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#3290: Nissin Men Shokunin Tonkotsu 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 – ‘Indulge yourself freely with this dish because these are non-fried noodles with whole grains. We LOVE how healthy the noodle tastes, and no wonder it is very popular. The tonkotsu soup has much depth of flavor matching perfectly with garlic. Toppings are chashu, wood ear mushrooms and scallions. Since it is the lightest one out of this month’s pack, when you crave ramen in the middle of the night, this is the best bet.’

Craving ramen in the middle of the night. Let’s give it a try!

Nissin Men Shokunin Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3290: Nissin Men Shokunin Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and pork. To prepare, add soli ingredients sachet and dry sachet and cover for 4 minutes. Add in wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3290: Nissin Men Shokunin Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The non-fried noodle block.

A dry sachet (see contents on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

A small wet sachet.

A dry garnish sachet includes a slice of chashu.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shichimi togarashi, sesame seeds, soft egg, and spring onion. The noodles have a neat texture to them; they’re non-fried and have whole grains. It’s not gritty or funky, but neat. The broth is a salty tonkotsu with a pretty good flavor. Chashu is very thin and just a slight tease. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105245507.

Nissin Food Men Artisan Cup (Men Shokunin) Noodle Ramen Pork Flavor 12pcs

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3111: Maruchan Soy Milk Tan-Tan Wantan Men – Japan

#3111: Maruchan Soy Milk Tan-Tan Wantan Men - 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 –

‘This may be the first soy milk noodles in a ZenPop ramen pack. Plus this one’s name is fun to say. Sesame and soy milk make the soup a bit more mild than normal tan tan noodles. Moreover, a little bit of ginger gives a nice accent to the soup. Enjoy your (probably) first mild spicy wantan noodles!’

Will do! Let’s give it a go!

Maruchan Soy Milk Tan-Tan Wantan Men – Japan

#3111: Maruchan Soy Milk Tan-Tan Wantan Men - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add boiling water and dry sachet to bowl. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3111: Maruchan Soy Milk Tan-Tan Wantan Men - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3111: Maruchan Soy Milk Tan-Tan Wantan Men - Japan

The noodle block.

#3111: Maruchan Soy Milk Tan-Tan Wantan Men - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3111: Maruchan Soy Milk Tan-Tan Wantan Men - Japan

A light powder.

#3111: Maruchan Soy Milk Tan-Tan Wantan Men - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3111: Maruchan Soy Milk Tan-Tan Wantan Men - Japan

This looks really cool!

#3111: Maruchan Soy Milk Tan-Tan Wantan Men - Japan

Wantan from the bowl!

#3111: Maruchan Soy Milk Tan-Tan Wantan Men - Japan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft egg, chashu pork, spring onion and sesame seeds. Noodles were pretty good but standard gauge. The broth had a nice color and separation to it. A lot of sesame flavor and a hint of spiciness. Definitely soy milk in there. Wantan fell short though. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990361392.

#3111: Maruchan Soy Milk Tan-Tan Wantan Men - Japan

Maruchan Wonton Soup Chicken Flavor, 1.6 Pound (Pack of 12)

Here’s one you can watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef – United States

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

Found this one up in Canada. Nongshim products in Canada are interesting because unlike in the United States where you can find ones made here as well as from South Korea, Canada also has products that come from the Chinese Nongshim factory. That’s a lot of sources for one brand! Let’s check it out!

Nongshim Oolong Men Beef – United States

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, I’m going to go with the microwave instructions. First, completely remove the lid. Add sachet content and room temp water to fill line. Microwave at 1000W for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

The noodle block.

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

A dry sachet.

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

A granular mixture.

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

Loose vegetable from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added boiled beef, fried garlic, soft egg, and green onion. The noodles came out of the microwave piping hot and most certainly done. The doneness of them was very much acceptable given their microwave ride and enjoyable. The broth had an initial beef taste that gave way to a mushroom flavor. Included garnish included mushroom which sadly did not hydrate and was like chewing a piece of wood. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146271245.

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

NongShim Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup, Gourmet Spicy, 4.2 Ounce (Pack of 20)

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

Here’s another instant ramen bowl from Zenpop. Zenpop offers boxes of ramen among other things from Japan – pretty good stuff and definitely worth checking out! Here’s what they have to say about this variety –

“Moyashi (bean sprouts) are not the most glamorous vegetable, but the crunchiness is essential to complete Sanma Men, a local ramen in Yokohama City. The thick shoyu flavored soup, the thick noodles, and stir-fried vegetables including moyashi form a great harmony. Add dried veg first but both the seasoning packets AFTER cooking.”

Let me say something right here – I do think the mung bean sprout is the most glamorous vegetable in the kingdom of vegetables, penultimate to onions of course. Anyways, let’s check out this bowl from New Touch!

New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men – Japan

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and pork. To prepare, add the vegetable sachet and boiling water to the fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in powder and liquid base sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

The noodle block.

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

The dry base sachet.

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

A very light powder.

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

The liquid base sachet.

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

Looks interesting!

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

The vegetables sachet.

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

Lots of bean sprouts as mentioned above.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The noodles were too spongy for my taste. A standard gauge as well. The broth had a kind of sesame-nutty taste to it and the introduction of the only slightly crunchy bean sprouts wasn’t a big seller for me. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4903088001913.

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

New touch Sugomen Yokohama originated Sanma twelve noodles 93g ~

An old NewTouch TV commercial

Meet The Manufacturer: #1998: Nissin Men Shokunin Shoyu

For those wondering, this looks to be a very premium looking bowl. Shoyu is one of the classic ramen varieties of Japan – it translates to soy sauce flavor. Let’s have a look inside and see what makes this bowl special.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add contents of vegetables sachet and boiling water to fill line. Let steep covered for 4 minutes. Add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir. Garnish with seaweed. Enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

A thick and weighty noodle block.

The liquid soup base.

Has a kind of sweet pork and soy scent.

A sachet with vegetables and narutomaki.

Looks like a little narutomaki and some spring onion.

A sachet of seaweed.

Crispy and tasty stuff.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, kizami shoga and chashu pork. The noodles are of a thinner gauge with a very strong backbone. Round and chewy, they exude that nice almost flour-y essence onto the palate. The broth is shoyu through and through – pleasant and smooth. The included vegetables were very satisfying – the seaweed a great touch and the nice big slice of narutomaki very good. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105041826.

Nissin Men Syokunin (Soy Sauce Taste) (3.4ounce X 5cups) 【Japan Import】

A Nissin Men Shokunin TV commercial.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition

South Korea has the highest per person consumption of instant noodles in the world. It’s not a surprise that their instant noodle are quite good – usually the noodles (known as ramyun) are thicker and accompanied by a spicy broth. These are my very favorite varieties of South Korean instant noodles – hope you enjoy!

#10: Paldo Kko Kko Myun

This one is like a bowl of candy to me. We start with nice quality noodles, and then the broth takes over. The broth has a kind of chicken and jalapeno flavor to it. The flavors play off of each other quite nicely and deliver both a strong bite as well as a mellow comfort food flavor in one bowl. The vegetable packet includes little chicken pieces. Original review

#9: Paldo Jjamppong Seafood Noodle King Bowl

Thick and chewy ramyun noodles are augmented by a broth with a good consistency – a little thickness was very good. Also a slightly sweet, seafood and spicy flavor to it I thoroughly enjoyed. Original review here

#8: Samyang Foods Red Nagasaki Jjampong

The noodles are perfect – what I like to find in ramyun! Thick and chewy. The broth is amazing – an excellent level of heat balanced with a respectable amount of seafood flavor. The added vegetable pieces hydrated quite well. Top notch! Original review

#7: Paldo King Bowl Super Spicy Pan Stirfried Noodle

The noodles are of a good ramyun gauge – lots of them as well. The flavor is a kind of seafood and spicy thing and there’s a sweetness going on as well. The supplied vegetables did great – this was an amazingly good stir noodle! Original review

#6: Nongshim Soon Veggie Noodle Soup

This is the first instant noodle on the top ten to be marketed towards vegetarians. What surprised me about it was the broth had such a full flavor to it; deep and satisfying. The noodles are slightly larger in gauge than your run of the mill instant, which is common of South Korean ‘ramyun.’ Magnificent stuff! Original review

#5: Nongshim Zha Wang (Jjawang) Noodles With Chajang Sauce

The noodles are out of this world – soft and chewy, with a nice width and thickness – very hearty. The sauce coats everything and there’s more than enough of it. It has a rich black bean flavor augmented with peas, cabbage and other veggies. This is the best jjajang I’ve ever tried. Original review

#4: Paldo Cheese Noodle

These noodles – wow. I think the best addition to South Korean ramyun has to be cheese. Well, not only is cheese included here but it’s got just the perfect notes of spiciness and strong, rich flavor. The little guy with the sign that says cheese noodle rocks as well. Original review

#3: Paldo Rabokki Noodle

The noodles plumped up just perfectly – thick and a good chew. The broth is more of a sauce and it’s very rich – spicy and sweet – like an adult version of Spaghetti-O’s which I find delectable. Original review

#2: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja

The noodles are very good – nice thick ramyun. The broth has a seriously spicy kick to it and a very peanut aroma with pork notes. The vegetables hydrated very well. Back with a vengeance! Original review

#1: ChoripDong Hurricane Rice Cake

It’s red. It’s got a thick spicy and sweet sauce. It’s got ramyun. It’s got topokki. This was a real find – Just looking at the picture makes me want some right this instant. The most wonderful big bowl of noodles I’ve ever had. Original review here

#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.

MYOJO IPPEI-CHAN YOMISE YAKISOBA INSTANT NOODLE CASE [12pcs]

An old Myojo noodle commercial from Japan!

#1621: Myojo Men White Creamy Tonkotsu

A while back I reviewed the Myojo Men Black Seafood Tonkotsu. Well, this is the white creamy variety. Tonkotsu is usually made from pork bone broth – pork bones and boiled for quite a while to pull out the flavor, and it gets a milky color. This one’s manufactured in the United States by Myojo, and so pork products are present. Let’s see how this creamy tonkotsu variety stacks up/.

Detail from the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, put noodles and contents of sachets into bowl and add hot water to line. Microwave for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The fresh noodles pouch.

The creamy tonkotsu soup base sachet.

Has a creamy look to it.

The vegetables sachet.

Spring onion and seaweed.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, spring onion, mung bean sprouts and pork. The noodles are a little thinner than fresh udon. They have a decent chew to them. The broth has a richness to it I enjoyed, but there was an underlying acidity that was slightly off-putting. The hydratables did just fine and there was quite a nice pit of seaweed. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 011152212388.

Myojo Bowl Noodle Creamy Tonkotsu (Pack of 12×7.37z)

A Japanese Myojo Charumera TV advertisement.

Re-Review: Paldo Namja Ramyun (Men’s Ramyun)

I have fallen ill with some kind of head cold it seems and I thought something spicy would be good. My lovely wife Kit was kind enough make me some noodles for breakfast – she’s so good to me! Thought I’d have these – they’re available in the US now, but this is a Re-Review of the pack that is sold in Korea. The version sold in the US will be being reviewed soon! Here’s the link to the original review I did during Paldo’s Meet The Manufacturer.

Finished (click to enlarge). She put some odeng and a slice of processed cheese in. The noodles are great, the flavor is superb. I still agree with the old review – 5.0 out of 5.0 stars! Thanks again to my wife for making me feel better while I feel crummy! I love you! UPC bar code 8809296771018 – get it here.

Dude looks quite serious! Namja commercial

Something New From Paldo!

Our refrigerator has been on the fritz lately so I had just let the maintenance guy out when there was a knock at the door; I figured he left something. But it was our mailman! With a box! I really like when that happens!

Paldo sent me the new Paldo Namja King Cup! You can be assured it will be reviewed soon – very cool! Thanks to Moses C. over at Paldo America for sending these over!

Re-Review: Meet The Manufacturer: Paldo Jjajangmen Chajang Noodle

Here’s another interesting one – Jjajangmen. The last time I reviewed this, I had mixed it in like it mentions on the back. This time, I’m going to put it on top like in the picture!

Back of the package (click image to enlarge).

Looks like a big block of thick noodles.

A big packet of sauce. This isn’t a soup base – it’s a sauce.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Noodles are very chewy and the sauce is awesome; it seems like it’s beef laden but there’s no beef here. A very hearty and tasty meal! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 648436100590 .

Chajang at a restaurant in Korea

The top 30 KPop for this week in Korea

#826: Meet The Manufacturer: Paldo Namja Ramyun (Men’s Ramyun)

Here’s a new one from Paldo – Namja. Namja translates to “man” or “guy” – I think they’re saying this is very hot and spicy. I wonder if there will be a product that is made for women as well? Well, let’s see if I’m man enough for this bowl of noodles!

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

A nice big noodle block as always…

The powder seasoning packet.

Well kiddies, by the color of this powder I think it’s going to be spicy!

The veggie packet.

Looks like a nice little collection of veggies in there.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I took some fresh onion and a little roast beef and a bit of garlic and sauteed in a pan for a few and added on top with a dash of Krazy Mixed Up Salt. Also added a slice of processed cheese. The noodles herein are chewy – and nicely so. The broth is the real star here. It has a very strong spicy punch to it and a nice cascade of garlic taste that is very enjoyable. The vegetables rehydrate very nicely and are enjoyable. This isn’t you regular red broth – it’s definitely going for the ‘gourmet’ palate – and it does that very well. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – unique and tasty! UPC bar code 8809296771018 – get it here.

Dude looks quite serious! Namja commercial

I don’t always agree with this guy’s reviews, but he’s a great reviewer – always fun to see his reaction to spicy ramyun!