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#1891: Nissin Cup Noodles Homestyle Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

It’s pretty rare for me to hit a regular old supermarket here in the USA and find something I’ve not reviewed before, but it happens from time to time. I found this one at a WinCo Foods in Edmonds, Washington. It used to be a Top Foods a while ago but I think they’ve all but gone out of business and WinCo moved in. WinCo is kind of weird – imagine a big grocery store but kind of like Costco but not Costco and kind of cold and you have to bag your own groceries. Oh – and there are tons of signs everywhere in this really basic font. It almost seems like a weird government experiment – but I digress! This is a new one from Nissin – looks tasty for this cold weather. Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, Add room temperature water to fill line. Stir. Set in center of microwave (1000w) and run for 3 minutes. Let stand 1 minute. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodles inside the cup before cooking.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added green onion. This one features the ‘spoonable noodles’ first seen in Nissin’s Spoon-It line. The noodles are egg noodle length and half the width. They’re a little thicker though and quite nice. The broth has a good chicken flavor and was satisfying. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662030431.

If you’re really hungry, you should check these out – Nissin Souper Meal, Chicken, 4.3 Ounce (Pack of 6)

This is the story of Nissin Foods – probably my favorite instant noodle documentary thus far.

#1760: New Touch Homestyle Tonjiru

Here’s one I got in the package sent by Javier over at Box From Japan – thanks! Box From Japan is a monthly subscription service that delivers different varieties of instant noodles to your door each month – fancy stuff like this one! Definitely worth checking out. Also, thanks go to Shinichi S. for help in translation! So let’s ask Wikipedia about Tonjiru:

Tonjiru or Butajiru ( jap. 豚汁,とん汁,とんじる ) (both literally means pork soup) is a Japanese soup made ​​of pork and vegetables with miso flavored paste. Compared to ordinary miso soup , Tonjiru is full-bodied, with a greater quantity and variety of ingredients.

Sounds pretty good to me! Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Unsure whether it has meat but guessing it does. To prepare, add contents of sachets to bowl and add boiling water to line. Close lid and let steep for 5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

Looks like some thick noodles!

The powder base sachet.

A fluffy powder.

The solid ingredients.

A diverse assortment of ingredients.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added pork and mung bean sprouts. The noodles hydrated perfectly in 6 minutes and had a great chew. They were broad and thick. The broth had a hearty miso kind of thing going on which I really liked, and the added vegetables were very welcome. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4903088007182.

Twelve pork soup noodles 80g ~ New touch nostalgia

A New Touch TV commercial.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1432: Maggi Senses Laksa Instant Noodles

Well this looks like a fancy one. This is a new premium laksa from Maggi that’s supposed to be really special. Their goal was to make a laksa with a great ‘just like from home’ kind of feel and flavor. Sounds interesting!

It’s also promoted by a fellow names KF Seetoh. Who’s he? Well, I hadn’t heard of him until recently – but people in Singapore know who he is. He’s a food guru that’s very well known for his Makansutra food guides and television programs. Turns out now there are Makansutra tours of hawker spots as well as food courts under the Makansutra name – sounds like he knows his stuff!

I should also mention – after I posted the Maggi Extra spicy Curry review yesterday, I noticed it was getting a lot of views from Singaporean site Singapore Hardware Zone. They were talking in the forums about the review about an hour after it came out! Anyways, I wanted to say hello to the folks over there. Let’s dig in to this neat looking pack and see what makes this laksa tick.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to Prepare, Add contents of the laksa paste sachet into 550ml boiling water and stir in. Add the noodle block and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Finally, add the coconut powder sachet contents and cook for one last minute. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

Here’s the homestyle laksa paste sachet.

Thick, plentiful and smells really good.

The fragrant coconut powder sachet.

They’re not kidding about it being fragrant. This powder has a very nice coconut scent.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added seafood flavored tofu, hard boiled egg, sliced green onion, sweet onion, shrimp, fish balls and Chinese long beans. The noodles are impressive – they’re thick and chewy – not at all expected to be honest. They look like regular noodle blocks, but these are very nice insofar as texture and mouthfeel. The broth is awesome – very rich and deep with a very nice spiciness. Not only that, it’s got a heartiness too that is wonderful. Not bad – two for two in two days! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9556001214331.

Here’s a video with KF Seetoh sampling foods in Singapore – could learn a lot about the local fare by hanging out with this guy, that’s for sure!

#911: Nissin Top Ramen Cucharealo Home-Style Habanero Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Here’s the last of Nissin’s Cucharealo – the Habanero Shrimp. Been waiting for the right time to try this out and today is the day!

The back and side panels (click to enlarge).

Here are the noodles – thin and short.

The boxes have three packs of noodles and three packets of powder seasoning.

The powder. I detect lime and some heat, too!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added three shrimp that I sauteed in butter, Crystal hot sauce and minced garlic, sweet onions, some shredded cheese and some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are short and plentiful. The broth has an initial lime hit then to a shrimp taste then the very strong habanero – this stuff is spicy! Pretty good stuff! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662081020 .

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Nissin Fried Noodles eh? that sounds awesome!

Garlic Shrimp recipe.

#736: Maruchan Yakisoba Spicy Vegetable Flavor Homestyle Japanese Noodles

Haven’t done one of these in a while! This is another one donated by Ramen Place. Spicy vegetable huh? That’s a kind of weird flavor. I have seen vegetable / vegetarian flavor and then spicy varieties, but not usually spicy vegetable. Well, let’s try it out!

Here’s the bottom (click image to enlarge)…

Here’s the inner lid (click image to enlarge).

The bid rectangular noodle block!

Packet one – the vegggies!

Lots of veggies be here!

Here’s the seasoning – this gets stirred in after the cooking.

The seasoning is plentiful.

My boy Andy had some noodles too! He picked Sapporo Ichiban Shio!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some veggies we got locally, a little chicken lunch meat, a hard boiled egg, some pickled ginger, some Ajishima Kimchi furikake, some Krazy Mixed Up Salt and a little Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. Not bad – I liked the noodles and they did have a bit of a spiciness to them – not a lot though. The veggies were quite good. I added a tiny bit more water than called for – our microwave is a mean old cus and ultra powerful so I think that’s the safe way to go – not a ton but maybe 1/32 cup or so. All things considered, not bad – 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789007095 – get it here.

Maruchan Yakisoba commercial.

Que es yakisoba?

#690: Maruchan Yakisoba Savory Soy Sauce Flavor Homestyle Japanese Noodles

Here’s another one from Ramen Place! Thanks! I think this should be a tasty one – let’s see!

Here’s the bottom of the package (click image to enlarge).

Here’s what you get after you take off the outer plastic (click image to enlarge).

Here’s what the noodle block looks like. Broad noodles.

The powder packet.

It gets stirred in after the cooking goes down.

Veggies! Quite a bit of them too!

Looking good!

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added some Bird’s Eye Stir Fry veggies and a little roast turkey breast lunch meat on the  right. Also tossed in a little kizami shoga (pickled ginger) as well as some Ajishima Kim Chi Furikake. I like the noodles – they did really well for being a microwaved meal component. I added about a sixteenth of a cup of extra water and I think that may have been a good idea to avoid dryness. The sauce is excellent – a very mellow soy sauce kind of flavor. The supplied veggies are good – fresh tasting corn and cabbage going on. I really enjoyed this – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 041789007088 – get it here.

Maruchan TV commercial.

Life in a Japanese ramen shop