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#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

When I saw this one I was extremely interested. I’ve had tom yum soup many times in Thailand and in Malaysia as well. I’ve reviewed tom yum instant noodle varieties from throughout Southeast Asia – tons of them. I’ve NEVER had one however from the United States. Not only that, this one is a microwavable tom yum. I must admit these are definitely uncharted waters. I’m really hoping this is good. With an open mind and palate, I delve into this bowl.

Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp, chicken, and lobster. To prepare, add in sachet marked #1 and add room temp water to fill line. Microwave (1000W) for 3 minutes and let stand an additional minute. Add in dry base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

The noodle block.

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

The first of two sachets.

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

Most bell pepper and shrimp.

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

A dry base sachet.

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

A lot of powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chilli oil, coriander, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles were flat and on the thin side. This worked extremely well with the broth which has a very good character; it had the spiciness, lemongrass notes and a good sweetness which I love about tom yum. I liked how a little creamer was in there to give the broth a kind of heartiness. The bell pepper did well, the shrimp was there and the only complaint was that they were small and only a scant few. However, I found this to be absolutely fantastic stuff – very authentic and I found the noodle was light enough that it reminded me of rice noodles. This was a very pleasant surprise and I definitely recommend it to tom yum fans. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.   UPC bar code 041789003547.

#2676: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

Maruchan Bowl, Taste of Asia, Sukiyaki Beef Flavor Ramen, 3.66 Ounce

This is what I think of when I hear tomyum

Japanese Noodle Samples From Ippin!

I got an email last week from a company that sells all sorts of neat Japanese stuff – Ippin! A marketer named Lee contacted me! There’s Ippin for the United States and Ippin for Singapore. Let’s see what Lee put in this neat package from Japan!

Upon opening (click to enlarge).

The main reason for contacting me was to check this one out (click to enlarge) – a vegetarian ramen which will be part of an upcoming Meet The Manufacturer!

Three varieties of Maruchan Seimen (click to enlarge).

For the 45th Anniversary of Cup Noodle, Nissin started this high end ‘luxury’ ramen series (click to enlarge). Here we have turtle and ox tail varieties!

Nissin Spicxy Chicken Curry Cup Noodle (click to enlarge).

Here we have two varieties of ramen (click to enlarge) that are both HALAL friendly.

This is neat (click to enlarge) – in the center is a mee goreng Cup Noodle. On the left and right are tom yum – one from Singapore and one from Japan!

Bolognese and Vongole Cup Noodle (click to enlarge). Thank you again to Lee from Ippin! Looking forward to trying these!

#933: Paldo Kokomen Cup

Hey look! The Kokomen cup! Been waiting to try this one with some leftover Thanksgiving turkey!

The information panels (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block awaits!

The seasoning powder.

The seasoning powder. Spicy jalapeno and chicken yeeouch!

Here’s a little bit of thre veggies and the chicken.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added an egg with French’s French Fried Onions on top, turkey, Cavender’s Greek Seasoning and a little Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are nice and light in this version – very thin and tasty. I have found this style of noodle to be a little lacking before in cups, but I have to say that the noodle in combination with the broth is absolutely delightful. I must say that the Kokomen broth is truly one of my favorites on the market; it’s got that comfort chicken flavor kicked up with jalapeno – delicious! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 648436100712

Angry Kokomen training camp! Can’t wait to get my hands on some of this stuff!

25 things to do in Seoul, Korea

#912: Maruchan Instant Lunch Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodles With Vegetables

Here’s another one of Maruchan’s Instant Lunches – who would think that I wouldn’t have reviewed it until now… Weird! But here’s the shrimp instant cup!

Here are the ingredients and directions from the cardboard outer (click to enlarge).

The majestic iconic cup!

The lid.

The noodle block.

Here are the veggies and some shrimp!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp that were marinated in Crystal hot sauce, hard boiled egg with some Krazy Mixed Up Salt and a sprinkle of Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. Okay so the noodles: very light and thin. Buttery texture. The broth is nice – very calming and light with a nice shrimp taste I enjoyed. The bits and pieces of dehydrated shrimp and veggies were good too and re-hydrated nicely. I’m impressed with this one; really didn’t expect it to be this good! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars – a very good cup of noodles! UPC bar code 041789001253 – get it here.

Smiles For All!

Another Maruchan Japan commercial

#911: Nissin Top Ramen Cucharealo Home-Style Habanero Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Here’s the last of Nissin’s Cucharealo – the Habanero Shrimp. Been waiting for the right time to try this out and today is the day!

The back and side panels (click to enlarge).

Here are the noodles – thin and short.

The boxes have three packs of noodles and three packets of powder seasoning.

The powder. I detect lime and some heat, too!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added three shrimp that I sauteed in butter, Crystal hot sauce and minced garlic, sweet onions, some shredded cheese and some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are short and plentiful. The broth has an initial lime hit then to a shrimp taste then the very strong habanero – this stuff is spicy! Pretty good stuff! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662081020 .

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Nissin Fried Noodles eh? that sounds awesome!

Garlic Shrimp recipe.

#871: Dragonfly Instant Noodles Artificial Hot & Sour Shrimp Flavor

Time for breakfast! Been waiting to try this one for just the right day. Just look at those enormous shrimp on that package! Jeez! I’m sure this will make for a good breakfast. Got this one at the local H Mart. By the way – today is a holiday – check out what Wikipedia says about it:

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.[2]

The law establishing the holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004.[3] Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day”. In addition to renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day.[4] In May 2005, the United States Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind.[5] This holiday is not observed by granting time off work for federal employees.

So happy Constitution Day! Happy Citizenship Day! Noodle time!!!

The back of the packaging (click to enlarge).

This is a big noodle block!

Here’s the dry seasoning.

A fine powder.

Liquid base.

Has a strong lemon scent – very tom yum.


Nice mixture.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some veggies, two fried egg with Krazy Mixed Up Salt and some Crystal Hot Sauce. The Noodles are excellent – buttery and plentiful. Nice chew. The broth has a great citrus and spicy taste – very much like tom yum soup. I’m always impressed by the quality of these; they’re inexpensive and really good! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 721557450925 – get it here!

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Evan Osnos talks about a viral video that made Chinese citizens stand up; Nigeriatown in Guangzhou; and other signs of a new China. Chicago, May 1, 2009.

Here’s the video he’s talking about.

#792: Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soup Spicy Chicken Flavor (New Version)

The 200th review I did was the old version of this stuff! Over 500 reviews later, we come to the new version. So far, these new ones have been quite good.

Here’s the panel info from the cardboard outer (click image to enlarge).

The lid with directions.

The noodle block.

The seasoning packet.

Here’s the seasoning with a more yellow color than its predecessor.

Here are a few bits of the veggies from the bottom of the bowl.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a couple fried eggs with a pinch of Krazy Mixed Up Salt, some kimchi, some chicken lunch meat and some veggies. The noodles were exceptionally good as I have found these new ones to be lately. The broth has a decent bit of spiciness but not a snap your neck level – I could handle a bit more. Veggie re-hydrated nicely. In review #200, I didn’t like the noodles as much, but I definitely remember it being spicier. So it sticks at a 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146262571 – get it here.

This is awesome! I want to go to Korea someday – everyone’s really happy and there’s noodles, too!

I wanna try this stuff!

#713: Nissin Spoon it Creamy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Last evening, my wife and I both started really getting attacked by an insidious enemy. One that doesn’t show itself but just occurs without warning. Allergies. Eyes, nose throat; everything just seemed to be very busy making us miserable. At this point, I would usually turn to an old standby my mother used to make for me when my face’s innards went awry like this – Mrs. Grass Chicken Soup Mix. Wonderful stuff – it has a little rubbery golden egg shaped thing called (I’m totally not kidding about this) ‘The Golden Flavor Nugget.’ Lots and lots of noodles and chickenny goodness. Well, we don’t have any, so I thought I’d go ahead and hit up this one. Creamy chicken flavor is one of my favorites – and Nissin doesn’t make creamy chicken Top Ramen anymore so I wonder how this stuff is. So off we go intgo noodle land!

Here’s the back and side panels (click image to enlarge).

A bag contains the noodles. The box contains three of these and three seasoning packets for – you guessed it – three servings.

Here’s a seasoning packet.

A nice pile of powdery seasoning.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I made a can of store brand mixed veggies and a little turkey breast lunch meat, added some Krazy mixed Up Salt and added the noodles on top and a tiny bit of Kizami Shoga (pickled ginger). The noodles are nice and broad and soft like egg noodles. The flavoring? Oh man – this is the stuff! This tasted exactly like the old creamy chicken Top Ramen! I would go insofar as to say that if you lowered the amount of water you used and cooked a pack of Top Ramen noodles (maybe use a round 1 1/2 cups of water) and then when it was done add the flavoring and stir and let it sit a little, you’d be sitting pretty. This stuff is great! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars!  UPC barcode 070662070031 .

William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy on Dick Clark’s Pyramid game show

Dick Clark just died at age 82. Here’s an 11 part 30 year anniversary of American Bandstand from 1982.

#472: Thai Kitchen Spring Onion Rice Noodle Bowl

A brand I’ve never reviewed before I know. This one came from my mother in law! Thank you! Sounds like it should be tasty – spring onion sounds tasty.

I know I know it’s a white lid – big deal right? Well, kind of.. I’ve rarely seen a package with such a little amount of, well, anything! Of course this is underneath the cardboard boxing.

Okay three packets – sounds good to me! From the top going clockwise we have a powdered soup base, veggies (I’m going to take a chance and guess spring onions) and finally a seasoned oil.

Hey weird – the rice noodles are really short – never seen that before! Strange…

Click image to enlarge. Here’s the finished product with nothing added. Well, this one really was different. First time I’ve eaten one of these with a spoon! The noodles are very light and delicate. and somewhat mushy. The broth is very tasty and onion flavor abounds. Everything goes together very nicely – especially the nice amount of veggies. All in all, I am quite pleased with this one. What’s even more interesting is that this stuff is actually made in Thailand – didn’t really think it would be. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars – quite good! Find it here.

Some colorful curry recipes

This guy is cutting spring onions and he knows what’s up!

#462: Nissin Top Ramen Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

“The hell you say!” you may be saying, but yes indeed my fellow noodleheads, it’s true. I reviewed 461 other instant noodles but decided to have today be the shrimp flava Top Ramen. Why you ask? Why not is your answer. So the package is very pink is just itching to be reviewed so here we go.

The lone packet that everyone’s left unused once. There used to be a drawerful of them at my parent’s house but I never understood why. Why was leaving them unused? I certainly wasn’t. There are even blog posts I’ve seen on the subject of what to do with the seasoning packets. That’s simple: use them with the Top Ramen. When paired with the noodles, it works. When they are seperated, they don’t work on their own. At least that’s my opinion of the matter and I’ve eaten a lot of this stuff so I think I could be considered somewhat of an authority.

A decent amount of dry powder seasoning. It’s too bad they don’t include some veggie with it like their Cup Noodles – that would be really nice. Perhaps some kind of premium Top Ramen?

So here’s the making of the noodles. Enjoy as this won’t be happening again any time soon most likely!

Click image to enlarge. So here she be with the two eggs. So first, the stuff smells shrimpy. I like that. It gives me an ‘as advertised’ kind of comfort. The noodles were as expected, and what can only really be described as your standard, classic Top Ramen noodles. The broth was tasty – a little salty but not too bad and had a nice shrimp flavor. The eggs went well with it too. All in all pretty good. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. Get some here. UPC bar code 070662010105.

Some old 80’s commercials to watch as you eat some noodles perhaps?

#403: Maruchan Instant Lunch Lime Flavor With Shrimp Ramen Noodles With Vegetables

So this looks kind of interesting. Hmmm… I should make a list of the Maruchan Instant Lunches I’ve ingested and then I can go to the store and get all the ones I have not and then bam bam bam… Cheap noodle week!

The standard instructions. People are asking me why I hold so firmly that microwaving this stuff in the foam cup is bad. Read the instructions! Usually that say not to microwave aren’t kidding.

Uncooked and awaiting some boiling water.

Click image to enlarge. So here’s what you get after it sits for a good ten minutes. The noodles really suck up that liquid! So its citrussy – lime to be sure. I dunno, it kind of had a little too much funky lime to it and made me unenthusiastic. 2.25 out of 5.0 stars. Find it here.

Wish they tossed one of these in there!!!

What a diss.

#400: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Curry Flavour (Hong Kong)

So for the 400th review, I went with one I’ve thought should be interesting – seafood curry. These are Cup Noodles that are not for sale usually in the United States. I’ve found two – Crab Flavour and Seafood Flavour, but this Curry Seafood Flavour came from Canada.

I think the packaging on these reflect a little more pride in the product as well as quality. For example, a Shrimp Flavor Cup Noodles for the US doesn’t have such ornate images or shiny gold on them. Of course, what matters is what’s inside.

Look at that – a ton of stuff is in this one! Usually the ones sold in the US have an eighth as much stuff. Was nice – an immediate curry odor filled the nostrils as only Japanese curry can.

Click image to enlarge. Nothing added. The noodles steeped perfectly. The vegetables and little bits of dehydrated fish came out just perfect, and the broth was very curry. My only complaint was that the curry flavor overwhelmed the seafood taste so that there was really none at the end of the day. I really liked this one though. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.