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#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen – Japan

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen - Japan

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 -“Flavored by white sesame seeds, this ramen offers a boost of slightly sweet and nutty flavor all in one bowl for you to enjoy when you’re in a pinch.”

Sounds good – let’s do it!

New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen – Japan

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether this one contgains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 450cc boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen - Japan

The dry base sachet.

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen - Japan

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken with Salt For Life and pepper, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, nanami togarashi and sesame seeds. The noodles were decent – plump  and worked well. Broth had a very nice salt ramen flavor and was at the right point – not too salty and had a delicious taste. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4903088101507.

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen - Japan

New touch Sugomen Niigata Seabura soy sauce ramen 122g ~ 12 pieces

Watch me prepare this one in my kitchen!

Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Original Flavored Soup

We went to Walmart on Black Friday! Well, let me explain – it was at 6pm or so, so the amount of crazy people was lower. It seems though that the Walmart we always go to has a surplus of crazy people usually. I imagine the early morning Black Friday folks would’ve been a scary lot. One thing I noticed was that they hadn’t bought all of the noodles, so I thought I’d get a couple to re-review. Here’s one of them last time I tried it, it was revirew #207. Hoping some new things to review come soon – only have one in the hamper that’s needing review… Re-reviews are fun though since they’re not been visited in so long.

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

The noodle block. Decently sized with a little more weight than I usually find in domestic packs. The noodles when sampled uncooked are a little different too – pretty good.

The lone seasoning packet.

The seasoning powder. Kind of has a soy flavor to it; I would think this one’s a soy sauce noodle perhaps?

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added stir fry veggies, hard boiled egg with Cavender’s Greek Seasoning, Thanksgiving turkey (the very last bits of it) and some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are good – large amoung and decent gauge. The broth is good too – strong soy and salt flavor. Good stuff! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 076186000011 – get it here!

Some older Sapporo Ichiban commercials

Looks like Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen has been around for a while – glad they finally brought it to the US!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten List: Exclusively On Foodiggity!

So I did a guest post on Foodiggity! Decided I’d give em’ the exclusive and so The new Top Ten Instant Noodles In The World (according to me) is on their site right now! Don’t worry – it’ll be up here on Saturday, but for now, check it out on Foodiggityhere‘s the link!

If it’s been a long time and you’re looking at this via the  Media Coverage link, here’s the article below (click image to enlarge).

#652: Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen Japanese Style Noodles

Soon as I saw this, I was really excited. I really like Shio (salt) ramen. I don’t know what it is, but it works! What’s more is this stuff is made in California. I found it at H Mart in Lynnwood, Washington. Let’s dig in!

Click image to enlarge. Right off the bat, you’ll notice that this is three servings. Weird but that’s the deal. I couldn’t imagine having a lunch with two other people consisting of a third of a pack of instant noodles.

I was a little surprised at how heavy this block of noodles was; I mean it wasn’t two pounds or anything, but it was very heavy as far as instant noodles go.

A single pack of seasoning.

Here’s the seasoning ready for some noodles and water.

I decided to go all out on this one. I got some green onions, boiled some egg, and baked a small chicken breast with some Lindberg-Snider Porterhouse and Roast seasoning – which really rocks on chicken!

What’s this? Yup – a packet of sesame seeds to dress it up even more!

Click image to enlarge. I also added a little Kizami Shoga (pickled ginger) and a sprinkle of fried shallot. Wham – this was awesome stuff! The noodles are very nice – good instant ramen noodles. The broth is exceptional – one could almost describe it as a chicken flavor, but that’s not exactly right. It’s almost a buttery and perfectly salted taste. I love this stuff. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – it’s going into the Top Ten soon as I do a revision. UPC barcode – 076186000080 – get it here.

Very old Sapporo Ichiban commercial!


RIP Don Cornelius & Jam Master J

#420: Sapporo Ichiban Beef Flavor With Natural & Artificial Flavors Oriental Noodle Soup

As promised, here’s another of Sapporo Ichiban’s cup line. Again, we see the cooked and ready product being inundated with more piping hot water. Weird picture…

Well, I’m sad to report that this one isn’t as nice as the chicken. The chicken contained actual chicken while this one contains beefish bits. Bit o’ Fake Beef! TSP (Textured Soy Protein) is used, which is kind of a cousin to TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein), which can be made to resemble all sorts of fake meats.

A single packet of flavored powder…

This is one thirsty cup awaiting some water…

Click image to enlarge. I really like how nicely the vegetables re-hydrate. The noodles were warm and hearty, and the broth was very beefy – and not super salty. I like it – a good cup of noodles. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

Found this music video while searching for one about textured vegetable protein.

#416: Sapporo Ichiban Chicken Flavor With Natural & Artificial Flavors Oriental Noodle Soup (Cup)

A couple things to start out with here as this picture is somewhat ridiculous. So they’re adding water to the cup. The water is up to the line already and not only that,  the contents appear to already be done cooking; the veggies are clearly re-hydrated.  Kind of weird I thought.

Look closely at the ingredients – something is in this one that usually isn’t present…

A single packet of seasoning. Common to the cups you’d see from Korea, not so much from a domestic.

A very nice looking amount of assorted vegetables ready for the pain of scalding hot boiling water.

Click image to enlarge. Finished product, unadulterated. So this one’s getting some good points. Why? Well first off, it looks like the above picture. Secondly, it contains chicken. This is a bit of a rarity to be honest and I really like that. The chicken wasn’t bad either. Third, lots of vegetables. The noodles weren’t crummy either. The only thing here was the saltiness – way overpowering. A little less and it would’ve been just right. I’m still quite impressed with this product though and giving it a 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

New Page – The Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time by The Ramen Rater

Yep! The Ramen Rater Top Ten List is here! Check it out by clicking here!

The Ramen Rater Noodle Fest

So here’s a video with pretty much all the photos I’ve taken of noodles and where they come from. Strange, I know, but enjoy!

#240: Sanyo Foods Aunt Mentaiko Durum Spaghetti

So first off, I’d like to thank Walnuts4Gold from reddit.com for helping me figure out the name of this stuff. The only thing I had to go on was the phone number on the bottom. From that I figured out with a little research that Sanyo Foods makes these noodles. Then Walnuts4Food sent me a link with some other varieties including this one. This one is the Mentaiko variety. What’s mentaiko? Wikipedia states it is…
Mentaiko (明太子?) is the marinated roe of pollock, and is a common ingredient in Japanese cuisine. Mentaiko originated from myeongran jeot (명란젓) of Korean cuisine and was introduced to Japan after the Russo-Japanese War. Kawahara Toshio, a Busan-born Japanese, adapted Korean mentaiko to Japanese tastes in Fukuoka in the 1950s. The name is derived from the Korean word for Alaska pollock (mentai, 명태 : myeongtae in Korean) and the Japanese word for “child” (子, ko?). The typical seasoning and flavor is slightly different in Japan.
Mentaiko is made in a variety of flavors and colors and is available at airports and main train stations. It is usually eaten with onigiri, but is also enjoyed by itself with sake. A common variety is spicy mentaiko (辛子明太子, karashi mentaiko?). It is a product of the Hakataward of Fukuoka City.

It makes perfect sense  that this must be what it is….

Click image to enlarge. Pretty easily followed instructions…

Pasta sauce and topping…

Looks like spaghetti to me…

Snazzy drain spout!

Click image to enlarge. So the pasta sauce was a deeper red but really infused into the noodles. The topping was seaweed and a nice addition. It was a spicy and slightly fishy affair – very flavorful and very interesting. I quite liked it – I have never had anything like it before. Was really surprised at just how good the noodles were – they were perfect as far as I’m concerned.

Don’t know if you can discern it really but the light orangish dots are the fish roe (eggs). This was an interesting thing; fish egg spaghetti. I am highly enthused. What was also interesting is that the use by date was 12.25.2010 – Christmas! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars – Weird, tasty and good.

Sanyo Foods owns Sapporo Ichiban just to let you know…

#207: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Original Flavored Soup

‘So I believe that this is the last of the Sapporo Ichiban regular ramens to try. I have a feeling is will be either soy or miso taste.

One packet, no surprise here.

A reasonable amount of flavoring. Notice though that there’s no veggies going on.

Click image to enlarge. Finished! I dropped an egg in with the noodles as they boiled. This was a very nice tasty bowl of soup. It did indeed have a very soy flavor. The egg was nice and complimentary and the noodles were adequate. I give this one a 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

#205: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Beef Flavored Soup

So now that I’m out of the Nong Shim bowl noodles, here’s something new. This is going to be good – I haven’t had any complaints that I can think of about Sapporo Ichiban’s products.

Single solitary packet.

Pardon the mess around the bowl this time around – I’m refitting an ancient 486 portable computer (luggable) with a working operating system – well, trying to at least. Seems like a very light colored soup base for beef flavor.

Here’s the finished product before…

Click image to enlarge. Yup – the eggs. In fact, it mentioned putting eggs in it on the back as well.  The broth has a great beef flavor – very nice and tasty. The noodles have a good amount of backbone to them and are nice. Just plain nice here. The eggs finish everything off with a good shot of protein and this is some good breakfast chow. I’m very pleased with this one – it is simple and tastes extremely good. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars! Get it here.

#153: Sapporo Ichiban Shrimp Flavor Oriental Noodle Soup

So we begin a short look at noodle cups. I don’t think I’ve actually had a cup  in a long time so this will be some fun stuff. We start with some Sapporo Ichiban shrimp flavor.

Click image to enlarge. As you can see, its like a bowl noodle and has the little peel back to line thing going on…

One single packet. I decided to microwave this stuff to see how it’d go.

Well, here’s the final result (click image to enlarge). The directions said to microwave for four minutes. It wasn’t that big of a mess to clean up – a lot of it exploded in the microwave… I think perhaps two or three may have been better… Overall I’m greatly surprised by my disappointment. The noodles are mushy, the broth isn’t that great and the veggies are unhappy. I found them to be unpleasing. I’m giving this cup noodle 1.75 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.