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Re-Review: Samyang Ramen

A few weeks back I was at an HMart – the one on 184th next to Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Washington state. I saw this perky orange pack practically jumping off the shelf at me saying ‘pick me, pick me!’ I’ve reviewed this one a couple times in the past, but it just screamed eat me. Today, I’ve got so much craziness going on – I’ll let you in on it. First, I want to say that if you take really long flights, you should get up and walk around every hour or so. Why? Well, when you don’t, you can end up with blood clots in your legs. Then those blood clots can get into your lungs. Then you can end up in the hospital like I did last weekend with my first IV in my arm and a very timid feeling for the universe. Luckily, I’ll be fine, but it could’ve been much worse (i.e., no more The Ramen Rater). I’ve been having to get my blood checked, get injections this week… Not much fun. On the up side, I should be fine – the only pain I’m in is from shots (fleeting little bits of pain when I’m jabbed) and the clots will go away naturally. The other crazy business is that in 9 days Kit and I expecting our second child together! We’re very excited and I’ll definitely post pictures of her when she’s born! Those are the bigguns – aside from those, I have a sore tooth (drove me bonkers in the last 24 hours but totally eased up now), it’s about to snow any minute now, and oh yeah – Christmas is just around the corner! A lot in a small period of time. New life and dodging a bullet. Wow. Today, I slept in a little and decided to skip reviewing. Well, couldn’t figure out what to have for lunch – I didn’t want anything that would anger the tooth again, and so again this orange pack of noodles was staring at me. Today is your day!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 550ml boiling water as well as sachet contents. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A powder with a slightly spicy beef scent.

The ‘flake’ sachet.

Bits of vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). After tasting the base product, cooked another couple minutes  – added a couple eggs, sweet onion and cheese. The noodles are fatty ramyun – super good stuff! The broth has a nice beef taste and a little bit of spiciness in there. The vegetable bits hydrate just right. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 074603005212.

Samyang brand Samyang Ramen Beef Flavor. 4.2oz package (Pack of 20)

A Samyang Foods TV spot for Samyang Ramen. Also FYI – yeah, it’s the Bubble Bobble song.

#639: Nissin Gozen Kitsune Udon

Kitsune Udon Gozen, as I type thy name into here, I am pretty sure you’ll be remembered as one of my all time favorites. This was purchased during a recent trip to Seattle to Uwajimaya. It was there that I truly began my journey into the world of the instant noodle so many years ago.

So what is Kitsune Udon? Kitsune is fried tofu. Udon is simply a wider gauge noodle.

This EVERYTHING that was on the side of the container (click image to enlarge).

I think the full label has more to say, but here are some of the main points of ingredients and nutrition.

A single packet of dry powder.

The powder atop the udon. The vegetables were underneath the noodle block. I added a tiny dash of Cavendar’s Greek seasoning to the water that the noodles steeped in.

This is the piece of fried tofu. It will sit atop the noodle block and steep with the boiling water. It is about the size of an audio cassette and about four millimeters thick.

Two fried eggs with a dash of Lindberg-Snider Red Baron BBQ seasoning on the left and some fried shallots with some Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning on the right.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I also added some kizami shoga (hot pink pickled ginger) and a couple dashes of Texas Pete hot sauce on top of the eggs. Let’s start with the noodles. They are soft and very wide – not chewy but not mushy either. The broth is salty and rich in flavor – soy sauce and a nice hint of seafood.  The tofu was very nice – tender and delectable. I relished every bite. This is a 5.0 out of 5.0 star affair BEFORE the added eggs and shallots, etc. Great stuff!!! Happy Martin Luther King Jr. day! UPC barcode 4902105201954.

A comparison of two Kitsune Udon bowls that are practically identical.

This reviewed product was so enjoyable, it deserves the high holy Desslok tribute!

#633: Mr. Udon Oriental Udon Noodle Seafood Selection

Assorted seasfood eh? Trout and octopus? Sardine and shrimp? Crab and sea cucumber? Not sure but Let’s find out.

Click image to enlarge. Bonito and anchovy. Little fish. Moving on…

Yep – more of the fresh udon.

The white on you sprinkle on at the end – never have I tried this since it all looks to be dried veggies usually. Big liquid packet.

Click image to enlarge. This is the fourth and final Mr. Udon I’ve had so far and I think I liked this one the most and here’s why: it’s seafood flavor. Udon usually is seafood flavor. Also, the sprinkly bits have a little tempura in them – they get soggy immediately upon impact (I like mine crunchy) but it’s still a nicety. The noodles as always are decent and chewy. The broth on this one reminds me more of something a Japanese company like Myojo puts out. All in all pretty good – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 8801085067528 .

Nice.

It snowed today.