Here’s one from Japan Ramen Box – a subscription service out of Japan. Here’s what they have to say about this Nissin variety –
‘This Nissin Edo Soba features 71 grams of straight buckwheat soba that are just itching to slide right down your throat do the Nissin brand proud. Combining yaizu processed bonito flakes with 100% pure round soybean sauce, Nissin Edo Soba tastes like it has the same traditional Kanto style soy sauce with chili in it. Included in the dish are tempura, fish cakes, and spring onions.’
Cool – let’s give it a looksie!
Nissin Edo Soba – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and pork. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and soft egg. The soba was of a nice quality and the gauge was a little thicker than other cup versions. The broth did indeed have a nice sweetness to it and wasn’t too fishy. Included tempura was delicious and kamaboko prevalent. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105238332.
Here’s one from Japan Ramen Box – a subscription service out of Japan. Here’s what they have to say about this variety – ‘The curry udon version of Maruchan’s popular noodle series!
Enjoy the natural texture and raw flavors of noodles that have gone through the “raw noodle manufacturing method” to ensure they’re as tasty and delicious and possible! The curry is flavorful and has an added sweetness from onion and pork seasonings, and the smooth, rich noodles only help to bring it all together!’
It’s curry time! Let’s give it a try.
Maruchan Seimen Curry Udon – Japan
Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, boil noodle block in 550ml water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents and stir for 2 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The udon block.
A large dry sachet.
A lot of curry scented powder.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Sanyo, spring onion, and chicken baked with Neo-Essence Pepper Salt & NuTek Salt for Life. Udon came out nicely – broad with a nice chew. The broth was thick and stew-like an was so tasty. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990511414.
Here’s one from Japan Ramen Box – a subscription service out of Japan. Here’s what they have to say about this Maruchan variety –
‘A classic yakisoba dish featuring 130 grams of salted and
fried noodles! Cut with a round blade, these smooth, delicious
noodles are sure to delight your taste buds and fill your
stomach! In just three minutes you can enjoy rich yakisoba
noodles with a chicken base, salty sauces, and tasty spices.
The whole dish is brought together by the use of basil, onions,
garlic, spicy ground chili, and cabbages. ‘
Alright then – let’s delve into this neat box!
Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Yakisoba – Japan
Detail of the bottom of the tray (click to enlarge). Probably contains pork and fish but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water and garnish sachet content to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken (seasoned with black pepper, garlic powder, and Nutek Salt for Life), spring onion, barbeque pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and habanero togarashi. The noodles came out quite nicely with a good quality and large quantity. The flavor was on pint – tasty as can be and logical. Crunchy pieces of cabbage. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990335126.
Here’s one from Japan Ramen Box – a subscription service out of Japan. Here’s what they have to say about this variety – ‘If you’re partial to enjoying the raw flavor of noodles, you’ll enjoy these noodles that have been dried over 3 days to achieve the same taste and texture as raw noodles! These addictive noodles will make you thankful that they were so carefully and painstakingly prepared! Coupled with a thick boiled pork and chicken broth, you can be sure your meal will be filling and satisfying! Asahikawa has been working to recreate this ramen shop taste since 1955 – and they succeeded!’
Shoyu – it’s on!
Fukumen Noukou Asahikawa Shoyu – Japan
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, boil noodle block in 600ml water for 4 minutes. Add in liquid base. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block – individually wrapped.
A wet sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft egg, spring onion, chashu, sesame seeds and togarashi. Noodles were spot on – round gauge and hearty chew. The broth was seething with flavor – rich and aromatic. Oiliness was excellent and the whole thing was just spectacular. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4976651082718.
Here’s one from Japan Ramen Box – a subscription service out of Japan. Here’s what they have to say about this Daikoku variety – ‘If you’re a fan of pork bone soup and love the rich, delicious
taste of pork, then Daikokuken Tonkotsu Ramen is a perfect meal for you! It’s a gem of a pig bone soup, and is finished with the rich taste of pork extract. The noodles are mediumfine,
slightly transparent, and the perfect additions to an already flavorful broth. If you’re in the mood, you can even add your favorite ramen soup ingredients to enhance the
experience! Go wild!’
Alright – let’s indeed go wild!
Daikoku Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Most likely contains pork. To prepare, cook noodles in 450ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet content. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dry sachet.
A fluffy powder.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, sesame seeds, soft egg, chashu, and togarasgi. The noodles were pretty good – nice instant gauge and chew to them. The broth was a little on the thin side sadly, which didn’t make me exceedingly happy. However, it was a tasty variety. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4904511008783.
Here’s one from Japan Ramen Box – a subscription service out of Japan. Here’s what they have to say about this Nissin Raoh variety – ‘First released to the public in 1992, Nissin Roa received the title of “Noodle King” for incorporating noodles, soup, and other ingredients together into one amazing dish. As the times have begun to change and technology has allowed
further advancement in the science of ramen, Nissin Rao has also evolved. By creating a dish with deliciousness that cannot be tasted at a ramen shop, this new sensation incorporates the peppery sweet, three-times straightened, and all around delicious fried noodles with their garlic flavored soy sauce. Enjoy pork bone flavors combined with white miso, accented with peppers, and garnished with garlic oil. You’ve never tasted Nissin Rao ramen like this before!’
Wow, that’s a mouthful! Let’s give it a try!
Nissin Raoh Kogashi Shoyu – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add dry sachet content and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, chashu, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shichimi togarashi, and spring onion. Very good noodles – nice chew to them for sure. Broth was nice and rich – bristling with meatiness. Exceptional. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4907105247141.
This variety features some premium things – truffle oil being the chief among them, but the noodles look pretty nice as well. Here’s a little about them from Wikipedia –
Soba (そば or 蕎麦) (/ˈsoʊbə/, Japanese pronunciation: [soba]) is the Japanese name for buckwheat. It usually refers to thin noodles made from buckwheat flour, or a combination of buckwheat and wheat flours (Nagano soba). They contrast to thick wheat noodles, called udon. Soba noodles are served either chilled with a dipping sauce, or in hot broth as a noodle soup.
In Japan, soba noodles are served in a variety of settings throughout Japan, but are also served by expensive specialty restaurants. Markets sell dried noodles and men-tsuyu, or instant noodle broth, to make home preparation easy. There are a wide variety of dishes, both hot for winter and cold for summer, using these noodles.
Soba is a good nutritional addition to a diet reliant on white rice and wheat flour. Thiamine, missing from white rice, is present in soba; eating thiamine (vitamin B1) can help prevent the disease beriberi. Soba contains all eight essential amino acids, including lysine, which is lacking in wheat flour. The tradition of eating soba arose in the Edo period.
Here’s a little about shoyu broth as well –
Shōyu (醤油, “soy sauce”) ramen is the oldest of the four, it has a clear brown broth, based on a chicken and vegetable (or sometimes fish or beef) stock with plenty of soy sauce added resulting in a soup that is tangy, salty, and savory yet still fairly light on the palate. Shōyu ramen usually has curly noodles rather than straight ones, but this is not always the case. It is often adorned with marinated bamboo shoots or menma, green onions, kamaboko(fish cakes), nori (seaweed), boiled eggs, bean sprouts or black pepper; occasionally the soup will also contain chili oil or Chinese spices, and some shops serve sliced beef instead of the usual chāshū.
Awesome – let’s take a look!
7&i Premium/ Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Soy Sauce Ramen With Black Truffle Oil – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. Unsure but pretty sure it contains fish. To prepare, add garnish sachet and boiling water to fill line. Let steep for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Noodles are very good – just about as good as instant noodles can get – love them. The broth has a rich pork and soy taste to it and the truffle oil just makes it smile and blossom. This is tasty stuff, folks. The included garnish was great – nice pork, spring onion and menma (I think) round out the bowl. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990339100.
Well, it’s been a long time coming but it finally came. I’ve been wanting to see this Pokemon instant noodle cross my desk for a while. My son Andy is really into Pokemon. I mean really. You ask him what he had for lunch and you might get a ‘uhhh I forgot’ – but you ask him evolutions of all the grass-type Pokemon in the Kanto region are and he will give you a dissertation worthy of a TEDx speech. I’m serious – he has this stuff down pat.
Since it’s just after 4am and he’s still asleep, here’s a little sdomething about Pikachu, the yellow Pokemon featured on the front of this cup:
Like other species of Pokémon, Pikachu are often captured and groomed by humans to fight other Pokémon for sport. Pikachu are one of the most well-known varieties of Pokémon, largely because Pikachu is a central character in the Pokémon anime series. Pikachu is regarded as a major character of the Pokémon franchise as well as its mascot, and has become an icon of Japanese pop culture in recent years. It is also seen as one of the major mascots for Nintendo.
This one comes with a little round card you can collect – let’s check this cup out!
Sapporo Ichiban Pokemon Shoyu Ramen – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Probably contains meat and fish. To prepare, take out collectible card and add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Note – in Japan they’re known as Pocket Monsters.
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrated well and were light. The broth was a salty shoyu – nothing really amazing. The fish cake really jumped the shark here – perfect for kids. My son’s exact words were, ‘that’s a lot of Pikachu fish cake!’ 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734024057.
This one sounds interesting – a big yakisoba tray with kimchi oil and pork. Here’s a little about yakisoba from Wikipedia –
Yakisoba (焼きそば, [jakiꜜsoba]), literally “fried buckwheat,” is a Japanese noodle stir-fry dish. Although soba means buckwheat, yakisoba noodles are actually made from wheat flour, and are typically flavored with a condiment similar to oyster sauce. The dish first appeared in food stalls in Japan during the early 20th century.
Here’s something about kimchi as well from Wikipedia –
Sounds like an interesting mashup – let’s give it a try!
Acecook Supercup Big Pork Kimchi Oil Soba – Japan
Detail of the side and bottom panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add in vegetable sachet and boiling water to fill line. Let steep for 3 minutes. Use spout to drain. Add in remaining sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles were of decent quality and very large quantity. It tastes like kimchi oil; that’s about it,.. Kind of disappointing. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901071207441.
This variety comes by way of Japan Ramen Box. Japan Ramen Box is a new subscription box outfit with neat varieties to check out! Go visit their website and have a look! This is wantan men – let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about this variety –
There are a number of related, Chinese-influenced noodle dishes in Japan, often served alongside ramen in ramen establishments. They do not include noodle dishes considered traditionally Japanese, such as soba or udon, which are almost never served in the same establishments as ramen.
Wantan-men has long straight noodles and wonton, served in a mild, usually salt tasted soup.
You’ve probably had wonton soup in Chinese restaurants in the United States; watan men is like ramen with the wontons in there. Let’s give it a look!
Acecook Pork Wantan Men – Japan
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add the noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
A fluffy powder.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chashu pork, hard boiled egg and spring onion. The noodles were engorged, that’s for sure. What surprised me is that they kind of hid wantan inside them somehow. It was honestly not expected. The wantan was light and of alright quality. The broth was as expected – much like wonton soup you’d find here in the states but a little better. To be honest, this was very satisfying stuff – hard to put down. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901071100018.