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#3110 Maruchan QTTA Hamburger Ramen – Japan

#3110 Maruchan QTTA Hamburger 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 –

‘Hamburger QTTA has a savory sour and cheesy soup. By adding the flavor of a fresh grilled patty and mayonnaise, it will remind you of the taste of hamburger. It also uses onions as ingredients to add the flavor and crisp texture of it to make the noodles more “hamburgery.”

Hamburgery! Love that for sure – let’s hamburger-it-up!

Maruchan QTTA Hamburger Ramen – Japan

#3110 Maruchan QTTA Hamburger Ramen - Japan

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

#3110 Maruchan QTTA Hamburger Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3110 Maruchan QTTA Hamburger Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3110 Maruchan QTTA Hamburger Ramen - Japan

Loose noodle, seasoning, and pieces of dehydrated hamburger from the cup.

#3110 Maruchan QTTA Hamburger Ramen - Japan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and sesame seeds. The noodles aren’t bad – a little broader and thicker. The broth didn’t hit me as sour, but more like stroganoff, and married to the beef it came across like Hamburger Helper. I really like Hamburger Helper actually, so this was pretty good. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990361620.

#3110 Maruchan QTTA Hamburger Ramen - Japan

Maruchan QTTA 2.8oz 2Type × 2pcs Fried Chicken And Hamburger Japaneese Instant Noodle Cup Ramen Toyosuisan Ninjapo

Watch me do this up on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen – Japan

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - 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 – ‘Shoyu based soup is spiced up with Sichuan pepper to give it sour and spicy flavor. Plus, the aromatic flavor of sesame adds a rich nuttiness to the dish. Many shops across Japan specialize in variations of this rich and satisfying dish. Now you can try it at home!’

Very curious about this one – shall we continue?

Maruchan Dining Tantanmen – Japan

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add powder sachet and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents and stir. Add in dry garnish sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

A speckled, granular concoction.

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

A melange of oil and seasonings.

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

A garnish sachet.

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

Sesame seeds and other bits.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, fried onion, Sichuan pepper flake, shichimi togarashi, sesame seeds and soft egg. Noodles were quite thick in this Japanese variety – chewy too. Broth had a rich and spicy flair. I expected a little peanut taste but didn’t find one. Not bad. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990338707.

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

Maru-chan QTTA TONKOTSU × 12 pieces

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

#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!

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio – Japan

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - 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 – ‘Pork-and-chicken-based savory flavor is spiced up with black peppers and garlic. Who could resist the tempting smell?! ZSavory yakisoba that will have you coming back for more.’

Alright – let’s crack it open and have a look inside.

Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio – Japan

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

Detail of the outer wraps (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add in vegetables sachet and fill to line with boiling water. Close and let steep for 3 minutes. Use drain spout to drain. Add in remaining sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

The noodle block.

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

The vegetables sachet.

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

Interesting bits and pieces.

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

A dry base sachet.

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

Definitely detecting the black pepper scent.

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

A liquid base sachet.

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

Looks oily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Kewpie mayonnaise, nanami togarahi, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, fried onion, soft egg, bbq pork, and spring onion. Noodles were on the spongy side. Definitely detected the pepper and garlic – mostly the garlic. The shio element just seemed like salty. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990322843.

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

Maruchan Yakisoba Bento (Instant Noodles) Salty Taste ×12packs

Watch m,e cook this on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3028: Maruchan Yakisoba Korean BBQ Flavor Japanese Home Style Noodles – United States

#3028: Maruchan Yakisoba Korean BBQ Flavor Japanese Home Style Noodles - United States

I and my family got the flu – well, unsure if it was the flu but it was definitely a pretty mean cold. Yeah – I got it then my wife, then out kids – and two small children with the sick while you have it is a daunting situation. But we needed to get some things at the store so we all went and I ran in. I got the sick first so was getting to the point of starting to get over it while everyone else was knee deep in it. I thought hey – I’ll look at the noodle aisle. I always look at the noodle aisle. Lo and behold, they had this at Safeway. What?! Yep! something new to review at Safeway. Not the norm! So let’s see what the heck we have here and how it pans out.

I’ve had Korean BBQ many times – I’m very curious what a yakisoba style approximation of it will be.

Maruchan Yakisoba Korean BBQ Flavor Japanese Home Style Noodles – United States

#3028: Maruchan Yakisoba Korean BBQ Flavor Japanese Home Style Noodles - United States

Here’s the bottom of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, Open lid halfway. Then, add in sachet marked 1 along the side of the noodle block. Add water to fill line. Reclose and microwave for 4 minutes at 1000W. Let sit an additional minute. Remove lid and add in sachet marked 2. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3028: Maruchan Yakisoba Korean BBQ Flavor Japanese Home Style Noodles - United States

The lid under the wraps (click to enlarge).

#3028: Maruchan Yakisoba Korean BBQ Flavor Japanese Home Style Noodles - United States

The noodle block.

#3028: Maruchan Yakisoba Korean BBQ Flavor Japanese Home Style Noodles - United States

The first of two sachers.

#3028: Maruchan Yakisoba Korean BBQ Flavor Japanese Home Style Noodles - United States

Not exactly sure what this is – very curious!

#3028: Maruchan Yakisoba Korean BBQ Flavor Japanese Home Style Noodles - United States

The second of two sachets.

#3028: Maruchan Yakisoba Korean BBQ Flavor Japanese Home Style Noodles - United States

A very light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added bbq pork, sesame seeds, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and spring onion. The noodles came out quite well after a spin in the microwave – nice chew and gauge to them. The flavor is pretty spot on when compared to cooking beef and Lee Kum Kee Korean BBQ sauce like we do and put over rice. Was surprised. Bits of garlic here and there. Impressed! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 041789007699.

#3028: Maruchan Yakisoba Korean BBQ Flavor Japanese Home Style Noodles - United States

Maruchan instant Yakisoba Korean BBQ flavor noodle soup 4.12oz, pack of 1

Watch me cook this one up on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten American Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten American Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

In the past few years, I’ve noticed some shifts in the domestic instant noodle world. Shifting towards a little more healthy being the main thing, but also playing with more exotic flavors and ideas. Here are my favorite varieties out of the reviews up to #2,943 that are made in the United States. What you should also know is that if you live in the United States, these aren’t too hard to come by. If you’re a manufacturer or just a reader who has a variety you’d like to see reviewed, please contact me using the CONTACT form. With that, here’s The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten American Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten American Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

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#10: Mike’s Mighty Good Craft Ramen Vegetarian Vegetable Ramen Soup

Mike's Mighty Good Craft Ramen Vegetarian Vegetable Ramen Soup

Noodles came out quite nicely – good chew and gauge. The broth was kind of a vegetable and Western hot and sour affair with tart notes, sweet ones and a generally kind, giving disposition. The amount of vegetables was admirable and it all came together in a very good way. Original review

#9: Maruchan Creamy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Maruchan Creamy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

The noodles for this particular variety are just out of this world perfect. They have a decent and very standard gauge and suck up just enough broth. The broth has a very easy going creamy chicken taste, creaminess thanks to non-dairy creamer. Definitely my all-time favorite of the US Maruchan pillow pack range. Original review

#8: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Pot-Au-Feu Flavor

Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Pot-Au-Feu Flavor

Made in Rancho Cucamonga, California, this is the extra special version of their flagship Shin Ramyun product. Extra broth sachet and great vegetables. Original review

#7: Nongshim Kimchi Flavor Noodle Soup

Nongshim Kimchi Flavor Noodle Soup

First off, this is a Vegan product. What’s awesome is that it’s just got this bright and tangy broth going on that really impresses me. Lots of pickled cabbage in there and great noodles to boot. Original review

#6: Mike’s Mighty Good Craft Ramen Beef Pho Flavor Rice Noodle Soup

Mike's Mighty Good Craft Ramen Beef Pho Flavor Rice Noodle Soup

The rice noodles are awesome. They smelled great as they cooked. The broth ended up a happy, thick mess of wonderfulness. I’ve had my share of bad instant pho. Happy to say this isn’t one of them.  Original review

#5: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Chow Mein

Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Chow Mein

I’ve loved this one for years and it’s actually been on the annual top ten once or twice at the beginning. A broth free noodle with a very tasty seasoning. Garnish includes seaweed. Original review

#4: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup

Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup

The noodles are your standard Cup Noodle fare. They are flat and thin gauged. Soft tooth and decent quantity. The nice thing about this one is the inclusions and the broth. The broth is a tasty and milky seafood one – salty and full of nice seafood flavor without being fishy. Clam and other seafood are abundant in decent size as well as scrambled egg as well as cabbage. Original review

#3: Sapporo Ichiban Tonkotsu Ramen Artificially Flavored Tonkotsu White Chicken Broth

Sapporo Ichiban Tonkotsu Ramen Artificially Flavored Tonkotsu White Chicken Broth

A creamy broth with very hearty noodles. This is one of the first new things from this company in a long time – was worth the wait. Original review

#2 – Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

To be honest, I’m about as surprised by this one as you might be! But make no mistake – this US domestic variety is truly amazing. The tom yum flavor is just superb along with a huge quantity of noodles. You’ll fill up and be extremely happy as you do so. Original review

#1: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Spicy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Spicy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

The noodles are thin and have a soft tooth. The flavor is a chicken with a lot of cumin and a bit of spiciness – not too much to fend off anyone I know, but enough to say ‘hi – I’m a little spicy.’ Just like the other three varieties in this range (chicken, beef and soy sauce), this one gets a lot of added flavor in the broth from the myriad vegetables included. Corn, bell pepper, and onion are omnipresent and just so welcome here. Of the quartet, this is my favorite, but each one deserves this spot – something newn innovative and delicious. Original review

#2979: Maruchan Curry Nama Yakisoba Stir Fry Noodles With Seasoning Sauce Base

#2979: Maruchan Curry Nama Yakisoba Stir Fry Noodles With Seasoning Sauce Base

I’m pretty sure this has been in existence for decades and decades. One thing I truly enjoy is fresh yakisoba and making it for friends and family. I’m having a visitor today who has been hit with some rough times and thought I’d hook him up with some of this stuff. Think I might do a cooking video along with it. done a ton of live cooking vids lately so maybe it’s a good idea – we’ll see… Let’s hit it!

Maruchan Curry Nama Yakisoba Stir Fry Noodles With Seasoning Sauce Base – Japan

#2979: Maruchan Curry Nama Yakisoba Stir Fry Noodles With Seasoning Sauce Base

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, heat a little oil in a pan. Cook vegetables and meats you want. Set aside. Add 1/4 cup water and a tablespoon of oil and cook one of the noodle pouch’s contents – break it up by stirring for a while – 2~3 minutes. Add in one of the sachet’s contents and vegetables/meat back in. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2979: Maruchan Curry Nama Yakisoba Stir Fry Noodles With Seasoning Sauce Base

Three servings of noodles.

#2979: Maruchan Curry Nama Yakisoba Stir Fry Noodles With Seasoning Sauce Base

Three seasoning sachets.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft boiled egg, tofu puff, spring onion, Kewpie mayo and nanami togarashi. The noodles were just great – fresh yakisoba is always a real treat and the noodles are very important. They have a good mouthfeel and nice quantity. The curry flavor is subtle but very tasty and works extremely well here. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 074410459567.

#2979: Maruchan Curry Nama Yakisoba Stir Fry Noodles With Seasoning Sauce Base

M a r u c h a n Yakisoba Noodles 8 Pack Variety With White Spork

The third part of a Instant Noodles Cooking Time LIVE stream I did that was challenged by low connection speeds…

#2933: Maruchan Soup Curry Wonton

#2933: Maruchan Soup Curry Wonton

Here’s another neat one from Zenpop.JP. Thank you! So Zenpop has all sorts of monthly boxes including ramen boxes. Nine instant ramen in one box for a good price – check ’em out and use coupon code RAMENRATER at checkout for a discount! Here’s what they had to say about this one –

“Wonton dumplings in soup curry which is flavored with a dozen spices. The smaller bowl of soup is light-textured and should be a perfect snack when you’re feeling hungry-ish.”

Hungry-ish eh? Yeah – that sounds about right right now. Let’s check it out!

Maruchan Soup Curry Wonton – Japan

#2933: Maruchan Soup Curry Wonton

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

#2933: Maruchan Soup Curry Wonton

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2933: Maruchan Soup Curry Wonton

A couple dumplings.

#2933: Maruchan Soup Curry Wonton

The soup base sachet.

#2933: Maruchan Soup Curry Wonton

Smells like curry!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The wonton was alright; it mostly hydrated, however was kind of salty and a little funky. The broth did have a curry taste but indeed it was thin and definitely saltier than I would prefer. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990051033.

#2933: Maruchan Soup Curry Wonton

Wonton Soups Cookbook: A Wonton Soup Recipe Book is All You Need These Winters!

This is epic

#2931: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Creamy Chicken Flavor (New Packaging)

#2931: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Creamy Chicken Flavor (New Packaging)

Yesterday, I needed a new pair of pants. I’m not into ultra fashionable stuff – like paying $100 for jeans, so we went to Walmart. Walmart is an interesting place – you’ll see some interesting people there – especially at the one in Lynnwood, Washington. When we got out of the car, there was the sound of some guy at the other side of the parking lot screaming obscenities at someone or some thing – unsure. But that was entertaining. In the store, we g ot to see a lady with a very small dog barking at everyone and every thing ( apparently, if you have an ’emotional support’ dog you can bring it with you, but this dog needed emotional support and was definitely not providing it for anyone). I did get some new pants, and they were extremely cheap. $16 for pants. It’s been a while since we’ve been to Walmart so I thought a trip down the domestic instant noodle aisle might be in order. Surprisingly, they had a very small amount of them, however they did have this pack. Creamy Chicken has been one of my absolute favorites for a very,  very long time. I am curious to see whether or not they’ve changed the recipe as that seems to be a popular thing to do in the US instant noodle market right now. Let’s crack open this new package design and give it a try!

Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Creamy Chicken Flavor – United States

#2931: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Creamy Chicken Flavor (New Packaging)

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents and stir for one minute. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2931: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Creamy Chicken Flavor (New Packaging)

The noodle block.

#2931: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Creamy Chicken Flavor (New Packaging)

A dry base sachet.

#2931: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Creamy Chicken Flavor (New Packaging)

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Sald Cosmo mung bean sprouts, egg and shichimi togarashi. The noodles for this particular variety are just out of this world perfect. They have a decent and very standard gauge and suck up just enough broth. The broth has a very easy going creamy chicken taste, creaminess thanks to non-dairy creamer. Definitely my all-time favorite of the US Maruchan pillow pack range. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 041789002519.

#2931: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Creamy Chicken Flavor (New Packaging)

Creamy Chicken Ramen Noodles, 3 oz

After years of seeing nothing, Maruchan has started showing TV commercials. I’ve seen them on CNN and MSNBC in the past year.

#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…

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

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 –

“Tan Tan Ramen can be a great winter dish because it;’s hot. The red soup is flavored with white miso, pork extract, sesame oil and other spices. As you can tell with just a sip, this is another bowl where sesame contributes a lot to the deliciousness.”

Sounds great! Let’s hit it!

Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen – Japan

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add boiling water to the fill line as well as sachet contents except the liquid one. Let sit covered for 3 minutes. Add in liquid base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

The noodle block.

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

A dry sachet.

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

Fluffy stuff!

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

A large liquid base sachet.

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

Oily and thick.

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

The garnish sachet.

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

Sesame seeds and more.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are slightly thinner than your average instant, with a slightly stronger tension. The broth is a thick and tasty one, with a sesame and spicy thing going on. It’s not so spicy that it overwhelms, and it’s very stick to your ribsy stuff. All in all a very enjoyable flavorland. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901990325844.

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

Maruchan Instant Won-ton Soup 3 Bowls (For 3 Servings) Made in Japan Won Tong [Japan Import food] (Dandan: Spicy Chinese Soup)

Here’s the unboxing of this one.

#2849: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

This one comes by way of Japan Ramen Box. Japan Ramen Box is a new subscription box outfit with neat varieties to check out! Go visit their website and have a look!

This variety features some premium things – truffle oil being the chief among them, but the noodles look pretty nice as well. Here’s a little about them from Wikipedia –

Soba (そば or 蕎麦) (/ˈsbə/Japanese pronunciation: [soba]) is the Japanese name for buckwheat. It usually refers to thin noodles made from buckwheat flour, or a combination of buckwheat and wheat flours (Nagano soba). They contrast to thick wheat noodles, called udon. Soba noodles are served either chilled with a dipping sauce, or in hot broth as a noodle soup.

In Japan, soba noodles are served in a variety of settings[1] throughout Japan, but are also served by expensive specialty restaurants. Markets sell dried noodles[2] and men-tsuyu, or instant noodle broth, to make home preparation easy. There are a wide variety of dishes, both hot for winter and cold for summer, using these noodles.

Soba is a good nutritional addition to a diet reliant on white rice and wheat flour. Thiamine, missing from white rice, is present in soba; eating thiamine (vitamin B1) can help prevent the disease beriberi. Soba contains all eight essential amino acids, including lysine, which is lacking in wheat flour. The tradition of eating soba arose in the Edo period.

Here’s a little about shoyu broth as well –

Shōyu (醤油, “soy sauce”) ramen is the oldest of the four, it has a clear brown broth, based on a chicken and vegetable (or sometimes fish or beef) stock with plenty of soy sauce added resulting in a soup that is tangy, salty, and savory yet still fairly light on the palate. Shōyu ramen usually has curly noodles rather than straight ones, but this is not always the case. It is often adorned with marinated bamboo shoots or menma, green onions, kamaboko(fish cakes), nori (seaweed), boiled eggs, bean sprouts or black pepper; occasionally the soup will also contain chili oil or Chinese spices, and some shops serve sliced beef instead of the usual chāshū.

Awesome – let’s take a look!

7&i Premium/ Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Soy Sauce Ramen With Black Truffle Oil – Japan

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Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. Unsure but pretty sure it contains fish. To prepare, add garnish sachet and boiling water to fill line. Let steep for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

The noodle block.

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

A large liquid base sachet.

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Very dark!

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Another liquid base sachet.

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Guessing this is the truffle oil.

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

A sachet with vegetables and..

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Looks like pork!

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Finally, a clear sachet.

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Menma I think?

Finished (click to enlarge). Noodles are very good – just about as good as instant noodles can get – love them. The broth has a rich pork and soy taste to it and the truffle oil just makes it smile and blossom. This is tasty stuff, folks. The included garnish was great – nice pork, spring onion and menma (I think) round out the bowl. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990339100.

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Maruchan – Seimen Japanese Instant Ramen Noodles Soy Sauce Taste 18.5oz (For 5 Bowls)

From a $3 bowl of ramen to a $79 bowl of ramen