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#2347: Nissin Demae Iccho Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle)

#2347: Nissin Demae Iccho Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Yet another left over from the Nissin HK Meet The Manufacturer! Slowly getting these all done – so many SKUs! This is one big bowl of tonkotsu! let’s get to it!

Nissin Demae Iccho Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) – Hong Kong

#2347: Nissin Demae Iccho Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add sachets market 1 and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes and stir. Add in liquid sachet and pickled vegetables. Stir and enjoy!

#2347: Nissin Demae Iccho Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2347: Nissin Demae Iccho Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2347: Nissin Demae Iccho Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

The powder sachet.

#2347: Nissin Demae Iccho Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

A light, fine powder.

#2347: Nissin Demae Iccho Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

The vegetables sachet.

#2347: Nissin Demae Iccho Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Looks like greenery and scrabled egg.

#2347: Nissin Demae Iccho Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

A seasoning sauce sachet.

#2347: Nissin Demae Iccho Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Liquid-riffic!

#2347: Nissin Demae Iccho Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

A bonus – pickled veggies!

#2347: Nissin Demae Iccho Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Pungent!

#2347: Nissin Demae Iccho Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles got nice and plump and had a good soft chew to them. The broth was a bit of a disappointment to be honest; I like the light creamy tonkotsu over this one and it kind of has an off taste to it to me; more shoyu like. The vegetable bits hydrated well and featured bits of scrambled egg as well which were prevalent and of good quality. The pickled vegetables were nice. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878120031.

#2347: Nissin Demae Iccho Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Nissin, Instant Cup Noodles, Tokyo Shoyu T o n k o t s u Flavour, 75 g (Pack of 2)

A Nissin TV commercial.

#2306: Nissin Demae Iccho Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle

#2306: Nissin  Demae Iccho Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Here’s yet another left from the Nissin Hong Kong Meet The Manufacturer – thanks again! Today it’s the cup version of their black garlic oil tonkotsu. Indeed, black garlic is an interesting thing – here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it –

Black garlic is a type of caramelized garlic (a Maillard reaction, not fermentation) first used as a food ingredient in Asian cuisine. It is made by heating whole bulbs of garlic (Allium sativum) over the course of several weeks, a process that results in black cloves. The taste is sweet and syrupy with hints of balsamic vinegar[1] or tamarind.[2] Black garlic’s popularity has spread to the United States as it has become a sought-after ingredient used in high-end cuisine.

Alright – let’s check it out!

Nissin  Demae Iccho Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle – Hong Kong

#2306: Nissin  Demae Iccho Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, add in contants of sachet. Stir and enjoy!

#2306: Nissin  Demae Iccho Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2306: Nissin  Demae Iccho Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2306: Nissin  Demae Iccho Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Loose seasoning and solid ingredients from the cup.

#2306: Nissin  Demae Iccho Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

The oil sachet (attached to the lid).

#2306: Nissin  Demae Iccho Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

That’s some dark, black oil!

#2306: Nissin  Demae Iccho Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and chashu pork. To begin with, the noodles are decent – nice chewiness and big quantity for a cup. Next, the broth has a hearty tonkotsu taste. Moreover, the broth has a very nice look to it; creamy but with the oil giving it a unique look as well. Indeed, the garlic oil gives it a little extra tastiness which is nice. Finally, bits of vegetable, egg and pork abound! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4897878150083.

#2306: Nissin  Demae Iccho Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater

Nissin Demae Black  Garlic Oil Instant Ramen Noodles 30 Packs

A Nissin Hong Kong TV spot.

#2217: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

One of the many varieties sent by Nissin HK for Meet The Manufacturer. This sounds good to try today; it’s been really warm around the area lately (northwest USA) and it’s cooled off a little and so something spicy should bring the temp back up a little. I should mentioned that I have now gotten new bowls that I’ll start using today for the seasonings/oil/vegetables. They’re sake and soju cups! Let’s take a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add seasoning sachets. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry seasoning sachet – a big one!

A light powder.

A little sachet of oil.

Has a spicy scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, carved squid, shrimp, crab claw fish cake and spring onion. The noodles have a good gauge and chew – good old Demae Ramen. The broth is indeed spicy – with a nice oiliness to it as well as a good seafood flavor. I liked this one a lot. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4897878800032.

Nissin, Instant Noodle, Spicy Seafood Flavour, 100 g (Pack of 2)

A Nissin Hong Kong TV commercial for their spicy line of instant noodle products.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2076: Nissin Demae Iccho Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour

After getting a box with over 40 new varieties I’ve not yet reviewed and only 15 that will be in this Meet The Manufacturer, I wasn’t sure which to try first. So this one was looking up at me and I thought okay – let’s give you a try. Alright – let’s open it up and check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and fish. To prepare, add powder and vegetable sachets. Add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Stir. Add in black garlic oil. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A light powder.

The vegetables sachet.

A nice mix!

The black garlic oil.

Dark and mysterious…

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kizami shoga, hard boiled egg, spring onion and baked chicken. The noodles came out well hydrated – nice chew and gauge. The broth is tasty and isn’t overpowered by the black garlic oil but is complimented nicely. It’s got nice heartiness and rich flavor. The vegetables and bit were very nice as well – lots of egg and other bits in there made it quite good. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878120086.

Nissin Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodles

A Nissin HK TV commercial for the Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu.

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Nissin Hong Kong

Interview With Nissin Hong Kong * Product Samples From Nissin Hong Kong * Special Items From Nissin Hong Kong * More Special Items From Nissin Hong KongNissin Demae Iccho Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu FlavourNissin Cup Noodles Big Spicy Seafood FlavourNissin Demae Iccho Curry Beef Flavour Instant NoodleNissin Nupasta Carbonara Flavour Instant NoodleFuku Non-Fried Superior Soup Noodle * Nissin Cup Mifun Spicy Beef FlavourNissin Cup Noodles Pork Chowder FlavourNissin Taisho Fried Noodle Sesame Paste Flavour Instant NoodleNissin Demae Ramen Straight Noodle Kyushu Tonkotsu Flavour Instant NoodleFuku Superior Soup Instant Rice VermicelliNissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Instant NoodleNissin Mie Goreng Indonesia Stir Noodle Original Flavour * Nissin Demae Iccho Beef Flavour Instant Noodle * Nissin Cup Noodles Big Seafood Curry FlavourNissin Nupasta Salmon In White Sauce Flavor Instant Noodle

Recently, I have been doing a lot of reviews of products from Hong Kong and asked Daisuke-san from Nissin Japan if he had a contact at Nissin Hong Kong in order to pursue a Meet The Manufacturer series. He was very helpful and here we go with a new Meet The Manufacturer! I conducted this interview with Takeshi Kikunaga, Director & General Manager of Nissin Hong Kong. Hope you enjoy the interview and the reviews!

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers about the history of Nissin Hong Kong?

NISSIN HONG KONG> Nissin Foods Group was established in 1958. It started to export instant noodles product to Hong Kong in 1968 and set up Hong Kong Nissin in 1984. In 1985, we opened a new plant in Taipo and is Nissin’s fifth overseas plant after the plants in the US and Brazil.
We start selling our hero brands – Demae Iccho and Cup Noodles from that time onward; and acquired two local instant noodles brands – Doll & Fuku in 1989 and 2013 respectively. With over 40 years of history, we are the market leader in instant noodles market that occupied around 60% of market share in pack type noodles and over 80% in container type noodles market.

TRR> For my readers who might now be familiar with your product lines, can you give a little information about them please?

NISSIN HONG KONG> Under Nissin umbrella, there are 3 hero brands – Demae Iccho, Cup Noodles & Fuku together with other brands in different varieties of noodles including pasta, rice noodles & vermicelli, etc.
For Demae Iccho, there are over 40 SKUs in pack, cup & bowl. Flavours are mainly categorized as Classic, Tonkotsu & Spicy series.
For Cup Noodles series, there are 25 SKUs in 3 pack size – mini, regular & big. It is famous as Seafood Specialist.
For Fuku, apart from the Emen & Mifun that are very popular in consumers’ mind, we launched Fuku non-fried noodles last year which is also widely accepted in the market.
For details, you can refer to the attached excel file.

TRR> What was the first product you produced?

NISSIN HONG KONG> The first product we produced is Demae Iccho pack noodles – Sesame Oil Flavour. It is the most popular item since it launched in Hong Kong.

TRR> Your company is located in Hong Kong. Can you tell us a little about your country?

NISSIN HONG KONG> Hong Kong is a city famous for “food, shopping & convenience”. In Hong Kong, you can enjoy foods from different countries and it is very convenient to go everywhere for shopping and sightseeing. Consumers in Hong Kong enjoy trying new product and we can see the availability of food/product in Hong Kong soon after it is getting popular in other countries. As a manufacturer, we keep observing the trend and would like to keep our consumers excited as well.

TRR> Do people eat your noodles dry as well as cooked?

NISSIN HONG KONG> Different consumers may have their own way of eating. But for Fuku, it is popular for its different ways of preparation, especially being treated as snack.
1. Steeping – steep in boiling water for 3 minutes.
2. Cooking – add noodles into boiling water & cook for 3 minutes.
3. Snack – it is a ready-to-eat crispy noodle snack for all the time.

TRR> Do you have any new varieties you’re especially proud of?

NISSIN HONG KONG> Nissin Foods has never stopped on making innovation to fulfill consumers’ increasing demand. We keep improving our existing products and launching new products to bring excitement to consumers.
One of the product-launch which is still the talk of the town is Cup Noodles South East Asian series; it is consist of Tom Yum Goong, Chilli Crab & Black Pepper Crab Flavour. It achieved number one sales volume among Cup Noodles series after the launch.

TRR> How do you decide what kinds of new products to manufacture?

NISSIN HONG KONG> Quality & customer satisfactions have always been our prime concern. To cope with the increasing demand of consumers, we have never stopped on improving the quality of our products. By observing the market trend & to react to consumer’s feedback, we review our current products as well as launching new products to fulfill consumer’s increasing demand.
Take Demae Iccho Pack Noodles as an example; because of the trend of tonkotsu ramen and spicy noodles, we launched Tonkotsu Series in 2012 & Spicy Series in 2013. We also keep improving the quality of Demae Iccho Cup Noodles by enhancing the quality of noodles, soup & condiment.
We are very confident that the revamp and the launch of products will continue our success because we devoted time, technology and most importantly enthusiasm to every development process.

TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?

NISSIN HONG KONG> Consumers are now becoming more health conscious and Government is also promoting diet in low sugar and salt; some consumers may perceive instant noodles as unhealthy food.
We do promote balance diet, ie. The balance intake of protein, fat & carbohydrate. While eating instant noodles, it is encouraged to consume food with other nutrient so as to enjoy a balance diet.
We are also taking challenge to improve our products further – reduce the calorie and sodium level. We believe our products can meet consumer’s expectation.

TRR> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?

NISSIN HONG KONG> Corporate social responsibility (CSR) shapes our activities and operations.
We arranged food education events including Demae Kitchen and My Cup Noodles Factory to teach kids and the public about balance eating habit.
As sports are very crucial as a part of life, we have sponsorship to Hong Kong Tennis Association to encourage kids to play more sports.
Our recruitment policy also reflects CSR. We cooperated with university to hire their graduates every year. They usually work at the marketing department to assist in developing new products.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

NISSIN HONG KONG> New product is very important to a brand because it brings excitement to consumers and can refresh the brand image in consumer’s mind. Our marketing and R&D team pay much effort on this and we believe that our coming new products will be a surprise to consumers.

TRR> In what countries are your products popular? Do people enjoy them differently in different places?

NISSIN HONG KONG> We expanded to an international level from Japan to Middle East, Europe, America and our products are seen everywhere. In Hong Kong, we are the market leader and are now expanding our business to China market. Our products are widely accepted by consumers in China especially in Guangdong Province that double-digit growth in sales quantity can be observed.
While we suggested using boiling water to prepare Cup Noodles, consumers in China used to use hot water from dispenser machine and the noodles texture will be affected. We therefore pay more effort to deliver the correct way of preparation.
In China, another usage occasion of cup noodles can be found. In some provinces, people use it as offering to worship their ancestor.

TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to make them extra special?

NISSIN HONG KONG> Personally, I sometimes add egg or cheese while preparing instant noodles. Instant noodles with topping are also a popular dish served in Tea Meal House and Fast Food Restaurant in Hong Kong. Popular menu includes Demae Noodles with satay beef, egg and sausage. Few years ago, we developed Cup Noodles Milk Seafood Flavour in react to the rumor of adding hot milk to Cup Noodles Seafood Flavour. It is so delicious and warm that is especially suitable for consumption in winter.

TRR> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Nissin Hong Kong and your products!

With that, I’d like to thank Takeshi Kikunaga for agreeing to the interview, Kamy Fung for facilitating samples and great communication/information and finally Daisuke Okabayashi for connecting me withe these great folks at Nissin Hong Kong.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time Hong Kong 2015 Edition

I thought to myself recently that it would be great to end 2014 and start 2015 with a new top ten list – but from where? A couple places came to mind, and Hong Kong sounded like a good one. I’ve found a lot of excellent instant noodles that have been from Hong Kong. Been hoping to see more arrive here in the United States, but many of the ones on this list I’ve found up in Canada. I would definitely like to reach out to instant noodle companies in Hong Kong to take part in Meet The Manufacturer; there’s not been a Hong Kong participant yet! With that, here’s the top ten instant noodles of Hong Kong – the best and most memorable – from the last 1,553 reviews. Enjoy and Happy New Year, Hong Kong!

#10: Nissin Demae Iccho XO Sauce Seafood Flavour

The noodles are pretty good with a very standard gauge and quality. The broth however is quite nice. The XO sauce gives it a very rich seafood flavor that is most enjoyable and hearty. The inclusion of a decent amount of veggies and narutomaki rounds things out well. Original review

#9: Four Seas Seaweed Hot & Spicy Instant Noodle (Mushroom & Beef Flavour)

The noodles were pretty good – nice gauge and a good mouthfeel. The slight crumble gave them a kind of nice texture with the broth. The broth has a definite spicy beef flavor and then the mushroom flavor which is kind of in the background and very good. As for the seaweed, it really complimented things quite a bit and made for a fitting garnish. Original review

#8: Doll Instant Noodle Pickled Vegetable Flavour

Doll’s noodles always look very nice – not bleached white but a nice warm rich wheaten yellow color. They are excellent as far as texture and flavor go too.  The broth was perfect – not strong but not weak. It was just right. I added the two fried eggs and all together this was a fantastic bowl of noodles for a early evening nosh while studying for a computer tech certification. Original review

#7: Doll Instant Noodle Spicy Tonkotsu Flavour

First, the noodles are very nice, high quality and very tasty. The broth has a nice flavor to it and was perfect. I really like Doll products and this is no exception. Original review

#6: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood

So first off the veggies rehydrated quite nicely. Also, there are bits of seafood in there – real ones! Apparently its pollack, but also there is nondairy creamer in it! Weird… The noodles are great, the broth is great, everything is great! Original review

#5: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Curry

The noodles steeped perfectly. The vegetables and little bits of dehydrated fish came out just perfect, and the broth was very curry. My only complaint was that the curry flavor overwhelmed the seafood taste so that there was really none at the end of the day. I really liked this one though. This one was in the 2013 Top Ten Cups list, the first for Hong Kong. Original review

#4: Doll Instant Noodles Artificial Chicken Flavour

This is absolutely spot on – possibly the best chicken instant noodle I’ve ever had – here’s why. The noodles are in the way that Doll’s usually are – great texture and firmness, not bleached but golden. The broth is very hearty, and flavorful. Original review

#3: Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Noodles With Soup Base

The noodles are neat – thin and very elastic with a great consistency – some of the best I’ve ever had from a big cup. The broth is quite good too – a nice sesame flavor and rich body. The vegetables were excellent as well – great re-hydration and quality and the narutomaki was plentiful. Original review

#2: Fuku Superior Soup Instant Noodle

This stuff is EXACTLY like Nissin Chikin except it has a little extra powder with it! Originally, my favorite noodles were Nissin ‘Roasted Ramen,’ a product they came out with in the USA when I was a kid. They stopped making it so we hunted for it and they were able to help us out at Uwajimaya in Seattle where they clued my folks in about the Nissin Chikin. This is exactly like that stuff and I’m quite happy. Original review

#1: Nissin Demae Ramen Shoyu Tonkotsu Artificial Pork Flavour

The noodles are great – gauge and chew are very good. The broth is wonderful – has a very rich pork and soy flavor that was well balanced and deep. Hooray for Hong Kong! Original review

#1546: Nissin Demae Rice Vermicelli Beef Flavour

After going through the big noodle hamper the other day and getting rid of some ancient ones that had expired, I noticed this one that I needed to get to quickly. There’s a urban myth that instant noodles last forever, will survive all forms of apocalypse and deliver great flavor for the next hundred years. While frying noodles extrudes moisture and makes them shelf stable without refrigeration for a much longer time than their fresh counterparts, they do go bad. I also take into account that as a reviewer, it’s only fair to review them if they’re all not expired, hence the culling of the old. Luckily, I have scads of non expired instants to go through! Anyways, let’s check out this rice vermicelli from Nissin – Demae Beef Flavour!

 Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, Add noodles to 450ml boiling water and cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Add in contents of sachets and stir. Enjoy!

The block of vermicelli.

The soup base sachet.

Has a braised beef kind of scent.

An oil sachet.

Has an almost artificial chicken scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, roast beef and sliced spring onion. The noodles came out just right – not underdone and not mushy. One thing to note as with most rice vermicelli or bean thread is that it’s really handy to use a pair of kitchen scissors to go in and cut a couple times through the mass of noodles. This makes it easier to eart with a fork – I do this to pretty much all the rice vermicelli / bean thread I eat. The broth is really good – nice beef flavor and a good star anise hit. It kind of has an almost beef pho quality to it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878200016.

Nissin Demae Ramen Variety Pack (Tonkotsu Series) – A lot of sellers on Amazon are now making these combo packs available so you can try multiple Nissin Demae Ramen varieties. These are all wheat flour noodles with different tonkotsu flavors from Hong Kong!

A Nissin Demae Iccho TV spot mentioning their 40th anniversary as well as a contest – rad car!

#1524: Nissin Chu Qian Yi Ding Spicy Sesame Flavour Instant Noodles With Soup Base

This is one by Nissin Singapore. Thomas from MyKuali got me a bunch of instant varieties during our trip to Malaysia – this was during our trip to the Econsave in Chain Ferry, Butterworth. I thought today would be a good day for a really short geography lesson.

As you can see, peninsular Malaysia is between Thailand and Singapore. That being said, you see a lot of instant noodles not only made in Malaysia in Malaysia, but ones from it’s neighbors as well. If you look on the map for George Town, you’ll see Butterworth just to the right on the mainland. We took a ferry from George Town to Butterworth on the Strait of Malacca – that was really awesome! Let’s have a look at this one from Nissin Singapore.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 450ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

A soup base sachet.

Has a salty and spicy scent.

The oil sachet.

Has a strong sesame oil scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, sweet onion, coriander, prawn and red pepper flakes. The noodles are of a very standard gauge and have a very familiar baseline chew – these are what you expect when you look at the instant noodle. The broth has a nice sesame flavor with a good little hit of spiciness. It’s a very cold day outside here today and this is a very nice accompaniment. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888279211028.

This is a 12 pack with 2 of each of 6 different varieties – worth a look! A great gift for someone who likes instant noodles and trying new things.

A Nissin TV advertisement.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1457: Nissin Chu Qian Yi Ding Sesame Oil Flavour Instant Noodles With Soup Base

Many of you familiar with the sight of this package may say – hey waitta minute – what are you calling this? In fact, this is known by a few names! Here in the United States, it’s called Nissin Demae Ramen. In Japan, the four characters in big print translate to Demae Iccho. In Singapore however, Chinese is often spoken, and they translate to Chu Qian Yi Ding. I’m pretty sure it means something like delivery boy’ or something – the little guy on the package. Anyways, this is pretty easily gotten the world over, however this is the Singaporean made one! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, add noodles to 450ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add contents of sachets and stir well. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

Dry soup base sachet.

A light powder.

The sesame oil sachet.

Has a strong sesame scent!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, sliced green onion, and sauteed beef and tofu with soy sauce. The noodles have a great chewiness to them. It’s been a while since I’ve had any Demae Ramen type noodles and I’m quite pleased. The broth has a nice soy flavor with a good hit of sesame which sets it off. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code number 8888279210014.


Check it out – so these are made in Hong Kong. I’ve been recommending to people to try this set quite often as it represents a beginner’s way to enter the noodle realm.

A TV spot for a couple other varieties of Nissin Chu Qian Yi Ding.

#1304: Nissin Demae Ramen Shoyu Tonkotsu Artificial Pork Flavor

Pork! Purple! Sounds good! Let’s hit it!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains fish products. To prepare, cook noodles in 500ml water for 3 minutes. Put sachet contents into a bowl. Pour out water from noodles into the bowl and stir, then add noodles. Enjoy!

Here’s the noodle block.

The soup base powder sachet.

Light and fluffy.

Liquid base sachet.

A thick paste.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added thin sliced pork. The noodles are great – gauge and chew are very good. The broth is wonderful – has a very rich pork and soy flavor that was well balanced and deep. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4897878800056.

Here’s a Nissin Demae Ramen TV advert.

#1211: Nissin Demae Iccho Instant Noodle With Soup Base Artificial Chicken Flavour

Hey welcome to November! Here’s another one we got on my birthday trip to Canada in March! I was just looking at the little kid caricature on the side of this bowl and was thinking how it looks like he’s sick. I mean he has a very red nose and his cheeks are red and covered in spots. Measles? Mumps? I think I’m reading too much into it. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself. Add powder and vegetable sachets, fill to line, let sit. Then add the oil sachet, stir and done.

Here’s the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Powder soup base sachet.

A granular powder.

The solid ingredient sachet.

Corn and green onion and narutomaki abound.

Seasoned oil sachet.

Has a sesame oil scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken seasoned with Lindberg-Snider Porterhouse and Roast Seasoning, broccoli, bell pepper and sweet onion. The noodles are plentiful and kind of thin. The flavor was what I had an issue with; the sesame oil didn’t jibe right with the chicken and kind of had a burnt flavor. I did like how it thickened up the broth a little though. The veggies were quite nice – plentiful little narutomaki all around. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4897878120017.

A Nissin advert from Hong Kong.

#1083: Nissin GooTa Demi Hamburg-Men

Well looky what we got here! This was one of the new varieties sent by Ichiro Yamoto of Yakantei! So if you’re wondering what this is, it’s a special cup of noodles that includes a dehydrated hamburger patty. No joke! Let’s have a look at this one!

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains (you guessed it) beef.

The noodle block with some of the seasoning.

The dehydrated hamburger patty!

Some of the seasoning that was at the bottom of the cup. There was a lot of it!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some green onions. The noodles are of a nice quality – slightly crumbly though. The broth is good – very full of beefiness! I detect slight sweetness, almost like it has something like ketchup in there as well as an interesting tartness. The corn comes together nicely too. So the beef patty is pretty good – it wants to fall apart though. This isn’t any kind of negative though; more of a hint. I found that after I samples each component, I felt that mushing up the patty and evenly distributing the patty throughout the bowl was a must and thoroughly enjoyed it that way. This is something that could have been a poorly done novelty, but is done very well. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4902105217085.

Here’s a commercial for another version of the GooTa – would love to try this one – sure looks like this guy really likes it!