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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

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#3277: Marutai Kyushu Hakata Vegetarian Tonkotsu – Japan

#3277: Marutai Kyushu Hakata Vegetarian Tonkotsu - 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.

While being tonkotsu flavored (pork bone broth), it is meat free. Let’s give it a try!

Marutai Kyushu Hakata Vegetarian Tonkotsu – Japan

#3277: Marutai Kyushu Hakata Vegetarian Tonkotsu - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). To prepare, boil one bundle of noodles in 4707ml water  for 2 minutes. Add in one each of the sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Two servings of noodle.

Two dry sachets of soup base powder (watch these get used on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

A pair of wet sachets.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecue pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, habanero togarashi, soft egg, and spring onion. The noodles are extraordinary in their niceness; they just shake hands with the broth which is rich, luxuriant and giving. This is a big sloppy bowl of hot lovin’. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902702003111.

MARUTAI Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Instant Noodle Soup Ramen Non-fried For 2 servings (2pcs)

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#3274: Maruchan Tempura Udon – Japan

#3274: Maruchan Tempura Udon - Japan

This one was in a box from www.zenpop.jp – head over and use coupon code RAMENRATER for a discount!

Here’s what they had to say about this one – “A simple and delicate broth made from bonito and kelp. The broth is so delicious you will finish until the last drop of this soup. Contains rather small shrimp and onion tempura inside this cup, it is an ideal night snack for you! It’s light flavor won’t give you any guilt eating at midnight.”

Sounds interesting – let’s hit it up!

Maruchan Tempura Udon – Japan

#3274: Maruchan Tempura Udon - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood and pork. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and steep 3 minutes. Add in contents of sachet from lid . Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Loose bits from the cup.

Sachet affixed to lid.

#3274: Maruchan Tempura Udon - Japan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sesame seeds, shichimi togarashi, spring onion, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are wide and slightly thick but incredibly soft. Broth is light with a bit of a bonito hit to it. The amount of included garnish is quite impressive and of good quality. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990330961.

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Hakubaku Mochi Barley Samples & An Embarrassing Story

Here’s something I’ve been fortunately able to enjoy almost every day. This is a big part of my diet regimen. I mix it in with canned soup and it really is quite good – check out the vid!

Hakubaku Mochi Barley Samples & An Embarrassing Story

#3272: Kenko Foods Health Shoyu Ramen – Japan

#3272: Kenko Foods Health Shoyu 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 – “Healthy Ramen? Enjoy the best of soy sauce ramen by Kenko Foods who are known for making health conscious foods. These instant noodles in particular are made from natural water using 100% domestic flour and natural salt.”

I can get with that – let’s give it a go!

Kenko Foods Health Shoyu Ramen – Japan

#3272: Kenko Foods Health Shoyu Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, boil noodle block in 500ml water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry sachet of soup base.

#3272: Kenko Foods Health Shoyu Ramen - Japan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, sesame seeds, chili flake, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, pork, egg, and sansyo. The noodles in this one I’ve found quite relaxing. They’re a soft and mellow instant style. The broth was a slightly less salty and sharp shoyu hit which was kind of nice too. The kind of bowl to down and fall asleep to. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4973044020012.

#3164: Kenko Foods Health Shio Ramen - Japan

Forms of Japan: Michael Kenna

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#3264: Acecook Seabura Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3264: Acecook Seabura Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Here’s one that was in a box from Zenpop. Their monthly boxes feature a slew of varieties from Japan – use coupon code RAMENRATER for a discount! Here’s what they have to say about this one – “The seabura (pork back fat) broth is so delish and addictive, don’t you agree? Its thin noodle is smooth, so the richness of the soup mixes very well together. Toppings are sesame, wood ear mushrooms, scallion, and pickled ginger.”

Okay let’s give it a shot!

Acecook Seabura Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3264: Acecook Seabura Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, fill to line with boiling water and steep 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3264: Acecook Seabura Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3264: Acecook Seabura Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Noodle block.

#3264: Acecook Seabura Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Loose seasonings/garnish from the cup.

#3264: Acecook Seabura Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3264: Acecook Seabura Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecue pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, sesame seeds and egg. Noodles indeed are thin and hydrated very well in the 3 minutes allotted. The broth is a salty tonkotsu – rich and flavorful. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901071239831.

#3264: Acecook Seabura Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Acecook 1.5 times Super Cup pork ramen 120g ~ 12 pieces

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#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen – Japan

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso 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 – “The other feature in this combo pack also hails from Sapporo and is another take on the region’s Miso soup broth – Shirakabasansou Ramen.

Shirakabasansou Miso Ramen is a legendary ramen shop with it’s own unique recipe blending two distinct types of white miso with Japanese peppers, sesame oil, a balance of oyster sauce, and garlic. The ramen master at Shirakabasansou had a dream of delivering the  most delicious Hokkaido miso ramen to as many people  as possible. Ramen Trunk is doing our part by getting this unique taste to your door.”

This sounds like another really fancy offering – let’s dig into it!

Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen – Japan

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

Here’s one of the two packs of this variety inside the big box.

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). I’m sure it contains pork. To prepare, boil noodles 4 minutes. Add soup base sachet contents to 270ml hot water and combine. Drain noodles and add to a bowl and add broth. Finally, enjoy!

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

A thick liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, black sesame seeds, barbeque pork, and habanero togarashi. The noodles were just perfect – four minutes and they’ve got a very premium chew and gauge. The broth has a strong miso flavor which is very rich. It seemed to center in red miso. The broth also has a slight pepperiness. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901468910398.

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

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#3260: Kikusui Keyaki Miso 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 – “Welcome to Hokkaido! No visit to Hokkaido is complete without a bowl of their famous miso ramen.

This month we have a unique combo pack. The first set is a famous miso ramen from Sapporo based Keyaki Ramen.

The Keyaki ramen is distinct due to its recipe combining three different types of Hokkaido miso with their secret broth recipe which includes smooth pork back fat, a concction of aromatic oils, flavorful vegetable paste, and finally a hint of ground dried sardine powder. This secret recipe not only creates a one of a kind rich and savory taste but also has made Keyaki ramen immensely popular up north in Japan and across the entire country.’

As they mention, it’s a combo pack and includes two packages of two differen varieties. Let’s take a closer look.

Kikusui Keyaki Miso Ramen – Japan

#3260: Kiku Keyaki Miso Ramen - Japan

One of the two packs of Keyaki miso ramen.

#3260: Kiku Keyaki Miso Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back f the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, boil noodles 4 minutes. Add soup base sachet contents to 300ml hot water and combine. Drain noodles and add to a bowl and add broth. Finally, enjoy!

#3260: Kiku Keyaki Miso Ramen - Japan

The noodles.

#3260: Kiku Keyaki Miso Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3260: Kiku Keyaki Miso Ramen - Japan

Thick stuff!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, barbecue pork, sesame seeds, and shichimi togarachi. The noodles in these are just awesome – superb gauge and chew to them. The broth is a luxuriant miso – really rich and tasty. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901468910633.

#3260: Kiku Keyaki Miso Ramen - Japan

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#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard – Japan

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - 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 – “The Gunma prefecture is a landlocked and mountainous prefecture in the middle of Japan best known for its skiing and ample supply of wondrous onsens (hot springs).

The noodles in Kuro Tetsuya are ‘willow-like’ with natural irregularities in the noodles through the unique cutting process thus mimicking a hand cut texture. This noodle has won some awards including the 2008 Monde Selection Gold award. The noodles are classified as ‘Chinese-style’ soba.

Sounds interesting – let’s give it a go!

Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard – Japan

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, boil noodles for 4 minutes. Drain. Add soup base to 320~340ml hot water and mix. Add noodles and broth in a bowl. Finally, enjoy!

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

One of two bundles of noodles.

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

Two wet sachets (two servings per package).

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

Shoyu style soup base.

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

Another dual sachet, this one dry.

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, sesame seeds, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, habanero togarashi, and bbq pork. Noodles were very very soft. However they went with the shoyu which was very tasty. Worked out well! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902588282105.

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

A Complete Guide to Gunma Prefecture

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#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen – Japan

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry 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 – ‘The rich and deep flavor of the soup is created with beef, onion, garlic, miso and other spices and seasonings which all keep a perfect balance together. topped with four kinds of ingredients including diced potatoes which are the hidden stars of this dish,’

Cool – curry! Let’s do this.

Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen – Japan

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beeff, chicken and pork. To prepare, To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

A dry soup base sachet.

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

The garnish sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, spring onion, habanero togarashi, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and sesame seeds. Noodle were pretty good – not spongy. The broth was a nice one two punch of curry and sweetness which I liked quite a bit. The only down thing was the potatoes which were slow to hydrate. 4.0 out of 5,0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734024545.

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

Sapporo most curry ramen 5 meals P

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#3251: Hokkaido Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen – Japan

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa 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 – “Tomikawa ramenprimarily contains a shoyu (soy sauce) based broth but the recipe here involves the complex combination of chicken stock, seaweed, and a balanced hint of sardine essence combined perfectly to deliver a beautiful golden broth. Topping off the delicate bowl of ramen is a pack of fragrant chicken oil. Use at you discretion and taste preference. The noodles contained in this pack are a common medium thickness with a high protein content. As a recognition for Furano Ramen’s dedication to finding the perfect balanced taste, this Tomikawa ramen was listed in the Michelin Hokkaido Guide 2012.”

Sounds neat let’s hit it!

Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen – Japan

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure what meat is in here, but sure there’s meat. To prepare, boil noodles for 5~6 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents to 300ml boiling water. Add noodles and soup to a bowl. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

A large wet soup base sachet.

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

Looks like a dry sachet of onion.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, chashu pork, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, habanero togarashi, and black sesame seeds. Noodles were on point with a unique chew which worked well. Broth was fantastic and tasty. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4571327730070.

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

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#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon – Japan

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - 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 – ‘Pirikara means little bit spicym and Kenchin refers to a soup dish containing sauteed carrots, burdock root, and various vegetables, The soup is shoyu based kelp, bonito and shiitake mushroom broth, Yawataya Isogoro’s shichimi (7 spice) is one of the most popular shichimi seasonings in Japan, and it has a history of over 270 years in production. This udon introduces you to the special shichimi from Yawataya Isogoro and Kenchin soup. Especially, burdock and shiitake mushrooms in the cup taste delicious, we hope you enjoy this one of a kind udon.’

Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon – Japan

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, fill to line with boiling water and cover for 5 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

The udon block.

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

A dry sachet (a rush day – no contents shown – watch video)

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

A second dry sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added bbq pork, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and black sesame seeds. Noodles came out pretty decently – broad, flat udon. The broth was odd – a little sweet, a little spicy, but very earthy. Fascinating. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734036739.

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