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#3287: Itsuki Neapolitan Spaghetti – Japan

#3287: Itsuki Neapolitan Spaghetti - 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.

Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘Stir up the heat this winter and enjoy Japan’s take on Neapolitan spaghetti for lunch or dinner! This pack contains a tomato sauce that is full of yummy flavor. Even when it’s cold, it’s equally as delicious and Kumamon thinks so, too!’

Kumamon is the character on the package – he’s the spokesanimal-thing for Kumamoto prefecture in Japan. Let’s get started!

Itsuki Neapolitan Spaghetti – Japan

#3287: Itsuki Neapolitan Spaghetti - Japan

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, heat 1 tablespoon butter or oil in a pan. Add in any meat or vegetables you wish. Add in noodles and cook funtil done. Add in sachet contents and stir fry until combines. Finally, enjoy!

A pouch of fresh noodles.

The dry seasoning base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecue pork and spring onion, fried garlic, and chili flake. All in all, things end up very tasty. The only problem is that everything is extremely dry, which isn’t how I usually find spaghetti to be. Just seemed a little on the off side. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726005040.

#3287: Itsuki Neapolitan Spaghetti - Japan

176gX10 pieces Kumamoto ramen of Itsuki food Kumamon

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3238: Itsuki Soba – Japan

#3238: Itsuki Soba - 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 -“Enjoy a hot bowl of this soba in its soup base, rich with flavors of bonito, soy sauce and spice.”

Yeah okay this sounds pretty good – fresh soba… Let’s do it!

Itsuki Soba – Japan

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodles in 300ml water for 1 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

A fresh soba pouch.

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

A light powder with a sweet scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kamaboko, mentaiko furikake and spring onion. Noodles are definitely buckwheat soba. First time I think I’ve had fresh buckwheat in this form factor and it’s pretty decent. The broth was a pretty typical soy and bonito hit, however the balance of flavors worked better than any I’ve had before.. All in all alright. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014134.

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

Itsuki food 2 co-yaki soba 340gX6 pieces

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu 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!

Here’s what they had to say about this particular variety – “Kuromayu (black sesame oil) has a strong disinctive flavor of garlic and black sesame. Added to a base tonkotsu pork bone base, this is a distinct flavor mix originating from the Kumamoto prefecture on Kyushu Island. Kyushu island is best known as the origina of tonkotsu ramen typically refered to as Hakata-style ramen.”

Awesome – let’s give it a try!

Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Probably contain pork. To prepare, add noodle bundle to 450ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Two servings of straight noodles.

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Two dry sachets.

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A light powder.

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A pair of wet sachets.

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Black sesame oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, black sesame seeds, spring onion, chashu pork, shichimi togarashi, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are fantastic – they have that flour-y kind of chew to them I love so much. The broth is rich and porky with a new extra bonus of black sesame oil flavor. All around tasty bowl of noodles. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726012284.

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Itsuki food Kumamoto black Marr oil pork ramen 172gX10 pieces

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#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon – Japan

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - 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 -“A fan of seafood? This hot udon soup is for your with its shrimp tempura and notes of seaweed and bonito (tuna) infused in the broth.”

Actually, I’m a big fan of seafood! Let’s see what’s inside.

Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon – Japan

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodle pouch and boiling water to bowl for 1-2 minutes. Separate noodles. Drain. Add boiling water and sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

The two sides of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

The udon pouch.

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

A powder flecked with dark bits.

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

A disc of tempura.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sansyo pepper, and spring onion. The udon is the standard pouch udon – thick and chewy. The broth really hits me more as a bonito broth than a shrimp one, however the tempura disc has a nice shrimp taste to it which when sopped up with the broth lends itself nicely. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726010549.

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

ITSUKI Ramen Spicy Curry Tonkotsu 115g×5 pieces

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#3078: Itsuki Kurume Ramen – Japan

#3078: Itsuki Kurume 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 -“According to legend, Kurume-style ramen was developed when a chef accidentally over-boiled his broth. The resulting brew was so flavorful that today, Kurume-style ramen shops still recycle their old broth. In this way, Kurume broth retains its richness and doesn’t require the addition of extra fat. Make your own flavorful Kurume ramen at home.”

Alright, I will! Let’s hit it!

Itsuki Kurume Ramen – Japan

#3078: Itsuki Kurume Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Porbably contains pork. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 2 minutes. Add in powder sachet. Add in liquid sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3078: Itsuki Kurume Ramen - Japan

Thin noodles.

#3078: Itsuki Kurume Ramen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3078: Itsuki Kurume Ramen - Japan

A lot of light powder.

#3078: Itsuki Kurume Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3078: Itsuki Kurume Ramen - Japan

A seasoned oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chashu pork, soft egg, and togarashi. The noodles are great – nice chew and have that floury kind of Hakata mouthfeel. The broth is like a semi-thin shio-tonkotsu with a rich flavor. This was easy to score. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014394.

#3078: Itsuki Kurume Ramen - Japan

 Itsuki food KurumeHoTome-out ramen 123g ~ 10 pieces

Watch me cook and garnish this one on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo “Miso” Ramen – Japan

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" 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 -“Sapporo is the fifth largest city of Japan by population! Most people in Japan associate Sapporo with its rich miso ramen, which was invented there and which is ideal for Hokkaido’s cold winters. DIY your own for dinner as the weather gets cooler.”

Alright I’m on it – let’s go!

Itsuki Sapporo “Miso” Ramen – Japan

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).  Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add a bundle of noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in one sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

The noodle bundles in a plastic tray.

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

The sachets of soup base for each serving.

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

A lot of powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, corn, kizami shoga, soft egg, spring onion, habanero curry togarashi and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles were pretty good – very chewy and a round gauge. The broth was deep and almost seemed beefy to be honest. Definitely a tinting of red miso in the mix which was pretty good. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014462.

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

ITSUKI Ramen Spicy Curry Tonkotsu 115g×5 pieces

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#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen – Japan

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu 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 -“Ku mamoto ramen is said to have been invented in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan which is the birthplace of tonkotsu (pork pone) ramen. DIY your own this summer by pairing the nooldes with marr oil (from fried garlic) and fried garlic for a delicious summer meal”

The train keeps a rolling along after #3000! Let’s check iot out!

Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen – Japan

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add noodles to 500cc boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

A few of the noodles.

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

Thr soup bsae sachet.

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

Lots of light powder.

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

A liquid base sachet.

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

Thick and blackish.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shichimi togarashi, spring onion and shichimi togarashi. Noodle had a sturdy chew and nice gauge – came out superbly. Broth had a very good thickness to it and a balanced creaminess and a little spiciness to compliment the pork bone flavor. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901726014370.

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

Itsuki food Kurume green onion pork ramen 172gX10 pieces

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#1976: Itsuki Kumamoto Spicy Ramen

Another one send to me by Casey K. from Hong Kong – thanks again! I wonder – does that character towards the bottom of the pack looks familiar? Well, it’s the same as what you see on Nongshim’s Shin Ramyun products – spicy! Let’s check out this Japanese variety and see just how spicy it is!

The distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). To prepare, Add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodles.

The soup base sachet.

Has a very nice scent.

An oil sachet.

Must be the spicy component.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, spring onion, barbecue pork and pepper flake. The noodles are very nice – straight and have a premium chew to them. The broth has a good tension – not thin at all but not overly oily. The stuff is like a spicy shoyu. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901726011249.

Itsuki – Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen for 1 Servning

So I did this video a couple months ago – and now it’s obsolete as I’ve got a newer system of doing things! However, it’s kind of the same deal. I’ll be doing a new video soon.

#1920: Itsuki Ramen Tonkotudou Kumamoto Noodles

Here’s yet another one sent to me by Casey P. from Hong Kong! Thanks again! This one screams fancy – big and gold packaging. Shiny! Let’s see what we have here.

Here’s the distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Okay so this pack looks to have two servings and from the looks of it, the instructions are for a single serving. To prepare, add one bundle of noodles to 500ml boiling water. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir in contents of large dry powder sachet and cook for 30 seconds. Take off heat and add contents of large liquid sachet and stir. Plate and garnish with Smaller liquid sachet and crunchy bits. Enjoy!

Wow – fancy!

A bindle of ramen.

The dry soup base.

A light powder with dark flecks.

The large liquid sachet.

Has a nice pork scent.

A liquid garnish sachet.

Thick and dark.

The second garnish sachet.

Fried garlic methinks.

Finished (click to enlarge). Thought I’d leave this one as is. The noodles are very nice – excellent chew and thickness – I liked them alot. The broth. It was very nice until the addition of the garnish sauce, which seems to be a lot of black garlic oil. It was so bitter and overpowering that it just… Ruined the whole thing. I think without it it wouold have been a great bowl with a good score, but I follow directions, and so it wasn’t. 0.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901726011843.

I can totally recommend this one. Itsuki – Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen for 1 Servning

An Itsuki TV commercial.

#1915: Itsuki Yuzu Sesame Sauce Udon

Here’s another one graciously sent by Casey P. of Hong Kong – thank you again! So this is udon – udon is a thick noodle with a nice chewy texture. It looks that this one is served cold! Andy’s going to try this one today and I’m really curious how he likes it. Let’s look and see what’s in this bowl!

The distributor/import label (click to enlarge). Contains pork, chicken and fish products.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge).

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Detail of the underside of the lid (click to enlarge). To prepare, add in contents of noodle pouch and boiling water to fill line. Let sit one minute covered, then use lid and drain. Add cold water to fill line and let sit 2-3 minutes. Drain. Add contents of sachets. Stir and enjoy!

The udon pouch.

The liquid sachet.

The sesame sauce – has a slightly peanut kind of scent.

The garnish sachet.

Looks like crunchy bits of tempura.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecued pork. The noodles are nice and thick – and chewy. The flavor is excellent; kind of like a sesame sauce with a hint of vinegar which works extremely well with the cold udon. The topping adds a zest crunch. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901726012598.

Itsuki – Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen for 1 Servning

A film I made of my review process for a Japanese TV show.

#1872: Itsuki Hakata Ossyoi

Here’s another one I got from Casey in Hong Kong – thank you! This one’s going to be interesting – not only because I like Hakata varieties, but because I’m videotaping the creation of this review. There’ll be a full video of the beginning to end of my review, editing and presentation process! Hope you enjoy! Let’s have a look at Itsuki Hakata Ossyoi!

Here’s the distribution label (click to enlarge). This is a typical label one would find in Hong Kong for imports.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, Add noodles to 450ml boiling water and cook for 1 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodles – straight and loose.

The soup base sachet.

The soup base – Has a nice pork scent.

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Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, barbecue pork, hard boiled egg, ito togarashi (pepper threads), sliced spring onion and narutomaki The noodles were definitely in the Hakata style – they have a nice ‘floury’ taste to them. They are thin and round in nature with a good backbone and chewiness. The broth was extraordinarily good – rich and hearty with a great pork flavor to it. Excellent – 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901726011805.

Itsuki – Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen for 1 Servning

 Here’s a video showing the process I go through for every review I do!