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#2774: Nissin Cup Noodles Yuzu Flavor

#2774: Nissin Cup Noodles Yuzu Flavor

Here’s another one I found up in Canada a few months back. The graphics on this one are pretty awesome I think – but wait – what is yuzu? Help, Wikipedia!

Citrus junos[1][2] or yuzu (from Japanese ユズ) is a citrus fruit and plant in the family Rutaceae. It is called yuja (from Korean 유자) in Korean cuisine context. Both Japanese yuzu and Korean yuja are cognates of Chinese yòuzi(柚子), but the Chinese word means pomelo. Yuzu is called xiāngchéng (香橙) in Chinese.

The yuzu’s flavour is tart, closely resembling that of the grapefruit, with overtones of mandarin orange. It is rarely eaten as a fruit, though in the Japanese cuisine its aromatic zest (outer rind) is used to garnish some dishes, and its juice is commonly used as a seasoning, somewhat as lemon is used in other cuisines.

It is an integral ingredient (along with sudachidaidai, and other similar fruits) in the citrus-based sauce ponzu, and yuzu vinegar is also produced.

Yuzu is often combined with honey to make yuzu hachimitsu (柚子蜂蜜)—a kind of syrup that is used to make yuzu tea (柚子茶) or as an ingredient in alcoholic drinks such as the yuzu sour (柚子サワー).[6]

It is also used to make liquor (such as yuzukomachi, 柚子小町) and wine.[7][8]

Yuzu can also be used to make various sweets including marmalade and cake.

Yuzu kosho (also yuzukosho, literally “yuzu and pepper”), is a spicy Japanese sauce made from green or yellow yuzu zest, green or red chili peppers, and salt.

Slivered yuzu rind is also used to garnish a savoury, salty egg-pudding dish called chawanmushi, as well as miso soup.[9]

It is often used along with sudachi and kabosu.

Yuzu has also been used extensively in the flavoring of many snack products, such as Doritos.

That last bit about it being used as a Doritos flavor – citrus Doritos, eh? That’s interesting. Alright – let’s give this one a try!

Nissin Cup Noodles Yuzu Flavor – Japan

#2774: Nissin Cup Noodles Yuzu Flavor

Detail of the import/distributor sticker (click to enlarge).

#2774: Nissin Cup Noodles Yuzu Flavor

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contaims crustacean, chicken and fish. To prepare, add boi ling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2774: Nissin Cup Noodles Yuzu Flavor

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2774: Nissin Cup Noodles Yuzu Flavor

The noodle block. Looks like their light variety in this one.

#2774: Nissin Cup Noodles Yuzu Flavor

Lots of bits in here.

Finished (click to enlarge). Noodles were extra thin and light – they worked well here. The broth indeed had a citrus taste – a little fish taste as well. It worked well enough, however it was very odd. I wonder how it would be as a cold noodle soup? Lots of fish cake and egg throughout. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105242216.

#2774: Nissin Cup Noodles Yuzu Flavor

Nissin Cup Noodle 3 taste / soy sauce / seafood / curry / 9 assorted (Japan imports)

Harvesting yuzu in Japan

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Lucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Chili & Citrus

It’s been a while since I had any Lucky Me! Pancit Canton. This is a re-review of the 40th instant I ever reviewed! That puts it around 2002 or 2003 being the last time I tried this one. Not only that, it’s been about 1,000 reviews since I had any Pancit Canton. So what’s Pencit? Wikipedia has this to say:

Pancit or pansit is the term for noodles in Filipino cuisine. Noodles were introduced into the Philippines by the Chinese and have since been adopted into local cuisine. The term pancit is derived from the Hokkien pian i sit (Chinese: 便ê食; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: piān-ê-si̍t or Chinese: 便食; pinyin: biàn shí) which literally means “convenient food.”[1] Different kinds of noodles can be found in Filipino supermarkets which can then be cooked at home. Noodle dishes are also standard fare in local restaurants. Food establishments specializing in noodles are often referred to as panciterias.

Nancy Reyes Lumen of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism writes that according to food lore handed down from the Chinese, noodles should be eaten on one’s birthday.[1] They are therefore commonly served at birthday celebrations and Chinese restaurants in the Philippines often have “birthday noodles” listed on their menus. However, she warns that since “noodles represent long life and good health; they must not be cut short so as not to corrupt the symbolism.”[1]

Pancit Canton is chow mein instead of just noodles. As for the mention of birthday noodles – yeah – the Chinese thought is that if you eat uncut noodles on your birthday, it symbolizes a long life and is a lucky thing to do. Perhaps the name Lucky Me! has some roots in this idea? Let’s check out Lucky Me! Pancit Canton – Chili and Citrus!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. While cooking, add sachet contents to a plate and combine to create a paste. Drain noodles and add to plate. Stir, combining thoroughly. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry seasoning sachet.

A dry mix with flecks in it.

A dual sachet of seasoned oil and a thin dark sauce.

Dual sachet contents co-mingling together.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added prawn, lime and red chilli paddi. The noodles are just perfect – it’s so reminiscent of Indonesian Mi Goreng. They have a good gauge and nice chewiness. The flavor is like a slightly spicy, lime-infused buttery salty kind of melange that just works so well. The only downside? Yeah – I want to eat more! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 4807770270291.

If you really like this variety, you can get 72 packs of it here! I know of many people who like to make two at a time!

A Lucky Me! Pancit Canton TV advertisement.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1442: Maggi 2 Minute Noodles Tom Yam Flavour

Awesome! Tom Yam! Tom Yam soup is a spicy and citrus seafood extravaganza for the taste buds. I really enjoy it quite a bit. Let’s see how this variety tastes! This one’s made in Malaysia.

I thought I’d also mention that it’s a holiday! For those of you that didn’t know, it’s Eid Al Fitr, a Muslim religious holiday celebrated throughout the world. Here’s some info about it from wikipedia and Happy Eid to all celebrating today!

In Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei, Eid is more commonly known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Jawi: هاري راي عيدالفطري), Hari Raya Idul Fitri, Hari Raya Puasa, Hari Raya Fitrah or Hari Lebaran. Hari Raya means ‘Celebration Day’.

It is customary for workers in the city to return to their home town to celebrate with their families and to ask forgiveness from parents, in-laws, and other elders. This is known in Malaysia as balik kampung (homecoming).

The night before Idul Fitri is filled with the sounds of many muezzin chanting the takbir in the mosques or musallahs. In many parts Malaysia, especially in the rural areas, pelita or panjut or lampu colok (as known by Malay-Singaporeans) (oil lamps, similar to tiki torches) are lit up and placed outside and around homes. Special dishes like ketupat, rendang, lemang (a type of glutinous rice cake cooked in bamboo) and other Malay also Nyonya delicacies such as various kuih-muih are served during this day. It is common to greet people with “Salam Aidilfitri” or “Selamat Hari Raya” which means “Happy Eid”. Muslims also greet one another with “maaf zahir dan batin”, which means “Forgive my physical and emotional (wrongdoings)”.

By the way, I’m trying a couple of new things today – let me explain…

So I use a swing-arm lamp for lighting when I take pictures. It’s kind of tricky as to what kind of lightbulb to get; some people say use lots of lighting, but there’s one problem: when there’s soup involved, it really reflects and you get just a lot of glare. There’s a store we’ve driven by quite a few times called ‘batteries and light bulbs,’ and when we went in yesterday, that’s exactly what they had in there. I got a 30 watt CFL cool white – hoping it does well. Another thing I got were some placemats – one of the new ones is shown with the little cups on it. I was using a rubber mat on top of a black cloth placemat before as a background, but I thought it would be nice to make a change. What’s nice is that I’ve gotten some different colors – so that should be interesting! Anyways, thought I’d share. On with the Tom Yam!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 400ml water. Add noodle block and sachet contents – cook 2 minutes. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet: powder base on the left and liquid on the right.

Has a tangy scent.

A rich, deep color.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, Italian parsley, sliced green onion, sweet onion, fish ball and lime. The noodles are good – like the other 2 minute noodles, they have a nice gauge and pleasant mouthfeel. Good stuff. The broth has a decent kick to it in the spiciness department. The citrus flavor is present as well. A good bowl of noodles! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9556001128874.

A short video on Maggi Tom Yam.

#1212: Ruski Instant Noodles Tom Yum Flavour

Here’s another one sent by Samonporn. This one’s by the same company that makes MAMA noodles in Thailand. Let’s check it [email protected]

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself.

The noodle block.

Powdered soup base sachet.

Very granular powder.

The liquid sachet.

Has a spicy and citrus scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed shrimp, sweet onion and bell pepper as well as coriander and Fresno chilli peppers. The noodles are thin and nicely crumble as you chew them. The broth has a nice spiciness and citrus flavor. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8850987140006.

Anthony Bourdain goes to Thailand.

#937: MAMA Shrimp Flavour (TOM YUM) Oriental Style Instant Noodles

NOTE – This was originally catalogued as a ‘Re-Review’ but actually hadn’t reviewed it before. Therefore, I am correcting this and making it the next successive review, which is #937.

Here’s something I picked up at Walmart that asked for a re-review. As I’m sure many of you have read, the stock of new varieties of noodles that I have to review has dwindled. I’m hoping that will change soon, but until them, I’m forced to re-review some older ones. This should be pretty good – a spicy shrimp Tom Yum variety from Thailand.

The back of the package (click to enlarge).

The noodle block. This is pre-seasoned and pretty good right out of the bag.

Here’s a dual packet – chili powder on the left and seasoning powder on the right.

Here we have the chili powder atop the seasoning powder.

Here’s a packet of paste.

Not a huge amount but I’m sure it is an interesting addition…

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg with Krazy Mixed Up Salt, sweet onion, kamaboko and a little Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. The noodles are this and kind of crumbly. The broth has a strong citrus flavor and heat – nice Tom Yum tastes to it. I would recommend it – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 052066000036. Get it here.

Interesting MAMA TV commercial…

MAMA TV commercial.

#636: Yamamori Tom Yam Ramen Pork Flavor(Tomyankun Ramen Porkfu)

After tasting those last two earlier, I was ready to have something that looked really good – and here it is! Tom Yam noodles, made in Thailand and from Japan!

Here’s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge). I boiled an egg in with the noodles last time, but today I thought a couple fried eggs would go nicely.

Some noodles – look pretty standard. They had a little flavor.

Powder on the left and seasoned oil on the right.

As above, seasoning on the left and seasoned oil on the right. A lot of powder here!

Click image to enlarge. Alrighty it’s done woo hoo! I made two eggs with a little Cavender’s All-Purpose Greek seasoning. I also added some Kizami Shoga (pickled ginger) and finally, some fried shallots – this time some fresh ones (thanks Greg B.!).  The noodles were perfect – reminiscent of the kind you’d find in Momofuku Ando‘s flagship Chikin ramen from 1958, just an exponentially milder taste. The broth is spicy and full of citrus. It’s perfect pork tom yam flavor – loved it. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars – wonderful! UPC barcode 4903101701356 .

A Thai Food Expo interview of Yamamori.

#559: Wai Wai Quick Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour Instant Cup Noodle

Whoa what’s this?

Okay I cam read that. I figured I should pick out an orange one of some kind for Halloween…

Seasoned oil and powder…

Plus the high-tech folding fork!

Not an Autobot or a Decepticon, but this transformer feeds your face!

This stuff reeks of lemon. Reeks.

Click image to enlarge. Noodles aren’t all that great but everything tastes nice – shrimp, high heat and citrus. Yup – Tom Yummy! Only rel downside is the cup itself; if you drink the broth out of it it tends to dribble down your chin. I’m adept at using a cup too so I don’t think its my fault, really. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Apparently this cartoon was banned… Happy Halloween! Commercials are below

#554: Yum Yum Shrimp Flavour (Tom Yum) Oriental Style Instant Noodles

Here we have some Yum Yum noodles sent to me from Holland. made in Thailand and they’re Tom Yum flavor. Sounds good to me – here we go.

Just like all the other Yum Yum flavorrs except this one has drk flavored oil – hmm…

Looks like oil and perhaps a paste going on.

The finished product (click image to enlarge). A couple of fried eggs and a few drips of the new Tabasco Buffalo style hot sauce. Noodles aren’t great but not bad – kind of baseline good. The first thing I taste is lemon, characteristic tom yum. Spicy too. The broth has a nice color and flavor that permeates the noodles very well. Good bowl of noodles – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Yum Yum Jumbo Tom Yum Talay commercial.

This is a strange commercial; it’s just a burger. Looks very boring. But I wonder what ‘dressings’ they offer? There’s one of these next to Seafood City in Tukwila… Hmmm.

#439: Little Cook Tom Yum Seafood Premium Noodle

So the idea of a seafood noodle soup with fake seafood has been kind of daunting for the past couple months. However, today was the day. I must fear no ramen! So, here we have some seafood tom yum from Thailand.

Nice earthy colors from left to right: dry seasoning powder, seasoned oil paste and finally chili powder.

Then we’ve got a retort pouch!

It’s full of fake seafood – looks like it’s made from tapioca and other things. There appear to be mushrooms in there too according to the ingredients.

Wow now that’s a crazy looking pile of packet contents. Should be interesting…

Click image to enlarge. Added a couple fried eggs. So here we are. The noodles are of a wider gauge – broad and flat and actually quite good. The broth is flavorful – spicy and lemonny. As for the fake seafood, it’s not bad. However the mushrooms are kind of funky – I had one larger piece that was almost the consistency of a carrot. So this was pretty good stuff I’ll admit and I’m kind of pleased I have two of them. Giving this one a 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

#389: MAMA Vegetarian Tom Yum

So here’s one that came down from Canada but I wager it’s available at most good sized Asian groceries around here.

So we have a powder on the left and an oil on the right.

So here we are. Notice that this is actually a very small block of noodles.

Click image to enlarge. I added a few slices of roast turkey deli meat. So it’s spicy, lemony and yes, spicy. Greasy too. The noodles are funky but MAMA funky and I like them. All in all, the whole thing was a little too citrus and spicy for me and I was unable to finish the meal without worry that the citrus and spicy mixed with the grease would cause some vicious heartburn. I’m giving it a 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

#384: Nissin Demae Iccho Instant Macaroni In Soup Tom Yam Goong Flavour

So I’ve been doing these slowly because they’re so cool! Another my sis brought back from Canada. Tom Yam eh? Should be interesting!

Two packets – seasoned stuff on the left and powder on the right.

Powder and paste!

Click image to enlarge. The finished product. It was a trip! As an American, I’m used to one thing with macaroni. Cheese. Or some glue and sticking it to a board and presenting it as art. This stuff is great – it was a little spicy, a light bit seafoody and very citrussy! I found it to be quite good. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars!

#275: MAMA Cup Shrimp Tom Yum Instant Noodles

So this is an interesting packaging first off. The lid is made from a metal foil and underneath that is all plastic. Here goes some tom yum shrimp flavor!

Here’s that metal foil lid I mentioned above.

Counter clockwise from top: folding disposable fork, paste and seasoning powder.

Packet contents atop noodle block inside container.

Click image to enlarge. So it kind of looks bland in this photo but bland it is not. Very strong citrus flavofred broth. I just got a shrimp when I was slurping it and they rehydrate pretty well although it seemed a little funny. The noodles are what you’d expect in a cup of noodles. I like the heat and citrus of the tom yum here and I’m giving it a 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. One thing – the lip of the cup is a little sharp and doesn’t lend itself very well at all to sipping the soup.