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You’re probably thinking “no way – this couldn’t be a new review” but yeah – it is. After reviewing over 2,100 varieties of instant noodles over the past few years, I found this was one I never reviewed. Well, let’s get to it!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork, beef and chicken. To prepare, open lid partially and add boiling water to fill line. Let steep covered for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added pork seasoned with NuTek Salt For Life, chopped garlic and spring onion I sauteed together. The noodles came out well – always kind of surprises me how many noodles fit in a little cup. The broth is a bit of an enigma to me; while it’s pork flavor, I don’t taste pork. It certainly went well with pork, but on it’s own it really didn’t taste like pork – more like beef actually. The vegetables did very well. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789001239.
In the last two weeks, I’ve been reviewing varieties from far away – but today it’s time to have one from here in the United States! This is Maruchan’s new variety – chicken tortilla! Got an email from a friend at Maruchan telling me they had a new Instant Lunch variety that they’d like to send me. So, here it is! Sounds like an interesting one – let’s have a look!
Detail from the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, open lid halfway. Add boiling water to fill line and cover. Let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).
Seasoning is infused with the noodle block. Noodle blocks sit midway on the cup so that when the boiling water is introduced, it reaches every noodle evenly.
Corn and bell pepper pieces from the cup.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added white onion, red bell pepper, baked chicken and cilantro. The noodles hydrated quite well; always surprises me as to how much food is in one of these cups. Decent texture and springiness. The broth has a kind of spicy chicken taste which was quite nice! The corn and bell pepper hydrated just right. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 041789001499.
I want to send a special thank you to Craig Y. over at Maruchan for facilitating the process of getting Instant Lunch California Vegetable into my hands! Much appreciated! I hunted high and low for these and couldn’t find them! There are lots of products sold around the United States – and some do better in some areas than others. A good example would be the King Cake. Most people where I live don’t know what a King Cake is, however folks in Louisiana definitely do – it’s a special cake enjoyed around Mardi Gras. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about King Cakes:
A king cake (sometimes rendered as kingcake, kings’ cake, king’s cake, or three kings cake) is a type of cake associated in a number of countries with the festival of Epiphany at the end of the Christmas season; in other places, it is associated with the pre-Lenten celebrations of Mardi Gras/Carnival.
What started out as a dry French bread type dough with sugar on top and a bean inside 30 years ago, is now a sweet, sugary and iced Danish type dough that is braided with cinnamon inside and a plastic doll underneath. King Cakes are made of a cinnamon filled dough in the shape of a hollow circle. They have a glazed topping and are sprinkled with colored sugar. Hundreds of thousands of King Cakes are eaten in New Orleans during the Carnival season.
The cake often has a small plastic baby (said to represent Baby Jesus) inside (or sometimes placed underneath), and the person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket has various privileges and obligations.
A company that makes cakes would probably not focus their King Cake varieties in the northwest as it would make more sense to sell them in Louisiana, right? Well, when companies like Maruchan decide where to sell which varieties, it goes much more deep than that, but it’s the same kind of thing. One might say ‘but hey – you were looking for it; they should sell it where you’re at!’ Although that’s a nice thought, I only eat one of each variety usually, so my single Instant Lunch purchase probably wouldn’t sway the distribution of a large company. But thanks, hypothetical person! Anyways, let’s have a look at this interesting instant noodle cup!
Here’s the back of the cardboard outer (click image to enlargContains chicken broth. To prepare, open lid halfway and add boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes and stir. Enjoy! One thing though – a LOT of people like to mention to me that they microwave these things. No! If you add water and microwave, you’re doing it wrong. If you want to include a microwave in you noodle-preparation doings, just take a cup and add water and heat that, then add it to the cup. This has been a public service announcement from The Ramen Rater – helping you correctly prepare your instant noodles since 2002.
Here’s detail from the lid (click image to enlarge). Notice what it says here – boil the water in a separate container! Also, don’t give it to little kids – you wouldn’t give a toddler a latte from Starbucks, would you? It’s hot stuff – use common sense!
The cup, exposed from the cardboard outer.
The noodle block. They’re pre-seasoned.
Here we have some of the loose California vegetable mixture that was loose in the cup. What is in the California vegetable mix you ask? Carrot, green peas, green beans, onion, celery, cabbage and garlic.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, bell pepper and peas. The noodles are flat and narrow. They hydrated perfectly and didn’t have any inkling of sponginess. The broth is that of a vegetable flavor; kind of a melange that I think most familiar with prepared and processed foods would sum up as ‘garden vegetable.’ The supplied veggies hydrated extremely well – especially the peas, which often can go one way or the other – these were just right. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789001260.
You can find Maruchan Instant Lunch California Vegetable on Amazon!
Here’s a video showing how to do up a fusion recipe with Maruchan’s Roast Chicken Yakisoba.
Here’s one of the new Maruchan Bowl products. There are three varieties – a non-spicy chicken which I reviewed a while back, this one and a spicy shrimp. Maruchan sent me these in a neat box – first samples from them (hope to get more of their stuff in the future)! Well, let’s check it out!
Here’s all the info that’s on the side of the bowl (click image to enlarge).
The noodle block.
Packet number one is veggies. You microwave the noodles and the veggies first.
A nice melange of veg.
After the noodles and veggies cook, you add the flavoring and stir.
I really like the flavor of this – spicy and a very nice chicken flavor.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with El Mexicano Adobo, green bell peppers, sweet onion, broccoli, a fried egg with some Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt and some Ashanti Louisiana Hot Sauce. The noodles are flat and broad which I found pleasing. The broth had a very nice chicken flavor with a nice level of spiciness. the veggie re-hydrated quite nicely and were delicious. Very nice instant noodle bowl – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 041789003028. Get it here.
The seasoning powder packet. Note the ‘2’ – it is added after cooking.
Has a really nice chicken flavor!
The vegetable packet.
Corn and other type of veggies are here.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli, sweet onion, green bell pepper and oven baked chicken with italian seasoning and Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning. The noodles are great – thin and flat with that ‘comfort food’ niceness that instant noodles for the US market sometimes have. The broth is great – has a very nice chicken flavor that I thoroughly enjoyed. The veggies? More than expected and hydrated well. It certainly seemed like a lot of noodles in this one – quite filling! This is a great noodle bowl – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 041789003011 – get it here.
A video on fusion cooking using Maruchan instant noodles.
Instantaneous Lunch? Nope – three minutes. But if you’re too impatient for that, I suppose one could eat it raw. I prefer the cooked version myself!
The information panel from the cardboard outer (click to enlarge).
The iconic cup itself.
So I wrote an article about how one shouldn’t blame the cup when spilling their noodles. Here’s the article and in the image above you can clearly see you’ve been warned – don’t microwave it and watch out for the ninos!
The lid on the cup (click image to enlarge). Notice it tells you to heat water in a seperate container in the microwave – don’t put the whole thing in there.
The noodle block. The seasoning is infused – note the powder on the noodles.
A scant few of the veggies – there were more in the bottom of the cup.
Finished (Click image to enlarge). Added fresh sweet onion, stir-fry veggies, thinly sliced ham, one egg, kizami shoga (pickled ginger), Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. Cooked the noodles as specified, sampled, fried everything in a pan. Added Dua Belibis Indonesian chili sauce at the end. The noodles aren’t bad – about what you would expect from a cup of noodles. I’ve had much better, but I’ve had many that don’t come close to this one’s quality. The beef flavoring is pretty good – tasty. The veggies hydrated well; most notably the corn was good. A nice cup of noodles! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789001222 – get it here.
Hunting down a small child with some noodles – works every time!
When I recently redid The Big List, I noticed some things. One of them was that I have never reviewed this one, nor it’s Beef or Shrimp fellow Instant Lunches! Talk about an oversight on my part… I’m hoping that I’ll be able to do a Meet The Manufacturer with Maruchan soon – thanks to everyone who has asked me to do one, it’s just I’ve never been able to successfully get in touch with them. Well, here we go with a close up and personal with Maruchan’s Instant Lunch: Chicken Flavor.
Here’s the back of the cardboard packaging (click to enlarge).
Under the cardboard outer is the familiar foam cup.
Here’s the lid (click to enlarge). Read the lid! It says use a SEPARATECONTAINER to heat the water and add to the cup – don’t microwave the cup!
The seasoning and vegetables are right there under the lid; no packets.
Finished. Added boiled chicken, green bell pepper, broccoli, yellow onion and Krazy Mixed Up Salt. When I stirred the noodles, veggies and liquid initially, there was a kind of frothy foam. The noodles are thin and have a kind of buttery flavor and light texture. The broth has a pleasant, salty chicken flavor and nice color – not bad. The veggies weren’t bad either – I think I liked the peas the most, the corn the least and the carrot in between. I could totally enjoy something like this for lunch. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789001215 – get it here