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#3128: Kinchan Noodle – Japan

#3128: Kinchan Noodle - Japan

This one was sent by the company along with their squid yakisoba which I reviewed last week. I was first introduced to this brand by a reader named Wes from northeast Canada who sent samples. These are made by Tokushima Seifun in Japan. Let’s check ’em out!

Kinchan Noodle – Japan

#3128: Kinchan Noodle - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3128: Kinchan Noodle - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3128: Kinchan Noodle - Japan

The noodle block.

#3128: Kinchan Noodle - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3128: Kinchan Noodle - Japan

A light powder.

#3128: Kinchan Noodle - Japan

Another dry sachet.

#3128: Kinchan Noodle - Japan

A neat assortment of garnish.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft egg, sesame seeds, and shichimi togarashi. Noodles came out quite nicely. Broth had a nice kind of salty pork taste to it which was worthy. The little extras though – mushroom and tempura and shrimp and sliced pork and minced pork – that was a real neat deal and I’m very happy with this one. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4904760010025.

#3128: Kinchan Noodle - Japan

Sendan Bowl Poppy Red 7.75″dia.x 2.75″h

Watch me cook this up on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3031: Kinchan Tokufun Shukodo Miso-Aji – Japan

#3031: Kinchan Tokufun Shukodo Miso-Aji - Japan

Here’s another one from Wes, a reader in northeast Canada. Thanks! He’s a big fan of products from Tokushima Seifun – and this is one of them. These Kinchan cups are interesting – they’ve got a neat character to them. Here’s what he wrote about this particular cup – ‘They started a new line of noodles supposed to taste like instant noodles of yesteryear. Says it is rich in aromas from red miso and vegetables.’ Sounds interesting – let’s check it out!

Kinchan Toku-Fun Shukodo Miso-Aji – Japan

#3031: Kinchan Tokufun Shukodo Miso-Aji - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line along with sachet contents. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3031: Kinchan Tokufun Shukodo Miso-Aji - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3031: Kinchan Tokufun Shukodo Miso-Aji - Japan

The noodle block.

#3031: Kinchan Tokufun Shukodo Miso-Aji - Japan

A dry base sachet.

#3031: Kinchan Tokufun Shukodo Miso-Aji - Japan

A granular powder.

#3031: Kinchan Tokufun Shukodo Miso-Aji - Japan

A vegetables sachet.

#3031: Kinchan Tokufun Shukodo Miso-Aji - Japan

A neat little mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, egg, scallions and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles were pretty good. Broth had a tangy red miso taste which I did indeed enjoy – I usually am not a big fan of red miso, so that was a pleasant surprise. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4904760010612.

#3031: Kinchan Tokufun Shukodo Miso-Aji - Japan

A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony

Watch me cook this on Instant Noodle Recipe Time! Note – I klnd of blow my top on this one so just know that.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

Recently, I added a chat feature to The Ramen Rater, allowing readers to comment and ask me questions directly. It’s been very eye-opening; great to hear about why people are here and what they’re interested in seeing. One thing I have been asked repeatedly is ‘when will there be an update to the Japan list?’ Well, I heard you. The last list came out in 2014. I’ve been reviewing a LOT of Japanese varieties lately, and it looks like there will be an influx of Japanese varieties for the foreseeable future crossing my desk. This most likely will be an annual list from now on. With that being said I should also mention that with the huge amount of varieties that are released annually in Japan, many are discontinued. While this is the ‘of all time list,’ spanning all my reviews, I try to make sure that what is on it is available. This is very hard with Japanese varieties. Finally, I should mention also that if you’re an instant noodle manufacturer from Japan or elsewhere for that matter and you’d like me to review your products, I encourage you to use the contact form and drop me a line. That being said, let’s take a look at this new list, encompassing my favorite and most memorable reviews from the over 2,500 reviews I’ve done to date.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

#10: Nissin Men Shokunin Kaoruyasai Shio

top ten japanese #10: Nissin Men Shokunin Kaoruyasai Shio

The noodles are very, very good – a really nice thinnish gauge with a strong backbone and just the nicest little bit of crumble to them – almost dainty. the broth is thick and rich shio with a lot of pork and chicken flavor throughout. The included cabbage, sesame seeds and other veggies are just perfect. Original review

#9: Nissin Cup Noodle Light+ Bagna Cauda

#9: Nissin Cup Noodle Light+ Bagna Cauda

The Cup Noodle Light+ series has really impressed me; amazing how much flavor you get out of a low-cal cup. The noodles have a really nice quality to them – not mushy or anything; they’re just really good. The broth is saucy and hearty with a cheese and light fish taste which is augmented with vegetables galore. This is on the top ten cups list and now on the top ten japanese list. Original review

#8: Nissin Raoh Hot & Sour Ramen

#9: Nissin Cup Noodle Light+ Bagna Cauda

Nissin’s Raoh is a range of premium varieties. The noodle are great – excellent chew and backbone. The broth is serious business – oily, rich in color and has a nice hot and sour taste. Original review

#7: Sapporo Ichiban Otafuku Okonomi Sauce Yakisoba

#7: Sapporo Ichiban Otafuku Okonomi Sauce Yakisoba

I’ve always really loved yakisoba and this is the best I’ve found in an instant form yet. Otofuku is a brand of yakisoba sauce that can be found almost anywhere, and it’s inclusion in this one is just perfection. What’s more, the noodles are garnished with green laver (flaked seaweed) and a little mayonnaise packet! Original review

#6: New Touch Sugomen Niigata Seabura Shoyu Ramen

#6: New Touch Sugomen Niigata Seabura Shoyu Ramen

The noodles hydrated very well and have one seriously good chew to them. The broth is equally amazing – a purely elegant shoyu broth with a good oiliness and great flavor. The vegetable bits hydrated very well and were of excellent quality. To top it off, it comes with a happy little slice of pork, which comes out just right. Original review

#5: Maruchan Gotsumori Sauce Yakisoba

#5: Maruchan Gotsumori Sauce Yakisoba

This big tray of yakisoba was a very nice surprise. First, there’s a lot of noodles here – easily enough for two. Second, the flavor has a little hint of spiciness. Thirdly, the cabbage hydrated very nicely with a tantalizing crunch. Finally, the inclusion of Kewpie mayonnaise sealed the deal for me. Original review

#4: Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen

#4: Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen

The noodles came out just right – nice firmness and chew with that groovy flouriness Hakata ramen noodle have. The broth is luxuriant – nice and thick with a rich pork flavor and garlic taste. Just top notch tonkotsu. Original review

#3: Seven & I Gold Sumire Ramen

#3: Seven & I Gold Sumire Ramen

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

#2: Tokushima Seifun Yakibuta Ramen

#2: Tokushima Seifun Yakibuta Ramen

The broth has a nice saltiness and soy flavor with just a little touch of sweetness. The pork flavor finds it’s way into the broth as well which is spectacular. The pork has a nice sweetness and ‘fall off the bone’ texture to it which is pure delicacy. The army of decent sized slices of narutomaki were amazing, and the spring onion and bamboo shoots were perfect. A bowl of amazing taste and quality. Original review

#1: Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen

#1: Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen

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. The top of ther Top Ten Japanese varieties Original review

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2017 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2017 Edition

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2017 Edition is a list of the best bowls I’ve tried of the over 2400 reviews posted to date. Bowls are interesting insofar as they often contain extra things, since there is more room for sachets, spoons, fork, etcetera. As always, I implore instant noodle manufacturers to contact me – I would love to review your products and all it costs is sending some samples and your time! So sit back, grab a bowl, some hot water, peel back the lid, stir – and enjoy!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2017 Edition

A video presentation of the list.

#10 – JML Spicy King Bowl Noodle Spicy Chicken Noodle – China

#10 – JML Spicy King Bowl Noodle Spicy Chicken Noodle – China The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

The noodles as usual plumped up nicely as they engorged themselves on the broth. good gauge, good chew. The broth is definitely strong and worthy of the top ten spicy list – it means business! Sichuan chilli heat is abundant. The oiliness is great and the hydrated vegetable bits are good as well – a tasty spicy bowl. Original review

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

#9 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

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

#8 – Tokushima Seifun Yakibuta Ramen – Japan

#8 – Tokushima Seifun Yakibuta Ramen – Japan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

The broth has a nice saltiness and soy flavor with just a little touch of sweetness. The pork flavor finds it’s way into the broth as well which is spectacular. The pork has a nice sweetness and ‘fall off the bone’ texture to it which is pure delicacy. The army of decent sized slices of narutomaki were amazing, and the spring onion and bamboo shoots were perfect. A bowl of amazing taste and quality. Original review

#7 – Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce Flavor – Japan

#7 – Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce Flavor – Japan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten
Raoh’s noodles are great – premium and chewy. The broth is thick and rich with a strong shoyu taste which satisfies. The garnish includes a nice slice of chashu pork. Original review

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

#6 - Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl - Taiwan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

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

#5 - Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

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

#4 - TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle - Taiwan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

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 – Choripdong Hurricane Rice Cake Topokki – South Korea

#3 – Choripdong Hurricane Rice Cake Topokki – South Korea The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten
It’s red. It’s got a thick spicy and sweet sauce. Chewy ramyun noodles. It’s got topokki. This was a real find – Just looking at the picture makes me want some right this instant. One of the most wonderful bowls of noodles I’ve ever had. Slipping from first place last year. Original review

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

#2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

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

#1 - Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle - Taiwan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

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. Original review

#2070: Tokushima Seifun Negi Ramen

Here’s the last of the Tokushim Seifun varieties sent to me by Wesley, a reader from Japan at school in Canada – thanks again! This last one is negi – green onion! Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side and bottom of the bowl (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare add in contents of onion sachet and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Looks oily and has a sweet soy scent.

The onion sachet.

A lot of spring onion!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and chashu pork. The noodles ended up a little on the spongy side which was a disappointment. They were thick which was nice, but just didn’t have the smoothness I’m accustomed to. The broth has a nice soy taste which went well with the supplied negi which was plentiful as well as little pieces of pork in squares. However, the pork didn’t hydrate altogether that well which was a downside. 1.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4904760010421.

Mino octopus arabesque ramen bowl + large spoon

A Tokushima Seifun TV commercial.

#1983: Tokushima Seifun Tokushima Ramen

Here’s another one from Wesley of Japan – thank you again! This one sounds interesting – in his note he says ‘stylized instant ramen of Tokushima Ramen (the real dish) which ras a sweet soy sauce base, shaved pork and raw egg.’ Sounds interesting! Looks like some narutomaki on the package as welol – think I have some in the freezer. Let’s give this one a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, add noodle block to 550ml boiling water and cook 2-3 minutes. Add in contents of soup base sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a soy scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added narutomaki, barbecue pork, negi and raw egg. The noodles have a nice backbone to them – stalwart instant noodles if I’ve ever come across them – good stuff. The broth has a nice soy sauce flavor and indeed has a back lingering sweetness to it – it’s good – very simple, but very good. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4904760015044.

Mino octopus arabesque ramen bowl + large spoon

A Tokushima Seifun TV advertisement.

#1967: Tokushima Seifun Kinchan Ramen

This is the first I’ll be reviewing from Wesley N. He sent a box in mid December that arrived mid February from Japan – we’d thought it might have been lost, but it showed up – and in immaculate condition! Thank you again!Tokushima prefecture is on Shikoku island in Japan, and these varieties from Tokushima Seifun aren’t widely known and very localized. Seifun literally means ‘manufactured powder,’ referring to the flour mill. Wesley let me know that this is Tokushima Seifun’s very first product. Let’s have a look at this exotic regional instant noodle from Japan!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat or not. To prepare, add noodle block to 550ml boiling water and cook 2-3 minutes. Add in contents of sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has kind of a sweet soy scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, barbecue pork and spring onion. The noodles have a very nice gauge and are very hearty. Nice chew, good mouthfeel. The broth has a good soy taste to it and a light oiliness. This is primo stuff! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4904760010018.

Mino octopus arabesque ramen bowl + large spoon

A Tokushima Seifun TV advertisement.

A Long Time Travelled Package From Japan

Today I heard a beep and then a knock at our door. The beep usually is the postman about to knock and then ask for my signature. Today, I received a package from Wesley of Japan! This is something he shipped back on December 18th, 2015 (it’s February 11th, 2016 today) and we weren’t sure it would ever make it here. But it did! Let’s have a look!

Noodles – and a note!

Indeed it has arrived! Success!

Here is the blue bag Kinchan ramen.

The yellow bag Tokushima ramen.

Detailed info and instructions – thank you!

The Yakibuta ramen on the left and the Negi on the right.

Wow – thank you very much! I will definitely have a few questions for you!