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#2216: A-Sha Chow Mein Spicy Flavor

Here’s the third of the A-Sha microwavable tray varieties – let’s give it a looksie!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in vegetables sachet and noodle block to tray. Add water to fill line and microwave uncovered at 800W for 4 minutes. Use lid to drain off excess water and add in liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The tray under the cardboard outer.

A wrapped noodle block.

The back of the package (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The vegetables sachet.

A liquid sachet.

Spicy sauce!

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles just didn’t cook right in this one and what kind of surprised me was that I used the exact same microwave settings as the last one of these I cooked. Really bummed. I do know that if these were cooked in a pot normally, they’d be 5 stars. The flavor is great – nice soy sauce and spiciness augmented by a great selection of veggies. Really unfortunate. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4715635852950.

A-Sha Chow Mein – Spicy Sauce

This looks really good!

#2158: A-Sha Chow Mein Original Flavor

Here’s another one of the newer A-Sha tray designs. This one’s original flavor, which is kind of a soy sauce flavor I believe. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block and vegetable sachet contents to tray. Fill to line with water. Microwave uncovered for 4 minutes at 800W (for different wattage microwaves, use this handy tool). Put lid on and use spout to drain off excess water. Add in liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Here’s the tray underneath the cardboard outer.

The bag of noodles.

Detail of the back of the package (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The vegetables sachet.

A nice little mixture.

A liquid sachet.

Kind of a slightly thick soy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out extremely well – beautiful gauge and texture. Again, these are the noodles that when I first tried them cooked I considered to be ‘masterful in their simplicity,’ using very few ingredients and delivering a fine chew and mouthfeel. They don’t disappoint here whatsoever. As for the flavoring, it’s a salty soy which coats everything well. The vegetables are a very nice addition to this product. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4715635852943.

A-Sha Chow Mein – Original Sauce

A video clip with news coverage about A-Sha Dry Noodle of Taiwan.

#2156: A-Sha Chow Mein Oyster Sauce BBQ Flavor

The next edition of The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time will be coming out in about a month, and so I’ll be cramming in as many late ones to arrive as possible. Today, one of a trifecta by A-Sha Dry Noodles – microwavable trays! Definitely something I’ve not seem out of Taiwan before that I can think of. Anyways, let’s give it a whirl in the ol’ microwave!

Here’s the back of the cardboard outer (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodle block and vegetable sachet contents to tray. Fill to line with water. Microwave uncovered for 4 minutes at 800W (for different wattage microwaves, use this handy tool). Put lid on and use spout to drain off excess water. Add in liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Here’s the tray, unopened as seen under the cardboard outer.

A noodle block.

The back of the included noodle package (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The vegetables sachet.

A nice selection.

The liquid sachet.

Has a sweet scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out a little on the al dente side but were still quite good. the issue I had with this was the profoundly salty nature of the flavoring. It was just too much and just didn’t work right here; kind of like the sauce was at adds with the noodle. The vegetables did well. 2.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4715635852936.

A-Sha Chow Mein – Oyster Sauce (Hoisin)

An A-Sha Dry Noodle promotional video.

#1321: Takamori Fresh Chow Mein Noodles With Seasoning

A co-worker named Joan at my wife’s work recently went to Hawaii and went out of her way to find something I hadn’t tried yet! She looked through the Big List and lo and behold, I hadn’t tried this chow mein! Thank you very much! These are fresh noodles, usually found in the cold section. They’re also a broth free variety. You might be more familiar with them as yakisoba, a noodle dish that can be found at little teriyaki joints all over. Let’s give this a try!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Package contains three noodle blocks and three seasoning sachets. Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, put a little oil in a pan and saute up some vegetables. Set vegetables aside. Add a tablespoon oil, two tablespoons water and the noodle block. Pan fry for 2-3 minutes. Return the veggies and sprinkle with contents of a sachet. Stir fry until veggies are all done. Enjoy!

A fresh noodle pouch. Note that there are three of these included.

Three of these sachets as well.

Smells like yakisoba seasoning!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added grilled chicken, sweet onion, green onion and carrot. The noodles are an almost identical gauge to spaghetti noodles. They have a decent chew to them; a little chewier than spaghetti noodles. The flavor is quite good – salty, Worcestershire and enjoyable. The oil is a little bit of a gray area in this one; adds a bit of greasiness that could go either way. Good stuff. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 074410455033.

Here’s something I’ve not heard of before – Tokuroten.

#1252: Tesco Instant Noodles Chow Mein Flavour

Here’s one that Joe B. and Sarah B. sent me from Nottingham, UK – thanks! Tesco’s a big grocery store chain in England. Let’s try out their chow mein!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 250ml water and contents of seasoning sachet in a pot. Break noodle block into 3 or 4 pieces and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Here’s the noodle block.

The seasoning sachet.

Has an odd scent; almost like Worcestershire but not quite.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added leeks, broccoli, sweet onion, green onions and chicken I sauteed with some light soy sauce. The noodles aren’t bad – your basic instant. Decent texture and chew. The flavoring is really quite good – there’s just not enough of it. These noodles are quite bland. I will say once paired with the additions it went well, but separately wasn’t very impressive. 2.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 5010204862484>.

Looks like they have some neat innovations in the UK – check out how your shopping experience may look some day.

#749: Top Ten: Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein (New Version)

We were at 99 Ranch Market yesterday and I noticed that Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein has a new packaging. Wondering if it’s got a different flavor as well.

Okay so if you look at the serving size and everything from here and compare it to the old one here, there are definite difference in amount of fat, sodium and other things. Hmm. Click image to enlarge.

The noodle block – tight and kind of weighty – tasty raw too I might add!

Here’s the main seasoning packet.

Tasty stuff here!

Yeah! Green Laver is one of my all-time favorite seasoning additions!

Sprinkle it on at the very end and enjoy! It’s powdered seaweed.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little beef lunch meat and some kizami shoga (pickled ginger). Well, The only difference I could detect was … Well, nothing really. This is incredibly nummy stuff! It didn’t seem to want to suck up all the liquid as fast as the old one, but after adding the main seasoning packet and giving it a stir and returning it to the stove for a minute or so it was all but absorbed. There’s a reason this is in the top ten list – it’s good – really good. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – one of my all-time favorites! UPC bar code 076186000189.

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Vintage Sapporo Ichiban TV commercial

A quick segue from the Asian Pop explosion, here are some demented children in vintage advertising.

Top-Ten Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Chow Mein

Aha -= this is one of my favorite! Number four on the Top Ten Instant Noodles of All Time as reviewed by The Ramen Rater. Thanks go to Greg B. of Marathon, Florida for sending a pack my way!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). As you can see by the directions if you cock your head to the right, these noodles are made a little different. You add the noodles to a mere cup of boiling water. Cook them until they suck up all the water, then add the seasoning packet and stir.

First, here’s the noodles. Fried and tasty!

This is the packet whose content get stirred in once the noodles have cooked.

Gotta love that font! Green Laver is in here. This stuff gets sprinkled on top of everything once it’s done. Serious goodness.

The finished product (click image to enlarge). This is the finest of the fine I tell ya! The noodles are good. They’re chewy but not funky. The flavor is sweet and has a slight spiciness to it – not as heat of peppers kind of spice either. Its a lot like yakisoba sauce. The seaweed on top adds just a little bit of extra flavor and adds a nice finish and a colorful oddness. This is great stuff and I truly cannot advise you enough to try it. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 076186000189.

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Geez this is old – feels like forever ago…

#13: Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein Japanese Style Noodles


Sapporo Ichiban: Chow Mein
Stars: ***1/2
Notes: Now this stuff is quite different – and quite good as well. It definitely
tastes like a greasy, heavily sauce laden noodle. The broth is dark brown
mainly because of all the soy, but it’s not all that salty. It is quite good
and I highly recommend it. One of the more compelling packets in this one is a little cellophane pouch of ‘green laver.’ It’s seaweed powder and adds a delicately mossy green shade to the concoction if added like pepper evenly to the top. This is a must for the adventurous and keen on the weird factor.

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