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The Ramen Rater For Apple iPhone

I am very proud and happy to introduce the release of The Ramen Rater mobile app for the Apple iPhone! The app is the culmination of many months of work by myself and app developer Calvin Tam of Malaysia (you can see some of his other work here). You may have noticed a while back I posted an ad on the right side asking for folks who might be interested in developing an app with me for mobile users. Well, Calvin answered that call and devoted a great deal of time making this happen! I want to personally thank him for the time and effort expended on this app. Without further adieu, let me introduce you to The Ramen Rater for iPhone!

Welcome! This is the initial screen you will be greeted with. You can quickly scroll through the last 50 reviews and posts.

As you can see, the review’s stats are labeled at the top – title, stars and a shot of the product. Also, instead of the video being at the bottom, it is viewable at the top. Clicking on the video will bring it up in a window.

What you see here is the best part! You can scan a bar code from a package of instant noodles – if I’ve reviewed it, the app will find it and ask if you’d like to see the review! Note – right now, it’s only working correctly for 12 digit UPC bar codes. It likes to omit the first digit of EAN bar codes, which are 13 digits. This will be addressed in an upcoming update.

Finally, you can share the reviews/posts with people across the Internet through social media, email, send it in an SMS text message.

There’s how The Ramen Rater iPhone app v1.0 stands currently! It’s now available in the iTunes Store for $0.99USD. It will work on Apple Iphone, iPad, and iPods running iOS 7.1 and above. Some updates we’re talking about like a simple search box where you can enter info to search for instead of scanning, quick access to top ten lists and more are in the works! If you have any ideas, please feel free to comment! If you do download the app, please give it a good review if you like it! Thanks!

#1273: Sainsbury’s Basics Instant Noodles Chicken Curry Flavour

Here’s another one from Joe B. of Nottingham, England – thanks! Sainsbury’s is a chain of supermarkets in the UK that were founded in 1869. They make two lines on instant noodles – the basics and a more premium version. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the pack (click image to enlarge). Says it’s veggie and vegan friendly. To prepare, empty seasoning sachet into 200ml water and boil. Break up noodle block into 2 or 3 pieces and cook for 2 1/2 minutes.

The noodle block.

Seasoning base sachet.

Has an interesting scent that kind of makes me think of curry, but only kind of.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg and baked chicken with garlic salt. The noodles are a little more crumbly than I usually prefer, but they’re not too bad. The flavor is not as bland as many British instants; in fact, it’s got a decent taste to it. Not exactly chicken curry, but honestly not too bad. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 628635401148053.

[AMAZONPRODUCTS asin=”B0000TA3BW”]Wow this looks like a big box of goodness from the UK![/AMAZONPRODUCTS]

A video Sainsbury’s sponsored showing people in the UK’s Christmases from 2012. Yeah, I know we just got done with Christmas, but it did seem interesting.

Re- Review: emart Ramen e Ramen White Broth Noodle Soup

I reviewed this one a little while back – was review #787. Use this link to see everything about it. By the way, emart has informed me that they have a new product that just launched – should be here soon! Can’t wait to review it!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sweet onion, green beans, processed cheese, odeng, kimchi and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. Still as good as I remember – good noodles, great spiciness and good mussel and veggies. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – delicious! UPC bar code 8801045525068 – get it here.

Wow this is really awesome and inventive!

Here’s a guy’s tour of emart. I thought it was kind of funny how he complained that they didn’t have enough American food. I guess that’s what happens when you’re in a foreign country! Man, I would love to check this place out – looks amazingly fun!

#787: emart Ramen e Ramen White Broth Noodle Soup

Today I received a big box full of instant noodles from South Korea! These are made by emart. If you can imagine a Korean version of Walmart, you’re on the right track – these are super huge superstores over there. Anyways, a fellow from emart contacted me about reviewing this new product of theirs and of course I said yes. They sent a box with some nice hats and 8 of these 6 pakcs – yep – 48 packages of noodles! Wow!

‘Here’s what the individual packs look like. It’s called Ramen e Ramen and it’s a white broth soup. Looks to be jalapeno and seafood flavored!

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

The noodle block – a big one.

The seasoning powder.

A lot of powder! I tasted a little and it was really spicy!

The vegetable packet.

A nice variety. Not sure if there might be some seafoodies in there too.

Hooray for new hats!

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added a couple slices of jalapeno. The noodles are nice – not too chewy and very full. The broth is great – ultra spicy (I’d say the spiciest white broth I’ve tried yet) and the veggies aren’t too shabby either. I found quite a few bits of seafood in there too – gonna go with mussel since mussels are so prominent on the package. I must say I was wondering how much I would like this stuff as they did send 48 packs of it. Happily, I can say I really love it – great stuff! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars! A wonderfully hot and tasty white broth. UPC bar code 8801045525068 – get it here.

Wow this is really awesome and inventive!

Here’s a guy’s tour of emart. I thought it was kind of funny how he complained that they didn’t have enough American food. I guess that’s what happens when you’re in a foreign country! Man, I would love to check this place out – looks amazingly fun!

#674: Paldo (Korea Yakult) Kko Kko Myun

Here’s something extra special, sent by Chris H. of Westport, CT. This is the extremely popular Kko Kko Myun. What I know is that this is made using chicken broth instead of spicy red peppers. It is based on a recipe created by Korean comedian Lee Kyung-kyu. It has an unusual white broth – everything for the most part coming out of Korea has that bright red chili-infused broth. In the first five months of this stuff being released in Korea, they sold 100 million packs! Very popular! So here we go with a review – this is from Korea and not a regular export so the packaging doesn’t have all of its info, but hopefully you can glean info from the nutrition facts, etc off of the label.

There’s a picture of Lee Kyung-kyu on the back. If anyone could translate all of this, I’d be happy to include it! Click image to enlarge.

The noodle block! Big and solid.

Within is contained the chicken broth based powder seasoning – I’m very curious!

Oh wow – I didn’t expect this. So yesterday, my wife had to go to the hospital and I had a lot of time to spend in the lobby waiting for her to come out safe and sound. Well, I got some snacks – one being a bag of Munchies – Jalapeno flavor. Well, the munchies have various snacks all put together like a mix, one of them being Jalapeno Cheese Cheetos. Guess what? This stuff smells exactly the same. I tasted a tiny speck of it and sure enough – exactly the same! This isn’t a negative by any means; I like Jalapeno Cheetos quite a bit! Just a bit of a surprise.

Here’s the vegetable packet.

A decent amount of veggies in there – looks like a nice amount of green onions too – which I like very much.

Click image to enlarge. Here’s the finished product in it’s unmodified state. First, the noodles – standard and of very good quality for Paldo’s products. The broth: light in color and spicy – Jalapeno spicy! It works very well and is very different from anything Korean that I’ve ever had. The veggies are perfect for the dish and of a good quality. I like this a lot and I can see why those in Korea are going crazy over it. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – excellent quality and flavor. UPC barcode 8801128509770 – get it here!

Kko Kko Myun TV commercial!

Lee Kyung-Kyu wins Daesang Award

Where To Get It: Uwajimaya Seattle

So this is where I originally started getting the instant noodles. My folks took me here when I was very young as a regular destination for food.

600 5th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104-3898
(206) 624-6248

I remember when it used to be in a different location about ten years ago but now it’s all redone and very snazzy.

They have all sorts of neat things from Japan in there – but also from all over the world. They’re a big grocery and also have a section with kitchenware and books and a food court and a bookstore.

She found the treats! Hello Kitty Yan Yan! They’ve got a bazillion different interesting little Japanese candies and bubble gums and other things.

Even foods that contain a little bit of you!

Here’s the ramen aisle. Bowls on the left, packets on the right. Pretty excellent variety although I remember it being a bit better in the past. They used to have Nissin Chikin ramen there but no more. This place is excellent! Spend $7 to validate parking for an hour, $15 for two hours. Two hours can be spent in here easily!