Wow so I am really happy to say that our move is done. A lot of work is an understatement, but it was well worth it! All the noodles are in their new spot and seem to be quite ahppy. This will be the first review here! I got this one earlier this year on my birthday trip to Canada. Never seen this brand before! Let’s check it out!
Here is the importer sticker. Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.
Here”s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, boil 500ml water. Add noodle block and sachet contents. Cook 2-3 minutes. Enjoy!
The noodle block.
The powder soup base sachet.
A light sweet smelling powder.
A sauce base.
A thick oily paste.
The vegetable sachet.
A smattering of little bits.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added bell pepper and sukiyaki beef sauteed with soy sauce. The noodles are pretty broad. They are have a good chew and a slight sliminess which isn’t a bad thing. The broth is salty, sweet like braised beef, and a little spicy. Very typical of Chinese beef instant varieties. The vegetable bits are here and there; not remarkable. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 886727003308.
Here’s another one from my birthday trip to Canada. I think this may the first instance of chicken kimchi noodles I’ve heard of. Let’s give it a try.
Here’s a closeup of the lid (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself. To make this one, peel back the lid halfway, dump in the sachets and fill to 1/2 inch from the top with boiling water. Re-cover and let sit for 3 minutes and it’s ready.
The noodle block.
Soup base sachet.
Has a chicken taste.
The veg sachet.
Veg and powder.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg and a slice of processed cheese. The noodles are a little crumbly and have a slightly ‘off’ texture. The broth is really ‘off,’ it’s kind of like kimchi but then again not really. It has a kind of tomato and chicken thing going on but really oddly so. The bit of vegetable are there but I don’t know what for really. Everything kind of has this weird flavor throughout – the only thing I can liken it to is the smell of a bag of tortilla chips. Bottom line is that it really tastes neither like chicken nor kimchi and has extremely subpar noodles. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 059491009009.
Tom Brokaw talks about Canada. The Peace Arch crossing is what we drive by when going up there!
The vegetable version of Pretti was really good and got very high marks – curious how the chicken flavor will stack up! Let’s check it out.
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken.
The noodle block.
The dual packet – chilli powder on the left and soup base on the right.
Here’s the chilli powder atop the soup base.
Onion flavored oil.
Has an onion scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with garlic salt, hard boiled egg, mayonnaise and Urashima Vegetable furikake. The noodles are pretty good – nice texture and chew as usual. The broth is really nice – a good chicken flavor which is rich and savory with nice spices. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 9504000021986.
Another one from my birthday trip to Canada – thanks, Kit! I’ve seen plenty of Demae Ramen varieties, but not until I visited Canada did I find bowls! Let’s check it out.
The side panels (click to enlarge). Contains wheat, soybeans, fish, crustacean and milk.
The noodle block.
Powder soup base.
Has a spicy taste with garlic and onion notes.
The vegetable packet.
Has a lot of corn and narutomaki in there!
The liquid packet.
A seasoned oil with a slightly bitter scent.
Finished (click to enlarge). Hey look – a new bowl! Added sauteed red bell pepper and beef, kimchi and an egg. The noodles are good – better than the usual steeped noodles in paper cups or bowls. The broth has a nice spiciness and tang to it. The vegetables hydrated nicely as did the little spiral narutomaki. A decent bowl for lunch. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4897878120079.
Here’s something different. Sara Udon means plate noodles – what you have is a crispy noodle that is thin. You put them on the plate and crush gently, then add the sauce and during the meal, the noodles go from crisp to soft. It’s a texture sensation! Well, let’s check it out!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Notice the directions.
Here are the noodles. Like big nests of thin noodles.
Here are the packets of liquid seasoning.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added yellow onion, broccoli, green bell pepper, chicken, green onion and Ajishima Kimchi furikake. The noodles are of a very interesting nature; when they don’t have sauce on them, they are crunchy. When they do, they absorb the liquid and become increasingly soggy – in a good way! The sauce is a slightly thick lightly chicken flavored concoction. The flavor is very nice – definitely not too salty at all and really tasty. This is a uniquely Japanese dish that evolves as you eat it – from crisp to soft noodle texture. Loved this one – 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 767921016809 .
Tonkotsu-Shoyu… This one looks really interesting!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).
Here are the fresh ramen packets.
Here are the soup base packets.
Yamachan also has bamboo shoots (menma)! They sent me some. Click to enlarge.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli and yellow onions, green onions, some pork with Spade L Ranch Pork Rub, bamboo shouts, hard boiled egg with Krazy Mixed Up Salt and a little Ajishima Kimchi Furikake. The noodles are really good as usual – nicely chewy and really fresh. The broth has a complex flavor – a strong soy taste. Has a sort of bitterness and a sweet taste as well. Lovely color too. This is some tasty stuff! 4.75 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 767921011309 .
Jeez these things are big enough… I wasn’t able to finish the last one! So here e go with some stewed pork chop! Interesting – don’t those meat cuts on the label look like ribs? I’m just sayin’…
From left to right: soup base powder, seasoned oil, fork, veggies.
A colorful pile of veggies, a powdery pile of base and in between the funk of all funky seasoning oil goo.
Click image to enlarge. Finished product. So the noodles aren’t bad… The veggies seem a bit more easily found than last time too. The broth is hearty and greasy. Not bad stuff – I think it could be a little better with broad rice noodles. I’m giving it a 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.