Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘This ramen was first released by New Touch in 1985: It has stuck around so long because it is a delicious twist on the classic shoyu ramen. With extra negi (green onion) and just a touch of spicy (“pirikara in Japanese) this is a simple yet satisfying bowl of noodles.’
I like green onion and spicy things – let’s see how it fares!
New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and pork. To prepare, add in dry sachet content and fill to line with boiling water. Cover 3 minutes. Add in wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, chashu, spring onion, shichimi togarashi, black sesame seeds and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles came out very well – not spongy at all. Broth had a very nice shoyu taste to it – no bitterness here. Definitely a lot of included green onion and they augmented the flavor well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4903088000619.
Hey look at this! This came by way of Hobby Link Japan, a great site that has all sorts of amazing Japanese things including instant noodles! Thank you very much! Here’s what they had to say about this unique variety on their website –
‘This delicious hot ramen cup includes tasty duck, thick soba noodles, and sweet green onions with chili oil for a tasty dish that will definitely warm you up on a cold winter night! Just add 410ml of hot water, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes, then stir and enjoy!’
Yeah – I really like duck. I wish I had some nice duck right now. Alright – let’s give this one a try!
Nissin Donbei Aromatic Chili Oil Kamodashi (Duck) Green Onion Thick Soba – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp, pork and chicken. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and sachets for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Some sturdy noodles – that surprised me! Nice hearty kind of chew; one might say rustic or artisinal. Gauge is a little higher than regular instant. The broth has a salty and oily kind of character with a duck flavor in there. The included spring onion and little meat pieces which I assume are minced duck were welcome. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105241363.
So this is the second Yibin Burning Noodle variety I’ve come across. It sounds interesting every time I come in contact with them, and they usually have interesting packaging like this one. Here’s a little about Yibin from Wikipedia –
Its population was 4,471,840 inhabitants according to the 2010 census of whom 836,340 lived in the built-up (or metro) area made of Cuiping District.
Human habitation of Yibin dates back at least 4,000 years. Yibin was established as a county in the Han dynasty (206 BC − AD 220). Under the Ming and Qing, the town and its hinterland was known as XuzhouCommandery(t敘州府,s叙州府,pXùzhōufǔ), which was variously romanized as Suifu, Suifoo, and Suchow. Its population around 1907 was estimated at 50,000.
There are several hot springs near Yibin, plus many other tourist attractions. Such attractions include the Bamboo Sea in Changning County and the Xingwen Stone Forest. Cuiping mountain in the centre of the city provides wonderful views of Yibin. Yibin is also the confluence of the Min and Jinsha Rivers, which together form the Chang Jiang as the Yangtze River is known in Chinese from Yibin to Shanghai.
Okay then, let’s have a look at this one that was sent by Snackoo!
Shanjinshan Yibin Burning Noodle Green Onion Flavor – China
Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line in tray with noodles. Cover for (doesn’t say but going to guess at least 4 minutes). Drain using spout. Add in large sachet contents. Take small sachet and add 200-250ml boiling water in a serving bowl. Finally, stir and enjoy!
An included fork!
A sealed noodle block.
A pretty awesome looking sachet.
This is a soup – you mix it with 200-250ml boiling water.
Looks like oil and soy.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles are great – nice backbone here and the sauce it goes with has a nice flavor and bit that seem like meat but may be TVP. It does have a happy spring onion skip in its step. As for the burning, the noodle plate isn’t, but the soup is a little bit. Very oily and with a kind of herby taste. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6970657440068.
Here’s the last of the Tokushim Seifun varieties sent to me by Wesley, a reader from Japan at school in Canada – thanks again! This last one is negi – green onion! Let’s check it out!
Detail of the side and bottom of the bowl (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare add in contents of onion sachet and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and chashu pork. The noodles ended up a little on the spongy side which was a disappointment. They were thick which was nice, but just didn’t have the smoothness I’m accustomed to. The broth has a nice soy taste which went well with the supplied negi which was plentiful as well as little pieces of pork in squares. However, the pork didn’t hydrate altogether that well which was a downside. 1.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4904760010421.
Aha the GreeNoodle. I will be the first to admit that I think I’ve only liked one of these that I’ve reviewed. This one’s mushroom too, a flavor I rarely care for. But I’m really hoping I like this one.
The back of the package (click image to enlarge). I should also say that the Vulcan Science Ministry has found no evidence that time travel is possible.
Yes. They’re green!
The powdered seasoning packet.
I am not a big fan of mushrooms and really don’t know much about shitakes, but if they taste like skunky earwax, this powder’s spot-on.
Soy sauce packet.
This is pretty decent soy sauce.
Finished (click image to enlarge). As usual, I’m not really stoked on these noodles. While they are great as far as texture and chewing go, they have this strange aftertaste that reminds me slightly of what a freshly opened jar of vitamins has (kind of funny since they purport their rich vitamin content). The broth is mushroom flavored for sure. I must admit I expected it to taste worse than it does, what with the taste of the powder. Long story short, if you have to eat something that says healthy and you like mushrooms and all things earthy, languishing in health food stores and the like, I would say this is for you. It surprises me how much people really like this stuff; I guess my palate is a bit different. In any case, the more varieties of instant noodles, the better! I however can’t finish it I dislike it so much. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8850987139161 – get it here.
GreeNoodle promo video
This guy’s been doing ramen reviews from time to time on YouTube and so I thought I’d put his up for this one. It’s a different view on this product.
Hey! Haven’t tried this yet! Pancit Canton is a lot like Indomie’s Mi Goreng – that’s one of my favorites!
So we have a powder shiny packet on the left and a combo packet with oil and soy sauce on the right. I like how they tell you not to worry – it the powder’s clump the soy sauce will break it up. If the soy sauce is crystalline, a little liquid will break up the salt crystals. See, this stuff comes from the Philippines where they get some serious humidity and heat. I see lots of products from there that are packaged in some pretty fancy ways to keep food the way it needs to be.
Looks like ya stepped on a slug huh? Trust me, it’s seriously excellent stuff!
Click image to enlarge. Voila – topped with a pair of fried eggs, a little fried shallot and some pickled ginger. The noodles are drained and then you stir them with the stuff in the last photo till everything’s all combined. This is it, Ramen Rater fans – this is the holy mountain of the instant noodles world, the pinnacle of perfection. I love it – the noodles are chewy, and they’re hot AND sweet. The trick is to keep the egg yolks a little runny and everything combines nicely. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. A truly awesome meal. Get the noodles and the condiments here.
Vegetable flavor huh? Vegetables are supposedly something that makes one healthy. I don’t think they’re present in much of a relevant amount here, but let’s see what we’ve got.
Seasoning powder and seasoned oil at the ready. I just read in the ingredients: “vegetables in varying proportions: garlic, onion, carrot and onion leaf.
I had to get a pic of the ingredient list in all the languages. I also noticed that empty white field in the upper right quadrant – I wonder if one could just put an address on it and ship it off?
A bowl of seasonings awaiting the noodles…
Click image to enlarge. So here we are – I pan scrambled a couple of eggs and then kind of flipped them over on themselves oddly. I topped them with some fried shallot. The noodles were pretty good and of a decent quality and despite the size of the package, the noodles were of a decent quantity as well. The broth had a nice taste to it, although I don’t know how easily I would discern the difference from chicken flavor or vegetable flavor; perhaps the vegetable doesn’t have that light fake butter flavoring in it. The little tiny bits of vegetables that were present were nice. A good bowl of noodles – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.
Rad Yum Yum commercial!
The shallots I used come in a little container and are dry and super good but not like these which look absolutly awesome. I think I’ll be trying this out sometime!
One of my favorite things in all the world of cuisine is curry. Hot curry, curry soup, curry beef, curry chicken, curry vindaloo, curry powder, curry paste, green curry, yellow curry, masaman curry, Indian curry and Japanese curry. This sounded good and I’m starving.
So its powder on the right, but I wonder what this chunky stuff in the veggie packet is all about? Hmm…
Wow, that’s quite a pile of powdered seasoning – and its got a great curry stink to it! Also, look at all that stuff on the right – fried tofu and green onions with a dash of carrot and bonito.
Click image to enlarge. No eggs. Just curry udon. So the noodles are awesome – very wide and thick and chewy! The broth is oozing with curry goodness! The veggies and tofu? Perfect. Yup – I’m really quite happy with this one – 4.75 out of 5.0 stars!
Here’s the commercial!
Really – watch this the guy’s got a ridiculously large camera collection