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#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Well would you look at that! Top Ramen. An American original. You might be thinking ‘aww that’s Japanese,’ but this stuff is as American as it gets. The flavor is made to appeal to the local market. What bums me out is when I say ‘an American original’ all I can think about is my favorite political show which is no more. My dad used to watch The McLaughlin Group for years and I finally hit an age after he was gone that I checked it out and got hooked on it. I’d torture poor Andy and make him watch it all the time. But Dr. McLaughlin died a couple years ago, and they ended the series long run. I would be curious how it would have been if he would have stayed alive longer – how the show would be these days. Anyways, I’ve gone way off track. So soy sauce is known as Shoyu in Japan. This is a kind of Shoyu ramen. Let’s check i tout!

Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Says vegetarian on the front and looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

The noodle block.

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

The soup base sachet.

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, spring onion, narutomaki, chashu pork and nanami togarashi. The noodles hydrate as expected. They have a very standard baseline kind of chew – slight plumpness works but just seems a hint less chew than should be. The broth seems much changed from the original Oriental’ flavor. This new recipe definitely has strong notes of mushroom, undoubtedly from replacement of artificial flavors. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662010013.

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Nissin Top Ramen – Soy Sauce Flavor (pack of 24) Formerly Oriental Flavor, Same Great Flavor

The ones I’m reviewing today were in a box the company sent

#2423: Ve Wong Kung-Fu Instant Oriental Noodles Soup Artificial Onion Flavor

Another one sent by Colin. I haven’t had any of this brand in quite some time! I should also say I’ve not had an onion flavor instant in quite a while too. Very curious about this one – let’s have a look! NOTE – I just was looking for info on this one and as it turned out, I reviewed it in 2010! It was review #99. I’ll still slap a new number on this one though. What’s funny is if you look at the packaging on it from back then, it says ‘New.’ It still says new! I’m sorry, but this isNOT new.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block and sachet contents to a bowl and add 400ml boiling water. Cover for 3-5 minutes. stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry base sachet.

A powder flecked with herbs.

An oil sachet.

Has an onion scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The nice and comfortable – pretty good. The broth was a definitely onion flavored one – and it really is strong onion. Kind of like I said in a previous review – this is like Funyuns soup! On this go around over six years later, the package still says new and the flavor seems a bit better. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710008211686.

Ve Wong Oriental Style Instant Noodle Vegetarian Flavor Soup Base 3 oz

Looks like a drama where one of the characters is enjoying a bowl of instant noodles from Ve Wong.

#2034: Fantastic Noodles Oriental Flavour

Here’s another one sent by Jen from Australia – thanks again! So this one’s an Australian brand. I’ve seen these around for a long time but never before have been able to get any to try. Today, it’ll be Oriental flavor. Okay, so what is Oriental flavor? Of course I should know; I’ve tried over 2,000 varieties! I’m The Ramen Rater! Well, hate to break it to you folks, but I haven’t the slightest idea what Oriental flavor is. My best guess would be a flavor that’s good, but not really definable. Another guess is a vegetarian accessible variety that shouldn’t make meat eaters say ‘eww – that’s for the plant eaters.’ What odd about this flavor is that the term Oriental evokes racist tones that offend some people from Asia. So, either the companies don’t know this or don’t care. Anyways I’m not a fan of offending people – if I ever start a noodle company this flavor won’t be on the menu. Alright enough with the pleasantries – let’s crack this cup open and see what we’ve got here.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, empty sachet contents into cup and fill to line with boiling water. Cover and steep 2-3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A powder sachet.

A superfine powder.

The vegetables sachet.

These are ‘seasonal’ vegetables. Carrot I think I see amogst other things.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles are thick and have a nice chewy texture compared to many. It was a pleasant surprise here. The flavor is ‘Oriental,’ which I can only describe as kind of a buttery salty concoction; almost like chicken flavor but not quite. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9310155680509.

Vegemite (220 gram)

A Fantastic Noodles TV commercial.

Re-Review: MAMA Oriental Style Instant Noodles Hot & Spicy Flavor

Just to begin with – Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Someone was commenting about the different between this one and a more recent review of a MAMA hot and spicy variety from Bangladesh. Then they said they ordered some on Amazon and got a different version from either of those – the Oriental Kitchen pack version! Wow – lots of different kinds. This one is more along the lines of ramyun in it’s noodles being much thicker (the kamaboko and peppers are also kind of a dead giveaway). Let’s check it out – last time I had it was for review #159!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add package contents to 400ml boiling water and cook for 4 to 4 1/2 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet of chilli powder on the left and soup base on the right.

The chilli powder atop the soup base.

The veggie sachet.

A nice little mix.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles are definitely ramyun style – thick and chewy. Also ramyun style is the broth – spicy and red! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 052066002016.

Mama – Hot & Spicy Flavour – Oriental Style Instant Noodles

A TV spot for MAMA Tom Yum Mohfai and pork noodle.

#1952: Ve Wong Kung-Fu Brand Instant Oriental Noodle Soup Artificial Beef Flavor

Here’s one I thought would be a re-review. I was on the 99 Ranch Market noodle aisle and though ‘hey this would be an interesting one to check out to test my new camera setup.’ Well as it turns out, I’ve never reviewed this one – very strange! As for my new camera setup, it’s been a rough go. I’ve never used DSLR in the past – only point and shot. It’s a pretty steep learning curve and the first day I had this thing I was ready to chuck it out the window! But after some time I’m starting to get the hang of it. Lightbulbs, lenses, f-stops, ISO settings and shutter speeds. It’s a lot to juggle and I still don’t think I’ve found the sweet spot yet. But I’m still working on it! Anyways, let’s check out the interesting looking beef variety from Taiwan.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, there are two methods: the instant method and the cooking method (I’ll be using the latter). The cooking method says to add everything to a pot with 2 cups boiling water for 2-3, stir and enjoy. The instant method says to add everything to a bowl and add 400ml boiling water, cover for 3-5 minutes, stir, and enjoy.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Beeftastic!

A seasoned oil sachet.

Very orange!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage and coriander. The noodles are nice – a light chew and good quantity. The broth has a good beef taste and a very nice oiliness to it. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710008211617.

Oriental Style Beef Noodle(30 packages)

A recipe for Taiwanese beef noodle soup – in your slow cooker.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1333: Sakura Noodle Chikara Brand Udon Oriental Flavor

I asked my wife to pick today’s variety and she picked this one. I was thinking – what is Oriental flavor? Well, the French version tells us. I tried Google’s auto translate and it thought it was Spanish for ‘nice.’ In French, bonito means bonito. So, what does bonito mean? Simple.

bonito

bəˈnētō/
noun
noun: bonito; plural noun: bonitos
1.a smaller relative of the tunas, with dark oblique stripes on the back and important as a food and game fish.

Ah ha! Fish! It’s only logical, really. Fish is a staple all across the world and particularly in Asia. I think fish sounds good today – let’s give this a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil 1 3/4 cups of water and cook noodles for 2 minutes. Add the contents of the sachet towards the end of cooking. Enjoy!

The fresh noodle pouch.

The soup base sachet.

A light powder.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kamaboko, sweet onion, chikawa, squid, shitaruba, green onion and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles have a great chew yet again. Thick and luxuriously hearty. The broth has a nice seafood taste; slightly sweet and smoky. Good stuff! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 078128120016.

Here’s an interesting video about bonito processing. Bonito is caught, prepared and smoked. The end product is katsuobushi, and it’s a long involved process.

#1015: Tradition Oriental Style Ramen Noodle Soup

It’s amazing; can go to a supermarket nearby and find something new! This one’s a Kosher instant from Tradition. It also looks to be vegetarian. I was asked if I could mention if an instant contained meat products or not, so I think I’ll be doing that.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Appears to not contain meat.

The noodle block.

TThe seasoning packet.

Has a slightly sweet and salty soy taste.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli, sweet onion and green bell pepper. The noodles are pretty good – nothing remarkable though. The broth was kind of bland. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 735375118073 – get it here.

Part one of a documentary series called ‘Stricly Kosher.’

#1009: Western Family Instant Noodles In A Cup Oriental

Here’s another that we got in Canada on my birthday. Here in the area I live, Western Family is a store brand, but never have I seen an instant noodle of theirs. Honestly, I haven’t seen any store brand instants here – not that they don’t exist. Well, let’s check out these noodles in a cup!

Here’s what’s on the cardboard packaging (click image to enlarge). The instructions on the left are on the top and the Nutrition Facts on the right are on the bottom.

A plain white foam cup.

Here’s a close-up of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block. But where are the veggies and seasoning?

Well, the seasoning powder is here at least.

\Both the vegetables and the seasoning are in here! Interesting.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kamaboko, green bell pepper, Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake, sweet onion, broccoli and kizami shoga (pickled ginger). The noodles are crumbly and of slight backbone. The broth has a medium bland taste of salt and vegetables, and the veggies were so-so. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 062639297121.

Tomorrow, we’re driving to Portland, OR. I’ve been given the great opportunity to check out a few hours of the instant noodle workshop offered by the Wheat Marketing Center! I’ll be doing a special post about my trip and let everyone know more about the Wheat Marketing Center and what goes on there. Stay tuned!

#944: Wai Wai Brand Oriental Style Instant Noodles (Dry Version)

I reviewed this one years back – in the first 50 reviews. Back then I reviewed it as a soup. Recently, it was brought to my attention that these could be made in a different way – drained. Sure enough, on the back of the package are instructions on how to make them this way. I have deemed this worthy of a new review! Here we go.

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

Here’s the noodle block in all of its pre seasoned glory.


Here’s the dry seasonings. Top, we have chili powder and below the dry seasoning mixture.

Here’s the seasoning mixture topped with the chili powder.

The oil packet.

This one has a strong onion scent – very nice.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a couple fried eggs and some turkey with some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake and Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce and stir fry veggies. The noodles are pretty good – chewy and plentiful. The flavoring is very strong – hot, salty and full of flavor. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8850100101105 – get it here.

A really odd Wai Wai commercial.

Another strange Wai Wai ad!

Meet The Manufacturer #889: Yamachan Ramen Rich Shoyu Ramen

This is the last of the samples I got from Yamachan Ramen! Must admit I’m sad to see them go! Very tasty fare and it’s been a lot of fun! This one’s shoyu. Let’s give it a try.

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

Here are the bags of fresh ramen noodles.

The soup base.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli, yellow onion, green bell pepper, turkey breast, hard boiled egg, kizami shoga (pickled ginger), green onions and Ajishima Kimchi furikake. The noodles are nice – chewy and fresh. The broth is pretty good – has a strong soy taste but also a bitterness and a sweetness – as lot going on there. Good stuff! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 767921011101 .

A neat video on how they demo the mild Yamachan Ramen varieties at a grocery store.

How to make Yakibuta Ramen – this is classic!

Re-Review: Ve Wong Kung Fu Artificial Chicken Flavor Instant Oriental Noodle Soup

The other day we walked over to 99 Ranch Market and my son bought some kamaboko and three packs of instant noodles. This is one of the packs he picked out.

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

The noodle block.

The single seasoning packet.

Yellowish seasoning. Salty and chickenny.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli, bell pepper and kamaboko. The noodles have an okay texture, but they have a funky flavor I didn’t like. The broth however is quite good – with bits of onion and a nice chicken flavor. too bad about the noodles – 2.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar coder 4710008211648 – get it here.

Ve Wong TV commercial.

Here’s another – check out the iMac!

#777: Mr. Noodles Oriental Flavour Instant Noodles

How awesome – Canadian instant noodles! Thanks go to Mark K. and Erika L. for getting these to me! I asked my wife to pick which one to try first – she said with a resounding note of certainty, “Oriental.” Indeed, it shall be the first one of these I sample.

Interesting – they’re imported into Canada, but from where? I’ve been told these are sold at Canadian Wal-Mart stores. Click image to enlarge.

Looks like your standard instant noodle block. The noodles are crunchy and a little rich.

Sigh – a lonely single packet of seasoning. The other side says the same but in French.

The seasoning. It actually has a nice flavor to it – soy and sweet and salty.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some veggies, some beef lunch meat and a couple fried eggs with some Krazy Mixed Up Salt on ’em. This is not what I expected; I would say this is a cross between Top Ramen and Pot Noodle. The noodles are a trip – they’re almost covered in a layer of sticky gluten, maybe more slimy than sticky. The broth is a trip – it’s not overly salty and has a really light flavor. This really is a Top Ramen meets Pot Noodle collision; kind of bland with saucy noodles. It’s interesting, that’s for sure – how weird! All said and done, they’re not bad but certainly not great. I give this one 2.75 out of 5.0 stars – could’ve used more flavor and more backbone on the noodle. UPC bar code 059491000600 .

These guys came to mind as soon as I heard of this brand.

Rad time lapse of noodles cooking themselves.