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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

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#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

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3134: Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3134: Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu 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 -“Hailing from Kyushu, Japan that’s known for their rich, cloudy and hearty broth, enjoy a bowl in the comfort of your own home with this two serving pack. The tonkotsu (pork) broth is infused with mayu black garlic oil aka garlic burnt in sesame oil for the most scrumptious meal.”

I’ve had varieties from Marutai many times an I have to say I’ve never been disappointed. Let’s check these out!

Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3134: Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, cook one bundle of noodles in 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in one each of the sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3134: Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Two servings in this package.

#3134: Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Dry sachets.

#3134: Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A fluffy powder.

#3134: Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Wet sachets.

#3134: Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A dark liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, bbq pork, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, habanro shichimi, and sesame seeds. Floury noodles have a gauge and chew like no other – just right. Broth is as thick and luxurious as can be, with a spicy hint and garlic notes dancing in the pork flavor. Beautiful! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702003128.

#3134: Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Kyushu TONKOTSU Ramen 8 types × 2 meals Instant Noodles Japan

Watch me whip this up on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen – Japan

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu 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 -“Ku mamoto ramen is said to have been invented in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan which is the birthplace of tonkotsu (pork pone) ramen. DIY your own this summer by pairing the nooldes with marr oil (from fried garlic) and fried garlic for a delicious summer meal”

The train keeps a rolling along after #3000! Let’s check iot out!

Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen – Japan

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add noodles to 500cc boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

A few of the noodles.

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

Thr soup bsae sachet.

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

Lots of light powder.

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

A liquid base sachet.

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

Thick and blackish.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shichimi togarashi, spring onion and shichimi togarashi. Noodle had a sturdy chew and nice gauge – came out superbly. Broth had a very good thickness to it and a balanced creaminess and a little spiciness to compliment the pork bone flavor. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901726014370.

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

Itsuki food Kurume green onion pork ramen 172gX10 pieces

Watch how I prepared this in my kitchen

#2230: Marutai Kuroma-yu Tonkotsu Kumamoto Ramen

Here’s one the folks at Washoku Explorer sent as a gift with their tonkotsu explorer kit. This one looks really good from the picture – I’ve reviewed the bowl version of this in the past… Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains pork or not. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. stir and enjoy!

One of the two bindles of noodles.

A dry base sachet.

Lots of powder.

A liquid sachet.

Oily liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork belly, hard boiled egg, sushinori, spring onion, kizami shoga, kikurage, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and shichimi togarashi. The noodles came out pretty well; a little tougher than I expected but still very nice. The broth ended up a little on the bland side which was a surprise since I liked the bowl version very much. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902702001223.

MARUTAI Kumamoto Tonkotsu Instant Noodle Soup Ramen Non-fried For 2 servings (3pcs)

In Kumamoto Prefecture, they have a special mascot named Kuramon. Here is a news conference from 2014 about Kuramon!

#1976: Itsuki Kumamoto Spicy Ramen

Another one send to me by Casey K. from Hong Kong – thanks again! I wonder – does that character towards the bottom of the pack looks familiar? Well, it’s the same as what you see on Nongshim’s Shin Ramyun products – spicy! Let’s check out this Japanese variety and see just how spicy it is!

The distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). To prepare, Add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodles.

The soup base sachet.

Has a very nice scent.

An oil sachet.

Must be the spicy component.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, spring onion, barbecue pork and pepper flake. The noodles are very nice – straight and have a premium chew to them. The broth has a good tension – not thin at all but not overly oily. The stuff is like a spicy shoyu. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901726011249.

Itsuki – Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen for 1 Servning

So I did this video a couple months ago – and now it’s obsolete as I’ve got a newer system of doing things! However, it’s kind of the same deal. I’ll be doing a new video soon.

#1920: Itsuki Ramen Tonkotudou Kumamoto Noodles

Here’s yet another one sent to me by Casey P. from Hong Kong! Thanks again! This one screams fancy – big and gold packaging. Shiny! Let’s see what we have here.

Here’s the distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Okay so this pack looks to have two servings and from the looks of it, the instructions are for a single serving. To prepare, add one bundle of noodles to 500ml boiling water. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir in contents of large dry powder sachet and cook for 30 seconds. Take off heat and add contents of large liquid sachet and stir. Plate and garnish with Smaller liquid sachet and crunchy bits. Enjoy!

Wow – fancy!

A bindle of ramen.

The dry soup base.

A light powder with dark flecks.

The large liquid sachet.

Has a nice pork scent.

A liquid garnish sachet.

Thick and dark.

The second garnish sachet.

Fried garlic methinks.

Finished (click to enlarge). Thought I’d leave this one as is. The noodles are very nice – excellent chew and thickness – I liked them alot. The broth. It was very nice until the addition of the garnish sauce, which seems to be a lot of black garlic oil. It was so bitter and overpowering that it just… Ruined the whole thing. I think without it it wouold have been a great bowl with a good score, but I follow directions, and so it wasn’t. 0.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901726011843.

I can totally recommend this one. Itsuki – Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen for 1 Servning

An Itsuki TV commercial.

#1915: Itsuki Yuzu Sesame Sauce Udon

Here’s another one graciously sent by Casey P. of Hong Kong – thank you again! So this is udon – udon is a thick noodle with a nice chewy texture. It looks that this one is served cold! Andy’s going to try this one today and I’m really curious how he likes it. Let’s look and see what’s in this bowl!

The distributor/import label (click to enlarge). Contains pork, chicken and fish products.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge).

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Detail of the underside of the lid (click to enlarge). To prepare, add in contents of noodle pouch and boiling water to fill line. Let sit one minute covered, then use lid and drain. Add cold water to fill line and let sit 2-3 minutes. Drain. Add contents of sachets. Stir and enjoy!

The udon pouch.

The liquid sachet.

The sesame sauce – has a slightly peanut kind of scent.

The garnish sachet.

Looks like crunchy bits of tempura.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecued pork. The noodles are nice and thick – and chewy. The flavor is excellent; kind of like a sesame sauce with a hint of vinegar which works extremely well with the cold udon. The topping adds a zest crunch. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901726012598.

Itsuki – Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen for 1 Servning

A film I made of my review process for a Japanese TV show.

#1868: Marutai Kuroma-yu Tonkotsu Kumamoto Ramen

Here’s another one that was sent to me by Javier over at Box From Japan – thanks! Box From Japan is a subscription service – you can get a box sent to you every month with some great noodles within! Today it’s a tonkotsu variant, Kumamoto style! It’s known for a blending of two different kind of garlic which are fried in something called mayo oil which bring out a black color – sounds interesting! Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add contents of powder sachet and boiling water to fill line. Cover and steep 3 minutes. Add in contents of oil sachet. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

A fluffy tan powder.

A liquid sachet.

Thick and dark.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and bbq pork. The noodles hydrated well. They were on the lighter and thinner side but pretty good. The broth was very nice – a tasty tonkotsu with some nice garlicky notes to it – a good bowl. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702004217.

MARUTAI Tasty Japanese Noodle 3 Assort “Sho-yu Tonkotsu” Konjac Ramen Pork, “Soy Sauce”, and “Soy Sauce Tonkotsu” Flavor 4.9oz x 3 packs [Japan Import]

A video of a man preparing Marutai ramen.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1387: Takamori Red Pepper & Garlic Peperoncino

Well folks, this is it. The last one for this Meet The Manufacturer. I really have enjoyed reviewing all of these fresh noodle varieties quite a bit, and I think it’s finally gotten me to look at the possibility of a The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Fresh Noodles Of All Time list. They don’t exactly fit into the Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time lists as they’re usually on a different playing field; they’re not fried blocks, but fresh pouches. So that might be something coming up in the near future. I’d like to thank Yuji for the help in making these reviews happen – I’ve messaged him plenty of times with questions throughout as there’s no English on any of the packaging, let alone the title sometimes. Let’s have a look at this interesting variety from Takamori Kosan of Japan as we bid them a fond farewell for now. Yuji has mentioned that there will be new varieties coming, so it’s not goodbye, but til next time.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure if meat is present. To prepare, sautee some meat and veggies about halfway and set aside. Add a spoonful of water to a skillet and heat. Drop in the noodles and cook a little and then drop in the dry sachet content. Mix thoroughly and then add in your meat and veggies. Cook until done. Enjoy!

The fresh noodle pouch.

The seasoning sachet.


Definitely a garlic scent present!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added pork, chopped Fresno pepper and sweet onion. The noodles come out nice – good chewiness and gauge. The flavor is nice and harlicky with a little zing of pepperiness. I liked it – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4901959100314.

Growing up, I watched a lot of cartoons. The best of them all was Star Blazers, known in Japan as Space Battleship Yamato. Well, I thought I would let those of you who also enjoyed this cartoon know that they made a live action film based on it! Here it is – enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1386: Takamori Sukiyaki Style Noodle Stew

Well, we’re almost to the end of this Meet The Manufacturer. It’s been a really fun journey through all of these Japanese flavors. Today, I’m going to review a beefy sukiyaki udon stew! But what is sukiyaki? Let’s ask Wikipedia:

Sukiyaki (鋤焼?, or more commonly すき焼き) is a Japanese dish, of the soup or stew type, prepared and served in the nabemono (Japanese hot pot) style.

It consists of meat (usually thinly sliced beef) which is slowly cooked or simmered at the table, alongside vegetables and other ingredients, in a shallow iron pot in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and mirin. Before being eaten, the ingredients are usually dipped in a small bowl of raw, beaten eggs.

Generally sukiyaki is a winter dish and it is commonly found at bōnenkai, Japanese year-end parties.

Well, it’s not Winter here anymore, but the temperature has gone down a bit. We had a couple 80+ degree days a week or so ago but today it’s dark and rainy. In fact, all the Springtime pollen from the trees is gathering around the storm drains – looks like a thick yellow soup! Let’s check this one out.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Probably contains beef. To prepare, bring 300ml water to a boil. While it’s getting to a boil, put the liquid sachet in to heat it. After boiling, take out the sachet. Add udon and cook for 2 minutes. Add sachet content and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle pouch.

Liquid soup base sachet.

Neat looking stuff!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, sukiyaki beef and green onion. The noodles are excellent – soft but chewy and thick. The broth is really something – has a nice thickness to it and a sweet, salty and strong beef flavor. I can see why this is for the Winter – very stick to your ribs stuff! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4901959100291.

[AMAZONPRODUCTS asin=”B004AE20D2″]A hotpot is what you would use to make Sukiyaki.[/AMAZONPRODUCTS]

Wow this looks really good – making Sukiyaki in Japan.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1385: Takamori Yaki-Udon Roast Soy Sauce

First things first: Happy Mother’s Day! Don’t forget to call your Mom today!

This one sounds good – yaki-udon is something really new to me and during this Meet The Manufacturer, the first time I’ve tried it. The one I had the other day was really tasty – curious how this one will be! Basically the different between yakisoba and yakiudon is that it’s a wider gauge noodle. Let’s see how this one with roast soy sauce flavor comes out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure, but I’m guessing it contains fish. To prepare, heat oil in a pan and add seafood and veggies and cook a little,m then drop in the noodles and cook longer. Add the seasoning sachet contents and cook til done. Enjoy!

The fresh udon pouch – you get three of these and three sauce sachets.

The liquid base sachet.

A nice soy scented liquid.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kizami shoga (pickled ginger), cabbage, sukiyaki beef, Kewpie mayonnaise, green onion and sweet onion. The udon noodles are very nice – great chewiness and gauge. The flavor is not your typical yakisoba sauce, but has a nice soy flavor. None of the Worcestershire flavor one might be accustomed to here. It’s really nice though and something I would enjoy on repeated offering. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4901959100369.

Here’s a UK guy’s take on culture shock when moving to Japan.