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#3041: Maruchan QTTA Mexican Tacos Ramen – Japan

#3041: Maruchan QTTA Mexican Tacos 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 – ‘Have you ever tried Mexican Tacos flavored ramen? The toasty flavor of corn expresses the tortillas, and the mildly spicy and sour soup and the ingredients like minced beef and onion make it a bright and vibrant Mexican-Japanese style lunch.’

Okay – this is really different – let’s give it a whirl!

Maruchan QTTA Mexican Tacos Ramen – Japan

#3041: Maruchan QTTA Mexican Tacos Ramen - Japan

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

#3041: Maruchan QTTA Mexican Tacos Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3041: Maruchan QTTA Mexican Tacos Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3041: Maruchan QTTA Mexican Tacos Ramen - Japan

Some of the powder from the cup.

#3041: Maruchan QTTA Mexican Tacos Ramen - Japan

More coarse bits from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, cilantro, fried onion, jalapenos and Cholula Chili Garlic hot sauce. Noodles were a little step up from your standard cup style which was nice. Broth and garnish that was included kind of was a salsa and beef bits affair – wasn’t really feeling the whole taco thing here. Interesting though. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990360500.

Maru-chan QTTA TONKOTSU × 12 pieces

Watch me cook and garnish this one on an episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

This is another one from Zenpop.jp. Zenpop is pretty cool – they have different boxes you can get – Japanese stationery, snacks, ramen… It’s quite a variety. They’re pretty cheap, too. Here’s what they had to say about this variety:

A new flavor from Gotsumori (large-sized) series. This pirikara (tingling hot) pork-based soup is zested up with spicy chili oil and garlic. This combo is often called ‘stamina’ flavor in Japan. Satisfy your mouth and stomach with this tasty Gotsumori!

Spicy and tingly pork eh? Let’s hit it and see if I have the stamina required!

Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen – Japan

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

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

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

The noodle block.

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

Loose vegetables from the cup.

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

A dry sachet.

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

A powder soup base.

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

A liquid base sachet.

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

Chilli oil.

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

A vegetables sachet.

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

Unsure exactly what we have here.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, spring onion, chashu pork and shichimi togarashi. The noodles were alright – lots of them. They have a very soft tooth with a square shape. The broth was exactly as advertised – garlic and spicy. In fact, that’s just about it. A lot of garlic flavored spicy broth with very standard noodles. It just didn’t come across as amazing. But, for what it was, it was exactly as it was saying it would be and it wasn’t bad. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901990339735.

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

Black pork curry udon cup 87gx12

Dude what? I want a robot too…

#783: Nissin Cup Noodles Salsa Picante Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

This one was taking a little punishment in the noodle hamper, so I decided it better see the light of day and become ingested.

Here’s the info from the outer packaging (click image to enlarge).

The lid.

Everything is in the cup – no packets or anything.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little chicken lunch meat and a couple slices of Fresno pepper. Noodles were pretty standard ‘nothing to write home about,’ but they are rather historic fare. The broth has tones of cumin and chili powder. Not bad. The veggies were okay – marginal at best. All in all, not too shabby. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662031032 – get it here.

Here you go – enjoy this if you have to.

I still think Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s better, but this has some promise on the J-Pop scene.

#738: Nissin U.F.O. (Unidentified Flying Object) Yakisoba

This one is a donation from Courtnay N. of Surrey, BC! She brought some back from a trip to Japan! Thanks! So this looks really interesting – let’s give it a try!

Here’s the bottom of the package (click image to enlarge).

This is what you see once you remove the plastic wrapping (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block – a nice, big, round disc!

Kind of looks like this piece I did a long time ago!

Under the noodle block, some veggies and – yes – dried meat!

Here’s the liquid seasoning pack.

The liquid seems to be yakisoba sauce and oil.

This looks like…

Seaweed to put on top! Sweet!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little of the veggie mix we made, a little beef lunch meat, a little kizami shoga (pickled ginger) and a pinch of Ajishima Kimchi furikake. The noodles are a bit mushy; a bummer. I expected them to be a little higher quality. The yakisoba sauce mixture has a wonderful taste – I like how it is liquid instead of a powdered addition. The veggies are nice and the meat re hydrated nicely! The powdered seaweed adds a nice extra taste to everything. Wish the noodles were a little better, but the flavors are really good – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4902105022122 .

Yakisoban, to the rescue!

Yep – there’s a Super Nintendo game!

Okay so I’ve shown KPop and VPop, but here’s some Bubblegum JPop – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. What I’ve noticed is that all three of these regional pop forms maintain intrusively catchy melodies that will eat your mind and spit it out on the sidewalk. My wife and I have listened to this album about a thousand times in the car already – she knows all the words and we have both developed sore necks and minds from the tunes.