Here’s another one sent by a reader named Colin from the east coast – thanks again! I’m giving this one not a re-review but a full new review. I tried it in the past – it was review #125. Why a new review and not a re-review? Well, I don’t see anything on the old one mentioning non-fried noodles and think that maybe this has changed. The packaging has changed, but unsure if that’s denoting a difference. The brand Shirakiku is one of Nishimoto. Basically, kind of think of Trader Joe’s – they source foreign/domestic brands and re-brand them for sale in the USA under their name. That’s the case usually with Shirakiku. Let’s have a look!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish, shellfish and crustacean. To prepare, add noodle block to 1 3/4 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!
The non-fried noodle block.
The soup base sachet (I forgot to take the picture before I put the contents into the little cup but used a little Photoshop to reconstruct the cut top left corner).
The soup base has a seafood scent.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, narutomaki and ito togarashi. The noodles came out alright although they seemed a little foreign to the broth; they just didn’t seem like they wanted to be friends. The broth was a kind of spicy shoyu/miso-ish WTF which just screamed of something not being correct. I don’t know what’s going on here but it’s just kind of a wrongsalaught. I think I may go ahead and try other varieties in this range in hopes of a winner though. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.
Finished (click to enlarge). UPC bar code 074410415167.
A co-worker named Joan at my wife’s work recently went to Hawaii and went out of her way to find something I hadn’t tried yet! She looked through the Big List and lo and behold, I hadn’t tried this chow mein! Thank you very much! These are fresh noodles, usually found in the cold section. They’re also a broth free variety. You might be more familiar with them as yakisoba, a noodle dish that can be found at little teriyaki joints all over. Let’s give this a try!
The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Package contains three noodle blocks and three seasoning sachets. Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, put a little oil in a pan and saute up some vegetables. Set vegetables aside. Add a tablespoon oil, two tablespoons water and the noodle block. Pan fry for 2-3 minutes. Return the veggies and sprinkle with contents of a sachet. Stir fry until veggies are all done. Enjoy!
A fresh noodle pouch. Note that there are three of these included.
Three of these sachets as well.
Smells like yakisoba seasoning!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added grilled chicken, sweet onion, green onion and carrot. The noodles are an almost identical gauge to spaghetti noodles. They have a decent chew to them; a little chewier than spaghetti noodles. The flavor is quite good – salty, Worcestershire and enjoyable. The oil is a little bit of a gray area in this one; adds a bit of greasiness that could go either way. Good stuff. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 074410455033.
Here’s something I’ve not heard of before – Tokuroten.
Here’s one I got a while ago at Uwajimaya in Seattle. It’s big, Japanese and tonkotsu flavor – sounds much better than the last one I had!
Here’s the side panel stuff – click to enlarge.
The noodle block. Looks really nice, I think.
Only one seasoning packet, but it’s really big.
I put most of the packet in this little sake cup – it would not all fit.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some veggies, some chicken lunch meat, kizami shoga (pickled ginger), a hard-boiled egg marinated in Kikkoman soy sauce, some Ajishima Kimchi furikake, some Sushinori (seaweed) and finally a couple shakes of Tabasco Buffalo Style hot sauce. The noodles: not bad – a nice texture and quality to them. The broth however is way too salty for me – so much so I couldn’t handle it. I was really shocked at that but oh well. Bummed. 1.0 out of 5.0 – the noodles were good, at least. UPC bar code 074410396718 – get it here.
I bet this stuff is really really good!
Mr. Noodles and a meat tenderizer. This is bizarre.
Here’s another one from Michelle L. of Tarrytown, New York. I think this is the third and final flavor of the Good Good Eats – at least insofar as I’ve not seen any more anywhere. Let’s give it a try!
Here’s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge). Gotta love the lack of instructions! I’m going to go with 400cc of boiling water.
The noodle block.
Looks kinda sparkly!
Paste soup base.
Yep – this is a thick soup paste!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little bit of my veggie mix and a little Fresno pepper, some pickled ginger and some Ajishima Kimchi furikake. The noodles came out wonderfully – a nice level of firmness and the paste had oil in it which made them a little greasy but enjoyably so. The broth and all around flavor wasn’t the best. It has a kind of wilted vegetable flavor – like mushroom and mushy celery. Kind of surprised me while looking at the ingredients. This is a weird one; love the noodles, really dislike the flavor. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 074410727895 .
So I’ve seen these bowls around for a while but haven’t tried them. So here’s the first – hot flavor.
Two packets – powdered soup base and some nice looking veggies.
The powder has a lovely reddish color to it and the veggies look very light and tasty.
Added two fried eggs (click image to enlarge). This one’s quite good! The spiciness stayed in broth not in the noodles. The veggies were well behaved and didn’t hide too much and romped playfully throughout the dining experience. The noodles were of good character; would be happy to introduce them to friends and family. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars for the first of these I have reviewed. Get it here.