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#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.

#1976: Itsuki Kumamoto Spicy Ramen

Another one send to me by Casey K. from Hong Kong – thanks again! I wonder – does that character towards the bottom of the pack looks familiar? Well, it’s the same as what you see on Nongshim’s Shin Ramyun products – spicy! Let’s check out this Japanese variety and see just how spicy it is!

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

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). To prepare, Add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodles.

The soup base sachet.

Has a very nice scent.

An oil sachet.

Must be the spicy component.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, spring onion, barbecue pork and pepper flake. The noodles are very nice – straight and have a premium chew to them. The broth has a good tension – not thin at all but not overly oily. The stuff is like a spicy shoyu. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901726011249.

Itsuki – Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen for 1 Servning

So I did this video a couple months ago – and now it’s obsolete as I’ve got a newer system of doing things! However, it’s kind of the same deal. I’ll be doing a new video soon.

#1971: Fujiwara Horse Crab Flavour Ramen

Here’ds another sent by Casey K. of Hong Kong – thanks again! So far, I’ve tried the Snow Crab, King Crab and now Horse Crab! Crabalicious! Let’s hit it!

Here’s the distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge). Contains crab, chicken and pork.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). To prepare, add noodles to 600ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Thick!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecue pork, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and hard boiled egg. The noodles are very good – hydrated nicely and have a premium chew. the broth has a strong crab flavor to it and a decent oiliness. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4976651071033.

Sendan Bowl Navy 7.75″dia.x 2.75″h

A video of a horseshoe crab.

#1959: Myojo Charumera Shoyu Ramen

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Here’s another one sent by Casey P. from Hong Kong – thanks! I’ve always thought this one looked interesting – the guy tooting his horn, the little cat. I tried this years ago – new package, new review though. Let’s check it out.

The back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether meat free or not – probably contains fish products. to prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in large seasoning sachet. Add in your garnish and sprinkle smaller sachet on. Enjoy!

The Noodle block.

A dual sachet.

A soup base powder.

Smells like pepper!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, spring onion, hard boiled egg, kiazmi shoga and sesame seeds. The noodles have a slightly thicker gauge than most Japanese instants – not quite South Korea’s ramyun, but thicker than the norm. Nice chew and mouthfeel to it as well. The broth is a very comfortable shoyu – slightly thin but with a good natured yumminess. The pepper adds a nice little bit of goodness as well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902881000017.

Myojo Charumera Shoyu Ramen, 1.10 Pound

A Myojo Charumera TV commercial.

#1950: Fujiwara Red King Crab Flavor Ramen

Here’s another one that Casey sent from Hong Kong – thanks again! I tried one that was snow crab last time, but this one’s red king crab. Curious… Let’s check it out!

Detail of the distributor/import label (click to enlarge).

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains crab and pork. To prepare, add noodles to 600ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Dark and crabby!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecue pork, narutomaki, kizami shoga and spring onion. The noodles have a very standard instant noodle gauge – round and thin. They have a very sturdy chew to them though which was very nice. The broth was good too – kind of a shoyu and crab thing going on. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4976651071040.

Sendan Bowl Navy 7.75″dia.x 2.75″h

A huge Tasmanian King Crab!

#1946: Nissin Raoh Shio Ramen

Here’s another one I got from Casey in Hong Kong – thanks! Nissin’s Raoh is a premium line of fancy Japanese ramen. Shio translates to salt – here’s a little about shio from wikipedia:

Shio (“salt”) ramen is probably the oldest of the four and is a pale, clear, yellowish broth made with plenty of salt and any combination of chicken, vegetables, fish, and seaweed. Occasionally pork bones are also used, but they are not boiled as long as they are for tonkotsu ramen, so the soup remains light and clear. Chāshū is sometimes swapped for lean chicken meatballs, and pickled plums and kamaboko (a slice of processed fish roll sometimes served as a frilly white circle with a pink or red spiral called narutomaki) are popular toppings as well. Noodle texture and thickness varies among shio ramen, but they are usually straight rather than curly.

Let’s give it a go!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in contents of sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The liquid soup base.

Has a pleasing scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, spring onion and barbecue pork. The noodles are very nice – excellent chewiness and gauge. The shio broth is quite nice as well – a rich flavor with a full body. Definitely a high quality product with a lot of thought put into it. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105900031.

Nissin – Raoh, Japanese Instant Ramen Noodles, Salty Taste, 16.9oz (for 5 Servings)[Japan Import]

A Nissin Raoh TV commercial.

#1940: Nissin Cup Noodle Pasta Style Bolognese

Here’s another one sent by Casey P. from Hong Kong – thanks again! So bolognese… Wikipedia?

Bolognese sauce /bɒləˈnjz/, known in Italian as ragù (alla) bolognese, or simply ragù, is a meat-based sauce originating from Bologna, Italy. In Italian cuisine, it is customarily used to dress “tagliatelle al ragù” and to prepare “lasagne alla bolognese“. In the absence of tagliatelle, it can also be used with other broad, flat pasta shapes, such as pappardelle or fettuccine. Genuine ragù alla bolognese is a slowly cooked sauce, and its preparation involves several techniques, including sweating, sautéing and braising. Ingredients include a characteristic soffritto of onion, celery and carrot, different types of minced or finely chopped beef, often alongside small amounts of fatty pork. Red wine and a small amount of tomato concentrate or tomatoes are added, and the dish is then gently simmered at length to produce a thick sauce.

Okay that’s what I thought. Let’s check out this Japanese take on Italian regional food!

The distribution/import sticker (click to enlarge). Contains meat.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and steep for 5 minutes. Drain using spout. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A dry seasoning sachet.

A light powder.

An oil sachet.

A deep colored oil.

Some bits that were loose in the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles had the consistency of regular spaghetti noodles – with a slightly thinner gauge. They were round and the texture was right. The flavor was nice – a sweet tomato along with little bits of meat can be found throughout. Quite good! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105232217.

A Japanese premium variety now available here – Nissin RAOH Ramen Noodle Soup, Umami Tonkotsu, 100 Gram (Pack of 10)

Some pure insanity for you.

#1920: Itsuki Ramen Tonkotudou Kumamoto Noodles

Here’s yet another one sent to me by Casey P. from Hong Kong! Thanks again! This one screams fancy – big and gold packaging. Shiny! Let’s see what we have here.

Here’s the distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Okay so this pack looks to have two servings and from the looks of it, the instructions are for a single serving. To prepare, add one bundle of noodles to 500ml boiling water. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir in contents of large dry powder sachet and cook for 30 seconds. Take off heat and add contents of large liquid sachet and stir. Plate and garnish with Smaller liquid sachet and crunchy bits. Enjoy!

Wow – fancy!

A bindle of ramen.

The dry soup base.

A light powder with dark flecks.

The large liquid sachet.

Has a nice pork scent.

A liquid garnish sachet.

Thick and dark.

The second garnish sachet.

Fried garlic methinks.

Finished (click to enlarge). Thought I’d leave this one as is. The noodles are very nice – excellent chew and thickness – I liked them alot. The broth. It was very nice until the addition of the garnish sauce, which seems to be a lot of black garlic oil. It was so bitter and overpowering that it just… Ruined the whole thing. I think without it it wouold have been a great bowl with a good score, but I follow directions, and so it wasn’t. 0.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901726011843.

I can totally recommend this one. Itsuki – Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen for 1 Servning

An Itsuki TV commercial.

#1915: Itsuki Yuzu Sesame Sauce Udon

Here’s another one graciously sent by Casey P. of Hong Kong – thank you again! So this is udon – udon is a thick noodle with a nice chewy texture. It looks that this one is served cold! Andy’s going to try this one today and I’m really curious how he likes it. Let’s look and see what’s in this bowl!

The distributor/import label (click to enlarge). Contains pork, chicken and fish products.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge).

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Detail of the underside of the lid (click to enlarge). To prepare, add in contents of noodle pouch and boiling water to fill line. Let sit one minute covered, then use lid and drain. Add cold water to fill line and let sit 2-3 minutes. Drain. Add contents of sachets. Stir and enjoy!

The udon pouch.

The liquid sachet.

The sesame sauce – has a slightly peanut kind of scent.

The garnish sachet.

Looks like crunchy bits of tempura.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecued pork. The noodles are nice and thick – and chewy. The flavor is excellent; kind of like a sesame sauce with a hint of vinegar which works extremely well with the cold udon. The topping adds a zest crunch. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901726012598.

Itsuki – Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen for 1 Servning

A film I made of my review process for a Japanese TV show.

#1903: Higashimaru Tonkotsu Ramen

Here’s another one that came by way of Casey P. from Hong Kong – thanks again! This is a pork tonkotsu – sounds good to me – let’s hit it!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Probably contains pork. To prepare, add noodle block to 450ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in contents of sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Lots of light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, BBQ pork, spring onion and kizami shoga (pickled ginger. The noodles had nice thickness and firmness to them – good character and backbone. The broth was hearty and had a good pork flavor. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4904237101508.

HIGASHIMARU Tasty Japanese Kagoshima Noodle 3 Assort “Sho-yu Tonkotsu” Konjac Ramen Pork, “Pure Tonkotsu”, and “Salty Tonkotsu” Flavor 5.61oz x 3 packs [Japan Import]

A Higashimaru TV spot.

#1897: Nissin Cup Noodle Massaman Curry

Here’s another one Casey P. sent me from Hong Kong – thanks again! There are lots of different kinds of curry in the work – British, Indian, Malaysian, Korean, Japanese – I’m sure there are more as well. Well, Japanese curry is what we have here. It tends to be on the sweeter, mild side, usually leaving the spicy elements behind. Let’s give this one a peek.

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

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The pre-seasoned noodle block.

Some of the copious amount of curry seasoning base and meat and potato that’s included.

My son Andy really likes fishcake and fishball. He also really likes cheese. He was in charge of garnish today!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fishball, crab claw fishcake, kamaboko, narutomaki and cheese. The noodles were the standard fare – thin and flat. They hydrate well and have little chew – very soft, but that’s the deal. The broth has a strong curry flavor – salty and sweet with the mildest hint of heat. The included potato and chicken hydrated very nicely. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105232422.

Want an enormous regular curry? Nissin Cup Noodle Curry Big 119g ~ 12 pieces

One of the many Nissin Cup Noodle TV commercials.

#1893: Nissin Cup Noodle Sio

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Got an email a couple months ago from Casey P. in Hong Kong. He’s been following the blog for years and wanted to send some things for me to review and this is one of them – thanks again! Today, we have Nissin Cup Noodle Sio. Sio is also known as Shio, a classic ramen variety. Let’s have a look and see what’s going on under the lid.

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

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The pre-seasoned noodle block.

Some of the included bits from the cup – this is only a little bit of it.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added nothing. This one was pretty intriguing! The noodles hydrated perfectly in 3 minutes. Flat and thin with a light chew. The broth was a definite shio with chicken and pork notes. What I really found to be the highlight here was the addition of nicely hydrated potato chunks (chucnks, not bits) as well as decently sized pieces of chicken that hydrated extremely well, along with bits of green onion. Pretty spectacular cup! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105222133.

Nissin Cup Noodles Soy Sauce Mug with Lid

Nissin Cup Noodle TV commercials featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger.