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#3325: Tabate Yuzu Dashi Shio Ramen – Japan

#3325: Tabate Yuzu Dashi Shio 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 have to say about this one – “This package of noodles is a very special one indeed and feels great during the wet season in Japan. First, the broth seasoning in this pack is a great mix of salt (shio) flavoring combined with Japan’s traditional dashi flavor and topped off perfectly with a hint of  citrus from the yuzu fruit (kind of like a lemon/lime). It’s a truly unique combination of  well balanced flavors.”

I’ll be honst, I’ve yet to have a yuzu variety that really has been all that great in my opinion, so fingers crossed for this one – let’s get started.

Tabate Yuzu Dashi Shio Ramen – Japan

#3325: Tabate Yuzu Dashi Shio Ramen - Japan

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish, unsure of other meat – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 4 1/2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A wet sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sesame seeds, Spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, baked chicken, and soft egg. Noodles were on the thin side, but chewy as hell and very good. Broth was strong with shio and dsahi, thin but giving. The yuzu element while not smack in your face danced around in a balance; a triumvirate of balance. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901592913401.

Ramen at Home: The Easy Japanese Cookbook for Classic Ramen and Bold New Flavors

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3164: Kenko Foods Health Shio Ramen – Japan

#3164: Kenko Foods Health Shio 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 -“Enjoy the taste of shio (salt) ramen without the guilt with this healthy version from Kenko Foods. Add your favorite vegetables and meats to make it more tasty.’

Guilt free over here – let’s check it out!

Kenko Foods Health Shio Ramen – Japan

#3164: Kenko Foods Health Shio Ramen - Japan

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

#3164: Kenko Foods Health Shio Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3164: Kenko Foods Health Shio Ramen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3164: Kenko Foods Health Shio Ramen - Japan

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, baked chicken (black pepper, NuTek Salt for Life), spring onion. Noodles came out nicely and broth was a salty chicken flavor. It held it’s own and is a decent one, although seemingly more akin to your basic chicken instant. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4973044020036.

#3164: Kenko Foods Health Shio Ramen - Japan

Forms of Japan: Michael Kenna

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3027: Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen Donburi – Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘When the theme of the pack is all about salty noodle dishes, we can never leave out Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen. The soup has an authentic umami taste of chicken, pork, and vegetable. The aromatic flavor of sesame makes it complete and exceptional.’

One thing you may not know is that the logo I made way back for The Ramen Rater is actually the pack version of this! So, now you know. Let’s give this one a try!

Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen Donburi – Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add both sachets’ contents to bowl and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A dry base sachet.

A light powder.

A solid sachet.

A freeze-dried block of seasonings and garnish!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft egg, sesame seeds, nanami togarashi, and bbq pork.  Noodles hydrated well. broth was a little saltier than I expected. Vegetables and bits were excellent. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734030867.

Sapporo Ichiban Instant Bag S h i o Ramen Noodles, 3.6 Ounce, (Pack of 5)

Watch me cook this up on an episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

Today we kick things off on this interesting Meet The Manufacturer series with Vite Ramen’s Vegan option. If you didn’t know, there are three varieties from Vite Ramen – at least initially. Also, just so you know at the outset of this and the following reviews, these are prototypes. From what I’ve been told, this is what you’ll be getting, however the sachets in the final iteration will look different. So let’s give this first one a try!

Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

Here’s the information panel (click to enlarge). Note this was furnished by the company and not on the obverse side of the package shown above. Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 2 1/2 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add vegetables, seasonings and oil sachets and stir. Let soup cool to 160ºF (71ºC) then add the ‘Noodtrient packet’ for optimal nutrition. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

The non-fried noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

The soup base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

A fluffy powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

The ‘Noodtrient’ sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

A light powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

The vegetables sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

A nice quantity.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

Canola oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, tofu puff, kizami shoga, scallions, fried onion and nanami togarashi. The noodles are very soft, however they have this curious homemade kind of          tooth to them I found pleasant. They have a kind of hearty flavor as well – but not gritty in the least. The broth isn’t extremely salty, and had a kind of chicken mushroom stew feel to it. Bits of cabbage and other vegetables were here and there and of good quality. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. No bar code.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Based Nutrition (Comprehensive Edition)

Watch me cook this one up!

#3011: San-Iku Shio Ramen – Japan

#3011: San-Iku Shio 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 -“Shio (salt) ramen is one of the most popular kinds of ramen served in Japan. Enjoy the taste of it right in the comfort of your own home with this noodle pack.”

These San-Iku varieties haven’t disappointed as of yet – let’s give this shio a try!

San-Iku Shio Ramen – Japan

#3011: San-Iku Shio Ramen - Japan

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

#3011: San-Iku Shio Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3011: San-Iku Shio Ramen - Japan

The soup base sachet.

#3011: San-Iku Shio Ramen - Japan

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, fried onion, nanami togarashi, spring onion and chashu pork. Noodles were fantastic – just perfection in a standard gauge instant here. Worked very well with the broth which was too salty – just right with a nice seasoned taste. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4974434902536.

#3011: San-Iku Shio Ramen - Japan

SanIku Foods (San’iku) brown rice noodles 100gX40 pieces

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#2985: Myojo Charumera Shio Ramen – Japan

#2885: Myojo Charumera Shio Ramen - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one –

“Charumera is a musical instrument that used to be used by street ramen vendors. The savory soup is given an extra umami of…can you tell? It’s scallop. Though ojisan means ‘an old man,’ the ‘orisan naruto look really cute.’

I’m not sure who the girl is – possibly someone from AKB48? Anyways, let’s check out this neat looking cup!

#2885: Myojo Charumera Shio Ramen – Japan

#2885: Myojo Charumera Shio Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp, pork, chicken and fish. To prepare, open lid halfway and add boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2885: Myojo Charumera Shio Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2885: Myojo Charumera Shio Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#2885: Myojo Charumera Shio Ramen - Japan

Loose powder from the cup.

#2885: Myojo Charumera Shio Ramen - Japan

Loose solid ingredients from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft boiled egg, spring onion, chashu pork, sesame seeds, shichimi togarashi and Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts. The noodles were good – nice gauge and chew and hydrated well. The broth had a very good shio flavor and a nice bit of scallop and seafood taste as well. Included garnish was comprised of wonderful cabbage and little fishcakes with character images on them which was nice. Very good! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902881400893.

#2885: Myojo Charumera Shio Ramen - Japan

myojo charumela ramen tonkotsu shoyu (3.52ozx5packs), 17.64oz

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Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya – Shio Ramen – Bellevue Square

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

Thanks as always to Aunt Cindy for watching our rugrats and giving us an fternoon out ! It’s been awhile – last time we had an outing just us was around review #2761 – another ramen restaurant – in December! Further back we went to Hokkaido Santouka in Bellevue, WA and people there as well as at the mall mentioned this Kizuki place. So this time we thought we’d give it a try.

Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya – Shio Ramen – Bellevue Square – United States

575 Bellevue Way NE Space 252, Bellevue, WA. 98004
Phone: 425-454-0885
Email: [email protected]
Monday – Saturday : 9:30am – 9:00pm
Sunday : 9:30am – 7:00pm
Thanksgiving: Closed
Christmas Eve: 11am – 6:00pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Menu

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

We noticed a lot of people outside the place as we walked by to look at some other things at the mall before going to lunch. Well, when we decided to go over there, there were a couple people still waiting inside the doorway that are pictured here – about a half hour later. Our wait time was around 45 minutes. Kind of lame – but then again what do you do. What kind of sucked too was that on the sheet you sign your name on, there’s a box you can check as to whether you want to sit at the bar or iat a table. So they call our name and say that there are two spots at the bar we could sit at – well, my wife checked the box saying we wanted to sit at a table. So we goty to wait a little longer. I mean, I get it – some people might be like ‘screw it we’ll sit at the bar,’ but we wanted a table.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

Here’s where the magic happens (click to enlarge).

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

Here’s another view. The artwork and look of the place was very nice. I will say that I find it kind of funny how every one we’ve been to so far is more like a bar atmosphere – very subdued lighting Eat your soup in the dark, haha! But actually it’s kind of nice.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

To start, we tried the agedashi tofu (click to enlarge). I had this at another place a long time ago and I liked it better. However, this was really nice. Tofu with just the lightest crunch to the outside and a nice dashi  sauce around it – very tasty.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

This caught my eye when I looked at the menu online – prawn cutlet (click to enlarge). Basically these were breaded and fried and had very nice and moist prawn innards with a bit of sauce on the outisde. Definitely worth trying.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

Finally, the chashu pork bun (click to enlarge). I was really excited about this however it seemed a bit of a letdown. The thing didn’t stay together very well for one. I felt like it was one of those things just made for Westerners. I mean it was alright but just expected something a little different even though it looks exactly as it did in the menu image. Mayonnaise tonkatsu sauce and hot mustard on there.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

Kit got the pork chashu don (click to enlarge). with an egg. She liked it except for the seaweed which I took on for her.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

I went for the Shio ramen (click to enlarge). I got an egg and extra fishcake as well. I liked it – the chashu was nice although wish it were just a little thicker. Lot sof vegetable on this one – a lot of cabbage which was kind of a surprise. Menma was good with a nice crunch to it. Noodles wre alright – definitely had better since I started this journey into trying restaurants around here. The broth was quite nice – not overly anything – just right.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

Oil dancing at the top.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

The egg was very good – as far as being marinated, it could have used a little more time. In conclusion, I was very happy with our experience. The ramen was just right and exactly what I was in the mood for, and the izakaya was for the most part very good. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Time lapse of a Kisuki Ramen being built somewhere.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen Japanese Style Noodles

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen Japanese Style Noodles

Hey cool! I’ve been really looking forward to reviewing this one. You might not know, but this is the background for The Ramen Rater logo! It was review #652 – posted February 1, 2012. Six years ago! I really liked how the picture came out and thought hey – let’s make a new logo! But only recently have I said what the background was – didn’t think anyone would be interested. Anyways, now you know! Here’s a little about Shio ramen from Wikipedia –

Shio (“salt”) ramen 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.

Something else you may not know is that my wife absolutely loves this one. There aren’t a lot of varieties that my wife really, really likes – but this is one of them. Let’s open this one up!

Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen Japanese Style Noodles – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen Japanese Style Noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add in sachet contents. Stir and garnish with sesame seeds – enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen Japanese Style Noodles

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen Japanese Style Noodles

The soup base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen Japanese Style Noodles

A light powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen Japanese Style Noodles

A garnish sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen Japanese Style Noodles

Sesame seeds!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken with Salt For Life and pepper, spring onion, hard boiled egg and Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts. The noodles worked just right as always – nice tooth and gauge. The broth is a nice shio – kind of a chicken shio – it is very tasty and giving. Really like this stuff! 5.0 out of 5.,0 stars. UPC bar code 076186000080.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen Japanese Style Noodles

S a p p o r o   I c h i b a n  Shio Ramen Noodles, 3.6 oz., 5 Count (Pack of 6)

An old commercial for this variety.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1379: Takamori Shio Yakisoba

This was a welcome surprise – shio yakisoba! Shio is a popular variety of ramen, but I’ve never heard of it as a version of yakisoba before. Shio translates to salt in English, but that doesn’t mean that it”s just flavored with salt. Wikipedia has this to say about Shio ramen:

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.

I thought the shrimp route would be a good go in this one, and I added a little extra twist in it as well. Let”s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure, but I’m guessing it contains fish. To prepare, heat oil in a pan and add seafood and veggies and cook a little,m then drop in the noodles and cook longer. Add the seasoning sachet contents and cook til done. Enjoy!

The fresh noodle pouch.

The powder sachet.

Has a light salt and buttery seafood scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp, cabbage, green onion, sweet onion and pineapple. The noodles have a great gauge and chewiness – spot on. The flavor is light; has a seafood taste with a hint of pepper. Worked really well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4901959100024.

So Takamori Kosan is located in Kumamoto, Japan. Komamoto has something really cool – a mascot! It’s name is Kuramon, and here is his song.

#652: Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen Japanese Style Noodles

Soon as I saw this, I was really excited. I really like Shio (salt) ramen. I don’t know what it is, but it works! What’s more is this stuff is made in California. I found it at H Mart in Lynnwood, Washington. Let’s dig in!

Click image to enlarge. Right off the bat, you’ll notice that this is three servings. Weird but that’s the deal. I couldn’t imagine having a lunch with two other people consisting of a third of a pack of instant noodles.

I was a little surprised at how heavy this block of noodles was; I mean it wasn’t two pounds or anything, but it was very heavy as far as instant noodles go.

A single pack of seasoning.

Here’s the seasoning ready for some noodles and water.

I decided to go all out on this one. I got some green onions, boiled some egg, and baked a small chicken breast with some Lindberg-Snider Porterhouse and Roast seasoning – which really rocks on chicken!

What’s this? Yup – a packet of sesame seeds to dress it up even more!

Click image to enlarge. I also added a little Kizami Shoga (pickled ginger) and a sprinkle of fried shallot. Wham – this was awesome stuff! The noodles are very nice – good instant ramen noodles. The broth is exceptional – one could almost describe it as a chicken flavor, but that’s not exactly right. It’s almost a buttery and perfectly salted taste. I love this stuff. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – it’s going into the Top Ten soon as I do a revision. UPC barcode – 076186000080 – get it here.

Very old Sapporo Ichiban commercial!

Awesome

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