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#3288: Little Cook Spicy Beef Flavor – Thailand

#3288: Little Cook Spicy Beef Flavor - Thailand

Almost 3000 reviews ago I gave this one a try. It looks as though I really liked it. It’s been such a long time it’s getting a new number- mainly because I’m going to guess that sourcing has changed at least soewhat and also the cup is different; it used to be a foam bowl.

It should be noted as well that the little cook branding is in Taiwan as well, but this is from Ratchaburi, Thailand. Ratchaburi gets hot and humid and is really beautiful. If you get the chance to visit, check out Dheva Mantra over there – very nice place to stay.

Little Cook Spicy Beef Flavor – Thailand

#3288: Little Cook Spicy Beef Flavor - Thailand

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. Tried removing stickers but they’re very well stuck. To prepare, add dry sachet and fill to line with boiling water. Cover for 3~4 minutes (I’m going for 4), and put retort pouch on top so it gets some heat. Finally, as pouch contents, stir, and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). I first reviewed this one in 2011 and lo and behold, it’s still new!

The noodle block.

A dry sachet (watch Instant Noodle Recipe Time below to watch me utilize sachets).

A rarity – a retort pouch which is available in a product sold in the United States.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added nothing. The noodles in here are very good – thick and a nice chew to them. The broth has a very strong braised beef kick to it and just a superb amount of spiciness to complement bit not overwhelm. Broth also has a good thickness/oiliness to it. Where it kind of gets strange is the TVP. It doesn’t really compliment all that much, and I suspect that there is a version available that does indeed contain real beef which would be exceptional. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 684431001111.

City Maps Ratchaburi Thailand

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2276: Nissin Cup Noodles With Shrimp Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

After decades of sticking with the same recipe, Nissin has decided to go with something new. On Cup Noodles’ 45th anniversary here in the USA, they’ve changed it to include no added MSG and no artificial flavors. Let’s give this a try!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp and pork. To prepare, open lid halfway and add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Although the contents of the cup has changed, the outside of the foam cup remains the same as far as I can tell.

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Bits of vegetable and shrimp from inside the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shrimp, shinchimi togarashi, spring onion, hard boiled egg and narutomaki. The noodles came out decently – thin and flat as Cup Noodles are usually. The broth didn’t exactly scream shrimp to me; it seemed to be slightly on the bland side unfortunately. The amount of shrimp although small was decent for a cup of instant noodles and they had good flavor. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662030028.

Nissin the Original Cup Noodles with Shrimp Twenty-four 2.5 Ounce Ramen Cups

A Nissin Foods USA promo video about the new version Cup Noodles line.

#2132: Maruchan Instant Lunch Chipotle Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Here’s another new one from Maruchan – Chipotle Chicken. It looks like an interesting one – let’s look inside and find out!

Detail of the cardboard outer (click to enlarge). contains chicken. To prepare, open lid halfway and add boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The foam cup in all of its’ glory!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Wow – lots of chipotle peppers going on – very curious how this will taste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken and cilantro. The noodles were decent enough – the same as what you’d normally expect from a Maruchan Instant Lunch. They’re thin and flat with a light chew to them. the broth has a very good chipotle flavor – smoky and tasty. The included veggies (corn, peas and chipotle peppers) were abundant and of very good quality – I should note the amount of little chipotle peppers was extremely enjoyable and I was pleased to say the least. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789001567.

Maruchan Instant Lunch, Jalapeno Cheddar, 2.25-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12)

I don’t think I’ve reviewed this one before… Will have to check!

#1921: Nissin Cup Noodles Ramen Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor [New Package]

Hey check it out – Nissin Cup Noodles got a big facelift.

Here’s how they used to look – cardboard outer packaging is now gone. Less packaging and different materials have been used to make them more environmentally friendly. Also, they’re now microwavable! Yes, I’m sure many of you microwaved them before, but you weren’t supposed to. The new cups also have a little extra room so you can add veggies and meats or whatever you want to oomph up your noodles! Let’s check this new cup out!

Thought I’d do a little update of how Miles is doing. He”ll be just over 5 months old when this review comes out. He’s growing fast and seems to be interested in just about everything.

He always looks so fascinated when I’m eating noodles too – it’ll be a while, but he’ll get to try them, that’s for sure.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, remove lid and fill to line with room temperature water. Set in the middle of the microwave and cook for 2 1/2 minutes. Let sit another minute. stir and enjoy!

Detail of the top and bottom of the lid (click to enlarge).

The pre-seasoned noodle block.

Bits of vegetable from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added processed cheese, barbecue pork, mayonnaise, fried garlic and red pepper flake (and no, it isn’t 3am and I haven’t just returned from the pub). The noodles come out very nicely after a spin in the microwave – decent quality and good quantity. The broth has a nice chicken flavor to it. Nice and hot out of the microwave too. The vegetables came out well hydrated and crisp. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662030035.

Nissin Chicken Cup Noodles, 24 Count

Some words on the new Nissin Cup Noodles cup design and customizability from Marketing Exec Linda Chung.

New & Improved White Curry Samples From MyKuali

FedEx came a knockin’ at my door but missed them. Then they came back a little later and brought me this!

What have we here?

MyKuali made it to the top of my list last year with their White Curry Noodle and now they’ve made a new and improved version! Very curious about this one – thanks!

#878: Nissin Top Ramen Short Cuts Lime Chili Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

So here’s the last of the top Ramen Short Cuts varieties that Nissin Foods USA sent me. Thanks again! Lime chili flavor eh? Sounds interesting. Its kind of funny; I got an email from someone at a company called Citrojugo the other day. Citrojugo is a company in Mexico that makes lime juice. I think they saw one of my reviews mentioned ‘jeruk nipis,’ which is ‘lime juice’ in Indonesian. Well, Citrojugo was curious if my company would be interested in it for my products. I told them that I only review products related to instant noodles, but that I could probably try their stuff and work it into a review of another product, such as marinated chicken with their lime juice. Well, they immediately dispatched a liter of clarified preserved lime juice. Serious stuff! I open it up and stuck my nose in the Nalgene containment vessel and got a real nosefull of powerful lime! I’ll be mentioning more about their stuff in upcoming reviews – haven’t marinated chicken with it yet but will be soon and it should be quite amazing!

Here’s the back as well as the side panels (click to enlarge).

It comes in one single bag! The noodles are pre-seasoned and require no packets, allowing you to make as much or as little as you want.

Look at all those noodles! I will say it again, these are really good straight out of the box – trust me.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some baked chicken breast, onions, broccoli and green bell pepper, medium cheddar cheese, a hard boiled egg with Ajishima Kimchi Furikake and some Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. The noodles come out much like egg noodles – although if you read the ingredients, these are indeed made with wheat noodles – not eggs. They’re soft and oplentiful – and tasty., Not chewy; definitely something made specifically for the US market. The broth is good – a strong lime and chili taste which was enjoyable. All in all quite interesting and works well as a base for a meal like this. Of course, I only review the base product before the extras are added in. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars – good stuff! UPC bar code 070662075074 .


Wish Nissin’d give me a call and send me here! Looks so awesome!

#809: Nongshim Neoguri Mild (Korea)

Here’s another one that Moo Hee-Wi from Korea sent me. she was the one who wrote the JoongAng Ilbo article about The Ramen Rater last month! Thanks again! So this is what you would find in the Korean superkarket if you wanted to get some Mild Neoguri. A while back I reviewed the US version. Let’s give this one a try!

Something I found interesting is the little raccoon character. As we have seen before in Maruchan’s Midori no Tanuki and the Yamamoto Ponpoko bowls, raccoons have a ‘lucky’ thematic reference. Neoguri translates to raccoon in Korean. Click image to enlarge.

The nice round noodle block.

Seasoning powder.

Lots of it.

The veggie packet.

I found this interesting – compare the contents in the US version to these. Looks like kamaboko here but none in the other one.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some vegetables, an egg, a slice of processed cheese, some fish cakes, kimchi, pepper and gochujang. Good stuff – noodles are nice and thick but not super chewy. Easily broken with pursed lips. The broth is nice too – like it purports to be, the broth is mild and has a rich seafood taste. The veggie packet was mostly seaweed and some kamaboko – I liked the prevalence of the seaweed. The kamaboko was alright but usually I find these to be more for show. A nice bowl of noodles. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801043014946 .

Can someone over in Korea email me the link or an *.apk for this? Would love to have this app!

This guy’s got it made – would love to be able to go for a walk and get some of this stuff on the street!

A Kind Donation From The Eastland Food Corporation

Rode the bus home from work. I’ve had a hacking cough lately and was eager to get home. Got off the bus and was hoofing it up the street tgo my apartment when I thought I ought to see if there’s a package at the office. Well, there was.

I got an email last week from a guy named Michael Chen at Eastland Food Corporation.  He mentioned that they were going to be the sole distributor for Indomie on the east coast and would like to send some samples of some noodles. He asked what I would like to review-  he mentioned cups – that really caught my attention. I also asked if they had any marketing/promo stuff as well.

I gave him a call and we chatted about instant noodles for a while.He sent some cards, a couple nice calendars, and a letter:

Click image to enlarge. I think I can do that and quite happily! I think I’ll put a poll in with some of the reviews I do of these; couldn’t hurt. Would be nice to see some info on how people like them [email protected]

He sent some marketing stuff!
Never seen any of these kind of things…

Mi Gorenbg cups and Mi Goreng Satay cups – oh wow this is awesome – never have I seen these before! Can’t wait to try ’em!

An array of Indomie varieties to re-review!

Wow – thanks to Michael Chen for a nice box of noodle stuff – I (and everyone else) will enjoy reviewing these!

New Year, New Domain: www.theramenrater.com

For awhile now, I’ve known that having the site be The Ramen Rater and having the ‘the’ out of the domain name was a kind of bad idea, I thought I’d fix it by adding wwww.theramenrater.com. So you will be able to go to www.ramenrater.com or www.theramenrater.com. Like that? No? Yes? Well, okay then.



#390: Menraku Japanese Curry “Soba” Bowl

So we went to the brand new Bellevue Washington Uwajimaya a couple days ago and wow – pretty awesome! Got some nice bowl noodles to try – here’s one!

Packet left is powdered seasoning, right is vegetables and tofu.

I think that looks like it’s going to be really good! The curry smells awesome!

Click image to enlarge. Added two fried eggs. Wow – this is great! Kind of tastes like Golden Curry – the stuff you get in the little boxes? The broth is tasty as can be The noodles were a slightly weaker than I expected but not too bad. But the veggies and tofu were excellent – very nice! Giving this 4.0 out of 5.0 stars!

Curry soba in Tokyo – that stuff looks amazingly tasty!

#321: Little Cook Spicy Beef Flavor

So this looks really interesting. Upon tearing off the outer cellophane, i notice that where it says NEW TVP SPICY BEEF FLAVOR is actually a sticker. In fact, on the sides there were stickers as well – ingredients, nutrition facts and direction on preparation.

My Spidey Senses were tingling. I took the lid off of the bowl and held it up to my swing arm lamp. Lo and behold, hidden by the NEW TVP SPICY BEEF sticker were the sacred words ‘with Real Meat.’

The bowl contained two packets – first a small one containing some bit of veg and some soup base very much smelling and tasting like curry.

Then, the retort pouch – something I have not seen since my youth. What is funny is that its exactly the same as it was when I was a kid – same size, lettering and everything. So this means there’s some sauce and possibly some decent veg and meat going on inside. Thing is that from seeing what it said underneath the sticker on top and reading the ingredients sticker, I was not going to find any meat in this sucker.

Ah yes – don’t use this if its punctured or oozing everywhere.

There’s the curry like soup base atop the noodles. See the line? That’s the boiling water line! I was floored – it asks for so much…

But I obliged it to a degree; it said to leave the lid attached and use the Retort Pouch to hold it down as the noodles ‘cooked.’ I decided of course to go the sane route and use an old Tower of Power record.

Here we are – the finished product (click image to enlarge). First, the noodles are great – nice texture and firmness. The broth is spicy and beef-like and very curry. Finally the textured vegetable protein fake meat things that are found here and there are really weird but interesting and flavorful too. In short, this whole things is a smorgasbord of oddities tat I find irresistable. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars! Little Cook is the man!

#300: Wu-Mu Steam Spinach Ramen With Onion Flavor

Okay and here we go with review #300! It’s really getting hard to find ones I haven’t sampled and reviewed yet so if anyone would like to send me some that would be really much appreciated! So here’s #300, spinach onion time!

This pack actually contains four servings. I like how the silver ones say soup bag in English and the seasoned oil says nothing in English. I also like the fact that this packaging doesn’t tell you how much water to use. I figured draining the water off was the best bet.

Kinda green going on – spinach’ll do that!

Seasoning powder and seasoned oil.

Click image to enlarge. I added two fried eggs, some kizami shoga [pickled ginger] and fried shallots. I must say I am thoroughly impressed with this one – wow. The noodles are broad and the perfect texture. The seasonings are exactly what they purport to be and brilliantly done. Adding egg and ginger compliments the dish quite nice, and the shallot just makes sense. Altogether, I think this goes up there in the hallowed ranks of the almighty five stars. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

To make things more awesome, here’s the commercial for this product! It’s the one all the way on the left.

Here’s another.