Kit & Hans take on another Tokyo Treat box, full of fascinating items for spring! Tokyo Treak is a really great subscription box with candy, snacks and even beverages from Japan – really interesting stuff you can’t find easily outside of Japan! Let’s take a look and see what there is to enjoy! Use this link and coupon code THERAMENRATER for a discount on any subscription!
The Chocolate Break Cracks Open Tokyo Treat March 2019!
Well, it’s been a long time coming but it finally came. I’ve been wanting to see this Pokemon instant noodle cross my desk for a while. My son Andy is really into Pokemon. I mean really. You ask him what he had for lunch and you might get a ‘uhhh I forgot’ – but you ask him evolutions of all the grass-type Pokemon in the Kanto region are and he will give you a dissertation worthy of a TEDx speech. I’m serious – he has this stuff down pat.
Since it’s just after 4am and he’s still asleep, here’s a little sdomething about Pikachu, the yellow Pokemon featured on the front of this cup:
Like other species of Pokémon, Pikachu are often captured and groomed by humans to fight other Pokémon for sport. Pikachu are one of the most well-known varieties of Pokémon, largely because Pikachu is a central character in the Pokémon anime series. Pikachu is regarded as a major character of the Pokémon franchise as well as its mascot, and has become an icon of Japanese pop culture in recent years. It is also seen as one of the major mascots for Nintendo.
This one comes with a little round card you can collect – let’s check this cup out!
Sapporo Ichiban Pokemon Shoyu Ramen – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Probably contains meat and fish. To prepare, take out collectible card and add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Note – in Japan they’re known as Pocket Monsters.
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrated well and were light. The broth was a salty shoyu – nothing really amazing. The fish cake really jumped the shark here – perfect for kids. My son’s exact words were, ‘that’s a lot of Pikachu fish cake!’ 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734024057.
Here’s another one from the folks at Record China news in Japan – thank you! My son is a really big fan of Pokemon. He’s got every one’s name, what they evolve into and all Pokemon lore stuffed in that PokeDex brain of his! If any of you reading have kids that like Pokemon, you know of what I speak. Well, I’ve wanted to get some Pokemon noodles for him and this is the first! I know there are more out there and hopefully I’ll find them sooner or later! Let’s check it out!
Here’s the lid (click image to enlarge) – note the little Pikachu and Tepig kamaboko!
The side panels (click to enlarge).
A little bonus?
A little trading piece! Andy has informed me that the Pokemon on the front is called Glaceon, the ‘fresh snow’ Pokemon. It’s an ice type and evolves from Eevee. It’s from the Sinnoh region, but Eevee is from Kanto region.
The noodle block.
Here’s all the seasoning and solid ingredients from the bottom of the cup. Pretty rad kamaboko!
Here’s the Pokemaniac himself! Also got a neat little Pokemon bowl from the Record China folks – it’s smaller than expected but it’s definitely fun!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Unadulterated. The noodles are pretty decent actually – thin, noodles in a cup fare that had been pre-seasoned. Not top of the line but far from bottom of the barrel. The broth is nice – soy sauce flavor with nice rounded flavor. The corn and green onion’s alright and the kamaboko? Well, it’s a little on the rubbery side, but that’s how kamaboko is honestly. I would say they’re on the better than most side of dehydrated kamaboko. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4901734016458.
[AMAZONPRODUCTS asin=”B000WD3XBI”]We got Andy one of these and he’s been playing with them for a long time. It’s a really good deal even if there are duplicates, since the cards at the store are pretty expensive. It saddens me that they don’t put that crappy bubble gum we used to get in baseball cards anymore.[/AMAZONPRODUCTS]