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Pardoning The Turkey – Thanksgiving 2012 Throwback!

I think the following post came out in 2011 or 2012 – either way, it was something I made before turkey was in the oven and done, and I think I ended up cheezing out on working the turkey magic – all the guts and skin pulling and funky just kind of nauseated me… So here’s what I made for breakfast that day. Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

I am in charge of throwing the turkey in the oven this year at noon. I figured breakfast shouldn’t have anything turkey like involved and pardon the turkey at least ramen-wise for a day. Then Black Friday will be a day that the turkeys will cower – planning on using turkey in some ramen meals for the next week or so – should be awesome! But for now, here’s something I decided to make for breakfast. By the way, here’s what I did for 2011’s Thanksgiving.

Everything But Turkey Thanksgiving Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 1 Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soup Savory Beef (or any other noodles, although these were easy in the microwave)
  • 2 eggs, scrambled
  • ham
  • minced garlic
  • 2 slices processed cheese
  • minced garlic
  • Dua Belibis chili sauce (Sriracha or any other spicy sauce – omit if you don’t like)
  • 1 tbsp oil

Method

  1. Put a pan on the stove and add oil. Heat.
  2. Break your eggs into a little bowl and scramble. Take the ham you have and cut it up.
  3. Cook the Bowl Noodle in the microwave. Usually you cook for three minutes then let it sit for one – don’t! After the three minutes, take it out, stir well and drain very well.
  4. Drop noodles in the pan and fry it up. Stir and stir so it doesn’t stick. Add garlic.
  5. Once the noodles are becoming crisp, add ham and stir in, then add eggs and combine.
  6. Cover and lower heat. Cook for a couple minutes.
  7. At this point, the bottom will be nice and crisp. Flip the whole thing into a bowl. Garnish with cheese and Dua Belibis.

Here’s what you end up with. Note that there’s beef flavored noodles, chicken eggs and pork ham. Even some cheese made from cow’s milk. Everything in there’s not turkey! It came out really good – dig in and Happy Thanksgiving!

Japan Candy Box Tasting & Giveaway! The Chocolate Break EXTRA

So the other day I did an unboxing of the November 2018 Japan Candy Box and today, it’s time to give everything a try! Not only that, look below and enter a contest to win a free box!

Japan Candy Box Tasting & Giveaway! The Chocolate Break EXTRA

To enter the contest, check out Here’s the link for that giveaway – http://bit.ly/japanesecandygiveaway – you could be living large with a box of Japanese Candy Box candy very soon! Thanks to Japan  Candy Box for shooting this over for us to try!

Try This Fall Curry Recipe With Your Thanksgiving Leftovers!

I’ve been a huge fan of curry over the years. I’ve made all sorts of sauces and soups and this is one of my favorites – works great with leftover turkey and some easily found ingredients – check it out and if you try it, let me know what you think!

 

The Ramen Rater’s Fall Curry

Ingredients

Preparation

You can make this on the stove of in a Crock Pot – I think the Crock Pot is best. First, empty the pumpkin, coconut milk and chicken broth into what you’re cooking in and get to a simmer. Add in as much or as little of the masaman curry as you like – you should note it’s strong so start with a little and add a little more and more until it suits your taste. I usually like just under 1/2 a can. This is also a good time to add some salt – start with a little and keep stirring and tasting until it’s just right. Next, cut up the carrot into small pieces, as well as the onion and add in. Add in your leftover turkey next (break into pieces first). Let this simmer for about 20 minutes. Cut up the potatoes any way you like and add in (remember, the thinner you slice the potato, the more chance it’ll mush into the soup). Let the soup simmer about 30 more minutes. Then finally slice your apple into mice little wedges, tossing the core and seedy bits. Drop in the apple and cook a final 20-30 minutes, depending on how soft you want it. That’s it! You’ve got a pumpkin apple soup with curry that is really thick. This works really great over rice. If you would like it more soupy, add more chicken broth – another can should do it.

Re-Review: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Creamy Chicken Flavor

We heard the news about QZ8501 last night – very sad news indeed. We flew from Penang to Langkawi during our Malaysia trip on a bright red AirAsia jet. Today the red is gone. We send our hopes to the passengers crew and their families. Here is a live blog on news of the flight.

One of my favorite things in life is the after holiday turkey sandwich. Two thick slices of bread slathered in fine mayonnaise with some oven baked turkey goodness. Another favorite is this particular variety of instant noodles. I would say that I’ve been enjoying these Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Creamy Chicken flavor packs at least once around this season for years now. I guess it’s the comfort food kind of taste it kicks out – reminds me of childhood.

Here’s Christmas dinner (click image to enlarge) – it was awesome stuff – my wife makes an amazing turkey, stuffed with apples, onion, rosemary, thyme and lots of butter. My mom always makes the homemade gravy from the drippings, too. It’s great stuff.  We even had this new kind of cake for dessert – Blue Velvet cake (I immediately thought of the movie when I saw the box at the store and thought it sounded fascinating). Anyways, a very tasty meal and again, the comfort thing. Let’s check out Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Creamy Chicken flavor and draw some parallels.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, boil 2 cups of water and add noodle block. Cook for 3 minutes. Take off the heat and add sachet contents and stir for a minute. Enjoy! There’s a sort of parallel here with the gravy, as you stir it as it cools and it thickens up a little, kind of like the broth in this one.

The noodle block.

The ubiquitous Maruchan soup base sachet.

A very fine powder with a cream of chicken sort of scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added corn, lima beans, Christmas turkey and sliced spring onion. The noodles are the standard Maruchan domestic fare, with a standard gauge and light chew. The beauty in this one is the broth which has a very hearty and creamy flavor. This is the ultimate comfort feel instant made in the United States at this point, that’s for sure. What’s fascinating is how it kind of has the same feel as tonkotsu, which is a ramen whose broth is milky in color and made from boiling pork bones for hours – yet it’s chicken.  It’s extremely easy to find and it’s really that good. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789002519.

For those of you who can’t find this in your local grocery store, here you go: Maruchan Ramen, Creamy Chicken, 3-Ounce Packages (Pack of 24)

Wait a second – I thought there was only one.

Pardoning The Turkey Until Tomorrow: The Ramen Rater’s Thanksgiving Breakfast Feast

I am in charge of throwing the turkey in the oven this year at noon. I figured breakfast shouldn’t have anything turkey like involved and pardon the turkey at least ramen-wise for a day. Then Black Friday will be a day that the turkeys will cower – planning on using turkey in some ramen meals for the next week or so – should be awesome! But for now, here’s something I decided to make for breakfast. By the way, here’s what I did for 2011’s Thanksgiving.

Everything But Turkey Thanksgiving Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 1 Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soup Savory Beef (or any other noodles, although these were easy in the microwave)
  • 2 eggs, scrambled
  • ham
  • minced garlic
  • 2 slices processed cheese
  • minced garlic
  • Dua Belibis chili sauce (Sriracha or any other spicy sauce – omit if you don’t like)
  • 1 tbsp oil

Method

  1. Put a pan on the stove and add oil. Heat.
  2. Break your eggs into a little bowl and scramble. Take the ham you have and cut it up.
  3. Cook the Bowl Noodle in the microwave. Usually you cook for three minutes then let it sit for one – don’t! After the three minutes, take it out, stir well and drain very well.
  4. Drop noodles in the pan and fry it up. Stir and stir so it doesn’t stick. Add garlic.
  5. Once the noodles are becoming crisp, add ham and stir in, then add eggs and combine.
  6. Cover and lower heat. Cook for a couple minutes.
  7. At this point, the bottom will be nice and crisp. Flip the whole thing into a bowl. Garnish with cheese and Dua Belibis.

Here’s what you end up with. Note that there’s beef flavored noodles, chicken eggs and pork ham. Even some cheese made from cow’s milk. Everything in there’s not turkey! It came out really good – dig in and Happy Thanksgiving!

Some Thanksgiving FAILS!

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Finally, here’s 15 minutes of last yewar’s insanest Black Friday footage. Is acting liker a complete moron really workth a product that costs pennies for a company to make? Home electronics aren’t a great trade for injuries and silliness such as this…  I mean it’s just stuff…

Speaking of stuff… Here’s George Carlin’s take on it.

Re-Review: Nissin Top Ramen Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

From time to time, it’s a good idea to revisit a baseline. Top Ramen Chicken is something I compare all noodles to in one way or another. The noodles themselves are classic – they’re not bad and soak up the flavor well. They’re not mushy although not exactly what one would call chewy. When reviewing chicken instant noodles I always think to this stuff. Of course, when I see an article someone has blogged or written on the Internet about ramen, a good 80% of the time there’s a nice big picture of the product you see above. Youtube’s no stranger to this either; there are about a zillion videos telling you simply how to prepare a packet of instant Top Ramen. It’s not only good but its everywhere. Eaten raw or cooked, people seem to like it. Well, I like it too and so I revisit it with a sore throat and runny nose. Here we go!

Click image to enlarge. Here’s my take on everything on the back: chicken powder sounds awesome! I think anyone who really need to break up the block needs to also have their head examined; don’t you like long slurpy noodles? That’s my son’s favorite part! The sodium thing: if you want less sodium, use less seasoning. Okay that’s fine, but to those of you who toss the packet: don’t buy this stuff. I think you might enjoy something called Ramyonsari by Ottogi, a Korean company. It’s a pack of just a noodle block! Bigger block too and slightly higher quality noodles.

The single packet of chicken wonders. So say you do happen to be one of those people who toss the packet, maybe for other reasons than sodium intake levels. This stuff is actually really good on popcorn. Try it.

The block and seasoning awaiting a dip in two cups of boiling water.

Click image to enlarge. Oh wow, man this looks awesome. So I threw in a nice piece of my wife’s bad-ass turkey (she cooked it with rosemary, apples and onion and stuffed the skin with butter), a single egg cooked with the noodles was added as well. A dash of pepper on the turkey, a dash of Krazy Mixed Up Salt on the egg and a few splashed of Tabasco Buffalo hot sauce. The broth and noodles are the real baseline – 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. As a whole dish, 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. The turkey boiled with the noodles, making the broth a little more flavorful. The egg was let go until just on the brink of not being runny and upon eating this dish, I let the yolk spill out with the noodles, turkey and broth. This trifecta, along with the hot sauce, proved an amazing convergence. If you can’t find Top Ramen anywhere near where you live, I’m unsure why; but if that’s the case, you can get it here. UPC code 070662010013.

Old Top Ramen commercial.

Yoda’s even selling Nissin products now.

#592: Batchelors Super Noodles Mild Curry Flavour

Hey awesome – curry’s one of my favorites!  I’m thinking since my wife made the finest turkey yesterday that I’ve ever had the fortune of eating, I’d try to fuse that with this and toss an egg in. Here we go!

Click image to enlarge. Here’s the back of the package – looks like some good stuff’ll be cookin in a minute!

Here’s the packet…

…and its contents.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added one fried eggs with a dash of Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning and a little of the turkey my wife Kit made – those little vegetable looking bits? Rosemary. So the noodles were about par with Top Ramen. The flavoring wasn’t bad, but when they said mild curry they weren’t kidding – very mild. Anyways, not bad. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

Batchelors peas ad.

It dumped rain tonight.

Thanksgiving 2011: Re-Review of Indomie Special Fried Curly Noodles Special Quality Instant Noodles

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Before I start the re-review, I just want to say happy Thanksgiving to all – it’s been a great year for me and I’ve got so much to be thankful for. My health, my job, my son and my wife. I also would like to say thanks for all the great fans and contributors to the site – whether by donations or comments, you help make this site thrive.

Today, I thought I’d re-review my favorite instant noodles ever. I have two packs that Greg B. from Florida sent me and I’m going to make them both! I’m going all-out with all the additions too! I know I’ll be having some awesome turkey and trimmings over at my wife’s aunt and uncle’s later, but for now, may I present noodle perfection.

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

Let’s start with a look at the noodles. They are a little broad and flat and so enjoyable.

Here’s four of the five packets – from the left to right, we start with the dehydrated vegetable. Next, the dry powder seasoning. After that in the clear packet we have seasoned oil. Finally, some sweet soy sauce which in Indonesia is referred to as kecap manis.

Here’s everything but the vegetables in this shot. Might not look too appetizing but trust me, this is absolutely delectable once combined with everything else!

Here is the vegetable packets’ contents. You’ve got carrot, onion and surprising to me, TVP (textured vegetable protein) – fake meat!

Here’s a packet all on its own – its got chili powder in it.

Click image to enlarge. Here’s the finished product with everything added. What do we have here? Well, I start with a pair of fried eggs with soft yolks. Then a little pickled ginger – it has a nice fresh and tangy crunch. I  tossed in a little turkey lunch meat with a couple pinches of pepper on the right and some fried shallot next to the eggs. Atop the eggs I used some Huy Fong Sriracha hot sauce and a little Krazy Mixed Up Salt all around.

This was absolutely wonderful stuff. The flavors all come together in a bowl of complete awesomeness. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. My all time favorite! I can’t recommend it any higher. You can get the close relative of this variety, the grilled chicken version here. Instead of a chili powder packet it sports a packet you add a little liquid too and adds a nice tasty bit of broth. This is great since you can break the soft yolk first and pour the liquid over it, making a rich and hearty broth. Damn good stuff!

A rather long Indomie commercial. Lebaran is an Islamic holiday – read about it here. Indomie is to Indonesia as Coca Cola is to the United States; they’re a household name.

Another Indomie commercial

#214: Maruchan Yakisoba Teriyaki Beef Flavor Home-Style Japanese Noodles

So teriyaki beef. Here we go…

Click image to enlarge. Up to the fill line, 4 minutes of microwave…

Click image to enlarge. Well, not too bad. The only issue is that it didn’t cook very evenly – part of the noodles were perfect, some were a little bit underdone or completely uncooked. I wasn’t all that great. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.