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#3325: Tabate Yuzu Dashi Shio Ramen – Japan

#3325: Tabate Yuzu Dashi Shio 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 have to say about this one – “This package of noodles is a very special one indeed and feels great during the wet season in Japan. First, the broth seasoning in this pack is a great mix of salt (shio) flavoring combined with Japan’s traditional dashi flavor and topped off perfectly with a hint of  citrus from the yuzu fruit (kind of like a lemon/lime). It’s a truly unique combination of  well balanced flavors.”

I’ll be honst, I’ve yet to have a yuzu variety that really has been all that great in my opinion, so fingers crossed for this one – let’s get started.

Tabate Yuzu Dashi Shio Ramen – Japan

#3325: Tabate Yuzu Dashi Shio Ramen - Japan

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish, unsure of other meat – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 4 1/2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A wet sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sesame seeds, Spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, baked chicken, and soft egg. Noodles were on the thin side, but chewy as hell and very good. Broth was strong with shio and dsahi, thin but giving. The yuzu element while not smack in your face danced around in a balance; a triumvirate of balance. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901592913401.

Ramen at Home: The Easy Japanese Cookbook for Classic Ramen and Bold New Flavors

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#3324: Itsuki Cold Tea Soba – Japan

#3324: Itsuki Cold Tea 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 -“Buckwheat and Uji matcha are blended to make these smooth and flavorful soba noodles. These cold oodles come with 2 servings of a mellow umami dipping sauce that is a perfect meal for a hot summer day.”

Cool – I mean cold. Let’s give it a try.

Itsuki Cold Tea Soba – Japan

#3324: Itsuki Cold Tea Soba - Japan

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles 4~5 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water. For the dipping sauce, combine 1 sachet with 50ml cold water and mix. Finally, di soba into sauce and enjoy!

A grip of buckwheat soba.

Wet sachets of dipping sauce mix.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and narutomaki to the noodle and sesame seeds to the dipping sauce. Noodles are great cold – just the right gauge and chew for dipping. Sauce was like a crisp soy sauce with notes of fish. An apt pairing, perfect for a hot day. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014615.

Itsuki Dried Soba Noodles, Green Tea, 15.87-Ounce

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#3319: Peyoung Gekikara MAX END Yakisoba – Japan

#3400: Peyoung Gekikara MAX END Yakisoba - Japan

I figured I needed something scary for this pairing of Halloween varieties and so here’s something scary. I have no clue how truly spicy this one might be. I’m hoping it’s not going to kill my gut. This will have not only the cooking video at the bottom but the mukbang where I scarf the whole thing down if I can. Well, let’s see if I can handle it.

Peyoung Gekikara MAX END Yakisoba – Japan

 #3400: Peyoung Gekikara MAX END Yakisoba - Japan

Detail of the outer wraps (click to enlarge). Contains meat. T oprepare, add boiling water to fill line along with clear sachet contents. Cover and let steep 3 minutes. Drain. Add in liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A wet sachet.

A dry sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added plastic eyeballs. The noodles are thin with a bit of a crumble. Not my favorite. The sauce was definitely an extract heat and left me feeling like they just went for that to the exclusion of much else. Highly disappointing flavor-wise. The heat level was decently intense, but nothing the seasoned hothead can’t handle. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902885005247.

Peyoung Fried Noodles Very Spicy MAX END 4.2oz 4pcs Japanese Instant Noodle Yakisoba Ninjapo

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#3318: Zombear Livingdead Zomramen Shio – Japan

#3399: Zombear Livingdead Zomramen Shio - Japan

I’ve known about this one for a while, but I was finally able to score some – and what better time to roll it out than for Halloween! I’m hpoing it’s good – I mean, when you look at this, your first thought (at least mine) is gimmick – but then again what we find inside looks fascinating – blue noodles! Let’s take a look and see how it tastes!

Zombear Livingdead Zomramen Shio – Japan

#3399: Zombear Livingdead Zomramen Shio - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, add noodles to 600ml boiling water and cook 2~3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

A little card (click to enlarge) showing a couple links – looks like this is a comic.

The blue noodle block.

A single liquid sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, habanero togarashi, chashu, spring onion, chili oil, soft egg, and black sesame seeds. To be honest, this was really quite good. The noodles had a sturdy chew and were of very good quality. The broth was a savory shio – rich with a great flavor. The noodles tinger the broth blue which was a nice touch. Oh – the eyeball? Not edible. Find a victim if you want something along those lines. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4560298292991.

Zombie Bear Living Dead, Stuffed Animal Plush Toy Unique Teddy Bear 12″ (Yellow)

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#3317: Kubota Men Ganja Saitama Ramen – Japan

#3317: Kubota Men Ganja Saitama 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 have to say about this one – “With it’s main shop located in Kawagoe, Saitama tasting a bowl of Ganja Ramen take some time and persistence to get to with over an hours train ride from Tokyo. Nevertheless the trip is well worth it. Knows for both their ramen as well as tsukemen (noodles and soup serves separately) Master Oohashi-san has crafted unique bowls that people from all over Japan line up for.Master Oohashi comes from a long line of noodle makers and prepares the noodles for his shop every morning to ensure the freshest noodles. The noodles in this box of ramen are strong and thick. The soup base is a unique “tonkatsu-gyokai” mix of pork-bone and seafood. The density of the broth perfectly complements the thickness of Master Oohashi’s noodles
The soup is rich and fatty with small morsels of meat and seafood that will cling to the thick noodles.”

Sounds impressive – let’s find out!

Kubota Men Ganja Saitama Ramen – Japan

#3317: Kubota Men Ganja Saitama Ramen - Japan

Detail of the back (click to enlarge). Contains meat and seafood. To prepare, boil noodles for 5 minutes. Combine soup base with 300ml boiling water. Drain noodles. Finally, add noodles and soup to bowl and enjoy!

Two servings f noodle.

Two wet broth sachets.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, chashu, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, nanami togarashi, narutomaki, and black sesame seeds. The noodles are very thick and have a very authentic chewiness which is just right. Broth is like a kind of fatty cured pork and soy sauce flavor with a oiliness and richness. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4972874209963.

ramen kitakata aizuwakamatsu koriyama iwaki Gourmet Information in Koriyama (Japanese

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#3316: Itsuki Kurume Hotomeki Ramen – Japan

#3316: Itsuki Kurume Hotomeki 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 -“Hakata is an area in Japan famous for tonkotsu ramen. Hakata style ramen has a rich white pork bone base and hard noodles. Make your own smooth and flavorful bowl of Hakata ramen.”

Itsuki Kurume Hotomeki Ramen – Japan

#3316: Itsuki Kurume Hotomeki Ramen - Japan

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). This variety is animal-free. To prepare, add noodles to 450ml boiling water and cook for 1 minute. Add in powder sachet contents and stir. Add liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The straight ramen noodles.

A dry powder base sachet.

A wet sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, and fried garlic. The noodle is very thin with a chewiness that wasn’t expected but enjoyed. Broth was a salty tonkotsu. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014387.

and Itsuki food Kurume HoTome-out ramen 123g ~ 10 pieces

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#3315: Sapporo Ichiban Cup Star Potato Butter Shio Ramen 44th Anniversary Limited Edition – Japan

#3315: Sapporo Ichiban Cup Star Potato Butter Shio Ramen 44th Anniversary Limited Edition - Japan

This one comes from Zenpop.jp – a subscription box service. If you want to check out their boxes and get one, use coupon code RAMENRATER for a discount. Here’s what they have to say about this one – “The Cup Star came out on January 18th in 1973. This limited flavor is made to celebrate the Cup Star’s 44th anniversary. Some members from the idol group Nogizaka48 are printed on the label to give a special touch to the product, and you might see some of their printed autographs when you open the lid. Enjoy the combination of chicken and butter and this shio (salt) based ramen and contains slightly chunky potatoes along with cabbage, corn, and carrots. If you are a Nogizaka48 fan you should save the container after using it!”

I’m a little confused; if it came out in 1973, wouldn’t it be 46? I came out in 1975 and I’m 44! Well, regardless lets give it a try – it sounds good.

Sapporo Ichiban Cup Star Potato Butter Shio Ramen 44th Anniversary Limited Edition – Japan

#3315: Sapporo Ichiban Cup Star Potato Butter Shio Ramen 44th Anniversary Limited Edition - Japan

Detail of the side panels. Contains chicken. To prepare, add boiling water to line and cover 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Seasoning and solid bits from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, spring onion, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles came out nicely. Broth had a very buttery hit to it and the potatoes were perfect. Tasty stuff. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734036463.

hobby link japan #2843: Sapporo Ichiban CupStar Tonkotsu Cup Noodles

Sapporo Ichiban Cupstar Tonkotsu Cup Noodles

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#3313: Nissin Raoh Kogashi Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3313: Nissin Raoh Kogashi Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen - 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 – ‘This is called geikikara’ (extremely hot); however, it’s not as hot as it thinks it is. We bet you will like this even if you are not a big fan of spiciness. The rich tonkotsu soup contains delicious ma-yu (burnt sesame oil and garlic), and it creates an irresistable smell for your appetite. The unique octagonal form of the box is to let it stand out from other noodles.’

The non-spicy version made a high spot on the 2019 Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls list – let’s give this one a try.

Nissin Raoh Kogashi Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3313: Nissin Raoh Kogashi Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, take out sachets and add dry ones in. Add 400ml boiling water and cover 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block – a little darker than most.

A wet sachet.

Another wet sachet.

Lots of solid bits in this dry sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added narutomaki, fried garlic, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, egg, spring onion, chashu, shichimi togarashi, and black sesame seeds. Noodles are exemplary – thick with a nice chew. Broth is very meaty and full with a nice heat level that doesn’t detract from the rich flavors within. Lots of meat and veg in here. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105245972.

Nissin – Raoh, Japanese Instant Noodles, Burned soy sauce Soup, 4.1oz X 6bowls

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#3306: Itsuki Tempura Soba – Japan

#3306: Itsuki Tempura Soba - Japan

Here’s one from an Umai Crate – a subscription box from Japan. Use coupon code THERAMENRATER for a discount if you’d like to get one! Here’s what they have to say about it – ‘There’s a saying in Japan that long noodles are good luck for a long life! These soba (buckwheat) noodles are extra long for that reason! They also come with tasty crispy tempura balls, seaweed and crunchy shrimp.’

This one is interesting since in a previous Umai Crate, there was one that looks almost identical, but only had the powder sachet where this one has the topping as well – a nice addition! Let’s check it out.

Itsuki Tempura Soba – Japan

#3306: Itsuki Tempura Soba - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodle in 300ml water for 1 minute. Add in soup base and stir. Finally, top with garnish and enjoy!

The fresh soba noodles.

A dry soup base sachet.

The garnish sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added kamaboko, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and sesame seeds. The noodles are very good – soft and a good texture. The broth is my favorite tempura broth; not too sweet, not too fishy – just right on all fronts. The included garnish was particularly enjoyable with tempura at the forefront. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014127.

Itsuki – Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen for 1 Servning

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#3305: Sapporo Ichiban CupStar Classic Shoyu – Japan

#3305: Sapporo Ichiban CupStar Classic Shoyu - 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 – ‘The original ‘CupStar Shoyu’ was released in 1975 (Showa 50), and is now back in your kitchen as a reprinted edition so you can try the original version. Toppings are scrambled eggs, kamaboko, shrimp, and scallion. The standard version today has minced pork, but the original version did not include it; instead, it has kamaboko (a type of cured fish paste). It is one of the simplest, yet most enjoyable instant ramens out there. Please enjoy the original version and explore a ‘back to the past’ experience!’

Nothing like a good shoyu – let’s give it a try!

Sapporo Ichiban CupStar Classic Shoyu – Japan

#3305: Sapporo Ichiban CupStar Classic Shoyu - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains prk and fish. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Loose seasoning and solid ingredients from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, egg, narutomaki, chashu,shichimi togarashiand sesame seeds. The noodles are of good quality, however the chewiness was kind of off-putting to be honest. I think they just seemed wrong for the gauge. The broth was nice though, with pleasant inclusions of egg and kamaboko, as well as decently sized shrimp. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734037309.

12 Sapporo most cup star miso 79g ~

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#3304: Himawari-Shokuhin Yanbaru Soba – Japan

#3304: Himawari-Shokunin Yanbaru Soba - 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 – “Yanbaru Soba is a very popular noodles restaurant in northern Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost chain of islands known for its tropical weather and pristine beaches. But what is too often and unfortunately overlooked is Okinawa’s delicious soba noodles.’

Let’s dive right in!

Himawari-Shokunin Yanbaru Soba – Japan

#3304: Himawari-Shokunin Yanbaru Soba - Japan

Detail of the insert (click to enlarge). To prepare, cook noodles 4 1/2 ~ 5 1/2 minutes. Meanwhile, add osup base sachet to 250ml boiling water and stir. Finally, drain noodles and add to a bowl and add soup. Enjoy!

One of the two pouches of these very thick noodles.

One of the two servings of broth.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Slad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, and barbecue pork. The noodles are just sensational – thick and wide with a nice character to them. The broth was extremely tasty with an almost bacon like quality – strong pork here. All in all, just charming. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4560372741049.

Japanese Soul Cooking: Ramen, Tonkatsu, Tempura, and More from the Streets and Kitchens of Tokyo and Beyond

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#3302: 7-Eleven Premium / Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto – Japan

#3302: 7-Eleven Premium / Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto - Japan

I saw an article mentioning two new ‘super spicy’ noodle coup out of Japan. Well, I found one of them (actually I found both but this one was cheap on eBay while the other required buying six and that wasn’t happening). I keep seeing that this is a spicy Mongolian miso tanmen which sounded interesting.

Today’s an interesting day. If you don’t know, I’ve been doing a lot of diet and exercise stuff. I have a weird little project I’m about to complete. I have my wife’s old cellphone and it’s decent as far as a vidoeo camera. Today, my daughter and I will walk west to Lake Forest Park, hit ACE Hardware for a couple of big washers. We walked there a couple of days ago for some parts already, but I want bigger washers. I’m drilling a hole in one of the drink holders and then there’s a threaded length of screw that the phone in a clamp kind of thing will scren into and we’ll be able to do landscape videography of our walk – kind of treating the stroller like a dolly. All said and done our walk will probably be 12 miles, recording our trek from Lake Forest Park, through Kenmore, up a hill into Bothell, and wrapping around back to Kenmore and home. Pretty stoked!

Then After she’s had her lunch and is down for a nap, it’ll be time for cooking noodles. Then I’ll do a mukbang of this one. Let’s get started!

7-Eleven Premium / Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto – Japan

#3302: 7-Eleven Premium / Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). I’m sure this contains meat. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 5 minutes. Finally, add in wet sachet, stir, and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Loose bits and seasoning from the cup.

A wet sachet of spicy liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Nothing added as this was for a mukbang. This one has some of the thickest noodles I’ve ever seen in an instant cup, and they hydrated quite well. Broth is very rich and hearty with bits of kikurage, lots of tofu and other vegetable. As for the heat level, it’s very tame. The article I read mentioned it being super spicy, however the reviewer must be a little sensitive to heat. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105233634.

The Success of 7-Eleven Japan

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