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#3289: Sanpo Spicy Green Pepper Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3289: Sanpo Spicy Green Pepper Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

This one was in a Ramen Trunk subscription box.These boxes are full of extremely high end varieties that you’ll never find in the United States or anywhere outside Japan! Check out this link and use coupon code RAMENRATER20OFF for 20% off any single box or subscription!

This variety is by a company called Sanpo. Their website (Google translation) states -“We added 1.5 times the Kyushu-made spicy green pepper chips (compared to our company) and it became even more delicious. It is delicious that a spicy pork bone soup with chili pepper is effective based on a mild Hakata-like pork bone soup.”

Awesome – let’s give it a try!

Sanpo Spicy Green Pepper Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3289: Sanpo Spicy Green Pepper Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Guessing it contains pork but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 450ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes 30 seconds. Add in sachet contents and cook an additional minute. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Two servings in the package of noodles and everything else.

A pair of dry sachets (to see contents watch the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

A pair of wet sachets.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, soft egg, chashu pork, spring onion, sesame seeds, and shichimi togarashi. Noodles are great – longtime fan of the straight noodle an they work very well in this broth. The broth is a lavish and sultry tonkotsu with a really great smack of peppiness which gives it a unique quality I really loved. Bravo! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901773013227.

【3 Cups Set!!】Sanpo Extreme Spicy Soupless Noodle from Japan

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2785: Yum Yum Authentic Thai-Style Instant Noodles Green Curry Flavour

#2785: Yum Yum Authentic Thai-Style Instant Noodles Green Curry Flavour

I’ll be honest – I’m a huge fan of green curry. I’ve loved it for y ears. This one from Yum Yum sounds interesting and I’m definitely curious how it stacks up against other I’ve tried. Here’s a little from Wikipedia about green curry –

Green curry (ThaiแกงเขียวหวานRTGSkaeng khiao wanpronounced [kɛ̄ːŋ kʰǐaw wǎːn], literally sweet green curry) is a Central Thai variety of curry.

Apart from a main protein, traditionally fish, fish balls, or meat, the other ingredients for the dish consist of coconut milk, green curry pastepalm sugar, and fish sauceThai eggplant (aubergine), pea aubergine, or other green or whitish vegetables[4] and even fruit are often included.[3][5][6] The consistency of its sauce varies with the amount of coconut milk used. Green curry paste is traditionally made by pounding in a mortar green chillies, shallots, garlic, galangallemongrasskaffir lime peel, cilantro roots (coriander) and cumin seeds, white peppercornsshrimp paste and salt.[3][7]

Alright! Let’s dig in!

Yum Yum Authentic Thai-Style Instant Noodles Green Curry Flavour – Thailand

#2785: Yum Yum Authentic Thai-Style Instant Noodles Green Curry Flavour

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken, shrimp and fish. To prepare, add add everything to a bowl along with 360ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2785: Yum Yum Authentic Thai-Style Instant Noodles Green Curry Flavour

The noodle block.

#2785: Yum Yum Authentic Thai-Style Instant Noodles Green Curry Flavour

The soup base sachet.

#2785: Yum Yum Authentic Thai-Style Instant Noodles Green Curry Flavour

A dry powder.

#2785: Yum Yum Authentic Thai-Style Instant Noodles Green Curry Flavour

A paste sachet.

#2785: Yum Yum Authentic Thai-Style Instant Noodles Green Curry Flavour

Thick stuff.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Dodo fish ball, hard boiled egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and coriander. The noodles have that trademark Thai crumble to them with a nice backbone which gives a great mouthfeel. The broth is a mellow green curry with rich taste and good oiliness. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8852018250029.

#2785: Yum Yum Authentic Thai-Style Instant Noodles Green Curry Flavour

Yum-Yum Instant Cup Noodles Tom Yum Kung (Shrimp) Flavour Thai Original Spicy Net Wt 60 g (2.11 Oz) x 6 cups

They sent me a ton of neat samples! Thanks again!

MyOri Creates New Packaging – Endorsed By The Ramen Rater

Got this package in the mail yesterday – let’s look inside!

MyOri’s new packaging (click to enlarge) – looks really snazzy!

But wait a second (click to enlarge) – it’s me on the package! I have accepted an offer to be the brand ambassador for MyOri’s products! It’s an honor and really exciting to be able to represent these – I’ve reviewed them in the past and they did really well. The green gurry vermicelli was #1 on the rice noodle top ten list – really good stuff!

Here’s their other product (click to enlarge), their Red Curry. This used to be called white curry, but they wanted to be differentiated from other white curries insofar as having their noodles being the only ones that are non-fried in that flavor profile. So, I’ll be reviewing both of these soon! Not only that, these will be available in the United States really soon! When I find out where ytou can get them, I’ll let you know. Thanks to Leslie at MyOri USA for sending these as well as everyone at MyOri in Malaysia!

#1859: MAMA Instant Noodles Chicken Green Curry Flavour

This is yet another of the samples I received upon returning from my trip to Thailand to visit the MAMA noodles company in May. These are for the Cambodian market. MAMA’s Green Curry hit the top ten in this year’s annual list – excellent stuff! I should note today is the first review I’ve done in a few days. Why? Well, I should start by mentioning that this will come out a few weeks after today – I am way ahead, which is nice. A couple days ago, we had a huge windstorm here. Gusts up to 70MPH – in some remote areas they were over 100MPH! Trees fell not only from the wind, but from all the recent rain which made the ground soft. In my county, at one point there were over 200,000 people without electricity. We were without power for 29 hours – everything in our refrigerator has gone bad – including all of my garnishes! Luckily, I hadn’t gotten anything new and was due to get some things, but still a lot of food will be getting thrown away. The only plus of the event was that I got to haul out my shortwave radio and was able to pick up broadcasts from Slovakia, Cuba and Japan to name a few! Usually there’s so much interference that I can’t receive anything. Anyways, power came back on last night! Hooray!

I also am happy to announce that today our new son Miles is 3 months old! Happy birthday to you! Let’s check out these noodles! Hot food is good!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and seasoning sachet contents to a bowl. Add 300ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry seasoning sachet.

A light green powder.

A paste sachet.

A thick liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added leftover tofu and vegetables from some Thai food we had with my wife’s Aunt Cindy and Uncle Joe last night. The noodles came out nicely – thinner than your standard instant with a nice body. The broth is really great – a little spicy and a great green curry flavor! Excellent stuff! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. 8850987144370.

Here’s the shortwave radio I have – Grundig S450DLX Deluxe AM/FM/Shortwave Radio – Black (NGS450DLB)

A really awesome field radio my wife got me earlier this year!

#1313: Healtimie Green Barley Noodle Vegetable Soup

Another from a friend in Indonesia – thank you! I’ve reviewed quite a few instant noodles lately that have been less ‘vanilla’ in color. I had some purple ones, another green one from Taiwan and a Japanese variety a week or two ago that had ‘jet black’ broth! This one’s hook is that it has green barley in it. I did a bit of looking around and found some information on green barley/barley grass here. From what it says, it’s good for you, but how does it do in the case of being added to Healtimie noodles? Let’s have a look.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to me meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and dehydrated vegetables to 400ml boiling water, Cook for 3 minutes. Put contents of other sachets in a bowl. Once noodles are done, put everything in the bowl, stir, and enjoy.

The noodle block.

Powder base sachet.

Very very light powder.

Vegetable sachet.

Looks like corn, carrot and leek.

A dual liquid sachet. Seasoned oil on the left and chilli sauce on the right.

Oil and sauce.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, green onion, leek, big ugly carrot, green peas, Fresno chilli pepper and BonCabe Level 10 chilli seasoning. The noodles are slightly broad and flat. Besides being green in color, I detected really no different flavor. As they boiled, I noticed a kind of ‘veggie’ scent going on, but they taste like a nice flat noodle. The broth was interesting in that it doesn’t taste like any vegetable flavored instant I’ve tried before. The flavor that I felt it most personified was popcorn. A kind of buttery and salty broth. The bits of vegetables hydrated well and were of good quality. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8888327831147.

Here’s a TV advertisement for Healtimie.

#1082: Indomie Mi Instan Mi Goreng Rasa Cabe Ijo

Well folks, this has been a long time coming. Indofood tried sending some, but it got snagged in customs around Christmas 2012, and then a reader from Indonesia sent a big pack of varieties and this was in the package – which we both thought wouldn’t make it, but it arrived via seamail after a sixty-six day journey. This is going to be a neat review – it’s supposed to be ultra hot and spicy! Not only that, it’s supposed to be green! Their press release says it “draws inspirations from the traditional food of Padang that has been a popular delicacy among Indonesians.” Let’s check it out!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). May contain meat.

The noodle block. Did pretty well what with its long journey.

Dry seasonings.

a kind of sweet and salty taste with herbs.

Liquid seasonings.

The left packet: This stuff smells spicy – apparently it is a combination of green chilies and other things… Sounds good to me!

The right packet: Here is your standard kecap manis, otherwise known as sweet soy sauce.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added red bell pepper, beef and Vidalia sweet onion I sauteed in soy sauce and topped with a little Sambel Asli chili sauce and some green onions. The noodles are really good – and really green! Nice texture and gauge that I’ve come to expect and enjoy from this brand. Spiciness is from green chilli, and not for the faint of heart. The green chili flavor is unique and very complimentary. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 089686010718.

A neat video commemorating Indomie’s 40th Anniversary.

Another Amazing Donation From Indonesia

I got an email in April saying a package was on its way from a fan of The Ramen Rater in Indonesia – in late March! Today when I checked the mail, there was a note saying a package was in the office. So my son and I walked up to the office and here’s the package! After sixty-six days of travel via Seamail, it is here!The sender wishes to remain unnamed, so I will just say thank you very much! So the outside of the box was covered in a woven plastic covering.

After sixty-six days of travel, the cardboard of the box was very squishy.

After removing the top, I was greeted by some newspaper cushioning. What follows are the rest of the contents, minus a picture of some plastic bags.

Crunchy Indonesian snacks!

Some tea!

Awesome! I’ve tried Dua Belibis and really like it – can’t wait to try this one!

A little banged up in transit, but really not so bad! Never even heard of this brand before.

I’ve had lots of MAMA brand products, but never seen Papa! But what is Kua Chap? Wikipedia says:

Kuay chap / kway chap (Chinese: 粿汁; pinyin: guǒ zhī), a Teochew dish of flat, broad rice sheets in a soup made with dark soy sauce, served with pig offal, braised duck meat, various kinds of beancurd, preserved salted vegetables, and braised hard-boiled eggs.

Wow – this sounds different – will have to look up pig offal as well as Teochow.

As it turns out, these are varieties by Indofood.

Oh wow – I have been wanting to try this for a while now. They sent a five pack of it! Supposed to be spicy – as well as green!

Healthy noodles! Tropicana Slim – sounds like a character from an old movie!

Seasoning packets for making Indonesian dishes.


Rice noodle soups!

Never heard of this brand either – just amazing how many I’ve reviewed and all the brands I’ve never tried still.

Yay! Multiples of ten!

Tried this brand once before – good stuff!

More healthy noodles!

Gaga brand noodles!

The last of it. Wow – can’t find any of these in the USA – what a trove of new things to try! Thank you!!!

#674: Paldo (Korea Yakult) Kko Kko Myun

Here’s something extra special, sent by Chris H. of Westport, CT. This is the extremely popular Kko Kko Myun. What I know is that this is made using chicken broth instead of spicy red peppers. It is based on a recipe created by Korean comedian Lee Kyung-kyu. It has an unusual white broth – everything for the most part coming out of Korea has that bright red chili-infused broth. In the first five months of this stuff being released in Korea, they sold 100 million packs! Very popular! So here we go with a review – this is from Korea and not a regular export so the packaging doesn’t have all of its info, but hopefully you can glean info from the nutrition facts, etc off of the label.

There’s a picture of Lee Kyung-kyu on the back. If anyone could translate all of this, I’d be happy to include it! Click image to enlarge.

The noodle block! Big and solid.

Within is contained the chicken broth based powder seasoning – I’m very curious!

Oh wow – I didn’t expect this. So yesterday, my wife had to go to the hospital and I had a lot of time to spend in the lobby waiting for her to come out safe and sound. Well, I got some snacks – one being a bag of Munchies – Jalapeno flavor. Well, the munchies have various snacks all put together like a mix, one of them being Jalapeno Cheese Cheetos. Guess what? This stuff smells exactly the same. I tasted a tiny speck of it and sure enough – exactly the same! This isn’t a negative by any means; I like Jalapeno Cheetos quite a bit! Just a bit of a surprise.

Here’s the vegetable packet.

A decent amount of veggies in there – looks like a nice amount of green onions too – which I like very much.

Click image to enlarge. Here’s the finished product in it’s unmodified state. First, the noodles – standard and of very good quality for Paldo’s products. The broth: light in color and spicy – Jalapeno spicy! It works very well and is very different from anything Korean that I’ve ever had. The veggies are perfect for the dish and of a good quality. I like this a lot and I can see why those in Korea are going crazy over it. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – excellent quality and flavor. UPC barcode 8801128509770 – get it here!

Kko Kko Myun TV commercial!

Lee Kyung-Kyu wins Daesang Award

#234: Myojo Udon Shrimp Flavor Japanese Style Noodles With Soup Base

So another one of these. They are hard to pass up at 69 cents each. Shrimp flavor is the game of the day.

A single packet of flavor.

Here it sits in the bowl.

Click image to enlarge. Today the noodles and broth are accompanied by some green onions! Tasty stuff. It was nice weather when I was on my way to the store, but on the way back [as often is the way of Washington state’s December weather] it was dumping rain. Sitting in some dry warm clothing, this is quite enjoyable. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars – very nice, chewy noodles, tasty broth and the green onions up it a notch. Find it here.

#539 & #540: Challenge: Nissin Demae Ramen Chicken Flavor versus Nissin Top Ramen Chicken Flavor Instant Noodles

So I thought why not do a head to head – same company, should be same noodles right? First off the left is the Demae Ramen, more of the kind that you would find in Japan or Hong Kong and to the right is the United States version. The Demae is a bigger brick of noodles and says it is one serving while the Top Ramen is smaller yet says it is two servings.

Bigger seasoning packet for the Demae than the Top. Also a little more festive I think. Why green is associated with chicken I don’t know, but tan is already taken in the Demae realm by the holy curry flavor…

Well they look practically identical… The Demae looks to have a little more tiny chunkies than the Top though.

Click image to enlarge. I baked a chicken breast and didn’t season it and sliced it in half and put one half in each. I had the Top Ramen and my lady had the Demae Ramen. After a little while we swapped tastes and reflected in them.

Kit thought that the Top Ramen had kind of a curry taste to it. I noticed that the Demae Ramen’s noodles were a little smaller and firmer and the broth a little more complex. I think the Top Ramen is saltier, but after reading the nutrition facts, the Demae looked to have way more sodium.

So for reviews: The Demae first. I give the Demae a 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. It’s chicken flavor. I wasn’t expecting anything great. I think the addition of some seasoned oil would be nice – like sesame chicken perhaps.

The Top Ramen: I’m giving it 2.8 out of 5.0 stars. A little less here because the noodles weren’t as good and mushier.  It was fun to review this way and hope we find a pair of different ramens to challenge again sometime – perhaps Top Ramen and Maruchan beef head to head or shrimp I dunno. Get the Demae here and the Top here.