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#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen – Japan

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

This one was in a Ramen Trunk subscription box.These boxes are full of extremely high end varieties that you’ll never find in the United States or anywhere outside Japan! Check out this link and use coupon code RAMENRATER20OFF for 20% off any single box or subscription!

Here’s what they had to say about this particular variety – “The other feature in this combo pack also hails from Sapporo and is another take on the region’s Miso soup broth – Shirakabasansou Ramen.

Shirakabasansou Miso Ramen is a legendary ramen shop with it’s own unique recipe blending two distinct types of white miso with Japanese peppers, sesame oil, a balance of oyster sauce, and garlic. The ramen master at Shirakabasansou had a dream of delivering the  most delicious Hokkaido miso ramen to as many people  as possible. Ramen Trunk is doing our part by getting this unique taste to your door.”

This sounds like another really fancy offering – let’s dig into it!

Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen – Japan

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

Here’s one of the two packs of this variety inside the big box.

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). I’m sure it contains pork. To prepare, boil noodles 4 minutes. Add soup base sachet contents to 270ml hot water and combine. Drain noodles and add to a bowl and add broth. Finally, enjoy!

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

A thick liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, black sesame seeds, barbeque pork, and habanero togarashi. The noodles were just perfect – four minutes and they’ve got a very premium chew and gauge. The broth has a strong miso flavor which is very rich. It seemed to center in red miso. The broth also has a slight pepperiness. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901468910398.

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchhiking Japan

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo “Miso” Ramen – Japan

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" 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 -“Sapporo is the fifth largest city of Japan by population! Most people in Japan associate Sapporo with its rich miso ramen, which was invented there and which is ideal for Hokkaido’s cold winters. DIY your own for dinner as the weather gets cooler.”

Alright I’m on it – let’s go!

Itsuki Sapporo “Miso” Ramen – Japan

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).  Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add a bundle of noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in one sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

The noodle bundles in a plastic tray.

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

The sachets of soup base for each serving.

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

A lot of powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, corn, kizami shoga, soft egg, spring onion, habanero curry togarashi and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles were pretty good – very chewy and a round gauge. The broth was deep and almost seemed beefy to be honest. Definitely a tinting of red miso in the mix which was pretty good. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014462.

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

ITSUKI Ramen Spicy Curry Tonkotsu 115g×5 pieces

Watch me cook this on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3014: Men Sunaoshi Sapporo Sauce Yakisoba – Japan

umai crate #3014: Men Sunaoshi Saporo Sauce 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 is a Japanese noodle stir-fry dish. This soy sauce dish is delicious paired with any of your refrigerator leftovers to make a more filling meal.”

That’s the truth! I love yakisoba! What I also love is the theme song for this brand – it’s definitely an earworm… Let’s check this out!

Men Sunaoshi Sapporo Sauce Yakisoba – Japan

umai crate #3014: Men Sunaoshi Saporo Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

umai crate #3014: Men Sunaoshi Saporo Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

The noodle block.

umai crate #3014: Men Sunaoshi Saporo Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

The seasoning base sachet.

umai crate #3014: Men Sunaoshi Saporo Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added kizami shoga, spring onion, and chicken. The noodles worked well and the flavor was great yakisoba. It has that crisp kind of Worcestershire sauce bite to it I thoroughly enjoy. Good stuff! 4.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4973288523232.

umai crate #3014: Men Sunaoshi Saporo Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

Sunaoshi Sapporo source yaki soba 82gX20 bags

Watch me cook this one up!

#2940: Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen

#2940: Sapporo Ichiban Miso 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 and use coupon code RAMENRATER at checkout for a discount! Here’s what they had to say about this one –

“Sapporo miso ramen is one of the most popular and famous kinds of regional ramen. The pork-based soup is flavored with specially blended miso and other spices. Topped with corn, green onion and ground meat. A true classic!”

Hey groovy! Let’s get it on!

Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen – Japan

#2940: Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen

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

#2940: Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2940: Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen

The noodle block.

#2940: Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen

The dry sachet.

#2940: Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen

Looks like pork, onion and corn.

#2940: Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen

A liquid base sachet.

#2940: Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen

Has a miso scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodle was a pretty standard one with a good chew. – soft but good. The broth had a nice mix of miso – red miso wasn’t strutting its stuff in a rude fashion here and it tasted quite nice. The broth also sported a nice oiliness as well and a rich depth of taste. The included garnish was great – little meaty bits and corn were highlights. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734025351.

#2940: Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen

Sapporo most miso ramen 5 meals X6 pieces

A couple of old Sapporo Ichiban TV spots

#2837: Acecook Sapporo Shrimp Miso Ramen

#2758: Acecook Sapporo Shrimp Miso Ramen - Japan - zenpop zenpopjp zenpop.jp

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 –

‘Hokkaido has lots of regional ramen varieties in its vast land, including shrimp miso ramen. The flavor of shrimp is strong but mingles well with the taste of miso. If you’re a shrimp person, you’ll be slurping down the soup after all the noodles are gone! This one is perfect for winter.’

Alrighty then – time for some winter slurping! Let’s give it a try.

#2758: Acecook Sapporo Shrimp Miso Ramen – Japan

#2758: Acecook Sapporo Shrimp Miso Ramen - Japan - zenpop zenpopjp zenpop.jp

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

#2758: Acecook Sapporo Shrimp Miso Ramen - Japan - zenpop zenpopjp zenpop.jp

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2758: Acecook Sapporo Shrimp Miso Ramen - Japan - zenpop zenpopjp zenpop.jp

The noodle block.

#2758: Acecook Sapporo Shrimp Miso Ramen - Japan - zenpop zenpopjp zenpop.jp

Loose bits from the cup.

#2758: Acecook Sapporo Shrimp Miso Ramen - Japan - zenpop zenpopjp zenpop.jp

A liquid base sachet.

#2758: Acecook Sapporo Shrimp Miso Ramen - Japan - zenpop zenpopjp zenpop.jp

Thick stuff!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, hard boiled egg and kamaboko. The noodles came out well enough – flat and plentiful. The broth was pretty darn hard to complain about – a very nice balance of miso and a sweet shrimp flavor. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071278892.

#2758: Acecook Sapporo Shrimp Miso Ramen - Japan - zenpop zenpopjp zenpop.jp

Acecook whole purport small shrimp heaven buckwheat 60g ~ 12 pieces

Acecook TV spots from 1977~1993

#2557: Yamachan Sapporo Miso Ramen

#2557: Yamachan Sapporo Miso Ramen - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - shirakiku

I contacted Yamachan a couple of weeks ago and they had new varieties for me to review! I did a Meet The Manufacturer with them a long time ago and their stuff is really great. Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about miso –

Miso ramen is a relative newcomer, having reached national prominence around 1965. This uniquely Japanese ramen, which was developed in Hokkaido, features a broth that combines copious amounts of miso and is blended with oily chicken or fish broth – and sometimes with tonkotsu or lard – to create a thick, nutty, slightly sweet and very hearty soup. Miso ramen broth tends to have a robust, tangy flavor, so it stands up to a variety of flavorful toppings: spicy bean paste or tōbanjan (豆瓣醤), butter and corn, leeks, onions, bean sprouts, ground pork, cabbage, sesame seeds, white pepper, and chopped garlic are common. The noodles are typically thick, curly, and slightly chewy.

So let’s give this new variety from Yamachan a try!

Yamachan Sapporo Miso Ramen – United States

#2557: Yamachan Sapporo Miso Ramen - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - shirakiku

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge) Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add one of the noodle packs to 800ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. In a separate pot, add base to 300ml boiling water. Drain noodles and add to a bowl. Pour on soup and enjoy!

#2557: Yamachan Sapporo Miso Ramen - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - shirakiku

One of the noodle packs.

#2557: Yamachan Sapporo Miso Ramen - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - shirakiku

The soup base.

#2557: Yamachan Sapporo Miso Ramen - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - shirakiku

Seriously thick!

#2557: Yamachan Sapporo Miso Ramen - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - shirakiku

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chashu pork, spring onion and shichimi togarashi. The noodles are great – very premium with a good hearty chew. The broth is indeed very rich and strong but not overly salty or anything like that. This is a delicious bowl of miso ramen. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 767921011217.

#2557: Yamachan Sapporo Miso Ramen - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - shirakiku

The Book of Miso

Anthony Bourdain in Sapporo, Japan

#2247: Nissin Sapporo Noukou Miso Ramen

Here’s one that Javier from www.BoxFromJapan.com – thanks! Box From Japan is a monthly subscription service where you can get 4 unique bowls of ramen from Japan a month. It’s pretty awesome – I haven’t gotten a duplicate yet! Here’s what he had to say about this variety:

Community-based brand that spreads various noodles all over Japan with the support of local organizations and the local government. Manufactures and sells one of the three major ramen of Japan, Sapporo miso ramen, with certification by the Hokkaido Inheritance Committee. A special product. Noodle: Medium-thick curly noodles that are chewy. Soup: Thick miso soup made using Hokkaido fermented miso that has ginger and garlic to add a kick. Ingredients: Cabbage, minced meat, green onion

Sounds interesting – let’s have a look!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. to prepare, add in the powder, the clear sachet and the vegetables sachet. Fill to line with boiling water and cover for 4 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents.Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The powder soup base.

A light powder.

The vegetables sachet.

An interesting array.

The liquid sachet.

A thick liquid with a miso scent.

The garnish sachet.

Looks like perhaps this is the cabbage and mine meat.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, kizami shoga, hard boiled egg and chashu pork. The noodles are really nice – a little wide, a little flat. They definitely have a strong chewiness to them – very premium here. The broth has a tasty and hearty miso character to it which I enjoyed. The scads of cabbage are very nice as it the little bits of mincemeat. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105230398.

Nissin Noodle craftsman (ramen Meister) / soy sauce / miso / pork / Tan Tan /

A short video about the Noukou series by Nissin of Japan.

Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Original Flavored Soup

We went to Walmart on Black Friday! Well, let me explain – it was at 6pm or so, so the amount of crazy people was lower. It seems though that the Walmart we always go to has a surplus of crazy people usually. I imagine the early morning Black Friday folks would’ve been a scary lot. One thing I noticed was that they hadn’t bought all of the noodles, so I thought I’d get a couple to re-review. Here’s one of them last time I tried it, it was revirew #207. Hoping some new things to review come soon – only have one in the hamper that’s needing review… Re-reviews are fun though since they’re not been visited in so long.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block. Decently sized with a little more weight than I usually find in domestic packs. The noodles when sampled uncooked are a little different too – pretty good.

The lone seasoning packet.

The seasoning powder. Kind of has a soy flavor to it; I would think this one’s a soy sauce noodle perhaps?

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added stir fry veggies, hard boiled egg with Cavender’s Greek Seasoning, Thanksgiving turkey (the very last bits of it) and some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are good – large amoung and decent gauge. The broth is good too – strong soy and salt flavor. Good stuff! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 076186000011 – get it here!

Some older Sapporo Ichiban commercials

Looks like Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen has been around for a while – glad they finally brought it to the US!

#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

Meet The Manufacturer: An Interview With Yamachan Ramen

Welcome one and all to another Meet The Manufacturer! This time it’s San Jose, CA based Yamachan Ramen!They make fresh ramen products – here’s the interview I did with them.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for agreeing to do this interview! Could we start off with Some information about Yamachan; when was Yamachan founded, where and by who?

YAMACHAN RAMEN>Yamachan Ramen is a brand name for our retail products. Our company’s official name is Nippon Trends Food Services, Inc. (NTF for short), which was found by Mr. Hideyuki Yamashita (the president of the company-A.K.A Yamachan) in San Jose, CA in 2000.
The factory was originally built as a central kitchen for Japanese franchise restaurant Ringer Hut.co (http://www.ringerhut.co.jp).
Ringer Hut had a plan to open 100 restaurants in US late 90’s, but Ramen wasn’t popular (or unknown to the most of the people in US), so Ringer Hut, Co. only opened 2 restaurants and left the USA. (Although the company left here, their 1st restaurant is still in San Jose, CA www.ringerhutusa.com ). It was president of the Ringer Hut’s dream to introduce Japanese ramen noodles to US, so Mr. Yamashita stayed in US with his family to continue on manufacturing noodle products.

TRR> For those of my readers who are not familiar with your line of products, could
You tell us a little about them?
 
YR> We have several items in the market for customer’s needs.  Our products are not dried instant noodles that you see at the supermarket.
It takes few steps to make it but you can enjoy Ramen almost as well as you eat at restaurant.

For the basic ramen fans.
Yamachan Mild (regular) series-all soup base for these products are imported from Japan and contains no meat products in the soup base. (Some fish products in the base).
Shoyu (Soy sauce flavor)
Miso (Soy bean paste flavor)
Shio (Sea food flavor)
We also have Tonkotsu (pork and chicken) flavor. However, this product has been out of the market for almost a year but it will be back in the market soon. Tonkotsu Ramen series contains Chicken and pork in the soup base and it is made in US.
Yamachan Noukou (Richer flavor) series-all soup base for these products are imported from Japan and no meat products in the soup base. (Some fish products in it). Noodles for Noukou series are made from premium Japanese flour.
Noukou Shoyu (Soy sauce flavor)
Noukou Miso (Soy bean paste flavor)
Noukou Tonkotsu Shoyu (Soy sauce, pork and chicken flavor)
Yamachan NO MSG series
No MSG Shoyu (Soy sauce with chicken flavor soup base)
No MSG Miso (Soy bean paste with fish flavor sauce)
No MSG HIYASHI CHUKA (cold salad noodle- Lemmon soy flavor)
No MSG Sarandon (Crispy noodle- with chicken flavor gravy)

We also sell Menma (bamboo shoots) and restaurant size (1kg) soup base,

TRR> What does the name ‘Yamachan’ mean?

YR> Yamachan is a nickname for Mr. Yamashita’s last name. The character of the man with on the package is Yamachan.

TRR> Is Yamachan involved in the local community around you?

YR> Yes. We do donate our products to local Japanese community events or school charity.
Also Mr. Yamashita goes to cook at Japanese community events every summer.

TRR> Are there any new products that will be coming out soon that you could tell us about?

YR> Shio (Sea food flavor) just came out about 6 months ago.
Our Tonkotsu Ramen will be back to the market in November.
We are also developing allergy free, egg free, no gluten ramen.

TRR> A lot of people wonder about the health factors (sodium, etc.) when it comes to instant noodles. How do you recommend people made instant noodles a healthy part of their diet?

YR> Ramen soup is well known to have MSG in it. We offer No MSG retail products for the customers who are concerned about MGS products.
Also ramen soup contains a lot of sodium but if you only have 1/2 of the soup, your sodium you will only have 1/2 of the sodium.
Try to eat fresh/ locally instant noodles like Yamachan ramen.

TRR> Do you make/sell products other than instant noodles?

YR> Our main business is to manufacture noodles to restaurant. (80% of our products go to Japanese restaurants)
We offer variety of noodles, which includes organic, no preservatives, vegan, egg free. Etc.…
We also manufacture crispy noodles, Pot sticker skins, Udon, Buckwheat noodles…. etc.

TRR> What was your first product?

YR> Yamachan Shoyu ramen and miso ramen.

TRR> How does the process in which you make your noodles differ from other brands?

YR> We made the noodles just like the factory in Japan.
Our machines are from Japan and flour is milled by Japanese technique, and we go Japan to find the best soup that matches to our noodles.
We design noodles for customer’s need (Thickness, weights, recipe)

TRR> When you make instant noodles for yourself, do you add anything or have any recommendations?

YR> You can add anything. Regular ramen put green onions, Chashu (Braised Pork), a halt cooked egg, bamboo s
I think for topping wise, you can put anything you want to. I like to put small chopped raw onions on Noukou Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen.
The best way to cook them is to FOLLOW the cooking instruction on the package. Use cooking timer and measuring cup to make exactly how to cook. That is the best way.
You can check how to make Chashu and a half cooked eggs at  This page.

TRR> Where can people find your products?

YR> Most of the Asian supermarket nears you. If you cannot find them, please contact us via website.

TRR> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn more about Yamachan Ramen!

Meet The Manufacturer Yamachan Ramen Reviews: Interview * Yamachan Ramen Samples * Yamachan Shio Ramen Seafood Clear Soup Base Mild * Yamachan Miso Ramen – Mild * Yamachan Miso Ramen Rich Sapporo Miso * Yamachan Tonkotsu-Shoyu Rich Pork Ramen * Yamachan Ramen Cold Noodles With Lemon Soy Dressing * Yamachan Ramen Nagasaki Sara Udon Chicken Flavor * Yamachan Ramen Rich Shoyu Ramen

Meet The Manufacturer #885: Yamachan Miso Ramen Rich Sapporo Miso

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.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten List: Exclusively On Foodiggity!

So I did a guest post on Foodiggity! Decided I’d give em’ the exclusive and so The new Top Ten Instant Noodles In The World (according to me) is on their site right now! Don’t worry – it’ll be up here on Saturday, but for now, check it out on Foodiggityhere‘s the link!

If it’s been a long time and you’re looking at this via the  Media Coverage link, here’s the article below (click image to enlarge).