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#3306: Itsuki Tempura Soba – Japan

#3306: Itsuki Tempura Soba - Japan

Here’s one from an Umai Crate – a subscription box from Japan. Use coupon code THERAMENRATER for a discount if you’d like to get one! Here’s what they have to say about it – ‘There’s a saying in Japan that long noodles are good luck for a long life! These soba (buckwheat) noodles are extra long for that reason! They also come with tasty crispy tempura balls, seaweed and crunchy shrimp.’

This one is interesting since in a previous Umai Crate, there was one that looks almost identical, but only had the powder sachet where this one has the topping as well – a nice addition! Let’s check it out.

Itsuki Tempura Soba – Japan

#3306: Itsuki Tempura Soba - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodle in 300ml water for 1 minute. Add in soup base and stir. Finally, top with garnish and enjoy!

The fresh soba noodles.

A dry soup base sachet.

The garnish sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added kamaboko, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and sesame seeds. The noodles are very good – soft and a good texture. The broth is my favorite tempura broth; not too sweet, not too fishy – just right on all fronts. The included garnish was particularly enjoyable with tempura at the forefront. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014127.

Itsuki – Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen for 1 Servning

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#3238: Itsuki Soba – Japan

#3238: Itsuki Soba - 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 a hot bowl of this soba in its soup base, rich with flavors of bonito, soy sauce and spice.”

Yeah okay this sounds pretty good – fresh soba… Let’s do it!

Itsuki Soba – Japan

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodles in 300ml water for 1 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

A fresh soba pouch.

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

A light powder with a sweet scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kamaboko, mentaiko furikake and spring onion. Noodles are definitely buckwheat soba. First time I think I’ve had fresh buckwheat in this form factor and it’s pretty decent. The broth was a pretty typical soy and bonito hit, however the balance of flavors worked better than any I’ve had before.. All in all alright. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014134.

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

Itsuki food 2 co-yaki soba 340gX6 pieces

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#3216: Sapporo Ichiban Small Fried Shrimp Soba – Japan

#3216: Sapporo Ichiban Small Fried Shrimp Soba - 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 -“Savor a bowl of soba this winter with bits of dried shrimp! Hot soba like this one is usually served as a noodle soup in a bowl of hot tsuyu (dashi soup stock and a mixture of soy sauce, mirin and sugar) as a sou p base. It’s a thinner version than the dipping sauce used for cold soba. For a busy day, take this one to go for a quick lunch at work.”

Alright, let’s go!

Sapporo Ichiban Small Fried Shrimp Soba – Japan

#3216: Sapporo Ichiban Small Fried Shrimp Soba - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, fill to line with boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3216: Sapporo Ichiban Small Fried Shrimp Soba - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3216: Sapporo Ichiban Small Fried Shrimp Soba - Japan

The noodle block.

#3216: Sapporo Ichiban Small Fried Shrimp Soba - Japan

Loose seasoning from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added 31-44ct shrimp, spring onion, and tempura. The noodles are very thin and hydrated well. Not soggy. The flavor is a salty shrimp tasty – pretty strong too. Not bad – especially with included kamaboko and tempura, however included shrimp was full of shell. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734035961.

#3216: Sapporo Ichiban Small Fried Shrimp Soba - Japan

Sapporo Yakisoba Chow Mein Noodles, 3.60 Ounce (Pack of 24)

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#3204: Nissin Edo Soba – Japan

#3148: Nissin Edo Soba - Japan

Here’s one from Japan Ramen Box – a subscription service out of Japan. Here’s what they have to say about this Nissin variety –

‘This Nissin Edo Soba features 71 grams of straight buckwheat soba that are just itching to slide right down your throat do the Nissin brand proud. Combining yaizu processed bonito flakes with 100% pure round soybean sauce, Nissin Edo Soba tastes like it has the same traditional Kanto style soy sauce with chili in it. Included in the dish are tempura, fish cakes, and spring onions.’

Cool – let’s give it a looksie!

Nissin Edo Soba – Japan

#3148: Nissin Edo Soba - Japan

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

#3148: Nissin Edo Soba - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3148: Nissin Edo Soba - Japan

The noodle block.

#3148: Nissin Edo Soba - Japan

Loose seasoning from the cup.

#3148: Nissin Edo Soba - Japan

Tempura and kamaboko loose in the cup.

#3148: Nissin Edo Soba - Japan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and soft egg. The soba was of a nice quality and the gauge was a little thicker than other cup versions. The broth did indeed have a nice sweetness to it and wasn’t too fishy. Included tempura was delicious and kamaboko prevalent. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105238332.

#3148: Nissin Edo Soba - Japan

Edo soba

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#3119: Daikoku Tempura Soba – Japan

#3119: Daikoku Tempura Soba - 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 -“Full of flavor and bite with its bonito fish dashi soup stock and crunchy tempura pieces, enjoy the taste of traditional Japanese flavor with this convenient bowl of combo wheat and buckwheat noodles.”

Will do! Let’s get to it!

Daikoku Tempura Soba – Japan

#3119: Daikoku Tempura Soba - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line along with dry sachet and cover for 3 minutes. Top With tempura and enjoy!

#3119: Daikoku Tempura Soba - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3119: Daikoku Tempura Soba - Japan

The noodle block.

#3119: Daikoku Tempura Soba - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3119: Daikoku Tempura Soba - Japan

A light powder.

#3119: Daikoku Tempura Soba - Japan

A disc of tempura.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sesame seeds and spring onion. The noodles were interesting – hydrated welland had a kind of dough-y texture to them. The broth was a sweet bonitor, which worked well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4904511604039.

#3119: Daikoku Tempura Soba - Japan

Daikoku My Friends Big raccoon noodles 100g ~ 12 pieces

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#3084: Itomen Yamaimo Soba – Japan

#3084: Itomen Yamaimo Soba - 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 -“Soba is a common food menu item that is served hot or cold in Japan that people regularly eat and is available in all eateries from typical sit down restaurants to tachigui (stand and eat) shops. Enjoy the hot soba on a cooler summer night and enjoy the rich flavors of soy sauce and bonito (tuna) in the broth.”

Let’s check it out!

Itomen Yamaimo Soba – Japan

#3084: Itomen Yamaimo Soba - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, cook noodles and sachet contents in 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes, Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3084: Itomen Yamaimo Soba - Japan

The noodle block.

#3084: Itomen Yamaimo Soba - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3084: Itomen Yamaimo Soba - Japan

A light powder.

#3084: Itomen Yamaimo Soba - Japan

Another dry sachet.

#3084: Itomen Yamaimo Soba - Japan

Looks like almost the same thing.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kamaboko, spring onion and sansyo. Noodles definitely were a little different. They are made with yams partially – I think the ratio is more towards the wheat side. The broth is a smoky bonito and sweet affair. Not bad. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901104132245.

#3084: Itomen Yamaimo Soba - Japan

Itomen yam soba 5 meals pack

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#3059: Maruchan Curry Nanban Soba – Japan

#3059: Maruchan Curry Nanban Soba - 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 – ‘You got another curry this month. But the noodles are soba in this bowl. Wait, soba with curry soup…? Just try it and you’ll love it! In order to make it match with Japanese soba, the curry also comes in Japanese style. Can you tell what kind of dashi is used?’

Alright – it’s curry time – let’s hit it!

Maruchan Curry Nanban Soba – Japan

#3059: Maruchan Curry Nanban Soba - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add in sachets and add boiling water to fill line. Let stand 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3059: Maruchan Curry Nanban Soba - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3059: Maruchan Curry Nanban Soba - Japan

The noodle block.

#3059: Maruchan Curry Nanban Soba - Japan

Loose bits from the bowl.

#3059: Maruchan Curry Nanban Soba - Japan

A dry seasoning sachet.

#3059: Maruchan Curry Nanban Soba - Japan

A granular mixture.

#3059: Maruchan Curry Nanban Soba - Japan

A solid ingredients sachet.

#3059: Maruchan Curry Nanban Soba - Japan

An interesting mix!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles definitely were off-putting to me. They have a almost clay-like chew to them that I just don’t like. The broth had a salty curry flavor to it, then the inclusions really just seemed like a kitsune udon’s provisions. Just not my thing. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901990335669.

#3059: Maruchan Curry Nanban Soba - Japan

Maru-chan QTTA TONKOTSU × 12 pieces

#2936: Myojo Chicken Nanban Soba

#2936: Myojo Chicken Nanban Soba

Here’s another neat one from Zenpop.JP. Thank you! So Zenpop has all sorts of monthly boxes including ramen boxes. Nine instant ramen in one box for a good price – check ’em out and use coupon code RAMENRATER at checkout for a discount! Here’s what they had to say about this one –

“Straight noodles in light chicken-based soup. Topped with chicken meatballs and green onion. The soup is seasoned with katsuo (bonito) dashi stock, which gives a subtle and delicate flavor.”

Chicken meatballs! Let’s get it on!

Myojo Chicken Nanban Soba – Japan

#2936: Myojo Chicken Nanban Soba

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

#2936: Myojo Chicken Nanban Soba

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2936: Myojo Chicken Nanban Soba

The noodle block.

#2936: Myojo Chicken Nanban Soba

Loose bits from the bowl – chicken meatballs!

#2936: Myojo Chicken Nanban Soba

The soup base sachet.

#2936: Myojo Chicken Nanban Soba

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and egg. The noodles were alright – not bad for soba. The broth had a tinge of sweetness from the bonito which actually worked pretty well. The included chicken meatballs were few and far between and a little dry – like if you sucked on a piece of cardboard – pulpy like that. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902881426503.

#2936: Myojo Chicken Nanban Soba

Myojo Chukazanmai Instant Ramen Assorted Soy Sauce (Pack of 4), Miso (Pack of 4), Oriental Salt (Pack of 4) Flavor, 3.73-Ounce (Total Pack of 12)

A TV commercial for Myojo

#2929: Daikoku My Friend Big Tanuki Soba

#2929: Daikoku My Friend Big Tanuki Soba

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 -“This soba made of buckwheat noodles is accompanied by tenkatsu, fried tempura batter, to make a great pairing and a filling meal.

Alright – let’s give this one a try!

Daikoku My Friend Big Tanuki Soba – Japan

#2929: Daikoku My Friend Big Tanuki Soba

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Probably contains fish. To prepare, add in sachets and boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2929: Daikoku My Friend Big Tanuki Soba

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2929: Daikoku My Friend Big Tanuki Soba

The noodle block.

#2929: Daikoku My Friend Big Tanuki Soba

The soup base sachet.

#2929: Daikoku My Friend Big Tanuki Soba

A light monotone powder.

#2929: Daikoku My Friend Big Tanuki Soba

The solid ingredients sachet.

#2929: Daikoku My Friend Big Tanuki Soba

Lots of tempura!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chashu pork and egg. The noodles were pretty good and of an ample quantity. The broth while usually not my favorite had a nice sweetness and wasn’t overly salty. Tempura was decent. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4904511001654.

#2929: Daikoku My Friend Big Tanuki Soba

Daikoku My Friends Big Gomamiso ramen 105g ~ 12 pieces

This is a prime example of how instant noodles are viewed in the United States – a very confused view. I’m going to see what happens when I share this inn my favorite instant ramen group from Japan – should be interesting

#2809: Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba

#2809: Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba

Here’s another neat one from Zenpop.JP. Thank you! So Zenpop has all sorts of monthly boxes including ramen boxes. Nine instant ramen in one box for a good price – check ’em out! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘This healthy soba is low in sodium and moreover, it contains GABA, which helps lower the blood pressure, reduce the stress, and make you relaxed. Of course, it’s tasty too. Katsuo (bonito) dashi and shrimp adds a delectable flavor to it.’

Wow it almost makes it sound like it’ll mellow you out! Curious about this GABA stuff… I looked it up on Wikipedia –

GABA is gamma-Aminobutyric acid (γ-Aminobutyric acid). It is a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system of mammals. It is an inhibiting neurotransmitter. Normally, when a neuron receives an impulse, it will make the signal stronger. In the case where there is an inhibiting neurotransmitter, the cell will no longer get the impulse, and the signal as a whole will be weakened.

GABA regulates how much neurons in the central nervous system will be stimulated in humans, and other mammals. It plays a role in regulating neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system. In humans, GABA is also directly responsible for the regulation of muscle tone.[1] In insect species GABA acts only on excitatory nerve receptors.

Even though chemically it is an amino acid, GABA is rarely referred to as such in the scientific or medical communities. The term “amino acid,” used without a qualifier, refers to the alpha amino acids, which GABA is not. GABA is also not incorporated into proteins.

Whoa – in instant noodles? Well, let’s see if I get my mellow on with this one!

Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba – Japan

#2809: Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge).  Contains shrimp. To prepare, add boiling water and sachet contents and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2809: Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2809: Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba

The noodle block.

#2809: Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba

Loose bits from the cup.

#2809: Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba

The soup base sachet.

#2809: Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles re kind of funky – they’re buckwheat soba which I’m generally not a huge fan of. The broth is overly salty. The bits of kamaboko were so-so. I this is karma – yesterday I did three reviews that all got 5 stars and were really great. Today we have two I abhor. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071245085.

#2809: Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba

Acecook noodle vermicelli 1/3 days worth of vegetables Chanpon taste 43gX6 pieces

This guy talks about GABA a little bit…

#2805: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

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 variety:

Buckwheat noodles with shoyu soup flavored with bonito and kombu (kelp) broth, and it’s also low-sodium. Age-tama (fried wheat flour) and tiny shrimp make the soup even more savory. Add the bag of flavor magic after the noodles cook for 3 min.

Here’s a little about tempura soba from Wikipedia –

Tempura soba 天麩羅蕎麦: Topped with tempura, a large shrimp frequently is used, but vegetables are also popular. Some of soba venders use kakiage for this dish and this often is called Tensoba.

Alrighty then! Let’s check out this tempura soba and see how it goes.

Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba – Japan

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp and crustacean. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

The noodle block.

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

Loose seasoning and garnish from the cup.

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

A liquid base sachet affixed to the top of the cup on the lid.

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

Has a slightly sweet scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added nanami togarashi and Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts. The noodles are thin and a little on the soft side. The broth is salty and full of bonito taste for sure. Included garnish of kamaboko, spring onion and tempura was pretty good. I liked how the broth had a good level of thickness to it. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901990336338.

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

Maruchan Midori Tanuki Soba, 3.49-Ounce Units (Pack of 12)

I’m unusre but I think this guy does a periodic run-down of the new instant ramen in Japan

#2804: Acecook Chinese Style Yakisoba

#2804: Acecook Chinese Style Yakisoba

Here’s one I found up in Canada at Osaka Market in Yaohan Centre, which is in Richmond, BC. Sometimes they’ll have a bunch of interesting varieties that are there for a short period and this is one of them./ Let’s see what’s going on here – wasn’t able to find a whole lot about this one. At least I know how to cook it, right? Let’s begin!

Acecook Chinese Style Yakisoba – Japan

#2804: Acecook Chinese Style Yakisoba

Detail of the outer wraps (click to enlarge). Guessing this contains meat and fish. To prepare, add in vegetable sachet and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Use spout to drain. Add in liquid base sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2804: Acecook Chinese Style Yakisoba

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2804: Acecook Chinese Style Yakisoba

The noodle block.

#2804: Acecook Chinese Style Yakisoba

A liquid base sachet.

#2804: Acecook Chinese Style Yakisoba

Looks like a rather complex sauce.

#2804: Acecook Chinese Style Yakisoba

The vegetables sachet.

#2804: Acecook Chinese Style Yakisoba

Spring onion among other things.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles came out well – nice gauge and chew. The flavor was a kind of overly salted one with a lots of greasiness. Not to say it was bad though – I liked it. The included vegetables were pretty good as well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071207410.

#2804: Acecook Chinese Style Yakisoba

Acecook JANJAN yakisoba Kokusosu 104g ~ 12 pieces

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