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#3041: Maruchan QTTA Mexican Tacos Ramen – Japan

#3041: Maruchan QTTA Mexican Tacos Ramen - 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 – ‘Have you ever tried Mexican Tacos flavored ramen? The toasty flavor of corn expresses the tortillas, and the mildly spicy and sour soup and the ingredients like minced beef and onion make it a bright and vibrant Mexican-Japanese style lunch.’

Okay – this is really different – let’s give it a whirl!

Maruchan QTTA Mexican Tacos Ramen – Japan

#3041: Maruchan QTTA Mexican Tacos Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3041: Maruchan QTTA Mexican Tacos Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3041: Maruchan QTTA Mexican Tacos Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3041: Maruchan QTTA Mexican Tacos Ramen - Japan

Some of the powder from the cup.

#3041: Maruchan QTTA Mexican Tacos Ramen - Japan

More coarse bits from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, cilantro, fried onion, jalapenos and Cholula Chili Garlic hot sauce. Noodles were a little step up from your standard cup style which was nice. Broth and garnish that was included kind of was a salsa and beef bits affair – wasn’t really feeling the whole taco thing here. Interesting though. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990360500.

Maru-chan QTTA TONKOTSU × 12 pieces

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

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio – Japan

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - 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 – ‘Pork-and-chicken-based savory flavor is spiced up with black peppers and garlic. Who could resist the tempting smell?! ZSavory yakisoba that will have you coming back for more.’

Alright – let’s crack it open and have a look inside.

Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio – Japan

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

Detail of the outer wraps (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add in vegetables sachet and fill to line with boiling water. Close and let steep for 3 minutes. Use drain spout to drain. Add in remaining sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

The noodle block.

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

The vegetables sachet.

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

Interesting bits and pieces.

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

A dry base sachet.

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

Definitely detecting the black pepper scent.

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

A liquid base sachet.

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

Looks oily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Kewpie mayonnaise, nanami togarahi, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, fried onion, soft egg, bbq pork, and spring onion. Noodles were on the spongy side. Definitely detected the pepper and garlic – mostly the garlic. The shio element just seemed like salty. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990322843.

#3029: Maruchan Yakisoba Meijin Shio - Japan

Maruchan Yakisoba Bento (Instant Noodles) Salty Taste ×12packs

Watch m,e cook this on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2979: Maruchan Curry Nama Yakisoba Stir Fry Noodles With Seasoning Sauce Base

#2979: Maruchan Curry Nama Yakisoba Stir Fry Noodles With Seasoning Sauce Base

I’m pretty sure this has been in existence for decades and decades. One thing I truly enjoy is fresh yakisoba and making it for friends and family. I’m having a visitor today who has been hit with some rough times and thought I’d hook him up with some of this stuff. Think I might do a cooking video along with it. done a ton of live cooking vids lately so maybe it’s a good idea – we’ll see… Let’s hit it!

Maruchan Curry Nama Yakisoba Stir Fry Noodles With Seasoning Sauce Base – Japan

#2979: Maruchan Curry Nama Yakisoba Stir Fry Noodles With Seasoning Sauce Base

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, heat a little oil in a pan. Cook vegetables and meats you want. Set aside. Add 1/4 cup water and a tablespoon of oil and cook one of the noodle pouch’s contents – break it up by stirring for a while – 2~3 minutes. Add in one of the sachet’s contents and vegetables/meat back in. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2979: Maruchan Curry Nama Yakisoba Stir Fry Noodles With Seasoning Sauce Base

Three servings of noodles.

#2979: Maruchan Curry Nama Yakisoba Stir Fry Noodles With Seasoning Sauce Base

Three seasoning sachets.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft boiled egg, tofu puff, spring onion, Kewpie mayo and nanami togarashi. The noodles were just great – fresh yakisoba is always a real treat and the noodles are very important. They have a good mouthfeel and nice quantity. The curry flavor is subtle but very tasty and works extremely well here. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 074410459567.

#2979: Maruchan Curry Nama Yakisoba Stir Fry Noodles With Seasoning Sauce Base

M a r u c h a n Yakisoba Noodles 8 Pack Variety With White Spork

The third part of a Instant Noodles Cooking Time LIVE stream I did that was challenged by low connection speeds…

#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.

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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.

#2849: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

This one comes by way of Japan Ramen Box. Japan Ramen Box is a new subscription box outfit with neat varieties to check out! Go visit their website and have a look!

This variety features some premium things – truffle oil being the chief among them, but the noodles look pretty nice as well. Here’s a little about them from Wikipedia –

Soba (そば or 蕎麦) (/ˈsbə/Japanese pronunciation: [soba]) is the Japanese name for buckwheat. It usually refers to thin noodles made from buckwheat flour, or a combination of buckwheat and wheat flours (Nagano soba). They contrast to thick wheat noodles, called udon. Soba noodles are served either chilled with a dipping sauce, or in hot broth as a noodle soup.

In Japan, soba noodles are served in a variety of settings[1] throughout Japan, but are also served by expensive specialty restaurants. Markets sell dried noodles[2] and men-tsuyu, or instant noodle broth, to make home preparation easy. There are a wide variety of dishes, both hot for winter and cold for summer, using these noodles.

Soba is a good nutritional addition to a diet reliant on white rice and wheat flour. Thiamine, missing from white rice, is present in soba; eating thiamine (vitamin B1) can help prevent the disease beriberi. Soba contains all eight essential amino acids, including lysine, which is lacking in wheat flour. The tradition of eating soba arose in the Edo period.

Here’s a little about shoyu broth as well –

Shōyu (醤油, “soy sauce”) ramen is the oldest of the four, it has a clear brown broth, based on a chicken and vegetable (or sometimes fish or beef) stock with plenty of soy sauce added resulting in a soup that is tangy, salty, and savory yet still fairly light on the palate. Shōyu ramen usually has curly noodles rather than straight ones, but this is not always the case. It is often adorned with marinated bamboo shoots or menma, green onions, kamaboko(fish cakes), nori (seaweed), boiled eggs, bean sprouts or black pepper; occasionally the soup will also contain chili oil or Chinese spices, and some shops serve sliced beef instead of the usual chāshū.

Awesome – let’s take a look!

7&i Premium/ Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Soy Sauce Ramen With Black Truffle Oil – Japan

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. Unsure but pretty sure it contains fish. To prepare, add garnish sachet and boiling water to fill line. Let steep for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

The noodle block.

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

A large liquid base sachet.

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Very dark!

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Another liquid base sachet.

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Guessing this is the truffle oil.

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

A sachet with vegetables and..

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Looks like pork!

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Finally, a clear sachet.

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Menma I think?

Finished (click to enlarge). Noodles are very good – just about as good as instant noodles can get – love them. The broth has a rich pork and soy taste to it and the truffle oil just makes it smile and blossom. This is tasty stuff, folks. The included garnish was great – nice pork, spring onion and menma (I think) round out the bowl. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990339100.

#2760: 7&i Premium / Maruchan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Shoyu Ramen With Black Truffle Oil

Maruchan – Seimen Japanese Instant Ramen Noodles Soy Sauce Taste 18.5oz (For 5 Bowls)

From a $3 bowl of ramen to a $79 bowl of ramen

#2805: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

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 variety:

Buckwheat noodles with shoyu soup flavored with bonito and kombu (kelp) broth, and it’s also low-sodium. Age-tama (fried wheat flour) and tiny shrimp make the soup even more savory. Add the bag of flavor magic after the noodles cook for 3 min.

Here’s a little about tempura soba from Wikipedia –

Tempura soba 天麩羅蕎麦: Topped with tempura, a large shrimp frequently is used, but vegetables are also popular. Some of soba venders use kakiage for this dish and this often is called Tensoba.

Alrighty then! Let’s check out this tempura soba and see how it goes.

Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba – Japan

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp and crustacean. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

The noodle block.

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

Loose seasoning and garnish from the cup.

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

A liquid base sachet affixed to the top of the cup on the lid.

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

Has a slightly sweet scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added nanami togarashi and Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts. The noodles are thin and a little on the soft side. The broth is salty and full of bonito taste for sure. Included garnish of kamaboko, spring onion and tempura was pretty good. I liked how the broth had a good level of thickness to it. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901990336338.

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

Maruchan Midori Tanuki Soba, 3.49-Ounce Units (Pack of 12)

I’m unusre but I think this guy does a periodic run-down of the new instant ramen in Japan

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

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 –

Kitsune means ‘fox’ in Japanese and Kitsune soba is topped with fried tofu, which according to folklore, fox spirits are fond of. Since this product is made to sell in the Kanto area, where Tokyo in included, the soup has a stronger flavor of shoyu compared to the Kansai one.

sounds good to me – let’s crack it open

Maruchan Kitsune Soba – Japan

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and fish. To prepare, add everything to the bowl and boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

The noodle block.

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

The kitsune!

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

Loose bits from the bowl.

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

The soup base sachet.

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

Lots of powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and shichimi togarashi. Noodles had a kind of chew that seemed like they would do so much better dry than in soup. The broth was so salty and strong that it was just kind of gross to me. The saving grace of the kitsune was the only thing keeping this from the stripey hole. 0.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990529211.

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

Maruchan Aka Kitsune Udon Cup, 3.39-Ounce Units (Pack of 12)

An older Maruchan TV spot

#2776: Maruchan Tonjiru Udon

#2776: Maruchan Tonjiru Udon

Here’s another interesting one from Zenpop.JP – thanks! So Zenpop is doing monthly boxes of all sorts of things Japan-related including instant ramen of course.  This is one that looks to be of the same range as Maruchan’s midori no tanuki and kitsune udon – here’s what the folks at Zenpop have to say about this one –

‘Chilly season has come in Japan, which means we want warm bowl of tonjiru! Tonjiru literally means ‘pork soup’ and contains pork slices and vegetables in hot miso soup. When the dish is combined with udon, the result is a fantastically delicious winter meal.’

Sounds good to me – and yeah it’s cold out here as well. Let’s take a gander.

Maruchan Tonjiru Udon – Japan

#2776: Maruchan Tonjiru Udon

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). contains pork. To prepare, add in solid ingredients sachet and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 5 minutes. Add in liquid base. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2776: Maruchan Tonjiru Udon

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2776: Maruchan Tonjiru Udon

The udon block.

#2776: Maruchan Tonjiru Udon

Loose bits from the bowl.

#2776: Maruchan Tonjiru Udon

A liquid base sachet.

#2776: Maruchan Tonjiru Udon

Thick miso with a lively scent.

#2776: Maruchan Tonjiru Udon

A solid ingredients sachet.

#2776: Maruchan Tonjiru Udon

Curious little bits and pieces.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and hard boiled egg. The udon was as expected – soft and tender with extra thick gauge. The broth was very thick – stew-like in fact. It had a kind of tangy pork miso taste to it which was very satisfying. The included garnish was very good – a little bits of tofu and bits of pork in there. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990529167.

#2776: Maruchan Tonjiru Udon

Maruchan – Midori No Tanuki Instant Soba Bowl 3.49 Oz (Pack of 6)

RIP Frances

#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

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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

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

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen

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Here’s one sent by Javier over at Box From Japan. At Box From Japan, you can receive boxes of instant ramen from Japan as well as different subscription boxes like Japanese candy! Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? What’s more, in the two years I’ve been reviewing these, I’ve not ever received one that I’d reviewed before! So what is this Yokosuna all about? Well, I could be wrong, but it looks like Yokozuna is an echelon attained by Japanese sumo wrestlers. The Yokozuna are the best of the best. Let’s check it out!

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Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, add all but liquid sachet to bowl and add boiling water to fill line. Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Add in liquid base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

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Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

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The noodle block.

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A dry base sachet.

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Powder base and some vegetable matter.

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The liquid base sachet.

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A rich liquid.

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A garnish sachet.

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Lots of vegetables!

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Feels like something solid inside.

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A free-dried ingredient block. These hydrate quite fast and usually contain vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out superbly with a good tooth and perfect gauge. The broth has a soy and oily thing going on which I really enjoyed. It is rich and full-bodied. The inclusion of meat from the freeze-dried block was very well done – especially since the quality made it very welcome. The vegetables went well and round out the bowl nicely. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901990327930.

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Maruchan Instant Won-ton Soup, Soy Sauce Taste, 1.1oz(32g) X 6 Bowls (For 6 Servings)[Japan Import]

A TV spot for Maruchan Japan

#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

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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!

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Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

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The noodle block.

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The powder base sachet.

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Lots of powder!

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The liquid base sachet.

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Looks kinda cool!

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The vegetable sachet.

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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.

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5PX6 pieces Maru-chan Seimen curry udon

A Maruchan TV commercial.