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Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Wu-Mu

Interview with Wu-Mu * Product Samples From Wu-MuWu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen With Jah Jan Sauce

I was contacted by a representative of the Taiwanese company Wu-Mu a coiuple of months after returning from Taiwan last year. They were interested in sending me some samples and I asked if they’d like to participate in Meet The Manufacturer. They were and so here we are. Let’s begin with an interview.

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

WUMU> WuMu Ramen is a noodle brand of The SING-LIN FOODS CORPORATION, which was established in 1985. The corporation spent billions completing the very first automated factory of Asia. Facilitated with modern computer program controlled fully automatic machinery and equipment under strict quality and hygiene controls, we have passed The FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification, and we are able to offer the consumers high quality assured noodle products. Also, we have the largest market share in Taiwan during 2010-June 2017 No1.

TRR> Why the name WuMu?

WUMU> There were five working partners who funded for establishing the company, and the character of WU in Mandarin means“five“ in English.

TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?

WUMU> We have two different types of products, dry noodle and steam ramen.

TRR> Your company is located in Taiwan. Can you tell us a little about your locale?

WUMU> Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa, is an island in East Asia. It has an area of 35,883 km2, and also it has a population of over 23 million. The weather here is like an eternal spring and the landscape is breathtaking. People in Taiwan are always gentle and friendly to others. Furthermore, Taiwan is paradise of gastronomy!

TRR> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle manufacturers?

WUMU> The steam ramen that The SING-LIN FOODS CORPORATION produce differ from the FRIED instant noodles. Our ramen adopt a unique noodles steaming technique to replace to replace the traditional fried approach, which is much healthier because the total lipid content of it takes only 0.07% of the one of the fried instant noodles. The dry noodles are dried in 3 stages, the track of the drying passage is about 1 km and the whole drying process take 9 hours. Therefore, we are able to strictly control the temperature and the humidity of the noodles and to ensure that the noodles are not broken , not cracked and the surface of them are perfect, so that the quality is always stable and the best.

TRR> Do you make your own pastes, sauces and seasonings?

WUMU> Yes, we do.

TRR> How do you decide on what varieties to produce?

WUMU> We decide on varieties to produce depends on the market analysis and the demand of consumers or clients.

TRR> How many noodle products do you produce every year?

WUMU> Approximately 50 products per year.

TRR> Apart from noodles, are there other products you produce or plan to produce?

WUMU> No, we don’t.

TRR> Can you suggest pairings for your products, like meats, seafood or vegetables?

WUMU> Our noodle products have many possibilities of pairing with other ingredients, meats, seafood, vegetables are all suitable as pairings. Besides, the noodle itself can be seasoned as well (with eggs, spinach, buckwheat, all kinds of grains etc).

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?

WUMU> The sodium content of the salt that we add during the process of making noodle products is lower than daily/meal intake. Normally speaking, the sodium content of our noodle products won’t be a point to worry.

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

WUMU> Yes, we do, for example, we have sponsored and participated for 13 years in an activity called elderly reunion dinner, in which we organize a reunion dinner before Chinese New Year especially for the elderly who live alone.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

WUMU> Yes, for an example there is a brand-new flavor coming soon named Ma Jiou Lao Jyiou Mian Xian (Seafood).

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

WUMU> In the United States, Canada, Australia and China…etc. Our products are available all over the world.

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

WUMU> By adding the ingredients (such as eggs, spinach, buckwheat, all kinds of grains etc.) to season the noodle itself, the noodle products have diversity of flavor and value added.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for the opportunity for me and my readers to learn more about WuMu!

#2854: Kenko Foods Michio Kawamura Sesame Sauce Ramen

#2854: Kenko Foods Michio Kawamura Sesame Sauce Ramen

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 -“Last month we featured a ramen by Michio Kawamura, nature focused radio personality, and this time we have another in sesame sauce flavor. The ingredients are 100% natural and domestically sourced in Japan!”

Sounds good – let’s give it a try!

Kenko Foods Michio Kawamura Sesame Sauce Ramen – Japan

#2854: Kenko Foods Michio Kawamura Sesame Sauce Ramen

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, add noodle block to 450ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2854: Kenko Foods Michio Kawamura Sesame Sauce Ramen

The noodle block.

#2854: Kenko Foods Michio Kawamura Sesame Sauce Ramen

The soup base sachet.

#2854: Kenko Foods Michio Kawamura Sesame Sauce Ramen

A fluffy mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles came out nicely – decent quality. The broth had an agreeable sesame kind of hit to it. Sesame seeds floated everywhere which I enjoyed. 3.5 out of 5.,0 stars.  JAN bar code 4973044020210.

#2854: Kenko Foods Michio Kawamura Sesame Sauce Ramen

Japan: The Cookbook

Here’s the whole thing – everything from the December Umai Crate this one was in!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Sanyo Foods (1 of 2)

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Sanyo Foods (1 of 2)

Was really happy to get samples directly from Sanyo Foods Corp Of America for this Meet The Manufacturer series. As I said previously, one of my goals has been to do Meet The Manufacturer series with all the instant noodle companies in the United States. Let’s see what’s inside!

Product Samples From Sanyo Foods (1 of 2) – United States

Thanks again to everyone at Sanyo Foods Corp Of America! This is going to be fun!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Sanyo Foods Corp Of America

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Sanyo Foods Corp Of America

Interview With Sanyo Foods Corp Of America * Product Samples From Sanyo Foods Corp Of America (1 of 2)Product Samples From Sanyo Foods Corp Of America (2 of 2)Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Original Flavored SoupSapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Original Flavored SoupSapporo Ichiban Shrimp Flavor Oriental Noodle Soup * Sapporo Ichiban Miso RamenSapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Beef Flavored SoupSapporo Ichiban Chicken Flavor Oriental Noodle SoupSapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Hot & Spicy Chicken Flavored SoupSapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Shrimp Flavored SoupSapporo Ichiban Original Flavor Oriental Noodle SoupSapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen Japanese Style NoodlesSapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Chicken Flavored SoupSapporo Ichiban Beef Flavor Oriental Noodle SoupSapporo Ichiban Chow MeinSapporo Ichiban Tonkotsu Ramen White Chicken Broth

I’ve aslways wanted to do Meet The Manufacturer series with all the major players in the instant noodle world – and especially the ones at home here in the Uniuted States. Well, today I’m happy to announce I’m one step closer to the latter of thos two goals. Today starts the Meet The Manufacturer series with Sanyo Foods Corp Of America, makers of the very well known Sapporo Ichiban range of products. I conducted this interview with Karin Umeda.

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

SANYO FOODS> Sanyo Foods is a family-owned company that was established in Gunma
prefecture, Japan in 1953 by Fumio Ida and Takeshi Ida. They previously ran
a Japanese sake distribution business and eventually expanded to sell
instant noodles. Sanyo Foods Corp. of America was established in 1978 in
Garden Grove, California, and has been manufacturing Sapporo Ichiban
instant noodles in California for 40 years.

TRR> Why the name Sanyo? Why the name Sapporo Ichiban

SANYO FOODS> Sanyo means three oceans (San: Three, Yo: Ocean). At the time we started
the instant noodle business, we chose the name because we wanted our
company’s influence to span the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans.
In the 1960s, Takeshi Ida, founder of Sanyo Foods, traveled around Japan to
discover great ramens from all over the country for his inspiration. One day,
he made a fateful encounter in Ramen Alley in Sapporo, Hokkaido. After, he
wanted to share the amazing taste with the customers all over the country
by creating a new instant noodle product. Since “Ichiban” means “No. 1” in
Japanese, he named the product “Sapporo Ichiban” to express the praise of
the most delicious ramen in Sapporo. This product has been a huge hit and
continues to be loved by many customers.

TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?

SANYO FOODS> We produce Sapporo Ichiban bag noodles and cup noodles. The varieties
for the pouch noodles are original(soy sauce flavor), chicken, beef, shrimp,
miso, shio, hot & spicy chicken, tonkotsu, and yakisoba chow mein. For the
cup noodles, we have original(soy sauce), chicken, beef and shrimp flavors.

TRR> Your company is located in the California as well as in Japan. Can you tell us
a little about your locale?

SANYO FOODS> Sanyo Foods Corp. of America is located in Garden Grove, California, 34
miles, about 45 minutes south of the city of Los Angeles. Mild weather
throughout a year, close to the beach cities and known for t he Garden
Grove Strawberry Festival, annually held over Memorial Day weekend.

TRR> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle
manufacturers?

SANYO FOODS> We are very particular about the ingredients. All the rich ingredients are
carefully chosen to make its unique and delicious taste of Sapporo Ichiban.

TRR> How do you decide on what varieties to produce?

SANYO FOODS> Sapporo Ichiban Original flavor, which is soy sauce flavor, is the most typical
flavor of Japanese food. When we developed the Sapporo Ichiban Chicken
flavor and the Beef flavor, we got ideas from the chicken soup and the beef
soup from Cambell’s Soup. The concept of Sapporo Ichiban Shrimp flavor is
influenced by Saimin, a noodle dish developed by different immigrant
groups in Hawaii.

TRR> Apart from noodles, are there other products you produce or plan to
produce?

SANYO FOODS> Noodles are the only products that we manufacture here since we open.

TRR> Can you suggest pairings for your products, like meats, seafood or
vegetables?

SANYO FOODS> One of the secrets behind the success of Sapporo Ichiban Ramen is that our
unique yet versatile soup and noodle combinations that work well with
many other ingredients. While it is delicious on its own, people can expand
the flavors of our ramen by adding their favorite ingredients such as
vegetables, meat or tofu.

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?

SANYO FOODS> Since Sapporo Ichiban goes well with varieties of ingredients, we
recommend to add lots of vegetables and other ingredients you love and
create your own healthy ramen.

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

SANYO FOODS> We donate our products to the local food bank a few times per year.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

SANYO FOODS> Please wait until you see what is coming!

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

SANYO FOODS> Our products are available in United States, Canada, Mexico, Pacific Islands
(Guam, Saipan, Palau, etc.), and also some of the countries in South
America.

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

SANYO FOODS> A few drops of sesame oil make the Sapporo Ichiban Original more
flavorful, and Sapporo Ichiban Miso and butter are the perfect match for
rich and fatty soup lovers. If you like spicy, Sapporo Ichiban Miso and
Kimchi is also one of the most popular combinations.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Sanyo Foods and
your products!

 

Unboxing Time: New Product Samples From Wu-Mu of Taiwan

Well, here’s another one from Taiwan. I recently completed a Meet The Manufacturer series with Wu-Mu (you start seeing posts pretty soon) and now they’ve come out with two more products! Let’s crack open this package and have a look inside to see what’s what.

New Product Samples From Wu-Mu – Taiwan

I was pretty confused as to the varieties but got some help from a good friend – thanks again! Looking forward to giving these a try!

#2361: Nissin Demae Iccho Chicken Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle)

#2361: Nissin Demae Iccho Chicken Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Demae Ramen

Today, it’s more chicken. This is another one left over from the Nissin Hong Kong Meet The Manufacturer – they set so many different kinds – it’s awesome! This is a Demae Iccho version – here’s some info bout Nissin and Demae Iccho from Wikipedia –

Nissin Foods is a Japanese company that makes instant noodles.

Nissin Foods has established offices and factories in various countries, such as Brazil (since 1981),[9] Hong Kong (since 1985),[10] India (since 1987),[11] Germany (since 1993),[12] Thailand (since 1994),[13] China (since 1995),[14] and Mexico (since 2000).[15] Their products are also sold in the Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada, Sweden, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Argentina and the United States.

Demae Ramen or Demae Itcho (Japanese: 出前一丁 which translates to “delivery one order'”)[21] was first introduced in Japan in 1969 and entered the market in Hong Kong the next year. Since then, it has become one of the most popular instant noodle brands in Hong Kong, with a wide range of flavours.[22]Let’s crack it open and see what’s inside.

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

#2361: Nissin Demae Iccho Chicken Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Demae Ramen

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and pork. To prepare, add in all but the liquid sachet and fill to line with boiling water. Let sit covered for 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

#2361: Nissin Demae Iccho Chicken Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Demae Ramen

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2361: Nissin Demae Iccho Chicken Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Demae Ramen

The noodle block.

#2361: Nissin Demae Iccho Chicken Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Demae Ramen

A dry seasoning sachet.

#2361: Nissin Demae Iccho Chicken Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Demae Ramen

Has a salty chicken scent.

#2361: Nissin Demae Iccho Chicken Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Demae Ramen

The vegetables sachet.

#2361: Nissin Demae Iccho Chicken Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Demae Ramen

Lots of different bits.

#2361: Nissin Demae Iccho Chicken Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Demae Ramen

The liquid sachet.

#2361: Nissin Demae Iccho Chicken Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Demae Ramen

Has a sesame oil scent.

#2361: Nissin Demae Iccho Chicken Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Demae Ramen

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, baked chicken, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and hard boiled egg. The noodles came out very well – and there were a lot of them. The broth was a chicken tour de force; a great chicken taste along with a sesame oil taste included with the liquid sachet really gives a one two punch of tastiness. What’s more, the included veggies, bits of egg and chicken bits came out perfectly to make this a nicely rounded bowl. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878120017.

#2361: Nissin Demae Iccho Chicken Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - Demae Ramen

Nissin Demae Ramen Chicken Flavor 3.5oz (Pack of 5)

A Nissin Hong Kong TV commercial.

Samyang Foods Sends 2x Fire Noodle & Others

Samyang Foods Sends 2x Fire Noodle & Others

Buldak Bokkeummyun is the Korean name for what people all over the world have been enduring in the Fire Noodle Challenge. It’s a seriously spicy variety – #3 on my Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition. Well, they’ve come out with a spicier version that’s supposed to be just amazing. I contacted them and they sent me some along with other varieties – let’s check it out!

Samyang Foods Sends 2x Fire Noodle & Others – South Korea

Samyang Foods Sends 2x Fire Noodle & Others

I have the pack versions of these, but didn’t know about the bowls (click to enlarge)! The Stew version on the left and the 2x Spicy bowl on the right.

Samyang Foods Sends 2x Fire Noodle & Others

They also have come out with snack varieties (click to enlarge)! A ‘crsuh noodle’ on the left and a tubular zzaldduck one on the right – both spicy!

Samyang Foods Sends 2x Fire Noodle & Others

Here are some of their myriad varieties (click to enlarge) – None of which I’ve reviewed as of yet!

Samyang Foods Sends 2x Fire Noodle & Others

I was hoping for this (click to enlarge)! Samyang Ramen, their first product in the current look (on the right) and the classic version on the left. Unsure if there’s a difference – will be happy to find out!

Samyang Foods Sends 2x Fire Noodle & Others

I’ve tried the bowl but not the other two (click to enlarge).

Samyang Foods Sends 2x Fire Noodle & Others

Finally (click to enlarge), a couple posters! Already got them laminated by the time of this post. Thank you very much!

#2279: Nissin Demae Iccho Spicy Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle

Here’s another one left over from the Nissin HK Meet The Manufacturer – they sent so many varieties! Thank you again! So, everyone knows what tonkotsu is, right? No? Here’s a snippet from Wikipedia:

Tonkotsu (豚骨, “pork bone”; not to be confused with tonkatsu) ramen usually has a cloudy white colored broth. It is similar to the Chinese baitang (白湯) and has a thick broth made from boiling pork bones, fat, and collagen over high heat for many hours, which suffuses the broth with a hearty pork flavor and a creamy consistency that rivals milk, melted butter or gravy (depending on the shop). Most shops, but not all, blend this pork broth with a small amount of chicken and vegetable stock and/or soy sauce. The noodles are thin and straight, and it is often served with beni shoga (pickled ginger). In recent years the latest trend in tonkotsu toppings is māyu (sesame oil), a blackish, aromatic oil made from either charred crushed garlic or Sesame seeds. It is a specialty of Kyushu, particularly Hakata-ku, Fukuoka (hence sometimes called “Hakata ramen“).

Yeah, definitely not to be confused with tonkatsu! Tonkatsu is breaded chicken. Let’s dig in!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and pork. To prepare and everything except the liquid sachet. Fill to line with boiling water and cover 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

A very fine powder.

The vegetables sachet.

A lot of them!

The liquid sachet.

Smells spicy!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and Chinese sausage. The noodles hydrated nicely – big quantity too. I loved the broth in this one – nice scent and good spiciness. What’s more it was thicker than most of the ones in this series – something I really appreciated. The vegetables, eggs and other bits were extremely good. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4897878120062.

Nissin, Instant Cup Noodles, Tokyo Shoyu Tonkotsu Flavour, 75 g (Pack of 2)

I’m still not completely sure what exactly Yo Kai Watch is really, but my kid just bought a Nintendo 3DS game based on it. Here’s Yo Kai Watch with the Demae Ramen characters in a Nissin TV commercial.

Re-Review: Samyang Foods Fresh Jjajang

Okay so I guess karma will get you. I dunno. Let me explain… So I got this pack along with a couple others at HMart a week or two ago (great store, HMart by the way) and they had one of this series in single packs to buy, but the other two were in 5 packs that were around $9 each. Well, I went to the trouble of opening a couple of the 5 packs and taking out one each . Now, I’m unsure if this is truly a horrible thing to do; I’m sure they just put them on the shelf with the others that are sold in singles. Plus hey – I got them at HMart (there – the third time I mentioned HMart! Ooh a fourth!), so if you want to get these you can find them there. Well, as it turns out I reviewed this one in May and now I’m reviewing it again! Wasn’t my plan to do a re-review today but here we are. So perhaps the pulling of single packs from the multipack is why this happened. But probably not; I’m just getting old. Anyways, this is a jjajang/zha jiang (black bean sauce) noodle. Let’s hit it!

The back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. to prepare, add noodles and vegetables to 600ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Drain. Add in contents of powder and oil sachets. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The powder sachet.

A lot of powder.

The vegetables sachet.

Looks like vegetables and some TVP (textured vegetable protein).

A liquid sachet.

Oil!

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles were thick and chewy and very premium. The sauce was serious business; a little spicy hit and a thick slather with a very hearty black bean flavor. The included vegetable and TVP really worked well. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073113176.

Samyang God Jjajang Instant Noodle 650g (130g X5 Packs)

An old TV commercial for Samyang Foods Chacharoni.

New Cup Noodles From Nissin Foods USA (1 of 2)

Nissin Foods USA recently changed their instant Cup Noodles recipe for the first time in decades. Why? To lower sodium, MSG and artificial flavorings. Here are the samples they kindly send – they got new clothes as well!

Under the lid.

Here are four of the eight revamped recipes (click to enlarge). From left to right: Chicken Vegetable, Chicken, Beef and Shrimp. Thanks! Eager to give them all a fresh review!

#2136: Nissin Demae Ramen Roast Beef Flavour Instant Noodle

Here’s another I reviewed as part of a collaboration with Apple Daily news. Nothing like a good beef instant noodle! I remember a couple years ago being told that Chinese sausage is popular to put in with beef instant noodles, so I think that’ll be what gets put in today – haven’t used it in a long time. Just to reassure you, nothing gets scored after I put any external ingredients in. That’s the way I always review; I think you’ll agree that’s the only fair way to do it. anyways, let’s get started!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef and pork. To prepare, cook noodles in 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in contents of sachets. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Smells reasonably beeflike!

Liquid sauce sachet.

A nice beefy little paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sptous, chilli flake, baby corn, spring onion, Chinese sausage and coriander. The noodles come out with the most standard gauge of them all. Good chew and nice quantity. The broth has a nice oiliness to it. It has a good beef flavor and the slightest tease of spiciness. A great beef flavored instant. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4897878000104.

Nissin Demae Ramen Variety Pack (6 Flavors)

A series of Nissin Demae Itcho TV spots – pretty freakin’ awesome!

#2099: Sanpo Yakibuta Ramen

Here’s another one from the Box From Japan box from March! BoxFromJapan.com is a monthly subscription service – you get 4 neat and very unique bowls of ramen sent from Japan along with a few chopsticks and a little letter! Really awesome – I’ve not gotten any that I’ve reviewed before at this point which is really quite amazing! Anyways, check them out! Today’s variety looks interesting – they mention that the piece of pork is shaped like a heart to show the care they put into their products. Neat! Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, add in pork and powder sachets. Add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Add in oil and stir. Garnish with pickled ginger. Enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Detail of the noodle block.

The powder soup base sachet.

A fluffy powder.

An oil sachet.

Light and thick.

Hey look!

Pickled ginger!

A slice of pork.

It mentions looking like a heart but it kind of looks more like a bean to me.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are thin and have a round shape. The had a pretty good chew to them. The broth is almost tonkotsdu-like – has a good oiliness to it too. The chashu pork was on the thin side which was a bummer, however the ginger was very enjoyable. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901773010011.

Japanese Soul Cooking: Ramen, Tonkatsu, Tempura, and More from the Streets and Kitchens of Tokyo and Beyond

A TV ad for Sanpo Yakibuta Ramen.