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Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Sanyo Foods (1 of 2)

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Sanyo Foods (1 of 2)

Was really happy to get samples directly from Sanyo Foods Corp Of America for this Meet The Manufacturer series. As I said previously, one of my goals has been to do Meet The Manufacturer series with all the instant noodle companies in the United States. Let’s see what’s inside!

Product Samples From Sanyo Foods (1 of 2) – United States

Thanks again to everyone at Sanyo Foods Corp Of America! This is going to be fun!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Sanyo Foods Corp Of America

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Sanyo Foods Corp Of America

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I’ve aslways wanted to do Meet The Manufacturer series with all the major players in the instant noodle world – and especially the ones at home here in the Uniuted States. Well, today I’m happy to announce I’m one step closer to the latter of thos two goals. Today starts the Meet The Manufacturer series with Sanyo Foods Corp Of America, makers of the very well known Sapporo Ichiban range of products. I conducted this interview with Karin Umeda.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers
about the history of Sanyo Foods?

SANYO FOODS> Sanyo Foods is a family-owned company that was established in Gunma
prefecture, Japan in 1953 by Fumio Ida and Takeshi Ida. They previously ran
a Japanese sake distribution business and eventually expanded to sell
instant noodles. Sanyo Foods Corp. of America was established in 1978 in
Garden Grove, California, and has been manufacturing Sapporo Ichiban
instant noodles in California for 40 years.

TRR> Why the name Sanyo? Why the name Sapporo Ichiban

SANYO FOODS> Sanyo means three oceans (San: Three, Yo: Ocean). At the time we started
the instant noodle business, we chose the name because we wanted our
company’s influence to span the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans.
In the 1960s, Takeshi Ida, founder of Sanyo Foods, traveled around Japan to
discover great ramens from all over the country for his inspiration. One day,
he made a fateful encounter in Ramen Alley in Sapporo, Hokkaido. After, he
wanted to share the amazing taste with the customers all over the country
by creating a new instant noodle product. Since “Ichiban” means “No. 1” in
Japanese, he named the product “Sapporo Ichiban” to express the praise of
the most delicious ramen in Sapporo. This product has been a huge hit and
continues to be loved by many customers.

TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?

SANYO FOODS> We produce Sapporo Ichiban bag noodles and cup noodles. The varieties
for the pouch noodles are original(soy sauce flavor), chicken, beef, shrimp,
miso, shio, hot & spicy chicken, tonkotsu, and yakisoba chow mein. For the
cup noodles, we have original(soy sauce), chicken, beef and shrimp flavors.

TRR> Your company is located in the California as well as in Japan. Can you tell us
a little about your locale?

SANYO FOODS> Sanyo Foods Corp. of America is located in Garden Grove, California, 34
miles, about 45 minutes south of the city of Los Angeles. Mild weather
throughout a year, close to the beach cities and known for t he Garden
Grove Strawberry Festival, annually held over Memorial Day weekend.

TRR> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle

SANYO FOODS> We are very particular about the ingredients. All the rich ingredients are
carefully chosen to make its unique and delicious taste of Sapporo Ichiban.

TRR> How do you decide on what varieties to produce?

SANYO FOODS> Sapporo Ichiban Original flavor, which is soy sauce flavor, is the most typical
flavor of Japanese food. When we developed the Sapporo Ichiban Chicken
flavor and the Beef flavor, we got ideas from the chicken soup and the beef
soup from Cambell’s Soup. The concept of Sapporo Ichiban Shrimp flavor is
influenced by Saimin, a noodle dish developed by different immigrant
groups in Hawaii.

TRR> Apart from noodles, are there other products you produce or plan to

SANYO FOODS> Noodles are the only products that we manufacture here since we open.

TRR> Can you suggest pairings for your products, like meats, seafood or

SANYO FOODS> One of the secrets behind the success of Sapporo Ichiban Ramen is that our
unique yet versatile soup and noodle combinations that work well with
many other ingredients. While it is delicious on its own, people can expand
the flavors of our ramen by adding their favorite ingredients such as
vegetables, meat or tofu.

TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you
recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?

SANYO FOODS> Since Sapporo Ichiban goes well with varieties of ingredients, we
recommend to add lots of vegetables and other ingredients you love and
create your own healthy ramen.

TRR> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?

SANYO FOODS> We donate our products to the local food bank a few times per year.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

SANYO FOODS> Please wait until you see what is coming!

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

SANYO FOODS> Our products are available in United States, Canada, Mexico, Pacific Islands
(Guam, Saipan, Palau, etc.), and also some of the countries in South

TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to
make them extra special?

SANYO FOODS> A few drops of sesame oil make the Sapporo Ichiban Original more
flavorful, and Sapporo Ichiban Miso and butter are the perfect match for
rich and fatty soup lovers. If you like spicy, Sapporo Ichiban Miso and
Kimchi is also one of the most popular combinations.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Sanyo Foods and
your products!


#908: Sapporo Ichiban Oriental Noodle Soup Original Flavor Cup

Yet another one I am very surprised I haven’t reviewed in the past. Curious to see how this one fares.

Details from the back of the cardboard outer (click to enlarge). Look at that – it recommends using the microwave – I’ve not seen this before on the instructions for a cup noodle!

Here’s the cup itself.

Again notice the mention of microwaving the foam cup – what a trip!

Here’s the noodle block.

The soup base packet.

Here’s the powder itself.

Wow – a lot of veggies in this one – plenty of corn and little green bits!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added a hard boiled egg, baked chicken and some Krazy Mixed Up Salt. The noodles are decent – nice texture and good amount. The broth has a soy sauce taste and some hints of miso. The veggies are quite good – I’m impressed with not only the quantity but the quality. Corn is usually one that doesn’t want to re-hydrate very well and these do quite nicely. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 076186700010 – get it here.

A Sapporo Ichiban TV advertisement

Some Japanese TV commercials

Top-Ten Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Chow Mein

Aha -= this is one of my favorite! Number four on the Top Ten Instant Noodles of All Time as reviewed by The Ramen Rater. Thanks go to Greg B. of Marathon, Florida for sending a pack my way!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). As you can see by the directions if you cock your head to the right, these noodles are made a little different. You add the noodles to a mere cup of boiling water. Cook them until they suck up all the water, then add the seasoning packet and stir.

First, here’s the noodles. Fried and tasty!

This is the packet whose content get stirred in once the noodles have cooked.

Gotta love that font! Green Laver is in here. This stuff gets sprinkled on top of everything once it’s done. Serious goodness.

The finished product (click image to enlarge). This is the finest of the fine I tell ya! The noodles are good. They’re chewy but not funky. The flavor is sweet and has a slight spiciness to it – not as heat of peppers kind of spice either. Its a lot like yakisoba sauce. The seaweed on top adds just a little bit of extra flavor and adds a nice finish and a colorful oddness. This is great stuff and I truly cannot advise you enough to try it. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 076186000189.


Geez this is old – feels like forever ago…

#416: Sapporo Ichiban Chicken Flavor With Natural & Artificial Flavors Oriental Noodle Soup (Cup)

A couple things to start out with here as this picture is somewhat ridiculous. So they’re adding water to the cup. The water is up to the line already and not only that,  the contents appear to already be done cooking; the veggies are clearly re-hydrated.  Kind of weird I thought.

Look closely at the ingredients – something is in this one that usually isn’t present…

A single packet of seasoning. Common to the cups you’d see from Korea, not so much from a domestic.

A very nice looking amount of assorted vegetables ready for the pain of scalding hot boiling water.

Click image to enlarge. Finished product, unadulterated. So this one’s getting some good points. Why? Well first off, it looks like the above picture. Secondly, it contains chicken. This is a bit of a rarity to be honest and I really like that. The chicken wasn’t bad either. Third, lots of vegetables. The noodles weren’t crummy either. The only thing here was the saltiness – way overpowering. A little less and it would’ve been just right. I’m still quite impressed with this product though and giving it a 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

#240: Sanyo Foods Aunt Mentaiko Durum Spaghetti

So first off, I’d like to thank Walnuts4Gold from reddit.com for helping me figure out the name of this stuff. The only thing I had to go on was the phone number on the bottom. From that I figured out with a little research that Sanyo Foods makes these noodles. Then Walnuts4Food sent me a link with some other varieties including this one. This one is the Mentaiko variety. What’s mentaiko? Wikipedia states it is…
Mentaiko (明太子?) is the marinated roe of pollock, and is a common ingredient in Japanese cuisine. Mentaiko originated from myeongran jeot (명란젓) of Korean cuisine and was introduced to Japan after the Russo-Japanese War. Kawahara Toshio, a Busan-born Japanese, adapted Korean mentaiko to Japanese tastes in Fukuoka in the 1950s. The name is derived from the Korean word for Alaska pollock (mentai, 명태 : myeongtae in Korean) and the Japanese word for “child” (子, ko?). The typical seasoning and flavor is slightly different in Japan.
Mentaiko is made in a variety of flavors and colors and is available at airports and main train stations. It is usually eaten with onigiri, but is also enjoyed by itself with sake. A common variety is spicy mentaiko (辛子明太子, karashi mentaiko?). It is a product of the Hakataward of Fukuoka City.

It makes perfect sense  that this must be what it is….

Click image to enlarge. Pretty easily followed instructions…

Pasta sauce and topping…

Looks like spaghetti to me…

Snazzy drain spout!

Click image to enlarge. So the pasta sauce was a deeper red but really infused into the noodles. The topping was seaweed and a nice addition. It was a spicy and slightly fishy affair – very flavorful and very interesting. I quite liked it – I have never had anything like it before. Was really surprised at just how good the noodles were – they were perfect as far as I’m concerned.

Don’t know if you can discern it really but the light orangish dots are the fish roe (eggs). This was an interesting thing; fish egg spaghetti. I am highly enthused. What was also interesting is that the use by date was 12.25.2010 – Christmas! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars – Weird, tasty and good.

Sanyo Foods owns Sapporo Ichiban just to let you know…