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#2926: Myojo Charumera Chanpon

#2926: Myojo Charumera Chanpon

Here’s another neat one from Zenpop.JP. Thank you! So Zenpop has all sorts of monthly boxes including ramen boxes. Nine instant ramen in one box for a good price – check ’em out and use coupon code RAMENRATER at checkout for a discount! Here’s what they had to say about this one –

“Charumera is the sign of ramen. It’s a kind of trumpet which has been used by street ramen vendors to let people know they’re coming to town. This bowl of chanpon tells us an old time story of pushcart ramen. Chanpon is a Chinese influenced dish with a rich soup and a variety of tasty toppings.”

Just to let you know, no. There is no cat in this. Let’s give it a try!

Myojo Charumera Chanpon – Japan

#2926: Myojo Charumera Chanpon

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork, chicken, squid, mackerel shrimp and salmon. To prepare, add in powder sachet and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 5 minutes. Add in oil sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2926: Myojo Charumera Chanpon

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2926: Myojo Charumera Chanpon

The noodle block.

#2926: Myojo Charumera Chanpon

Loose bits from the bowl.

#2926: Myojo Charumera Chanpon

A dry base sachet.

#2926: Myojo Charumera Chanpon

A fluffy powder.

#2926: Myojo Charumera Chanpon

A liquid base sachet.

#2926: Myojo Charumera Chanpon

Seasoned oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, narutomaki, 31-44ct shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and chashu pork. The noodles had a very nice chew to them. They had a slightly larger than standard gauge and a round character. The broth has that seafood and peanut taste I like a lot. Worked quite well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902881420846.

#2926: Myojo Charumera Chanpon

myojo charumela ramen tonkotsu shoyu (3.52ozx5packs), 17.64oz

At the beginning and end of this tune from 1953, I believe you can hear a charumera bleating

#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.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles 2017 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

South Korean instant noodles are known around the world as being spicy and beefy for the most part. However, there are many different styles. In fact, seafood jjamppong, black bean jjajang, cold noodles, and creamy beef noodles exist in the scene. Today, I’ll do a rundown of my favorites – the best of the highest rated South Korean varieties from over 2,300 unique varieties I’ve reviewed from around the world. Finally, I would like to note that it’s tougher to find South Korean varieties. Therefore, any instant noodle companies from South Korea should contact me promptly to be considered for upcoming top ten lists. Let’s get started.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

This year’s video presentation with some extras!

#10: Nongshim Soon Veggie Noodle Soup

Nongshim Soon Veggie Noodle Soup

This is the first instant noodle on the top ten to be marketed towards vegetarians. What surprised me about it is that the broth has such a full flavor to it; deep and satisfying. The noodles are slightly larger in gauge than your run of the mill instant, which is common of South Korean ‘ramyun.’ Magnificent stuff! Original review here

#9: Samyang Foods Cheese Curry Ramyun

Samyang Foods Cheese Curry

The noodles are of a decent ramyun gauge and hydrate nicely in the three minutes directed. In addition, the broth is thick with a very nice kind of creamy curry flavor. Finally, an inkling of spiciness. Beautiful stuff! Original review here

#8: Nongshim Zha Wang (Jjawang) Noodles With Chajang Sauce

Nongshim Zha Wang Chajang Jjajangmyun

The noodles are out of this world – soft and chewy, with a nice width and thickness – very hearty. The sauce coats everything and there’s more than enough of it. Finally, its thick, rich black bean flavor is has peas, cabbage and other veggies. This is the best jjajang I’ve ever tried. Original review here

#7: Paldo Cheese Noodle

Paldo Cheese Noodle

These noodles – wow. Arguably the best addition to South Korean ramyun has to be cheese. Well, not only is cheese included here but it’s got just the perfect notes of spiciness and strong, rich flavor. The little guy with the sign that says cheese noodle rocks too! Original review here

#6: Nongshim Champong Noodle Soup Spicy Seafood Flavor

Nongshim Champong Noodle Soup Spicy Seafood Flavor

These noodles are big and plump and chewy – wider as well. They’re fantastic! Would love to see a Shin Ramyun using this noodle! The broth is equally wonderful insofar as the flavor has this taste and smell. It has a seafood barbecue kind of taste. The oil adds a nice extra to the broth. Spicy, tasty and awesome! Original review here

#5: Paldo Rabokki Noodle

Paldo Rabokki Noodle

The noodles plump up perfectly – thick and a good chew. The broth is more of a sauce and it’s very rich – spicy and sweet – like an adult version of Spaghetti-O’s which I find delectable. Original review here

#4: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja

Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja

The noodles are very good – nice thick ramyun. In addition, I have read that they are augment them with chilli pepper in them as well. Next, the broth has a seriously spicy kick to it and a very peanut aroma with pork notes. Finally, the vegetables hydrate very well. Back with a vengeance! Original review here

#3: Nongshin Chal Bibim Myun

Nongshim Chal Bibim Myun

First, the noodles are nice and thick with a great chew – ramyun through and through. Second, the sauce works extremely well. It’s sweet and spicy and works perfectly with a cold noodle. Finally, the flavor is nice and crisp while smooth and effective. Original review here

#2: ChoripDong Hurricane Rice Cake

ChoripDong Hurricane Rice Cake Rabokki

Very red. It’s got a thick spicy and sweet sauce. Fresh ramyun. It’s got topokki. Indeed, this is a real find – Just looking at the picture makes me want some right this instant. Slipping from #1 to #2 this year. Original review here

#1: Paldo Budae Jigae

Paldo Budae Jigae / Chigae

As always, I’m shocked when something comes across my desk that’s unlike anything I’ve reviewed. In the first place, the noodles are great – thick ramyun. Indeed they are chewy and thick gauge. The broth is really good; thicker than most and has a kind of ‘boiling with hot dogs in it all day’ kind of thing going on. Moreover, the included garnish is a real treat as it contains not only beans, processed meat and slices of sausage, but pieces of macaroni as well. This one really goes above and beyond on this one – I’m impressed. Original review here

#2126: Nissin Mennippon Oumi Chanpon

A lot of Meet The Manufacturers lately! Nice to get back to going through my hampers and picking something different every day! This one hails from Japan and was sent to me by Javier of www.BoxFromJapan.com. You can go there and subscribe to a monthly box of instant ramen – really a great deal! I’ve never gotten a repeat or one that I’ve reviewed before – pretty awesome! Here’s what Javier has to say about this one:

“Omi Champon” is the soul food of Shiga Prefecture, and has been a beloved dish for more than 50 years. Soup: This soup is rich in flavor, made from Japanese-style dashi stock with a base of bonito and kombu, together with pork and vegetables which increase its taste and sweetness. Noodles: These noodles have a deep body which goes together perfectly with the soup. Ingredients: Cabbage, spring onions, carrots, cloud ear mushrooms and bean sprouts.

Awesome – let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add in dry sachets and fill to line with boiling water. Cover and place liquid sachet on top for 4 minutes. Add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the top and underside of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The liquid sachet.

Has a nice scent.

One of the two solid ingredients sachets.

A lot going on here.

The second solid ingredients sachet.

Cabbage I think.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles were chewy and premium – much like the Raoh noodles if not the same ones. The broth has a mild thickness to it and a nice kind of pork flavor – almost sesame style. The included bits hydrated especially well – the cabbage was crunchy and abundant, the bits of pork were everywhere too. A very premium bowl from Japan. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105226964.

Did you know that Nissin Japan also makes snack? Nissin Milk Wheat Snacks, Crisp Chocolate

A great little trio of Nissin Japan TV commercials for this product.

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!

#1162: Nissin Chanpon Ramen

Here’s another I got at T&T Supermarket up in Canada recently. This one’s frozen! Chanpon is a special thing; seafood and pork are sauteed and special ramen noodles and a little broth is added. Sounds awesome – let’s check it out.

Here’s the distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge). Contains fish.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the noodle package. You can microwave it in the pack like popcorn!

The soup base packet.

 

A milky liquid.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added imitation crab stick, Walla Walla sweet onion, narutomaki, kamaboko, thin sliced pork, shrimp and green onion. The noodles are thick – like spaghetti but not the same texture. Like a slightly thinner than udon gauge. The broth has a rich seafood flavor that compliments the noodles very well. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4548779700272.

Chanpon in Kyoto, Japan.

#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.