Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.
So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Gunma-chan is the official mascot of Gunma prefecture in Japan who takes the form of a gorse due to the region’s historical fame for raising horses. He’s here to bring you a delicious udon topped with scallions, egg, and seaweed.”
If you flip it upside down, it looks like VP Pence eating a stewed egg! Let’s check it out!
Daikoku Gunma-Chan Udon – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Probably contains fish and pork. To prepare, add boiling water fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions. The noodles were great – liked the broadness and texture quite a but. The broth has a sweet kitsune kind of taste to it but was less salty. Lots of fried tofu. It ended up being pretty good despite my dislike for this style usually. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4904511006215.
I’m not exactly sure what Hiyoko-Chan is saying on the front here, but I do know that this one’s kimchi flavor. This is a cousin of the one I reviewed for my 2000th review earlier this year. Shall we crack it open and look inside? Let’s do it!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat but probably does. to prepare, add boiling water to fill line along with contents of green sachet. Let steep for 3 minutes. Add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrated very nicely – thin and flat as you would find in standard Chikin Ramen. The broth is a little different – oilier and with a bit of spiciness from the liquid sachet. The bit of kimchi in this are bigger than most I’ve found in instant noodle products from South Korea! That was a little bit of a surprise! Spring onion and an abundant crop of little pieces of scrambled egg round out the scene. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105233061.
Here’s another one from Ramen Place! Thanks! I think this should be a tasty one – let’s see!
Here’s the bottom of the package (click image to enlarge).
Here’s what you get after you take off the outer plastic (click image to enlarge).
Here’s what the noodle block looks like. Broad noodles.
The powder packet.
It gets stirred in after the cooking goes down.
Veggies! Quite a bit of them too!
Finished (click image to enlarge). I added some Bird’s Eye Stir Fry veggies and a little roast turkey breast lunch meat on the right. Also tossed in a little kizami shoga (pickled ginger) as well as some Ajishima Kim Chi Furikake. I like the noodles – they did really well for being a microwaved meal component. I added about a sixteenth of a cup of extra water and I think that may have been a good idea to avoid dryness. The sauce is excellent – a very mellow soy sauce kind of flavor. The supplied veggies are good – fresh tasting corn and cabbage going on. I really enjoyed this – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 041789007088 – get it here.
So my friend Todd hooked me up with this stuff – thanks man! Haven’t seen this one before, so let’s give it a try.
What a standard single packet of domestic made ramen noodle soup seasoning! This should be interesting enough I think; usually I see hot flavored packets of flavoring out of Korea and Thailand but really not so much out of the USA.
Dark red and angry! Wasn’t expecting that… Was very nice to look at the packet ingredients and see chili as the second one! Impressive…
Click image to enlarge. The finished product. Added a couple hard boiled eggs, some Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning and a little Amanfopong chili powder. Was reasonably ‘hot & spicy’ flavored for a domestic product. It kind of ended there though – would’ve been nice if it had maybe more of a veg flavor too. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.