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#3176: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Yakisoba – Japan

#3151: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Here’s one from Japan Ramen Box – a subscription service out of Japan. Here’s what they have to say about this Maruchan variety –

‘A classic yakisoba dish featuring 130 grams of salted and
fried noodles! Cut with a round blade, these smooth, delicious
noodles are sure to delight your taste buds and fill your
stomach! In just three minutes you can enjoy rich yakisoba
noodles with a chicken base, salty sauces, and tasty spices.
The whole dish is brought together by the use of basil, onions,
garlic, spicy ground chili, and cabbages. ‘

Alright then – let’s delve into this neat box!

Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Yakisoba – Japan

#3151: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Detail of the bottom of the tray (click to enlarge). Probably contains pork and fish but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water and garnish sachet content to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3151: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3151: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Yakisoba - Japan

The noodle block.

#3151: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Yakisoba - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3151: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Yakisoba - Japan

A grainy powder.

#3151: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Yakisoba - Japan

A dry garnish sachet.

#3151: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Cabbage.

#3151: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Yakisoba - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3151: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Shio yakisoba sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken (seasoned with black pepper, garlic powder, and Nutek Salt for Life), spring onion, barbeque pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and habanero togarashi. The noodles came out quite nicely with a good quality and large quantity. The flavor was on pint – tasty as can be and logical. Crunchy pieces of cabbage. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901990335126.

#3151: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Maruchan Midori no Tanuki Tenpura Soba Japan Cup Noodles

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Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen – Japan

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Flavored by white sesame seeds, this ramen offers a boost of slightly sweet and nutty flavor all in one bowl for you to enjoy when you’re in a pinch.”

Sounds good – let’s do it!

New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen – Japan

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether this one contgains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 450cc boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen - Japan

The dry base sachet.

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen - Japan

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken with Salt For Life and pepper, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, nanami togarashi and sesame seeds. The noodles were decent – plump  and worked well. Broth had a very nice salt ramen flavor and was at the right point – not too salty and had a delicious taste. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4903088101507.

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen - Japan

New touch Sugomen Niigata Seabura soy sauce ramen 122g ~ 12 pieces

Watch me prepare this one in my kitchen!

#2984: Itomen Premium Yakisoba – Japan

#2884: Itomen Premium Yakisoba - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Yakisoba translated to ‘fried buckwheat’ and is a popular dish in Japan along with ramen and udon. This fried noodle dish offers a lesser guilt approach with its salt-free noodles and pairs well with the special scented sauce that has an appetizing fuity flavor.”

Fruity yakisoba? I’m curious now – well, curious-er! Let’s take a look!

Itomen Premium Yakisoba – Japan

#2884: Itomen Premium Yakisoba - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block and 200ml water boiling water in a saucepan and cook until water is mostly absorbed. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2884: Itomen Premium Yakisoba - Japan

The noodle block.

#2884: Itomen Premium Yakisoba - Japan

The seasoning sachet.

#2884: Itomen Premium Yakisoba - Japan

A tan powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Angus broast bef, spring onion, sesame seeds, Shichimi togarashi and Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts. The noodles had a round gauge and good mouthfeel. The flavor was quite good but could have used a little bit more of that  yakisoba flavor. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.   JAN bar code 4901104132054.

#2884: Itomen Premium Yakisoba - Japan

Itomen cup seafood Gomoku twelve Chinese noodles 85g ~

The first episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2846: myramen Japanese Vegan Noodle & Soup Salt

#2846: myramen Japanese Vegan Noodle & Soup Salt

Here’s one that’s new to me – my ramen. my ramen is a range of Japanese instant ramen that are Vegan, HALAL, animal free, dairy free, shellfish free, fish free, alcohol free, and dairy free. That’s a lot of bases covered. I was very happy to say that the miso variety they produce is very good – and now we try the Salt variety. This is what is usually known as Shio ramen – here’s a little about Shio from Wikipedia –

Shio (“salt”) ramen is a pale, clear, yellowish broth made with plenty of salt and any combination of chicken, vegetables, fish, and seaweed. Occasionally pork bones are also used, but they are not boiled as long as they are for tonkotsu ramen, so the soup remains light and clear. Chāshū is sometimes swapped for lean chicken meatballs, and pickled plums and kamaboko (a slice of processed fish roll sometimes served as a frilly white circle with a pink or red spiral called narutomaki) are popular toppings as well. Noodle texture and thickness varies among shio ramen, but they are usually straight rather than curly.

Aright – let’s get to it!

myramen Japanese Vegan Noodle & Soup Salt – Japan

#2846: myramen Japanese Vegan Noodle & Soup Salt

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Vegan and HALAL. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups boiling water and cook for 3~4 minutes. Take off heat and add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2846: myramen Japanese Vegan Noodle & Soup Salt

The noodle block.

#2846: myramen Japanese Vegan Noodle & Soup Salt

The soup base sachet.

#2846: myramen Japanese Vegan Noodle & Soup Salt

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, hard boiled egg, chashu pork, narutomaki, togarashi nanami and sesame seeds. The noodles are really quite good – a sturdier than your garden variety chew and a neat gauge. The broth has a nice shio taste, but I found it saltier than any shio I’ve had to date which was disappointing. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4589468000037.

#2846: myramen Japanese Vegan Noodle & Soup Salt

M y R a m e n   9 Pack Multi Pack – Highest Quality Vegan Traditional Japanese Ramen Noodle Soup

Brian over at Ramen Adventures checks out Shichisai – producers of myramen.

#2822: Nagatanien Chanko Shio Ramen

#2822: Nagatanien Chanko Shio Ramen

Found this at Yaohan Centre’s Osaka Market up in Richmond, BC Canada a few months ago. Sometimes they have a section featuring fancy import instant noodles and this was with that. I’m not really sure about this one as far as the title goes, but it’s shio – that I’m pretty sure of. But the bowl it’s being served in in the image makes me think it may be nabeyaki or some other kind. Either way, I’m fascinated. From the TV spot below, I’m thinking this is a special endorsement from this sumo wrestler, however I’ve no information about who he is. He certainly looks happy to be on the box! Let’s give this one a try.

Nagatanien Shio Ramen – Japan

#2822: Nagatanien Chanko Shio Ramen

Detail of the import/distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

#2822: Nagatanien Chanko Shio Ramen

Detail of the box (click to enlarge). Contains scallops. To prepare, add one noodle block and meat/veggies  to 700ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents and cook 3 more minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy! I found this recipe from the QR Code.

#2822: Nagatanien Chanko Shio Ramen

One of the two sealed noodle blocks.

#2822: Nagatanien Chanko Shio Ramen

Looks like as premium noodle block.

#2822: Nagatanien Chanko Shio Ramen

The soup base sachet.

#2822: Nagatanien Chanko Shio Ramen

A rich liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, narutomaki, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and shichimi togarashi. The noodles are awesome – great chew and mouthfeel – very yellow noodle with a lighter gauge. The broth is very strong and rich even with the 700ml water called for. Definitely a winner. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902388014593.

Nagatanien Japchae (Korean Style Stir Fried Harusame Noodle) 4.58oz

A TV spot for this product. Also, here’s a video featuring the sumo wrestler.

Unboxing Time: Lowering Your Sodium Intake With Nutek Food Science Salt For Life

Unboxing Time: Lowering Your Sodium Intake With Nutek Food Science Salt For Life

A couple years ago, I was contacted by a company in the Midwest called NuTek Food Science. They noticed I reviewed a lot of instant noodles and thought I might be interested in learning about what they do. They flew me to Omaha, Nebraska to their HQ and I did a blind taste test between foods containing their sodium lowering product and ones with regular salt. I was immediately impressed. This is an unboxing of their consumer product – let’s check it out!

Nutek Food Science Salt For Life – United States

I should mention there’s a video and post I did about the visit to their HQ here. Thanks to everyone at NuTek Food Science for making this and sending me some more!

Unboxing Time: Lowering Your Sodium Intake With Nutek Food Science Salt For Life

Salt for Life Sea Salt Plus Potassium Blend, 15.2 Ounce

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

Here’s another neat one from Zenpop.JP. Thank you! So Zenpop has all sorts of monthly boxes including ramen boxes. Nine instant ramen in one box for a good price – check ’em out! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘The soup has a condensed umami of chicken, which matches perfectly with the onion-garlic flavored noodles. Additionally, delicious wontons are included to make your empty stomach happy. Like in many other ramen bowls, sesame works as a hidden hero which brings a balance to the dish.’

Sounds like a good bowl of noodles – let’s find out!

Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen – Japan

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and pork. To prepare, add in dry sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

The noodle block.

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

Loose bits including wonton from the cup.

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

A dry base sachet.

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

A lot of powder.

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

A liquid base sachet.

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

Smells like sesame.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles were very plentiful and hydrated well. The broth was just out of sight – had a nice heartiness and a good chicken taste./ Top that off with the wontons which. to my chagrin, are plentiful. Just a nice and happy stick to your ribsy kind of taste fest here. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990338318.

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

Maruchan Seimen – Tonkotsu Ramen Gotsumori 1 pack

Maruchan’s Gotsumori Sauce Yakisoba made it on the 2018 Top Ten Japanese list!

Unboxing Time: MYRAMEN Vegan/HALAL/Natural Japanese Ramen

I was recently contacted by a company asking if I’d like to try their noodles. I get a lot of noodles – but I always want to try them all! These noodles were supposed to be Vegan, HALAL certified, 100% natural and a few other tags like no MSG. Pretty impressive! Let’s take a look at this interesting variety.

Unboxing Time: MYRAMEN Vegan/HALAL/Natural Japanese Ramen – Japan

A lot of you have been asking me to do a vegetarian top ten list. I think the only way to do such a thing would be to do a Vegan top ten. This would be hard because not a lot of brands are emblazoned with a logo stating they’re Vegan. Well, these are. They come in classic Japanese ramen flavors – shoyu, miso and shio. You can find them here. Thanks! Looking forward to giving them a try!

#2699: Myojo Chicken Shio Wanton Noodles

#2699: Myojo Chicken Shio Wanton Noodles Japan zenpop

Here’s another one sent by Zenpop. Zenpop is a subscription box service where you can get many varieties of Japanese products sent to your door monthly. Here’s what they had to say about this variety –

Wanton and smooth noodles in the chicken broth soup taste simple but wonderful. You know what wanton is? It’s a kind of Chinese dumpling which is small and usually eaten boiled in soup. This bowl in lighter and lower in calories than others so enjoy freely anytime!

Well, anytime is now! Here’s a little about shio from Wikipedia as well –

Shio (“salt”) ramen is a pale, clear, yellowish broth made with plenty of salt and any combination of chicken, vegetables, fish, and seaweed. Occasionally pork bones are also used, but they are not boiled as long as they are for tonkotsu ramen, so the soup remains light and clear. Chāshū is sometimes swapped for lean chicken meatballs, and pickled plums and kamaboko (a slice of processed fish roll sometimes served as a frilly white circle with a pink or red spiral called narutomaki) are popular toppings as well. Noodle texture and thickness varies among shio ramen, but they are usually straight rather than curly.

Ah, what the heck. Here’s something about wanton from Wikipedia as well –

wonton (also spelled wantan, or wuntun in transcription from CantoneseMandarin: húndun or húntun) is a type of dumpling commonly found in a number of Chinese cuisines.

Wontons are commonly boiled and served in soup or sometimes deep-fried. There are several common regional variations of shape.

The most versatile shape is a simple right triangle, made by folding the square wrapper in half by pulling together two diagonally opposite corners. Its flat profile allows it to be pan-fried like a guotie (pot sticker) in addition to being boiled or deep-fried.[citation needed]

A more globular wonton can be formed by folding all four corners together, resulting in a shape reminiscent of a stereotypical hobo‘s bindle made by tying all four corners of a cloth together.

A related kind of wonton is made by using the same kind of wrapper, but applying only a minute amount of filling (frequently meat) and quickly closing the wrapper-holding hand, sealing the wonton into an unevenly squashed shape. These are called xiao huntun (literally “little wonton”) and are invariably served in a soup, often with condiments such as pickles, ginger, sesame oil, and cilantro (coriander leaves).[citation needed]

Alright – let’s begin.

Myojo Chicken Shio Wanton Noodles – Japan

#2699: Myojo Chicken Shio Wanton Noodles Japan zenpop

Detail of the side panels. Conatins shrimp, pork, and chicken. To prepare, add powder base and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2699: Myojo Chicken Shio Wanton Noodles Japan zenpop

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2699: Myojo Chicken Shio Wanton Noodles Japan zenpop

The noodle block.

#2699: Myojo Chicken Shio Wanton Noodles Japan zenpop

The soup base sachet.

#2699: Myojo Chicken Shio Wanton Noodles Japan zenpop

A lot of powder.

#2699: Myojo Chicken Shio Wanton Noodles Japan zenpop

The wanton from the bowl.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles were nice and chewy – had a premium feel to them. The broth was definitely chicken for sure. Was quite comfortable. I really liked the wanton – filled with little meaty bits. Flecks of scrambled egg rounded out the bowl. Not bad. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902881426428.

#2699: Myojo Chicken Shio Wanton Noodles Japan zenpop

Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise No Yakisoba Instant Noodle Case Shio Dare [24pcs]

One of the very first Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater videos

#2348: Ripe’N’Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s one I got at Jason’s Market at the bottom of the Taipei 101 in Taiwan. I’d been very curious about this line as I’ve seen them before; hard to miss with the angry bear on the front! I’m very curious about how ripe and dry correlate with instant ramen. Lately when I use the term ripe, it’s referring to needing to change a diaper as in ‘ooof Miles – you’re ripe!’ Dry as far as flavor I usually think of when it comes to wine. I’m hoping this doesn’t smell like loaded diapers or taste like wine – I’m guessing it won’t. Let’s give it a go!

Ripe’N’Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen – Japan

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

An import/distributor sticker (click to enlarge).

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat but guessing there’s a good chance it does. To prepare, add the noodle block to 600ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The liquid base sachet.

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The oily concentrated base.

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, baked chicken, hard boiled egg and nanami togarashi. The noodles had a strong backbone and chew with a little crumble; they were good. The broth had a kind of bitter saltiness which went from ‘I like it’ to ‘I dunno’ back and forth again and again. I leaned towards the latter. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4976651082367.

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Hokkaido bear infested note “Salt” ramen taste 10 bags

A video of travel around Hokkaido.

#2305: Ajinatori Halal Chicken Shio Ramen

Ajinatori Halal Chicken Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

The nice folks at Ippin sent me this one (SG folks click here) – thanks again! They are purveyors of all things Japanese! This ramen we have here today is a HALAL-friendly chicken variety – looks great! Let’s check it out!

Ajinatori Halal Chicken Shio Ramen – Japan

Ajinatori Halal Chicken Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 -5 minutes. Drain. Add 300ml boiling water and soup base to a bowl and stir. Add in cooked noodles. Enjoy!

Ajinatori Halal Chicken Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Inside the package you find a pack with noodles and soup base.

Ajinatori Halal Chicken Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

The liquid base sachet.

Ajinatori Halal Chicken Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Has a nice chicken scent.

Ajinatori Halal Chicken Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, hard boiled egg and baked chicken with panko. The noodles are thick and very chewy; I cooked them for 4 minutes although perhaps 5 would have been better. The broth has a very strong salty chicken taste to it with a little bit of oiliness to it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4937678050593.

Ajinatori Halal Chicken Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Halal Shio-flavor Chicken Ramen – Standard Packaging 130g

An informational presentation about what HALAL means and why followers of Islam can eat some foods and not others.

New Cup Noodles From Nissin Foods USA (2 of 2)

Nissin Foods USA recently changed their instant Cup Noodles recipe for the first time in decades. Why? To lower sodium, MSG and artificial flavorings. Here are the samples they kindly send – they got new clothes as well!

Under the lid.

The second four flavors (click to enlarge). From left to right: Hearty Chicken, Spicy Chili Chicken, Hot & Spicy Shrimp and Spicy Lime Shrimp. Thanks! Looking forward to trying them all!