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#2853: Nissin Donbei Aromatic Chili Oil Kamodashi (Duck) Green Onion Thick Soba

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Hey look at this! This came by way of Hobby Link Japan, a great site that has all sorts of amazing Japanese things including instant noodles! Thank you very much! Here’s what they had to say about this unique variety on their website –

‘This delicious hot ramen cup includes tasty duck, thick soba noodles, and sweet green onions with chili oil for a tasty dish that will definitely warm you up on a cold winter night!  Just add 410ml of hot water, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes, then stir and enjoy!’

Yeah – I really like duck. I wish I had some nice duck right now. Alright – let’s give this one a try!

Nissin Donbei Aromatic Chili Oil Kamodashi (Duck) Green Onion Thick Soba – Japan

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Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp, pork and chicken. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and sachets for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

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Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

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The noodle block.

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A liquid base sachet.

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Dark and oily.

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A dry sachet.

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Lots of different things here.

Finished (click to enlarge). Some sturdy noodles – that surprised me! Nice hearty kind of chew; one might say rustic or artisinal. Gauge is a little higher than regular instant. The broth has a salty and oily kind of character with a duck flavor in there. The included spring onion and little meat pieces which I assume are minced duck were welcome. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105241363.

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Nissin Donbei Aromatic Chili Oil Kamodashi Green Onion Thick Soba

Lasers sell duck noodles. It’s a fact!

#2818: Nissin Donbei Green Curry Udon Cup Noodles

#2818: Nissin Donbei Green Curry Udon Cup Noodles

Hey look at this! This came by way of Hobby Link Japan, a great site that has all sorts of amazing Japanese things including instant noodles! Thank you very much! This is a very large cup variety containing udon and green curry flavor. To be honest, I’ve not seen much if any green curry coming out of Japanese instant noodle companies in the past. Did I mention I freaking love green curry? Alright – let’s hit it!

Nissin Donbei Green Curry Udon Cup Noodles – Japan

#2818: Nissin Donbei Green Curry Udon Cup Noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Sure it contains chicken, probably pork and possibly fish. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2818: Nissin Donbei Green Curry Udon Cup Noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2818: Nissin Donbei Green Curry Udon Cup Noodles

The noodle block.

#2818: Nissin Donbei Green Curry Udon Cup Noodles

Some loose seasonings and bits from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, tofu puff and coriander. The udon is thick and soft. I really enjoyed it with this green curry broth – I’ve had these udon with other broths and not found them as much to my liking, but here they shine. The broth is thick and giving great salty green curry flavor. Bits of broccoli in there among other bits. Really a nice green curry – spicy, but not strong overpowering spiciness. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105241301.

#2818: Nissin Donbei Green Curry Udon Cup Noodles

Nissin Donbei Green Curry Udon Cup Noodles

Unboxing a shipment of samples from Hobby Link Japan.

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

Found this one at Uwajimaya a few months back. We decided to go down to a dim sum restaurant nearby called Ocean Star. It used to be Sun Ya – a place I went to growing up and I hadn’t been back since they changed hands a couple years back.

I really was a bummed – I miss the way that Sun Yan was before – food was hotter, etcetera. I should note though that we got to Ocean Star later in the day so it was definitely after prime time for dim sum, so definitely will give it another chance.

So this one has nothing to do with dim sum – that’s something I should make clear right off the bat. Dim sum is a Chinese thing – not Japanese. But Uwajimaya is nearby and has good parking in the Seattle International District, so we park there and then walk around and come back, spend a bit at Uwajimaya and get our parking validated. I’ve been a fan of wasabi for a while – however, I didn’t know exactly what this variety was when I got it that day. I thought ‘hey – this isn’t one I’ve reviewed’ so I picked it up. Let’s check out this wasabi infused tempura udon!

Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon – Japan

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

The distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood, I wager. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

The block of thick udon noodles.

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

A dry base sachet.

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

A lot of powder.

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

A solid ingredients sachet.

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

Tempura with seaweed.

Finished (click to enlarge). Udon hydrated pretty well in 5 minutes. The broth has a kind of bonito and wasabi flavor to it that was kind of strange to me. The tempura was nice and crisp – nice with the seaweed back. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105241288.

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

Nissin Hokkaido Gentei KITA no DONBEI Tempura Udon 12capsx1case

A Nissin Donbei TV spot

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West)

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

I’m happy to say that I got an email from Javier over at Box From Japan telling me that they’re back! They offer s subscription service – instant ramen bowls direct from Japan! You get 4 bowls every month! It’s pretty neat – should go check it out!

Today, we have a bowl from Nissin Japan – Kitsune udon. Let’s ask Wikipedia about it:

Udon (饂飩?, usually written as うどん) is a type of thick wheat flournoodle 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 with thin 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.

Kitsune udon: “Fox udon”. Topped with aburaage (sweetened deep-fried tofu pockets). This originated in Osaka.

This is a pretty popular variety in Japan. Indeed, this is a long-lived series of products. So let’s check out Nissin’s Kitsune Udon – West-style!

Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) – Japan

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add sachet contents and 410ml boiling water to the bowl and cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

The udon noodle block.

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A dual sachet.

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

The powder soup base.

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Shichimi togarashi – a peppery melange.

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Finally, the kitusne – sweet fried tofu.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles sucked up a lot of liquid and were of great quanlity and character. They’re broad and very thick but flatter than other udon you might find in the refrigerated section. The broth is light and a little sweet with notes of fish. The kitsune (fried tofu) was sweet and soft. Indeed, I’ve found it to remind me of a big rectangular tongue. It’s good and compliments the soup and noodles perfectly. The little sprinkle of shichimi togarashi was nice. I can see why this is a popular bowl in Japan. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105002674.

Nissin Donbei Kitsune U d o n, Instant Japanese Udon Noodle with Fried Tofu, Strong Taste, 3.4oz X 6 bowls (For 6 Servings)[japan Import]

A Nissin TV advertisement.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2000: Nissin Chikin Ramen Donburi

Well folks, here we are. Review #2000! I recommend that you all start by reading the interview I conducted with Nissin Japan before proceeding.

I created a special video to accompany this post – check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken products. To prepare, open lid and add 410ml boiling water. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The seasoned noodle block.

A large freeze dried block of egg and spring onion.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrated perfectly and are the exact gauge and texture I remember having as a child. They’re salty and have a sesame chicken flavor. The egg block really expanded nicely – scrambled egg and spring onion are everywhere and in great quantity – no measly portion here. The broth is very tasty, again withe the sesame chicken taste. This was a bowl I’ve been wanting to try for many years and this is the perfect 2000th review. A taste of my childhood. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105002605.

Nissin Chiken Ramen bowl 85g ~ 12 pieces

#1631: Nissin Donbei Tempura Soba Mini

It might be hard to tell from this image, but this is a very small bowl from Nissin’s Donbei line. I’d say it’s about 1/3 the size of a normal bowl. Kinda cool – a mini bowl! Let’s have a look.

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains egg and seafood. To prepare, remove tempura disk and empty sachet into bowl. Add 190ml boiling water and re-cover for 3 minutes. Stir. Garnish with tempura disk and enjoy!

 Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a kind of sweet scent to it.

The tempura disk!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added spring onion. The noodles are really great – great chewiness, great texture. The broth compliments them nicely – a salty and sweet affair. The tempura adds a crispy treat of it’s own and it quite nice when it soaks up broth as well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 49698527.

You can purchase the kitsune udon cup here on Amazon.

A Nissin Donbei TV commercial featuring Gundam!

#1509: Nissin Donbei Kitsune Udon Mini

It’s kind of hard to tell the size of this little mini Kitsune Udon, so let’s have a look at this.

I think this kind of brings the idea home a little. It’s quite small. Donbei Kitsune Udon comes with a fried slice of tofu. Also, the noodles are usually much wider than your standard ones. I guess there are lots of Mini sized instant out there – got this one up in Richmond, BC on my birthday this year from a little store called Fujiya. Let’s check out this pint-sized (more like a schooner) bowl!

Here’s the distributor/import sticker (click image to enlarge). Contains fish.

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks like you add everything into the bowl and add 200ml boiling water. Re-cover and steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A slice of fried tofu.

The soup base sachet.

Has a kind of sweet fishy scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, sliced green onion and hard boiled egg with a sprinkle of Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Basil Seasoning. The noodles are flat and broad udon. They come across a little soggy unfortunately. The broth has a sweet fish and soy sauce flavor which is quite nice though. The kitsune piece is a trip. Imagine something really floppy but chewy, almost chewy as meat, but not meat. In a way it’s kind of like a fried tofu tongue! I will say it didn’t feel like I was making out with my food. Nevertheless, it was a nice little bowl of noodles – like a dim sum portion, and you can’t beat a little fried tofu. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 49698510.

You can purchase this cup here on Amazon.

Here’s a Nissin Donbei commercial featuring Gundam Wing!

#1241: Nissin Donbei Kansai Soy Sauce Flavor Udon

Was digging through the box today and decided I’d better get on this one. I couldn’t really find a lot about it other than the Google translation from Nissin Japan’s site. It mentions something about being special for the rainy season. Also mentions seaweed. Let’s give it a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains fish extracts. To prepare, boil 500ml water and add noodle block. Cook for 5 minutes. Empty seasoning sachet in bowl, add broth and stir then noodles.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Looks to contain green onions as well as powder base.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added scrambled egg and kamaboko. The noodles have a very enjoyable texture and chew. They’re udon alright – wide and hearty. The broth (which I expected to be salty) was rich but not overly so. I could taste a ‘of the sea’ flavor with notes of seaweed. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4902105106020.

It’s December and I’ll never forget the Christmas morning that I heard the Godfather of Soul James Brown died. I think I’ll be posting some James Brown video this month.

#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.

#976: Nissin Donbei Tensoba (Tempura Soba)

Here’s one I found at the Bellevue, Washington Uwajimaya. Pricy stuff – $3.39 for a bowl noodle? Wow. Hope it’s good! Looks like Donbei is a style and tensoba is just a shortening of tempura soba. Let’s hit it!

The importer sticker.

All of the side panels (click image to enlarge).

This was underneath the lid (click image to enlarge). Looks like a contest – did I win? Anyone know about who/what the little musical character is? Check out the website.

Buckwheat soba.

Powder base.

Salty and almost lemony.

A tempura disc.

Has a definite seafood smell.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are very good – they have a nice strength to them and are square rather than round. I like them. The broth has a sweetness of soy and a nice comforting flavor. The tempura disc is crunchy and has a seafood taste. When it soaks up the broth, it lends itself to the other and has a nice heartiness. All in all, a great bowl of noodles. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4902105033746 – get it here!

Nissin Donbei Tensoba TV commercial.