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#2470: Myojo Udon Japanese Style Noodles With Soup Base Hot & Sour Flavor

#2470: Myojo Udon Japanese Style Noodles With Soup Base Hot & Sour Flavor - United States - The Ramen Rater - nama

Here’s one that comes by way of a reader named Colin from Massachusetts – thanks again! So I’ve reviewed a slew of these packets of udon in the past. It’s been a while though – don’t know that I’ve ever seen this hot and sour either. Udon is a lot different when it comes to noodles than your standard instant – here’s a little from Wikipedia –

Udon (饂飩?, usually written as うどん) is a type of thick wheat flour noodle of Japanese cuisine. Udon is often served hot as a noodle soup in its simplest form, as kake udon, in a mildly flavoured broth called kakejiru, which is made of dashi, soy sauce, and mirin. It is usually topped with thinly chopped scallions. Other common toppings include tempura, often prawn or kakiage (a type of mixed tempura fritter), or aburaage, a type of deep-fried tofu pockets seasoned with sugar, mirin, and soy sauce. A thin slice of kamaboko, a halfmoon-shaped fish cake, is often added. Shichimi can be added to taste.

Hot and sour seems a definite departure from the more traditional udon. I could be wrong though – it does happen from time to time! Let’s take a look and give a try!

Myojo Udon Japanese Style Noodles With Soup Base Hot & Sour Flavor – United States

#2470: Myojo Udon Japanese Style Noodles With Soup Base Hot & Sour Flavor - United States - The Ramen Rater - nama

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 1 1/2 cups boiling water and cook 2~3 minutes. Add in sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2470: Myojo Udon Japanese Style Noodles With Soup Base Hot & Sour Flavor - United States - The Ramen Rater - nama

The noodle pouch. These noodles don’t need to be refrigerated, although you will find them in the cold section often.

#2470: Myojo Udon Japanese Style Noodles With Soup Base Hot & Sour Flavor - United States - The Ramen Rater - nama

The seasoning sachet.

#2470: Myojo Udon Japanese Style Noodles With Soup Base Hot & Sour Flavor - United States - The Ramen Rater - nama

A granular powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shichimi togarashi and 31-40ct shrimp. The udon came out as expected – thick and chewy. The broth has a hot and sour taste. It leans towards the black vinegar kind of sour but not overly so. Moreover it has a bit of a bright crispness to it as well. Finally, the heat level is on the moderate end of the stick. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 011152036281.

#2470: Myojo Udon Japanese Style Noodles With Soup Base Hot & Sour Flavor - United States - The Ramen Rater - nama

Hot and Sour Flavor (Japanese Style Noodle with Soup Base) – 7.3oz by Myojo.

A noodle shop in Japan.

#1621: Myojo Men White Creamy Tonkotsu

A while back I reviewed the Myojo Men Black Seafood Tonkotsu. Well, this is the white creamy variety. Tonkotsu is usually made from pork bone broth – pork bones and boiled for quite a while to pull out the flavor, and it gets a milky color. This one’s manufactured in the United States by Myojo, and so pork products are present. Let’s see how this creamy tonkotsu variety stacks up/.

Detail from the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, put noodles and contents of sachets into bowl and add hot water to line. Microwave for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The fresh noodles pouch.

The creamy tonkotsu soup base sachet.

Has a creamy look to it.

The vegetables sachet.

Spring onion and seaweed.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, spring onion, mung bean sprouts and pork. The noodles are a little thinner than fresh udon. They have a decent chew to them. The broth has a richness to it I enjoyed, but there was an underlying acidity that was slightly off-putting. The hydratables did just fine and there was quite a nice pit of seaweed. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 011152212388.

Myojo Bowl Noodle Creamy Tonkotsu (Pack of 12×7.37z)

A Japanese Myojo Charumera TV advertisement.

#1551: Myojo Men Black Seafood Tonkotsu

Got this one down in California during our summer trip! JFC distributes a lot of different products here in the USA from Japan and elsewhere. I’m curious what the actual brand here is. Those characters at the top look extremely familiar…

Yep – that’s what I thought – it’s Myojo’s new ‘Myojo Men’ line! It’s strange; as a daily reviewer of instant noodles and spending a lot of time examining packages of all types from all over the world, I have started recognizing bits and pieces of different printed languages – Korean, Chinese, Japanese… Usually when it pertains to a brand name or the word instant noodle. I’m pretty sure I could do alright in most countries if I were looking for instant noodles, although my accent or intonation might sound ridiculous! For those new to ramen, here’s a quick blurb from Wikipedia about tonkotsu ramen:

Tonkotsu (豚骨, “pork bone”; not to be confused with tonkatsu) ramen usually has a cloudy white colored broth. It is similar to the Chinese baitang (白湯) and has a thick broth made from boiling pork bones, fat, and collagen over high heat for many hours, which suffuses the broth with a hearty pork flavor and a creamy consistency that rivals milk, melted butter or gravy (depending on the shop). Most shops, but not all, blend this pork broth with a small amount of chicken and vegetable stock and/or soy sauce. The noodles are thin and straight, and it is often served with beni shoga (pickled ginger). In recent years the latest trend in tonkotsu toppings ismāyu (sesame oil), a blackish, aromatic oil made from either charred crushed garlic or Sesame seeds. It is a specialty of Kyushu, particularly Hakata-ku, Fukuoka (hence sometimes called “Hakata ramen”).

Anyways, let’s check out this seafood tonkotsu by Myojo, distro’d by JFC.

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains pork and fish. To prepare, Put all contents into the bowl. Add hot water up to line. Microwave for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The fresh noodle pouch.

Liquid base sachet.

Has a strong seafood scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Green onion and seaweed.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kamaboko, narutomaki and sliced spring onion. The noodles were alright; they kind of had a kind of ‘off’ texture which I wasn’t pleased with; they seemed kind of stiff. The broth however was quite good – wonderful pork and seafood flavor going on here. The dehydrated green onion and seaweed hydrated perfectly. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 011152212364.

Myojo Tonkotsu Noodles, Seafood, 7.44 Ounce – get it on Amazon!

A Myojo Charumera TV commercial!

The Ramen Rater Top Ten Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2013 Edition

After more than a year of pondering and reviewing since the last list, here’s the new top ten instant noodle bowls. This encompasses all instant noodle bowls reviewed up to today, June 15th, 2013. With no further adieu, the top ten instant noodle bowls of all time, 2013 edition.

10 – JFC Japanese Style Noodle Soup Curry Flavour – South Korea

Fresh udon noodles and a curry sauce that’s thick and luxuriant. If you’re in need of a curry fix, look no further! Every time I see it on a store shelf, I get this kind of warm, fuzzy feeling. Original review here

9 – Ottogi Spaghetti Ramen – South Korea

A fun bowl of noodles with thick South Korean ramyun noodles, a sweet powder and a sweet and slightly spicy spaghetti sauce. A nice twist on a classic. Original review here

8 – Little Cook Spicy Beef Flavor – Thailand

This one features firm noodles, a spicy broth with beef and curry notes and fake meat that’s surprisingly good. Myriad of different components collide together in an irresistible way. Original review here

7 – Nongshim Chapagetti Roasted Chajang Noodle – United States

Although originating in South Korea, Nongshim now makes these in Southern California. Chajang is a traditional Chinese black bean sauce that is wonderful with noodles and the nice part with this particular variety is that it’s the first I’ve seen in a bowl. What’s more, it’s easy to make and has excellent hearty flavor as well as great noodles. Original review here

6 – Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Flavor King Cup – South Korea

Kokomen is a South Korean ramyun with a light or white broth. It’s got a chicken and jalapeno kind of flavor that’s really quite excellent. The translation from pack to bowl is exemplary, losing none of the quality. Original review here

5 – Little Cook Mushroom Vegetarian Premium Noodle – Thailand

A combination of a great quality noodle and nice broth is one thing, but they add a retort pouch with really nice vegetables that make this seem more gourmet. I’ve never been a big fan of mushrooms, but these are really quite good. Original review here

4 – Yamamoto Ponpoko Tempura Udon Fried Noodles Bowl – Japan

Thick, slightly chewy noodles and a broth with strong soy flavor. The tempura gives a satisfying crunch. Check out the original review as well to see why this one’s got a great name. Original review here

3 – Maruchan Midori No Tanuki Instant Soba Bowl – Japan

The only one from last year’s list to remain. Although it slipped out of first place, this is a seriously excellent bowl of noodles. The buckwheat noodles have a delicate crumble that works so well here and the broth is nice and rich. The disk of tempura is a real treat. Original review here

2 – FoodMon DJ-DOC Instant Ramen Rice Toppokki – South Korea

Topokki are like really thick chewy short noodles. They’re usually served with a spicy red sauce; here they join instant noodles along with the spicy sauce to make a succulent kind of Soiuth Korean lasagna-esque feast. Original review here

1 – Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce Flavor – Japan

All I can say is that this stuff is epic. The noodles are extremely good and of very high quality. The broth is as rich as the name purports as well. What’s more, it comes with a slice of roast pork which hydrates well and has a very good texture and flavor. This is where it’s at! Original review here

So as you can see, a lot of new contenders this year! I hope you enjoyed the list and look forward to bringing you more as time goes by.

#695: JFC Japanese Style Noodle Soup Curry Flavour

Here’s another one from Ramen Place. Japanese curry is always good – curious how this will pan out!

Here’s the side panels (click image to enlarge).

I gotta say, it’d be awesome to have a t-shirt with this one it – just an oval with ‘noodles’ inside…

This packet is seriously full!

Veggies…

Contents ready for hot water and a 2 1/2 minute spin in the microwave.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Wow this is awesome – the udon came out very nicely – chewy and wide-gauge. The soup (if you can call it that; it’s more of a gravy) is full of great sweet and slightly spicy Japanese curry flavor. The bits of veggie flake appear here and there but are almost inconsequential – the curry gravy is front and center here. I loved this – 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 01152194325  – get it here.

I like the Golden Curry stuff – lots of other eye catching brands and flavors as well!

Cooking With Dog – Bukkake Udon

It’s Done: List of Manufacturers, Ramen Fansites and Places To Buy Noodles Online!!!

After spending a few days on it, here’s the list. If you have anything you think should be added, please let me know – II’d love to make this the most complete list on the Internet of instant noodle information! You can find it in a tab on top of the site as well.

Manufacturers

Annie Chun’s

www.anniechun.com

Assi Brand

www.assisuperla.com

Baijia

www.scbaijia.com

Bestme

lechine.com

Binh Tay

binhtayfood.com

Ching’s Secret

www.chingssecret.com

Doll

www.doll.com.hk

Dragonfly

www.ustrading.com

Fashion Food

www.fashionfoodthailand.com

FoodMon DJ DOC

m.idoit.co.kr

Fortune

www.jslfoods.com

Gefen

www.gefenfoods.com

Goku-Uma

www.nishimototrading.com

Gomex

viethungfood.com

GreeNoodle

www.greenoodles.com

Hsin Tung Yang

www.htyusa.com

Ibumie

www.biz-allianz.com

Indomie

www.indofood.com

Itomen

www.itomen.com

JFC

www.jfc.com

JML

www.hualong.com

Kamfen

en.lechu.com.cn

Knorr

www.unilever.pk

Koka

www.revolution.com.sg

Koyo

www.koyonaturalfoods.com

Lishan Food Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

hawmaw.com

Shandong Liuliushun Food Co Ltd

liuliushun.com

Little Cook

www.namchow.co.th

Long Kow

www.crystalnoodle.com

Loveme

lechine.com

Lucky Me!

www.mondenissin.com

Maggi

www.maggi.in

MAMA

www.MAMAlover.net

Maruchan

USA www.maruchan.com

JP www.maruchan.co.jp

Menraku

www.hikarimiso.com

Mimee

www.may-baker.com

Miracle Noodle

www.miraclenoodle.com

Myojo

www.nissinfoods.com.sg

Namchow

www.namchow.co.th

Nano

www.gfood.com.vn

Nissin

USA www.nissinfoods.com

JP www.nissinfoods.co.jp

Noah Foods

www.noahfoodsinc.com

Nong Shim

eng.nongshim.com

Noodle Time

www.noodle-time.com

Omachi

www.masanfood.com

Ottogi

www.ottogi.co.kr

Paldo

www.paldofood.com

Payless

www2.urc.com.ph

Q Brand

www.uni-president.com

Quickchow

www.zesto.com.ph

Royal Umbrella

www.royalumbrella.com.au

Saigon Ve Wong

www.aone.vn

Sakurai Foods

www.sakuraifoods.com

Samyang

www.samyangfood.co.kr

Sanyo Foods

www.sanyofoods.co.jp

Sapporo Ichiban

www.sanyofoods.co.jp

Sau Tao

www.sunshunfuk.com.hk

Shirakiku

www.nishimototrading.com

Six Fortune

www.sixfortune.ca

Snapdragon

www.snapdragonfood.com

Sunlee

www.sunlee.com

Sunny Maid

www.sunnymaid.com

TableMark

www.tablemark.co.jp

Tayho

www.tayho.com

Tat Hui

www.tathui.com

Thai Kitchen

www.thaikitchen.com

Tiger Brand

www.tigerfood.com.tw

Tradition

www.traditionfoods.com

Unif

www.uni-president.com

Ve Wong

www.vewong.com

Vedan

www.sunnymaid.com

Vifon

www.vifon.com.vn

Vina Acecook

www.acecookvietnam.com

Wai Wai

www.chaudharygroup.com

Wei Lih

www.weilih.com.tw

Westbrae

www.westbrae.com

Wu-Mu

www.sinlinfood.com

Ramen Fansites

Asian Soup Test (Germany)

www.asia-suppen-test.de

Ramen Reviews

ramenreview.wordpress.com

Rameniac

www.rameniac.com

noodlereview

noodlereview.posterous.com

The Ramen Review

theramenreview.blogspot.com

ramenramenramen

www.ramenramenramen.net

Ramen Tokyo

www.ramentokyo.com

Instant Noodle Review

noodles.2ne1.com

The Official Ramen Homepage

www.mattfischer.com/ramen

Instant Noodle Database & Reviews

www.wholla.com

Ramenblog

www.ramenblog.com

Die Happy Souper (Germany)

www.happysouper.de

Go Ramen!

www.goramen.com

NYC Ramen Adventures

nycramenaddict.blogspot.com

Ramen 2.0

www.tastyramen.com

ramen-otaku

ramen-otaku.blogspot.com

Ramen Walker

ramenwalker.blogspot.com

Ramen Adventures

www.ramenadventures.com

Ramenate!

www.ramenate.com

Ramen Road

ramenroad.blogspot.com

Iwate Ramen

iwateramen.blogspot.com

Ramenlicious

www.ramenlicious.com

Jay’s World

ay.typepad.jp/jays_world

Journey Into The World of Ramen

ramenlovers.blogspot.com

flickr Ramen Noodles Group

www.flickr.com

eat.tanspace.com

eat.tanspace.com

SoCal Ramen

www.socalramen.com

Kyoto Foodie

www.kyotofoodie.com

The Noodle Freak

thenoodlefreak.blogspot.com

Anarchic Ramen

anarchicramen.blogspot.com

No Reason!!

noreason-hiroshi.blogspot.com

Noodleholic

noodleholic.blogspot.com

Ramen 4 Pika

ramen4pika.blogspot.com

Online Ramen Stores

Note: I have never used any of these places to order noodles nor do I endorse them in any way. I have no opinion of them, for or against

Ramen Depot

www.ramendepot.com

Very Asia

www.veryasia.com

Marukai E-Store

www.marukaiestore.com

E Food Depot

www.efooddepot.com

Han Yaw

www.hanyaw.com

Ramenbox

www.ramenbox.com

My Korean Diet

www.mykoreandiet.com

The Japanese Kitchen

www.japanesekitchen.co.uk

Wai Yee Hong

shop.waiyeehong.com

Wing Yip Store

www.wingyipstore.co.uk

Amazon Grocery

www.amazon.com/grocery

Koamart

www.koamart.com

Shirataki Noodles Diet

www.shiratakinoodlesdiet.com

Meijer

www.meijer.com

Asian Food Grocer

www.asianfoodgrocer.com

I Shop Indian

www.ishopindian.com

Calibex

www.calibex.com

The Asian Cook Shop

www.theasiancookshop.co.uk

Yelzah Global Marketplace

www.yelzahglobalmarketplace.com

Kim’s Asian Market

www.kimsasianmarket.com

#295: TableMark Japanese Style Soup Noodle Soybean Paste Flavor

So I found this at a little store at Alderwood Mall called Daiso. The only thing ramen related they had other than cookware.

Veggies and powder…

Interesting veggies – plenty of corn…

Click image to enlarge. Wow this looks really good… When we were purchasing this, the lady at the counter dutifully let us know that all sales were final so be warned. I thought that was odd; I guess I could bring the bowl of noodles back after I had eaten them somehow? Actually no, I’m not going to. I like these. A lot! The soybean paste flavor is excellent! It gets into everything. The noodles were so good and really surprised me in their quality. They had a very nice soy taste! The broth was very rich and tasted nice. As for the veggie, there were more than enough. All around a very enjoyable experience! I’m giving this stuff a 4.5 out of 5.0 stars!

#168: JFC Japanese Style Noodle Fresh Udon

Huge noodle bowl! Fresh noodles!

Okay so this is the second one of these I’ve ever had! They are a bit spendier than the regular ones – usually they’re between $2 and $4…

But then again its a completely different experience. This is udon and it’s some thick noodle. Bout the gauge of a crayon! Then you get veggies and some liquid soup base. Very different from a package of ramen.

Here’s everything ready to have some water put on and microwaved. You add hot tap water up to the line then microwave for 3 minutes.

Click image to enlarge. BAM! Check that crazy action out! This one is really tasty! A little acidic, a little sweet. The noodles are tasty too. A lot of veggies and they’re interesting. I think there’s some cabbage going on and neat little spirally things  like in the bottom area of the above photo. So I liked it – giving 3.75 out of 5.0 stars – trippy stuff and a good breakfast.