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 -“Yuzu is a citrus fruit, closely resembling a grapefruit and a mandarin orange. Take your taste buds for a spin with this somen, dressed with a light, refreshing yuzu fragrance.”
Alright – let’s give it a try!
Acecook Yuzu Somen – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Probably contains fish. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and togarashi. The noodles are very thin and light. The broth deinitely has a kind of bonito and citrus hit to it which isn’t bad, but just not my kind of thing. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901071239862.
Found this one recently at a local Japanese supermarket (Uwajimaya). Really wasn’t sure what the heck it was but it was with the instant noodles so I picked it up. Well, this is a cold dipping noodle – should be interesting. Let’s give it a look!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodles for 3 minutes. While boiling them, combine liquid sachet contents with 50ml cold water and stir. Drain noodles and rinse with cold water. Drain well. Enjoy!
The noodles in their own pouch.
The liquid sachet.
The liquid that is mixed with 50ml cold water.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork belly, spring onion and shichimi togarashi. The noodles are great – nice round shape and light gauge. They have a decent chew as well. The flavor was a bit of a turnoff as it had a kind of miso and soy and plum hit which rubbed me the wrong way. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902388053165.
Here’s another one that was sent to me by the folks at Exotic Noods – thanks! This looks to be a somen served hot,m which would make it along the lines of nyumen which is served in Winter.I must admit, when I see low sodium and low calorie I usually don’t shudder with delight; I’ve had some pretty bad ones that have these tags. But, you never know! Let’s have a look at this one!
Detail from the side panels (click image to enlarge). May contains fish – not sure.
Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).
The noodle block – very thin noodles.
The soup base sachet.
Has a kind of soy scent.
The garnish sachet.
An interesting assortment!
Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles hydrated well. They were quite thin; like angel hair pasta with a slight crumble that worked well. The broth had a definite taste of katsuobushi and was pretty good. The addition of the fried tofu was nice, but the kelp was a little much for me. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4903088010472.
Some fresh noodles. Some this time – I know Udon, but what it somen? Wikipedia says:
Sōmen (素麺?) are very thin, white Japanesenoodles made of wheat flour. The noodles are usually served cold and are less than 1.3 mm in diameter. The distinction between sōmen and the next thicker wheat noodles hiyamugi and even thicker Japanese wheat noodles udon is mostly the size of the noodle. Somen noodles are stretched when made, as are some types of udon noodles.
Sōmen are usually served cold with a light flavored dipping sauce or tsuyu. The tsuyu is usually a katsuobushi-based sauce that can be flavored with Welsh onion, ginger, or myoga. In the summer, sōmen chilled with ice is a popular meal to help stay cool.
So same stuff as the udon, just skinnier noodles. Also these aren’t server cold, by the way.
As you can see, the noodles are indeed thinner. A couple tasty packets awaiting dump into…
The bowl. Eveything in and a bath of water. 5 minutes in the microwave? Wow!
Click image to enlarge. Here we are – piping hot noodles and soup. So initially when I took this stuff out of the microwave, I was hit with a strong smell of seaweed. I did some stirring and noticed that there was a nice plentiful amount of it in the bowl. Upon letting it cool, I started in on it, first the noodles. Not chewy at all but very nice texture. The seaweed blended into it, lending itself to a more flavorful nosh. I found myself sipping the soup then going to noodles alternatively; it was natural and was enjoyable. I complain about the lack of ingredients and simple nature of packs of noodles quite often as boring and unimaginative., Here we have simple and elegant; the other side of the spectrum. I found this to be qui8te good and would definitely enjoy this again and recommend it to others. I give it a 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.