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#717: Nissin Ramen Bowl Spicy Chicken Flavor

Here’s another one of the samples Nissin Foods USA were kind enough to send me. Thanks! Spicy chicken today huh? sounds good to me.

Here’s the info on the side of the bowl (click image to enlarge)…

Details from the top as well (click image to enlarge).

The round block of noodles.

Powder seasoning.

A good amount of this stuff.

A good sized packet of vegetables.

Looks like a nice little crowd of small veggies.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added an egg that I fried in a star-shaped cookie cutter (my second attempt to date), added some Huy Fong Sriracha hot sauce and some Krazy Mixed Up Salt on top of everything and also added some store brand stir fry veggies and turkey breast. The noodles are pretty good – exactly;y what you’d expect in a bowl like this. What I like is the flavor has a nice vegetable taste to it – don’t know that I detect a lot of chicken flavor but it’s got a lot of heat (on a scale of 1 to 10 I’d give it a 7 or 8 as far as heat goes) and the veggies which hydrated pretty well. All in all, not bad. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.

Hey a ramen eating contest… Hey if your event needs an emcee for a ramen eating contest, hit me up!

This guy made a video of himself eaiting some noodles – Keep up the good work!

#713: Nissin Spoon it Creamy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Last evening, my wife and I both started really getting attacked by an insidious enemy. One that doesn’t show itself but just occurs without warning. Allergies. Eyes, nose throat; everything just seemed to be very busy making us miserable. At this point, I would usually turn to an old standby my mother used to make for me when my face’s innards went awry like this – Mrs. Grass Chicken Soup Mix. Wonderful stuff – it has a little rubbery golden egg shaped thing called (I’m totally not kidding about this) ‘The Golden Flavor Nugget.’ Lots and lots of noodles and chickenny goodness. Well, we don’t have any, so I thought I’d go ahead and hit up this one. Creamy chicken flavor is one of my favorites – and Nissin doesn’t make creamy chicken Top Ramen anymore so I wonder how this stuff is. So off we go intgo noodle land!

Here’s the back and side panels (click image to enlarge).

A bag contains the noodles. The box contains three of these and three seasoning packets for – you guessed it – three servings.

Here’s a seasoning packet.

A nice pile of powdery seasoning.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I made a can of store brand mixed veggies and a little turkey breast lunch meat, added some Krazy mixed Up Salt and added the noodles on top and a tiny bit of Kizami Shoga (pickled ginger). The noodles are nice and broad and soft like egg noodles. The flavoring? Oh man – this is the stuff! This tasted exactly like the old creamy chicken Top Ramen! I would go insofar as to say that if you lowered the amount of water you used and cooked a pack of Top Ramen noodles (maybe use a round 1 1/2 cups of water) and then when it was done add the flavoring and stir and let it sit a little, you’d be sitting pretty. This stuff is great! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars!  UPC barcode 070662070031 .

William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy on Dick Clark’s Pyramid game show

Dick Clark just died at age 82. Here’s an 11 part 30 year anniversary of American Bandstand from 1982.

#709: Nissin Original Chow Mein Spicy Chicken Flavor

Here’s another Nissin – had to make something quick today – it’s my wife’s birthday! Happy birthday, Kitten!

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

Here’s what you see when you tear off the cellophane coverings (click image to enlarge). Notice in this one there are three flavoring packs!

Here’s the powder seasoning.

Vegetables.

Liquid seasoning.

The noodle block – kind of like a little maze!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Sorry about the lack of seasoning pics – had to make this quick. I added a little stir fry veggies, turkey lunch meat and Ajishima Kim Chi furikake. The noodles were really good as they have been in these lately. The flavors were okay – could be slightly spicier but if you’re not into painfully hot, this is for you. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 070662087244 – get it here.

Nissin Chow Mein commercial.

Make some homemade style!

#701: Meet The Manufacturer – Nissin Big Cup Noodles Lime Chili Shrimp

Here’s another one from Nissin! Lime Shrimp eh? Sounds decent – let’s try!

Side panels (click image to enlarge).

I have a hard time not eating this stuff – the lime reminds me of the lime flavor in the Flamin’ Hot Lime Cheetoes – which is strange since a recent review of Paldo Kko kko myun and Samyang Nagasaki Jjampong tasted like Jalapeno Cheese Cheetos – kinda funny! I like both of those flavors of Cheetos, by the way…

Finished (click image to enlarge). Thought this time it would be nice to present it a little better. The noodles are great – like broad egg noodles. The broth is really interesting; it kind of reminds me of a Tom Yum instant noodle with all the citrus flavor involved. I think a few dashes of Texas Pete and this would be even better! I liked it. Oh by the way – I ate it with a spoon! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars! UPC Barcode 070662030448 .

He’s going to throw some shrimp on the barbie!

What’s up with running with a slice of toast in your mouth? This is Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Truly bizarre stuff from Japan.

#698: Meet The Manufacturer – Nissin Original Chow Mein Orange Chicken Flavor

Here’s a new flavor of chow mein to check out! Sounds pretty good – I like orange chicken.

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

Here’s what you see when you take off the plastic wrap (click image to enlarge).

A decent sized noodle block.

The liquid seasoning.

Guess I should have used the little white sake cup for this one, huh? Well, it’s more of a orange/brown color than black.

Veggies!

Here they are – looks like a decent amount of them too!

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added some Bird’s Eye Stir Fry vegetables, some oven roasted turkey breast and some Ajishima Kim Chi furikake. The Noodles are pretty good – definitely has a kind of texture and quality I usually would expect from perhaps a frozen dinner – they’re pretty good! The flavor is nice – a slightly spicy orange chicken. The veggies are really good – all over and of good quality. This is a nice one! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars! UPC barcode 07066208728 – get it here.

Nissin Chow Mein commercial.

Funny Nissin Japan commerciall.

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview with Nissin Foods USA – Makers of Top Ramen, Cup Noodles & More


Welcome to the second installment in the ‘Meet The Manufacturer’ series! This one’s with Nissin, makers of the ever-popular Top Ramen, Cup Noodles and the like. They sent a nice package of different instant varieties to sample – most of them new to me. The following interview is with Senior Marketing Manager, Linda Chung, facilitated by Senior Marketing Coordinator Scott Akazaki.

TRR: Nissin was the first instant noodles I had ever tried in my life – I am thrilled and thoroughly appreciate the chance to do this interview with you – thank you!

To start, can you give a little background on how the company was founded and a little about its history in Japan?

NISSIN: Mr. Ando began the company as part of a humble family operation back in 1948. Faced with sparse food sources after World War II, Mr. Ando realized that a quality, convenient ramen product would help to feed the masses. His goal was to create a satisfying ramen that could be eaten anywhere, anytime. In 1958, Nissin introduced “Chicken Ramen”, the first instant ramen. Ironically, it was considered a luxury item, since Japanese grocery stores sold fresh Japanese noodles (udon) at one-sixth the cost of Mr. Ando’s new food concept.
Still, Mr. Ando was convinced that his revolutionary new method of preparation would sell. The concept seemed simple enough. All users would have to do is simply remove the ramen from its package, place it in a bowl, add boiling water, cover the bowl, and wait three minutes. The conservative Japanese food industry, however, rejected the product as a novelty with no future. They had never been so wrong.
Soon, Chicken Ramen was selling beyond even Mr. Ando’s wildest expectations. Before you could say “instant”, more than ten companies were rushing to put their own versions out on the market. By the end of 1958, grocery shelves were crowded with this new staple for the Japanese kitchen. From this point on, Nissin Foods began introduction of a long list of successful and innovative ramen products.

TRR: For those who might not be familiar with all of them, what lines of instant noodle products to you offer in the United States?

NISSIN: We are constantly pushing the boundaries of instant ramen as it should be with our new products – the latest is Big Cup Noodles (It features shorter, wider noodles in a paper cup). Other products include:

Cup Noodles
Top Ramen
Souper Meal
Chow Mein
Chow Noodles
Bowl Noodles Rich & Savory
Bowl Noodles Hot & Spicy
Ramen Bowl (just launched)
Spoon it (just launched)

TRR: When and why was there a need for Nissin Foods in the United States?

NISSIN: Nissin Foods introduced Top Ramen into the U.S. in 1970. Mr. Ando saw an opportunity to introduce a new type of noodle soup product to the states. As he showed his products to grocery store buyers, he realized that no one in the US had ramen sized bowls. This insight, combined with getting served coffee in a Styrofoam cup on a business trip flight, was the genesis of Cup Noodles.

TRR: I know that the varieties available in Japan and the product line in the United States differ quite a bit. Why is that?

NISSIN: This is based on developing tastes that are suitable for a specific region of the globe. This was especially true in the 1970’s when the concept of instant ramen was foreign, we didn’t want to compound this with Asian flavors.

TRR: How do you determine when it is time to retire a flavor of Top Ramen and how do you go about determining a new one to offer?

NISSIN: This decision is based primarily on what the customer wants. We tend to let them “vote” with their wallets.

TRR: I commonly am asked if I am worried about sodium levels in all the different instant noodles from around the world I review. How would you recommend people balance their enjoyment of instant noodles and keeping them as part of a healthy meal?

NISSIN: You’ve already answered the question. It’s all about balance. Our products are ideal when you are looking for something fast, convenient and portable (and tastes good).

TRR: Often, I hear about people microwaving Cup Noodles. Is this the correct method of their preparation? Is it recommended to do so?

NISSIN: Cup Noodles was designed for optimum eating experience with boiling water.

TRR: When I was very young, my mother introduced me to Nissin Roasted Ramen, which was a close resemblance to Nissin Chikin Ramen, the first product produced in Japan in 1958 by Nissin. After Roasted Ramen was discontinued, I found an Asian grocery in Seattle and found Chikin Ramen – but it’s been decades since I’ve seen Chikin Ramen available anywhere. Any chance you’ll bring Roasted Ramen or something like it back?

NISSIN: That is up to our parent company in Japan. There are some government regulations about importing items that contain a certain amount of meat/chicken. This is especially true after the Mad Cow scare a few years back.

TRR: I recently discovered you new line of Ramen Bowls. With flavors like Kimchi and Hot & Spicy, are these meant to compete with similar Korean products?

NISSIN: We are trying to offer our consumers an authentic Asian experience.

TRR: I’ve noticed many instant noodle manufacturers are located in Southern California. Aside from the fact that it never rains there, why was this the spot you picked for your factory?

NISSIN: I’ll have to get back to you on that one. It may be because of the established Asian population that was here in the 1970’s. This was the natural first consumer base for our products – first/second generation Japanese who missed this type of ramen noodles.

TRR: How many packs and cups of Top Ramen and Cup Noodles are made every year?

NISSIN: 3.9 billion instant ramen products (including Nissin) have been consumed in the US in 2010. See the link below for more information.

http://instantnoodles.org/noodles/expanding-market.html

TRR: Can you tell my readers about any new and exciting products to look for in the near future?

NISSIN: We are launching new flavors for our Big Cup Noodles line: Roast Chicken and Spicy Chicken.

TRR: Finally, when you enjoy instant noodles, what kind do you like and what do you add (if anything) to them to make them your own?

NISSIN: What’s my favorite Nissin product? It’s like asking someone to pick their favorite child! Chow Mein is my favorite Nissin product. Stir fried noodles without the hassle of cooking or getting takeout. If I am eating instant ramen, it’s primarily due to time constraint so, I enjoy it as-is.

TRR: Again, thank you very much for this opportunity to do this interview! Thank you for making such a great product so many enjoy and have a great day!

Well, there you have it! Thanks again to the folks at Nissin USA for the samples and the interview! This was a lot of fun and I’m sure folks will be interested in seeing the new products I’ll be reviewing in the next week or so!

#529: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Hot & Spicy Chicken Flavored Soup

A new find today at a big Korean supermarket nearby. Been a while since I’ve reviewed anything by Sapporo Ichiban. What’s interesting too is that the packaging proclaims that it’s new! Also on the back it says it’s three servings! Boy, this economy sure is hitting everyone hard! Now instant noodle rationing!

Just one packet as usually found in this brand’s packs.

The powdered seasoning had a funny smell to it; not exactly chicken at all. Almost a dirt-like odor – strange.

Click image to enlarge. Added a couple eggs – pan-scrambled. The noodles are great but again the broth and flavor is really strange – it’s a little spicy but the aftertaste is almost earthy. My wife said it reminded her of cooked asparagus.  Was a real disappointment. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars – surprisingly low for the makers of a top ten variety.

Sapporo Ichiban commercials from the 80’s.

Hot dog eating contest