This one might be a bit of a surprise to you – insofar that I haven’t reviewed it, that is. Well, two other brand have these ‘bowl noodle’ style products from South Korea as well. This is Samyang’s entry into the fray of this form factor and style. Don’t get me wrong – one that’s been popular for years is their Yukgaejang bowls which look almost identical – except the name. They recently sent a bunch of these in different flavors – let’s give chicken a try!
Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor – South Korea
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to line. cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and e enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, chicken, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and spring onion. Noodles hydrated nicely and worked well with the broth, which was much better than I expected. It had a nice chicken soup kind of taste, however it also had a sweet element which was quite enjoyable. Included vegetables were here and there. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073211735.
Here’s the one that everybody’s got – chicken. Very few instant noodle companies don’t have a chicken noodle soup on the market. I can think of a few, but they’re kind of far and few between. Chicken is kind of a universally accessible flavor and meat (well, except for Vegans). I think this probably will be a pretty good one. I gave it 4.0 out of 5.0 in May of 2015 when I re-reviewed it back then. I kind of remember people asking me to give them another look and so I did. Anyways, Let’s get to it!
Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Chicken Flavored Soup – United States
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
A light powder.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken with pepper and Salt For Life, spring onion and Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts. The noodles come out just as well as the other pack varieties – nice gauge and chew. The broth has a strong chicken taste and a salty one too. Everything I expected from a chicken instant noodle, although the nicer noodle pushes it up a bit. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 076186000028.
I found this one at RT Mart in Taipei., Taiwan. Okay so RT Mart. It’s big – I mean big. The aisle with instant noodles was probably the largest I’ve seen to date not only lengthwise, but height as well.
They way they have it there is a row of the 5 packs and then a row of individuals then a row of 5 packs. It’s pretty logical actually. One thing that’s tough is seeing all these neat new varieties but they’re all in 5 packs and I only want one of them.
This one looked pretty cool – I mean, it’s just chicken, but it’s chicken with a little chicken on it. Alright – let’s check out this one.
Wei Lih Chicken Flavor – Taiwan
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure, but I’m guessing it contains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The seasoning base.
Powder and veg.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, hard boiled egg, spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are very nice – soft and loose with a slightly flatter shape. The broth has a nice kind of sesame chicken taste to it which I found very good and reminiscent of the first instant noodles. Basic, unassuming and comfortable. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710199028216.
Today, we say goodbye to the Olagafood Meet The Manufacturer series. Overall, it’s been a fun and tasty experience! I want to thank Davin over at Olagafood again for everything – also want to thank Jonathan at Waroeng Jajanan for supplying garnish and insight into this series! Much appreciated!
We end today with chicken flavor. I’m really excited about this series – and the fact that I’m getting some help from a local business. Jonathan over at Waroeng Jajanan. The store and restaurant combo is just an amazing place to check out authentic Indonesian cuisine, and you’ll be seeing a lot of (pretty much all) that I add in the end being from there in this series. Alright – let’s check out this one from Alhami as part of Meet The Manufacturer!
Alhami Instant Noodle Chicken Flavor – Indonesia
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 350ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dual sachet.
Chilli powder atop soup base.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added (prepared by Waroeng Jajanan) egg with sambal, curry chicken, fried onion (and from my own kitchen) tau pok, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and coriander. The noodles in all the Olagafood variants have had a decent gauge and chew to them. Quantity is nice as well. The broth has a slightly spicy chicken taste with a nice oiliness. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 034126939043.
When I read about this new product line in my news feeds, I was very curious. For years, I’ve though that the amount of vegetables included with instant noodle varieties in general was way too slim. Of course, vegetables cost money to put in there and so that’s something to consider.
Well, Nissin here has decided to throw caution to the wind and come up with a new Cup Noodles variety called Very Veggie. This stuff is purported to give you a full serving of vegetables – 1/2 a cup’s worth. Let’s see really how many vegetables we’re talking about here!
Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup – United States
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add room temperature water to the fill line and microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. Let sit in the microwave one additional minute. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). So this is what we have with nothing added. Noodle come out about as expected. They’re thin and soft. The broth is extremely good. The sheer amount of vegetables actually add a nice flavor to it. The vegetables hydrated very well and are just everywhere – broccoli, edamame, corn, and carrot really liven things up. Extremely impressed! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662401019.
With my son Andy over here, it’s usually a good bet that he will like some chicken noodles with some nice garnish. His favorites include fish cake and cheese – which don’t always go with everything. I’d usually choose something like that combo for spicy Korean seafood ramyun. He did indeed get his cheese after the final picture of the noodles were taken today, and so all things are good in the world. Let’s check out this variety from Vietnam!
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 a bowl and add 400ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
A slightly granular powder with a chicken scent.
The vegetables sachet.
Small bits of greenery.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles hydrated well and had a comfort food kind of texture – soft and warm. They also hydrated very well. The broth was quite good – nice chicken taste and bits of vegetable were throughout. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 851683004195.
It’s pretty rare for me to hit a regular old supermarket here in the USA and find something I’ve not reviewed before, but it happens from time to time. I found this one at a WinCo Foods in Edmonds, Washington. It used to be a Top Foods a while ago but I think they’ve all but gone out of business and WinCo moved in. WinCo is kind of weird – imagine a big grocery store but kind of like Costco but not Costco and kind of cold and you have to bag your own groceries. Oh – and there are tons of signs everywhere in this really basic font. It almost seems like a weird government experiment – but I digress! This is a new one from Nissin – looks tasty for this cold weather. Let’s check it out!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, Add room temperature water to fill line. Stir. Set in center of microwave (1000w) and run for 3 minutes. Let stand 1 minute. Stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added green onion. This one features the ‘spoonable noodles’ first seen in Nissin’s Spoon-It line. The noodles are egg noodle length and half the width. They’re a little thicker though and quite nice. The broth has a good chicken flavor and was satisfying. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662030431.
Here’s the other variety of J.J. snack noodles CarJEN produces. Ayam translates to chicken. The mighty chicken seems to be the universally accepted flavor in the world. I was just wondering – how many are there? Chickens, I mean; how many chickens are there on the planet? I typed in world population of chickens into Google and it spat this out instantaneously:
In 2009 the annual chicken population in factory farms was estimated at 50 billion, with 6 billion raised in the European Union, over 9 billion raised in the United States and more than 7 billion in China.
I searched to find out how many people there are and it said the world’s human population is roughly 7.2 billion. That’s a lot of us, and a lot of chickens. – about 7 of them for every person, everywhere. It kind of interesting to think about all the resources are needed to handle this huge population of chickens – feed, water, waste etc. Pretty amazing. But anyways, let’s have a look at this chicken flavored J. J. Snek Mi Perisa Ayam!
The above picture is of one of the individual packs that are inside the first picture with is a bag of ten.
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, simply open the bag and eat, or crush contents in the bag and then open. Enjoy!
The uncrushed noodle block.
Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles have a very nice crunch without being too hard. They’ve got a nice chicken flavor to them. An easy to enjoy snack. Giving this snack a score of 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9557226062332.
Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (from Amazon) If you grew up on corner-store treats, memory lane is paved with Ho Hos, Yodels, Oreos, and Ring Dings. And while your taste buds may have grown up a bit, chances are you still crave these classic flavors. Now you can re-create the lunch-box delights that made you the envy of other kids, with all-natural homemade versions. After much obsessing and experimentation, Jennifer Steinhauer has cracked the code for 70 iconic treats to re-create in your own kitchen. There are cookies with a perfect crunchy base for cream filling, snack cakes with frosting so thick you can peel it off all at once, candies dipped in chocolate and dusted with sugar, and ice cream pops so juicy that they drip down your arm. A self-taught baker, Jennifer had no interest in complicated techniques or chemical gunk, just easy hacks that break down and remaster these throwback snacks.
A short video of a CarJEN sponsored event in Melaka, Malaysia.
Cup Noodles are made by Nissin in all sorts of varieties worldwide. They make them specifically for different regions – the ones for sale in India have an Indian taste; ones in Brazil have flavors that appeal to Brazilians. One flavor that is kind of universal is chicken. I would guess that every country has some kind of well known chicken dish. I wonder if they have chicken in Antarctica? I guess it would be freeze-dried and imported. Is Antarctica even inhabited? Maybe wikipedia will know…
Several governments maintain permanent manned research stations on the continent. The number of people conducting and supporting scientific research and other work on the continent and its nearby islands varies from about 1,000 in winter to about 5,000 in the summer, giving it a population density between 0.00007 inhabitants per square kilometre (0.00018 /sq mi) and 0.00035 inhabitants per square kilometre (0.00091 /sq mi) at these times.
Wow that’s not many… But is it a country?
Antarctica has no government, although various countries claim sovereignty in certain regions. While a few of these countries have mutually recognized each other’s claims, the validity of these claims is not recognized universally.
New claims on Antarctica have been suspended since 1959 and the continent is considered politically neutral. Its status is regulated by the 1959 Antarctic Treaty and other related agreements, collectively called the Antarctic Treaty System. Antarctica is defined as all land and ice shelves south of 60° S for the purposes of the Treaty System. The treaty was signed by twelve countries including the Soviet Union (and later Russia), the United Kingdom, Argentina, Chile, Australia, and the United States. It set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, established freedom of scientific investigation and environmental protection, and banned military activity on the continent. This was the first arms control agreement established during the Cold War.
It doesn’t look likely that there will be an Antarctic Cup Noodles version coming out any time soon. But then again, you never know – there aren’t a whole lot of people who reside in outer space, but Nissin invented ‘Space Ram’ noodles for an astronaut in 2005! Here’s a snippet from the WINA (World Instant Noodle Association) website:
Another of Momofuku Ando’s achievements was the development of Space Ram, the first noodles to be consumed in outer space. After NASA’s stringent quality and safety check, the product was carried into space by Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in July 2005. Space Ram are based on technology developed over many years, including systems to prevent the noodles and soup from escaping in zero gravity. Having spread throughout the world, instant noodles have now carried his ideals into space.
Alright so there’s your lesson on Antarctica and instant noodles in space! Let’s check out these chicken Cup Noodles from Singapore!
Here’s the back of the cardboard outer (click image to enlarge). Contains egg and chicken. To prepare, add boiling water to line. Cover and steep for 3 minutes. Stir well and enjoy!
Here’s the cup, unobstructed by the cardboard outer.
Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).
The seasoned noodle block.
Here are some of the loose bits from the cup – diced chicken, vegetables and egg.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added grilled chicken, corn, carrots, peas, scrambled egg with Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Chilli Sauce, and some Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Basil Seasoning. The noodles are of the Cup Noodles gauge and feel – thin and tasty and well-hydrated. The broth has a nice chicken flavor, and the supplied egg, chicken and veggies were of decent quality as well as quantity. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888279102029.
Here’s what we find here in the United States – Cup Noodles Chicken!
Here’s a video of a trip to the Momofuku Ando Instant Noodles Museum in Japan. One of my dreams is to visit Japan and come here.
Here’s just a little of the veggies from the bottom of the bowl.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added some stir fry veggies, some baked chicken with Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning, a fried egg with Krazy Mixed Up Salt and some kizami shoga (pickled ginger). The noodles are nice – light and buttery with a nice width. The broth is interesting; it is spicy but not burn your face off spicy and has a nice chicken flavor with some hints of cumin. I like it – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 648436100255 – get it here.
When I recently redid The Big List, I noticed some things. One of them was that I have never reviewed this one, nor it’s Beef or Shrimp fellow Instant Lunches! Talk about an oversight on my part… I’m hoping that I’ll be able to do a Meet The Manufacturer with Maruchan soon – thanks to everyone who has asked me to do one, it’s just I’ve never been able to successfully get in touch with them. Well, here we go with a close up and personal with Maruchan’s Instant Lunch: Chicken Flavor.
Here’s the back of the cardboard packaging (click to enlarge).
Under the cardboard outer is the familiar foam cup.
Here’s the lid (click to enlarge). Read the lid! It says use a SEPARATECONTAINER to heat the water and add to the cup – don’t microwave the cup!
The seasoning and vegetables are right there under the lid; no packets.
Finished. Added boiled chicken, green bell pepper, broccoli, yellow onion and Krazy Mixed Up Salt. When I stirred the noodles, veggies and liquid initially, there was a kind of frothy foam. The noodles are thin and have a kind of buttery flavor and light texture. The broth has a pleasant, salty chicken flavor and nice color – not bad. The veggies weren’t bad either – I think I liked the peas the most, the corn the least and the carrot in between. I could totally enjoy something like this for lunch. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789001215 – get it here
Here’s another one of the new ones from Nissin! Let’s give it a try.
Back and side panels – click to enlarge.
A big bag of noodles!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this stuff is really tasty straight out of the bag! This one especially!
Andy got to eat this bowl – got him some different kamaboko the other day.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some kamaboko. The noodles are short and definitely fill the bill when it comes to ‘comfort food;’ lots of noodles and tasty. The broth is trademark tasty chicken flavor. A good one here – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 070662075029 .
Something I’ve never seen before – a Nissin Vietnam commercial
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