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Hakubaku Mochi Barley Samples & An Embarrassing Story

Here’s something I’ve been fortunately able to enjoy almost every day. This is a big part of my diet regimen. I mix it in with canned soup and it really is quite good – check out the vid!

Hakubaku Mochi Barley Samples & An Embarrassing Story

#2671: Acecook Mochi-Mochi Yakisoba

#2671: Acecook Mochi-Mochi Yakisoba - Japan - Zenpop - The Ramen Rater

Here’s another interesting one from Zenpop.JP – thanks! So Zenpop is doing monthly boxes of all sorts of things Japan-related including instant ramen of course.  This one looks particularly interesting in that it’s an instant yakisoba made with noodles made from… Mochi? Here’s a little about mochi from Wikipedia –

Mochi (Japanese, もち) is Japanese rice cake made of mochigome, a short-grain japonica glutinous rice. The rice is pounded into paste and molded into the desired shape. In Japan it is traditionally made in a ceremony called mochitsuki.[1] While also eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and is commonly sold and eaten during that time.

Mochi is a multicomponent food consisting of polysaccharides, lipids, protein and water. Mochi has a heterogeneous structure of amylopectin gel, starch grains, and air bubbles.[2] This rice is characterized by its lack of amylose in the starch and is derived from short or medium japonica rices. The protein concentration of the rice is higher than that of normal short-grain rice, and the two also differ in amylose content. In mochi rice, the amylose content is negligible, which results in its gel-like consistency.[3]

You might be wondering ‘how do they get the ice cream in the noodles, but mochi isn’t ice cream. I’ll say though I love the mochi-covered ice cream, but yeah – mochi is that chewy, doughy stuff on the outside. These noodles should be very interesting – let’s check this one out!

Acecook Mochi Mochi Yakisoba – Japan

#2671: Acecook Mochi-Mochi Yakisoba - Japan - Zenpop - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork chicken and makerel. To prepare, add boiling water to line and cover 5 minutes. Use spout to drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2671: Acecook Mochi-Mochi Yakisoba - Japan - Zenpop - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Note the spout (flap C).

#2671: Acecook Mochi-Mochi Yakisoba - Japan - Zenpop - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2671: Acecook Mochi-Mochi Yakisoba - Japan - Zenpop - The Ramen Rater

The loose bits of pork and cabbage from inside the cup.

#2671: Acecook Mochi-Mochi Yakisoba - Japan - Zenpop - The Ramen Rater

A liquid sachet.

#2671: Acecook Mochi-Mochi Yakisoba - Japan - Zenpop - The Ramen Rater

Smells like yakisoba sauce.

#2671: Acecook Mochi-Mochi Yakisoba - Japan - Zenpop - The Ramen Rater

A smaller sachet.

#2671: Acecook Mochi-Mochi Yakisoba - Japan - Zenpop - The Ramen Rater

Furikake.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles were good – I didn’t expect them to lack the chewiness I expected though. Maybe they’re from the same ingredients but just didn’t scream mochi to me. Regardless, they paired very well with the yakisoba sauce they included as well as the meat, cabbage and furikake (which kind of tasted like bacon). 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071222253.

#2671: Acecook Mochi-Mochi Yakisoba - Japan - Zenpop - The Ramen Rater

The Acecook Vertical drink one cup Seabura pork ramen 70gX12 pieces

An older Acecook TV commercial

#1919: Maruchan Shiroi Chikara Mochi Udon

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 an interesting one – looks like they’re mentioning a big Dragonball Z contest or something on it. 2.000.000 somethings are referred to… Hmmm… Not only that, this one’s got mochi in it! Mochi is a doughy kind of substance which can surround jellies or ice cream (my favorite). It also apparently goes well in udon! Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add everything to the bowl and add boiling water to fill line. Let sit covered for 5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Detail of the obverse side of the lid (click to enlarge).

The udon block.

A dual sachet of dry ingredients.

The soup base.

Some ito togarashi powder.

The block of mochi.

Bits of tofu and kamaboko amongst other thing from the bowl.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, hard boiled egg and kamaboko. The noodles are wide and flat and had a nice chew to them, lighter than round fresh udon, but nice nonetheless. The broth has a bonito taste along with soy and was pleasingly robust. The bits of tofu were great and the included kamaboko was very large and hydrated nicely. The mochi was not included in the bowl when I steeped it, so afterwards I added it – not correct. However, I threw the bowl in the microwave and quickly I got the picture – amazing! Gooey and almost cheeselike in execution. Definitely worth a try. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990522991.

Chikara Mochi Noodle, Instant Udon, Pack of 12

A Japanese Maruchan TV commercial.