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Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 by The Ramen Rater

Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 by The Ramen Rater

This list usually comes out in January but there was an accident. Basically, I deleted the video I recorded back then! I redid the video earlier this month and so here we are. This list is current as of review number 3058. These are based solely on my personal taste and opinion. Some folks don’t like that and I was recently lectured that a company didn’t want to send samples because they were afraid I might not like their product and that I couldn’t be persuaded to give on company a better review over another. This made me proud I’m doing my job right. Let’s check the top ten Japanese list!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

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The video showcasing The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles up to review #3058.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

#10: Nissin Cup Noodle Light+ Bagna Cauda

Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 by The Ramen Rater

The Cup Noodle Light+ series has really impressed me; amazing how much flavor you get out of a low-cal cup. The noodles have a really nice quality to them – not mushy or anything; they’re just really good. The broth is saucy and hearty with a cheese and light fish taste which is augmented with vegetables galore. This is on the top ten cups list and now on the top ten japanese list. Original review

#9: Sapporo Ichiban Otafuku Okonomi Sauce Yakisoba

Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 by The Ramen Rater

I’ve always really loved yakisoba and this is the best I’ve found in an instant form yet. Otofuku is a brand of yakisoba sauce that can be found almost anywhere, and it’s inclusion in this one is just perfection. What’s more, the noodles are garnished with green laver (flaked seaweed) and a little mayonnaise packet! Original review

#8: New Touch Sugomen Niigata Seabura Shoyu Ramen

Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 by The Ramen Rater

The noodles hydrated very well and have one seriously good chew to them. The broth is equally amazing – a purely elegant shoyu broth with a good oiliness and great flavor. The vegetable bits hydrated very well and were of excellent quality. To top it off, it comes with a happy little slice of pork, which comes out just right. Original review

#7: Myojo Charumera Shio RamenTop Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 by The Ramen Rater

Shio translates to salt, although shio ramen varieties aren’t simply water flavored with salt. Often they have a slightly lighter broth than many other styles of ramen with a very tasty finish. This one was particularly interesting as it has a great amount of inclusions and an excellent noodle, along with a savory broth. Original review

#6: Itomen Bansyu Ramen

Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 by The Ramen Rater

This one was memorable in it’s combination of a very soft (but not mushy) noodle and a broth which was like a sweet shoyu. It works incredibly well. Original review

#5: Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen

Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 by The Ramen Rater

The noodles came out just right – nice firmness and chew with that groovy flouriness Hakata ramen noodle have. The broth is luxuriant – nice and thick with a rich pork flavor and garlic taste. Just top notch tonkotsu. Original review

#4: Seven & I Gold Sumire Ramen

Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 by The Ramen Rater

The noodles are thick and chewy – very premium. The broth has a very rich miso flavor that had a little thickness and a nice oiliness. The vegetables and bits hydrated perfectly – nice bits of ground meat and menma float happily about and are of good quality. Original review

#3: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen

Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 by The Ramen Rater

Noodle had a sturdy chew and nice gauge – came out superbly. Broth had a very good thickness to it and a balanced creaminess and a little spiciness to compliment the pork bone flavor.  Original review

#2: Nissin Cup Nooldes Nice Pork Shoyu (New Version)

#2: Nissin Cup Nooldes Nice Pork Shoyu (New Version)

Much like the Light+ range, these Nice Cup Noodle offerings use a lower calorie noodle. Add to that they are full of flavor and seem to bend the laws of nature but making this only 176 calories. It’s pretty amazing and quite delicious. Original review

#1: Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen

#1: Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen

Talk about amazing. Now, on most of these bowls, you’ll notice I’ve added my own garnishes. I don’t count them in my reviewing – everything is reviewed prior to any additions I make. This is one where I’ve added nothing and just look at it! This one had very good noodles to start off. The broth was a very thick prawn infused decadent flavor spectacle. Then there’s the little crunchy topping and the other garnish they provide and this is just amazing stuff. Wow. Floored. The top of the Top Ten Japanese varieties Original review

What’s New

Instant Noodle Recipe Time

Instant Noodle Recipe Time

In the last year, I’ve decided to start doing videos for each on of my reviews and as of April 3rd, I’ve done 295 episodes. You can watch me cook and garnish everything as I sit at my stove. People have commented ‘why do you sit?’ Well, it’s a lot easier to record the show that way. Why do you wear sunglasses all the time? I’m legally blind and light sensitive. I answer a lot of questions about what I do from reader questions as well as talk about what I’m up to and give opinions and chatter about anything that crosses my mind. The show comes out every single day at 2pm Seattle time. Check out the show here.

The Chocolate Break

The Chocolate Break www.thechocolatebreak.com

What began as something to try once has become a project my wife Kit and I do regularly. The Chocolate Break is where we try chocolate from around the world – and give our opinions on them. I’m proud to announce that www.thechocolatebreak.com is up and has rundowns of every single episode! Check it out and let us know what you think!

Big Changes For Me

Diet and exercise update

Some of you have been noticing I’ve been losing weight – thank you! In fact I’ve been working hard on that. Reviews I do are usually involving me eating maybe 5% of a bowl of noodles, if that. Everything else goes down the drain.

I keep my regime to around 1200~1500 calories a day. I’ve also been doing a lot of walking with my daughter Miriam. With her stroller decked out with lots of lights and a really loud speaker (I usually play a lot of Primus, Herbie Hancock and Tobacco), we walk all over town. My feet hurt, too! If you put together our walking from April 1st and April 2nd, it comes to 21.12 miles (33.989km)! No, that is NOT a typo. My doctor told me I had high cholesterol back in October and I decided to make some changes. As of April 26th, I’ve lost a total of 65 pounds and cholesterol is great, blood pressure is great!

Nissin Cup Noodles First Taste Club – Unboxing Time

Nissin Cup Noodles First Taste Club - Unboxing Time

Hey what’s this? An interesting box from Nissin Foods USA?! Hmmm… I’m very curious about this – this is kind of out of the ordinary to see from an American instant noodle company – maybe it’ll start a trend among them? Let’s check it out!

Nissin Cup Noodles First Taste Club – Unboxing Time

Wow cool! Thank you very much! Looking forward to the next box!

#2750: Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yum Goong Flavour Potato Chips

#2750: Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yum Goong Flavour Potato Chips

You may recall I reviewed some Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yum chips a while back – those were from Singapore while these are from Hong Kong. Here’s a little about tom yum from Wikipedia –

Tom yum or tom yam (UK: /ˌtɒm ˈjæm/ or /ˌtɒm ˈjʌm/US: /ˌtɑːm ˈjɑːm/;[2] Thaiต้มยำrtgstom yampronounced [tôm jām] (About this sound listen)) is a type of hot and sour Thai soup,[2] usually cooked with shrimp (prawn).[3] Tom yum has its origin in Thailand. In recent years,[when?] tom yam has been popularised around the world.

The words “tom yam” are derived from two Thai words. Tom refers to the boiling process, while yam refers to a Thai spicy and sour salad. Indeed, tom yum is characterised by its distinct hot and sour flavours, with fragrant spices and herbs generously used in the broth. The basic broth is made of stock and fresh ingredients such as lemongrasskaffir lime leaves, galangallime juice, fish sauce, and crushed chili peppers.

Commercial tom yum paste is made by crushing all the herb ingredients and stir frying in oil. Seasoning and other preservative ingredients are then added. The paste is bottled or packaged and sold around the world. Tom yum flavored with the paste may have different characteristics from that made with fresh herb ingredients. The soup often includes meats such as chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp.

The 1997 Financial Crisis in Asia, which started in Thailand, is sometimes referred to as the “Tom Yam Kung Crisis”.[4]

Alright – let’s delve into some spicy potato chips!

Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yum Goong Flavour Potato Chips – Hong Kong

#2750: Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yum Goong Flavour Potato Chips

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains crustacean. To prepare, open bag. Withdraw one or more potato chips. Add to primary facial opening (i.e. mouth). Finally, masticate, repeat, and enjoy!

#2750: Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yum Goong Flavour Potato Chips

A small and round chip.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added a little spring onion. The chips are crisp. They have a ridged surface and a slight curve. They definitely taste like tom yum – spicy and lemongrassy… Works surprisingly well on as potato chip. For a snack, an easy 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897053640156.

#2750: Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yum Goong Flavour Potato Chips

A Concise History of Hong Kong (Critical Issues in World and International History)

We try 7 varieties of potato chips from Hong Kong in this video!

#2538: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

This is the second variety I’m trying of the Very Veggie range from Nissin Foods of America. Soon as I heard about these products I was extremely curious. Will they have enough vegetables? Will these vegetables be good?

Included in the cup are enough veggies for a full serving – a half cup! Let’s look within and see what this is all about.

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add room temperature water to fill line. Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes, then let sit for another minute. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

The noodle block.

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

A lot of vegetables!

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Finished (click to enlarge). As you can see, this bowl is full of vegetables. First, the noodles hydrated well and have a soft and thin character. The broth has a beef flavor which is heavily influenced by the vegetables which give it more flavor. The vegetables hydrated perfectly and are just everywhere. I’m pretty surprised and very pleased. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662401026.

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Nissin Cup O Noodles Beef, 2.25-ounce (Pack of 24)

A video about the recipe change for the standard Cup Noodles

#2535: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

VV!: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

When I read about this new product line in my news feeds, I was very curious. For years, I’ve though that the amount of vegetables included with instant noodle varieties in general was way too slim. Of course, vegetables cost money to put in there and so that’s something to consider.

Well, Nissin here has decided to throw caution to the wind and come up with a new Cup Noodles variety called Very Veggie. This stuff is purported to give you a full serving of vegetables – 1/2 a cup’s worth. Let’s see really how many vegetables we’re talking about here!

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

VV!: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add room temperature water to the fill line and microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. Let sit in the microwave one additional minute. Finally, stir and enjoy!

VV!: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

VV!: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

The noodle block.

VV!: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Wow – this is a lot of vegetables, actually!

VV!: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Finished (click to enlarge). So this is what we have with nothing added. Noodle come out about as expected. They’re thin and soft. The broth is extremely good. The sheer amount of vegetables actually add a nice flavor to it. The vegetables hydrated very well and are just everywhere – broccoli, edamame, corn, and carrot really liven things up. Extremely impressed! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662401019.

VV!: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Nissin Chicken Cup Noodles, 2.25 Ounce each (Pack of 24)

One of my favorite instant noodle documentaries

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Nissin Germany

This box just didn’t want to seem to show up – but it did, thankfully! Let’s see what’s inside!

Product Samples From Nissin – Germany

Very well packed!

Hey look (click to enlarge)! Six of the version of Demae Ramen sold in Germany!

Here’s how their Cup Noodles look (click to enlarge).

A new variety of Soba and one I’ve wanted to review for a long time (click to enlarge) – Smack!

Three new varieties of their Soba range (click to enlarge).

A coffee mug (click to enlarge)!

Chopsticks (click to enlarge)!

Hats (click to enlarge)!

An apron (click to enlarge)! Thank you very much – looking forward to reviewing these and already wearing one of the hats!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Nissin Foods GmbH

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Nissin Foods GmbH - Germany - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

Interview With Nissin Foods GmbH * Product Samples From Nissin Foods GmbHNissin Demae Ramen Tokyo Soy SauceNissin Cup Noodles ShrimpsNissin Demae Ramen SpicyNissin Soba Nudeln Mit Yakisoba Sauce Sukiyaki BeefNissin Demae Ramen Thai Tom YumNissin Cup Noodles Ente (Duck)Nissin Demae Ramen Garlic Chicken FlavourNissin Soba Nudeln Mit Yakisoba Sauce Yakitori ChickenNissin Cup Noodles Curry * Nissin Demae Ramen Korean Kimchi Flavour * Nissin Cup Noodles Huhn (Chicken) * Nissin Soba Gebratene Nudeln Thai* Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy * Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy Beef Flavour

I have had a really hard time sourcing instant noodle varieties from Europe. In fact, 99% of them have come from readers. I have to fortune to know Mr. Raffael Lauser, a reviewer at Happy Souper in Germany. He told I should contact Nissin Germany and see if they’d want to play ball. Well, thanks to him, they did! Here is an interview to kick off the Nissin GmbH Meet The Manufacturer I conducted with Anna Sattelmeier, Supervisor Consumer Communication.

Interview With Nissin Foods GmbH – Germany

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers about the history of Nissin in Germany?

NISSIN FOODS GERMANY> Nissin Foods Germany was founded in 1993. In 1995 we became also the European Sales Headquarter. At that time authentic Japanese Instant noodles were almost unknown in Europe.

TRR> What was the first product you produced?

NISSIN FOODS GERMANY> We started with Cup Noodles and Top Ramen at the same time.

TRR> Your company is located in Germany. Can you tell us a little about your country and the area you’re located in?

NISSIN FOODS GERMANY> Germany is located in the middle of Europe. We have the sea to the north and the Alps to the south. The tastes of foods are correspondingly different. Germans also like more and more international
authentic foods which is a great benefit for our products.

TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?

NISSIN FOODS GERMANY> We have mainly Cup Noodles, Soba cups and bags, Demae Ramen and Top Ramen.

TRR> Nissin Soba – the cups are very fancy – can you tell us about the noodles and cups?

NISSIN FOODS GERMANY> Soba is equipped with a special drainable cap so one can pour out the hot water through its openings after steeping the noodles. In this way the noodles are firm and thus perfect for saucy noodles.

TRR> How many noodle products do you produce every year?

NISSIN FOODS GERMANY> In our production which is located in Hungary we produced 2016 about 100 million units.

TRR> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle manufacturers?

NISSIN FOODS GERMANY> Due to the history of Nissin as the inventor of Instant noodles we have gained a great technical know-how in producing instant noodles. One of the secret of Nissin noodles lies in the products’ unique texture – Nissin noodles are firmer which have more ‘bite’ (or: are more ‘al dente’)

TRR> Do your products have primarily German tastes in mind or are there varieties that bring International tastes to the table?

NISSIN FOODS GERMANY> Even the taste within Germany –and more over in Europe –varies, thus all customers in Europe enjoy our authentic international tastes.

TRR> Are any of your varieties really spicy?

NISSIN FOODS GERMANY> I would judge Demae Ramen Spicy, Demae Ramen Korean Kimchi, Top Ramen Chili and Cup Noodles Spicy as really spicy, but of course it depends on your personal feeling, whether you consider these products as very spicy.

TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?

NISSIN FOODS GERMANY> Not focusing only at sodium intake: We would always recommend a varied diet to stay healthy.

TRR> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?

NISSIN FOODS GERMANY> Yes. As a food producer we have a great responsibility for the community.
So for example in case of natural catastrophes or similar cases we help with donations of our products.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

NISSIN FOODS GERMANY> We are constantly working on innovations. Let yourself be surprised…

TRR> In what countries are your products popular? Do people enjoy them differently in different places?

NISSIN FOODS GERMANY> Our products are very popular amongst total Europe. There is not a big difference how the people enjoy them.

TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to make them extra special?

NISSIN FOODS GERMANY> Sometimes I add some vegetables or chicken meat to the bag type products, but mostly I enjoy them pure!

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Nissin Germany and your products!

NISSIN FOODS GERMANY> Thank you and our best regards to all instant noodles fans from Germany!

Thanks to Anna for doing this interview and again to Raffael of Happy Souper!

#2350: Nissin Cup Noodles Big XO Sauce Seafood Flavour

#2350: Nissin Cup Noodles Big XO Sauce Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater  - ramen instant

Here’s another left over from the Nissin Hong Kong Meet The Manufacturer. Here’s a little about XO sauce from Wikpedia –

XO sauce is a spicy seafood sauce that originated from Hong Kong.[1] It is commonly used most in southern Chinese regions like Guangdong province.

Developed in the 1980s in Hong Kong for Cantonese cuisine, XO sauce is made of roughly chopped dried seafoods, including scallops, dried fish and shrimp, and subsequently cooked with chili peppers, onions, and garlic. This dried seafood-based sauce bears similarity to the Fujianese Shacha sauce. Spring Moon, the Peninsula Hong Kong‘s Chinese restaurant, often gets credit for the invention of XO sauce, although others claim the sauce’s origin in the urban area of Kowloon.[2]

The name XO sauce comes from fine XO (extra-old) cognac, which is a popular Western liquor in Hong Kong and thought by many to be a chic product there. In addition, the term XO is often in the popular culture of Hong Kong to denote high quality, prestige and luxury. In fact, XO sauce has been marketed in the same manner as the French liquor, using packaging of similar colour schemes.[3]

You might notice that the picture of the cup here is a little different. I found a way to take picture in low light and up the exposure recently – review #2349 was the first featuring this, and it’s seemed to work out pretty good so far. Update – on second thought, the colors just get funky so that’s that. Let’s check out this massive seafood cup!

Nissin Cup Noodles Big XO Sauce Seafood Flavour – Hong Kong

#2350: Nissin Cup Noodles Big XO Sauce Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater  - ramen instant

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add water to fill line and microwave at 800W for 4 minutes (for different wattage microwaves, use this tool to calculate for your model). Stir and enjoy!

#2350: Nissin Cup Noodles Big XO Sauce Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater  - ramen instant

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2350: Nissin Cup Noodles Big XO Sauce Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater  - ramen instant

The noodle block.

#2350: Nissin Cup Noodles Big XO Sauce Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater  - ramen instant

Some of the loose garnish and seasoning from the cup.

#2350: Nissin Cup Noodles Big XO Sauce Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater  - ramen instant

Finished (click to enlarge). There’s a whole lot of noodles in this one and they come out of the microwave piping hot. They’re soft and tasty. The broth has a very nice seafood and pork characteristic with a little sweetness. There’s shrimp, bits of pork and lots of other bits in there which round things out very nicely. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878630080.

#2350: Nissin Cup Noodles Big XO Sauce Seafood Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater  - ramen instant

Nissin Spicy Seafood Instant Authentic HK Japanese Ramen Cup Of Noodles Soup (5 Pack)

A rad commercial from the past year.

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Nissin Mexico

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Nissin Mexico

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The Meet The Manufacturer with Nissin Japan really opened some great doors – and this is another one. They put me in contact with Nissin Mexico, and now we’re starting a new Meet The Manufacturer spotlight series today! I conducted an interview with Sandra Gazca, the Marketing Manager for Mexico and Central America.

Interview With Nissin Mexico

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers about the history of Nissin in Mexico?

NISSIN MEXICO> We can say that in Mexico, we are actually new. We established a plant in 2005, and currently we have the 60% SOM in the southern part of the country and 11% SOM in the country, but we keep growing.

TRR> What was the first product you produced?

NISSIN MEXICO> The Company was founded in 1948 by Momofuku Ando, right after the WWII, and it was in 1958 when Mr. Ando developed the formula for the “Chikin Ramen”, the first instant noodle soup which is now sold by the company as Cup Noodles. Initially they were sold as a luxury item; through time, the product gained popularity and today it is part of Japanese Cuisine, and has its main consumption among young people.

TRR> Your company is located in Mexico. Can you tell us a little about your country and the area you’re located in?

NISSIN MEXICO> Nissin Foods Mexico is located in Lerma, Estado de México. Lerma is a city and municipality located just east of Toluca and 54 km west of Mexico City. Mexico is the second largest economy in Latin America and is abundant in resources it is the world’s greatest producer of silver, and also produces zinc, lead, gold, mercury, coal and copper.

According to the Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, Office of Representation in Japan, from 2005 to January 2013, Japanese companies’ investments in Mexico accounted more than US$9.6 billion in sectors such as automotive and auto parts, but also electronics, metallurgic and machinery projects, agribusiness, food processing and high technology manufacturing.

To November 2012, Mexico-Japan bilateral trade reached 20.2 billion dollars, an increase of 7.8% from the same period last year. Mexico’s exports to Japan increased by 10.6% reaching US$ 4,033 million, while imports from Japan increased by 7.1% to US$ 16,179 million. In 2011, Mexico-Japan bilateral trade reached US$ 20.5 billion, a 10.6% increase compared with 2010.

Official name: United Mexican States
Capital: Mexico City
Population: 120,286,655
Official language: Spanish
Money: Peso

TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?

NISSIN MEXICO> Based on the Global strategy of Nissin Group, we locally adapted flavors by focusing in offer a big taste differentiated by packaging. In Mexico we have five flavors of regular Cup Noodles, shrimp, spicy shrimp, beef, chicken and seafood. We also have the hottest of our noodles, Habanero with Lime Cup Noodles, which have three different flavors, sea food, chicken and shrimp. And least, we have Hot Sauce Cup Noodles, which is the perfect soup for those who enjoy their food with a slight touch of hotness, it comes in three different flavors, which are chicken, shrimp and beef, and they also include extra hot sauce so the consumer can make it as hot as he or she wants.

TRR> How many noodle products do you produce every year?

NISSIN MEXICO> Nissin Foods is the No.1 Cup Noodles Company, with the most sales worldwide. With nearly 50 years of innovation in flavors, Nissin Foods, through its Cup Noodles has sold 40 billion units in more than 80 countries all around the world.

TRR> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle manufacturers?

NISSIN MEXICO> Nissin Foods makes all of its products with 100% natural wheat, which provides energy, also Nissin develops and operates rigorous quality assurance tests, which detect dangerous substances, monitoring the handling of food from the field to the table, Nissin Cup Noodles contain no preservatives or chemical additives, the principle of conservation is based on the low amount of water contained in the product; and vegetables are also dehydrated. All ingredients used are approved by the Health Regulations for human consumption.

TRR> Do your products have primarily Mexican tastes in mind or are there varieties that bring International tastes to the table?

NISSIN MEXICO> In Mexico, and in every place we sell Cup Noodles, we have tropicalized our flavors to the local palate. Here in Mexico we have flavors such as Habanero with lime and Hot Sauce, in our Cup Noodles that give that familiar taste to our consumers. For us flavor is one of the most important values in our products, therefore we constantly develop products and flavors to satisfy the cravings of our consumers.

TRR> Are any of your varieties really spicy?

NISSIN MEXICO> In Mexico, we have Cup Noodles Habanero, which is the perfect combination among the classic flavors of Nissin soups and habanero chili. It is not only the spiciest broth, it also contains inside an envelope of Habanero sauce to make its hotness as intense as you want. You can find three different presentations of Habanero, Chicken, Shrimp and Seafood.

TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?

NISSIN MEXICO> It is important to say that, Nissin Foods makes all of its products with 100% natural wheat, which provides with energy and makes them part of the cereal food group. The consumption of products such as Cup Noodles can be included in a balanced diet without being harmful to health, if consumed in adequate amounts, in a balanced diet and as part of an active lifestyle and healthy .

Our Cup Noodles do not contain preservatives or chemical additives; the principle of conservation is based on the low amount of water contained in the product, vegetables are also dehydrated. All ingredients used are approved by strict Health Regulations for human consumption.

TRR> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?

NISSIN MEXICO> Since WWII, Nissin constantly struggles to fight against hunger across multiple resources. Nissin is part of The World Instant Noodles Association, which aims to improve safety and quality of instant noodles and also to provide victims of natural disasters with instant noodles. The latest natural disaster we send Cup Noodles to was Fujian Typhoon in China, last July; we sent around 120,000 soups to de zone. Before that we have helped in other places such as Ecuador (2016) after an earthquake, Tamil Nadu Flood in India (2015), Nepal Earthquake (2015), Katrina and Rita Hurricanes in the USA (2005), among other disasters.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

NISSIN MEXICO> Yes. In Nissin Foods Mexico we are preparing the launchings that will be on the market by next year (2017). We worked on a product, Cup Noodles Gourmet, that it is outside the “instant noodles” category and will belong to the “ready meal “category, which actually in Mexico is having a CARG of 6%.; we will offer new flavors, targeted to the young adults, who are searching to compensate a hard daily work. Cup Noodles Gourmet is perceived by the consumer with a plus, because of its unique benefits and differentiations which are:
• Flavor: Spicy Shrimp broth.
• Size: Bigger Shrimps plus more vegetables.
• Pre- cooked noodles made by wheat flour.

Cup Noodles Gourmet, also involves a new technology on the cup, Eco-style that no other product in Mexico has. This ecofriendly cup reduces wastes dramatically, positioning Nissin Foods as a pioneer on introducing this materials and follow the waste reduction trends.

TRR> In what countries are your products popular? Do people enjoy them differently in different places?

NISSIN MEXICO> The place where se sell the most Cup Noodles is China, with 40,430 units, followed by Indonesia with 13,200 sold units and Japan with 5,540 units. We have the record of 40 billion Cup Noodles sold around the world. We are present in more than 80 countries around the world, in each place we detect the favorite flavors for the local palates and we adapt our products to them.

TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to make them extra special?

NISSIN MEXICO> The Cup Noodles for the Mexican market has already lemon and spicy, this means that it has the Mexican flavor that is part of the Mexican gastronomic culture.
THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Nissin Mexico and your products!

With that, let’s begin Meet The Manufacturer! I want to thank Sandra Gazca, Adriana De Vizcaya and Daisuke Okabayashi for making this happen.

The Ramen Rater’s 6th Annual Momofuku Ando Day

The Ramen Rater's Sixth Annual Momofuku Ando Day

Every year, I celebrate the life and innovative achievements of Momofuku Ando, the inventor of the instant noodle. This year, I thought it’d be neat to show different varieties of Cup Noodles, a global brand that celebrated its 45th anniversary last year.

Cup Noodle (or Cup Noodles) were realized while Mr. Ando was travelling. He noticed businessmen adding chunks of instant noodles to their coffee cups, filled with boiling water. This concept reaches a new level by creating noodle blocks that go into the cup and are elevated slightly. Boiling water is introduced and the space above and below the block allow the boiling water to reach all surfaces of the noodle, making them prepare evenly.

In this video, I take a look at six different Cup Noodles varieties from around the world as well as a recipe for yakisoba using Nissin Yakisoba from Japan.

Nissin Yakisoba – Japan

Nissin Yakisoba with Chashu Pork + Mayonnaise

Finished (click to enlarge). So I made the yakisoba using the standard instruction. Second, I also added some chashu pork and karashi mayonnaise.

To get the mayo to look like this here’s what I do. I take a sandwich baggie and add mayonnaise to one end. On the other, poke three holes in the corner. Squeeze the mayo at one end over to the other. I usually give it a squeeze over the sink to make sure which side it will squirt out of. This saves an epic mess. Finally, I just go back and forth over the noodles and chashu and end up with this effect. Actually, its kind of like a piping gun – this way you can just chuck the baggie in the trash. Specifically its very convenient. Also, if you have any yakisoba that comes with a sachet of mayo, you could poke a push pin in the end.

Happy Momofuku Ando Day to everyone! A great day to thank the man who brought one of our favorite foods into the world!

#2298: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

Finally, 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 make it healthier. Some changes are no added MSG and no artificial flavors. Furthermore they’ve lowered the amount of sodium in these cups from the previous versions using potassium chloride.  So, let’s give this Spicy Chile Chicken a try!

#2298: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

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

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

The iconic cup in all of its glory! Maybe the same old cup, but it works well.

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

The seasoned noodle block.

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

Seasoning and loose vegetables from the cup. Seems like some bell pepper, corn and chicken bits here.

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, sous vide chicken, spring onion and nanami togarashi. The noodles hydrated well and had a better than expected chewiness. In addition, broth has a very good taste – a light spiciness with a kind of cumin hit – maybe chile de arbol pepper? As a result, I think spicy chile chicken is a fitting title. Finally, the vegetables hydrated well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662030110.

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Flavor Chile Chicken, 2.25-Ounces (Pack of 12)

A Nissin Foods USA promo video about the new version Cup Noodles line this Spicy Chile Chicken variant is part of.

Samples Of Nissin Imports – Now Available On Amazon

Got a very unexpected knock on the door this morning and the FedEx guy was there!

I wonder what they could be?

So it looks like Nissin USA is now distributing the popular Raoh line here in the United States. They’ve got them on Amazon – Umami Soy Sauce (Shoyu), Umami Tonkotsu (pork bone broth), and Umami Miso. Looks like they’re ten packs and all Prime. If you like premium instant varieties of classic Japanese ramen, this is definitely something to check out, and I’ll be reviewing them soon! Thank you!