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#1890: Kuriki Beef Tongue Shio Mayo Ramen

Okay so you might be wondering – beef tongue shio mayo ramen – that couldn’t possibly mean… Yes. Where did I get it though?

This is Shinichi. In the intro to the Bottom Ten List video, he was kind enough to do the narration. I thought he resided in Osaka, Japan, but he’s currently in the Seattle area going to college! We decided we should meet up at The Ramen Rater WHQ and talk about noodles. He’s working with Mr., Yamato of Yakantei in an attempt to educate people about instant noodles from very localized regions of Japan – I’ll let you know a lot more about it soon. He brought me some really different varieties of instant noodles over, one of them was this one.  To answer the question, yes – it’s mayonnaise flavor! Let’s check this one out!

The back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. to prepare, boil 550ml water and cook noodle block for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents and stir – cook another 1.5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The first of two sachets.

Has an interesting scent – going to guess that this is the beef tongue flavor.

The second sachet.

Wow – it smells like mayonnaise – very strange!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, kizami shoga (pickled ginger), hard boiled egg and barbecue pork. The noodles have a nice gauge and tooth to them – like a light upgrade to your standard instant noodles. But that’s where the term ‘standard’ ends it applicability. The broth has a strong mayonnaise flavor with a kind of beefiness which is very ‘organ like’ – guessing it is ‘tongue-like.’ It’s a little weird eating something that’s supposed to taste like a tongue of a cow, but honestly, it’s quite good. The broth has a nice flavor and isn’t super thin, either. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4543185002002.

If you’re in the mood for something Japanese and want to try it with mayo style, look no further! Kewpie Mayonnaise (Japanese Mayo) – 500g Net 17.64 FL. OZ.

Eating beef tongue in Japan.

#1855: Daraz Negi Man Ramen

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No. It’s a superhero which is a leek. Leeks, negi and Welsh onion – they’re all the same thing. I got this one from my friend Shinichi – he’s working with Mr. Yamato of Yakantei, a purveyor of very unique instant noodles to bring the harder to find tastes of Japan to your door! Very excited to try these hard to find varieties! Thanks, Shinichi for bringing noodles over to my apartment! Everybody – go and check out Ramen Mania!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles in 800ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, add liquid sachet to 250~300ml boiling water in a bowl. Drain noodles and add to broth and add in final sachet. Stir and enjoy!

A package of noodles.

A liquid sachet.

Dark but transparent.

Caramelized leek perhaps?

Wow – smells leek-y!

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are of a round shape with a slightly thicker than your average instant kind of gauge. The had that nice kind of ‘floury’ taste when chewed. The broth was just plain leek. Super strong too. I should say it was a shio-leek/negi extravaganza of sorts. A little salty for my preference though. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4573217010019.

Harmony House Foods, Dried Leeks, Green and White, 3 Ounce Quart Size Jar

Negi Man makes an appearance!

#1815: Nakaya Shouten Hingya no Shio Ramen

This one came from Shinichi over at Ramen Mania, a new monthly subscription box you can check out! They have special regional Japanese ramen varieties – good stuff so far! Thanks! So today it’s a special shio ramen. What’s shio you ask? Shio translates to salt. Here’s a little more on shio from Wikipedia:

Shio (“salt”) ramen is probably the oldest of the four and 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.

Furthermore, the Ramen Otaku website has this to say as well:

Hingya salt Ramen is produced in an isolated island called “Aogashima” which is known as volcano island. Benefiting from the rich natural resources, the salt is produced by heating seawater using steam from the island’s natural volcanic blowhole. Some believes that it’ll be the next Fiji Water.

Very cool – let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Unsure whether meat is present. To prepare, break noodles into two pieces and add to 550ml boiling water – cook for 2 minutes. For the broth, add sachet contents to 250ml boiling water. Drain noodles and add to bowl. Add broth. Enjoy!

The package of noodles.

The soup base sachet.

The base has a mysterious look to it…

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, narutomaki, hard boiled egg, chashu pork and spring onion. The noodles were thin and straight. The had a good chew and fresh flavor to them. The broth was definitely shio, but had a slightly different taste – almost a little bitter. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4972942100116.

Cool Japan: A Guide to Tokyo, Kyoto, Tohoku and Japanese Culture Past and Present (Museyon Guides)

A short film showing Aogashima, Japan.

Ramen Mania! Rare Ramen To Your Door From Japan

Okay so I asked for help on The Ramen Rater facebook page . I needed someone to do a voiceover for the Bottom Ten List video – in Japanese. Responding to the call was Shinichi. I thought he was in Osaka, Japan.

As it turned out, Shinichi is in Seattle and we arranged to meet up at my place and talk about noodles. He told me about Ramen Mania, a new monthly subscription box he’s working on with Mr. Yamato of Yakantei fame. Yakantei gets some of the most exotic Japanese ramen and makes them more easily available in one spot. Well, this new box will let people everywhere be able to try numerous varieties never before available here in the United States nor anywhere outside Japan before.

Here are some of the current month’s offerings – I’ll be reviewing them soon! Really excited to try these hard to find [email protected] Thanks, Shinichi for bringing noodles over to my apartment! Everybody – go and check out Ramen Mania!