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#3018: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Champon – Japan

#3018: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Champon - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one –

‘Champon features creamy pork based soup and savory vegetable flavor, and this bowl includes additional umami of seafood like squid, shrimp, and scallop. Chili pepper also adds an accent to the soup. Tasty and satisfying!’

Let’s give it a try!

Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Champon – Japan

#3018: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Champon - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood and pork. To prepare, add sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3018: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Champon - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3018: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Champon - Japan

The noodle block.

#3018: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Champon - Japan

The soup base sachet.

#3018: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Champon - Japan

A light powder.

#3018: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Champon - Japan

Vegetables?

#3018: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Champon - Japan

Yep – and other bits as well.

#3018: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Champon - Japan

A liquid base sachet.

#3018: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Champon - Japan

A spicy oil!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, shrimp, fishball and squid flowers along with nanami togarashi. Noodles have a nice tension – came out well in 5 minutes. The broth has a great creamy seafood hit and the spicy flavor is really quite nice. Included garnish was of great quality. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734034575.

#2770: Sapporo Ichiban Barbeque Yakisoba zenpop zenpop.jp japan japanese

Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein , 3.60 Ounce (Pack of 24)

Watch me cook this one up!

#2852: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon

#2763: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon Chanpon zenpop zenpopjp zednpop.jp

This is another one from Zenpop.jp. Zenpop is pretty cool – they have different boxes you can get – Japanese stationery, snacks, ramen… It’s quite a variety. They’re pretty cheap, too. Here’s what they had to say about this variety:

‘Champon features thick, smooth, chewy noodles and creamy pork based soup. The satisfying dish with a pile of vegetables was born in Nagasaki, being influenced by Chinese cuisine. You can add extra cabbage, shrimp, onion and so ion to make it much more like the authentic chanpon of Nagasaki Chinatown.’

Alright – let’s hit it.

Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon – Japan

#2763: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon Chanpon zenpop zenpopjp zednpop.jp

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp, squid, beef, chicken, and pork. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line along with veg sachet. Let steep for 5 minutes. Add in powder based sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2763: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon Chanpon zenpop zenpopjp zednpop.jp

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2763: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon Chanpon zenpop zenpopjp zednpop.jp

The noodle block.

#2763: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon Chanpon zenpop zenpopjp zednpop.jp

Powder soup base sachet.

#2763: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon Chanpon zenpop zenpopjp zednpop.jp

Light and fluffy.

#2763: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon Chanpon zenpop zenpopjp zednpop.jp

A vegetables sachet.

#2763: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon Chanpon zenpop zenpopjp zednpop.jp

Interesting mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The noodles had an alright chew to them, although a little on the light side. The broth was great – nice seafood, cabbage and pork taste. Included veg was very good. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734027331.

#2763: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon Chanpon zenpop zenpopjp zednpop.jp

Sapporo most salt ramen mini bowl 41g ~ 12 pieces

A vintage Sapporo Ichiban TV spot

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com

Here’s one from Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com, a service where you can get a monthly box of interesting ramen from Japan! So this one is a chanpon variety – here’s something from Wikipedia about chanpon –

Champon (ちゃんぽん Chanpon?), also known as Chanpon, is a noodle dish that is a regional cuisine of Nagasaki. There are different versions in Japan, Korea and China. The dish was, inspired from the cuisine of China. Champon is made by frying pork, seafood and vegetables with lard; a soup made with chicken and pig bones is then added. Ramen noodles made especially for champon are added and then boiled. Unlike other ramen dishes, only one pan is needed as the noodles are boiled in the soup. Depending on the season and the situation, the ingredients differ. Hence the taste and style may depend on the location and time of year.[citation needed

Champon was first served by Shikairō (四海楼?), a Chinese restaurant in Nagasaki. According to the restaurant, it was based on a dish in Fujian cuisine, tonniishiimen (湯肉絲麵?).[1] In the middle of the Meiji period, the owner saw a need for a cheap, filling meal that suited the palates of hundreds of Chinese students who came to Japan for school. Nowadays, champon is a popular specialty food (or meibutsu) of Nagasaki.[2]

Let’s have a look at this interesting chanpon variety from Japan!

Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen – Japan

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood and possibly pork. To prepare, add dry sachets to bowl and fill to line with boiling water. Let steep 5 minutes. Add liquid base. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com

The noodle block.

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com

A dry sachet.

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com

A speckled and fluffy powder.

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com

A liquid sachet.

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com

Oily stuff.

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com

A vegetable and seafood sachet.

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com

Lots of different things in there.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and carved squid. The noodles hydrated very well and are better than expected. The broth is like a creamy seafood flavor with little bits throughout – very tasty and nice. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990327718.

#2529: Maruchan Gotsumori Chanpon Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com

Maruchan Tonkotsu Ramen Gotsumori 1 pack

A Maruchan advert from Japan

#2468: Acecook Dossari Yasai Chanpon

#2468: Acecook Dossari Yasai Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - ニュースリリース

Here’s a new one – sent by Javier at Box From Japan! Thankj you! So Box From Japan is a subscription service. Indeed, you can lay out a few bucks every month and get a box with four really decent instant ramen from Japan to your door – definitely one to check out if you’re into Japanese food and culture

Now, chanpon. So, what is it? Let’s ask Wikipedia –

Champon (ちゃんぽん Chanpon?), also known as Chanpon, is a noodle dish that is a regional cuisine of Nagasaki. There are different versions in Japan, Korea and China. The dish is, inspired from the cuisine of China. Champon is made by frying pork, seafood and vegetables with lard; a soup made with chicken and pig bones is then added. Ramen noodles made especially for champon are added and then boiled. Unlike other ramen dishes, you only need one pan as the noodles boil in the soup. Depending on the season and the situation, the ingredients differ. Hence the taste and style may depend on the location and time of year.[citation needed]

Although Nagasaki Champon is the most well-known rendition, there are other variations found in Japan. Ankake no Champon is a soy-sauce variant from Tottori, Shimane Prefectures, as well as the city of Amagasaki in Hyōgo Prefecture. In the city of Akita, a version with miso broth is served, with the soup filling to the bowl almost to the point of overflowing.

In Okinawa, Champon is a rice dish where assorted vegetables, thinly-sliced meat (pork, luncheon meat or corned beef hash) and scrambled egg are fried and served on top of rice. Champon from Okinawa is a rice dish served with assorted vegetables and scrambled egg

The Korean Jjamppong is a similar noodle dish with a spicy seafood broth.

Alrighty – let’s cook it up and give it a try!

Acecook Dossari Yasai Chanpon – Japan

#2468: Acecook Dossari Yasai Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - ニュースリリース

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

#2468: Acecook Dossari Yasai Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - ニュースリリース

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2468: Acecook Dossari Yasai Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - ニュースリリース

The noodle block.

#2468: Acecook Dossari Yasai Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - ニュースリリース

Lots of loose bits from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out well. They have a good gauge and expected chew. The broth is milky with a nice richness to it. Indeed this one is more of a vegetable chanpon with lots of cabbage and I think I’m getting a little kikurage in there. Nicely done. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071226695.

#2468: Acecook Dossari Yasai Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - ニュースリリース

Acecook twelve oodles vegetables C h a n p o n

An Acecook TV commercial.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1380: Takamori Chanpon

I thought today I’d diverge from the yakisoba for something with a broth. Chanpon is great stuff in my experience so far. Pork and seafood – can’t beat that! Here’s what wikipedia has to say about chanpon –

Champon (ちゃんぽん Chanpon?), also known as Chanpon, is a noodle dish that is a regional cuisine of Nagasaki, Japan. Due to the inspiration from Chinese cuisine, it is also a form of Japanese Chinese cuisine. Champon is made by frying pork, seafood and vegetables with lard; a soup made with chicken and pig bones is added. Ramen noodles made especially for champon are added and then boiled. Unlike other ramen dishes, only one pan is needed as the noodles are boiled in the soup. Depending on the season and the situation, the ingredients differ. Hence the taste and style may depend on the location and time of year.
History

Champon was first served by Shikairō (四海楼?), a Chinese restaurant in Nagasaki. According to the restaurant, it was based on a dish in Fujian cuisine, tonniishiimen (湯肉絲麵?)[1] In the middle of Meiji period, the owner saw a need for a cheap, but filling, meal that suited the palates of hundreds of Chinese students who came to Japan for schooling opportunities. Nowadays, champon is a popular specialty food (or meibutsu) of Nagasaki.

The word champon may also be used for many kinds of random acts where things are mixed. It can also be used to describe the practice of mixing different types of alcohol on a single occasion.

So, it’s kind of a mixed bag. Variety is the spice of life, so they say and I think that might be why I enjoy this dish. Let’s have a look at the Takamori take on this one!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure but I am guessing there is fish in the base. To prepare, add a little oil to a pan. Fry up the seafood, pork and veggies for a minute or so and then add 300ml water and the contents of the seasoning sachet. Cook for a minute, then add the noodle pouch content and cook for another 3 minutes. Enjoy!

One of the three noodle pouches.

The soup base sachet.

The powder base.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added squid, shrimp, kamaboko, thin sliced pork, green onion and sweet onion. The noodles have a great gauge and chew. The broth had a nice flavor to it – kind of a buttery seafood taste. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4901959041129.

A short film by a tourist to Kumamoto Castle. I really didn’t know there were lots of castles in Japan – would be great to see someday!

#1110: GS25 Gonghwachun Jjajangmyun

This was sent to me by Kristina W. of Arizona – thank you! Jjajangmyun is basically a noodle that is coated in a black bean sauce. Let’s check it out!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains meat or not.

The noodle block.

The only packet included is a big one full of sauce. Decided (as I did yesterday as well) not to make a big mess by trying to fit this stuff in one of the little sake cups I usually use.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some beef, carrot and Vidalia sweet onion. The noodles good – a little chewier than usual and nice and plump. The jjajang sauce is really great – has a rich black bean flavor with a little bit of extra heartiness, especially from the potatoes. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801128506571.

Here’s a recipe for jjajangmyeon!

#1038: Itomen Chanponmen

Here’s one that the folks from God Of Patena sent – thanks! Very little English on here – searched and translated via UPC code and kept coming up with ‘chanpon’ over and over so I’m calling it that. Also found it called ‘champon’ too, but more often than not it was ‘chanpon.’ Most things show it as a seafood broth, but as you can see on the package, it looks like ham or smoked pork. I also saw mention that this was a borrowed noodle soup from Chinese culture; like jjamppong perhaps? Let’s check it out!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block. It reminds me of waves lapping a distant shore.

The seasoning packet.

A nice scent with seafood notes.

Solid ingredients.

Looks like cabbage and shrimp and maybe some other things going on.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added thin sliced chuck sauteed in garlic and Worcestershire sauce, carrot, mushroom, egg and sweet onion. The noodles are wonderful – thin and elastic with a perfect consistency. The broth is light and almost cheery – a nice savory taste. The extra bits hydrated well. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4901104100015

A bunch of Japanese TV commercials from 1987 – there’s an Itomen one at 1m30s.

#989: GS25 Gonghwachun Jjamppong

This was sent to me by Kristina W. of Arizona – thank you! This one was a toughie to decipher so here’s what I found. GS25 is a chain of convenience stores in South Korea. From what I read on the packaging, this is a product made for them by Paldo. There’s a restaurant in Incheon called Gonghwachun – I think that’s what is being referred to here. Gonghwachun is a famous Chinese restaurant and well known for its Jjajangmyeon. Finally, Jjamppong (also jjambong, champong) is a spicy seafood soup. If I’m wrong, please comment! Anyways, on with the review!

Here’s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge). From what I see, I’m going with 550mL of water and then cooking the noodles and seasoning powder for 4 minutes. After that, adding the seasoning block and giving a stir.

A nice big brick of noodles.

Powder seasoning.

Spicy flavored seasoning.

A seasoning block!

Seasoning blocks are really cool – they re-hydrate really quickly and have lots of interesting ingredients. This one has a strong fish scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added odeng, shrimp, narutomaki, kamaboko and sweet onion. The noodles nice and wide and plentiful. The broth is nice and spicy and has great seafood flavor. This is a real treat – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801128506656

About Jjajangmyeon in South Korea.