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#2278 – Nissin Raoh Japanese Instant Ramen Dandan Noodles

Here’s another one from Colin from the east coast – thanks again! So to start with, a little about the originin of these noodles. You se here they’re referred to tantanmen, however they’re also dandanmein – Wikipedia, if you please:

The name refers to a type of carrying pole (dan dan) that was used by walking street vendors who sold the dish to passers-by. The pole was carried over the shoulder, with two baskets containing noodles and sauce attached at either end. As the noodles were affordable due to their low cost, the local people gradually came to call them dandan noodles, referencing the street vendors. Literally, the name translates as “noodles carried on a pole”, but may be better translated as “peddler’s noodles”.

The corresponding Japanese dish is tantan-men, a form of ramen (formally 担担麺, as in Chinese, but often written with , or with 坦 instead of 担).

A variety of English spellings are used. The first word may be either dandan, dundun or tantan, and the last word may also be spelled mein.

So this is based on street food basically. I love street food. Plus, I’m hungry. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A large powder sachet.

Has a peanut scent.

A liquid sachet.

A deep red orange liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge).  Added spring onion, fried garlic and nanami togarashi. The noodles were luxury – thick and with a nice chew to them. The broth was very thick — more saucelike. It had a neat taste; a peanuttiness although with a mild heat and a hearty consistency. Excellent! 4.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105900291.

Nissin – Raoh Japanese Instant Ramen Dandan Noodles 17.1oz (For 5 Bowls)

Not sure what’s going on here completely but it’s entertaining and involves Nissin Raoh!

#2163: Nissin Piritto Karakuchi Tantan Udon

Here’s another one sent by the kind folks at www.BoxFromJapan.com. You can subscribe to a monthly box of instant noodles from Japan – and what’s amazing is that every month they’ve sent me one, I’ve never gotten one that I’ve reviewed before! Here’s what they had to say about this variety:

Chinese dish, but arranged in the characteristic Japanese style of Donbei broth Soup: Ground sesame is used to add avor to the bonito dashi stock, with a Japanese-style Dandan broth which is slightly spicy. Noodles: Springy Udon noodles which go together perfectly with the characteristic Donbei soup. Its compatibility with the soup is outstanding. Ingredients: Minced meat, Chinese cabbage, round slices of red pepper, and spring onions.

Sounds like something a little different – let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat and fish. To prepare, add in dry sachet content and fill to line with boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The dry sachet.

Very coarse and chunky stuff.

The liquid sachet.

Has a definite sesame scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). The udon hydrated nicely – wide flat and chewy noodles. The broth is thick and hearty. Almost has an earthy kind of taste like mushroom, yet with a fermented tofu hint as well. The meat and cabbage was prevalent and delicious. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105221877.

Nissin Hokkaido Gentei KITA no DONBEI Dashi Curry Udon 12capsx1case

My new favorite Nissin Japan video.

#1984: Nissin Chinese Tan Tan Vermicelli

Here’s one that the folks from Prima Taste in Hong Kong sent – thanks you! So Tan Tan – what is it? Wikipedia, if you please:

Tantan-men (担担麺). Japanese version of dan dan noodles, a Sichuan specialty. Ramen in a reddish, spicy chilli and sesame soup, usually containing minced pork, garnished with chopped scallion and chili and occasionally topped with the likes of spinach or Bok Choi (chingensai).

This sounds interesting, especially with rice vermicelli. Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, add in sachet contents and fill to line with boiling water. Let steep covered for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The vermicelli block.

The soup base sachet.

A light powder.

A liquid sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

A vegetables sachet.

Spring onion and other bits.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added some barbecue pork I minced as well as spring onion. The vermicelli came out just right – 3 minutes did it justice. I used kitchen scissors to make two crosscuts through the noodles mid steeping – makes them more manageable. The broth is a savory and ultra rich foray into Japanese-Chinese fusion – spicy, tasty and a little hit of acrid vinegar. The vegetables that came with it were excellent. This is a very fine vermicelli cup! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878170012.

Nissin Spicy responsible people vermicelli soup 32g ~ 6 pieces of

A recipe for tantanmen from Cooking With Dog!