Tonkotsu-Shoyu… This one looks really interesting!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).
Here are the fresh ramen packets.
Here are the soup base packets.
Yamachan also has bamboo shoots (menma)! They sent me some. Click to enlarge.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli and yellow onions, green onions, some pork with Spade L Ranch Pork Rub, bamboo shouts, hard boiled egg with Krazy Mixed Up Salt and a little Ajishima Kimchi Furikake. The noodles are really good as usual – nicely chewy and really fresh. The broth has a complex flavor – a strong soy taste. Has a sort of bitterness and a sweet taste as well. Lovely color too. This is some tasty stuff! 4.75 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 767921011309 .
So yesterday I tried the mild miso and today I’m hitting up the rich. This one says it’s ‘Sapporo miso’ – curious to see what its like.
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).
The noodle portions come individually wrapped on a tray.
The miso packets.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some onions, a hard boiled egg with some Krazy Mixed Up Salt and some baked chicken with Soul Seasoning and Ajishima Kimchi Furikake. The noodles are reaslly good – chewy and fresh. The broth was a surprise. I expected a really really strong miso flavor that would bowl me over. It’s exactly as mentioned on the package – rich. Broth is of a brown and almost milky color. The broth has an extremely nice depth to it and is really good. I was expecting a really salty and almost funky bitter taste which I did not get at all and I am happy about that. Serious depth of flavor – I like it. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – this is excellence. UPC bar code 767921011200 .
How to do product demos of Yamachan products. Basically, this guy’s a pro at makingh this stuff and so have a look to make sure you’re doing it right!
This is a Japanese cooking show called Dotch. They’re having a challeng: Onion Miso Ramen vs Salt Butter Ramen! I had no idea onion miso ramen was somewhat normal – I just like onions a lot and it sounded good.
Here’s another of the new Spoon it line of noodle soups from Nissin! Beef stew sounds tasty…
Here’s the back and side panels (click image to enlarge).
Three bags of noodles.
Three pouches of seasoning.
Has a nice, beefish tint, eh?
Finished (click image to enlarge). I added some store brand stir-fry veggies. The noodles are nice – again like egg noodles. The sauce/broth is nice and thick and has a rich beef flavor to it. This is good stuff – I could easily see it accompanying some green beans and a little cut of beef. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 070662071021 .
Could you imagine using these spoons to eat things?
Whoa check this out – Spoon it? This is something brand new from Nissin. Apparently, it’s been released on the east coast. I was told that noodles like this do better in colder climates (funny how the weather worked this year!). A box of noodles… Let’s check this out!
Here’s the back and side panels – click it to enlarge.
Interesting – three little bags of noodles! They remind me of the Big Cup Noodle ‘spoonable’ style noodles.
Three flavoring packets…
Check out this powdery stuff! A decent amount of it.
Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles in this one were interesting – very soft. The broth pretty much all but disappeared and after the 3 minutes of standing it turned into more of a sauce. This reminds me slightly of one of those ‘Noodle & Sauce’ side dishes they have in bags at the grocery store. It was very quick to prepare and pretty good! I made it for my son, Andy – he really liked it! I liked it too – 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.
Andy was really excited to be able to try some brand new on the market noodles!
This big box was at the office today for me to pick up after work – it’s samples from Nissin USA! I’ve been talking with one of the people in their marketing department lately and we’re going to do a Meet The Manufacturer week pretty soon – just waiting for the answers to the interview questions to come back from the Sr. Marketing guy! Well, let’s open it up and see what’s inside!
So I open the box and under a sheet of bubble wrap are some nice t-shirts and tote bags! There was also a little Nissin noodle guy action figure – my wife realized it comes apart and it actually a USB drive! Wow!
A very nice selection of instant noodles – surprisingly, most of them ones I’ve not reviewed yet! I thought I’d reviewed most of the US Nissin stuff but definitely not! Sweet! Also, notice that box that says Spoon it on it? Never even heard of it before – you’ll be seeing those during the Meet The Manufacturer week for Nissin soon! Thanks go to Scott at Nissin USA – much appreciate all your time and help!
Well this should be a tasty and tame one after the horror of the zero star review #386. So on we go with some beefiness!
Only two packets eh? Kind of a surprise as I expected powder and veggie packets… Especially with the Soup Booster’s big number 3.
So the green packet contains a combo of powder and veggies. The noodles themselves are tasty on their own – kind of like weird potato chips.
Click image to enlarge. Added two fried eggs with a little garlic salt and Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning on them. Bam – goodness. The noodles are nice – spoon-able I’m sure but also fork-able with a fork. The broth is ‘rich and savory’ with a deep flavor. The veggies are nice and tasty too. I like this stuff – it’s a good meal, especially when you drop a couple eggs in there. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.
So here’s one of the smaller packs of noodles. This one’s from the Philippines and containes something called Malanggay. Here’s what is said about it on Wikipedia:
In the Philippines, the leaves are widely eaten. Bunches of leaves are available in many markets, priced below many other leaf vegetables. The leaves are most often added to a broth to make a simple and highly nutritious soup. The leaves are also sometimes used as a characteristic ingredient in tinola, a traditional chicken dish consisting of chicken in a broth, Moringa leaves, and either green papaya or another secondary vegetable. The leaves can also be processed with olive oil and salt for a pesto-like pasta sauce that has become popular on the Filipino culinary scene.
It might look like there’s a lot here, but it was a reasonable small packet and the powder is just spread out. Also this is some soupy stuff – two cups of water went with the noodle block which was small.
Click image to enlarge. Threw an egg in with the boiling noodles. Okay so this is like chicken ramen with just the lightest hint of ginger. I do like it, but it’s not anything to write home about in my opinion. I’m giving it 2.5 out of 5.0 stars – absolutely average, but tasty.
Yep! Another Maruchan variety. Roast Beef! Shall we begin?
One packet of fun.
The powder in the bowl awaiting the cooked noodles and boiling water.
Click image to enlarge. So on this one, I’m a little surprised. It tasted kind of like a weak Au Jus. Maybe that’s what they were going for, but it surely is not ‘rich flavor’ as purported on the front of the packaging. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. Find it here.
So I found this at a little store at Alderwood Mall called Daiso. The only thing ramen related they had other than cookware.
Veggies and powder…
Interesting veggies – plenty of corn…
Click image to enlarge. Wow this looks really good… When we were purchasing this, the lady at the counter dutifully let us know that all sales were final so be warned. I thought that was odd; I guess I could bring the bowl of noodles back after I had eaten them somehow? Actually no, I’m not going to. I like these. A lot! The soybean paste flavor is excellent! It gets into everything. The noodles were so good and really surprised me in their quality. They had a very nice soy taste! The broth was very rich and tasted nice. As for the veggie, there were more than enough. All around a very enjoyable experience! I’m giving this stuff a 4.5 out of 5.0 stars!
So we went to 99 Ranch Market yesterday and turns out there were two more kinds of Doll instant noodles they had that I’ve not tried! So here’s the first, pickled vegetable.
Left packet contains powdered flavorings and the right has a thick paste.
So yeah that paste looks a little nasty, but I have found that Doll’s stuff is really good – the Won Ton Shrimp flavor was absolutely stunning.
Click image to enlarge. Two fried eggs and bam! First, I’d like to say that when the noodles are done, they always look very nice – not bleached white but a nice warm rich wheaten yellow color. They are excellent as far as texture and flavor go too. The broth was perfect – not strong but not weak. It was just right. I added the two fried eggs and all together this was a fantastic bowl of noodles for a early evening nosh while studying for a computer tech certification. Bravo, Doll! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars! Get it here.
Why not right? Some of the stuff that most folks are more used to – big bowls of noodles with easy to understand flavors like chicken and not some kind of melange of paste and rice noodles. Yeah why not.
Numbered packets? Pretty cool! I’ve seen this in some foreign packaging, but the packets never actually had the numbers on them!
Powder and veggies – lots of both. The third packet, the ‘soup booster’ is seasoned oil. Not sesame oil either.
The finished product (click image to enlarge). Lots of vegetables! Always good marks for that. The noodles are rather unsophisticated; they don’t say ‘hey! I’m noodles! rawr!’ I get more of a ‘yeah we’re noodles what do you want?” The broth is less tasty than I expected. In fact it really could use some salt. I don’t know about this stuff. I found it really boring with no zing. Bland food for bland palates. I’m giving it a 1.75 out of 5.0. I like Nissin’s products but I think Curry Demae Ramen beats the pants off of this stuff by a long shot. Get it here.