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#3117: A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle – Taiwan

#3117: A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle - Taiwan-sha

This is the last of the quartet of varieties from A-Sha that they sent to me a little while back. With this, I think I’ve cleared out all the odds and ends of noodle varieties that have been sitting in the kitchen – boo yah! Next will be the boxes next to counter in the kitchen lol – should be able to whittle those down quite a bit this week as well.

A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle – Taiwan

#3117: A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle - Taiwan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat or not – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 4 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3117: A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3117: A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle - Taiwan

The first of two wet sachets.

#3117: A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle - Taiwan

Sesame paste?

#3117: A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle - Taiwan

The other wet sachet.

#3117: A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle - Taiwan

Soy sauce.

#3117: A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, scallions, sesame seeds, chashu pork and soft egg. The noodles have a firm chew and are plentiful. The flavor is akin to peanut butter – very dry. It is augmented with a light saltiness from soy sauce. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4715635853902.

A-sha Mandarin Noodle – Original Flavor

 

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3114: A-Sha Gourmet Sichuan Peppercorn Flavor – Taiwan

Here’s the third of the A-Sha Gourmet varieties I’m trying today. There’s one more left. So translation isn’t my strong suit and I often turn to friends and colleagues as to what different varieties are called and translate them. At this exact moment, I’m dumbfounded. Google’s not very helpful; one says hemp. I could be mistaken, but I think hemp isn’t going to be in the name of this one. I’ve had varieties say they’re dolphin bone as well, which most certain isn’t the case! I’ll find out shortly though!

A-Sha Gourmet Sichuan Peppercorn Flavor – Taiwan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it has meat or not – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 4 minutes. Drain. Add in liquid base and stir. Add dry sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A wet sachet.

A thick sauce.

A dry sachet.

Looks like a peppery garnish.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, chashu pork, spring onion, and sansyo pepper. The noodles are excellent as always – nice chewiness to them and the slight wideness (about 2.5 times wider than an instant noodle) is very nice. The flavor is sweet and very savory, along with a little hit of Sichuan pepper which isn’t overwhelming, but lets you know it’s come for the party. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4715635853674.

Asha Healthy Ramen Noodles, thin size noodles (5 individual 95g pouches) (Sesame, 1 pack)

Watch me cook and garnish this one on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3070: A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle – Taiwan

#3070: A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle - Taiwan

Time for dry noodle! This is the second from a set of four new A-Sha varieties. Soybean paste noodles impart a kind of meaty hit to them usually. Let’s give ’em a try!

A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle – Taiwan

#3070: A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle - Taiwan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it has meat or not – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 4 minutes. Drain. Add in liquid base and stir. Add dry sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3070: A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3070: A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

#3070: A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle - Taiwan

The soybean component.

#3070: A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

#3070: A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle - Taiwan

Curious as to what this is.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, scallion, and soft egg. Noodles have a very nice firmness and chewiness. They are flat and a little broad. The soybean sauce has a nice bit of saltiness, little hint of spiciness in there too but not too much. Included shallot and corn garnish was very good – everything went together really well. 5.0 out of 5.0- stars.  EAN bar code 4715635853667.

#3070: A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle - Taiwan

Rated Best Tasting and Award Winning [Taiwan No.1] A-sha Mandarin Noodle – Original Flavor 台灣第一名:1 阿舍食堂 – 外省乾麵(原味) + One Free NineChef Spoon (3 Pack (15 Small bags))

Watch me cook this up on an episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2335: Nissin Cup Noodles Gourmet Sabor A Caldo De Camaron

Meet The Manufacturer: #2335: Nissin Cup Noodles Gourmet Sabor A Caldo De Camaron - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

Hey now this looks interesting! Reminds me of the look of Hong Kong Cup Noodles or ones from Japan. So this is a new line from Nissin Mexico – Gourmet – hopefully the first of many to try. But what is gourmet? Dictionary.com had this to say –

gour·met
ˌɡôrˈmā,ˌɡo͝orˈmā/
noun
a connoisseur of good food; a person with a discerning palate.
synonyms: gastronome, epicure, epicurean; connoisseur; informalfoodie
“a restaurant lauded by the most discriminating gourmets”
of a kind or standard suitable for a gourmet.
modifier noun: gourmet
“a gourmet meal”

Indeed, something being gourmet calibre is a tall order; truly something fancy, that’s for sure. So this one is different from everything else that Nissin Mexico sent. I used Google Translate and from ‘Caldo De Camaron’ I got ‘Shrimp Broth.’ It also mentions extra special shrimp in this one. I’m definitely excited to give it a try – let’s get started!

Nissin Cup Noodles Gourmet Sabor A Caldo De Camaron – Mexico

Meet The Manufacturer: #2335: Nissin Cup Noodles Gourmet Sabor A Caldo De Camaron - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, remove lid and add water to fill line. Microwave for 2.5 minutes. Let stand in the microwave for an additional minute. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2335: Nissin Cup Noodles Gourmet Sabor A Caldo De Camaron - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #2335: Nissin Cup Noodles Gourmet Sabor A Caldo De Camaron - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2335: Nissin Cup Noodles Gourmet Sabor A Caldo De Camaron - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

Loose seasoning and garnish. So the shrimp that are included are of very good size – some of the biggest I’ve seen in an instant noodle product!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2335: Nissin Cup Noodles Gourmet Sabor A Caldo De Camaron - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

Finished (click to enlarge). I didn’t add anything. So the noodles came out great in the microwave – flat and thin with a nice light tooth. Indeed the broth was a show stopper – a great Mexican shrimp broth with a rich flavor and light heat. Moreover, it has a sweetness I’ve only seen in Southeast Asian variants previously. The shrimp that are included are among some of the largest I’ve seen in an instant noodle – not only did they hydrate perfectly but they’re of good quality as well. The other bits of garnish supplied such as cabbage, carrot and other things round everything out and give the cup an excellent premium feel. In conclusion, this was absolutely wonderful stuff and I am seriously impressed. Indeed an easy 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662021026.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2335: Nissin Cup Noodles Gourmet Sabor A Caldo De Camaron - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

My Sweet Mexico: Recipes for Authentic Pastries, Breads, Candies, Beverages, and Frozen Treats

On my wife’s side of the family, there’s a lot of Mexican and Panamanian heritage. Indeed, this is something I’ve been really lucky to experience; wonderful people and wow – the food is so good! So one thing I’d not known about was something her Grandfather Manuel shared with me – Mexican baked goods. Kind of in a way like donuts, but not donuts, they’re colorful and bready with a nice level of sweetness. Very tasty stuff!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Nissin Mexico

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Nissin Mexico

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The Meet The Manufacturer with Nissin Japan really opened some great doors – and this is another one. They put me in contact with Nissin Mexico, and now we’re starting a new Meet The Manufacturer spotlight series today! I conducted an interview with Sandra Gazca, the Marketing Manager for Mexico and Central America.

Interview With Nissin Mexico

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

NISSIN MEXICO> We can say that in Mexico, we are actually new. We established a plant in 2005, and currently we have the 60% SOM in the southern part of the country and 11% SOM in the country, but we keep growing.

TRR> What was the first product you produced?

NISSIN MEXICO> The Company was founded in 1948 by Momofuku Ando, right after the WWII, and it was in 1958 when Mr. Ando developed the formula for the “Chikin Ramen”, the first instant noodle soup which is now sold by the company as Cup Noodles. Initially they were sold as a luxury item; through time, the product gained popularity and today it is part of Japanese Cuisine, and has its main consumption among young people.

TRR> Your company is located in Mexico. Can you tell us a little about your country and the area you’re located in?

NISSIN MEXICO> Nissin Foods Mexico is located in Lerma, Estado de México. Lerma is a city and municipality located just east of Toluca and 54 km west of Mexico City. Mexico is the second largest economy in Latin America and is abundant in resources it is the world’s greatest producer of silver, and also produces zinc, lead, gold, mercury, coal and copper.

According to the Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, Office of Representation in Japan, from 2005 to January 2013, Japanese companies’ investments in Mexico accounted more than US$9.6 billion in sectors such as automotive and auto parts, but also electronics, metallurgic and machinery projects, agribusiness, food processing and high technology manufacturing.

To November 2012, Mexico-Japan bilateral trade reached 20.2 billion dollars, an increase of 7.8% from the same period last year. Mexico’s exports to Japan increased by 10.6% reaching US$ 4,033 million, while imports from Japan increased by 7.1% to US$ 16,179 million. In 2011, Mexico-Japan bilateral trade reached US$ 20.5 billion, a 10.6% increase compared with 2010.

Official name: United Mexican States
Capital: Mexico City
Population: 120,286,655
Official language: Spanish
Money: Peso

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

NISSIN MEXICO> Based on the Global strategy of Nissin Group, we locally adapted flavors by focusing in offer a big taste differentiated by packaging. In Mexico we have five flavors of regular Cup Noodles, shrimp, spicy shrimp, beef, chicken and seafood. We also have the hottest of our noodles, Habanero with Lime Cup Noodles, which have three different flavors, sea food, chicken and shrimp. And least, we have Hot Sauce Cup Noodles, which is the perfect soup for those who enjoy their food with a slight touch of hotness, it comes in three different flavors, which are chicken, shrimp and beef, and they also include extra hot sauce so the consumer can make it as hot as he or she wants.

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

NISSIN MEXICO> Nissin Foods is the No.1 Cup Noodles Company, with the most sales worldwide. With nearly 50 years of innovation in flavors, Nissin Foods, through its Cup Noodles has sold 40 billion units in more than 80 countries all around the world.

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

NISSIN MEXICO> Nissin Foods makes all of its products with 100% natural wheat, which provides energy, also Nissin develops and operates rigorous quality assurance tests, which detect dangerous substances, monitoring the handling of food from the field to the table, Nissin Cup Noodles contain no preservatives or chemical additives, the principle of conservation is based on the low amount of water contained in the product; and vegetables are also dehydrated. All ingredients used are approved by the Health Regulations for human consumption.

TRR> Do your products have primarily Mexican tastes in mind or are there varieties that bring International tastes to the table?

NISSIN MEXICO> In Mexico, and in every place we sell Cup Noodles, we have tropicalized our flavors to the local palate. Here in Mexico we have flavors such as Habanero with lime and Hot Sauce, in our Cup Noodles that give that familiar taste to our consumers. For us flavor is one of the most important values in our products, therefore we constantly develop products and flavors to satisfy the cravings of our consumers.

TRR> Are any of your varieties really spicy?

NISSIN MEXICO> In Mexico, we have Cup Noodles Habanero, which is the perfect combination among the classic flavors of Nissin soups and habanero chili. It is not only the spiciest broth, it also contains inside an envelope of Habanero sauce to make its hotness as intense as you want. You can find three different presentations of Habanero, Chicken, Shrimp and Seafood.

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 MEXICO> It is important to say that, Nissin Foods makes all of its products with 100% natural wheat, which provides with energy and makes them part of the cereal food group. The consumption of products such as Cup Noodles can be included in a balanced diet without being harmful to health, if consumed in adequate amounts, in a balanced diet and as part of an active lifestyle and healthy .

Our Cup Noodles do not contain preservatives or chemical additives; the principle of conservation is based on the low amount of water contained in the product, vegetables are also dehydrated. All ingredients used are approved by strict Health Regulations for human consumption.

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

NISSIN MEXICO> Since WWII, Nissin constantly struggles to fight against hunger across multiple resources. Nissin is part of The World Instant Noodles Association, which aims to improve safety and quality of instant noodles and also to provide victims of natural disasters with instant noodles. The latest natural disaster we send Cup Noodles to was Fujian Typhoon in China, last July; we sent around 120,000 soups to de zone. Before that we have helped in other places such as Ecuador (2016) after an earthquake, Tamil Nadu Flood in India (2015), Nepal Earthquake (2015), Katrina and Rita Hurricanes in the USA (2005), among other disasters.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

NISSIN MEXICO> Yes. In Nissin Foods Mexico we are preparing the launchings that will be on the market by next year (2017). We worked on a product, Cup Noodles Gourmet, that it is outside the “instant noodles” category and will belong to the “ready meal “category, which actually in Mexico is having a CARG of 6%.; we will offer new flavors, targeted to the young adults, who are searching to compensate a hard daily work. Cup Noodles Gourmet is perceived by the consumer with a plus, because of its unique benefits and differentiations which are:
• Flavor: Spicy Shrimp broth.
• Size: Bigger Shrimps plus more vegetables.
• Pre- cooked noodles made by wheat flour.

Cup Noodles Gourmet, also involves a new technology on the cup, Eco-style that no other product in Mexico has. This ecofriendly cup reduces wastes dramatically, positioning Nissin Foods as a pioneer on introducing this materials and follow the waste reduction trends.

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

NISSIN MEXICO> The place where se sell the most Cup Noodles is China, with 40,430 units, followed by Indonesia with 13,200 sold units and Japan with 5,540 units. We have the record of 40 billion Cup Noodles sold around the world. We are present in more than 80 countries around the world, in each place we detect the favorite flavors for the local palates and we adapt our products to them.

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

NISSIN MEXICO> The Cup Noodles for the Mexican market has already lemon and spicy, this means that it has the Mexican flavor that is part of the Mexican gastronomic culture.
THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Nissin Mexico and your products!

With that, let’s begin Meet The Manufacturer! I want to thank Sandra Gazca, Adriana De Vizcaya and Daisuke Okabayashi for making this happen.

Meet The Manufacturer: #991: Prima Taste Singapore Curry La Mian

Curry. For me, it’s up there with bacon, pizza, fried chicken and dim sum. Curry has this flavor that has always enthralled me and can be prepared in so many different ways. Here we have Prima Taste’s take on curry with their Curry La Mian.

The back of the packaging (click image to enlarge). Notice the ingredients. Also, note the cooking time.

The noodle block – large and circular.

This is a really big packet. There are two packets, A and B.

This curry paste smells so good! I’ve never seen anything like this in any instant I’ve tried before.

Now we have the curry premix – I think that’s kind of funny as I would think that the premix would’ve been labeled as A.

Powdered coconut. Awesome stuff!

Finished (click image to enlarge. Added onions, baked chicken and some white potato. The noodles are of a very nice quality and nicely chewy. The broth is amazing – it has a really nice thickness from the coconut component and a great spicy and authentic curry flavor second to none. This stuff is wonderful; it has a real gourmet feel to it! I definitely have never seen this kind of thing in any instant noodle I’ve tried before – I believe this to be a real game changer. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars easily. UPC bar code 01393406796.

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A commercial for both the Laksa and the Curry La Mian

Experiment: Making Fancy Gourmet Ramen

Today I watched “Mind Of A Chef,” a PBS show (here’s a link so you can watch it – it’s amazing!) . It has David Chang, who is really great to listen to and watch cook – and ramen is something he definitely has a passion for. Feeling kindred in this respect, I decided to use some of the things I saw in the show to make myself some dinner. I had some leftover frozen Yamachan ramen noodles. I thought these would be a good start, then I used the following.

Base
Swanson 33% Less Sodium chicken broth
Dash Kikkoman light soy sauce
3 small shitake mushrooms (frozen, then boiled for 3 minutes and removed)
black pepper
1 tbsp butter
sweet onion
1 tbsp minced garlic
splash of hite (Korean beer)

Noodles
1 leftover pack from Meet The Manufacturer: Yamachan

Addons
panko and Spade L Ranch Chicken Rub coated chicken breast (baked)
removed shitake mushrooms that have set in a bath of soy sauce for 15 minutes
egg hard boiled for 8 minutes with broth

kizami shoga (pickled ginger)

Here are some pictures of my process:


The chicken was the easy part. I was really stoked to find the missin bag of panko I had stashed in the cupboard.


From what I knew and the little I had watched at that point of the show, I figured I was on a good track – hopefully.


The noodles – I know these are good…

The upshot: don’t do this. There is definitely too much of a good thing. While I like eggs and Dua Belibis and all these other things, there came a BIG problem. The shitake mushroom was violent salty. The egg idea was born from seeing Chang using this awesome low temp slow cooker for eggs and whatnot and my egg ended up mostly staying in the shell. The broth did turn out quite alright actually – liked that a lot. I think simmerring the shitake in it for a few minutes really gave it a nice flavor, although it would’ve made more sense to use a pork broth like in the video. The chicken was awesome – some of the best chicken I think I’ve made – juice, tender and tasty with the panko and seasoning. The noodles also were exceedingly good. I think this was a case of logic that doesn’t work. Say you have two cell phones. The same charger will work for both, right? No, not likely. This was a bowl of incorrect dongles. I think I’ll leave this to Mr. Chang for now – maybe with a little more research I’ll give it another try. Glad I was the only one who was eating!I should say though this was a lot of fun and I did learn something – boiling shitake mushrooms in a broth really makes the broth taste interesting…

#877: Nongshim Shin Bowl Noodle Soup (New Version)

Realized I haven’t reviewed the new version of the Shin Bowl. A lot of people have asked if I noted any difference from the old version (non-microwaveable) and the new one. Well, I guess we shall see!

Panels from the cardboard outer (click to enlarge).

Here’s a close up of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block – nice color!

A single seasoning packet.

The hot stuff! This is a Korean red broth – something to enjoy thoroughly for its spiciness!

Here are a couple bits that were in the bottom of the bowl under the noodle block. Looks like mushroom and some other things going on. There was a lot more.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some fresh onions, some kimchi and a couple pieces of processed cheese. The noodles are great – light and buttery. The broth is good too – nice and flavorful and spicy. The veggies aren’t bad – decent amount of them too. As far as a difference, I would say it’s definitely not as spicy as it used to be, but it definitely has a very good taste I enjoyed thoroughly. From looking at the old version review, I’m going to say I like this one a lot better. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars!UPC bar code 031146262441.

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A Shin Ramyun commercial.

My interview with KBS America.

Okay so by now, most folks have heard about Psy and Gangnam Style. He’s definitely not representative of all Korean pop music – his tune’s definitely something different. A lot of what you hear from Korea are boy bands/girl bands – and oft times they have a ton of members – I think 2ne1 has like 7 men and women. Here’s something else you see an awful lot – companies having KPop bands promote their products. This is one of the members of T-ara with a recipe for Shin Ramyun. Now what’s interesting about this one is that there was a bit of a controversy in Japan about this; if you watch it, you will notice at a certain point she puts the noodles on the updide down lid and eats them. This is a very common practice in Korea to cool down the noodles. Well, the Japanese found this a little off-putting. People are funny.

Special Re-Review: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black Premium Noodle Soup / EatYourKimchi.com Recipe Mash-Up

So this guy named Dave P. posted a YouTube video on the Ramen Rater Facebook page showing some people in Korea making a bowl of Shin Ramyun a little different that I’ve made it in the past. I thought I’d try to get the ingredients and give it a try. Here’s the video:

Anyways, I had a pack of Shin Ramyun Black I got at Uwajimaya in Seattle and though ‘hey, let’s give it a try!’ Here we go.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). This was from the original review.

First, the noodle block. Round! Fits great in the pot! Very thick too – lots of nice Nong Shim noodles!

The three magic packets: the big green one has veggies and nice little beef bits. The red is the spicy soup base and the bottom one is the very nice smelling pack! Very onionny.

Again from the original review. Green pack top, red lower left and gold packet lower right.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find the odeng. I went with the fact that this is Shin Ramyun Black had the extra word ‘Black’ in it and considered that a replacement ingredient. Really wish I would’ve found it [email protected] Next time. Here’s the might frothed egg.

Bok choy!

Finally, the slice of processed cheese. This is a slice of Kraft Singles American Pasteurized Cheese. I wonder if the cheese in Korea was Korean cheese? Interested to know.

Finished (click image to enlarge). This was really good – as for the noodles, here’s what I posted in the original review:

The noodles are of a good quality. They are chewy but not overly so. There is also a happy aundance of noodles, making for a decent sized meal. The broth is fine –  nice spiciness that you would expect from Shin Ramyun but it has an added depth and richness. I taste a lot of onion, garlic and meaty tones. As for the veggies and beef, I think that’s where this bowl shines. The beef is excellent – like little pieces of steak amongst the noodles – chewy and they taste fresh and good. The vegetables re-hydrate very nicely – and they aren’t tiny little bits! They’re of a decent size and of good quality. Long story short, I would happily say that this is one of the better South Korean instant noodles I’ve tried, possibly ranking up in the top two or three. I will say I like it better than the original Nong Shim Shin Ramyun as well. I’m giving this one 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. Why not 5.0 stars? Well, I would have liked a little more of the beef!

Adding the extra ingredients and using the EatYourKimchi.com recipe, I’d jump it up to 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – the egg was nice but the bok choy and surprisingly the cheese really round things out and make it even better! The cheese makes the broth a little heartier. The UPC barcode is 031146013524 and you can get it here. Thanks for the post to Simon and Marina at EatYourKimchi.com! Very good stuff!

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The Gaming Edition of Wonderful Adventure Now Korea (WANK)

Then it totally started dumping snow as soon as I finished the noodles!

#342: Nongshim Shin Big Bowl Gourmet Spicy Noodle Soup

So here we go – an even larger container of Nong Shim Shin Ramyun!

Styrofoam! Ready for battle!!!

This is a good sized and pretty full packet.

Just check out all the powder! It smells spicy as can be! I tasted the remnants left inside the packet – made my tongue burn nicely. The veggies look to be a nice mixture too!

Click image to enlarge. Plus two fried eggs. Wow – what a big bowl of noodles! So they’re hot and spicy – nicely so in fact. Not too much, not too little, The noodles are a little weak though and I think some better ones are in order – less spongy but more quality. The veggies were ample and of decent character, and the broth was superb – like drinking tasty fire. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

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No broth? Seems a little ridiculous. Also, I don’t think eating out of a dog bowl seems all that cool, but what do I know…