Here’s one I found at the new T&T Supermarket in Lansdowne Center up in Richmond, BC. A Shin Black bowl! I knew they must exist; I mean, there’s generally a pack, cup and bowl for everything that comes out of South Korea. Well, here it is. What’s interesting is that this isn’t available in the United States, and up in Canada it’s not a product of the Nongshim China factory, which most bowls up there seem to be.
I don’t know if I’ve seen it referred to as ‘spicy rich bone broth flavor’ either, but as ‘spicy pot au feu’ in the past. Also something interesting to note is that this one’s microwavable. Anyways a neat find and sounds like something neat to try today. Let’s get started.
Nongshim Shin Black Bowl – South Korea
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef, pork, shrimp and fish. To prepare, remove lid and add in sachet contents. Fill to line with room temperature water. Microwave (1000W) for 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage, scallion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles hydrated well and had a great texture to them from the microwave. Broth had that standard Shin Black flavor – no surprises here. Tasty! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146042517.
Here’s one I found up in Canada at FoodyWorld – a huge grocery store which has something from everywhere in Asia. Thai curry eh? I’m game! Never have I seen this brand before – excellent! Let’s give it a look!
Picnic Hot & Rich Curry Flavoured Instant Noodles – Thailand
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, carved squid, Dodo fishball and coriander. The noodles hydrated a little weird. Thai instants often have a neat crumble to them I like a lot. However in this application, the crumble is paired with a slightly large gauge which kin of kills it for me. The broth on the other hand is great – nice heat level and tasty curry. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8857056004573.
This one’s got horns and flying saucers on the packaging – something that denotes… Well, horns and flying saucers I suppose. I guess it more likely denotes ‘hey look at me – I’m on the store shelf!’ The double bang is for the two noodle blocks. The other variety I reviewed in this series had two in it as well and called for (like this one) 700ml boiling water. Guess we will see how this one goes as well! I remember seeing these on store shelves – I think I got all but one of the varieties (sniff) but hey – got some pretty fascinating ones. Taiwanese beef noodles, it is your time to shine.
Vedan Double Bang Thick Beef Broth Noodle – Taiwan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, add sachet contents and 700ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added beef and spring onion. The noodles are indeed a little wide and flat. Nice light chew on them – a little more backbone than many. The broth has a nice beef taste with a little Sichuan peppercorn back. Pretty good! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710110232432.
Here’s another one from Zenpop.JP. Zenpop offers a lot of diverse Japanese boxes – lots of assorted things like ramen and also stationary among other things. Here’s what they have to say about this variety –
‘Chewy noodles in miso broth. The rich flavor of miso matches well with the ginger which adds the soup a pleasant, refreshing taste. Good news is that it’s relatively low in calories! Contains little pieces of green onion, corn, and red pepper.’
Well hey that sounds good – let’s check out this miso ramen!
Acecook Rich Miso Ramen – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add sachet to bowl and fill to line with boiling water. Let stand covered for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added corn, chashu pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and hard boiled egg. The noodles were chewy and worked well. I noticed they were slightly broad and flat. The broth seemed to be a combo of red miso and other kinds – it worked for me. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901071211486.
Here’s another one, sent by Javier over at Box From Japan. So boxfromjapan.com is a subscription service where you can get a box with four different instant ramen bowls sent to you directly from Japan every month! Rarely have I found a box from them with varieties I’ve reviewed before, and never have I seen varieties available here in the USA. Definitely worth a look if you’re a big fan of Japanese varieties.
Here’s a little about tonkotsu ramen from Wikipedia –
Tonkotsu ramen is a ramen dish that originated in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture on the Kyushu island of Japan, and it is a specialty dish in Fukuoka and Kyushu. It was originally prepared as an affordable fast food for laborers at fish markets. Today, it is renowned for the significant time it can take to properly prepare the dish. The soup broth is based upon pork bones and other ingredients, which is typically boiled for several hours, and the dish is traditionally served with ramen noodles that are hard in the center and topped with sliced pork belly. In Fukuoka, Japan, tonkotsu ramen is referred to as Hakata ramen.
The soup broth for tonkotsu ramen is based upon pork bones, and “tonkotsu” means “pork bones” in Japanese. The soup broth is prepared by boiling pork bones in water for a significant amount of time, up to eight hours, and the broth is typically cloudy in appearance. Additional broth ingredients can include onion, garlic, spring onions, ginger, pork back fat, pig’s trotters, oil and chicken carcases. For service, cooked ramen noodles and slices of roasted or braised pork belly are added, and additional ingredients can include kombu, shoyu, chili bean paste, sesame seeds and others.
The traditional preparation method for the ramen noodles used in tonkotsu ramen is for the noodles to be hard in the center. Some ramen shops allow customers to select the level of doneness for the noodles, including futsu for regular or standard, barigane for very hard, barikata for al dente and yawamen for soft. Some restaurants also provide a second order of noodles if requested by the customer, in a system referred to as kaedama.
Ichiran is a Japanese restaurant chain that originated and is based in Fukuoka, Japan that specifically specializes upon tonkotsu ramen.Ippudo is a Japanese ramen restaurant chain based in Fukuoka that is well-known for its tonkotsu ramen, and has been described as “the most famous tonkotsu ramen shop in the country”.
Tonkotsu ramen originated in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, which is located on the northern shore of Kyushu island of Japan, and it is a specialty dish in Fukuoka and Kyushu. In Fukuoka, the dish is referred to as Hakata ramen’. The dish is also prepared in ramen shops in other regions of Japan. Tonkotsu ramen was originally prepared as an affordable and easily-prepared fast food for laborers at fish markets. In contemporary times, tonkotsu ramen is renowned for the significant time it can take to prepare a proper version of the dish.
Alright – with that, let’s have a look at this Nissin Japan variety ramen bowl!
Nissin Hakata Ramen Noodle White Tonkotsu – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add in contents of the dry sachets and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 2 minutes. Stir. Add in contents of liquid sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, fried onion and shichimi togarashi. The noodles sprung to life in the 2 minute steeping time. They’re a thinner gauge and have a good chew and mouthfeel to them. The broth is fierce – very think. Has a kind of pork chowder consistency. The chashu was nice although I prefer the slices in the Raoh varieties produce a little more. However, it hydrated very well and had good flavor. A very nice bowl of tonkotsu! 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105230411.
This was sent to me by Ippin, a purveyor of wonderful Japanese items! Thank you again! This is an ultra special one they came out with to commemorate the anniversary of Cup Noodles – the Cup Noodle Rich line.
Nissin Cup Noodles Rich Garlic, Egg Yolk & Oxtail – Japan
I guess this proclaims that it’ll make you feel like you’re eating a Cup Noodle made by Momofuku Ando on [email protected] The power! Let’s give it a try!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef and oxtail. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid from sachet on top of cup. stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrated well and were of the good standard quality of Japanese Cup Noodle – flat, soft, lots of noodles. The broth was a rich creamy one with a beef kind of taste to it. As for the garlic taste, I found it kind of absent and the egg yolk must have been part of the thickener for the broth. The garnish bits were nice – Jew’s ear mushroom, bell pepper and bits of meat were abundant. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105236390.
Thhis was sent to me by Ippin, a purveyor of wonderful Japanese items! Thank you again! I heard about this variety a few months back and was immediately interested. I’ve never had turtle soup although I’ve heard it’s a very fancy dish. This new Cup Noodle Rich line is supposed to be very fancy and quite nice – excited to try it! This one isn’t available as it has been discontinued by the manufacturer and I don’t think anyone is selling it anymore (Ippin mentioned that they weren’t selling it either). There was some concern by animal rights activists over it being turtle flavor. Kind of confused by this since turtle seems to be available most places. But that’s a conversation for a different day – today is about flavor – let’s give it a try!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover. Let steep for 3 minutes. Add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Since I’ve never tasted anything ‘turtle’ before, whether it be real or artificial, I’m kind of at a disadvantage here. The noodles are the standard Cup Noodle style; flat and thin with a very soft chew. The broth is a kind of salty and almost chicken or duck kind of flavor – wavering between the two familial fowls. The garnish bits are where I notice the interesting things – there’s a little bit of onion and mushroom. Then there are what seem to be meatballs or sausage bits which definitely have a taste I’m not accustomed to. It’s pretty good but also kind of strange. Like I said, if I had a turtle frame of reference I could tell how true to the taste it is. Not my favorite but a fascinating variety. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105232613.
So this one confused me a little; I was sure I’d reviewed it before. In fact, here is review #1069. I’m noticing a couple of differences though. First, different bar code. Second, different water amount. Notice this one says 400ml for 5 minutes whereas the other says 430ml for 5 minutes. Curious. Let’s take a look and see what makes this big fancy bowl tick.
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add in pork and vegetable sachets. Add boiling water to fill line and cover. Let sit 5 minutes. Stir and add in remaining sachets. Stir and enjoy!
A granular powder. No face in it this time around.
The vegetables sachet.
Looks like corn, cabbage and spring onion.
The meat sachet.
Dehydrated chashu pork!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg. The noodles hydrated very nicely and have a nice chew to them – very premium and luxuriant. The broth is also luxuriant – silky and full of rich miso flavor. The vegetables hydrated well – the corn was very good. The chashu pork is such a perfect touch. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105224342.
Here’s another one sent by Scott over at Nissin – thanks! Turns out the expiration dates on these are short so thought I’d better hit it up! Rich miso flavor… Pretty fancy bowl – let’s give it a try!
Here are the side panels (click image to enlarge). The actual color is like that on the left – it doesn’t get light.
The noodle block.
A decent amount.
While cropping the last image, I noticed this – looks like a face! Weird…
Has a salty and rich miso scent.
A packet with veggies.
Corn, green onion and I’m not sure what the white strips are.
A slice of pork!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onion and hard boiled egg. The noodles are very nice – perfect chewiness and truly authentic. The broth is what you’d expect from a miso miso – strong miso flavor and hearty. The veggies are good – the corn about as good as you could get. The pork? Ahhh very tasty – and wonderful quality. This is some awesome stuff. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4902105214084.
New stuff! Scott A. over at Nissin Foods USA sent a couple new items – Habanero Lime Chicken and Habanero Lime Shrimp Big Cup Noodles, Spicy Teiryaki Beef Chow Mein and a couple from Japan – another Nissin Raoh (this time miso) and the pack version of the Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce & Backfat! Awesome! Thank you very much!
Here’s another one from the already reviewed box. Thought it’d be a good one for today as it’s quite cold outside. You can check out the original review here.
Finished (click to enlarge). I added a can of mixed veggies, some Krazy Mixed Up Salt, Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake and a little Texas Pete hot sauce. The noodles are good – like egg noodles but from wheat flour. I found that the beef flavor was good, but missing something this time around. Pretty good – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 070662071021 .
Here’s one of my favorite Japanese tunes – ‘Flower of Carnage’ by Meiko Kaji. Here’s the translation:
Begrieving snow falls in the dead morning
Stray dog’s howls and the footsteops of Geta pierce the air
I walk with the weight of the Milky Way on my shoulders
But an umbrella that holds onto the darkness is all there is.
I’m a woman who walks at the brink of life and death
Who’s emptied my tears many moons ago.
All the compassion tears and dreams
The snowy nights and tomorrow hold no meaning
I’ve immersed my body in the river of venegance
And thrown away my womanhood many moons ago
On the behalf of heaven, they’re our soldiers, the loyal, invincible and brave.
Now it’s time for them to leave the country of their
Parents their hearts buoyed by encouraging voices.
They are solemnly resolved not to return alive, without victory.
Here at home, the citizens wait for you.
In foreign lands, the brave troops
Instead of kindness from someone
I do not care about
I rather prefer selifshness from you my beloved.
Oh, it the world a dream or an illusion?
I am all alone in jail.
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.