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#3193: Maruchan Seimen Curry Udon – Japan

#3193: Maruchan Seimen Curry Udon - Japan

Here’s one from Japan Ramen Box – a subscription service out of Japan. Here’s what they have to say about this variety – ‘The curry udon version of Maruchan’s popular noodle series!
Enjoy the natural texture and raw flavors of noodles that have gone through the “raw noodle manufacturing method” to ensure they’re as tasty and delicious and possible! The curry is flavorful and has an added sweetness from onion and pork seasonings, and the smooth, rich noodles only help to bring it all together!’

It’s curry time! Let’s give it a try.

Maruchan Seimen Curry Udon – Japan

#3193: Maruchan Seimen Curry Udon - Japan

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, boil noodle block in 550ml water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents and stir for 2 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3193: Maruchan Seimen Curry Udon - Japan

The udon block.

#3193: Maruchan Seimen Curry Udon - Japan

A large dry sachet.

#3193: Maruchan Seimen Curry Udon - Japan

A lot of curry scented powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Sanyo, spring onion, and chicken baked with Neo-Essence Pepper Salt & NuTek Salt for Life. Udon came out nicely – broad with a nice chew. The broth was thick and stew-like an was so tasty. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901990511414.

#3193: Maruchan Seimen Curry Udon - Japan

5PX6 pieces Maru-chan Seimen curry udon

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time

#2988: Yamamoto Nippon No Curry Udon – Japan

#2988: Yamamoto Nippon No Curry Udon

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 -“Looking for a filling feas? Then, this curry udon is for you! Offering two popular Japanese dishes in one, this can be a perfect base for any leftovers you may have in your fridge for a smorgasbord of yummy goodness.”

Curry – let’s get down and give it a try!

Yamamoto Nippon No Curry Udon – Japan

#2988: Yamamoto Nippon No Curry Udon

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure if it contains meat but guessing pork and seafood. To prepare, add noodles to 300ml boiling water and cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2988: Yamamoto Nippon No Curry Udon

One of the two noodle pouches – this product has two servings.

#2988: Yamamoto Nippon No Curry Udon

The soup base sachet.

#2988: Yamamoto Nippon No Curry Udon

The powder base.

#2988: Yamamoto Nippon No Curry Udon

Finished (click to enlarge). Added tofu puff, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shichimi togarashi, scallions, baked chicken with Salt For Life and Pepper, and soft boiled egg. The udon came out very well and was actually slightly engorged which was neat. The broth was a strong salty Japanese curry – very delicious and enjoyable. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4979397390000.

#2988: Yamamoto Nippon No Curry Udon

X6 pieces Yamamoto milling Ponpoko ramen soy sauce 6 meals pack

Watch me cook this one up!

#2635: Maruchan Nagomi-an Curry Udon

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Here’s another one from ZenPop. Zenpop offers a wide variety of Japanese product boxes to your door – lots of stationary and ramen as well – check em out! Here’s what they had to say about this curry udon –

Udon in curry soup! Though curry has its origin in India, Japanese curry has followed its own unique path and now tastes quite differently compared to the original one. Pork based curry soup spiced up with soy sauce and bonito with delicious chewy noodles. A Japanese favorite!

If you’ve been following my reviews for a while, you know that I have a special place in my heart for curries of all stripes. Let’s have a look at this curry udon!

Maruchan Nagomi-an Curry Udon – Japan

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Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add in all sachets and add 350ml boiling water. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

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Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

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The udon block.

#2635: Maruchan Nagomi-an Curry Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - zenpop zenpop.jp

Loose pieces of kamaboko, a kind of fish cake.

#2635: Maruchan Nagomi-an Curry Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - zenpop zenpop.jp

a large sachet of soup base.

#2635: Maruchan Nagomi-an Curry Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - zenpop zenpop.jp

Lots of powder with a curry scent.

#2635: Maruchan Nagomi-an Curry Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - zenpop zenpop.jp

A solid ingredient sachet.

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Looks to be mostly pork and some other bits.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, egg, kamaboko, barbecue pork, and spring onion. The udon came out nice and plump. Very thick and just what I expected – and enjoyable! The broth is extremely thick and has a salty curry flavor. I could’ve handled a little lighter on the saltiness. The included bits of meat were pretty good and the included kamaboko was about standard as you can get. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901990333054.

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83gX12 pieces Maru-chan Kazuan and (Nagomi An) c u r r y    u d o n 

A Maruchan TV commercial

#2525: Sokensha Curry Udon

#2525: Sokensha Curry Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s another one I found recently at Uwajimaya in Bellevue, Washington. Can’t pass up curry udon – I mean some on – sounds good – here’s a little about udon from Wikipedia –

Udon (饂飩?, usually written as うどん) is a type of thick wheat flour noodle of Japanese cuisine. Udon is often served hot as a noodle soup in its simplest form, as kake udon, in a mildly flavoured broth called kakejiru, which is made of dashi, soy sauce, and mirin. It is usually topped with thinly chopped scallions. Other common toppings include tempura, often prawn or kakiage (a type of mixed tempura fritter), or aburaage, a type of deep-fried tofu pockets seasoned with sugar, mirin, and soy sauce. A thin slice of kamaboko, a halfmoon-shaped fish cake, is often added. Shichimi can be added to taste.

The flavor of broth and topping vary from region to region. Usually, dark brown broth, made from dark soy sauce (koikuchi shōyu), is used in eastern Japan, and light brown broth, made from light soy sauce (usukuchi shōyu), is used in western Japan. This is even noticeable in packaged instant noodles, which are often sold in two different versions for east and west.

Alright – let’s check out this curry udon!

Soukensha Curry Udon – Japan

#2525: Sokensha Curry Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The import/distribution sticker (click to enlarge).

#2525: Sokensha Curry Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

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 400ml boiling water to a bowl and cover for 5 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

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The noodle block.

#2525: Sokensha Curry Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The curry udon seasoning sachet.

#2525: Sokensha Curry Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A lot of powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). The udon hydrated well. Still, it seemed like it would be much better with the fresh pouch variety. The broth was a little thick and has a salty curry taste. Not bad but could be better. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901735021437.

#2525: Sokensha Curry Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A History of Japan: Revised Edition

A Sokensha TV spot

#1168: Nissin Donbei Curry Udon (West Japan Style)

First I want to thank Ken P. from twitter and Mari S. on facebook for help withe translation! Donbei is a kind of personalized donburi. The east is usually more of a salty flavor than the west as well. Many little difference! Pretty neat! Let’s have a look.

Here are the side panels (click image to enlarge). This one took a long time to stitch together in Photoshop!

These are very wide udon noodles!

The powder soup base sachet.

Very strong curry scent – really good.

The solid ingredient sachet.

Maybe some tofu? Bits of TVP?

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed Walla Walla sweet onion and pork. The noodles are broad and soak up the broth well. The flavor is strong curry – and what’s interesting is that it has a hint of smokiness. The broth is incredibly thick. Bits of textured vegetable protein and potato and carrot are hanging around too. This is the heavy end of hearty. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4902105021590.

A TV spot for Donbei Curry Udon.

The Ramen Rater Top Ten Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2013 Edition

After more than a year of pondering and reviewing since the last list, here’s the new top ten instant noodle bowls. This encompasses all instant noodle bowls reviewed up to today, June 15th, 2013. With no further adieu, the top ten instant noodle bowls of all time, 2013 edition.

10 – JFC Japanese Style Noodle Soup Curry Flavour – South Korea

Fresh udon noodles and a curry sauce that’s thick and luxuriant. If you’re in need of a curry fix, look no further! Every time I see it on a store shelf, I get this kind of warm, fuzzy feeling. Original review here

9 – Ottogi Spaghetti Ramen – South Korea

A fun bowl of noodles with thick South Korean ramyun noodles, a sweet powder and a sweet and slightly spicy spaghetti sauce. A nice twist on a classic. Original review here

8 – Little Cook Spicy Beef Flavor – Thailand

This one features firm noodles, a spicy broth with beef and curry notes and fake meat that’s surprisingly good. Myriad of different components collide together in an irresistible way. Original review here

7 – Nongshim Chapagetti Roasted Chajang Noodle – United States

Although originating in South Korea, Nongshim now makes these in Southern California. Chajang is a traditional Chinese black bean sauce that is wonderful with noodles and the nice part with this particular variety is that it’s the first I’ve seen in a bowl. What’s more, it’s easy to make and has excellent hearty flavor as well as great noodles. Original review here

6 – Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Flavor King Cup – South Korea

Kokomen is a South Korean ramyun with a light or white broth. It’s got a chicken and jalapeno kind of flavor that’s really quite excellent. The translation from pack to bowl is exemplary, losing none of the quality. Original review here

5 – Little Cook Mushroom Vegetarian Premium Noodle – Thailand

A combination of a great quality noodle and nice broth is one thing, but they add a retort pouch with really nice vegetables that make this seem more gourmet. I’ve never been a big fan of mushrooms, but these are really quite good. Original review here

4 – Yamamoto Ponpoko Tempura Udon Fried Noodles Bowl – Japan

Thick, slightly chewy noodles and a broth with strong soy flavor. The tempura gives a satisfying crunch. Check out the original review as well to see why this one’s got a great name. Original review here

3 – Maruchan Midori No Tanuki Instant Soba Bowl – Japan

The only one from last year’s list to remain. Although it slipped out of first place, this is a seriously excellent bowl of noodles. The buckwheat noodles have a delicate crumble that works so well here and the broth is nice and rich. The disk of tempura is a real treat. Original review here

2 – FoodMon DJ-DOC Instant Ramen Rice Toppokki – South Korea

Topokki are like really thick chewy short noodles. They’re usually served with a spicy red sauce; here they join instant noodles along with the spicy sauce to make a succulent kind of Soiuth Korean lasagna-esque feast. Original review here

1 – Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce Flavor – Japan

All I can say is that this stuff is epic. The noodles are extremely good and of very high quality. The broth is as rich as the name purports as well. What’s more, it comes with a slice of roast pork which hydrates well and has a very good texture and flavor. This is where it’s at! Original review here

So as you can see, a lot of new contenders this year! I hope you enjoyed the list and look forward to bringing you more as time goes by.