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#3175: Myojo Chukazanmai Tantanmen – Japan

#3100: Myojo Chukazanmai Tantanmen - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one –

“Experience authentic Szechuan cuisine from the famous Tokyo restaurant Shisen Hanten with a delicious history of over half a century. Eating out at the classic restaurant is a little posh, but now you can eat their delicious Tantanmen, vegging out in your comfortable home.’

Okay – let’s give it a try!

Myojo Chukazanmai Tantanmen – Japan

#3100: Myojo Chukazanmai Tantanmen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge).Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3100: Myojo Chukazanmai Tantanmen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3100: Myojo Chukazanmai Tantanmen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3100: Myojo Chukazanmai Tantanmen - Japan

A wet sachet from the top of the lid.

#3100: Myojo Chukazanmai Tantanmen - Japan

Strong scemt.

#3100: Myojo Chukazanmai Tantanmen - Japan

Lots of little granules and other bits from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, green onions, and chashu pork. Noodles were a little thicker which worked well although I wasn’t sure it would at first. Broth has a nice oiliness and rich flavor – spiciness is slight and heartiness in the forefront. Small bits of mince were present throughout which was welcome as well as small square slices of meat. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902881417389.

#3100: Myojo Chukazanmai Tantanmen - Japan

Myojo Udon Japanese Style Noodles with Soup Base, Chicken Flavor, 7.22-Ounce Bag (Pack of 15)

Watch me cook this on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen – Japan

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘Shoyu based soup is spiced up with Sichuan pepper to give it sour and spicy flavor. Plus, the aromatic flavor of sesame adds a rich nuttiness to the dish. Many shops across Japan specialize in variations of this rich and satisfying dish. Now you can try it at home!’

Very curious about this one – shall we continue?

Maruchan Dining Tantanmen – Japan

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add powder sachet and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents and stir. Add in dry garnish sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

A speckled, granular concoction.

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

A melange of oil and seasonings.

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

A garnish sachet.

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

Sesame seeds and other bits.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, fried onion, Sichuan pepper flake, shichimi togarashi, sesame seeds and soft egg. Noodles were quite thick in this Japanese variety – chewy too. Broth had a rich and spicy flair. I expected a little peanut taste but didn’t find one. Not bad. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990338707.

#3063: Maruchan Dining Tantanmen - Japan

Maru-chan QTTA TONKOTSU × 12 pieces

Watch me cook and garnish this one on an episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one –

“Tan Tan Ramen can be a great winter dish because it;’s hot. The red soup is flavored with white miso, pork extract, sesame oil and other spices. As you can tell with just a sip, this is another bowl where sesame contributes a lot to the deliciousness.”

Sounds great! Let’s hit it!

Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen – Japan

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add boiling water to the fill line as well as sachet contents except the liquid one. Let sit covered for 3 minutes. Add in liquid base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

The noodle block.

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

A dry sachet.

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

Fluffy stuff!

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

A large liquid base sachet.

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

Oily and thick.

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

The garnish sachet.

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

Sesame seeds and more.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are slightly thinner than your average instant, with a slightly stronger tension. The broth is a thick and tasty one, with a sesame and spicy thing going on. It’s not so spicy that it overwhelms, and it’s very stick to your ribsy stuff. All in all a very enjoyable flavorland. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901990325844.

#2856: Maruchan Gotsumori Tantan Ramen zenpop zenpop.jp

Maruchan Instant Won-ton Soup 3 Bowls (For 3 Servings) Made in Japan Won Tong [Japan Import food] (Dandan: Spicy Chinese Soup)

Here’s the unboxing of this one.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

It’s time for another top ten list and this time it’s The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition! The first list debuted in 2013 – I can’t believe this is the sixth list! As always – if you are a company who would like me to review your products, please contact me via the contact link – I want to talk to you! These are my favorite instant noodle bowl selections from my over 2800 reviews to date. Let’s get started!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

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Here’s this year’s video presentation of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

#10 – Paldo Bul Jjamppong – South Korea

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #10 - Paldo Bul Jjamppong - South Korea

This variety boasts a thick and chewy ramyun – a wider and flatter noodle that’s become popular in the last few years. Pairing that with a spicy soup with strong notes of grilled seafood taste – almost smoky – and vegetables/seafood and you’ve got an excellent bowl. Original review

#9 – Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #9 - Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup - United States

To be honest, I’m about as surprised by this one as you might be! But make no mistake – this US domestic variety is truly amazing. The tom yum flavor is just superb along with a huge quantity of noodles. You’ll fill up and be extremely happy as you do so. Original review

#8 – Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #8 – Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen - Japan

The second Maruchan variety on the list and this one comes from Japan. A light and tasty shio broth is paired with a large quantity of noodles in this bowl. The inclusion of wonton – which are very good I might add – rounds everything out and becomes a delicious feast. Original review

#7 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #7 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan

The noodles are thick and chewy – very premium. The broth has a very rich miso flavor that had a little thickness and a nice oiliness. The vegetables and bits hydrated perfectly – nice bits of ground meat and menma float happily about and are of good quality. Original review

#6 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #6 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

First, the noodles have a little bit thicker a gauge than most instant varieties. Indeed they are premium although a slight bit softer than one might expect. The broth is a sea of rich pork flavor – different than many. As a matter of fact, this really REALLY has a nice pork flavor; most pork varieties don’t have a great pork taste as the pork taste they do have get overshadowed by saltiness. The vegetables hydrated well and the pork was very good. Original review

#5 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #5 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan

So the noodles are broad and flat with a light chew and an excellent quantity. The broth is a tour de force of beef taste. It has a good thickness/oiliness to it as well as a good flavor. Indeed as expected, there’s a decent punch of spiciness. Indeed, the chunks of beef are of good size and quality. Moreover, the liquid with the beef in the retort pouch add depth to the broth. Finally, little rings of chilli pepper are here and there, joining the party. Original review

#4 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #4 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

TTL stands for Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor and indeed there’s a sachet of rice wine in here! Add to that a big retort pouch full of decent sized chunks of chicken, good noodles and garnish, This is definitely a bowl to seek out and try. Original review

#3 – Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #3 - Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat - Taiwan

Okay so first off, this is a heavy bowl. There’s a huge retort pouch in here full of beef and beef tendon. The noodles are wide and have a great chew and the broth has a nice flavor. But the start of the show is that braised beef and tendon – it’s perfect and there’s just so much of it. Very impressive! Original review

#2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

Talk about amazing. Now, on most of these bowls, you’ll notice I’ve added my own garnishes. I don’t count them in my reviewing – everything is reviewed prior to any additions I make. This is one where I’ve added nothing and just look at it! This one had very good noodles to start off. The broth was a very thick prawn infused decadent flavor spectacle. Then there’s the little crunchy topping and the other garnish they provide and this is just amazing stuff. Wow. Floored. Original review

#1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Wow – I’m so freaking impressed with this one. First, there are two bowls. Peel back the lid of the first bowl and add boiling water. After a short time, you poke holes in the lid and drain the liquid into the second. A sachet of soup base is added and you have a soup with lots of corn and herbs. Next, a huge sachet with chicken and vegetables boasts a great spicy green curry flavor which mixes with the noodle. A really amazing product which is unique and delicious. This is Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle’s second year in the number one spot in a row – congratulations! Original review

Re-Review: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

This one really impressed me in the last year and I wanted to have it again. The folks at Mom’s Dry Noodle were kind enough to send another pack of it for review. I thought a fresh taste immediately before finalizing the top ten would be a good plan, and so here we go!

Here’s a little about Dan Dan noodle from Wikipedia –

Dandan noodles or dandanmian (simplified Chinese担担面traditional Chinese擔擔麵) is a noodle dish originating from Chinese Sichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables (often including zha cai (榨菜), lower enlarged mustard stems, or ya cai (芽菜), upper mustard stems), chili oilSichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles.

Sesame paste and/or peanut butter is sometimes added, and occasionally replaces the spicy sauce, usually in the Taiwanese and American Chinese style of the dish.[1] In this case, dandanmian is considered as a variation of ma jiang mian (麻醬麵), sesame sauce noodles. In American Chinese cuisine, dandanmian is often sweeter, less spicy, and less soupy than its Sichuan counterpart.

Alright – let’s dig in!

Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle – Taiwan

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, ad noodle block to a pot of boiling water and cook for 6~7 minutes. Drain. Add in all sachets. Finally, stir well and enjoy!

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

The pack contains four sealed packages. Here’s the noodle block from one of them.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

A dry sachet.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

A fascinating and aromatic mixture – Sichuan peppercorn shell, garlic and seasoning.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

A liquid base sachet.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

The sesame base.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Another liquid base sachet.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Bright orange chilli oil!

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

A final sachet.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Soy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallion, chashu pork, fried onion, sesame seeds, and an egg. The noodles are so good – chewy but with a giving softness at the same time. The flavor is multilayered – spicy, sesame, soy and then the nice hits of garlic and Sichuan peppercorn. Complex, yet simple – and extremely satisfying. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4717011150322.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Taiwan: A New History (East Gate Books)

A promo spot for Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

#2681: TableMark Homerun-Ken Vegetable Tanmen

#2681: TableMark Homerun-Ken Vegetable Tanmen - Japan - zenpop.jp

Here’s another neat one from Zenpop.JP. Thank you! So Zenpop has all sorts of monthly boxes including ramen boxes. Nine instant ramen in one box for a good price – check ’em out! Here’s what they had to say about this one –

The chicken-based salt soup has a flavor of savory roasted vegetables. You can add more cabbage, carrot or green onion and make it even more delicious and healthy.

Here’s a little about what tanmen is from Wikipedia as well –

Dandan noodles or dandanmian (simplified Chinese担担面traditional Chinese擔擔麵) is a noodle dish originating from Chinese Sichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables (often including zha cai (榨菜), lower enlarged mustard stems, or ya cai (芽菜), upper mustard stems), chili oilSichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles.

Sesame paste and/or peanut butter is sometimes added, and occasionally replaces the spicy sauce, usually in the Taiwanese and American Chinese style of the dish.[1] In this case, dandanmian is considered as a variation of ma jiang mian (麻醬麵), sesame sauce noodles. In American Chinese cuisine, dandanmian is often sweeter, less spicy, and less soupy than its Sichuan counterpart

.The same sauce is frequently served over poached chicken (called bonbon or bangbang chicken (棒棒鸡)), and on steamed, meat-filled dumplings in another Sichuan dish called suanla chaoshou. 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).

Alright – let’s tear into it!

TableMark Homerun-Ken Vegetable Tanmen – Japan

#2681: TableMark Homerun-Ken Vegetable Tanmen - Japan - zenpop.jp

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add in dry sachet contents and 350ml boiling water. Cover for 4 minutes. Add in the liquid base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2681: TableMark Homerun-Ken Vegetable Tanmen - Japan - zenpop.jp

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2681: TableMark Homerun-Ken Vegetable Tanmen - Japan - zenpop.jp

The noodle block.

#2681: TableMark Homerun-Ken Vegetable Tanmen - Japan - zenpop.jp

A liquid base sachet.

#2681: TableMark Homerun-Ken Vegetable Tanmen - Japan - zenpop.jp

Oily!

#2681: TableMark Homerun-Ken Vegetable Tanmen - Japan - zenpop.jp

The dry base sachet.

#2681: TableMark Homerun-Ken Vegetable Tanmen - Japan - zenpop.jp

Lots of vegetable bits and pieces.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and spring onion. The noodles aren’t bad – thin and with a nice chew. The broth has a bright kind of veggie taste to it with a good oiliness as well. The included vegetables hydrated well and were ubiquitous. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901520400539.

#2681: TableMark Homerun-Ken Vegetable Tanmen - Japan - zenpop.jp

TableMark homer eaves vegetables end face 98g ~ 12 pieces

Future scenes at my house.

#2580: New Touch T’s Restaurant Tantanmen

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The second of two I found recently at Uwajimaya in Bellevue, Washington. The last one was good so I’m hoping this will as well. Here’s a littler about Tantanmen from Wikipedia –

Dandan noodles or dandanmian (simplified Chinese: 担担面; traditional Chinese: 擔擔麵) is a noodle dish originating from Chinese Sichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables (often including zha cai (榨菜), lower enlarged mustard stems, or ya cai (芽菜), upper mustard stems), chili oil, Sichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles.

Sesame paste and/or peanut butter is sometimes added, and occasionally replaces the spicy sauce, usually in the Taiwanese and American Chinese style of the dish.[1] In this case, dandanmian is considered as a variation of ma jiang mian (麻醬麵), sesame sauce noodles. In American Chinese cuisine, dandanmian is often sweeter, less spicy, and less soupy than its Sichuan counterpart.

The same sauce is frequently served over poached chicken (called bonbon or bangbang chicken (棒棒鸡)), and on steamed, meat-filled dumplings in another Sichuan dish called suanla chaoshou. 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).

Alright – let’s check out this tantanmen!

New Touch T’s Restaurant Tantanmen – Japan

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The import/distributor sticker (click to enlarge).

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in dry sachet and boiling water to fill line (approx 270ml). Cover and steep for 4 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The liquid base sachet.

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Thick and gloppy.

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A dry sachet.

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Looks like a lot of different things going on.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The noodles are thin and round with a good chew. Broth has a nice vegetable flavor with notes of peanut and a good thickness. The included garnish hydrated well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4903088011370.

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

New touch assorted vegetables sprouts miso ramen 82g ~ 12 pieces

A New Touch TV advertisement.

#2574: Acecook Spice Deli Tantan Men With Cilantro

#2574: Acecook Spice Deli Tantan Men With Cilantro - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - cup - zenpop

Here’s one I got from ZenPop, a company that’s producing ramen boxes in Japan. They have a new box every month with 9 different varieties for $29.50 – a pretty impressive deal as they include the shipping in the price.

Here’s how they describe this variety: ‘This miso based soup is spiced up with cilantro. It’s hot and spicy, but is absolutely savory! Don’t forget to keep a towel and a cup of water at hand. You’ll be dripping in sweat and get thirsty!’

Alrighty them – let’s give this a look!

Acecook Spice Deli Tantan Men With Cilantro – Japan

#2574: Acecook Spice Deli Tantan Men With Cilantro - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - cup - zenpop

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add 440ml boiling water to fill line. Let steep covered for 3 minutes. Stir. Finally, add oil sachet and dry sachet and enjoy!

#2574: Acecook Spice Deli Tantan Men With Cilantro - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - cup - zenpop

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2574: Acecook Spice Deli Tantan Men With Cilantro - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - cup - zenpop

The noodle block.

#2574: Acecook Spice Deli Tantan Men With Cilantro - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - cup - zenpop

Loose bits and seasoning from the cup.

#2574: Acecook Spice Deli Tantan Men With Cilantro - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - cup - zenpop

A dry sachet.

#2574: Acecook Spice Deli Tantan Men With Cilantro - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - cup - zenpop

Looks like cilantro and chilli powder.

#2574: Acecook Spice Deli Tantan Men With Cilantro - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - cup - zenpop

The oil sachet, which is affixed to the lid.

#2574: Acecook Spice Deli Tantan Men With Cilantro - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - cup - zenpop

A deep colored oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Noodles were of a standard gauge although straighter than most if that makes sense. The broth was really interesting. Juxtaposed with a strong cilantro (coriander) flavor throughout was this spiciness – Sichuan pepper. It really was the last thing I would have expected from a Japanese instant noodle yet there it was. Very curious and interesting – they just keep coming up with more and more new flavors. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901071239251.

#2574: Acecook Spice Deli Tantan Men With Cilantro - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - cup - zenpop

Acecook noodle vermicelli Tanita cafeteria supervision ‘S’S noodles flavor 41gX6 pieces

An Acecook TV commercial

#2512: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Here’s a new one from Mom’s Dry Noodle. This one is Dan Dan Noodle flavor – here’s a little about that from Wikipedia –

Dandan noodles or dandanmian (simplified Chinese担担面traditional Chinese擔擔麵) is a noodle dish originating from Chinese Sichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables (often including zha cai (榨菜), lower enlarged mustard stems, or ya cai (芽菜), upper mustard stems), chili oilSichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles.

Sesame paste and/or peanut butter is sometimes added, and occasionally replaces the spicy sauce, usually in the Taiwanese and American Chinese style of the dish.[1] In this case, dandanmian is considered as a variation of ma jiang mian (麻醬麵), sesame sauce noodles. In American Chinese cuisine, dandanmian is often sweeter, less spicy, and less soupy than its Sichuan counterpart.

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”.

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 these are from Taiwan and so far I’ve really liked pretty much everything from Mom’s Dry Noodle. Let’s have a look at this variety.

Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle – Taiwan

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, ad noodle block to a pot of boiling water and cook for 6~7 minutes. Drain. Add in all sachets. Finally, stir well and enjoy!

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

One of the four individual servings.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

One of the noodle blocks.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

The dry base sachet.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A mottled and coarse concoction.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

The first of three liquid sachets.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Perhaps a Sichuan pepper oil?

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A tan sachet.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Looks like sesame paste

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A smaller liquid sachet.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Smells like soy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallion and ground pork. The noodles came out with a very nice chew. They aren’t mushy whatsoever and have a confident backbone. The flavor is very good as well. The notes of sesame, Sichuan pepper oil, Sichuan pepper in the dry mix and soy sauce all work together and play well with eachother; nobody’s feet get stepped on. Simple yet complex. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4717011150322.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Formosan Odyssey: Taiwan, Past and Present

A video featuring Kyle from Mom’s Dry Noodles from a few years back

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

Here’s one from Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com – thank you! So Box From Japan is a subscription service – every month, you can get a different four bowls of instant ramen from Japan – pretty awesome!  This one’s dandanmen – let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about this variety –

Dandan noodles or dandanmian (simplified Chinese: 担担面; traditional Chinese: 擔擔麵) is a noodle dish originating from Chinese Sichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables (often including zha cai (榨菜), lower enlarged mustard stems, or ya cai (芽菜), upper mustard stems), chili oil, Sichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles.

Sesame paste and/or peanut butter is sometimes added, and occasionally replaces the spicy sauce, usually in the Taiwanese and American Chinese style of the dish.[1] In this case, dandanmian is considered as a variation of ma jiang mian (麻醬麵), sesame sauce noodles. In American Chinese cuisine, dandanmian is often sweeter, less spicy, and less soupy than its Sichuan counterpart.

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”.

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

Alright – let’s check it out!

Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men – Japan

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Probably contains meat and fish. To prepare, add 410ml boiling water and vegetable sachet and cover for 5 minutes. Add in powder and liquid sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

The noodle block.

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

The powder base sachet.

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

Lots of powder!

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

The liquid base sachet.

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

Looks kinda cool!

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

The vegetable sachet.

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

Looks like mincemeat, spring onion and sesame.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sliced chashu pork and spring onion. Noodles are awesome – chewy and very premium. Broth is very strong; salty and rich with a deep flavor. Indeed, I always get a taste of peanut in dandanmen. The included vegetables and mincemeat are quite good. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990337496.

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

5PX6 pieces Maru-chan Seimen curry udon

A Maruchan TV commercial.

#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.