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#2852: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon

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This is another one from Zenpop.jp. Zenpop is pretty cool – they have different boxes you can get – Japanese stationery, snacks, ramen… It’s quite a variety. They’re pretty cheap, too. Here’s what they had to say about this variety:

‘Champon features thick, smooth, chewy noodles and creamy pork based soup. The satisfying dish with a pile of vegetables was born in Nagasaki, being influenced by Chinese cuisine. You can add extra cabbage, shrimp, onion and so ion to make it much more like the authentic chanpon of Nagasaki Chinatown.’

Alright – let’s hit it.

Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon – Japan

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Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp, squid, beef, chicken, and pork. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line along with veg sachet. Let steep for 5 minutes. Add in powder based sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

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Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

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The noodle block.

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Powder soup base sachet.

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Light and fluffy.

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A vegetables sachet.

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Interesting mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The noodles had an alright chew to them, although a little on the light side. The broth was great – nice seafood, cabbage and pork taste. Included veg was very good. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734027331.

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Sapporo most salt ramen mini bowl 41g ~ 12 pieces

A vintage Sapporo Ichiban TV spot

#2355: Marutai Nagasaki Agodashi Shoyu Ramen

#2355: Marutai Nagasaki Agodashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s one that was a gift from the folks at Washoku Explorer – thanks again! This variety from Nagasaki definitely has a fish sense to i, however let’s look at Wikipedia on the subject of Shoyu ramen –

Shōyu (醤油, “soy sauce”) ramen is the oldest of the five, it has a clear brown broth, based on a chicken and vegetable (or sometimes fish or beef) stock with plenty of soy sauce added resulting in a soup that is tangy, salty, and savory yet still fairly light on the palate. Shōyu ramen usually has curly noodles rather than straight ones, but this is not always the case. It is often adorned with marinated bamboo shoots or menma, green onions, kamaboko (fish cakes), nori (seaweed), boiled eggs, bean sprouts and/or black pepper; occasionally the soup will also contain chili oil or Chinese spices, and some shops serve sliced beef instead of the usual chāshū.

Let’s take a look!

Marutai Nagasaki Agodashi Shoyu Ramen – Japan

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Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Boil noodles in 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

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The package contains 2 servings. Here’s one of the servings of noodle.

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The dry soup base.

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Has a fish scent.

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A liquid sachet.

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Oily.

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Finished (click to enlarge). Added narutomaki, baked chicken, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles came out wonderfully; gauge and chew were really great. The broth was definitely on the fishy end and not in a way that I prefer. Sesame seeds floated about the surface which was a nice addition. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702001230.

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Marutai Nagasaki Agodashi containing soy sauce ramen 178g ~ 15 meals

An advertisement for Marutai ramen products.

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

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2015 Edition

The Ramen Rater’s top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time made it’s debut last January and I thought this would be a good day to release the new one for 2015! South Korean instant noodles (known as ramyun) are characteristically thicker and chewier than most instants. Spiciness is a common trait as well as beef flavors. Here are my top picks of the South Korean varieties I’ve reviewed of my 1,573 reviews to date.

#10: Paldo Cucumber Bibim Men

Regular Bibim Men is quite good, but this has a little extra something. It is a cold variety, great for the summer months and delivers a spiciness and slight sweetness. The cucumber bits hydrate and end up crunchy and refreshing. Original review

#9: Ottogi Bekse Curry Myon

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I’m a big fan of curries from all over the world.  We start with thick ramyun noodles. The broth is rich and luxuriant with a nice deep curry flavor. The little potato pieces (a rarity in the instant noodle realm) are very welcome and give it a little extra comfort food appeal. Original review

#8: Paldo Namja Ramyun

A spicy premium ramyun variety. The noodles are thick and chewy and the broth has beef, chicken and garlic components. Namja translates to “men’s” or “guy’s.” Strong stuff and quite good. Original review

#7: 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

#6: Paldo Korean Traditional Beef Gomtangmen

The noodles are nice and sturdy after three minutes of cooking and have a great texture and chewiness. A couple minutes later, they’ve gorged themselves a bit more on the broth and changed quite a bit – I like that. The broth has a very nice and rich beef flavor and it’s tasty, non-spicy and warm. This would be really great after hours out in the cold. Original review

#5: Paldo Jjamppong Seafood Noodle King Bowl

The noodles are nice thick ramyun; wide and chewy. The broth is just awesome – it has a very strong spiciness and a very good seafood flavor, along with a slight sweetness. The broth has a slight thickness which gives it a really great character. Original review

#4: 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

#3: 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

#2: Paldo Cheese Noodle – South Korea


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

#1: Samyang Foods Maesaengyitangmyun Baked Noodle – Southh Korea


Last year was the 50th anniversary of ramyun in South Korea, pioneered by Samyang Foods. Samyang decided to try making something new – SBN, a baked noodle. What’s really neat here is that the noodles smell like bread! The broth is a lot like gomtang, a traditional beef soup. To shake it up, maesangyi is added – kind of like seaweed spun into a cotton-like consistency. The finished product is quite delectable; almost like a chowder! Original review

Meet The Manufacturer: #1380: Takamori Chanpon

I thought today I’d diverge from the yakisoba for something with a broth. Chanpon is great stuff in my experience so far. Pork and seafood – can’t beat that! Here’s what wikipedia has to say about chanpon –

Champon (ちゃんぽん Chanpon?), also known as Chanpon, is a noodle dish that is a regional cuisine of Nagasaki, Japan. Due to the inspiration from Chinese cuisine, it is also a form of Japanese Chinese cuisine. Champon is made by frying pork, seafood and vegetables with lard; a soup made with chicken and pig bones is added. Ramen noodles made especially for champon are added and then boiled. Unlike other ramen dishes, only one pan is needed as the noodles are boiled in the soup. Depending on the season and the situation, the ingredients differ. Hence the taste and style may depend on the location and time of year.
History

Champon was first served by Shikairō (四海楼?), a Chinese restaurant in Nagasaki. According to the restaurant, it was based on a dish in Fujian cuisine, tonniishiimen (湯肉絲麵?)[1] In the middle of Meiji period, the owner saw a need for a cheap, but filling, meal that suited the palates of hundreds of Chinese students who came to Japan for schooling opportunities. Nowadays, champon is a popular specialty food (or meibutsu) of Nagasaki.

The word champon may also be used for many kinds of random acts where things are mixed. It can also be used to describe the practice of mixing different types of alcohol on a single occasion.

So, it’s kind of a mixed bag. Variety is the spice of life, so they say and I think that might be why I enjoy this dish. Let’s have a look at the Takamori take on this one!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure but I am guessing there is fish in the base. To prepare, add a little oil to a pan. Fry up the seafood, pork and veggies for a minute or so and then add 300ml water and the contents of the seasoning sachet. Cook for a minute, then add the noodle pouch content and cook for another 3 minutes. Enjoy!

One of the three noodle pouches.

The soup base sachet.

The powder base.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added squid, shrimp, kamaboko, thin sliced pork, green onion and sweet onion. The noodles have a great gauge and chew. The broth had a nice flavor to it – kind of a buttery seafood taste. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4901959041129.

A short film by a tourist to Kumamoto Castle. I really didn’t know there were lots of castles in Japan – would be great to see someday!

#1372: Samyang Foods Nagasaki Jjamppong

Here’s a little cup that’s been sitting in my box for a while. Sounds good – something a little spicy and seafoody! Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). I’m almost certain there is seafood in this one. To prepare, add sachet contents and boiling water to fill line and re-cover. Let sit for 4 minutes and stir. Enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A very light powder.

Some veggies from the bottom of the cup.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Busan fish cake, sweet onion and green onion. The noodles are nice, thick ramyun through and through. They hydrated very well and had a nice texture and chewiness. The broth has a nice kick of heat to it and a kind of sweet seafood flavor I enjoyed. The vegetable bits hydrated well and were of good quality. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801073210356.

A Samyang Foods Nagasaki Jjamppong TV commercial.

#1300: Samyang Foods Red Nagasaki Jjampong

Wow – number 1300! Would’ve ever thought I would’ve done this many reviews; seems like I did the 500th review not very long ago. Let’s check this one out – a spicy South Korean jjampong!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). I can’t read it, but I’m 99% sure there’s seafood in the veggie sachet. To prepare, Add noodle block to 550ml boiling water. Add the contents of the opaque sachets. Cook for 5 minutes. Add contents of oil sachet. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

Powder base sachet.

Spicy and seafoody scent.

The solid ingredient sachet.

A colorful mix.

A clear oil sachet.

Got a drop on my finger and tasted it – pretty spicy stuff!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Busan fish cake, narutomaki, egg, kamaboko, shitaraba, sweet onion and green onion. 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! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801073112919.

Here’s a short video showing how to cook this one.

South Korean Samples From Samyang Foods!

Recently I heard about this recipe using Samyang Foods Budalk Bokkumyeon (Hot fried chicken flavor ramyun). I only have one of the bowls so I needed at least onhe more so I could do a regular review as well as try the recipe. I asked a friend at Samyang Foods if they could possibly send some more and I got a yes! Today this box arrived.

Inside was another box!

Snacks!

Sweet! Two of the bowl versions of the hot fried chicken ramyun! The other is a spicy jjampong.

Wow!

The two on the right are brand new baked varieties called SBN (Samyang Baked Noodles). They’re geared towards the health conscious. The left is the new Red Nagasaki Jjampong!

I asked if they could throw in a poster and sign it – and they did! Thank you very much for everything!

Meet The Manufacturer #888: Yamachan Ramen Nagasaki Sara Udon Chicken Flavor

Here’s something different. Sara Udon means plate noodles – what you have is a crispy noodle that is thin. You put them on the plate and crush gently, then add the sauce and during the meal, the noodles go from crisp to soft. It’s a texture sensation! Well, let’s check it out!

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

Here are the noodles. Like big nests of thin noodles.

Here are the packets of liquid seasoning.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added yellow onion, broccoli, green bell pepper, chicken, green onion and Ajishima Kimchi furikake. The noodles are of a very interesting nature; when they don’t have sauce on them, they are crunchy. When they do, they absorb the liquid and become increasingly soggy – in a good way! The sauce is a slightly thick lightly chicken flavored concoction. The flavor is very nice – definitely not too salty at all and really tasty. This is a uniquely Japanese dish that evolves as you eat it – from crisp to soft noodle texture. Loved this one – 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 767921016809 .

Yamachan Ramen factory!

This guy looks pretty happy!

#675: Samyang Nagasaki Jjampong

Here’s the second of the two packs sent to me by Chris H. of Westport, CT – thanks again! So this is the other extremely popular variety out of Korea, Samyang’s Nagasaki Jjampong. I read that ‘white broth’ instant noodles are all the rage there – none are for sale in the Asian grocery stores I frequent and the ones Chris sent are from Korea. Anyways, let’s give it a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). I decided that adding 550mL water and cooking for three minutes would do the trick.

The noodle block in this one’s round.

Powder seasoning packet.

Amazing – it smells and tastes like Jalapeno Cheese Cheetos! It’s pretty tasty!

The veggie packet.

I smell fish and see some seaweed. Curious as to how this will come out.

Finished (click image to enlarge). First, the noodles. Wide and chewy – like an instant udon. The broth is spicy and has a nice heartiness to it. The little veggies are good too – not exactly sure of everything in the packet but it has a meat-like texture; maybe fish? Not sure. All in all, this is excellent. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars! UPC number 8801073110472 – get it here.

Samyang Nagasaki Jjampong commercial.

How to make Korean Jjampong!