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#2875: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup

#2875: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup

Well this is very nice to see. This is a popular variety in Japan. Cup Noodle Seafood has been around for some time. Well, Nissin USA has brought it here to the United States in a microwave form with no added MSG and no artificial flavors. Here’s a little tidbit from Wikipedia about Cup Noodle –

Instant noodles were invented in 1958 by Momofuku Ando, the Taiwanese-born founder of the Japanese food company Nissin. He used Chicken Ramen as the first instant ramen noodles.

In 1970, Nissin formed the subsidiary Nissin Foods (USA) Co. Inc, to sell instant noodles in the United States. Nissin recognized that the bowls traditionally used to package instant noodles in Asia were not common in the U.S, so they used the paper cup designed by Ron R. Matteson. In 1971, they introduced instant ramen packaged in a foam cup. The three original Cup O’ Noodles flavors in the US were beef, chicken and shrimp. Pork flavor was added in 1976. In 1978, Nissin Foods offered more new varieties of Top Ramen and Cup O’ Noodles. The product was known as Cup O’ Noodles in the United States until 1993.

Alright – let’s crack open the top of this one and see what’s inside!

Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

#2875: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and seafood. To prepare, remove lid and add room temperature water to line. Microwave at 1000W for 2 1/2 minutes. Let stand in microwave and additional minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2875: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2875: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup

The noodle block.

#2875: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup

Loose seasoning and seafood from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). 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. A really tasty one. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662402016.

#2875: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup

Nissin Cup Ramen Noodle Soup, Seafood, 2.68 Ounce (Pack of 6)

I really like how the domestic United States Nissin TV ads are getting weird – like the ones in Japan.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2022: Urban Noodle Authentic Street Food Thai Red Curry

This sounds like a good one! Red curry i sone I thoroughly enjoy; although I can’t think of a curry I’ve met that I’ve not enjoyed. When I think of curry and the UK, my thoughts immediately wander towards Red Dwarf episodes with Rimmer complaining about Lister reeking of last night’s vindaloo and stale lager. It also wanders to something I saw a couple years ago – in Britain, you can get takeaway boxes full of fried odd and ends – it looks like pure gut bomb amazingness. But I digress – red curry sounds good – let’s dig in!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, empty contents of noodle pouch into box and separate with fork. Add in sauce sachet and close box back up. Microwave for 2 minutes at 650W (my microwave is 1100W with power levels of 1-10, so I’ll be using 6). Stir and enjoy!

The noodle pouch.

The large sauce sachet.

A thick liquid with a nice scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, crushed red pepper, coriander and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles were nice – decent chewiness and thickness. The flavor on this one was a slightly spicy and acidic curry. Long thin strips of bamboo shoots were abundant as well. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 501167340301.

Traditional Old English (British) Recipes (Traditional Old English Recipes) (Volume 1)

Some short introductions to some neat British street food trucks.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2021: Urban Noodle Authentic Street Food Satay

To kick things off, we have the Satay variety. Satay is hugely popular, but I have a feeling most people don’t know the whole story – here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Satay:

Satay (/ˈsæt/, /ˈsɑːt/ sah-tay), modern Indonesian and Malay spelling of sate, is a dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, served with a sauce.[1] Satay may consist of diced or sliced chicken, goat, mutton, beef,pork, fish, other meats, or tofu; the more authentic version uses skewers from the midrib of the coconut palm frond, although bamboo skewers are often used. These are grilled or barbecued over a wood or charcoal fire, then served with various spicy seasonings.

Satay originated in Java, Indonesia.[2][3][4] It is available almost anywhere in Indonesia, where it has become a national dish.[5][6] It is also popular in many other Southeast Asian countries, including Malaysia, Singapore,Brunei, Thailand, the Philippines, as well as in Suriname and the Netherlands, as Indonesia and Suriname are former Dutch colonies.

Satay is a very popular delicacy in Indonesia; the country’s diverse ethnic groups’ culinary arts (see Indonesian cuisine) have produced a wide variety of satays. In Indonesia, satay can be obtained from a travelling satay vendor, from a street-side tent-restaurant, in an upper-class restaurant, or during traditional celebration feasts. In Malaysia, satay is a popular dish—especially during celebrations—and can be found throughout the country. In Southern Philippines it is known as satti.

Close analogues are yakitori from Japan, shish kebab from Turkey and the Middle East, shashlik from the Caucasus, chuanr from China, and sosatie from South Africa. It is listed at number 14 on World’s 50 most delicious foods readers’ poll complied by CNN Go in 2011.[7]

Alright – let’s delve into this, the first of five different varieties I’ll be reviewing for this Meet The Manufacturer.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, empty noodle pouch into box and separate with a fork. Add sauce sachet contents, close box back up and microwave at 650W for 2 minutes (I have an 1100W microwave with power settings of 1-10 so going to use 6). Stir and enjoy!

The noodle pouch.

The sauce sachet.

A thick liquid with a pleasing scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles had a great chew and gauge to them. Not rubbery from the microwaving, either. The flavor was really great – a nice bit of peanut and a rich satay taste. The omnipresence of baby corn was not only nice, it went perfectly and they were of excellent quality. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 5011673403017.

British Food: An Extraordinary Thousand Years of History

A film showing street food in London’s Greenwich Market.

The OneBowl: A New Product That Needs Your Support On Kickstarter!

OneBowl on Kickstarter

I was recently contacted by a fellow named Justin Herd. He is the creator of a product called the OneBowl – a special bowl that will cook instant as well as other noodles in the microwave. What’s more, it will drain them. He can do the most justice to explaining the product and it’s features of course, so I recently conducted this interview with him.

THE RAMEN RATER> Tell us a little about yourself – what’s your background?

JUSTIN HERD> My name is Justin Herd, I am 23 years old, and I am the inventor of the OneBowl. I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the USA and just graduated from Grand Valley State University in April of 2014 with my Bachelors in Marketing. I love Ramen Noodles, hiking, viral videos, and inventing.

TRR> Have you always been interested in invention or invented other things in the past?

JH> I love inventing. It’s all about creating things to make my life easier. Whenever I feel like something I do every day could be easier, faster, and/or more enjoyable, that is when I get my best ideas for an invention. Normally, my inventions look like Frankenstein gadgets held together by duct tape. The OneBowl is my first invention that I believe can be enjoyed by people around the world.

TRR> How did the OneBowl project begin?

JH> The OneBowl project began 8 months ago while I was making myself some Maruchan Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodles. As a college student, I made myself some delicious Ramen Noodles just about every day (as many college students do). After enjoying my noodles, I looked at my sink to see a pot, a strainer, and a bowl that I now had to wash. I thought to myself, “I wish I could just make noodles in one bowl.” And so began the OneBowl.

TRR> Can you tell us about the testing phase – how many different kinds of noodles did you test in it?

JH> It took 4 tries to get the prototype just right. Once I had a working prototype, I tested it out with several different kinds of noodles. I tested 1 brick of Maruchan Ramen Noodles, 2 bricks of Maruchan Ramen Noodles, Kraft Mac and Cheese, and good old spaghetti. I found that the OneBowl was the perfect size to accommodate all kinds of noodles.

TRR> How is the OneBowl different from, well, a bowl?

JH> The OneBowl is a microwave-safe bowl with a built-in strainer and a snap-on lid. It’s the only bowl out there than you can use to cook, strain, eat, and store your noodles in. The bowl converts easily from a water tight bowl to a strainer by rotating the handle an eighth of a turn. Once strained, rotate the handle back to eat. This will allow you to customize how much broth you want. The bowl also comes apart easily for cleaning, it’s dishwasher-safe, and BPA free.

TRR> What is the OneBowl made of?

JH> The bowl itself is made from a poly carbonate blend of BPA free plastic. The lid and seal are made from silicone. This means the OneBowl can withstand a temperature range of -58 F to 266 F (-50 to 130 C) and will not leak any toxins when heated up.

TRR> Where will it be made?

JH> The OneBowl will be made right in the city where I live: Grand Rapids, Michigan in the United States.

TRR> You’re opting to go the Kickstarter route to bring your product to market – how did you arrive at the decision to crowdsource?

JH> I need to raise the money for plastic injection molding so that I can share the OneBowl with the world. I chose to go with Kickstarter to raise the money because I love their platform. It is really user friendly and it makes it easy to get involved with cool new products at their earliest stages. Kickstarter has developed an awesome culture around helping others bring their dreams to life and it’s the best platform out there in my opinion.

TRR> If people donate, what do they get and when?

JH> I have several different levels of rewards for pledging to my Kickstarter project. For $20, you get a OneBowl! ($30 outside the US due to extra shipping costs). I also have rewards for 2 packs and 4 packs. There are some rewards that include a custom OneBowl cook book full of recipes I made using the OneBowl. I expect to deliver OneBowls to all who pledge on Kickstarter in October of this year.

TRR> What is your favorite thing to make in the OneBowl?

JH> 2 bricks of Chicken Flavored Maruchan Ramen Noodles. I am a man of simple taste. However, I am taking on the challenge of catching up with Hans and trying out his favorite Ramen styles and flavors.

Sounds pretty neat, eh? If you want to support his project and chip in, check out the OneBowl on Kickstarter. This sounds like something pretty neat. Good luck, Justin!

#1242: Thai Pavilion Garlic Chili Instant Rice Noodles & Sauce

Here’s one my wife got for me at a drug store a while back. It’s made in Thailand but for sale in the USA. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Markings on the cardboard outer package indicate gluten free and vegan. To prepare, put the noodle in the tray. Add enough water to submerge them and microwave for 3 or 4 minutes – until they’re soft. Put cover back on and use the drain spout in the corner to drain. Take off the lid and add the contents of the sachets and stir. Finished!

Here’s what’s under the cardboard outer.

An included fork!

Rice stick noodles.

Dry seasoning sachet.

Has a garlic note to the scent.

The oil sachet.

Looks like chili oil to me.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp I marinated in some hot sauce, lime and Fresno chilli pepper. The noodles are pretty good – rice stick that’s just chewy enough and come out just right. The flavor is great – a light garlic and chili flavor and a nice saucy coating on everything. Good stuff. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 734492823037.

James Brown died on Christmas a few years back – here’s a few of his Soul Train appearances.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1066: Tasty Bite 1 Step-1 Minute Asian Noodles Pad Thai

Today’s the last of the Tasty Bite Meet The Manufacturer. Pad Thai! Sounds good to me – let’s check it out.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge).

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added garlic, bell pepper, Vidalia onions, and some beef. I sauteed all of that and then added the cooked Pad Thai and stirred, adding a scrambled egg. The noodles are as they have been throughout all of these reviews – good gauge, good chew and texture. You might think they’d be mushy or funky, but I can safely say that these come out very nicely. The flavor was much like the other varieties with strong and rich vegetable notes, and a light citrus. This didn’t really scream Pad Thai at me though, but it did have a lot of nice peanuts in it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 782735015062.

A recipe demonstrated by Meera, co-founder of Tasty Bite!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1065: Tasty Bite 1 Step-1 Minute Asian Noodles Kung Pao

Winding down this Meet The Manufacturer. Tiday’s the next to last – been good stuff thus far! Let’s check out the Kung Pao!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Vegan.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added red bell pepper, Vidalia onion and chicken lunch meat sauteed with soy sauce. The noodles are the same every time I have these – impressive. I would expect mushy, soggy and weak but I get a nice chewiness and texture with a round gauge and nice width. The flavor is a little spicy and has a lot of peanuts! Was expecting one or two, but they’re all throughout this one and of great quality. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 782733015017.

A guy talking about Tasty Bite!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1064: Tasty Bite 1 Step-1 Minute Asian Noodles Mushroom Lo Mein

Onward and upward with Meet The Manufacturer! My wife is home today and she loves mushrooms – thought I’d share this one with her. Let’s check it out!

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

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef and sliced white mushrooms sauteed in soy sauce. The noodles again have a nice gauge and agreeable chewiness. The flavor is very light on this one – also not very spicy at all compared to the others. Little bits and pieces of button mushrooms can be found throughout the noodles, along with other nice bits of veggies. This was pretty good stuff – and I’m generally not a big fan of fungi! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 782733015055.

A short video about how Tasty Bite spread the word about their products in Texas.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1063: Tasty Bite 1 Step-1 Minute Asian Noodles Thai Basil

Happy Memorial Day! Today, my son Andy picked which one I’d review – he just turned 8 years old yesterday! Thai Basil is up – let’s check it out.

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

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, red bell pepper and a little chicken lunch meat. The noodles as usual have a nice chew and a texture that is worthy. The flavoring this time is more centered on the combination of tomato and basil. A light spiciness works too. Of course, there are plenty of veggies included in decent size. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 782733015048.

In Australia, they have a ‘blogger’s brunch’ event where they promote different things – here’s someone promoting Tasty Bite.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1062: Tasty Bite 1 Step-1 Minute Asian Noodles Lemongrass Ginger

Here’s another one from Tasty Bite – Lemongrass Ginger! Let’s check it out.

Back of the package (click image to enlarge). Vegan.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added red bell pepper, beef, sweet onion and kizami shoga (pickled gonger) sauteed with soy sauce. The noodles have a nice character – nice rounded gauge and good chew. I would have thought they’d been mushy and soggy after being in a bag surrounded by a light sauce and veggies, but that’s not the case here. The flavor is a little spicy and a very light ginger and lemongrass taste. The abundance of fresh ingredients is wonderful – really nice to come across a fresh carrot or tidbit of baby corn. Amazing what food technology has produced these days – piping hot in one minute. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.

Tasty Bite makes all sorts of quick to prepare products. Here’s a recipe demo by one of the co-founders of Tasty Bite – sounds good!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1061: Tasty Bite 1 Step-1 Minute Asian Noodles Toasted Sesame

Alright so here we go with another Meet The Manufacturer! I’ve never tried anything like this; it takes one minute to cook in the microwave – a pretty lofty claim. It looks good from what’s on the front. Let’s check it out!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Vegan.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some sweet onion, red bell pepper and beef that I sauteed with soy sauce, and a dash of Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are nice – a comfortable chew and round gauge. I wasn’t sure about the whole ‘one minute in the microwave’ thing, but they’re cooked just right. The flavor is very deep – lots of vegetables and other flavors going on. It’s really kind of fun as your eat it you can pick distinct little flavors out here and there. I was very pleased to find good sized pieces of baby corn, water chestnut and other niceties in the mix. I expected a strong sesame oil flavor, but I don’t get that. I found little toasted sesame seeds within and a nice light spiciness. This is very good – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 782733015031.

A Tasty Bite TV spot.

Meet The Manufacturer: Products Samples From Tasty Bite

These two boxes showed up a couple days ago…

Here are the samples I’ll be reviewing! Six different fvarieties of noodle dishes that can be cooked in the microwave in one minute!

They were also kind enough to send a half dozen varieties of their other productss – they also only take a minute to prepare and have all sorts of flavors of India! Can’t wait to try them – thank you very much!