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#1786: Nissin Chow Mein Premium Savory Sauce And Restaurant Quality Noodles Sriracha Flavor

Here’s a new one from Nissin Foods USA – Sriracha flavor Chow Mein! Sriracha is kind of interesting. First, the way to pronounce is ‘sir-racha’ drove me nuts for the longest time, but I finally have conformed (under protest). Also, Sriracha is a place in Thailand (went there in May), however the Sriracha sauce me know here in the states isn’t a popular condiment there. It’s a bit of a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Wikipedia had this to say:

Sriracha (Thai: ศรีราชา,  [sǐː rāː.t͡ɕʰāː]) is a type of hot sauce or chili sauce made from a paste of chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt.[1] It is named after the coastal city of Si Racha, in Chonburi Province of eastern Thailand, where it may have been first produced for dishes served at local seafood restaurants.[2]

Okay I got that.

In Thailand the sauce is most often called sot Siracha (Thai: ซอสศรีราชา) and only sometimes nam phrik Siracha (Thai: น้ำพริกศรีราชา). Traditional Thai sriracha sauce tends to be tangier in taste, and runnier in texture than non-Thai versions.[7] In a Bon Appétit magazine interview, US Asian-foods distributor, Eastland Food Corporation, asserted that the Thai brand of hot sauce, Sriraja Panich, which Eastland distributes, is the original “sriracha sauce” and was created in Si Racha, Thailand, in the 1930s from the recipe of a housewife named Thanom Chakkapak.[7]  Within the United States, sriracha is associated with a sauce produced by Huy Fong Foods[2] and is sometimes referred to as “rooster sauce” or “cock sauce”[8] due to the image of a rooster on the bottle.[9] Other variations of sriracha have appeared in the US market, including a sriracha that is aged in whiskey barrels.[10][11] Various restaurants in the US, including Applebee’s, P.F. Chang’s, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Jack in the Box, Subway, White Castle and Gordon Biersch, have incorporated sriracha into their dishes, sometimes mixing it with mayonnaise or into dipping sauces.[2][12][13][14][15] The name “sriracha” is considered to be a generic term, since the creator of the Huy Fong Foods sauce, David Tran, did not trademark it.[16]

Now one thing that’s for sure is that in the USA, Sriracha sauce is commonly aligned with Vietnamese foods, most notably pho noodles. On most bottles you’ll see here, there’s no Thai on them at all. Trippy. Anyways, let’s see what kind of heat’s in this tray from Nissin Foods!

Here’s the underside of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, open lid to dotted line and remove sachets. Add room temp water to fill line and microwave for 5 minutes. Let sit in the microwave for another minute, then remove the lid and add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Powder seasoning base.

Has a spicy scent.

A sauce sachet.

Has a sriracha and soy scent.

From under the noodle block, some bits that look a lot like Thai chillies.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added barbecue pork, Salad Cosmo bean sprouts, coriander and Thai chillies. The noodles came out great – lots of them and they have a flat and slightly wide disposition. Good texture and chew. The seasoning lends itself well to the noodles. It’s flavor is like a sweet and spicy Thai kind of thing which packs a good amount of heat. It is very reminiscent of gochujang and topokki sauce – both South Korean things I like immensely. The bits of pepper hydrated well. Altogether a nice dish. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662088203.

Nissin Premium Sriracha Chow Mein Noodles, 32 Ounce (Pack of 8)

A TV commercial for Nissin Chow Mein.

#1765: Nissin Cup Noodles Ramen Noodle Soup With Shrimp [New Package]

Hey check it out – Nissin Cup Noodles got a big facelift.

Here’s how they used to look – cardboard outer packaging is now gone. Less packaging and different materials have been used to make them more environmentally friendly. Also, they’re ot microwavable! Yes, I’m sure maky of you microwaved them before, but you weren’t supposed to. The new cups also have a little extra room so you can add veggies and meats or whatever you want to oomph up your noodles! Let’s check this new cup out!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains Shrimp. To prepare, add room temperature water to the fill line. Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. Let sit in the microwave for a minute more. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the top and bottom of the lid (click image to enlarge). I think this is the first time I’ve seen print on the underside of a lid in a US made instant noodle product – awesome!

The noodle block.

Some loose noodle bits and seasoning.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a shrimp. The noodles came out great – thin and flat. They were all hydrated well. The broth has a shrimp taste to it. The bits of vegetable and shrimp were also perfectly hydrated. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662030028.

Nissin Cup Noodles Ramen Noodle Soup with Shrimp, 2.25-Ounce (Pack of 12)

Here’s a video about the new Nissin Cup Noodles. They also discuss the big contest they’re running – check it out at www.nissinfoods.com

The New Face Of Nissin Cup Noodles & An Old One, Too

I found out recently that there was a new Nissin Foods USA product or two that was new and asked for some samples – and they arrived today!

Hmmm what’s under the wraps?

So here’s what the new Nissin Cup Noodles look like!

They come in Chicken, Hearty chicken, Beef and Shrimp flavors. As you might first notice, there’s no cardboard outer packaging like they used to have. The container is made of a material that is made with the environment in mind (less plastic and paper wrap waste with 20% reduction in carbon emissions than the old packaging). It’s also microwavable (yeah, you weren’t supposed to microwave the old ones!). What’s also nice is there’s room in them to customize your noodles. For example, you could open the lid, drop in some broccoli, a little milk and some cooked chicken, add the water in and microwave it to make a creamy chicken kind of thing. They’re having a big content on their facebook page – check em out here.

These are Nissin’s Hot & Spicy Chicken bowls – with less sodium!

Here are some new varieties of Nissin Chow Mein trays I’ve not reviewed yet! Pad Thai, Roast Chicken and Sriracha!

A visor!

A big red drawstring bag!

Temporary tattoos!

A neat pen!

A couple of mousepads! I have been using one they sent a long time ago and noticed that it was really foul and dirty last night when I spilled a little gochujang on it… But here’s a new one!

Anyone know who this guy is?

This little chicken is Hiyoko-chan. He’s the mascot of Nissin Chikin Ramen, which was Nissin’s first instant noodle way back in 1958 and the first instant noodle on the market.

A little zipper bag.

A micro-szed noodle pack with a tiny Chikin Ramen noodle block shaped eraser!

Little washcloths.

Hey what’s this?

Hiyoko-chan can hold your Cup Noodles lid shut! Thanks to Brent, Linda and every one else at Nissin Foods USA for sending this great box along! Also want to say congratulations to Scott on the arrival of his daughter!

#1441: Nissin Souper Meal Chili Picante Chicken With Lime Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Wow check this big sucker out! Nissin’s Souper Meals are exactly that – super sized! This was sent over by the nice folks over at Nissin Foods USA the other day – thanks! Let’s peel the lid off of this one and have a peek inside…

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, tear off lid and empty sachets into bowl. Fill to line with room temperature water. Microwave for 4 1/2 minutes, then let sit for 2 more. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Powder soup base sachet.

A lot of powder! Has a tangy spicy scent.

A dehydrated vegetables sachet.

A decent amount.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added grilled chicken, red, yellow and orange bell pepper, sweet onion, frozen corn and lime. The noodles are on the more floppy end of the spectrum, but the comforty slight crumble end which is good. There are a lot of noodles too! The broth has a spicy, lime and slight chicken mood to it. The supplied veggies hydrated well – especially the corn. If you’re hungry, this will definitely fill that void of yours!  3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662007051.

Okay I couldn’t resist this one. This is the story of a man and his love for Souper Meal.

#1253: Nissin Chow Mein Teriyaki Chicken Flavor Chow Mein Noodles

Here’s one I’ve had lurking in the bin for a while – I figured it was time to haul it out and give it a try. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the bottom of the outer wraps (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, put the solid ingredients sachet in and add water to the line. Microwave 5 minutes and let it sit for a minute. Add the liquid sachet and stir.

Here’s what you see under the wraps (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Here’s the liquid sachet.

Has a nice teriyaki scent.

The solid ingredients sachet.

A nice little melange.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli and chicken sauteed in light soy sauce. The noodles are flat instead of rounded but not very broad. They have an agreeable chew, albeit slightly crumbly, but that’s okay in this context. The flavor is full, ever-present and quite tasty. When I think of teriyaki, I generally think of that sweet thin sauce with rice, but here the sauce is thick with noodles and it’s a nice pairing. The vegetables did pretty well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662087299.

Here’s a TV spot for this one.

#1225: Nissin Pan Asian Kitchen Sweet & Sour Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodles

Man I’m beat and my feet hurt. Maybe Birkenstock sailboat deck sandals aren’t the best choice for walking 2 miles. This sounds good though – I really like sweet and sour! This one’s made in the United States, too! Let’s give this one a peek.

Here’s the bottom of the tray (click image to enlarge). Contains wheat and soybean. To make this one, open the tray halfway and put only the vegetables sachet’s contents in. Fill it to the line and microwave for 5 minutes.  Let it sit for 1 minute, then add the liquid sachet and stir and you’re ready to eat!

Here’s the li ditself (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The premium ingredients sachet.

You know, that kind of looks like a bird’s eye chilli pepper on top. I suppose we’ll see!

The liquid seasoning sachet.

Oil and sauce co-mingling.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken, bell pepper, sweet onion and pineapple with a bit of garlic salt. The noodles are really good – great texture and gauge. The flavor is good too, although it’s not the sweet and sour I am used to at Chinese takeout restaurants, it’s pretty darn good. The veggies hydrated very nicely (and that was a nice spicy pepper!). 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662487280.

This is a great tour of the Nissin Cup Noodle Museum – it is a dream of mine to visit here someday!

#1045: Nissin Chow Mein Chicken Flavor Chow Mein Noodles

This is one you can probably find quite easily in a grocery store here in the United States. Let’s have a look.

Here’s the detail from the bottom (click image to enlarge).

Under the wraps (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Liquid seasoning packet.

A good amount of dark liquid.

Veggie packet.

A nice looking mixture and decent quantity.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added red, yellow and orange bell pepper, sweet onion and broccoli along with some chicken lunch meat and a bit of Dua Belibis Chilli Sauce. The noodles are pretty good – plentiful and have a slightly broad and flat way to them. Decent consistency. The flavor is good – has a nice taste of chicken teriyaki, but not sweet. The veggies plumped up well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662087213 – get it here.


Nissin Chow Mein TV spot.

#990: Nissin Pan Asian Kitchen Spicy Pad Thai Flavor Ramen Noodles

Found this one while strolling through our new Walmart Neighborhood Market just north of here. It’s kind of like you take a Walmart, make it a Super Walmart and then ditch the Walmart part so it’s just groceries. Found this is the Asian foods section and not with the Top Ramen and Cup Noodle. Kind of weird.

Here’s the bottom of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the lid.

The noodle block.

The seasoning packet.

Interesting – lots of stuff going on here!

Liquid seasoning packet.

Looks like an oil. Has a coffee-esque scent.

Garnish packet.

Some bits of nuts to put on top!


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, green bell pepper, broccoli and shrimp. The noodles are really good here – lots of them and they’re broad. The flavoring is interesting; it’s spicy, a little sweet and then a little off. I thought the peanut flavor wasn’t as expected. The scent of the oil as coffee was actually supposed to be peanut. The sprinkle of nuts on top was a nice littler touch. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 070662487266.

Here’s a recipe to make homemade Pad Thai.

Re-Review: Nissin Top Ramen Cucharealo Home-Style Tomato Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Thought I’d try this one again – it’s pretty sad – I have nothing new to review! Looking forward to some new varieties coming soon though hopefully! A couple from the UK have informed me that they’re sending a treasure trove of interesting varieties! Can’t wait! In the meantime, here’s the elusive Cucharealo – haven’t seen it for sale anywhere yet. Good stuff! Here’s the original review here.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg, cheese, Taxes Pete hot sauce, sweet onions, chicken lunch meat and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are great – short and there’s tons of them. The broth has a really nice tomato taste with a hit of cumin. Great stuff! Gonna give it a 3.5 out of 5.0 stars yet again. UPC bar code 070662081013 .

This place was amazing when I was a kid; you could put your hand on the window outside and it would make the train inside move! I miss the old guard of the enormous department store.

#849: Nissin Top Ramen Cucharealo Home-Style Tomato Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Here’s another one of the new varieties that Nissin Foods USA sent me earlier this month to review. I got a comment from someone saying Cucharealo means ‘spoon it up.’ Makes sense – Nissin has a similar product called ‘Spoon it’ with flavors like chicken, beef and beet stew while the Cucharealo line is more hitting the Mexican flavors. The last one I tried was awesome – let’s give this one a try!

The side and back panels – click to enlarge.

Short, thin noodles.

A single seasoning packet.

I gave it a taste – has a slightly tangy tomato taste.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added onion, red bell pepper, some over roasted chicken, Krazy Mixed Up Salt, a fried egg, Crystal hot sauce and some cheddar cheese. The noodles thin and short – definitely good for a spoon. The broth is pretty good – has a good tomato flavor. Not bad! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662081013 .

Some Nissin Japan TV commercials

Ongaku 70: Vintage Psychedelia in Japan – 01 – Osamu Kitajima – Tengu

New Product Samples From Nissin Foods, USA

So I got an email from my contact at Nissin Foods in Gardena California mentioning a package was sent. What could it be?

Hey a big box of heavy bubble wrap! I love bubble wrap – wait, bubble wrap isn’t heavy – what’s underneath it?

What’s this?! Okay so they’ve got two new products that look interesting. First is Nissin Top Ramen Short Cuts. What it is are the seasoned short noodles – like the Spoon-It or the ones you find in the Nissin Big Cup Noodles. The box has a big bag (4 1/2 cups) of the pre-seasoned noodles. Basically, it’s instant noodles meets the portion sizing ability of instant potatoes. Also, other than Top Ramen packs, I think this is the first thing they’ve used the Top Ramen name on before! They come in Chicken, Roast Chicen, Beef and Lime Chili.

The other new addition is called Nissin Top Ramen Cucharealo. I’m not sure what Cucharealo means, but it’s obviously for the latino market – some great sounding flavors include Home-style Picante Chicken, Tomato-Chicken and Habanero Shrimp.

Looking forward to reviewing all of these in the future!

#783: Nissin Cup Noodles Salsa Picante Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

This one was taking a little punishment in the noodle hamper, so I decided it better see the light of day and become ingested.

Here’s the info from the outer packaging (click image to enlarge).

The lid.

Everything is in the cup – no packets or anything.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little chicken lunch meat and a couple slices of Fresno pepper. Noodles were pretty standard ‘nothing to write home about,’ but they are rather historic fare. The broth has tones of cumin and chili powder. Not bad. The veggies were okay – marginal at best. All in all, not too shabby. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662031032 – get it here.

Here you go – enjoy this if you have to.

I still think Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s better, but this has some promise on the J-Pop scene.