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Meet The Manufacturer: #2478: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle

Meet The Manufacturer: #2478: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - KiKi蔥油拌麵

Today we have the second of the Kiki Noodles products – the scallion oil and soy sauce. Definitely a lighter and more mild taste than a Sichuan peppercorn. These noodles come from Tainan in the south of Taiwan. Here’s some background on the city from Wikipedia –

Tainan, officially Tainan City is a special municipality of Taiwan, facing the Taiwan Strait in the west and south. Tainan is the oldest city on the island of Taiwan and also commonly known as the “Capital City” (府城; Fǔchéng; Hú-siâⁿ) for its over 200 years of history as the capital of Taiwan under Koxinga and later Qing dynasty rule. Tainan’s complex history of comebacks, redefinitions and renewals inspired its popular nickname “the Phoenix City”.

Tainan was initially established by the Dutch East India Company as a ruling and trading base called Fort Zeelandia during the period of Dutch rule on Taiwan. After Dutch colonists were defeated by Koxinga in 1661, Tainan remained as the capital of the Tungning Kingdom until 1683 and afterwards the capital of Taiwan Prefecture under Qing Dynasty rule until 1887, when the new provincial capital was moved to Taipei. Tainan has been historically regarded as one of the oldest cities in Taiwan, and its former name, Tayouan, has been claimed to be the origin of the name “Taiwan”. It is also one of Taiwan’s cultural capitals, for its rich folk cultures including the famous local snack food, extensively preserved Taoist rites and other living local traditions covering everything from child birth to funerals. The city houses the first Confucian school–temple, built in 1665,[9] the remains of the Eastern and Southern gates of the old city, and countless other historical monuments. Tainan claims more Buddhist and Taoist temples than any other city in Taiwan.

I can say from experience that Tainan is a really fascinating and amazing place. Indeed, if you visit Taiwan, you really must visit Tainan. Let’s give this second variety by Kiki Noodles a try!

Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #2478: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - KiKi蔥油拌麵

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in a pot for 3~5 minutes. Stir to loosen. Drain. Add to bowl and add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2478: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - KiKi蔥油拌麵

One of the six servings in the large bag.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2478: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - KiKi蔥油拌麵

The dry noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2478: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - KiKi蔥油拌麵

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2478: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - KiKi蔥油拌麵

Has a nice scallion scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sliced fishball and spring onion. The noodles are round in gauge and chewy in nature. The flavor is extremely good – definitely soy and scallion here. What I like is that it’s got a nice sweetness along with it. It seems so basic but it’s so tasty! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. No barcode provided.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2478: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - KiKi蔥油拌麵

Kiki Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle

A visit to Tainan, where these noodles come from.

#2071: A-Sha Tainan Noodle Original Sauce

Here’s something from Taiwan today. A-Sha makes quite a few different sauces and styles of noodles and this is one I don’t see very often. They’re very thin as you’ll see, and they come with the original sauce which has a nice soy sauce component. Let’s check it out!

The sticker from the side of the multipack (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 3 minutes then drain. Add in contents of sauce sachet. stir and enjoy!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).

The noodle block – notice the really thin noodles.

The sauce sachet.

Has a nice soy scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, pork and spring onion. The noodles are awesome – superthin and of really great quality! They are sturdy yet soft. The flavor is great too – a nice, simple soy flavor which is just the right strength. Excellent! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4715635851137.

[LIMITED EDITION FLAOR] Rated Best Tasting and Award Winning [Taiwan No.1] A-sha Tainan Noodle – Original Flavor [限量口味] 台灣第一名:#1 阿舍食堂 – 台南乾麵(原味)

A competition involving A-Sha Dry Noodle.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014 Edition

It’s only a few days until Momofuku Ando Day, and what better time to introduce the very first Japanese Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list? In 1958, Momofuku Ando initially brought these convenient products to the world. At first seen as an overpriced novelty, they’ve grown in popularity; 100 billion instant noodle products were enjoyed in 2012! Here are my favorites, manufactured in the instant noodle’s birthplace of Japan.

#10 – Nissin Chikin Ramen

This is the original instant noodle. Nissin had introduced ‘Roasted Ramen’ in the United States in the 1980s and my mom would cook them al dente and then drain them and fry with scrabled egg. Wonderful stuff! Roasted Ramen was discontinued, but we found out that Chikin Ramen was identical. Thus began my love of the instant noodle. There is no seasoning sachet; all the flavoring is infused into the noodle. Simple and delicious. Original review here

#9 – Acecook Comet Mori Yukino Tan-tan Men

Broad flat premium noodles and a very rich pork flavor broth are the hallmarks of this variety. The striking color and quality ingredients definitely tickled my taste buds. Original review here

#8 – Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise no Yakisoba Teriyaki Mayo Flavor

The noodles are thin and light with a soft chew to them and slight crumble to the texture. The flavor is semi-light with a bit of a teriyaki flavor. The mayonnaise somehow mystically binds everything together and gives it that ‘greasy noodle’ niceness which I find delectable. Original review here

#7 – Nissin Yakisoba

Wowie zowie this is truly great stuff – a great combo of flavor and texture! The noodles have a good consistency – soft with a light chewiness. The flavor is out of this world – everything I would ask for from yakisoba. The seaweed gives it a nice finish. Original review here

#6 – Sakurai Foods Sesame Noodles

The noodles are absolutely perfect – nice chewiness and perfect gauge. The broth is amazing – deep and luxuriant sesame flavor. It isn’t overly sesame flavored; its just the right amount. This is really great stuff. Original review here

#5 – Nissin U.F.O. (Unidentified Flying Object) Yakisoba With Wasabi Mayonnaise

The noodles are plentiful and have a nice texture – they’re rounded and kind of fluffy. The flavor is very nice; you start with a standard Worcestershire yakisoba taste. The wasabi mayonnaise has a good ‘zing’ to it. Of course, this is a very greasy dish, but that’s the point. The little sprinkles added a very nice seaweed/saltiness. Original review here

#4 – Sapporo Ichiban Sesame Ramen

The noodles are very good – the gauge on these is just slightly bigger than your baseline standard instant. Very nice chew. The broth is excellent – has a great sesame taste and doesn’t seem like they went overboard on sesame oil; it’s just right. The sesame seeds are a nice finishing touch. Original review here

#3 – Peyang Yakisoba

The guy who sent me these said these were ‘the soul food of Japan.’ The noodles are very light and bouncy. The yakisoba flavor is excellent – not too oily or overbearing. The vegetables come out clean with a satisfying crunch. The seaweed and white pepper give a final bit of flavor – a great accompaniment. Original review here

#2 – Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Soy Sauce Flavor

The noodles were very nice – perfect chewiness and consistency. Reminds me of fresh ramen noodle varieties. The broth is strong and has a nice thickness. The broth is definitely rich. Has a deep soy flavor and nicely thicker than normal instant noodle broths. What’s more, it comes with a nice piece of pork which hydrates nicely and tastes really food! Original review here

#1 – Myojo Ippei-chan Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodles

The noodles come out so nicely (and authentically). The flavoring is great. Tastes just like yakisoba sauce, which has a Worcestershire taste with other flavors mixed in like tuna. The veggies? Crunchy cabbage works very well. The finishing touch of the mayonnaise mustard sachet is epic – gives it a nice moistness that has a crisp spicy bite. This stuff is excellent – definitely something I would consider gourmet or premium. Original review here

Meet The Manufacturer: #1091: Amianda Noodle Homely Dried Noodles – Original Flavor

Today I’ll be reviewing a thinner gauge noodle by Amianda. I thought it was funny that they were called ‘homely,’ as here in the US homely usually means ugly, but I think this time it’s meant to be more along the lines of homemade or home-style.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block. A very thin gauge.

The liquid sauce packet.

In the provided literature, it says ‘the most classic flavor of all, sauce with hand-made soy sauce can serve you the original sweetness of noodle.’

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg and some ham. The noodles are very thin and have a nice elasticity and texture. The flavoring while light has a very nice soy flavor and sweetness. These are excellent! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

The differences in soy sauces around Asia are discussed, centering in Taiwanese soy sauce.

Samples From Nissin Foods USA!

A big box…

Full of…

New stuff! Scott A. over at Nissin Foods USA sent a couple new items – Habanero Lime Chicken and Habanero Lime Shrimp Big Cup Noodles, Spicy Teiryaki Beef Chow Mein and a couple from Japan – another Nissin Raoh (this time miso) and the pack version of the Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce & Backfat! Awesome! Thank you very much!

Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Original Flavored Soup

We went to Walmart on Black Friday! Well, let me explain – it was at 6pm or so, so the amount of crazy people was lower. It seems though that the Walmart we always go to has a surplus of crazy people usually. I imagine the early morning Black Friday folks would’ve been a scary lot. One thing I noticed was that they hadn’t bought all of the noodles, so I thought I’d get a couple to re-review. Here’s one of them last time I tried it, it was revirew #207. Hoping some new things to review come soon – only have one in the hamper that’s needing review… Re-reviews are fun though since they’re not been visited in so long.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block. Decently sized with a little more weight than I usually find in domestic packs. The noodles when sampled uncooked are a little different too – pretty good.

The lone seasoning packet.

The seasoning powder. Kind of has a soy flavor to it; I would think this one’s a soy sauce noodle perhaps?

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added stir fry veggies, hard boiled egg with Cavender’s Greek Seasoning, Thanksgiving turkey (the very last bits of it) and some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are good – large amoung and decent gauge. The broth is good too – strong soy and salt flavor. Good stuff! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 076186000011 – get it here!

Some older Sapporo Ichiban commercials

Looks like Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen has been around for a while – glad they finally brought it to the US!

#914: Nissin Ramen Shop Sapporo Miso Flavor

Here’s something I picked up at the Bellevue Uwajimaya. So this is Sapporo miso flavor. What’s that? Here’s what Wikipedia says:

Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, is especially famous for its ramen. Most people in Japan associate Sapporo with its rich miso ramen, which was invented there and which is ideal for Hokkaido’s harsh, snowy winters. Sapporo miso ramen is typically topped with sweetcorn, butter, bean sprouts, finely chopped pork, and garlic, and sometimes local seafood such as scallop, squid, and crab. Hakodate,[8] another city of Hokkaidō, is famous for its salt flavored ramen, while Asahikawa,[9] in the north of the island, offers soy sauce flavored ones.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).

The noodle block. The noodles seems kind of hollow perhaps. A little wider than Nissin Demae Ramen.

The seasoning powder.

The powder has a nice taste to it; kind of hard to describe… Salty and soy?

This little packet…

Looks like chili powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). I tried to make it as close to traditional Sapporo miso ramen as I could. Added sweet corn, kizami shoga (pickled ginger), ham, butter, sweet onions, stir-fry vegetables ands Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are great – thicker and very nice chewiness. The broth is nice as well – a deep, rich miso taste. This is some good stuff! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4902105113783

Nissin Ramen Shop commercial.

Here’s another one.

Meet The Manufacturer #887: Yamachan Ramen Cold Noodles With Lemon Soy Dressing

I’ve had a few cold noodle varieties from South Korean manufacturers, but never any Japanese cold noodles. Let’s have a look at this one!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Notice the different cooking instructions.

The noodle blocks.

This is the dressing; you don’t dilute it.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green bell pepper, yellow onion, broccoli, green onion, oven baked chicken, hard boiled egg and Ajishima Kimchi furikake. The noodles are just as good cold as hot – they are nice and fresh and chewy and wonderful. The dressing is very delicate and light. It goes very well – has a light lemon taste which is nice. Good stuff! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 767921019404 .

The Yamachan Ramen noodle factory!

This looks really cool – I think I’ll see what my son thinks of it. He’s seen all of the Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato) and we’re checking out Robotech currently;y.

Meet The Manufacturer: An Interview With Yamachan Ramen

Welcome one and all to another Meet The Manufacturer! This time it’s San Jose, CA based Yamachan Ramen!They make fresh ramen products – here’s the interview I did with them.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for agreeing to do this interview! Could we start off with Some information about Yamachan; when was Yamachan founded, where and by who?

YAMACHAN RAMEN>Yamachan Ramen is a brand name for our retail products. Our company’s official name is Nippon Trends Food Services, Inc. (NTF for short), which was found by Mr. Hideyuki Yamashita (the president of the company-A.K.A Yamachan) in San Jose, CA in 2000.
The factory was originally built as a central kitchen for Japanese franchise restaurant Ringer Hut.co (http://www.ringerhut.co.jp).
Ringer Hut had a plan to open 100 restaurants in US late 90’s, but Ramen wasn’t popular (or unknown to the most of the people in US), so Ringer Hut, Co. only opened 2 restaurants and left the USA. (Although the company left here, their 1st restaurant is still in San Jose, CA www.ringerhutusa.com ). It was president of the Ringer Hut’s dream to introduce Japanese ramen noodles to US, so Mr. Yamashita stayed in US with his family to continue on manufacturing noodle products.

TRR> For those of my readers who are not familiar with your line of products, could
You tell us a little about them?
YR> We have several items in the market for customer’s needs.  Our products are not dried instant noodles that you see at the supermarket.
It takes few steps to make it but you can enjoy Ramen almost as well as you eat at restaurant.

For the basic ramen fans.
Yamachan Mild (regular) series-all soup base for these products are imported from Japan and contains no meat products in the soup base. (Some fish products in the base).
Shoyu (Soy sauce flavor)
Miso (Soy bean paste flavor)
Shio (Sea food flavor)
We also have Tonkotsu (pork and chicken) flavor. However, this product has been out of the market for almost a year but it will be back in the market soon. Tonkotsu Ramen series contains Chicken and pork in the soup base and it is made in US.
Yamachan Noukou (Richer flavor) series-all soup base for these products are imported from Japan and no meat products in the soup base. (Some fish products in it). Noodles for Noukou series are made from premium Japanese flour.
Noukou Shoyu (Soy sauce flavor)
Noukou Miso (Soy bean paste flavor)
Noukou Tonkotsu Shoyu (Soy sauce, pork and chicken flavor)
Yamachan NO MSG series
No MSG Shoyu (Soy sauce with chicken flavor soup base)
No MSG Miso (Soy bean paste with fish flavor sauce)
No MSG HIYASHI CHUKA (cold salad noodle- Lemmon soy flavor)
No MSG Sarandon (Crispy noodle- with chicken flavor gravy)

We also sell Menma (bamboo shoots) and restaurant size (1kg) soup base,

TRR> What does the name ‘Yamachan’ mean?

YR> Yamachan is a nickname for Mr. Yamashita’s last name. The character of the man with on the package is Yamachan.

TRR> Is Yamachan involved in the local community around you?

YR> Yes. We do donate our products to local Japanese community events or school charity.
Also Mr. Yamashita goes to cook at Japanese community events every summer.

TRR> Are there any new products that will be coming out soon that you could tell us about?

YR> Shio (Sea food flavor) just came out about 6 months ago.
Our Tonkotsu Ramen will be back to the market in November.
We are also developing allergy free, egg free, no gluten ramen.

TRR> A lot of people wonder about the health factors (sodium, etc.) when it comes to instant noodles. How do you recommend people made instant noodles a healthy part of their diet?

YR> Ramen soup is well known to have MSG in it. We offer No MSG retail products for the customers who are concerned about MGS products.
Also ramen soup contains a lot of sodium but if you only have 1/2 of the soup, your sodium you will only have 1/2 of the sodium.
Try to eat fresh/ locally instant noodles like Yamachan ramen.

TRR> Do you make/sell products other than instant noodles?

YR> Our main business is to manufacture noodles to restaurant. (80% of our products go to Japanese restaurants)
We offer variety of noodles, which includes organic, no preservatives, vegan, egg free. Etc.…
We also manufacture crispy noodles, Pot sticker skins, Udon, Buckwheat noodles…. etc.

TRR> What was your first product?

YR> Yamachan Shoyu ramen and miso ramen.

TRR> How does the process in which you make your noodles differ from other brands?

YR> We made the noodles just like the factory in Japan.
Our machines are from Japan and flour is milled by Japanese technique, and we go Japan to find the best soup that matches to our noodles.
We design noodles for customer’s need (Thickness, weights, recipe)

TRR> When you make instant noodles for yourself, do you add anything or have any recommendations?

YR> You can add anything. Regular ramen put green onions, Chashu (Braised Pork), a halt cooked egg, bamboo s
I think for topping wise, you can put anything you want to. I like to put small chopped raw onions on Noukou Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen.
The best way to cook them is to FOLLOW the cooking instruction on the package. Use cooking timer and measuring cup to make exactly how to cook. That is the best way.
You can check how to make Chashu and a half cooked eggs at  This page.

TRR> Where can people find your products?

YR> Most of the Asian supermarket nears you. If you cannot find them, please contact us via website.

TRR> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn more about Yamachan Ramen!

Meet The Manufacturer Yamachan Ramen Reviews: Interview * Yamachan Ramen Samples * Yamachan Shio Ramen Seafood Clear Soup Base Mild * Yamachan Miso Ramen – Mild * Yamachan Miso Ramen Rich Sapporo Miso * Yamachan Tonkotsu-Shoyu Rich Pork Ramen * Yamachan Ramen Cold Noodles With Lemon Soy Dressing * Yamachan Ramen Nagasaki Sara Udon Chicken Flavor * Yamachan Ramen Rich Shoyu Ramen

#825: Meet The Manufacturer: Paldo Shouyu Ramen

This product is one that Paldo makes for sale in Japan. Shoyu (soy sauce) is a very traditional Japanese style of ramen.

Side panels (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block and vegetables.

Seasoning packet.

A nice scent of soy!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Noodles are pretty good for a cup – thin but decent. The broth has a very nice soy taste to it. The vegetables re-hydrated decently. Pretty good stuff! 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4935816888886 .

Old Paldo commercial!

How to make shoyu ramen

#806: Ohsung Hot & Spicy Bowl Noodle Soup With Soy Peptide

Here’s one the folks at Ramen Place sent a while back. Sounded good today to have somethin’ spicy! Soy peptide eh? Here’s some info. Let’s see how it goes.

Here’s the side panel info (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The seasoning packet.

Spicy stuff!

The bowl contained some veggies at the bottom – here’s a couple of them.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some veggies, processed cheese, fish cakes, kimchi and Texas Pete hot sauce. The noodles were a bit thinner than I expected and slightly spongy. Not too bad but better can be found. The broth was nice – had a nice spiciness to it and a decent flavor too. The veggies were skimpy but not bad.  Not bad! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 846034014039 – get it here.

My son abhors eggs – I think this will cause him to come over to the egg side.

I have got to try this stuff…

#790: GreeNoodle Shiitake and Soy Sauce

Aha the GreeNoodle. I will be the first to admit that I think I’ve only liked one of these that I’ve reviewed. This one’s mushroom too, a flavor I rarely care for. But I’m really hoping I like this one.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). I should also say that the Vulcan Science Ministry has found no evidence that time travel is possible.

Yes. They’re green!

The powdered seasoning packet.

I am not a big fan of mushrooms and really don’t know much about shitakes, but if they taste like skunky earwax, this powder’s spot-on.

Soy sauce packet.

This is pretty decent soy sauce.

Finished (click image to enlarge). As usual, I’m not really stoked on these noodles. While they are great as far as texture and chewing go, they have this strange aftertaste that reminds me slightly of what a freshly opened jar of vitamins has (kind of funny since they purport their rich vitamin content). The broth is mushroom flavored for sure. I must admit I expected it to taste worse than it does, what with the taste of the powder. Long story short, if you have to eat something that says healthy and you like mushrooms and all things earthy, languishing in health food stores and the like, I would say this is for you. It surprises me how much people really like this stuff; I guess my palate is a bit different. In any case, the more varieties of instant noodles, the better! I however can’t finish it I dislike it so much. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8850987139161 – get it here.

GreeNoodle promo video

This guy’s been doing ramen reviews from time to time on YouTube and so I thought I’d put his up for this one. It’s a different view on this product.