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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!

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.

#999: Pot Noodle Tony’s Doner Kebab

Wow – here we are; this is the precipice of a very large psychological number! First things first – thanks to Joe & Gil of the UK for sending such a nice mix of interesting noodles! Okay so this is a Pot Noodle – they’re always interesting as the British seem to come up with some really interesting flavors to lend to instant noodles and this is definitely one of them. Doner Kebab. So, what is a Doner Kebab? Well, click here for the seriously huge amount of info from Wikipedia,. Basically what they’re saying is that you have a meat that’s roasted on a vertical spit and then sliced thin and garnished with tomato, lettuce, onion and other things. At least that’s what I’m getting from it. The packaging mentions this is lamb flavor, but beef is also common (and what I’ll use as a garnish).

Here’s the side panel detail (click image to enlarge).

Nope – this isn’t the contents of a seasoning packet. Pot Noodle is the noodles and seasoning and a lot of flour all on the cup. Why flour? Well, British cup noodles hav3e a lot of flour to thicken them up – less of a broth, more of a sauce.

Here’s the front and back of the sauce packet. Pot Noodle always has a packet of some sort – sweet and sour, mango chutney… All sorts of interesting things. This one as you can see is chilli sauce.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added two slices of toasted sourdough. iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced beef that was sauteed with garlic, sweet onions and Cavender’s Greek Seasoning. The noodles are the standard crumbly, flat and wide noodles I’ve always found to be only so-so in Pot Noodle. The flavor? Very light and bland – slight salty taste with a kind of meat-like gravy and lemon hit. The chilli sauce is very hot and has a strange tang to it. The idea is great, the execution bizarre. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. A low score yes, but this was a lot of fun nonetheless. UPC bar code 8722700473886 – get it here!

Pot Noodle advert.

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.

#661: Yamamoto Ponpoko Tempura Soba

Hey it’s tempura time with the ponpoko! I think if you don’t know about Ponpoko or Tanuku, you should check out this review before reading any further. I’m curious how this soba will be – direct from Japan!

So when I bought the Japanese bowls I’ve been reviewing lately, I went and used the UPC codes on them to identify them – they had literally no English and the label on the bottom was very light on the details. I decided to write on the bottom of a couple the names of them. Well, here’s one of them and with a little Photoshop magic, it’s at least somewhat readable!

One single packet of seasoning!

Here’s the seasoning atop the noodle block – buckwheat noodles!

Here’s the tempura disc – should be good! Haven’t had bad tempura yet.

Here’s the finished product (click image to enlarge). I added one fried egg with a dash of pepper, a little kizami shoga (pickled ginger), a little sliced turkey breast and some sushi nori (seaweed). First off, the noodles are wonderful – they are of a very nice quality and very tasty. The broth is equally if not more enjoyable with a slightly sweet taste that is uber slurpable. The tempura adds a tasty crunch to everything! All said and done, this was very nice to eat – I loved it. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars – worth finding! 4979397370026 .

This is awesome – didn’t expect to find a local video about this, but this is close to where I grew up!

The Y3K kit from 12 years ago…

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.

#429: Quickchow Instant Chicken Mami Chicken Flavor

So here’s some Quickchow from the Philippines. Mami just means noodle soup as far as I know. I like the little ‘Buy Pinoy’ logo on the lower right!

One shiny silver packet of powder seasoning.

Almost fluffy, isn’t it?

Click image to enlarge. I added two eggs while the noodles were cooking and a couple thinly sliced pieces of roasted turkey . So the noodles are much chewier and thicker than I expected. They make it a heartier meal. The broth is very nice – very much a chicken flavor. The turkey and egg went nicely with it to make it a really tasty breakfast. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.

Nothing says Merry Xmas like a 29 cent package of noodles!

Leonard Nimoy narrates ‘In Search Of…’ – about big stone heads!

#409: Payless Instant Mami Chicken Flavor

So here’s something new by a name I’ve liked a lot in the past. I have always given high marks to Payless’ Pancit Canton varieties, but this is the first time with some Instant Mami. Mami? What is Mami?! Wikipedia says it is:

Mami, a type of noodle soup found in the Philippines

Okay that’s a start… After looking around a bit, it seems that Pancit Mami means noodles in broth, so I’m figuring since that’s what this is, that’s what it be.

A single solitary packet of powder.

Some seriously white powder! Kind of hard to photograph, but got a good angle going on here.

Click image to enlarge. Since it was my breakfast, I added two eggs (fried), which have a little douse of pepper and were cooked in a light amount of spray olive oil and garlic salt. Finally, I sliced a single slice of roasted turkey breast lunch meat.

So the broth is nice – very homey and comfortable; not too salty at all. The noodles are basic as can be and not out of the realm of basic expectations. The eggs went well as did the turkey and seasoning. It was a hearty and warming bowl of noodles. I liked it immensely. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

A commercial for the beef variety.

When I first got WiFi on a laptop years back, I decided it’d be cool to check out streaming radio. So I Googled streaming radio on Google. I found a huge list and quite by random, came across WWOZ New Orleans, LA. It was during a show hosted by a lady who went by the Soul Sister and was a show devoted to deep funk and rare grooves. During this, I got turned onto an album Nigerian Disco Funk and have dug on this stuff ever since, Worth an earfull!

#353: Nissin Top Ramen Chili Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

So here’s one my lady got for me – chili flavor Top Ramen! So cool – dueling Chili flavor products back to back! Let’s rock!

A single packet. How they can tell this from a different packet is beyond me. Amazing.

Vivid reddish powder. Has a nice volume too.

Click image to enlarge. I added a couple hard boiled eggs, a sliced up piece of turkey breast lunch meat some Lindberg-Snider Red Baron BBQ seasoning and some Amanfopong Hot Pepper powder. So it was spicy and tasty. I also detected something I really really liked – a hint of cumin. This bound it all together nicely. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here. UPC bar code 070662010174.

Awesome Nissin noodle commercial from Japan

I thought this was funny – see, I call my wife Kit and she calls me Pup…

#348: Paldo Bowl Noodle Soup Kimchi Flavor

So here’s another one of these by Paldo. It shall be today’s breakfast/lunch.

One solitary packet of love.

Mount Kimchi Flavoring! Behold all of its glory!

Click image to enlarge. So I added a slice of oven roasted turkey breast lunch meat. So there are veggies – just in the bottom of the bowl on this one. The noodles sat for about 8 minutes and I thought that made them extra good. The broth was nice and spicy too, and the veggies were crisp. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars – a good lunch. Find it here.

These guys are easily scared by noodles.

This looks like good food!

#250: Wu-Mu Steamed Noodle Sesame Oil Flavor

Another milestone – 250 reviews! Was waiting a while for this one – 99 Ranch would get other varieties but leave this little shelf bare – and after about 8 months, here it is. So let’s give it a try!

Clockwise from top left: veggies, soy sauce, sesame oil.

It’s a lot of fun to play with sesame oil and soy sauce with a toothpick… The veggies look to be onions.

Click image to enlarge. So I added a couple fried eggs, some of the turkey [named Theodore and cooked by my beloved Kitten] and some sea salt. Result: the broth was rich and flavorful – very good. The noodles are very high quality and I enjoyed them very much. Of course, you can’t beat fried eggs and turkey! I’m giving the 250th unique ramen a 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.