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#3252: Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor – Taiwan

Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor - Taiwan

I often end up at 99 Ranch Market to pick up mung bean sprouts, other produce, and other things once every week or so. It’s a chain of Asian markets that started on the west coast but after looking at their site, they’ve popped up all over the United States – which is good – they’ve got lots of neat stuff.

It’s neat because The Ramen Rater and 99 Ranch Market have some special history. When I first started the site, I lived far from any Asian grocery stores. I got about 60 reviews in and had a five or six year hiatus. When I met my wife and I moved to Edmonds in 2010, we lived about a five minute walk from one. That rekindled my flame for instant noodles and reviewing and really was the reason you’re seeing this review today; if we hadn’t moved to that spot, I’m unsure the site would’ve ever gone forward.

I see new products popping up there all the time in the noodle aisle. Taiwanese products in particular. I saw this one last visit and thought ‘this looks interesting.’ Never seen this brand before and ginger sesame sounds good. So I got it. The hunt for the noodle is something I really love. The obscure, the never before seen. Honestly, it’s a thrill for me – perhaps in the same way some people spend their kids’ college savings at the racetrack. On the upside, this gamble is not going to break the bank. Anyways, yeah it’s something I thoroughly enjoy and here is the fruit of my search – something new.

Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor – Taiwan

The import/distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles 1~2 minutes. Drain. Add 70ml water. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor - Taiwan

This was a nice surprise – shelf-stable fresh noodles.

Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor - Taiwan

A large wet sachet.

Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sauteed beef, egg, scallion, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, and pepper flake. I used a pair of kitchen scissors to make two crosscuts of the noodles. The noodles are indeed thin with a sturdy tooth. The flavor is just excellent. A strong showing of both ginger and sesame oil taste – super savory and delicious. Hard not to put this one down. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710575369995.

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#2906: Myojo Shoyu Sesame Chili Oil Yakisoba

#2756: Myojo Shoyu Sesame Chili Oil Yakisoba

Here’s a big tray of yakisoba I found up in Canada at Osaka Market in Yaohan Centre, Richmond, BC. Yeah, that’s a mouthful. Anyways, sometimes they’ll have a special on Japanese varieties that are somewhat new and this is one of them. Here’s a little about yakisoba from Wikipedia for you –

Yakisoba (焼きそば[jakiꜜsoba]), literally “fried buckwheat,” is a Japanese noodle stir-fry dish. Although soba means buckwheat, yakisoba noodles are actually made from wheat flour, and are typically flavored with a condiment similar to oyster sauce. The dish first appeared in food stalls in Japan during the early 20th century.[1]

Yakisoba is prepared by frying ramen-style wheat noodles with bite-sized pork, vegetables (usually cabbageonions or carrots) and flavored with yakisoba sauce, salt and pepper. It can be served with a variety of garnishes, such as aonori (seaweed powder), beni shoga (shredded pickled ginger), katsuobushi (fish flakes), and mayonnaise.

Yakisoba is most familiarly served on a plate either as a main dish or a side dish. Another popular way to prepare and serve yakisoba in Japan is to pile the noodles into a bun sliced down the middle in the style of a hot dog, and garnish the top with mayonnaise and shreds of pickled ginger. Called yakisoba-pan (pan meaning bread) it is commonly available at local festivals or konbini (convenience stores).

Sometimes, Japanese white Udon is used as a replacement of Chinese style Soba and called Yakiudon. This variation was started in Kitakyushu or Kokura in Fukuoka Prefecture.

In Okinawa, Yakisoba is popular with Okinawans and U.S. service members stationed on the island alike. After the 1945 hostilities ended on Okinawa, the US military command supplied American food products to the malnourished residents. The preferred Okinawan Yakisoba was prepared from spaghetti, spam, ketchup, any available vegetable (usually canned), and mayonnaise for frying. Mess halls and other on-base eateries often serve yakisoba. Chopped hotdogs are a popular addition to yakisoba made on Okinawa, in addition to other meats such as ham, chicken, and pork.

Alright – let’s give it a go.

Myojo Shoyu Sesame Chili Oil Yakisoba – Japan

#2756: Myojo Shoyu Sesame Chili Oil Yakisoba

The distributor/import stickler (click to enlarge).

#2756: Myojo Shoyu Sesame Chili Oil Yakisoba

Detail of the out wraps (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add noodle block and solid ingredients sachet to tray and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Drain using special lid. Add in liquid base and dry sachet and stir. Finally, ganish with mayonnaise and enjoy!

#2756: Myojo Shoyu Sesame Chili Oil Yakisoba

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2756: Myojo Shoyu Sesame Chili Oil Yakisoba

The noodle block.

#2756: Myojo Shoyu Sesame Chili Oil Yakisoba

A large liquid base sachet.

#2756: Myojo Shoyu Sesame Chili Oil Yakisoba

Yakisoba sauce.

#2756: Myojo Shoyu Sesame Chili Oil Yakisoba

A dry sachet.

#2756: Myojo Shoyu Sesame Chili Oil Yakisoba

Perhaps togarashi and chives?

#2756: Myojo Shoyu Sesame Chili Oil Yakisoba

Solid ingredients.

#2756: Myojo Shoyu Sesame Chili Oil Yakisoba

Chashu, narutomaki and spring onion.

#2756: Myojo Shoyu Sesame Chili Oil Yakisoba

Mayonnaise!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion amd Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles come out great – and plentiful. They indeed have a soy sauce and sesame kind of combo with a touch of heat. The mayo is great as it makes it nice and greasy. The large naruto slice and chashu are very nice, and bits of cabbage are throughout. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881419123.

#2756: Myojo Shoyu Sesame Chili Oil Yakisoba

MYOJO IPPEI-CHAN YOMISE Y A K I S O B A INSTANT NOODLE CASE [12pcs] by Myojo

Myojo commercials from 1977-1990

#2903: Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Potato Chips

#2903: Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Potato Chips

Here’s the last of the potato chip varieties I’ve got for review. The hamper is dry of potato chips! Still makes me laugh a little – I would have never thought that instant noodle flavors would crossover to potato chips. Let’s check these out!

Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Potato Chips – Hong Kong

#2903: Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Potato Chips

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open bag, and insert hand into bag. Grasp one or more potato chips. Bring hand to primary facial opening and insert potato chips. Chew. Finally, salivate and ingest!

#2903: Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Potato Chips

One of the chips.

#2903: Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Potato Chips

Finished (click to enlarge). The chips are of a standard size. Also, they are ruffled. As to the mouthfeel, while crisp, they seem extra greasy which didn’t appeal to me. The flavor while tasty, didn’t really bring me a good correlation and unmistakable thought of sesame oil flavor Demae Ramen. For a snack, I give these 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897053640088

#2903: Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Potato Chips

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#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

Hey it’s a self heating hot pot! I got this one at China World on St. Patrick’s Day this year. The weekend before, we drove up to Canada and checked out China World in Richmond, BC. It was amazing – awesome! Got two baskets of noodles. Went tot he front and boom – cash and Canadian debit only. That sucked. So we came back the next weekend! I found about eight different varieties of these hot pots and so here’s the first. I’ve reviewed two others in the past. Let’s open this thing up and see what makes it tick – yeah – it cooks itself!

Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package – China

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

The distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

The underside of the cardboard piece (click to enlarge). Doesn’t appear to contain meat. To prepare, add everything but the heating pack to the upper tray. Add hot water to fill line. Add heating pack to lower tray. Add cold water to fill line – close to the bottom. Place upper tray back on lower tray and replace plastic lid. Let it do it’s thing for 15 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

The front and back of an informational slip (click to enlarge).

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

Included chopsticks!

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

The noodles package.

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

A big pouch of vegetables.

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

A huge soup base sachet.

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

The sesame oil sachet.

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

The heating pack. I definitely wouldn’t eat this.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried Mala Sichuan Spicy SPAM. The noodle come out nicely, as did the vegetables. They are both of good quality. The soup is violent. So full of Sichuan peppercorn and oiliness that it just is far too overwhelming to any other flavors. It seems kind of pointless to have such fine ingredients only to stifle them with monotone flavor. 0.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6971070680024.

Here’s a video from Straits Times about these interesting self heating hot pots.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

It’s time for another top ten list and this time it’s The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition! The first list debuted in 2013 – I can’t believe this is the sixth list! As always – if you are a company who would like me to review your products, please contact me via the contact link – I want to talk to you! These are my favorite instant noodle bowl selections from my over 2800 reviews to date. Let’s get started!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

Video

Here’s this year’s video presentation of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

#10 – Paldo Bul Jjamppong – South Korea

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #10 - Paldo Bul Jjamppong - South Korea

This variety boasts a thick and chewy ramyun – a wider and flatter noodle that’s become popular in the last few years. Pairing that with a spicy soup with strong notes of grilled seafood taste – almost smoky – and vegetables/seafood and you’ve got an excellent bowl. Original review

#9 – Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #9 - Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup - United States

To be honest, I’m about as surprised by this one as you might be! But make no mistake – this US domestic variety is truly amazing. The tom yum flavor is just superb along with a huge quantity of noodles. You’ll fill up and be extremely happy as you do so. Original review

#8 – Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #8 – Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen - Japan

The second Maruchan variety on the list and this one comes from Japan. A light and tasty shio broth is paired with a large quantity of noodles in this bowl. The inclusion of wonton – which are very good I might add – rounds everything out and becomes a delicious feast. Original review

#7 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #7 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan

The noodles are thick and chewy – very premium. The broth has a very rich miso flavor that had a little thickness and a nice oiliness. The vegetables and bits hydrated perfectly – nice bits of ground meat and menma float happily about and are of good quality. Original review

#6 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #6 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

First, the noodles have a little bit thicker a gauge than most instant varieties. Indeed they are premium although a slight bit softer than one might expect. The broth is a sea of rich pork flavor – different than many. As a matter of fact, this really REALLY has a nice pork flavor; most pork varieties don’t have a great pork taste as the pork taste they do have get overshadowed by saltiness. The vegetables hydrated well and the pork was very good. Original review

#5 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #5 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan

So the noodles are broad and flat with a light chew and an excellent quantity. The broth is a tour de force of beef taste. It has a good thickness/oiliness to it as well as a good flavor. Indeed as expected, there’s a decent punch of spiciness. Indeed, the chunks of beef are of good size and quality. Moreover, the liquid with the beef in the retort pouch add depth to the broth. Finally, little rings of chilli pepper are here and there, joining the party. Original review

#4 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #4 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

TTL stands for Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor and indeed there’s a sachet of rice wine in here! Add to that a big retort pouch full of decent sized chunks of chicken, good noodles and garnish, This is definitely a bowl to seek out and try. Original review

#3 – Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #3 - Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat - Taiwan

Okay so first off, this is a heavy bowl. There’s a huge retort pouch in here full of beef and beef tendon. The noodles are wide and have a great chew and the broth has a nice flavor. But the start of the show is that braised beef and tendon – it’s perfect and there’s just so much of it. Very impressive! Original review

#2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

Talk about amazing. Now, on most of these bowls, you’ll notice I’ve added my own garnishes. I don’t count them in my reviewing – everything is reviewed prior to any additions I make. This is one where I’ve added nothing and just look at it! This one had very good noodles to start off. The broth was a very thick prawn infused decadent flavor spectacle. Then there’s the little crunchy topping and the other garnish they provide and this is just amazing stuff. Wow. Floored. Original review

#1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Wow – I’m so freaking impressed with this one. First, there are two bowls. Peel back the lid of the first bowl and add boiling water. After a short time, you poke holes in the lid and drain the liquid into the second. A sachet of soup base is added and you have a soup with lots of corn and herbs. Next, a huge sachet with chicken and vegetables boasts a great spicy green curry flavor which mixes with the noodle. A really amazing product which is unique and delicious. This is Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle’s second year in the number one spot in a row – congratulations! Original review

#2766: LeeZen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles

#2766: Leezen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles Tasiwan dong quai

Found this one up in Canada at a place called FoodyWorld – awesome! Okay so this is an odd variety so let’s hit up Wikipedia for some info on what this is all about:

Angelica sinensis, commonly known as dong quai or “female ginseng” is a herb from the family Apiaceae, indigenous to China. Angelica sinensis grows in cool high altitude mountains in China, Japan, and Korea. The yellowish brown root of the plant is harvested in fall and is a well-known Chinese medicine used over thousands of years.[3]

Hmm maybe the ampersand isn’t really correct here? Perhaps it’s Sesame Oil & Angelica Sinensis? That’s my guess. Okay – let’s give it a go.

Leezen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles – Taiwan

#2766: Leezen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles Tasiwan dong quai

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and sachet contents into a bowl. Add 500ml boiling water and cover for 6~7 minutes. finally, stir and enjoy!

#2766: Leezen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles Tasiwan dong quai

A non-fried noodle block.

#2766: Leezen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles Tasiwan dong quai

The soup base sachet.

#2766: Leezen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles Tasiwan dong quai

Interesting…

#2766: Leezen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles Tasiwan dong quai

The vegetables sachet.

#2766: Leezen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles Tasiwan dong quai

A nice mix.

Finished (click to enlarge). Noodles were quite good although had a slight mushiness to them. However the mushiness was not only tolerable but kind of nice. I expected the broth to be a zero-star horror show – the smell of the contents of the liquid sachet really put me off. But once cooked, it was quite nice – a kind of sesame herb character to it. Vegetable mixture was on point – the goji berry was a nice touch. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710589440475.

#2766: Leezen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles Tasiwan dong quai

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#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

This is one I was sent by Daniel of Exotic Noods, a subscription service specializing in instant noodles. I should note that this was something special he put in after a recent trip to Taiwan – thanks again! So these are manufactured by Wei Lih for TTL. TTL stands for Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor. Tobacco and liquor – what?! Indeed, this is a boozy noodle. It contains rice wine, something apparently that goes well in noodles and cooking. Ireviewed the bowl version of this a few weeks back.

Just to clarify when I get the question, this one won’t be found at your local Asian grocery store here in the United States. Ever. Well, unless there’s a huge shift in things as far as what’s allowed entry into the United States. First, it’s got chicken in it – real chicken. It’s near impossible to get real chicken imported into the USA from Southeast Asia. Second, it wouldn’t surprise me if people here would have a tizzy fit that kids would buy 20 of these bowls and guzzle down the rice wine, the concerned parents would have a fit, and government inquiries would go crazy. It’s unfortunate as that’s just kind of how it works here.

Anyways, I think it’s time to open up this bowl. So let’s do it! Indeed, it’s time to try TTL noodles!

TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine – Taiwan

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and rice wine. To prepare, add noodle block as well as add in dry sachet and dark liquid sachet to 500ml boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes. Add in rice wine and retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

Hey baggage handlers – try and be gentle with the luggage!

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

A dry base sachet.

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

Powder and vegetable.

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

A liquid sachet.

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

Has a definite sesame scent.

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

Another liquid sachet.

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

Rice wine.

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

The retort pouch (click to enlarge).

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

Pieces of chicken and vegetable in a liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added roasted sesame seeds. The noodles are a very standard Taiwanese style – very thin and soft. A lot of them, too. The broth has a lot of things going on. First, the sesame taste is nice and gives it a good oiliness. It has a nice chicken taste as well. Next is the rice wine taste – my wife and son Andy both thought it odd, but I found it to be a very nice accompaniment. Then the retort pouch content. Indeed, a lot of chicken and of good size and quality. Moreover, the chicken has a little ginger hit to it to lighten things up. There’s also wolfberry, cabbage and some kind of crunchy melon. The pouch also has liquid which mingle in the soup. A lot in one bowl of noodles. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710199105306.

#2462: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle With Rice Wine - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - boozy noodles

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#2387: Nissin Demae Iccho Sesame Oil Flavour Instant Noodle

#2387: Nissin Demae Iccho Sesame Oil Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

This one is a left over from the Nissin Foods Hong Kong Meet The Manufacturer – thanks again for sending so many! So lately I’ve noticed quite a few of the Demae Iccho varieties in local stores around where I live. I’ve also found them in the past in Canada including this one. What’s the difference? Well, it all comes down to meat.

The United States doesn’t allow import of products with pork, chicken or beef from Southeast Asia. It’s a real thorn in my side. I’ve gotten boxes that should be full of noodles before that have been empty, save a slip that says ‘there was a teency weency bit of chicken powder so we destroyed the noodles.’ Hopefully, this will chill out eventually, because I’d love to be able to get my hands on more varieties easier. Anyways, this one contains pork and the ones exportd to the USA don’t. Let’s check it out!

Nissin Demae Iccho Sesame Oil Flavour Instant Noodle – Hong Kong

#2387: Nissin Demae Iccho Sesame Oil Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add in all but the oil sachet. Fill to line with boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Add in oil. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2387: Nissin Demae Iccho Sesame Oil Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2387: Nissin Demae Iccho Sesame Oil Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

The noodle block.

#2387: Nissin Demae Iccho Sesame Oil Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

The dry base sachet.

#2387: Nissin Demae Iccho Sesame Oil Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A light powder.

#2387: Nissin Demae Iccho Sesame Oil Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A garnish sachet.

#2387: Nissin Demae Iccho Sesame Oil Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Bits of egg among other things.

#2387: Nissin Demae Iccho Sesame Oil Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Another garnish sachet.

#2387: Nissin Demae Iccho Sesame Oil Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Looks like spring onion and diced pork.

#2387: Nissin Demae Iccho Sesame Oil Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Finally, an oil sachet.

#2387: Nissin Demae Iccho Sesame Oil Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Has a strong sesame scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chashu pork and spring onion. The noodles came out well. They have a round gauge and soft chew with very slight sponginess. The broth was good – salty and a very nice sesame punch. The best part was the included garnish – tons of bits of cubed pork and egg worked nicely. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878120000.

#2387: Nissin Demae Iccho Sesame Oil Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Nissin, Instant Bowl Noodles, Sesame Oil Flavour, 110 g (Pack of 2 units)


A Nissin Demae Iccho/Demae Ramen TV commercial from Hong Kong.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2086: Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Instant Noodle

Here’s an interesting one – probably the most recognizable Demae Ramen. When I first tried it, I was around 18 years old and I couldn’t get past the sesame oil smell – didn’t like it back then. It’s funny since I really like sesame oil scent and flavor now… I guess years change the palate! Let’s have a look at this iconic noodle – Hong Kong style!

Detail of the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and pork. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A granular mixture.

An oil sachet.

Ahh sesame oil!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, spring onion, hard boiled egg and sesame seeds. The noodles have a great gauge and chew – really like these a lot. The broth is a kind of soy and sesame flavor. It’s really tasty! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878000012.

Nissin Demae Ramen, Sesame Oil, 3.5 oz (30 packs)

A Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour TV commercial.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1843: Forest Noodles Sunbaked Noodle With Sesame Oil Sauce

Today, we bid a fond farewell to another Meet The Manufacturer. Forest Noodles products all have one thing in common – they’re all dried in the sun. They also highlight nature which is pretty great as well. Let’s have a look at the last in this series, their sesame oil sauce variety with sunbaked noodles.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil a pot of water with some salt. Add noodle block and cook for 5.5 – 6.5 minutes. Drain. Add in liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The sauce sachet.

Has a nice sesame oil scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and shrimp. The broad noodles have an excellent chewiness – really good! The sesame oil flavor is strong and has a nice oiliness to it. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

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#1121: Sau Tao Oat Noodle Sesame Oil Flavored

Let me say that the past couple of days have been probably a couple of the most crazy, fascinating and rewarding of my run so far as The Ramen Rater. I did am interview with Quartz (part of The Atlantic) and it went viral; Huffington Post picked it up, Grub Street, Digg,… Did an interview with South Korea’s Cultwo Veranda Show and appeared, and have two interviews with radio and television lined up in the next couple of days. A couple of interesting opportunities I can’t talk about yet have popped up and I’m very excited about them and will share as soon as I can. Thursday I went up to Canada and met with some folks at a big Asian grocery called T&T Supermarket. They were really nice people and even sent me home with some great new varieties to review and share! Thank you so much! This is one of them. Oat noodles? This sounds different – see the little circle on the lower right? It says ‘health is important. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the distributor sticker (click image to enlarge.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). I mentioned the little circle on the front saying ‘health is important.’ Looking at the nutrition guide, it says here there are 5.9g fat (the sticker however says 4g), pretty low for an instant. These are non-fried. Looks to be free of meat.

The noodle block.

The soup base powder.

Has an interesting scent; a slight acrid note as well as a chicken scent.

An oil packet.

Sesame oil.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onions, hard boiled egg, baked chicken breast seasoned with Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning and a little Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are almost the exact same gauge of a standard run-of-the-mill instant, however they have a completely different feel – they’re chewier first off. The also seem to be a little better quality. It’s a nice gauge and feel and they’re not so chewy they can’t be broken by pursing the lips. The broth is nice – good chicken and sesame flavor. Better than I expected. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 087303862313.

Here’s a Sau Tao TV commercial.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1094: Amianda Noodle Thin Noodles – Sesame Oil

Thin noodles! Let’s have a look.

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

They’re not kidding – these are really thin and wispy.

The sauce packet.

Has a soy scent.

The sesame oil packet.

Has a sesame oil scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef, Vidalia sweet onion, red bell pepper and minced garlic with a little Worcestershire sauce. The noodles are great – fluffy and soft with a comfort food texture. The flavor is really mystical; it’s got the sesame oil there, but then there’s this flavor hovering around – like cinnamon or pumpkin spice – not sure what it is but it’s really great! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.

In Taiwan, they have these ‘Night Markets’ – tons of different sellers of absolutely everything from merchandise to food. This is the Fong Jia Night market.