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#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko 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 – ‘Mellow tonkotsu soup meets with piquant mentaiko (spicy cod roe)! The dish uses Kanefuku’s mntaiko, one of the main mentaiko manufacturers in Fukuoka. The smell of sesame oil and roasted sesame will definitely make your stomach anticipate this bowl.’

Let’s cook it up and give it a try!

Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork, chicken and salmon. To preparem Add dry sachet contents and boiling water to fill line for 2 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Soup base powder.

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A garnish sachet.

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A varied mixture.

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A light colored liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft egg, spring onion and red pepper. The noodles were very thin and quite nice. Two minutes was good to get them hydrated adequately. The broth is a creamy tomkotsu with more fishy notes in there which were welcome. Included garnish worked well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734036029.

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Sapporo Ichiban Pokemon Noodle Soy Sauce 38g from Japan

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2418: Myojo Yomise No Yakisoba Karashi Mentaiko Flavor

#2418: Myojo Yomise No Yakisoba Karashi Mentaiko Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s another one I found in Taiwan on my trip in November of 2016. Yakisoba is one of my favorites – and my wife Kit likes it quite a bit as well. As I’ve said before, I’m usually quite a few reviews ahead as normally I do two reviews a day but only post one. Right now It’s February 20th, 2017 and our new President Trump has only been in office for a month. I have to assure my friends from all over the world that indeed not all of us are rude and boorish as he is and respect other people’s rights. That being said, let’s talk more about this one!

This is a yaki soba with mentaiko and mentaiko flavored mayo. Here’s some info from Wikipedia about mentaiko:

Pollock roe, the salted roe of Alaska pollock, is a popular culinary ingredient in Japan, Korea, and Russia. In Korea, the roe of Alaska pollock is traditionally called myeongnan (명란), and the salted roe is called myeongnanjeot (명란젓). The food was introduced to Japan after World War II, and is called mentaiko (明太子) in Japanese. The milder, less spicy version is called tarako (鱈子) in Japan. In Russian, it is called ikra mintaya (икра минтая).

Yessir – fish eggs! They’re pretty common in Japanese foods. They’re bright and colorful and I like ’em! So let’s check out this mentaiko flavor instant yakisoba!

Myojo Yomise No Yakisoba Karashi Mentaiko Flavor – Japan

#2418: Myojo Yomise No Yakisoba Karashi Mentaiko Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side and bottom of the package (click to enlarge).

#2418: Myojo Yomise No Yakisoba Karashi Mentaiko Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains fish products. To prepare, open tab 1 to dotted line marked 2. Remove sachets. Add boiling water to line and close for 3 minutes. Open tab 3 to expose drain spout and drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2418: Myojo Yomise No Yakisoba Karashi Mentaiko Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2418: Myojo Yomise No Yakisoba Karashi Mentaiko Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Some loose pieces in the tray.

#2418: Myojo Yomise No Yakisoba Karashi Mentaiko Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A liquid sachet.

#2418: Myojo Yomise No Yakisoba Karashi Mentaiko Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Definitely yakisoba sauce.

#2418: Myojo Yomise No Yakisoba Karashi Mentaiko Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A dry sachet.

#2418: Myojo Yomise No Yakisoba Karashi Mentaiko Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The mentaiko.

#2418: Myojo Yomise No Yakisoba Karashi Mentaiko Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The mentaiko taste karashi mayo.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles have a nice chew and the sheer amount of them is pretty impressive. They have a nice slaty and oily taste with a bit of mentaiko throughout. The karashi masyo with mentaiko flavor is really good – also lubes up the noodles a little more. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902881436137.

#2418: Myojo Yomise No Yakisoba Karashi Mentaiko Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

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

A vintage Myojo TV commercial for Yakisoba Jumbo.

#240: Sanyo Foods Aunt Mentaiko Durum Spaghetti

So first off, I’d like to thank Walnuts4Gold from reddit.com for helping me figure out the name of this stuff. The only thing I had to go on was the phone number on the bottom. From that I figured out with a little research that Sanyo Foods makes these noodles. Then Walnuts4Food sent me a link with some other varieties including this one. This one is the Mentaiko variety. What’s mentaiko? Wikipedia states it is…
Mentaiko (明太子?) is the marinated roe of pollock, and is a common ingredient in Japanese cuisine. Mentaiko originated from myeongran jeot (명란젓) of Korean cuisine and was introduced to Japan after the Russo-Japanese War. Kawahara Toshio, a Busan-born Japanese, adapted Korean mentaiko to Japanese tastes in Fukuoka in the 1950s. The name is derived from the Korean word for Alaska pollock (mentai, 명태 : myeongtae in Korean) and the Japanese word for “child” (子, ko?). The typical seasoning and flavor is slightly different in Japan.
Mentaiko is made in a variety of flavors and colors and is available at airports and main train stations. It is usually eaten with onigiri, but is also enjoyed by itself with sake. A common variety is spicy mentaiko (辛子明太子, karashi mentaiko?). It is a product of the Hakataward of Fukuoka City.

It makes perfect sense  that this must be what it is….

Click image to enlarge. Pretty easily followed instructions…

Pasta sauce and topping…

Looks like spaghetti to me…

Snazzy drain spout!

Click image to enlarge. So the pasta sauce was a deeper red but really infused into the noodles. The topping was seaweed and a nice addition. It was a spicy and slightly fishy affair – very flavorful and very interesting. I quite liked it – I have never had anything like it before. Was really surprised at just how good the noodles were – they were perfect as far as I’m concerned.

Don’t know if you can discern it really but the light orangish dots are the fish roe (eggs). This was an interesting thing; fish egg spaghetti. I am highly enthused. What was also interesting is that the use by date was 12.25.2010 – Christmas! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars – Weird, tasty and good.

Sanyo Foods owns Sapporo Ichiban just to let you know…