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#2239: Nissin Cup Noodles Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

After a few decades, Nissin decided they wanted to make some changes to one of their flagship products here in the United States, Cup Noodles. They’ve lowered sodium and now there is no added MSG and no artificial flavors. I thought this was kind of interesting as last year they came out with these new cups, but it looks like they’re not available anymore. Let’s have a look at this iconic domestic instant noodle in a cup.

Detail of the cardboard outer (click to enlarge).

Detail of the ingredients panel (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. If you’re curious, here’s the nutrition facts from both the new recipe and old recipe so you can compare .

The foam cup in all of it’s glory.

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, DO NOT MICROWAVE THE CUP. DON’T DO IT. IF YOU DO, YOU WILL RECEIVE THE IRE OF THE RAMEN RATER. Open lid halfway and add boiling water to inside fill line. Cover. Let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy! AGAIN, DON’T MICROWAVE THE CUP!

The noodle block.

Some of the loose seasoning and vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kizami shoga, spring onion, hard boiled egg, shichimi togarashi and chicken cooked sous vide style at 147°F for 135 minutes with Johnny’s Chicken & Pork seasoning. The noodles hydrated well and there were a lot of them. The broth was salty and chicken flavored – pretty good. The included vegetable bits hydrated perfectly and were of good quality. I tried these and the old version back to back recently. I found the new recipe’s noodle had a little less chewiness to them compared to the old recipe. I also noticed the flavor of the broth seemed to concentrate more on a mushroom base rather than chicken. When I sampled the noodles today without something to compare them to, I didn’t feel any of these things; they just tasted like a regular chicken Cup Noodles. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662030035.

Nissin Chicken Cup Noodles, 24 Count

Nissin Foods hasn’t changed the recipe for Cup Noodles since their unveiling in 1971.

Re-Review: Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Flavor King Cup

Here’s the original review. It’s cold today so I thought it sounded good. I figure I should mention – there will be some new reviews very soon! I am working on a huge project that’s been taking so much time. A hint – it has to do with upgrading this blog! I’ve been editing every post and image. A lot of work let me tell you! It will definitely be worth it in the end!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kamaboko, stir fry vegetables, an egg, sweet onion and processed cheese. Awesome – just as good as last time – 4.75 out of 4.0 stars! UPC bar code 648436100705 .


Here’s a Korean Kokomen TV commercial

A video of Lee Kyung-Kyu making Kokomen!

#927: Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Flavor King Cup

Here’s some more Kokomen – this is the one sold in the USA! It’s a really rainy day today and some spicy chicken noodles sound really tasty! Let’s hit it!

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Note the address on the lower left – these must be Gangnam style!

The noodle block.

The powder seasoning packet.

Ahhh – Jalapeno and chicken powder! Smells great!

Those little white strips? Dehydrated chicken!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sliced turkey breast (how fitting for this week), sweet onion, Krazy Mixed Up Salt and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are really good, although I think the pack variety’s offering is a little better. The broth is wonderful – a nice jalapeno chicken flavor. The veggies are nice and the little bits of chicken are neat to see. I love this stuff – jalapeno chicken noodle soup is right up my alley! Just like the Kko Kko Myun King Cup from Korea, I give it 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 648436100705 .


Here’s a Korean Kokomen TV commercial

A video of Lee Kyung-Kyu making Kokomen!

#918: Nongshim Tempura Udon Flavor Cup Ramyun

Here’s the last of the new Nongshim cups – looks like a good one too!

Here’s a close-up of the lid.

Here’s the information from the side panels (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The seasoning powder packet.

Here’s the powder – has a kind of sweetness to it.

Here’s everything that was in the cup as far as veggies go. Lots of nice looking bits of pieces including narutomaki and other goodies!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added odeng, kamaboko, sweet onion, green onion and a pinch of Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are good – a little wider than what you normally see in a cup noodle and not at all spongy. The broth is a sweet and seafood flavor I liked very much. As for the extras like the veggies and narutomaki, it’s superb – they hydrate very nicely. It seemed a little more ‘premium’ than I expected from a little cup noodle and I really liked it a lot! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146017096

PSY is now a spokesperson for Nongshim and so I thought I’d throw this in – it’s PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ but as a Halloween light display – just watch it…

A sneak preview of the upcoming Public Television (PBS) Series Kimchi Chronicles starring Marja Vongerichten and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The series is a food and travel show that discovers Korean food and culture over a 13 episode journey. Guest stars include Hugh and Deb Jackman and Heather Graham.

#823: Meet The Manufacturer: Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Flavor

Finally after a long wait, Kkokkomyun has come to the United States as Kokomen! This is the instant that brought about the whole ‘white broth’ craze in Korea. Here’s an excerpt from my interview with Paldo:

TRR> After a very long wait, Kokomen has just been released in the United States. Could you tell us about Kokomen and how it came into existence and what makes it special?

PALDO> Usually New Ramen comes out from existing similar types. For instance, Jjajang, Jjambbong, Yuk-gye-jang, Cold Noodle, Kissmyon, Nagasaki Jjambbong Etc. But, Kokomen is very unique and prototype of all recipes. Kokomen was introduced through a Cooking Contest and food critics and people were amazed by the taste of it. Paldo took this recipe and developed to a total brand new product to our consumers.

I reviewed the Korean version in the past and now, here’s the US version. I should also mention is nabbed 8th place in my Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time recently!

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

The big noodle block.

The seasoning packet.

Lots of tasty powder!

The veggie packet.

Lots of veggie here – a definite plus!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some over baked chicken I made with Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt.  The noodles are plump and plentiful – they have a very nice texture. The broth is awesome – has a strong jalapeno flavor as well as a great chicken taste. The veggies are of a nice quantity and are really quite tasty! These components come together to create an original and extremely tasty noodle soup which I am happy to again give 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – excellent! I recommend it. UPC bar code 648436100682.


The Kkokkomyun commercial – with Lee Kyung-Kyu!

Here’s Lee Kyung-Kyu – I think this might be an interview about Kkokkomyun.

#681: Nongshim Hearty Rice Noodle Black Bean & Vegetables

This is one that’s been in the ramen hamper for a while and so it’s time to give it a go. I’m usually a little leery of the noodles with the thick black coating, but I’m throwing caution to the wind; I liked the last Jjajangmen I had so why not!

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

Had a different Nongshim variety a long time ago that used these noodles. They’re like long rice micro-macaroni! I think the idea is you get the wider gauged noodle without the chewiness you would get if they weren’t hollow.

A packet of veggies…

A nice melange of color and variety. What you do is boil the noodles with the veggies (and add any you might want – I added some C&W frozen Stir Fry Vegetables) and afterwards…

This packet will enter the big pot of drained noodles.

Here’s what it looks like.

Also a packet of vegetable oil. Stir, Stir, stir!

Click image to enlarge. Well this looks shmancy! The noodles are nice – they don’t seem like your typical rice noodles at all; chewy but not overly so. The black bean veggie sauce is good, although I found myself adding a little salt. The veggies were all good. Not bad at all and was filling. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars! UPC barcode 031146007400. Get it here.

Neato! Is this a store in the US or Korea?

Homemade Jia Jang Men

Meet The Manufacturer Re-Review: Tat Hui’s KOKA Tom Yum Flavour Instant Rice Noodles

Here’s another of KOKA’s varieties – this time in a bowl and with rice noodles. Notice in the directions that it specifies how much water to add – that’s pretty awesome.

Here’s the side panel information (click image to enlarge).

A seasoning powder and liquid packet.

The garnish packet – this time, the contents are steeped with the noodles.

Here’s everything in the bowl awaiting two cups of boiling water.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a scrambled egg with some Tabasco Jalapeno hot sauce on top. The rice noodles are the kind I like – wide, thin and very light. The broth is interesting – very lemony and spicy but has a bit more shrimp or seafood taste that I like. The garnish had little shrimps in it that were good too. ASll in all, a decent Tom Yum bowl – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 639192721648 – get it here!

A band called The Slurps playing a song called KOKA Noodles.

KOKA TV commercial

Meet The Manufacturer Re-Review: Tat Hui’s KOKA Curry Flavour Instant Non-Fried Noodles

Here’s another one – curry flavor!!! This is the four pack.

I ate the contents of this package!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). 0.7g of fat!

Here’s the noodle block – really light.

One packet of dry seasonings.

Here’s the dry powder – has a very nice curry scent!

Here’s the veggie pack…

I love this.

This time, these get cooked with the noodles.

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles are just like in the last coupe packs – a decent firmness and chewiness and still not super thick. The broth is sweet and spicy – but in a curry way. It works and is quite tasty. The veggies are spot on – I really enjoyed how the peas re-hydrated – very nice and fresh. Excellent – 4.25 our of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 8888056000258 – get it here.

KOKA TV commercial

A UK KOKA commercial.

Meet The Manufacturer Re-Review: Tat Hui’s KOKA Spicy Sesame Flavour Instant Non-Fried Noodles

Here’s one of the samples sent to me by Khong Guan marketing manager James Parr – thanks again! I haven’t had this is a very long time – since the 230’s! This is what a four pack looks like.

Here’s what a single package looks like.

Here’s the back – note the nutrition facts (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the noodle block. As I’ve said before, it’s a surprise to me how light this block weighs. Being a low fat variety too, I am surprised how the uncooked noodles taste – crunchy and light – not like uncooked spaghetti.

In this packet, we have powdered seasoning and oil.

Upon putting these seasonings in this cup, the air around my desk was immediately infused with a strong scent of sesame oil!

The noodles cook for three minutes. After that, they go in a bowl and you sprinkle the garnish on top!

I find this just fascinating; I don’t know if other companies do this, but if they do, they don’t mention it. I asked what the differences that seasonal availability would provide, but I didn’t get an answer to that one – I imagine it may be a somewhat guarded secret as this stuff is amazing!

Here’s what was in this particular garnish packet – could be different next time!

The finished product (click image to enlarge). Nothing extra added. First off, the noodles – are light, slightly chewy and very nice in quality. There’s absolutely no compromise in flavor or texture here. The broth is good stuff – a strong sesame flavor and a good bite to it – my mouth’s got a nice burn going on but not making me run to put the fire out. Finally, the garnish. The garnish has a nice frsh veggie taste that is second to none. I used to just cook this in with the noodles and seasonings as you usually do with a veggie pack – big mistake. Putting this on top is so wonderful! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – just like when I reviewed it last time. UPC code 8888056000241 – get it here!

KOKA Commercial

Singapore: where these noodles come from