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#3291: Itsuki Classic Udon – Japan

#3291: Itsuki Classic Udon - Japan

Here’s one from an Umai Crate – a subscription box from Japan. Use coupon code THERAMENRATER for a discount if you’d like to get one!

This is an udon variety. It features a fresh pouch and some seasoning. Here’s a little about udon from Wikipedia –

Udon (饂飩, usually written as うどん) is a type of thick wheat flour noodle used frequently in Japanese cuisine. It is often served hot as a noodle soup in its simplest form, as kake udon, in a mildly flavoured broth called kakejiru, which is made of dashisoy sauce, and mirin. It is usually topped with thinly chopped scallions. Other common toppings include tempura, often prawn or kakiage (a type of mixed tempura fritter), or aburaage, a type of deep-fried tofu pockets seasoned with sugar, mirin, and soy sauce. A thin slice of kamaboko, a halfmoon-shaped fish cake, is often added. Shichimi can be added to taste.

The flavour of broth and topping vary from region to region. Usually, dark brown broth, made from dark soy sauce (koikuchi shōyu), is used in eastern Japan, and light brown broth, made from light soy sauce (usukuchi shōyu), is used in western Japan. This is noticeable in packaged instant noodles, which are often sold in two different versions for east and west. Currynanban is another popular variation, served in curry broth.

The happy bear graphic is Kumamon – the mascot of Kumamoto prefecture in Japan, so logically this would be in the style of Kumamoto udon broth I suppose. Let’s give it a try!

Itsuki Classic Udon – Japan

#3291: Itsuki Classic Udon - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Most likely contains fish but check for yourself. To prepare, boil udon in 250ml water for 1 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The pouch of fresh udon.

A dry seasoning sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added kamaboko, spring onion, tempura, and shichimi togarashi. Udon come out nice and soft after a minute. Broth has a good sweet, salty and bonito taste to it. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726005125.

Itsuki food Itsuki hermitage Tempura Udon 210gX10 pieces

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#3281: Samlip Hi-Myon Spicy Katsuo Udon – South Korea

#3280: Samlip Hi-Myon Spicy Katsuo Udon - South Korea

Got this a little while back up in Richmond, BC at the HMart in Aberdeen Centre. This is the spicy counterpart to the non-spicy version I reviewed about 110 reviews ago. Let’s take a look.

Samlip Hi-Myon Spicy Katsuo Udon – South Korea

#3280: Samlip Hi-Myon Spicy Katsuo Udon - South Korea

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, add udon and sachet contents to 350ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The udon pouch.

A dry sachet (see contents on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

A wet sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, barbecued pork, chili flake, and tempura. The udon in this one is extra nice. It has a thick wide and slightly flat gauge. Broth compliments well with a sweetness and a spiciness that I thoroughly enjoyed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801068090321.

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

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#3271: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl – South Korea

#3271: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl - South Korea

I’m sure there are some folks out there figuring this is going to violently spicy. Well, that’s just not the case. Not everything that Samyang Foods makes has an angry little chicken on it! Let’s see what we have inside this big bowl!

Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl – South Korea

A distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

#3271: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl - South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3271: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl - South Korea

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A wet soup base sachet. To see the sachets in action, watch Instant Noodle Recipe Time video below.

Dry garnish in this one.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, pork, and chili flake. Noodle is thick and chewy but more along the lines of their standard ramen. However, the broth is where the udon taste comes in a little more I suppose. It’s tasty and has a hint of spiciness. Myriad green onion and sesame seeds. Enjoyable. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073211452.

Samyang Ramen Best Korean Noodles (Tsuyu Udon, 4 Pack)

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#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon – Japan

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - 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 – ‘Pirikara means little bit spicym and Kenchin refers to a soup dish containing sauteed carrots, burdock root, and various vegetables, The soup is shoyu based kelp, bonito and shiitake mushroom broth, Yawataya Isogoro’s shichimi (7 spice) is one of the most popular shichimi seasonings in Japan, and it has a history of over 270 years in production. This udon introduces you to the special shichimi from Yawataya Isogoro and Kenchin soup. Especially, burdock and shiitake mushrooms in the cup taste delicious, we hope you enjoy this one of a kind udon.’

Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon – Japan

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, fill to line with boiling water and cover for 5 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

The udon block.

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

A dry sachet (a rush day – no contents shown – watch video)

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

A second dry sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added bbq pork, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and black sesame seeds. Noodles came out pretty decently – broad, flat udon. The broth was odd – a little sweet, a little spicy, but very earthy. Fascinating. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734036739.

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#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon – South Korea

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

So mornings can suck sometimes. Waking up 2 hours late for example. With that, I better get a move on!

Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon – South Korea

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in 550ml water for 5 minutes. Add in sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

A large noodle block.

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

A wet sachet (no open pics today – just no time – watch the video for more)

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

A dry flake sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added habanero togarashi, bbq pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and spring onion, Noodles came out very tasty and chewy. They really complimented the broth which had a rich flavor of soy and sweet with just a tiny amount of spicy. The included garnish was on point. Very happy with this. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073113916.

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#3235: Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon – Japan

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - 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 -“Thick and soft udon noodles topped with soft scrambled egg and deep-fried tofu. The simple dashi soup has a flavor of fish. You might want the mild sweetness to complete the ramen touring around Japan.’

Alright let’s give this a try.

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon – Japan

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line as well as sachet contents. Cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

The noodle block.

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

A dry sachet.

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

A light powder.

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

Loose bits of egg and tofu from the bowl.

Finished (click to enlarge).  Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chashu pork, spring onion, and tempura bits.Noodles are broad and fat and soft – fried udon tends to match those stats a lot of the time. Broth is full of scrambled egg bits and has a sweet and bonito hit. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881426480.

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

Assorted Japanese Instant Cup Noodles 9 Cups of Yakisoba NT6000013

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#3193: Maruchan Seimen Curry Udon – Japan

#3193: Maruchan Seimen Curry Udon - Japan

Here’s one from Japan Ramen Box – a subscription service out of Japan. Here’s what they have to say about this variety – ‘The curry udon version of Maruchan’s popular noodle series!
Enjoy the natural texture and raw flavors of noodles that have gone through the “raw noodle manufacturing method” to ensure they’re as tasty and delicious and possible! The curry is flavorful and has an added sweetness from onion and pork seasonings, and the smooth, rich noodles only help to bring it all together!’

It’s curry time! Let’s give it a try.

Maruchan Seimen Curry Udon – Japan

#3193: Maruchan Seimen Curry Udon - Japan

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, boil noodle block in 550ml water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents and stir for 2 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3193: Maruchan Seimen Curry Udon - Japan

The udon block.

#3193: Maruchan Seimen Curry Udon - Japan

A large dry sachet.

#3193: Maruchan Seimen Curry Udon - Japan

A lot of curry scented powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Sanyo, spring onion, and chicken baked with Neo-Essence Pepper Salt & NuTek Salt for Life. Udon came out nicely – broad with a nice chew. The broth was thick and stew-like an was so tasty. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901990511414.

#3193: Maruchan Seimen Curry Udon - Japan

5PX6 pieces Maru-chan Seimen curry udon

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#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon – South Korea

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

Found this one at the HMart at Aberdeen Centre up in Richmond, BC, Canada. This one at this point is a little vexing as I’m having trouble with translation however I’ve asked Facebook folks to help.

Samlip Hi Myon Katsuo Udon – South Korea

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

Detail of the import/distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, add udon and sachet contents to 350ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

The udon pouch.

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

A wet sachet.

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

A dark liquid.

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

A dry garnish sachet.

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

A unique mix.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added green onion and kamaboko. Udon had a flatter shape than most of the fresh pouch varieties usually do. Aside from that, nothing different here I could find. The broth was good – not such a sweetly flavored showing but more savory with better fish taste. Included garnish is vegetable and tempura was good. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.   EAN bar code 8801068090314.

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

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#3166: Kinchan Niku Udon With Wakame – Japan

#3166: Kinchan Niku Udon With Wakame - Japan

Here’s one from Wes up in northeastern Canada – thanks again! Looks interesting – let’s give it a go!

Kinchan Niku Udon With Wakame – Japan

#3166: Kinchan Niku Udon With Wakame - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, add in sachets and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3166: Kinchan Niku Udon With Wakame - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3166: Kinchan Niku Udon With Wakame - Japan

The noodle block.

#3166: Kinchan Niku Udon With Wakame - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3166: Kinchan Niku Udon With Wakame - Japan

Soup base powder.

A garnish sachet.

Lots of things in here!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, black sesame, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Spring onion and soft egg. Noodle was quite impressive; I’m not usually a big fan of this style but they did a good job here. Moreover, the broth had a nice taste to it, not overly fishy or sweet. Included fishcake, meat and wakame were in good proportion. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4904760010056.

Japanese Soul Cooking: Ramen, Tonkatsu, Tempura, and More from the Streets and Kitchens of Tokyo and Beyond

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3149: Hakubaku Baby Udon – Japan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3149: Hakubaku Baby Udon - Japan

This isn’t my usual thing – noodles without seasoning. But it seemed interesting to me – udon meant for very small children. I figure hey – maybe little kids might be hitting up my website for suitable varieties? Why not! Let’s check it out.

Hakubaku Baby Udon – Japan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3149: Hakubaku Baby Udon - Japan

Info from he package (click to enlarge). No salt or animals. To prepare, boil for 9 minutes. Finally, enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3149: Hakubaku Baby Udon - Japan

Uncooked baby udon.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3149: Hakubaku Baby Udon - Japan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chicken broth, spring onion, and tempura. The udon is short in length and plentiful. Totally could see little kids really going crazy for this stuff! Not scored. JAN bar code 4902571203902.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3149: Hakubaku Baby Udon - Japan

Hakubaku Baby Safe Udon Noodles 100g x 4pack

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#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon – Japan

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“A fan of seafood? This hot udon soup is for your with its shrimp tempura and notes of seaweed and bonito (tuna) infused in the broth.”

Actually, I’m a big fan of seafood! Let’s see what’s inside.

Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon – Japan

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodle pouch and boiling water to bowl for 1-2 minutes. Separate noodles. Drain. Add boiling water and sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

The two sides of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

The udon pouch.

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

A powder flecked with dark bits.

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

A disc of tempura.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sansyo pepper, and spring onion. The udon is the standard pouch udon – thick and chewy. The broth really hits me more as a bonito broth than a shrimp one, however the tempura disc has a nice shrimp taste to it which when sopped up with the broth lends itself nicely. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726010549.

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

ITSUKI Ramen Spicy Curry Tonkotsu 115g×5 pieces

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#3057: Daikoku Gunma-Chan Udon – Japan

umai crate #3057: Daikoku Gunma-Chan Udon - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Gunma-chan is the official mascot of Gunma prefecture in Japan who takes the form of a gorse due to the region’s historical fame for raising horses. He’s here to bring you a delicious udon topped with scallions, egg, and seaweed.”

If you flip it upside down, it looks like VP Pence eating a stewed egg! Let’s check it out!

Daikoku Gunma-Chan Udon – Japan

umai crate #3057: Daikoku Gunma-Chan Udon - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Probably contains fish and pork. To prepare, add boiling water fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

umai crate #3057: Daikoku Gunma-Chan Udon - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

umai crate #3057: Daikoku Gunma-Chan Udon - Japan

The noodle block.

umai crate #3057: Daikoku Gunma-Chan Udon - Japan

Lots of little bits.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions. The noodles were great – liked the broadness and texture quite a but. The broth has a sweet kitsune kind of taste to it but was less salty. Lots of fried tofu. It ended up being pretty good despite my dislike for this style usually. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4904511006215.

umai crate #3057: Daikoku Gunma-Chan Udon - Japan

Gunma Museum (Architecture in Detail)