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#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

Found this one at Uwajimaya a few months back. We decided to go down to a dim sum restaurant nearby called Ocean Star. It used to be Sun Ya – a place I went to growing up and I hadn’t been back since they changed hands a couple years back.

I really was a bummed – I miss the way that Sun Yan was before – food was hotter, etcetera. I should note though that we got to Ocean Star later in the day so it was definitely after prime time for dim sum, so definitely will give it another chance.

So this one has nothing to do with dim sum – that’s something I should make clear right off the bat. Dim sum is a Chinese thing – not Japanese. But Uwajimaya is nearby and has good parking in the Seattle International District, so we park there and then walk around and come back, spend a bit at Uwajimaya and get our parking validated. I’ve been a fan of wasabi for a while – however, I didn’t know exactly what this variety was when I got it that day. I thought ‘hey – this isn’t one I’ve reviewed’ so I picked it up. Let’s check out this wasabi infused tempura udon!

Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon – Japan

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

The distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood, I wager. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

The block of thick udon noodles.

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

A dry base sachet.

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

A lot of powder.

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

A solid ingredients sachet.

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

Tempura with seaweed.

Finished (click to enlarge). Udon hydrated pretty well in 5 minutes. The broth has a kind of bonito and wasabi flavor to it that was kind of strange to me. The tempura was nice and crisp – nice with the seaweed back. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105241288.

#2731: Nissin Donbei Wasabi Tempura Udon 日清のどん兵衛 だし天茶うどん

Nissin Hokkaido Gentei KITA no DONBEI Tempura Udon 12capsx1case

A Nissin Donbei TV spot

#2570: Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour - Thailand - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

So I haven’t done a review of this company’s products before, however I have had therm in the past. Tao Kae Noi is pretty well known for their crunchy seaweed snacks. They make them in quite a few flavors – my favorite are their tom yum flavored ones – spicy and tasty.This pack comes with a couple pieces of their snack seaweed. Let’s see a little from Wikipedia about Tom Yum Kung –

Tom yum or tom yam (UK: /ˌtɒm ˈjæm/ or /ˌtɒm ˈjʌm/US: /ˌtɑːm ˈjɑːm/;[2] Thaiต้มยำrtgstom yampronounced [tôm jām]) is a type of hot and sour Thai soup,[2] usually cooked with shrimp (prawn).[3] Tom yum is widely served in neighbouring countries such as CambodiaBruneiMalaysiaSingapore and Laos and has been popularised around the world.

The words “tom yam” are derived from two Thai words. Tom refers to the boiling process, while yam refers to a Thai spicy and sour salad. Indeed, tom yum is characterised by its distinct hot and sour flavours, with fragrant spices and herbs generously used in the broth. The basic broth is made of stock and fresh ingredients such as lemongrasskaffir lime leaves, galangallime juice, fish sauce, and crushed chili peppers.

Commercial tom yum paste is made by crushing all the herb ingredients and stir frying in oil. Seasoning and other preservative ingredients are then added. The paste is bottled or packaged and sold around the world. Tom yum flavored with the paste may have different characteristics from that made with fresh herb ingredients. The soup often includes meats such as chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp.

The 1997 Financial Crisis in Asia, which started in Thailand, is sometimes referred to as the “Tom Yam Kung Crisis”.[4]

Tom yam kung (Thaiต้มยำกุ้ง) – the version of the dish most popular among tourists, is made with prawns as the main ingredient.[10] The dish originated during the Rattanakosin Kingdom.[11]

Alright – let’s check out this product from Tao Kae Noi.

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour – Thailand

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour - Thailand - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodles and seasoning to a bowl along with 400ml boiling water. Cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy with seaweed!

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour - Thailand - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour - Thailand - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A dual sachet.

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour - Thailand - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A powder base.

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour - Thailand - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A paste.

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour - Thailand - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A garnish sachet.

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour - Thailand - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Tao Kae Noi crispy seaweed snack.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added 35-44ct shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and coriander. The noodles steeped great and have a really great chew to them. The broth is a sharp tom yum with a nice creamy look and flavor. The seaweed really goes better as a snack I think, but the ends with the broth while soggy had a nice taste from the broth and the non-wet part has that excellent crispiness that this company’s seaweed snacks have. A really nice little pack of noodles! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8858702421034.

Tao Kae Noi Ramen Creamy Tom Yum Kung Flavour - Thailand - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Crispy Seaweed Tom Yum Goong, 1.27 oz (Pack of 6)

A short promotional video for the company

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Here’s a cup I found at Carrefour in Taipei, Taiwan during my trip in November of 2016. I’ve never seen this one before and from what it looks like, it’s made for the Chinese/Taiwanese market. At least the packaging in Chinese gives that away. Also, I can see that it’s referencing www.nongshim.com – not a .cn or .tw, so these should be made in South Korea. It also has a little banner proclaiming ‘number one’ but unsure what that’s referring to. Anyways, let’s see what we have here and give these seaweed noodles a try!

Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup – South Korea

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure if it contains meat but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line and let steep covered for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Looks to be onion and red pepper among other things.

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

A dry base sachet.

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Has an interesting odor to it; kind of musty.

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

A tall narrow sachet.

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Here is where the seaweed is hanging out, augmented with sesame seeds.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles were pretty good – definitely thinner than Nongshim’s ramyun. Not too bad. The broth had a little pinch of heat to it and otherwise everything was seaweed overload. I like seaweed, but generally not in this kind of extreme. In conclusion, if you love seaweed overload, this is for you. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146263738.

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Pacific Seaweeds: Updated and Expanded Edition

An Arirang piece about seaweed farming and cultivation in South Korea.

#2254: Nissin Disney Cuties Instant Noodle Seaweed Flavour

Here’s another one of these neat little cups from Nissin Thailand! Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to cover noodles and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

A couple little bits of fishcake with Winnie The Pooh on them and other bits of garnish from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out alright – very light and a slight slight sponginess. The broth definitely tastes like seaweed – and is augmented with lots of seaweed as well. The little Pooh fishcake bits were a neat touch and bits of spring onion popped up now and again. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8852528000657.

NISSIN POOH 3 PACK 40 GRAMS OF ALGAE.

[youtubed url=https://youtu.be/DC2uQHpTzx0]I’m unsure, but I think maybe they ate all of them.

Disney Noodles From Nissin Thailand!

Walked to get the mail today and the mailman gave me this box. Wasn’t sure what it was and then remembered! Nissin Thailand has a line of Winnie The Pooh themed noodles I saw a few times on instagram. I asked my contact Ms. Janenate about getting some samples and here they are! You might remember her name from the Nissin Thailand Meet The Manufacturer (check it out here). The neat little cups have little Winnie The Pooh fishcake in them! Let’s look inside!

Under the hood (click to enlarge).

Roast pork with Piglet (fitting) and Pooh (click to enlarge).

Chicken and mushroom with Eeyore (click to enlarge)!

Chicken and corn with Pooh (click to enlarge)!

Seaweed flavor with Tigger (click to enlarge)!

Finally, Pooh and Tigger join together for Crab flavor (click to enlarge)! Very big thank you to Ms. Janenate for sending these! I’m very excited to review them!

New Product Samples From Oni Hot Pot Of Taiwan

I’ve been getting a LOT of boxes lately! Here’s one I wasn’t expecting!

Two new varieties (click to enlarge)! I’ve reviewed the two on the top, their ghost pepper and xo sauce flavors. On the botton are the new tuna and seaweed flavors! Thank you – looking forward to checking these out!

#1483: Four Seas Seaweed Hot & Spicy Instant Noodle (Mushroom & Beef Flavour)

Here’s yet another one from a trip to Canada. This company is particularly interesting – they always include a big sachet of seaweed in their packs and bowls of instant noodles. What’s more, their bowl have two noodle blocks instead of just one – they sport some of the largest instant noodle meals I’ve ever seen! This one’s mushroom and beef flavored hot and spicy – which you find out by reading the back of the packaging. Anyways, sounds like an interesting one – let’s give it a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). I removed the color for readability. Looks to contain beef. To prepare, boil 600ml water and add noodle block as well as sachet contents. Cook for 3 minutes. Add seaweed and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The powder soup base sachet.

Definitely has a kind of mushroom and beef scent.

A paste sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

The seaweed garnish sachet.

That’s quite a bit of seaweed!

 

My pal Matt B. sent me a pic of some noodles he made today with his cellphone. They’re prawn noodles and he cooked them so long the broth literally cooked off! Curious how that came out… He’s sent me some interesting ones over the years – once a picture of an instant noodle block that he fried – I believe in bacon grease. That reminds me of a story. About 15 years ago or so, we used to hang out and make this stuff called Glomar. Basically it was saltine crackers, butter and bacon, but like Chex Mix in the microwave. What was insane was after eating a handful of the stuff it had so much fat and salt in it that I felt like I was going to pass out.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, sliced green onion, thin sliced beef, mung bean sprouts and Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper seasoning. The noodles were pretty good – nice gauge and a good mouthfeel. The slight crumble gave them a kind of nice texture with the broth. The broth has a definite spicy beef flavor and then the mushroom flavor which is kind of in the background and very good. As for the seaweed, it really complimented things quite a bit and made for a fitting garnish. I’m impressed with this one – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 4892616008473.


A book of images showing over 200 varieties of seaweed.

Someday!

#1365: Four Seas Seaweed Hot & Spicy Instant Noodle Mushroom & Beef Flavour

I’ve always found these quite interesting. Why? Well for starters, they seem to always have a pack of seaweed with them, and not a small one but a decent portion. Also, the noodle blocks are unique as well. How? Well, read on and you’ll see. This one is from Hong Kong – let’s check it out!

Here’s the distributor / import sticker. Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

Here is detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). To prepare, empty sachets into bowl, add boiling water to line, steep for 4 minutes, stir and enjoy.

Here’s detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

Included fork!

So what’s the hubbub about the noodle block? The fact that there are two of them! I’ve never seen this elsewhere – lots and lots of noodles in this one!

The powder soup base sachet.

A very fine powder.

The paste sachet.

Has a nice artificial beef scent.

The other unique thing about these bowls are the seaweed sachets.

That’s quite a bit of seaweed there!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef and sweet onions as well as a dash of Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles have a very familiar instant noodle gauge – kind of squareish. Decent consistency although very light. The broth has a very good flavor, and although not extremely hot or spicy, is full and good. The seaweed is everywhere and works well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4892616018915.

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcY2VyAUXwI]Here’s a video about seaweed farming and supporting areas hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami.

#1172: Koyo Seaweed Ramen Made With Organic Noodles

Been meaning to get to this one. Let’s check out this vegan variety!

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

The noodle block.

The seasoning sachet.

Powder seasoning.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little seaweed. The noodles are chewy with a slightly wider gauge than your run of the mill instant noodle – nice quality. The broth is pretty good, although it doesn’t say seaweed to me. It has a good vegetable flavor, however the bits of seaweed have a very odd flavor to them I didn’t like at all. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 813551002061.

Here’s a video showing seaweed farming.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1073: Deshome Black Eyed Bean Noodle Red Onion Sauce & Sesame Sauce

Today we have something really interesting here. I often hear and see people raving about how many seasoning packets come with a pack of noodles – heck, I usually find that to be of great enjoyment. This one’s a little different – there are four different types of noodles! Let’s have a look.

Here are the stickers from the back. Viga Umbellata? It’s commonly referred to as a rice bean – here’s a Wikipedia link.

The back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

Look at this! Wow! These are all ricebean noodles with different added ingredients – from left to right, first is pumpkin, then purple sweet potato, pollen and finally seaweed.

The sesame sauce packet.

Rich color and nice scent.

The red onion packet.

Nice onion smell!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added panko breaded shrimp, Vidalia sweet onions and bell peppers. The noodles have a nice texture and there are plenty of them. It’s neat how they all work so well together. The flavor is really quite light. I liked how there were little bits of red onion in there. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4716873920463.

Here’s a video about how to prepare this variety by the owner, Shelley Su.

#904: Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise-No Yakisoba Oriental Style With Mayonnaise 一平ちゃん

Here’s a new one we got at Uwajimaya. This looks really good! Nothing says tasty like a little bit of Japanese mayonnaise! Let’s check it out!

Here are close-ups of the text on top, the side and the bottom (click to enlarge).

Here’s the lid (click to enlarge). Notice the top left has a pour spout!

The noodle block – big and rectangular.

Here’s the front and back of the yakisoba sauce packet.

A good sized veggie packet.

Looks like some niceties like cabbage and other tasty bits.

Spice packet?

Interesting; I expected chili powder but I taste seaweed and sesame seed.

Here we go! A mayonnaise packet! You can get all artsy with this one – use scissors and cut off a corner to get a thin stream.

Finished (click to enlarge).  Added stir-fry vegetables, some baked chicken with Lindberg-Snider Red Baron BBQ Spice, kizami shoga (pickled ginger) and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles were really nice – floffy and almost buttery. The yakisoba sauce really makes it all quite tasty and the mayonnaise is really a nice addition – adds a bit of interesting comfort food notion. The vegetables were good – primarily cabbage, but it was crunchy! Good stuff – 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 011152219875 .

What an awesome commercial – squeezing the mayonnaise packets!

A nice little sampling of Japanese commercials from the mid 90’s.

#712: Four Seas Seaweed Instant Noodle

Here’s one my sister brought me down from Canada! Thanks, Sue!!! Seaweed flavor, huh? Well, let’s check it out!

Side panels (click image to enlarge).

This is a first! There are two separate noodle blocks!

Plus a folding fork!

It’s like a Transformer! Kkkk-kkk-kkk-kkk… Yeah.

Powder seasoning…

A pretty good amount and very powdery.

Sesame oil!

Nice strong odor.

Finally, the star of the show – seaweed. Looks like a pretty decent amount.

Yep – a lot of seaweed – layers of it!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some store brand stir fry veggies with a little turkey breast and some Ajishima Kim Chi furikake, a dash of Krazy Mixed Up Salt and a few pieces of narutomaki. The noodles are good but very weak and borderline mushy – eat this one before they get mushy would be my advice. The broth is full of sesame oil flavor but not a whole lot of flavor other than that. Seaweed is extremely prevalent – its everywhere! It’s good too! I like this one – although it definitely could be better. It seemed almost watery; kind of a weird thing to say about soup, but there it is. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 4892616010872 .

All about seaweed farming!

Eating seaweed straight from the ocean in Korea