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#3075: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Otafuku Okonomiyaki Sauce Yakisoba – Japan

#3075: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Otafuku Okonomiyaki Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘Ripe jalapeno peppers are used to make the Yakisoba addictively spicy. Adding mayonnaise brings out the sour and savory taste of the okonomiyaki sauce. Even in this hot weather, the smell of the yakisoba will always intensify your appetite.’

I should note that although they reference mayonnaise in this one, this one doesn’t include it. Anyways, let’s check it out!

Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Otafuku Okonomiyaki Sauce Yakisoba – Japan

#3075: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Otafuku Okonomiyaki Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

Detail from the bottom of the outer wraps (click to enlarge). Unsure if it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in liquid base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3075: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Otafuku Okonomiyaki Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Note tab C pulls off to reveal a drain spout.

#3075: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Otafuku Okonomiyaki Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

The noodle block.

#3075: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Otafuku Okonomiyaki Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

Loose bits from the tray.

#3075: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Otafuku Okonomiyaki Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3075: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Otafuku Okonomiyaki Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

A dark sauce!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chashu pork, and sriracha mayonnaise. The noodle came out fine – no problem there. Unfortunately, the japaneo flavor was a bit bitter and just kind of overrode the deliciousness of the wsy the original version was. Kind of bummed out. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.   JAN bar code 4901734034612.

#3075: Sapporo Ichiban Spicy Otafuku Okonomiyaki Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

Sapporo 1ban Fried Noodles Otahuku Okonomi Sauce Taste 4.6oz 4pcs Japanese Instant Noodle Yakisoba Ninjapo

Watch me cook up this yakisoba on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Re-Review: Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Flavor

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You know, I just saw this one at the local HMart a week or so ago and thought it would be nice to have it again. Kind of weird to be doing a re-review when I’m getting close to the 2,000th review, but hey, like I said it sounds good. This has been a popular one for a while now since it slammed onto the scene. I think it was a comedian named Lee Kyung who made this spicy chicken variety a big hit. Anyways, let’s crack it open and dig on in.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, boil 500ml water and add in package contents. Cook for 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

A big noodle block!

The powder soup base sachet.

Has a really nice spicy chicken scent. Honestly, it reminds me of Jalapeno Cheddar Chee-tos.

The vegetables sachet.

A nice assortment. Note the little strips of chicken. A little story – so I found out that this is chicken from the United States, however this is a product of South Korea. So they import USA chicken into South Korea, process it, then export it back into the USA. A lot of extra work, but the CBP/USDA can be quite insane that way.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles have a great width and chewiness I really enjoy. They kind of have a two-layeredness – kind of extra soft on the outside with more of a chew within. The broth is a jalapeno and chicken hit which works very well. Supplied vegetables worked perfectly as always. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 648436100682.

Paldo Kokomen 20-Pack

A little clip with the comedian who made the whole Kokomen launch a huge hit.

#1394: Paldo Mild Kokomen (Prototype)

Hey look – another prototype! Thanks, Moses of Paldo America! Kokomen is one of Paldo’s signature products. It’s a spicy chicken and jalapeno broth accompanied by a nice amount of noodles and a garnish that includes these little strips of chicken. Good stuff. This is a milder version. Let’s see how this one compares!

Here’s a close-up on the label (click image to enlarge). This one contains chicken. To prepare, boil 550ml water. Add noodle block and sachet contents. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet. Note that the jagged edges where you tear the sachet open are much larger than in most sachet designs.

A lighht powder with a spicy scent.

The solid ingredient sachet.

The thin light strips are dehydrated chicken and there also looks to be lots of green onion.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added chicken with black pepper and some green onion. The noodles are very good – not overly engorged but still full and thick. Lots of them too. The broth is indeed less spicy than original Kokomen, but it still has a good punch to it. I would definitely say this is still spicier than many could handle. The flavor is a nice jalapeno chicken, reminiscent of Jalapeno Cheddar Chee-tos, and works quite well. The added veggie packet content hydrates nicely. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

An advertisement for the original Paldo Kokomen.

#950: Ottogi Kiss Myon Asian Style Instant Noodle Bowl (Cup)

Here’s the first new Ottogi variety I’ve reviewed in a long time! It’s an interesting one, too. This is most definitely a cup, however it says it is a noodle bowl on the packaging – weird! Hoping in 2013 to be able to get with Ottogi and do a Meet The Manufacturer – they’ve got some interesting twists on Korean instant noodles that are really good! Well, let’s give this one a try!

Here are the details from the side panels (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A single seasoning packet.

A hot and spicy powder! Wow!

Here’s a little bit of the veggies from the bottom of the cup.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added an egg, green bell pepper and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are really quite nice. They have a little tension to them and are soft. The broth has a rich and spicy chicken flavor which I enjoyed. A good white broth cup! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 645175573227 – get the pack version here.

Kiss Myon TV commercial.

Another K-Pop star commercial for Ottogi.

#947: Maruchan Yakisoba Jalapeno Cheddar Flavor

Merry Christmas Eve! Thought today I would go a little festive with my review. What does Jalapeno Cheddar instant yakisoba have to do with Christmas? Well, I don’t know but it just seemed like the right thing to do. You’ll see – trust me you’ll see. This is one I was looking for for a long time and my lovely wife Kit found it at the Grocery Outlet! Rad!

The bottom of the package (click image to enlarge).

Here’s what’s under the plastic wrap on top.

The noodle block.

The seasoning packet – rather large.

A lot of powdery cheese flavor! Has an interesting taste – I like it!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added red bell pepper, onion, green beans, scrambled egg that was cooked in a tree shaped cookie cutter, Dua Belibis chili sauce and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. Wow this is craziness. The noodles are nice – flat and broad with a nice consistency. The flavor’s great – like a spicy mac’n’cheese – and it’s decently spicy as well. Good stuff – I’m honestly surprised I haven’t seen it more than once, especially since its a product made domestically. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. Merry Christmas! UPC bar code 041789007675

Here’s a video about using Maruchan noodles to make mac’n’cheese

Maruchan has been posting a lot of these videos lately – nice to see people doing neat things with instant noodles!

Re-Review: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramen

Was thinking about what to have for lunch and the big box of 48 packs of this stuff told me to have one! So I did. Here’s the original review I did recently.

Click image to enlarge. I added sweet onion, a little peanut butter, processed cheese and odeng. Adding all of those things still doesn’t put the heat down – pretty amazing! I still say this is the absolutely hottest stuff out there! Top of the Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time! The noodles are awesome – great quality and chew. The broth is so spicy; words are hard to describe other than by saying wow! The veggies are nice as well. I still am giving this one 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. This is a store brand by the Korean store emart (we’ve got Walmart, they’ve got emart). UPC bar code 8801073110564 – you can get it here.

#933: Paldo Kokomen Cup

Hey look! The Kokomen cup! Been waiting to try this one with some leftover Thanksgiving turkey!

The information panels (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block awaits!

The seasoning powder.

The seasoning powder. Spicy jalapeno and chicken yeeouch!

Here’s a little bit of thre veggies and the chicken.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added an egg with French’s French Fried Onions on top, turkey, Cavender’s Greek Seasoning and a little Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are nice and light in this version – very thin and tasty. I have found this style of noodle to be a little lacking before in cups, but I have to say that the noodle in combination with the broth is absolutely delightful. I must say that the Kokomen broth is truly one of my favorites on the market; it’s got that comfort chicken flavor kicked up with jalapeno – delicious! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 648436100712

Angry Kokomen training camp! Can’t wait to get my hands on some of this stuff!

25 things to do in Seoul, Korea

#925: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramen

Here’s something new from emart. emart (이마트) is the biggest store in Korea! They sent samples of their white broth ramyun a few months ago and now this, their ultra hot and spicy.

Wow look at all the flames, guy blowing his top and a thermometer!

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

I can’t reaqd this, but I’m going to guess its a little information on SHU. What are they? SHU is an abbreviation of Scoville Heat Unit, a measure of a spiciness of a pepper or anything spicy. Here is a chart of the heat levels of different peppers from Wikipedia (click image to visit Wikipedia article):

As you can see from the chart, habanero peppers are 100k-360k SHU. The noodles here claim to be 5,930 SHU, which is closer to a jalapeno. I can attest though that jalapenos are pretty hot and if these noodles were 100k-350k, they would only be palatable to a fraction of the population.

Here’s the noodle block – large and circular.

The seasoning packet!

Wow – some major stuff here. I gave the powder a taste – and a tiny one at that – and my tongue’s been burning for over a minute.

The veggie packet.

Nice amount and variety.

Last time, they sent me a couple hats!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added two slices of processed cheese, an egg, onion and odeng. The noodles are excellent – perfect example of tasty Korean ramyun noodles. I always taste everything before I add anything, and that’s where the review comes from – I don’t review what I add to the noodles. I can quite honestly say that this has the absolutely spiciest broth I’ve ever had. It’s ridiculous; I mean this stuff is sooooo spicy! That being said, the flavor other than hot is kind of hard to distinguish; not really salty, just really really hot! The veggies are excellent – plentiful and nice.  3.75 out of 5.0 stars – man I can’t tell you how absolutely fiery hot this is; if you like it spicy, this is for you! UPC bar code 8801073110564 – you can get it here.

Here’s a guy trying it for the first time – kind of funny – he says its not spicy enough at the end although he’s been dripping since the first bite from the heat!

This is absolute marketing genius; a QR code that boosts lunch time sales using the position of the sun in the sky.

It amuses me that this guy is surprised that a big supermarket in Korea doesn’t have a lot of American food. Hello! It’s A DIFFERENT COUNTRY!!! I would love to check out emart – I don’t care if I can’t read it – I think it would be a lot of fun to try things and figure out what they were afterwards; kind of like ‘grocery gambling!’ Of course, you could always ask someone for help – haven’t met any rude Koreans thus far.

Re- Review: emart Ramen e Ramen White Broth Noodle Soup

I reviewed this one a little while back – was review #787. Use this link to see everything about it. By the way, emart has informed me that they have a new product that just launched – should be here soon! Can’t wait to review it!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sweet onion, green beans, processed cheese, odeng, kimchi and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. Still as good as I remember – good noodles, great spiciness and good mussel and veggies. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – delicious! UPC bar code 8801045525068 – get it here.

Wow this is really awesome and inventive!

Here’s a guy’s tour of emart. I thought it was kind of funny how he complained that they didn’t have enough American food. I guess that’s what happens when you’re in a foreign country! Man, I would love to check this place out – looks amazingly fun!

The International Lunch

Here’s what I had for lunch today (click to enlarge) – not a new review or anything, but thought it was interesting how many international flavors came together on this one. First, FMF Chow Noodles Masala Flavor from Fiji. Added kimchi, a Korean dish, some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake from Japan, Dua Belibis chili sauce from Indonesia, some ham, stirfry veggies and sweet onion, and a 2 egg omelet with 2 slices of processed cheese and some Tabasco Jalapeno hot sauce – which I presume is all from the United States but might not be. Was pretty good – quite an interesting combo!

#823: Meet The Manufacturer: Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Flavor

Finally after a long wait, Kkokkomyun has come to the United States as Kokomen! This is the instant that brought about the whole ‘white broth’ craze in Korea. Here’s an excerpt from my interview with Paldo:

TRR> After a very long wait, Kokomen has just been released in the United States. Could you tell us about Kokomen and how it came into existence and what makes it special?

PALDO> Usually New Ramen comes out from existing similar types. For instance, Jjajang, Jjambbong, Yuk-gye-jang, Cold Noodle, Kissmyon, Nagasaki Jjambbong Etc. But, Kokomen is very unique and prototype of all recipes. Kokomen was introduced through a Cooking Contest and food critics and people were amazed by the taste of it. Paldo took this recipe and developed to a total brand new product to our consumers.

I reviewed the Korean version in the past and now, here’s the US version. I should also mention is nabbed 8th place in my Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time recently!

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

The big noodle block.

The seasoning packet.

Lots of tasty powder!

The veggie packet.

Lots of veggie here – a definite plus!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some over baked chicken I made with Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt.  The noodles are plump and plentiful – they have a very nice texture. The broth is awesome – has a strong jalapeno flavor as well as a great chicken taste. The veggies are of a nice quantity and are really quite tasty! These components come together to create an original and extremely tasty noodle soup which I am happy to again give 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – excellent! I recommend it. UPC bar code 648436100682.

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The Kkokkomyun commercial – with Lee Kyung-Kyu!

Here’s Lee Kyung-Kyu – I think this might be an interview about Kkokkomyun.

#787: emart Ramen e Ramen White Broth Noodle Soup

Today I received a big box full of instant noodles from South Korea! These are made by emart. If you can imagine a Korean version of Walmart, you’re on the right track – these are super huge superstores over there. Anyways, a fellow from emart contacted me about reviewing this new product of theirs and of course I said yes. They sent a box with some nice hats and 8 of these 6 pakcs – yep – 48 packages of noodles! Wow!

‘Here’s what the individual packs look like. It’s called Ramen e Ramen and it’s a white broth soup. Looks to be jalapeno and seafood flavored!

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

The noodle block – a big one.

The seasoning powder.

A lot of powder! I tasted a little and it was really spicy!

The vegetable packet.

A nice variety. Not sure if there might be some seafoodies in there too.

Hooray for new hats!

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added a couple slices of jalapeno. The noodles are nice – not too chewy and very full. The broth is great – ultra spicy (I’d say the spiciest white broth I’ve tried yet) and the veggies aren’t too shabby either. I found quite a few bits of seafood in there too – gonna go with mussel since mussels are so prominent on the package. I must say I was wondering how much I would like this stuff as they did send 48 packs of it. Happily, I can say I really love it – great stuff! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars! A wonderfully hot and tasty white broth. UPC bar code 8801045525068 – get it here.

Wow this is really awesome and inventive!

Here’s a guy’s tour of emart. I thought it was kind of funny how he complained that they didn’t have enough American food. I guess that’s what happens when you’re in a foreign country! Man, I would love to check this place out – looks amazingly fun!