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#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

#2749: Maruchan Bariuma Goboten Udon

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


#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

#2277: Goku-Uma Ramen Noodles Soy Sauce Flavor

Some days I really need to wake up before I get started. Case in point, today I deleted the above image after I had taken pictures of what was inside of the bowl! If you didn’t, know, you cal ‘undelete’ files – lots of utilities out there that do it. So there it is. Let’s crack it open figuratively and check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A light powder.

The solid ingredients sachet.

Looks like shrimp and greenery.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and hard boiled egg. The noodles came out pretty well although a littler on the spongy side. The broth tasted like a shoyu but was a little off. The vegetables were a nice combo, but the menma was mushy. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 074410396640.

The Ramen Book

A recipe for tonkotsu.

#2035: Acecook Maru Uma Curry Udon

Another one from Javier over at Box From Japan! Thanks! So if you didn’t already know, BoxFromJapan.com is a subscription service. You can get 4 instant noodles from Japan a month. What’s amazing is that I not yet received a single on that I’d reviewed previously which is truly amazing. You can also get a monthly Japanese candy box! Pretty rad! Today, I’ll be checking out this Acecook curry udon cup. Let’s crack it open!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat or not. To prepare, open lid and add boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir well and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Some of the little bits and pieces from the bottom of the cup.

Wow this is pretty neat – like a small brick of curry!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kizami shoga, spring onion and chashu pork. The udon come out soft and supple with a nice light chew to it and really comfort-food like. Especially when paired with the curry broth – a nice rich curry with a little hint of spiciness in there. Unfortunately, the big curry block did disintegrate, but it had a kind of gritty broth..  The bits of fried tofu and mincemeat are a nice touch. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901071226206.

Acecook whole purport curry udon 70gX12 pieces

An Acecook TV commercial.

#916: Goku-Uma Seafood Flavor Japanese Style Instant Noodles

Here’s one my sister brought me back from Hawaii! Thanks! I used to see plenty of these around but never went and got any. Now, I can’t find them around here.

Here are the side panels (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The seasoning powder.

There’s a ton of this stuff!

The veggie packet.

Looks like a nice combination.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sweet onion, odeng and some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The Noodles have a good consistency and great quality for a bowl. Not spongy or soggy whatsoever. The broth is quite nice – salty, but has a really nice seafood taste I have rarely found in bowl ramen. The veggies were great too. This is an exceptional bowl! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars – quite good! UPC bar code 074410396473 – get it here.

Dotch! Seafood Curry vs Eggplant Mincemeat Curry!!!

Tsukiji Seafood Market in Tokyo, Japan

#567: Goku-Uma Japanese Style Instant Noodles Soy Sauce Flavor

Well here’s something I haven’t had in a while – Goku-Uma. Sounds like a tasty breakfast so I shall begin.

I myself tore off the lid completely since I save them in a binder and when it cooks, I put an old yearbook I found with people in it who have big 80’s hair on top.

Here’s the powder on left,. veggies on the right…

Awaiting some boiling water…

Told you it was an old yearbook. Got this ages ago at the Goodwill Outlet in Seattle. Full of signatures, well-wishes and bad hair.

Click image to eblarge. Here we have it with a couple of fried eggs with some Tabasco Buffalo Style hot sauce on top. Noodles were good – not extremely stalwart and firm but not too mushy. The broth was a little interesting; not the normal kind of soy broth I’m so fond of but it’s passable. The veggies were awesome. All in all pretty good. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

Obviously not noodles here. Shirakiku makes the noodles in the review as well as a soft drink called ramune. It’s got a unique way you open it – this vid shows how.

Yes, another random old home movie featuring Thanksgiving…

#335: Goku-Uma Ramen Noodles Hot Flavor Japanese Style Instant Noodles

So I’ve seen these bowls around for a while but haven’t tried them. So here’s the first – hot flavor.

Two packets – powdered soup base and some nice looking veggies.

The powder has a lovely reddish color to it and the veggies look very light and tasty.

Added two fried eggs (click image to enlarge). This one’s quite good! The spiciness stayed in broth not in the noodles. The veggies were well behaved and didn’t hide too much and romped playfully throughout the dining experience. The noodles were of good character; would be happy to introduce them to friends and family. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars for the first of these I have reviewed. Get it here.