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#2749: Maruchan Bariuma Goboten Udon

#2749: Maruchan Bariuma Goboten Udon

I looked around a bit and read that these big things in here are burdock tempura. Should be interesting – if you don’t know about burdock, here’s some info  from Wikipedia –

The taproot of young burdock plants can be harvested and eaten as a root vegetable. While generally out of favour in modern European cuisine, it remains popular in Asia. Arctium lappa is known as “niúbàng” (牛蒡) in Chinese, which was borrowed into Japanese as gobō, and is still eaten in both countries. In Korea burdock root is called “u-eong” (우엉) and sold as “tong u-eong” (통우엉), or “whole burdock”. Plants are cultivated for their slender roots, which can grow about one metre long and two centimetres across. Burdock root is very crisp and has a sweet, mild, and pungent flavour with a little muddy harshness that can be reduced by soaking julienned or shredded roots in water for five to ten minutes.

Immature flower stalks may also be harvested in late spring, before flowers appear; their taste resembles that of artichoke, to which the burdock is related. The stalks are thoroughly peeled, and either eaten raw, or boiled in salt water.[7] Leaves are also eaten in spring in Japan when a plant is young and leaves are soft. Some A. lappa cultivars are specialized for this purpose. A popular Japanese dish is kinpira gobō (金平牛蒡), julienned or shredded burdock root and carrot, braised with soy saucesugarmirin and/or sake, and sesame oil. Another is burdock makizushi (sushi filled with pickled burdock root; the burdock root is often artificially coloured orange to resemble a carrot).

Alrighty then – let’s dig in!

Maruchan Bariuma Goboten Udon – Japan

#2749: Maruchan Bariuma Goboten Udon

The distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

#2749: Maruchan Bariuma Goboten Udon

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add sachet contents  350ml boiling water and cover for 5 minutes.Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2749: Maruchan Bariuma Goboten Udon

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2749: Maruchan Bariuma Goboten Udon

The noodle block.

#2749: Maruchan Bariuma Goboten Udon

A dual sachet.

#2749: Maruchan Bariuma Goboten Udon

Powder soup base.

#2749: Maruchan Bariuma Goboten Udon

Togarashi.

#2749: Maruchan Bariuma Goboten Udon

Large pieces of tempura as well as kamaboko.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. Okay so the udon is the standard udon you’ll find in bowls like this – not chewy and broad with a bit of thickness. Very soft tooth to them. The broth was exceedingly salty, almost to the point of inedibility. What drove the edibility car off the road and into a fiery  tragedy for the mouth was the burdock. This just was so poorly executed and just did not work whatsoever. It was like eating thick potato skin that had been under a heatlamp in a gas station hot case. I mean really – even though there was a little tempura going on, a little kamaboko too, they were overshadowed by the Asian jojos of horror. Don’t get me wrong – I like burdock – a scant amount in my kimbap is alright, but this was just nasty. Disgusted and very surprised. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990521949,901990521949,

#2749: Maruchan Bariuma Goboten Udon

12 pack Akai kitsune Udon (6pack) and Midori no Tanuki Soba (6pack) set

A Maruchan TV spot

Top Ten List Samples From Prima Taste

Looks like I’ll be doing some interview here in the USA soon! Those are always a lot of fun. I asked Prima Taste over in Singapore if they could send some samples along of the products they have that are in the Top Ten this year – and they did!

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These two (click to enlarge) have been on the list a long time in their normal form, but these are the new wholegrain versions. The Laksa was #1 for 2016 and the Curry #5.

The #8 spot was held by this Creamy chicken Juzz’s Mee – seriously awesome stuff! Thanks!

CarJEN Sends Bags & Treats!

So every time I do a Top Ten list, I try to let the companies that make that list know. I usually post directly on their Facebook page a congratulatory message. Well, CarJEN’s J.J. Snek Mi Perisa BBQ made the new Top Ten Instant Noodle Snacks list, and I saw something neat on their page!

Last year, CarJEN’s Nyonya Curry Laksa made 4th place on the annual big Top Ten list. I still have to say I think that this product has the greatest looking packaging of any variety I’ve ever seen. The Otentiq Cheezy is what’s on the other side of the bag. These are reusable shopping bags, given away at events/promotions in Malaysia.

They also sent some samples – here’s the winning BBQ flavor snek mi.

They also sent the chicken variety! Thanks to Sugu and Nuril for sending these along!

The Ramen Rater Noodle News #10

Here’s the tenth installment of The Ramen Rater Noodle News! I look around the Internet and bring all sorts of interesting stories and articles about instant ramen noodles here! Enjoy!

 

  • NZ Herald – Revised Noodles Come Up Trumps With Less Fat – New Zealand – Link
  • New Straits Times – Bowls Of Warm Memories – Malaysia – Link
  • RocketNews24 – Korean Pop Idol Enrages Japanese Internet By Eating Instant Noodles From The Pot – Japan – Link
  • WNYC – Tokyo: An Unknowable Feast – USA – Link
  • Jakarta Globe – Indofood Sukses Net Growth Crimped By Units’ CPO Growth – Indonesia – Link
  • The SunBreak – Bo Ramen Brings New Noodle Options To Seattle – USA – Link
  • joonbug – Souper Move: Zutto Adds Ramen To The Menu – USA – Link
  • RamenNoodleRecipess.com – Calories In Ramen – USA – Link
  • Soompi – SISTAR Pigs Out On Burgers And Ramen – South Korea – Link
  • NJ.com – Trenton’s New Jersey State Prison Finds Rooms For Redemption – USA – Link