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#669: Nissin Gozen Tempura Soba

Today, my Top Ten List has made news in Japan (Google Translate here) and so I thought it would only be proper to try a nice Japanese bowl of noodles by Nissin. This one’s packing some tempura!

Here’s the import label (click image to enlarge).

A single packet of powdered seasoning.

Buckwheat noodles with the seasoning on top awaiting the boiling water.

Here’s the tempura! I add this at the very end to keep it nice and crunchy!

Click image to enlarge. I decided to free it from the confines of the bowl it came in. I added a fried egg with some garlic salt, some kizami shoga (pickled ginger) and a little sushinori (seaweed). I liked the noodles – tasty and slightly chewy. The broth was very nice – a salty and slightly sweet flavor with hints of fish. The tempura was good too – crunchy and flavorful. All in all a good bowl of noodles – very nice! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 4902105201961 .

My tribute to Momofuku Ando

Story about American with a ramen shop in Tokyo

#639: Nissin Gozen Kitsune Udon

Kitsune Udon Gozen, as I type thy name into here, I am pretty sure you’ll be remembered as one of my all time favorites. This was purchased during a recent trip to Seattle to Uwajimaya. It was there that I truly began my journey into the world of the instant noodle so many years ago.

So what is Kitsune Udon? Kitsune is fried tofu. Udon is simply a wider gauge noodle.

This EVERYTHING that was on the side of the container (click image to enlarge).

I think the full label has more to say, but here are some of the main points of ingredients and nutrition.

A single packet of dry powder.

The powder atop the udon. The vegetables were underneath the noodle block. I added a tiny dash of Cavendar’s Greek seasoning to the water that the noodles steeped in.

This is the piece of fried tofu. It will sit atop the noodle block and steep with the boiling water. It is about the size of an audio cassette and about four millimeters thick.

Two fried eggs with a dash of Lindberg-Snider Red Baron BBQ seasoning on the left and some fried shallots with some Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning on the right.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I also added some kizami shoga (hot pink pickled ginger) and a couple dashes of Texas Pete hot sauce on top of the eggs. Let’s start with the noodles. They are soft and very wide – not chewy but not mushy either. The broth is salty and rich in flavor – soy sauce and a nice hint of seafood.  The tofu was very nice – tender and delectable. I relished every bite. This is a 5.0 out of 5.0 star affair BEFORE the added eggs and shallots, etc. Great stuff!!! Happy Martin Luther King Jr. day! UPC barcode 4902105201954.

A comparison of two Kitsune Udon bowls that are practically identical.

This reviewed product was so enjoyable, it deserves the high holy Desslok tribute!