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Unboxing The September 2019 Zenpop Spicy & Savory Pack – Japan

Dig on ramen? Check out one of these neat Zenpop boxes! Use the coupon code RAMENRATER for a discount!

Unboxing The September 2019 Zenpop Spicy & Savory Pack – Japan

Ramen Trunk Premium Japanese Noodles – May 2019

Wanna see something different? This is a super premium and high end ramen subscription box from Japan. It’s full of neat stuff and I’ll let you just take a look because it’s pretty rad! Get a Ramen Trunk at http://bit.ly/ramentrunk Use coupon code RAMENRATER20OFF for 20% off a subscription or single gift box!

Ramen Trunk Premium Japanese Noodles – May 2019

Tokyo Treat Valentine’s Day Chocolate Break!

I recently was contacted by Tokyo Treat about trying their box and thought it would be neat to do an episode of The Chocolate Break with it – so we did! Check it out and hey – use coupon code THERAMENRATER for a discount – something great for Valentine’s Day!

Zenpop October 2018 – Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater – Japan

Zenpop October 2018 - Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater - Japan

Here’s the latest and greatest box from www.zenpop.jp! Use coupon code RAMENRATER at checkout for a discount! Let’s have a look.

Zenpop October 2018 – Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater – Japan

Here’s the full unboxing! Enjoy!

Umai Crate June 2018 – Unboxing Time

Umai Crate instant noodles box June 2018 - Unboxing Time

Another month, another box! We have a new Umai Crate to unbox!  Japan Crate curates these and there’s always something interesting going on in these boxes – usually quite a few somethings! Coupon code below – check it out!

Unboxing Time: Umai Crate – June 2018 By Japan Crate – Japan

Thank you – looking forward to reviewing these! So we have a coupon code and a link here for you –

Get yours here: http://japancrate.com?tap_a=12827-4134c1&tap_s=185180-a588e7
Coupon code: THERAMENRATER

#2705: Ichiran Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】

#2805: Ichiran Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】

So a couple months ago I read an article mentioning this high end fancy instant ramen. Having never seen nor heard of it, I thought I’d better investigate. I mean, how can I be The Ramen Rater if I’m not going to hop on board for something like this? I got some eBay gift cards for Christmas and thought I’d seek this one out.

Alright so I ordered this on eBay a few weeks ago and it arrived a couple weeks later. I’ve seen this around for $8 a pack. Yeah – $8… I got it off of eBay for $14.98 with ‘free shipping.’ I’ve baked shipping into the price before on eBay when I used to do eBay – everybody does. All I can say is this stuff better be good! I love tonkotsu and so hopefully this is an excellent one. Let’s dive in.

Ichiran Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】 – Japan

#2805: Ichiran Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, I was lucky to get some help from a friend to the site for years – a fellow named Marvin – thanks! I mean, who wants to cook a practically $15 pack of instant noodles incorrectly?

Here are the instructions for the Ramen. The time regulates the firmness of the noodles :
Cooking Instructions
ICHIRAN Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】
Necessary Items
ICHIRAN Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】
Pot
Large Bowl
Favorite Toppings (green onions, pork slices, etc.)
#2805: Ichiran Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】
1 Boil 500ml (about 2 cups) of water in pot.
firmness
(Estimated Boiling Time)
Extra Firm (as desired)
Firm (2min.30sec.)
Medium (3分)
Soft (3分30秒)
Extra Soft (as desired)
#2805: Ichiran Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】
2
When the noodles start to separate, turn off the heat and add the “① soup powder” and the “② special oil”. Stir well.
※Refer to the chart below for the level of richness, and adjust to your liking.
Level of Richness

None (None)
Light Taste (as desired)
Medium (Half packet)
Richness (Whole packet)
#2805: Ichiran Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】
3
Put soup/noodles into large bowl. Add “Spicy Red Powder”.
!) The powder is very spicy, so adjust amount to your preference.
Spiciness

None (None)
Half (A little)
Medium (Half packet)
Double (Whole packet)
Add your favorite toppings like pork slices, green onions, kikurage mushrooms,
!) Contents are hot after heating, so please handle with care.
!) Please eat in a timely manner after opening the package. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2805: Ichiran Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】

The noodle block.

A powder sachet.

Lots of powder.

A liquid base sachet.

Thick and milky.

The red dry sauce.

Looks kind of like chilli powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sesame seeds, Salad Cosmo Mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, spring onion, narutomaki and chashu pork. I cooked the noodles for 3 minutes. They retained a good backbone and were of good quality. The broth was milky but not thick and to be honest I would have like a little more thickness to it. It had a pork and spicy hit to it plus an very good oiliness. Impressed. Worth paying $15USD per pack on eBay? I wouldn’t go that far, but it was pretty darn tasty stuff. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4562214820899.

Japanese populer Ramen “ICHIRAN” instant noodles tonkotsu 5 meals(Japan Import)

#2677: Nissin Hokkaido Miso Japanese Ramen

#2677: Nissin Hokkaido Miso Japanese Ramen

Sp here’s one I haven’t tried before from a nice premium series by Nissin Singapore. They have a Kyushu Black and a Tokyo Shoyu as well. A couple days ago I tried a different one – Nissin Hong Kong’s Bar Noodle Hokkaido Miso Tonkotsu. A little further west we have this one! So here’s a little refresher on miso ramen from Wikipedia –

Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, is especially famous for its ramen. Most people in Japan associate Sapporo with its rich miso ramen, which was invented there and which is ideal for Hokkaido’s harsh, snowy winters. Sapporo miso ramen is typically topped with sweetcorn, butter, bean sprouts, finely chopped pork, and garlic, and sometimes local seafood such as scallopsquid, and crabHakodate, another city of Hokkaido, is famous for its salt flavored ramen,[19] while Asahikawa in the north of the island offers a soy sauce-flavored variation.[20] In Muroran, many ramen restaurants offer Muroran curry ramen.[21]

Miso ramen is a relative newcomer, having reached national prominence around 1965. This uniquely Japanese ramen, which was developed in Hokkaido, features a broth that combines copious miso and is blended with oily chicken or fish broth – and sometimes with tonkotsu or lard – to create a thick, nutty, slightly sweet and very hearty soup. Miso ramen broth tends to have a robust, tangy flavor, so it stands up to a variety of flavorful toppings: spicy bean paste or tōbanjan (豆瓣醤), butter and corn, leeks, onions, bean sprouts, ground pork, cabbage, sesame seeds, white pepper, and chopped garlic are common. The noodles are typically thick, curly, and slightly chewy.

Alright – let’s get to this new variety and see how it is.

Nissin Hokkaido Miso Japanese Ramen – Japan

#2677: Nissin Hokkaido Miso Japanese Ramen

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish and chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2677: Nissin Hokkaido Miso Japanese Ramen

The noodle block.

#2677: Nissin Hokkaido Miso Japanese Ramen

The powder base sachet.

#2677: Nissin Hokkaido Miso Japanese Ramen

A light fluffy powder.

#2677: Nissin Hokkaido Miso Japanese Ramen

A liquid sachet.

#2677: Nissin Hokkaido Miso Japanese Ramen

A seasoned oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added corn, butter, egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, baked chicken, spring onion, and shichimi togarashi. The noodles are good – not a strong chew but as soft and supple one which lends itself to being in the comfort mindset for me. The broth has a very good miso taste and it’s not overbearing. Nice bit of oiliness as well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888279640064.

#2677: Nissin Hokkaido Miso Japanese Ramen

From Third World to First: The Singapore Story – 1965-2000

A Nissin Cup Noodles TV spot

The May Box From Japan!

The May Box From Japan! - Boxfromjapan.com - javier - The Ramen Rater

My friend Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com sent over the new ramen box for May! Thank you! Box From Japan is a purveyor of not only monthly subscription boxes of instant ramen bowls but you can also get neat boxes of candy and other neat stuff! Let’s see what’s within!

The May Box From Japan – Japan

The May Box From Japan! - Boxfromjapan.com - javier - The Ramen Rater

A little letter inside (click to enlarge).

The May Box From Japan! - Boxfromjapan.com - javier - The Ramen Rater

A very nice quarter of Japanese instant ramen (click to enlarge). Thanks again!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1453: Nissin Japanese Ramen Kyushu Black Instant Noodles With Soup Base

Toiday, I’m reviewing another new one from Nissin Singapore – Kyushu Black. Kyushu style ramen is different in that it features broth with a cloudy nature and rich flavor. Nissin Singapore’s Kyushu Black looks from the package to feature this. The black part? Black garlic oil! Looks interesting! What to add…

Last night, my wife and I had a sumptuous dinner over at Aunt Cindy and Uncle Joe’s place nearby. He just got a fancy new barbecue and made some excellent ribs we enjoyed with some local craft beer! I got some leftovers! Let’s dig in!

Here’;s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle to 600ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add in powder and paste. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry seasoning sachet.

A large amount of light powder.

A paste sachet.

It has a sesame and garlic scent to it.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added barbecue ribs, green onion, kizami shoga and hard boiled egg. The noodles are again as in their Tokyo Shoyu variety – a nice gauge and premium feel. Good stuff! The broth is nice and milky with a rich flavor. The oil adds a very nice tension to the broth and looks really nice! Absolute enjoyment in a bowl. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888279660031.


Here’s a new one that came out a couple of months ago. I’ve got a copy I need to finish and review! So far, it’s really good.

Here’s a TV spot for the new Nissin Japanese Ramen line.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1450: Nissin Japanese Ramen Tokyo Shoyu Instant Noodles With Soup Base

Here’s a new line from Nissin Singapore – their premium Japanese ramen. There are two of them – this Tokyo Shoyu and one called Kyushu Black which I will be reviewing in the few days. So what is Tokyo Shoyu? Well, let’s start with some Wikipedia info on shoyu ramen:

Shōyu (“soy sauce”) ramen typically 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 and/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.

Then, info on the Tokyo aspect:

Tokyo style ramen consists of slightly thin, curly noodles served in a soy-flavoured chicken broth. The Tokyo style broth typically has a touch of dashi, as old ramen establishments in Tokyo often originate from soba eateries. Standard toppings are chopped scallion, menma, sliced pork, kamaboko, egg, nori, and spinach. Ikebukuro, Ogikubo and Ebisu are three areas in Tokyo known for their ramen.

Got it? Hope so! Let’s have a look at this new one from Nissin Singapore!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodles to 600ml boiling water. for 4 minutes. stirring occasionally. Add in oil and powder sachets and garnish with seaweed. Enjoy!

A round noodle block.

The powder sachet.

Has a soy scent.

The oil sachet.

Has a sesame and slight garlic scent.

The seaweed garnish sachet.

Short little strips of seaweed.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, narutomaki, kizami shoga, green onion and chicken I coated with La Selva Beach Spice Company Daily Grind seasoning and baked. The noodles are round and have a very good texture – definitely premium. Elastic and chewy with a nice bounce. The broth is wondeful – not overboard on strength and has just the right amount of oil to make things a little nicer. The seaweed is a welcome touch. Wonderful – 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888279660024.

Looks like a good book!

A TV advert for the new Nissin Japanese Ramen.

#1138: Tablemark Downtown Ramen Shop Shoyu

Here’s another one from T&T Supermarket up in Canada! Looks like a regular Japanese pack, right? This is actually a fresh ramen – frozen! Let’s check it out!

The regulars here might have noticed that I haven’t posted since Sunday. The reason? My wife Kit had surgery at the break of dawn on Monday. I spent the last few days by her side in the hospital and am happy to report she is doing great! Everyone who likes this site should give a big thanks to her – she’s driven me around to countless Asian groceries and listened to me prattle on about instant noodles time and time again. She is a brave and strong woman and I love her. We got home today and it’s great to be here with her!

Here’s the import sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free, but check for yourself. Note – after sampling this, I really think that the 270mg of sodium is a bit off – maybe 1,270, but seems like more. I don’t know how to gauge sodium amounts, but that’s my two cents.

Here’s the back of the packaging. From the instruction panels, it looks as if you can microwave the noodles much like a package of popcorn! I think I’ll give it a try.

The noodle block.

The soup base liquid.

Here’s the liquid base. Has a nice soy scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onions, narutomaki, hard boiled egg, Walla Walla sweet onion and some beef I sauteed with a little Worcestershire. The noodles are decent – even going through the microwave. The little baggie they were in expanded like a puffer fish and the contents cooked nicely and evenly; it’s like they were boiled in there. The only thing I didn’t like was that until they met the broth, they wouldn’t break apart. Although it probably mentions breaking them up in the text on the back of the packet. Either way, the noodles were of good quality. The broth was light and full of rich soy taste. Not extremely oily, but had a richness and a little oil. Quite nice. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4901520113866.

Here’s a Tablemark commercial.