Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.
So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Enjoy the taste of shio (salt) ramen without the guilt with this healthy version from Kenko Foods. Add your favorite vegetables and meats to make it more tasty.’
Guilt free over here – let’s check it out!
Kenko Foods Health Shio Ramen – Japan
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dry sachet.
A light powder.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, baked chicken (black pepper, NuTek Salt for Life), spring onion. Noodles came out nicely and broth was a salty chicken flavor. It held it’s own and is a decent one, although seemingly more akin to your basic chicken instant. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4973044020036.
Let me say that the past couple of days have been probably a couple of the most crazy, fascinating and rewarding of my run so far as The Ramen Rater. I did am interview with Quartz (part of The Atlantic) and it went viral; Huffington Post picked it up, Grub Street, Digg,… Did an interview with South Korea’s Cultwo Veranda Show and appeared, and have two interviews with radio and television lined up in the next couple of days. A couple of interesting opportunities I can’t talk about yet have popped up and I’m very excited about them and will share as soon as I can. Thursday I went up to Canada and met with some folks at a big Asian grocery called T&T Supermarket. They were really nice people and even sent me home with some great new varieties to review and share! Thank you so much! This is one of them. Oat noodles? This sounds different – see the little circle on the lower right? It says ‘health is important. Let’s check it out!
Here’s the distributor sticker (click image to enlarge.
The back of the package (click image to enlarge). I mentioned the little circle on the front saying ‘health is important.’ Looking at the nutrition guide, it says here there are 5.9g fat (the sticker however says 4g), pretty low for an instant. These are non-fried. Looks to be free of meat.
The noodle block.
The soup base powder.
Has an interesting scent; a slight acrid note as well as a chicken scent.
An oil packet.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onions, hard boiled egg, baked chicken breast seasoned with Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning and a little Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are almost the exact same gauge of a standard run-of-the-mill instant, however they have a completely different feel – they’re chewier first off. The also seem to be a little better quality. It’s a nice gauge and feel and they’re not so chewy they can’t be broken by pursing the lips. The broth is nice – good chicken and sesame flavor. Better than I expected. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 087303862313.
Yep – here’s another of the Sau Tao’s. I’m just going to go through all of them in a row I think. This is Chicken and Abalone – kind of a new twist on ‘surf and turf’ eh? Anyways…
From left to right we have seasoning powder, seasoned oil and veggies.
A blurry shot of the ingredients atop the noodles. This is what happens when you combine housecleaning and ramen rating.
Click image to enlarge. The final product. Broth is awesome, noodles are awesome, tons of veggies! Extremely good stuff; kind of reminds me of a chicken stew. Added a little black pepper after this picture too and that added a little niceness to the whole thing. So this appears to be my favorite so far of the Sau Tao line. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars! Find it here.