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#3291: Itsuki Classic Udon – Japan

#3291: Itsuki Classic Udon - 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!

This is an udon variety. It features a fresh pouch and some seasoning. Here’s a little about udon from Wikipedia –

Udon (饂飩, usually written as うどん) is a type of thick wheat flour noodle used frequently in Japanese cuisine. It 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 dashisoy 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.

The flavour of broth and topping vary from region to region. Usually, dark brown broth, made from dark soy sauce (koikuchi shōyu), is used in eastern Japan, and light brown broth, made from light soy sauce (usukuchi shōyu), is used in western Japan. This is noticeable in packaged instant noodles, which are often sold in two different versions for east and west. Currynanban is another popular variation, served in curry broth.

The happy bear graphic is Kumamon – the mascot of Kumamoto prefecture in Japan, so logically this would be in the style of Kumamoto udon broth I suppose. Let’s give it a try!

Itsuki Classic Udon – Japan

#3291: Itsuki Classic Udon - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Most likely contains fish but check for yourself. To prepare, boil udon in 250ml water for 1 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The pouch of fresh udon.

A dry seasoning sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added kamaboko, spring onion, tempura, and shichimi togarashi. Udon come out nice and soft after a minute. Broth has a good sweet, salty and bonito taste to it. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726005125.

Itsuki food Itsuki hermitage Tempura Udon 210gX10 pieces

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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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