess. Good stuff – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146181018.


Here’s a video I did a while back where I cook Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black.

Making kimchi with a K-Pop group.

Re-Review: Paldo Bowl Noodle Soup Kimchi Flavor

Been quite a while since I reviewed this one – it was #348. I thought some kimchi sounded really good and so here we go!

Here are the side panels (click to enlarge).

The noodles block.

The seasoning packet!

Seasoning powder! Red and tasty!

Here are a little bit of the veggies from the bottom.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added processed cheese, an egg, sweet onion and kimchi. The noodles are good – thin and plentiful. The broth is great – spicy and tasty. The veggies are nice too! This is a nice kimchi noodle bowl! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 648436100040 – get it here.

How to make your own kimchi!

A kimchi factory! Wow!

#904: Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise-No Yakisoba Oriental Style With Mayonnaise 一平ちゃん

Here’s a new one we got at Uwajimaya. This looks really good! Nothing says tasty like a little bit of Japanese mayonnaise! Let’s check it out!

Here are close-ups of the text on top, the side and the bottom (click to enlarge).

Here’s the lid (click to enlarge). Notice the top left has a pour spout!

The noodle block – big and rectangular.

Here’s the front and back of the yakisoba sauce packet.

A good sized veggie packet.

Looks like some niceties like cabbage and other tasty bits.

Spice packet?

Interesting; I expected chili powder but I taste seaweed and sesame seed.

Here we go! A mayonnaise packet! You can get all artsy with this one – use scissors and cut off a corner to get a thin stream.

Finished (click to enlarge).  Added stir-fry vegetables, some baked chicken with Lindberg-Snider Red Baron BBQ Spice, kizami shoga (pickled ginger) and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles were really nice – floffy and almost buttery. The yakisoba sauce really makes it all quite tasty and the mayonnaise is really a nice addition – adds a bit of interesting comfort food notion. The vegetables were good – primarily cabbage, but it was crunchy! Good stuff – 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 011152219875 .

What an awesome commercial – squeezing the mayonnaise packets!

A nice little sampling of Japanese commercials from the mid 90’s.

#558: Long Kow’s Crystal Noodle Soup Vegetables ( and Eggs )

Thought this looked worth trying. Vegetables and noodles. Sure why not.

Here’s the flavoring packet if you want to call it that. It says Vegetables and Eggs though… I am truly unhappy – I didn’t take a picture of this and I’m really bummed and truly sorry. It looked like a brick of freeze-dried vegetable omelet. When I poured boiling water on it, it disintegrated and started fluffing up almost immediately.

Here’s the ingredients and nutrition facts off the side of the bowl.

Click image to enlarge. Yeah… There it is. Well, it wasn’t what I’d hoped for. What did I hope for? A good bowl of noodles. I was skeptical when I saw they were bean thread. The large amount of mushroom and cabbage and odd hydrated egg was amazing. I think if this were spicy and they’d used fried noodles that I would have liked it much better. Long story short, I’m not pleased. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. Find it here.

Moth swarm

Way cool clip

Butterfly swarm

#479: Nongshim Potato Noodle Soup


I’ve been waiting for the right time to review this and today is it. Potato noodles eh? I’ve had sweet potato noodles in the Baijia brand offerings and been quite unhappy with them. Hopefully Nongshim can make the potato happy again…

Two decently sized packets – veggies and powder.

From the scent, I think this is going to be a spicy one!

Click image to enlarge. Finished product. So I was correct – it is quite spicy. The soup was hot and spicy and the noodles… Drumroll please… Were awesome! They were quite chewy as advertised and enjoyable. The veggies were an array of cabbage, carrots and corn. Awesome stuff. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars!

This is a commercial for pork potato noodles from Nong Shim.


#392: Nissin Yakisoba Noodles Karashi Flavor

I have to say, when I see a box like this with any kind of mayonnaise-like stuff going on, I get really hungry!

Click image to enlarge. So what you do is peel it back, yank the packets out, fill with boiling water, wait, then on the top left there’s a spout which opens up and you drain via that.

So the little top packet is the goopy stuff and the bottom one is the powder base.

After the noodles were drained, you put the powder on and stir vigorously.

Click image to enlarge. Finally, you decorate the meal with the mayonnaise packet. So there’s a little cabbage which re-hydrates perfectly. The noodles are just awesome with the flavoring. Slap that little bit of wasabi infused mayonnaise on top and you’ve got a winner. I love this kind of thing! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars!

Konichi-wa! Frances ix the man!

Yeah I’ve eaten this before