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#1858: Myojo Wantan Men

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! This is the last of the ones Javier sent me – it’s been a lot of fun reviewing these! Send more anytime! This one is wantan men – just think of wonton mein – wonton noodle! Let’s delve into this bowl!

Detail from the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free, but check for yourself. To prepare, add contents of sachet and boiling water to fill line. Let steep for 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A lot of powder!

Little wonton from the bottom of the bowl!

Poor Miles has a cold. He’s in pretty good spirits, though! Don’t worry kid – when you get a little older you can have some chicken soup!

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out nice – very good chew and soft nature. The broth is just about the best chicken flavors broth I’ve had yet – strong and salty with a nice surface tension to it – if my 3 month old boy could, I’d let him try it to kick the cold he’s got! The best part was the little wantons floating around, which appear to have dehydrated chicken inside them – and they’re really good. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881425544.


An old Myojo noodle commercial from Japan!

#795: Master Kong Red Oil Dan Dan Noodles

Here’s another one that Bo H. sent me from China! Thanks again! So what are Dan Dan noodles? here’s what Wikipedia says:

Dandan noodles or Dandanmian (traditional Chinese: 擔擔麵, simplified Chinese: 担担面) is a classic dish originating from ChineseSichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables (often including zha cai, 榨菜, lower enlarged mustard stems, or ya cai, 芽菜, upper mustard stems), chili oil, Sichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles.

Alrighty then, let’s give it a try!

I cut and pasted all the text from the lid and scanned it. Click to enlarge.

Hey – chopsticks!

Here’s the big packet of spicy paste.

That’s a lot of goopy stuff – looks spicy!

The vegetables.

Looks like a nice little bunch of veggies.

Then there’s this little pouch with little hard things in it…

I ate one and I think they get sprinkled on top at the end.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Interesting… This one was fun to try; I’m really looking forward to these Master Kong’s as they’re huge in China and these aren’t available around this neck of the woods, that’s for sure. The noodles aren’t bad, – there’s a lot of them too. The flavor is a little bit spicy and a bit greasy. The veggies are nice. The only problem here is it seems kind of bland to me. Could use a little more flavor I think. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 6903252084818 .

Here’s a Master Kong commercial

How to make DanDan noodles at home

#749: Top Ten: Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein (New Version)

We were at 99 Ranch Market yesterday and I noticed that Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein has a new packaging. Wondering if it’s got a different flavor as well.

Okay so if you look at the serving size and everything from here and compare it to the old one here, there are definite difference in amount of fat, sodium and other things. Hmm. Click image to enlarge.

The noodle block – tight and kind of weighty – tasty raw too I might add!

Here’s the main seasoning packet.

Tasty stuff here!

Yeah! Green Laver is one of my all-time favorite seasoning additions!

Sprinkle it on at the very end and enjoy! It’s powdered seaweed.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little beef lunch meat and some kizami shoga (pickled ginger). Well, The only difference I could detect was … Well, nothing really. This is incredibly nummy stuff! It didn’t seem to want to suck up all the liquid as fast as the old one, but after adding the main seasoning packet and giving it a stir and returning it to the stove for a minute or so it was all but absorbed. There’s a reason this is in the top ten list – it’s good – really good. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – one of my all-time favorites! UPC bar code 076186000189.


Vintage Sapporo Ichiban TV commercial

A quick segue from the Asian Pop explosion, here are some demented children in vintage advertising.

#709: Nissin Original Chow Mein Spicy Chicken Flavor

Here’s another Nissin – had to make something quick today – it’s my wife’s birthday! Happy birthday, Kitten!

Here’s the back (click image to enlarge).

Here’s what you see when you tear off the cellophane coverings (click image to enlarge). Notice in this one there are three flavoring packs!

Here’s the powder seasoning.


Liquid seasoning.

The noodle block – kind of like a little maze!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Sorry about the lack of seasoning pics – had to make this quick. I added a little stir fry veggies, turkey lunch meat and Ajishima Kim Chi furikake. The noodles were really good as they have been in these lately. The flavors were okay – could be slightly spicier but if you’re not into painfully hot, this is for you. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 070662087244 – get it here.

Nissin Chow Mein commercial.

Make some homemade style!

#704: Meet The Manufacturer – Nissin Original Chow Mein Chinese Chicken Vegetable Flavor

Here’s another chow mein – this time Chinese Chicken Vegetable!

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

…and the top underneath the plastic wrapping (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the noodle block – looks like it’d be hard to untangle…

Liquid seasoning.

Looks like oil and another flavoring going on.

Big packet of veggies.

Lots of nice colors.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Was easy to cook – I added a hint extra water too. The noodles were very nice here – a great firmness I enjoyed tremendously. The flavor was kind of a sesame oil with hints of chicken and an extremely light spiciness. The veggies are great – lots of them and that re-hydrate very nicely. Good stuff – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars! UPC barcode 070662087251 – get it here.

Nissin Chow Mein commercial.

Wow this is pretty insane!

#645: Nongshim Oolongmen Cup Noodle Soup With Artificial Chicken Flavor

Chicken Oolongmen – here we go.

Side panels (click image to enlarge).

A single packet…

Hello veggies – wow this is a ton for a cup! I’m wondering how this will pan out…

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles are like a regular supermarket cup noodle, maybe slightly better. The broth is a little richer than your standard chicken cup, and the veggies – luxurious and ample all throughout the whole thing – even big chunks of mushrooms! For a chicken cup, this is about the best I’ve had. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars – pretty dang good! UPC barcode 031146001552 .

Heart Attack Ramen

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Top-Ten Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Chow Mein

Aha -= this is one of my favorite! Number four on the Top Ten Instant Noodles of All Time as reviewed by The Ramen Rater. Thanks go to Greg B. of Marathon, Florida for sending a pack my way!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). As you can see by the directions if you cock your head to the right, these noodles are made a little different. You add the noodles to a mere cup of boiling water. Cook them until they suck up all the water, then add the seasoning packet and stir.

First, here’s the noodles. Fried and tasty!

This is the packet whose content get stirred in once the noodles have cooked.

Gotta love that font! Green Laver is in here. This stuff gets sprinkled on top of everything once it’s done. Serious goodness.

The finished product (click image to enlarge). This is the finest of the fine I tell ya! The noodles are good. They’re chewy but not funky. The flavor is sweet and has a slight spiciness to it – not as heat of peppers kind of spice either. Its a lot like yakisoba sauce. The seaweed on top adds just a little bit of extra flavor and adds a nice finish and a colorful oddness. This is great stuff and I truly cannot advise you enough to try it. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 076186000189.


Geez this is old – feels like forever ago…

#445: iNoodle Taiwan Style Chow Mein

So anyone who’s seen the top ten list of my all time favorite noodles knows that Sapporo Ichiban’s Chow Mein is up there. I had a fresh noodle – Souper Brand – that was a chow mein variety and liked it very much. This is a Taiwanese version – curious what the difference will be.

Okay so there’s a lot going on for this one. There’s a paste, a dry seasoning and a veggies. These had to be stir fried.

Click image to enlarge. All done. So they’re kind of lackluster; the noodles themselves are great, but with all three packets put in and the little enjoyment I’m getting I feel a little blindsided. There were a couple really hard bits in there that were like tree bark, but there was also a lot of sesame seeds which I enjoy. 2.25 out of 5.0 – just not feeling it; a let down.

#413: Souper Brand Japanese Style Alimentary Paste Chow-Mein With Soup Stock

So we were in the Asian grocery today and looking around on the fresh noodle aisle. I’ve done all the varieties they had of the Myojo Udon in the past, but there’s quite a few here I haven’t done before too, so here we go!

Underneath, the noodles. Above, the seasoning packet. So this stuff is a different deal – you put a little oil into a pan, fry up the noodles for about three minutes and then throw in the seasoning and cook for maybe another minute and voila!

Click image to enlarge. The package recommended adding veggies and meats, but I wanted to see how it fared on its own (plus I didn’t have the time to do either veggies nor meats). So this stuff is awesome – much like Sapporo Ichiban’s Chi Mein except it doesn’t have the little powder seaweed (green laver) packet. I liked this stuff a lot! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars! It was truly SOUPER!

Couldn’t find anything chow mein commercial other than this…

Gordon Ramsay making Dim Sum! AWESOME!!!

#379: Nissin Chow Mein Thai Peanut Flavor Chow Mein Noodles

Haven’t reviewed one of these in a while. I did do the Alfredo recently but that’s a little further off track than this. Anyways, Thai Peanut Flavor…

Click image to enlarge directions. Directions to follow. So you peel it back halfway, fill to line, close lid and microwave for five minutes.

After it has cooked for five minutes, you put in the powder seasoning then stir, the liquid seasoning then stir stir stir and finally sprinkle that peanut bits on the top.

Click image to enlarge. Then you end up with this. The noodles aren’t bad. The peanuts however have a kind of funky taste to them; at least I think the peanuts are the source. Kind of a factory plastic deal. A light bit spicy. If that aftertaste of funk weren’t there it’d do so much better as far as a rating. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662087268.

#263: Nissin Chow Mein Kung Pao Chicken Flavor

So here’s a new one. Let’s see how we fare…

Instructions under the plastic labeling…

Clockwise from top left: veggies, nuts, liquid soup.

Nuts? Interesting!

Click image to enlarge. So here we are. The noodles were good. The veggies were very meh. The flavor was meh. There were a lot of hot red chili bits that were kind of tough and very hot. I’m a fan of hot but this was just hot and kind of lacked flavor. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here. UPC bar code 070662087275.

#155: Lucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton Chow Mein

I’ve really enjoyed the chow mein that Sapporo Ichiban put out for years – curious to see how this stacks up…

Oil, sauce and powder.

Awaiting some drained noodles and a stir…

Click image to enlarge. Wow – this stuff is awesome! I wouldn’t call it chow mein per se… It reminds me slightly of Mi Goreng in a way. If you’re looking for a small amount of noodles (the pack is only 65g), this is your best bet. Also, it’d be the perfect match for some fried egg on top! I’m giving this 4.75 out of 5.0 stars – absolutely delightful. Get it here.