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Re-Review: Nissin Spoon it Rich & Hearty Beef Stew Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Here’s another one from the already reviewed box. Thought it’d be a good one for today as it’s quite cold outside. You can check out the original review here.

Finished (click to enlarge). I added a can of mixed veggies, some Krazy Mixed Up Salt, Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake and a little Texas Pete hot sauce. The noodles are good – like egg noodles but from wheat flour. I found that the beef flavor was good, but missing something this time around. Pretty good – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 070662071021 .

Here’s one of my favorite Japanese tunes – ‘Flower of Carnage’ by Meiko Kaji. Here’s the translation:

Begrieving snow falls in the dead morning
Stray dog’s howls and the footsteops of Geta pierce the air
I walk with the weight of the Milky Way on my shoulders
But an umbrella that holds onto the darkness is all there is.
I’m a woman who walks at the brink of life and death
Who’s emptied my tears many moons ago.
All the compassion tears and dreams
The snowy nights and tomorrow hold no meaning
I’ve immersed my body in the river of venegance
And thrown away my womanhood many moons ago
On the behalf of heaven, they’re our soldiers, the loyal, invincible and brave.
Now it’s time for them to leave the country of their
Parents their hearts buoyed by encouraging voices.
They are solemnly resolved not to return alive, without victory.
Here at home, the citizens wait for you.
In foreign lands, the brave troops
Instead of kindness from someone
I do not care about
I rather prefer selifshness from you my beloved.
Oh, it the world a dream or an illusion?
I am all alone in jail.

Re-Review: Nissin Demae Ramen Black Garlic Oil Tonkortsu Flavour Instant Noodle

Since I don’t have a huge amount of noodles that haven’t been reviewed yet (around 8 at the moment and I could go through those in four or five says possibly), I’ve decided I should hit the overstock box and see what’s in there. My wife Kit got me a five pack of these for my birthday back in March and so I figure I should eat ’em up! Here’s the original review – look there for the original pics I did of the packaging, packets, etcetera.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added thin-sliced rib eye, an egg, green onion, Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake and kizami shoga (pickled ginger). The noodles are nicely done – just what you expect from Demae Ramen. The broth was excellent – not too salty and had a rich, deep flavor. I stand by my 4.5/5.0 star rating from before – great stuff! UPC bar code 4897878830015.

The Hong Kong commercial for this stuff!

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.

#716: Vifon Hủ Tiếu Cá Asian Style Rice Noodles With Stewed Fish

Stewed fish huh? Found this one at Uwajimaya in Seattle around my birthday. It says there’s fish in there… Hmm.

Here’s a closeup of the text on the top (click image to enlarge). Basa fish it says… Hmmm… What’s Basa fish? Well, Wikipedia says:

The basa fish, Pangasius bocourti, is a type of catfish in the family Pangasiidae. Basa are native to the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam and Chao Phraya basin in Thailand.[1] These fish are important food fish with an international market. They are often labeled in North America and Australia as “basa fish” or “bocourti”.[2] In the UK, the species is known mainly as “river cobbler”,[3] with “basa” also being used on occasion. In Europe, these fish are commonly marketed as “pangasius” or “panga“.[4] Other related shark catfish may occasionally be falsely labeled as basa fish, including Pangasianodon hypophthalmus (iridescent shark) and Pangasius pangasius (yellowtail catfish).

Wow – that’s interesting! So its like catfish eh? Here’s a link to the full Wikipedia article.

Kind of looks like a bunch of tape! This is going to be an interesting bowl of noodles!

Hey – an included fork! Already found one of these in another Vifon bowl a while back.

Here’s some powdered seasoning.

Very light powder.

Veggie packet.

Onions and such.

A retort pouch! I’m really curious how this will go here. .. Well, only one way to find out!

Finished (click image to enlarge). So these noodles – they have to be the broadest rice noodles I’ve ever seen – pretty amazing that they stay together being so wide and thin! They’re not too chewy and no mushy either. The broth is very interesting – kind of salty and kind of buttery – but absolutely not fishy. It’s got a thickness to it – not an overly greasy kind of thickness either. Lots of green onion bits here and there – they look nice and maybe add a little flavor to the broth. The Basa fish? Well, there’s not a huge amount of it but it’s good – not really fishy at all – like a whitefish. I will say that I do like Vietnamese catfish instant noodles! Unique, different and pretty good! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8934561260325 – get it here!

This is how I react when I see Asian groceries…

An informational video about Vietnamese catfish farming

#715 Indomie Mi Goreng Rendang (Indonesian Import)

I couldn’t wait for Meet The Manufacturer: Indomie week to try this. It’s a nice day here in the low 70’s and this said ‘eat me,’ so I will. This was one of the ones sent to me by Susienta S. of Indofoods CBR in Jakarta, Indonesia! Thanks again – and let’s give this one a try! Hey wait a minute – maybe we should research this a little first. So. what I’ve heard is that Rendang is a spicy beef curry. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Rendang:

Rendang is a spicy meat dish which originated from the Minangkabau ethnic group of Indonesia,[1] and is now commonly served across the country.[2] One of the characteristic foods of Minangkabau culture, it is served at ceremonial occasions and to honour guests.[3] Also popular in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the southern Philippines and southern Thailand, rendang is traditionally prepared by the Indonesian community during festive occasions. Culinary expert often describe rendang as: ‘West Sumatra caramelized beef curry’.[4] Though rendang[5] is sometimes described as being like a curry, and the name is sometimes applied to curried meat dishes in Malaysia, authentic rendang is nothing like a curry.[1] In 2011 an online poll by 35,000 people held by CNN International chose Rendang as the number one dish of their ‘World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods’ list.[6]

Here’s the linkto the whole Wikipedia entry. I think I should also mention something some Indonesian folks have mentioned in comments on here. They have something they call

InTerNet (Indomie Telur Kornet). Here’s a link to make it – I think you’ll agree it sounds good!

Here’s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge). For those of you who aren’t familiar with Indonesian instant noodles, a lot of them are prepared differently – like this one. It pays to read the instructions on every pack of instant noodles you try – especially if they’re from different cultures! Cooking this up like a soup could be disastrous!

Here’s the noodle block!

Here’s the dual packet of dry seasonings. The ‘bumbu’ on the left is the dry base and the ‘cabe’ on the right is chili powder. I would love to know – does that little guy on the chili label have a name? Anyone know anything about him? Please post a comment!

Here’s the powdered seasoning.

This chili powder is pretty serious stuff!

Now we have our wet ingredients. Seasoned oil on the left and sweet soy sauce on the right.

Seasoned oil.

Sweet soy sauce.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Okay so I took some artistic liberties on this one. Added a little roast beef and stir-fry vegetables while boiling the noodles. I used a star-shaped cookie cutter and fried two eggs using it.  Fried a piece of roast beef and laid it on top. Added a little lettuce. Added some Huy Fong Sriracha hot sauce, Krazy Mixed Up Salt and fried shallots on the eggs. I also dropped some kizami shoga (pickled ginger) in the mix. Wow – this is great stuff! The noodles are chewy enough without being too chewy. The flavor is excellent – like a hot curry beef taste that works so well. I love it. This is one of those times when being the Ramen Rater is the best thing in the world. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars!  I highly recommend this one! UPC bar code 089686910704.


Indomie Mi Goreng Rendang commercial from Indonesia!

I’ll be reviewing these as well sooner or later!

#714: Pulmuone Nature Is Delicious Non-Fried Ramyun Noodle (Spicy)

Here’s a rather uniquely titled one that the nice folks at Ramen Place sent along! I think I would rearrange the title right now to Is Nature Delicious? I guess that what we’re trying to find out with this review. Pulmuone seems to put out products that try to appeal to the health conscious. Let give it a try!

Click image to enlarge. I really like the ‘Why do I feel guilty after giving my husband ramyun? Can we enjoy ramyun without feeling guilty?’ caption. I will say right now I never feel guilty when I eat the noodles unless the particular variety has an odor that my wife doesn’t like. Other than that, nope – no guilt here.

Had a taste of this block as it was non-fried and it’s not bad – crunchy but not like uncooked spaghetti crunchy.

There’s nothing as wonderful as a bright red packet of Korean seasonings, no matter what company makes it. You immediately know the fire within will be coming out soon!

Yep this is that good spicy powder we all know and love.


Quite an array of veggies going on here – onion, carrot, red pepper and mushrooms.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Nature looks delicious! I added some roast beef, stir-fry veggies, an egg in the noodles as they cooked, a couple drops of Tabasco Buffalo Hot Sauce in the center of the broken yolk, some Ajishima Kim Chi furikake and a little bit of Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt on the egg. So let’s dig in. The noodles are good – not very chewy but not low on character; they’re tasty and enjoyable. The broth has a strong spicy flavor. The veggies are all over the place and pretty tasty. I must say that 3 cups of water is a realistic amount to use as per the instructions – this is not a thin broth either. Good stuff – nature truly is delicious! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801114119068 – get it here.

First part of a multipart feature about Pulmuone.

The COEX Kimchi Museum in Korea!

#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.

#712: Four Seas Seaweed Instant Noodle

Here’s one my sister brought me down from Canada! Thanks, Sue!!! Seaweed flavor, huh? Well, let’s check it out!

Side panels (click image to enlarge).

This is a first! There are two separate noodle blocks!

Plus a folding fork!

It’s like a Transformer! Kkkk-kkk-kkk-kkk… Yeah.

Powder seasoning…

A pretty good amount and very powdery.

Sesame oil!

Nice strong odor.

Finally, the star of the show – seaweed. Looks like a pretty decent amount.

Yep – a lot of seaweed – layers of it!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some store brand stir fry veggies with a little turkey breast and some Ajishima Kim Chi furikake, a dash of Krazy Mixed Up Salt and a few pieces of narutomaki. The noodles are good but very weak and borderline mushy – eat this one before they get mushy would be my advice. The broth is full of sesame oil flavor but not a whole lot of flavor other than that. Seaweed is extremely prevalent – its everywhere! It’s good too! I like this one – although it definitely could be better. It seemed almost watery; kind of a weird thing to say about soup, but there it is. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 4892616010872 .

All about seaweed farming!

Eating seaweed straight from the ocean in Korea

#711: Nongshim Hearty Beef Rice Noodle Soup

I thought today I’d review this one, sent to me by the nice folks at Ramen Place – thanks! Was thinking it would go nicely with some of the stir fry veggies I’ve been enjoying lately. I also talked with Ray from Nongshim today – found out a little bit of information that you might find interesting if you didn’t know. Nongshim’s logo is a seed, and Nongshim translates to ‘Farmer’s Heart.’ I like that – and we’ll see how I like these noodles now!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Hey – what’s that? A sweepstakes mention on the left side?

Aww I missed the deadline! Click image to enlarge.

Here’s the noodles all ready to go.

Here’s the dry soup base packet.

I took a little taste – mmm garlicky!

Here’s the veggie packet.

…and the veggies – quite a nice amount of them too!

Decided to open up a bottle of my homemade hot sauce. It’s just over a year old and there aren’t many left! Made it for our wedding! Fresno peppers, cilantro, garlic, tomatillo, xanthan gum and vinegar.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added a two egg omelet with a little bit of shredded cheese, some of my hot sauce, oregano and Krazy Mixed Up Salt on top. I added some store brand stir fry veggies and a little Ajishima Kim Chi furikake to the noodles. Starting with the noodles: these are now my favorite rice noodles now. They’re not overly chewy and have a nice consistency that I’ve not found in rice noodles before; they’re usually drier and chewier. I do like broad rice noodles too, but these are very nice for their gauge. The broth was nice – a creamy color and a nice taste of beef. The veggies were good too – re-hydrated nicely. I liked this one a lot! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars – a pleasant surprise! UPC barcode 031146012190 – get it here.

Commercial for this product!

IU in HooRooRook commercial

The Ramen Rater Noodle News #9

Here we go again with another installment of The Ramen Rater Noodle News – all the news that’s fit to slurp! I scour the internet for the best news about instant noodles and deliver it here! Some good ones this week! So

without further adieu, here’s the news…

  • The ParthenonStudents Use Their Noodles – USA – Link

  • The Borneo PostHungry Thieves Have Time To Cook Instant Noodles – Borneo – Link

  • Liana BrooksWhy I’m Scared Of Ramen – USA – Link

  • Good Morning YesterdayNot-So Instant Noodles – Singapore – Link

  • Hurriyet Daily NewsMuseum Shows Less Ordinary Foods – Turkey – Link

  • AsiaOne ShowbizFrom Music Video To Noodle Commercial – Singapore – Link

  • SoJournaling VietnamThe Chef Within – Vietnam – Link

  • Knotty Oak HomesteadRamen, How I Loathe You – USA Link

  • Yahoo! OMGConsumers Slurping Up Instant Noodles And Driving up High Global Demand – Philippines – Link

  • CMYBaconSurreal Ceramic Ramen Noodle Cups – USA – Link

  • PRWebGlobal Instant Noodles Market to Exceed 154 Billion Packs by 2017, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. – USA – Link

  • NinerOnlineRamen/Safety-Gourmet With Gabe 2.1– – USA – Link

  • Reading AlwaysDifferent Kinds Of Japanese Noodles – ??? – Link

  • India TodayJunk Food – A Recipe For Disaster – India – Link

  • The China PostChina Approves The Merger Of Master Kong, Pepsi – Taiwan – Link

  • Healthy LifestylesDangers Of Instant Noodles – ??? – Link

  • A Goddess of FrugalityDon’t Knock The Ramen – USA – Link

  • I Just Love My Apron“MAMA” Noodles – My Favorite Junk Food Goes Gourmet – ??? – Link

  • Thought CatalogHow To Avoid Eating Ramen The Last Week Of The Month – USA – Link

Show Your Noodles Week 13

Wow! Week 13 had six entries! If you’re new to The Ramen Rater’s Show Your Noodles, every week you can email me a picture of some noodles you’ve made. include your name and location and I’ll post it on the weekly roundup! Fancy or functional, it doesn’t matter. Want to be part of next week’s Show Your Noodles? Just email me at [email protected]. Now, on to the noodle pictures! My wife judges the pictures and here they are.

6th place is from MRatito!

Here is a picture of a recent bowl I made for myself. I made a tantanmen style broth with some vegetable stock to which I added some fresh ginger and garlic. After it simmered do a while, I added a little soy sauce, and some tahini, and wizzed it in a blender. You can’t actually make out the noodles, but I used a block of Atoom Bulan, and topped it with tofu, kale, broccoli, carrot and some chili oil. Delish!

In 5th place, David L.

Here we have the Shin Raymen Black. But with added features such as baby bok choy, tomatoes, fresh green onions, and steamed egg cake. Simply an impressive meal.

In 4th place, Scott A. from Southern California!

Here’s a quick and easy creation I did at home…
Ramen Bowl Kimchi flavor
1 poached egg
And voila!
The egg yolk was a little runny so it was a nice compliment to the spicy broth.

In 3rd place, Ben B!

Pretty simple ramen lunch for me recently, Paldo Kimchi Ramen with an egg added in the last 25 seconds of cooking and some spicy kimchi on the side.
Paldo is decent stuff. The Nong Shim edges out ahead of it in the Korean Ramen category.
Hey I just realized I had some MAMA Instant Creamy Tom Yum today and didn’t take a picture… not the greatest but it was okay. You’re right, pretty greasy.
Enjoy the blog, thanks for doing it.

In 2nd place, Jenn R from the southern USA!

Let me preface this by saying yes, I love onions, any way they come so you will see them in almost all of my ramen. This is my Ottogi Bekse Curry Myon ramen with some love. I Boiled the curry spice pack first and added some pressed extra firm tofu to suck up all that curry goodness. Hard boiled an egg and rolled it around in a pan on the stove with some sweet soy sauce. Added some corn for sweetness, nori for yum-ness, bamboo and veg for …well I like veg and it tastes great in this curry! Back to the onions…I live for onions, but in this ramen, they made this spicy dish 10x more spicy…all in all it was a great dish for me and the hubby! Kids went tofu and corn only today. From the Spicy DEEP South, Jenn R.

Finally, in 1st place, D Chow!

My noodles:
Nong Shim hot n spicy ramyum, with mushrooms, sugar snap peas and fresh eggs.

Wow – what an impressive gallery of noodle pics! Thanks so much for sending them to me – I thoroughly enjoy this part of doing the noodle blog – I encourage you to keep sending in your pictures! Hoping for more every week! Thank you!

#710: Saigon Ve Wong Kung-Fu Instant Noodles Mixed Foods Flavor


Been saving this one for just the right day – and here it is! Mixed foods flavor?! Wow this is a fascinating one – never have I found an instant noodle with such a non-descript totle! Surf and turf? Not sure what’s going on here but we’ll give ‘er a try!

To be honest, if you read the ingredients it looks like it’s kind of a seafood bowl (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Powder seasoning.

Very fine powder.

Veggie and dehydrated seafood packet.

Dehydrated naruto and a couple little shrimp in there.

Seasoned oil packet.

Reminds me of an ocean on a sunny day with some seagulls. Yeah I know…

Finished (click image to enlarge). Made a two egg omelet with a little Kikkoman soy sauce and some Melinda’s Garlic Habanero hot sauce. Also added some store brand stir fry veggies and Ajishima Kim Chi furikake on top of those. The noodles are lackluster – kind of stringy and not super happy. The broth is interesting; kind of sweet seafoody like crab. I would say it’s kind of a mixed seafood flavor. The veggies aren’t bad; the shrimp and naruto were kind of passable. I think the title was really what drew me to this one and I’m not surprised with the quality. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 8934684025511 .

Foods from all over the world event in Sweden – looks amazing!

Here’s how to make Vietnamese Mixed Foods Soup!

#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.


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!