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Meet The Manufacturer: #3148: Hakubaku Tonkotsu Pork Flavor Ramen – United States

#3204: Hakubaku Tonkotsu Pork Flavor Ramen - United States

Here’s the second variety from Hakubaku to cross my desk recently. This is a shelf stable fresh noodle variety – let’s give it a try!

Hakubaku Traditional Noodle Bar Style Ramen Tonkotsu Flavor – United States

#3204: Hakubaku Tonkotsu Pork Flavor Ramen - United States

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add wet sachet to 10oz boiling water. Set aside. Boil noodles in a pot for 2 minutes. Drain. Add to soup. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3204: Hakubaku Tonkotsu Pork Flavor Ramen - United States

One of two servings of noodles.

#3204: Hakubaku Tonkotsu Pork Flavor Ramen - United States

One of two wet sachets.

#3204: Hakubaku Tonkotsu Pork Flavor Ramen - United States

The tonkotsu liquid soup base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added black sesame seeds, chashu, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and habanero togarashi. The noodles come out extremely well – excellent backbone and character to them. The broth has a very tasty tonkotsu flavor; warm and stick to your ribsy affair here. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 861462000133.

#3204: Hakubaku Tonkotsu Pork Flavor Ramen - United States

Hakubaku Ramen Tonkotsu Pork Flavor, 3 Pack, 9.7 ounce (2 servings), Japanese Restaurant-Style Fresh Noodle Soup

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

 

#3070: A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle – Taiwan

#3070: A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle - Taiwan

Time for dry noodle! This is the second from a set of four new A-Sha varieties. Soybean paste noodles impart a kind of meaty hit to them usually. Let’s give ’em a try!

A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle – Taiwan

#3070: A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle - Taiwan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it has meat or not – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 4 minutes. Drain. Add in liquid base and stir. Add dry sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3070: A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3070: A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

#3070: A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle - Taiwan

The soybean component.

#3070: A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

#3070: A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle - Taiwan

Curious as to what this is.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, scallion, and soft egg. Noodles have a very nice firmness and chewiness. They are flat and a little broad. The soybean sauce has a nice bit of saltiness, little hint of spiciness in there too but not too much. Included shallot and corn garnish was very good – everything went together really well. 5.0 out of 5.0- stars.  EAN bar code 4715635853667.

#3070: A-Sha Gourmet Traditional Taiwanese Soybean Paste Noodle - Taiwan

Rated Best Tasting and Award Winning [Taiwan No.1] A-sha Mandarin Noodle – Original Flavor 台灣第一名:1 阿舍食堂 – 外省乾麵(原味) + One Free NineChef Spoon (3 Pack (15 Small bags))

Watch me cook this up on an episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2312: Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

During my trip to Taiwan in November of 2016, I had the opportunity to try the three varieties of the new Xiao Ban Mian line. I remember this one in particular; it was really quite good and I only got a bite or two of it – my sister actually scarfed this one down quickly! Now, back in the controlled environment of my noodle lab (sounds more amazing than it is, really), I’m really excited to give this a try. Let’s check it out!

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle – Taiwan

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to a pot of boiling water and cook for 6-7 minutes. Drain. Add noodles, sachet contents and 2 tablespoons of water to a bowl. Stir and enjoy!

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Ther packages contain three servings. This is one of the servings of noodles.

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A dry sachet.

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Shallot? Onion? Neither? It’s granular.

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A liquid sachet.

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Has a nice kind of onion scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried onion, cucumber, pork and chilli flake. The noodles have a perfect gauge and chew. Furthermore, they come off extremely premium. The flavor is out of this world – Just a perfect marriage of shallot and sesame – goes together very well. There’s the perfect amount of flavor to this dish – not too salty, not bland. A perfect balance. I’m definitely thrilled to have tried this – mind blowing stuff! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4717011150278.

Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Find Xiao  Ban Mian on Rakuten

A tour of the factory in Taichung where these noodles are manufactured.

#908: Sapporo Ichiban Oriental Noodle Soup Original Flavor Cup

Yet another one I am very surprised I haven’t reviewed in the past. Curious to see how this one fares.

Details from the back of the cardboard outer (click to enlarge). Look at that – it recommends using the microwave – I’ve not seen this before on the instructions for a cup noodle!

Here’s the cup itself.

Again notice the mention of microwaving the foam cup – what a trip!

Here’s the noodle block.

The soup base packet.

Here’s the powder itself.

Wow – a lot of veggies in this one – plenty of corn and little green bits!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added a hard boiled egg, baked chicken and some Krazy Mixed Up Salt. The noodles are decent – nice texture and good amount. The broth has a soy sauce taste and some hints of miso. The veggies are quite good – I’m impressed with not only the quantity but the quality. Corn is usually one that doesn’t want to re-hydrate very well and these do quite nicely. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 076186700010 – get it here.

A Sapporo Ichiban TV advertisement

Some Japanese TV commercials

Our First Experience With Kamaboko & Narutomaki

I’ve seen many times mentions of Kamaboko and Naruto in ramen dishes and looked all over for them. This last Saturday we went to Uwajimaya and I found both! Hah! First, let’s check out Kamaboko. It’s surimi, which comes in many ways – for example, imitation crab is one form of surimi.

Here’s how it comes – on a little piece of wood! You slice it thinly and it can be eaten unheated since it’s steamed previously. It’s slightly rubbery and chewy – kind of like a cold-cut version of calamari. t has a very light flavor.

This is Naruto. There’s a popular anime character with the same name…

He’s got a little spiral on his head; he’s a ramen fan.

Hey look – the same little spiral! So it’s like a log of fish that you slice thinly. It is a lot like the Kamaboko except not as chewy and has a more fishy flavor.

Today I had some noodles with my son. He had a bowl of Nissin Dmae Ramen – the sesame oil flavor.

He was very interested in trying the Naruto and Kamaboko! The fearless Andy didn’t question ‘what’ it was, but was very interested as it’s from Japan – he’s in a club at school called ‘Nakano Club’ – they’ll have visiting students soon from Nakano, Japan and so he’s interested in all things Japanese. He liked the Kamaboko a little more than me – was hoping for a bit more flavor, but it was nice. I liked the Naruto better than he did. It had a slightly fishier taste and was less chewy. He ate the whole bowl of noodles though with all the additions! Not bad!

Top-Ten Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Chow Mein

Aha -= this is one of my favorite! Number four on the Top Ten Instant Noodles of All Time as reviewed by The Ramen Rater. Thanks go to Greg B. of Marathon, Florida for sending a pack my way!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). As you can see by the directions if you cock your head to the right, these noodles are made a little different. You add the noodles to a mere cup of boiling water. Cook them until they suck up all the water, then add the seasoning packet and stir.

First, here’s the noodles. Fried and tasty!

This is the packet whose content get stirred in once the noodles have cooked.

Gotta love that font! Green Laver is in here. This stuff gets sprinkled on top of everything once it’s done. Serious goodness.

The finished product (click image to enlarge). This is the finest of the fine I tell ya! The noodles are good. They’re chewy but not funky. The flavor is sweet and has a slight spiciness to it – not as heat of peppers kind of spice either. Its a lot like yakisoba sauce. The seaweed on top adds just a little bit of extra flavor and adds a nice finish and a colorful oddness. This is great stuff and I truly cannot advise you enough to try it. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 076186000189.

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Geez this is old – feels like forever ago…

#345: Myojo Charumera Shoyu Noodles With Soup

This is one of those that I’ve only found in 5 packs and had to go ahead and get it. Been so curious about this one and I mean the packaging is probably one of the coolest I’ve seen yet. I wish this guy would come to my town and toot on his trumpet – I’d gladly buy a bowl of noodles from him! I think I can say happily, “screw the ice cream man – this guy’s way cooler.”

So the guy with the cart and the pet cat brought two packets to the party as you can see…

I’m not sure what’s up on this one – whether it is soup base and shoyu flavor or what.

Click image to enlarge. Boiled a couple eggs with the noodles. It seemed a good idea. So I liked these noodles. They were firm enough and tasty. The broth had a nice shoyu flavor. If I were to give these noodles a single word to describe them it’d be ‘traditional.’ 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

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