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#1515: Nongshim Neoguri Udon Seafood & Mild

It’s a really cold day today and I think a big bowl of seafood noodles sound good. This is a Nongshim Neoguri I got up in Canada. It’s made in South Korea and it’s the milder version of Neoguri. Raccoons I say raccoons! Why do I say raccoons? Well, check out the video at the end of the post – it’ll all become clear I think. Let’s dig in to some Nongshim Neoguri!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add all package contents to 550ml boiling water and cook 4-5 minutes. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a nice seafoody scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Bits of seafood and vegetable.

A nice big piece of seaweed. Some people have mentioned that this is not to be eaten, but just as a seasoning. I grew up on an island and miss it a lot, so I tend to eat it. Call me crazy (many do) but it makes me feel like a kid again.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, kamaboko, narutomaki, shrimp, sliced squid, sliced green onion and egg. The noodles are indeed very broad and have a nice chewiness to them. The broth is indeed on the mild side compared to a lot of South Korean noodle soups. It does has a nice and rich seafood flavor, just not all the spice. The vegetable bits hydrated nicely. The seaweed? Soft and quite tasty. A nice well rounded bowl of South Korean seafood udon! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 031146150205.

This is pretty neat – you can get 5 each of Shin Ramyun, Neoguri, Ansungtangmyun and Chapagetti – pretty awesome if you’d like to immerse yourself in South Korean ramyun for a while!

This is a song that they made about raccoons. Why raccoons? Well, Neoguri means raccoon. Why? I’m not exactly sure – but you can find out more Neoguri info here.

#809: Nongshim Neoguri Mild (Korea)

Here’s another one that Moo Hee-Wi from Korea sent me. she was the one who wrote the JoongAng Ilbo article about The Ramen Rater last month! Thanks again! So this is what you would find in the Korean superkarket if you wanted to get some Mild Neoguri. A while back I reviewed the US version. Let’s give this one a try!

Something I found interesting is the little raccoon character. As we have seen before in Maruchan’s Midori no Tanuki and the Yamamoto Ponpoko bowls, raccoons have a ‘lucky’ thematic reference. Neoguri translates to raccoon in Korean. Click image to enlarge.

The nice round noodle block.

Seasoning powder.

Lots of it.

The veggie packet.

I found this interesting – compare the contents in the US version to these. Looks like kamaboko here but none in the other one.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some vegetables, an egg, a slice of processed cheese, some fish cakes, kimchi, pepper and gochujang. Good stuff – noodles are nice and thick but not super chewy. Easily broken with pursed lips. The broth is nice too – like it purports to be, the broth is mild and has a rich seafood taste. The veggie packet was mostly seaweed and some kamaboko – I liked the prevalence of the seaweed. The kamaboko was alright but usually I find these to be more for show. A nice bowl of noodles. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801043014946 .

Can someone over in Korea email me the link or an *.apk for this? Would love to have this app!

This guy’s got it made – would love to be able to go for a walk and get some of this stuff on the street!

#619: Yamamoto Ponpoko Tempura Udon Fried Noodles Bowl

What an awesome bowl of noodles. First, it’s a new brand to me – Yamamoto. Second, it’s got tempura in there as well as udon. Third, there’s a couple tanuki on the label.

What is a tanuki Here’s the Wikipedia link – they’re common in Japanese folklore and often little statues of them can be seen outside restaurants and temples. The word tanuki translates to raccoon-dog. What’s strange about the statues is that, like the animals themselves which do exist – they have disturbingly large testicles. Now tanuki doesn’t appear in the title of this bowl, but ponpoko does. All I could find about ponpoko was that there was a video game released along time ago – here’s a link with info on that. Then there was Pom Poko, a Studio Ghibli movie about a war involving tanuki!

Here’s a sticker that was on the underside of the bowl.

A single packet of seasoning powder.

The seasoning powder is atop the udon awaiting a boiling water bath for a few minutes.

A nice disc of tempura is a wonderful finishing touch.

Click image to enlarge. Added one fried egg and its done. Oh man – the noodles are awesome – thick and slightly chewy. The broth had a salty and soy taste. The Tempura lent a satisfying crunch and I also let some intermingle with the broth and it made it a bit richer. This was worth the $3+. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. delish!

If you really were wondering about the prowess of the tanuki, look no further than this commercial.

Here’s a real one

Another real one…

Studio Ghibli movie trailer

#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.

Re-Review: Nongshim Neoguri Udon Type Noodles Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup

So here’s a classic – Nongshim’s Neoguri. I haven’t had this in a few years so I suppose I’d better have some!

Seasoning powder on the left, veggies on the right.

Bright green veggies on the left, deep red powder on the right.

Boiling in the kettle.

Click image to enlarge. With a couple of eggs, yolk broken. So despite the eggs, this stuff packs a wallop of heat. The broth is spicy but has a very rich seafood flavor. The noodles got bigger and I would definitely consider them to be approaching udon size, but not as big as say Myojo’s Udon packs. The noodles are nice and chewy. I like the amount of vegetables too – lots of seaweed makes me happy with this bowl of noodles. I would’ve liked to have seen more seafood in the ingredients though; all I’m seeing is mussel. I do see sea tangle and seaweed which is a welcome sight though. I’m going to give this one 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. It’s pretty good but I feel left wanting something more. Get it here.

Here’s a commercial for Neoguri. As it turns out, neoguri is Korean for raccoon.

So here’s a weird music video. Enjoy the vids – this stuff uses 19 1/2 ounces of water so it’s a lot to eat!