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#2827: Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise-No Yakisoba Aurora Sauce Flavor

#2827: Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise-No Yakisoba Aurora Sauce Flavor zenpop zenpop.jp

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘Yakisoba noodles seasoned with Aurora (French for sunrise) sauce. The pinkish sauce with the fancy name is basically a mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise, which are both favorite for the Japanese. It’s unique but addictive!’ Sounds interesting – let’s crack it open and have a look!

Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise-No Yakisoba Aurora Sauce Flavor – Japan

#2827: Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise-No Yakisoba Aurora Sauce Flavor zenpop zenpop.jp

Detail of the outer wraps (click to enlarge). Contains chickwen. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Use drain spout to drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2827: Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise-No Yakisoba Aurora Sauce Flavor zenpop zenpop.jp

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2827: Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise-No Yakisoba Aurora Sauce Flavor zenpop zenpop.jp

The noodle block.

#2827: Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise-No Yakisoba Aurora Sauce Flavor zenpop zenpop.jp

Loose bits from the tray.

#2827: Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise-No Yakisoba Aurora Sauce Flavor zenpop zenpop.jp

A liquid sachet.

#2827: Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise-No Yakisoba Aurora Sauce Flavor zenpop zenpop.jp

A tomato scented sauce.

#2827: Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise-No Yakisoba Aurora Sauce Flavor zenpop zenpop.jp

A dry base sachet.

#2827: Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise-No Yakisoba Aurora Sauce Flavor zenpop zenpop.jp

Looks like some form of togarashi or other.

#2827: Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise-No Yakisoba Aurora Sauce Flavor zenpop zenpop.jp


Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and white onion. The noodles were great – just what I expect from the Ippei-chan series. The flavor… Well, it’s definitely smacking of mayonnaise and ketchup, what we call here in the United States as fry sauce. Just doesn’t seem right. I could see it with yakitori perhaps, sure – but with noodles it just seems wrong to me somehow. I will give it this – it’s unique. Maybe I’m just too much of an adherent to the classic yakisoba. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881436557.

#2827: Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise-No Yakisoba Aurora Sauce Flavor zenpop zenpop.jp


A TV commercial for Ippei-chan yakisoba.

#2631: Isoyama Shoji 18禁カレーラーメン (Age 18 Restricted La-Men Curry Taste)

#2631: 18禁カレーラーメン (Age 18 Restricted La-Men Curry Taste) - Japan - The Ramen Rater

First thing, I want to thank Jay H. from Taiwan for sending this 18禁カレーラーメン over to me. He checked out the Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition and thought I should give this a try.

I’ve seen this quite a few times online but never have seen it available, nor have I really seen a lot of people talking about it. I find it very intriguing and interesting; it’s a spicy noodle from Japan, and usually, those don’t tend to be extremely spicy from what I’ve seen and tried.

Well, today I have the flu. For some reason, maybe like one of those hallucinatory fever dreams playing in the back of my head while it feels as though it’s going to explode from congestion, squirting eye balls and constant sneezing, I thought this would be a great day to give this a shot. Well, I mean curry noodles sounded good and I kind of discarded the concept of them being very spicy as I’ve never had one from Japan that’s really had any burn. At the bottom is a video of me attempting to eat this while I had the flu. Watch that and then watch my rematch video here! Let’s have a look at 18禁カレーラーメン.

18禁カレーラーメン (Age 18 Restricted La-Men Curry Taste) – Japan

#2631: 18禁カレーラーメン (Age 18 Restricted La-Men Curry Taste) - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Might contain meat but unsure. To prepare, add noodle block to 700ml boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Add in powder base. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2631: 18禁カレーラーメン (Age 18 Restricted La-Men Curry Taste) - Japan - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2631: 18禁カレーラーメン (Age 18 Restricted La-Men Curry Taste) - Japan - The Ramen Rater

A large powder sachet.

#2631: 18禁カレーラーメン (Age 18 Restricted La-Men Curry Taste) - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Had to use a bigger bowl for this stuff. A slightly granular mixture here.

#2631: 18禁カレーラーメン (Age 18 Restricted La-Men Curry Taste) - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Finished (click to enlarge). I was kind of taken aback at the sheer amount of water required for this one – 700ml is a lot. However, the noodle block accommodated and we see here a lot of plump noodles. They didn’t come out poorly either – they’re pretty decent. Now for the broth. The broth was something that my flu symptoms didn’t know how to combat. I had a bit of the noodle, then some broth and after about ten seconds, I felt this pain in my gut; like the I’m either going to vomit or shit my pants kind of gut pain. I had taken some cough syrup about a half hour before, too. Was trying these while sick a good idea? Was this a bad batch of noodles? A big yes to the first and a definite no to the second. I would have thought that if anything the spiciness would have been downplayed a bit since my tastebuds are all jacked up, but I have a feeling it amplified the spicy effect. I think the gut pain was the stuff hitting a gut full of medication and post nasal drippings. Luckily, Jay is going to send another pack of these and I will definitely try again once I’m feeling better. One thing I’ll say – this is a lot of noodles and broth and exceedingly spicy as well. After the rematch, I have fcome to a conclusion. This is the spiciest instant noodle I’ve ever had. It burned bad, twsited my gut up, laid waste to my soul. It makes every spicy variety I’ve had thus far taste like sugar water. Not only that, I think it tastes horrible. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. . 18禁カレーラーメン, you beat my sick self down. JAN bar code 4937211002331.

18 prohibited curry ramen

Watch me attempt to eat this bowl of noodles mukbang style (scarf it down) while I have the flu.

#1768: New Touch Negi Miso no Ippin Ramen

Here’s another one that was sent to me by Javier over at Box From Japan – thanks! Box From Japan is a subscription service – you can get a box sent to you every month with some great noodles within! From what I’m reading, it sounds like this one has a lot of garlic, green onion and leek influence on it. Sounds really good – let’s check it out!

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains meat. to prepare, add in contents of sachet and 430ml boiling water. Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of both side of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a nice miso scent.

A smaller sachet.

A garlic scented addition.

The vegetables sachet.

Pretty amazing – these blocks are freeze-dried vegetables and when added to water, they spring to life!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added egg, mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles hydrated extremely well and have a very good premium texture and chewiness. Top shelf stuff. The broth has a very rich miso flavor and a good thickness to it. The block of freeze dried green onion and leek gave everything a very enjoyable finish. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4903088004679.

12 pieces of New touch Sugomen Negimiso

Japanese kid rockin’ out back in 1983 with her boom box in this New Touch TV commercial!

#1401: Myojo Yomise No Yakisoba Shiodare Flavor With Black Pepper Mayonnaise

I’m pretty excited – we’re moving to a new apartment soon! I’ve been going through everything, boxing stuff up. Actually, I’m currently flanked by a stack of boxes that’s getting really high – and they’re pretty heavy, too. What’s going to be insane is that we will be moving to a place on the top floor – only one flight of stairs, but it’s a decent amount of stairs. Should be quite a workout! What’s nice is that it’ll be close to a nice big Asian grocery – an HMart – so there will be easy access to everything I need to add to my noodles. Anyways, yeah – pretty big thing. I thought I’d have one I found while packing – no idea how it got to where it was as I usually keep everything in a couple big totes. Let’s check out this yakisoba – with black pepper mayonnaise!

Here are pics from the bottom and sides (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the lid, under the plastic wraps (click image to enlarge). To prepare, open lid to dotted line. Take out the three sachets. Fill to line with boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Using pour spout, drain. Add the large sachet and stir well. Garnish with the two remaining sachets. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The uakisoba sauce sachet.

Smells like a sweet yakisoba sauce.

Here are both side of the black pepper mayonnaise sachet.

Here’s another garnish sachet.

Seems to be a combo of seaweed, pepper flake, green onion, and maybe some sugar and slat. If anyone knows exactly what it is, please let me know.

Here’s a little bit of the veggie mix that was in the bottom of the tray. Looks like there’s also a little beef or TVP going on as well.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed sukiyaki beef and sweet onions. The noodles have the gauge and chew of the rest of Myojo’s yakisoba line – nice and soft with a great chew to them. The flavor was pretty good, although I found it to be missing the normal yakisoba flavor of Worcestershire, it did have a light oil sweetness and saltiness. The mayonnaise and other garnish gave it a nice pepperiness that was nice. The vegetable and meat component hydrated nicely. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4902881403559.

A couple of funny Myojo instant noodle TV advertisements – they look to be a little older.

Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Samples

A package came from Annie Chun’s!

What’s under the bubbles?

Awesome! They sent three different varieties of three of their noodle lines. Get ready for some reviews! Thank, Annie chun’s!

My Son’s First Taste Of Kimchi

Click to enlarge. Today is Independence Day. I think Andy has independently decided that kimchi is not for him. Happy Fourth!

Re-Review: Meet The Manufacturer: Nongshim HooRooRook Premium Korean Noodle Soup

It’s funny how much my wife and I enjoy saying ‘HooRooRook!’ I wonder what it means though… Well, after some research, it came to my attention that it is the sound of slurping noodles.

Here’s the back of the package. Notice it’s made in Seoul – so this is Seoul food! Click image to enlarge.

The noodle block. Thin, delicate and light.

The powder base.

It’s really light and powdery.

The veggie flakes.

I really like the little thin long shreds of seaweed – those make me happy.

The soup paste.

It says to add this after cooking and mix it in. So I did.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added some Fresno peppers, green bell pepper, onion, snap peas and a coupAlso, I found that there were not only the long, thin noodles but very short slightly wider ones – interesting to see dual gauge noodles in a single block. le florets of broccoli. I really liked the broth – it was light and mellow – not to say I all of a sudden don’t like spicy and deep broth, it’s just nice for a change of pace. In the commercial and from other sources, I see that they’re saying it has some spiciness to it but it is very light. The noodles are good too – they remind me slightly of the Nongshim Hearty Beef rice noodles but a much thinner gauge. Thing is though that these aren’t rice noodles at all. What’s also nice is that the whole pack has a gram of fat, 8g protein and slightly lower sodium than others. Bottom line here is that it’s a nice, light and friendly soup that would make most people who only think instant noodles are unhealthy, cheap nasty things change their tune. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 0311461548300 – get it here.

Here’s the HooRooRook commercial with subtitles, starring K-Pop star IU.

Here’s a video on how you can make homemade knife-cut noodles.

#708: Wu-Mu Pork Flavor Ramen Mi Thit Bam

Got this on our recent trip to California at a 99 Ranch down there. I rememebr enjoying the beef one I got the time before in California during our honeymoon, so figured it’d be a good idea to give this one a try!

The package back (click image to enlarge). Notice the directions – they don’t say how much boiling water – except in the microwave part. Actually, if you look at the Chinese, you can see the number 550 in there. Sometimes there are packs or cups with nothing in English and those numbers can be really helpful. Single digits like 3 or 4 can be minutes of cooking. 550 would usually be the amount of water in mL or cc.

These looks to be the standard steamed noodles that Wu-My likes to use.

Hey – get your grubby mitts offa my sauce bag! Actually, this contains dry seasonings.

See? Not real saucy. Dry soup base and veggies.

Here’s some seasoned oil.

Pretty standard seasoned oil.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I scrambled an egg with a little Kikkoman Soy Sauce, added some turkey breast, some store brand stir fry veggies and a little Ajishima Kim Chi furikake. The noodles were a big letdown here. Very chewy – overly so. They also didn’t take on the flavor of the broth. The broth was pretty lackluster as well. A surprise since the beef ramen they make was so good! Well, there’s one more variety to try they make in this line so I’ll have to give that one a shot. Most of their products are really good but not a fan of this one, sad to say. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 673367040448 .

Taiwanese pork noodles video

Taiwanese tourism video

#452: Myojo Hyoubanya no Chukasoba Japanese Style Noodles Soy Sauce Flavor

Well lookie here! My wife and I were at H-Mart and she spied these on the lower shelf. We tried the ones in the blue packaging – the Oriental flavor – awhile back and those were quite delicious. Since these must be purchased in a five pack, I figured let’s give them a go – she should dig ’em!

Only one packet for this one. Very simple.

Darkish brown powdery soup base. I would have expected a liquid packet as it is soy sauce flavor, but let’s wait and see…

Click image to enlarge. Two eggs were boiled with the noodles for three minutes. This was excellent. The noodles had a nice amount of chewiness and tension; they’re not cheap-o noodles that’s for sure. The broth was very good – a nice rich soy sauce flavor was there. The eggs finished the dish nicely. Very pleased with this one. My wife thoroughly enjoyed it too! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars for this one from Myojo.

A commercial for a different variety of Myojo noodles featuring Ultraman!

We rode this one at Disneyland for our honeymoon – Johnny Depp wasn’t with us which was okay.

#412: Maruchan Midori No Tanuki Instant Soba Bowl

Okay so here’s something completely different for the most part. You’ll possibly remember my review on Maruchan’s Kitsune Udon? Well, this looks the same except its in a bowl whose label has more of a green label. I found the name after a search on Google as all I could read was Oriental Noodles. So something interesting I found was what this stuff’s title translates to – green raccoon! Here’s an except from a page on thisnext.com:

“Tanuki is an animal that closely ressembles a raccoon. When you see ‘tanuki’ on a noodle dish it means it has some fried tempura batter on it (tenkasu). That’s right…just the batter, not actual tempura. Warming and tasty anyway, a great cool weather snack, and a change from instant ramen! “Tan tan tanuki no….” oops Mom might read this..”

Pretty strange! Anyways, it should be about ready to eat so let’s get these picture dealt with…

Some dry seasonings – not exactly sure what’s in them, but its a lot of powder.

So from something I read the noodles are buckwheat. Definitely a bowl with some different things going on isn’t it? Well, Let’s give it a try…

Click image to enlarge. I had absolutely no idea how tasty and enjoyable green raccoon is! Actually, it is a great little bowl of soup. The noodles aren’t very firm, but they’re a little different due to the buckwheat basis. The soup broth kind of has a bit of a miso thing going on I think. The little pizza looking thing turned into some tempura with bits of peas and other stuff going on – maybe some puffed rice too. I liked it – different from what I’m used to! 4.125 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

#410: Lucky Me! Instant Bulalo (Bone Marrow Soup) Artificial Beef Flavor Instant Noodles

It’s been sitting in my big ramen box for quite a while now and been contemplating trying this one as of late. Got an email this morning from someone who read the article in the Herald about this site and this stuff was mentioned, so I thought no time like the present. Lucky me!

A couple of packets – powder on the left, strange little clove-like things and veggies on the right.

So this one is a ‘no cook’ variety, however I find that silly since it does cook just like a cup noodle. So you put the noodle block and seasonings in the bowl and add 400cc (about 2 cups) of water. Then you cover it. I’m sorry, but to me, boiling water is cooking; you’re making hot water soup right?

So I covered the bowl with the boiling water in it with the Sons of Champlin album and put a Pepsi 2 liter on top so the album might warp a little and the noodles would get their full coverage.

Click image to enlarge. Ok so here’s the deal. I have a bowl of Lucky Me! noodles a while back – Sotanghon I believe, and they came with ‘free crackers.’ This was a good deal and so I thought I’d try this one with some ‘paid for’ crackers. So there are two crushed and neatly arranged Keebler Club Butter Garlic crackers there. Also in the middle underneath the crackers is a single fried egg – it has a little pepper and a little Jane’s Crazy Mixed Up Salt.

The noodles are very good – they almost remind me of the noodles one would find in Campbell’s Beef Noodle Soup. The broth is nice and tasty. The veggies and little fake meatball thingies are really strange but fun. The whole thing ties togethe to make a tasty meal. I liked this quite a bit. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.

Sweet – original commercials rock!

This stuff looks really tasty! Easy to cook too.

#391: Myojo Hyoubanya no Chukasoba Japanese Style Noodles Oriental Flavor

So on our recent trip to the new Bellevue Uwajimaya, we got a 5-pack of this stuff. My lady Kit really enjoyed the Myojo Charmela stuff so I thought maybe this would be something she would like too.

One packet.  A sleek and awesome packet of Japanese-ness.

The powder of the packet in the bowl awaiting the noodles.

Click image to enlarge. Wow that sure looks lovely! A couple of eggs and some baked chicken breast with salt and pepper. The soup was amazingly good – had nice fish flavor. The noodles were robust and had some good chewiness. Altogether, it was a fine dinner. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.