Rounding out the Cup Noodles Very Veggie range is Spicy Chicken. All I can say is that if it’s anything like the other two this will be a no-brainer. I still am beside myself on these; these are just about the best thing I’ve seen come from the United States in a long, long time. So Very Veggie has 1/2 cup – which is one full serving – of vegetables. Let’s check it out.
Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Spicy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup – United States
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add room temp water to fill line and microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. Let stand 1 extra minute in the microwave once it’s done. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are this and have a soft tooth. The flavor is a chicken with a lot of cumin and a bit of spiciness – not too much to fend off anyone I know, but enough to say ‘hi – I’m spicy.’ Just like the other two, this one gets a lot of added flavor in the broth from the myriad vegetables included. Corn, bell pepper, and onion are omnipresent and just so welcome here. Thank you! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662401033.
This is the second variety I’m trying of the Very Veggie range from Nissin Foods of America. Soon as I heard about these products I was extremely curious. Will they have enough vegetables? Will these vegetables be good?
Included in the cup are enough veggies for a full serving – a half cup! Let’s look within and see what this is all about.
Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup – United States
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add room temperature water to fill line. Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes, then let sit for another minute. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). As you can see, this bowl is full of vegetables. First, the noodles hydrated well and have a soft and thin character. The broth has a beef flavor which is heavily influenced by the vegetables which give it more flavor. The vegetables hydrated perfectly and are just everywhere. I’m pretty surprised and very pleased. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662401026.
When I read about this new product line in my news feeds, I was very curious. For years, I’ve though that the amount of vegetables included with instant noodle varieties in general was way too slim. Of course, vegetables cost money to put in there and so that’s something to consider.
Well, Nissin here has decided to throw caution to the wind and come up with a new Cup Noodles variety called Very Veggie. This stuff is purported to give you a full serving of vegetables – 1/2 a cup’s worth. Let’s see really how many vegetables we’re talking about here!
Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup – United States
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add room temperature water to the fill line and microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. Let sit in the microwave one additional minute. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). So this is what we have with nothing added. Noodle come out about as expected. They’re thin and soft. The broth is extremely good. The sheer amount of vegetables actually add a nice flavor to it. The vegetables hydrated very well and are just everywhere – broccoli, edamame, corn, and carrot really liven things up. Extremely impressed! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662401019.
I saw an article mentioning a new product from Nissin Foods America which focused on a lot of vegetables and thought ‘it’s about time.’ I’ve had a ton of instant noodles in my time and honestly very rarely have I been satisfied with the amount of vegetables in them. I dropped a line to my contact over there and boom – a day later here are samples. Let’s see what’s in this box!
New Very Veggie Cup Noodles From Nissin – United States
Some papers came with it – a press release and a letter – check it out here.
Here are the cups (click to enlarge). Once cooked up they contain a half cup of vegetables! Not only that, these can be microwaved. You may have seen a previous post with this style of cup – they tested them out at Walmarts for a while. They’re more eco-friendly. I’m going to put a rush on reviewing these – should see them all in the next three weeks.
Here we have (click to enlarge) the original Cup Noodles Chicken. Well, not the original actually they changed the recipe last year. But it’s the new version of the one pretty much everyone has tried. Thank you very much!
Finally, after decades of sticking with the same recipe, Nissin has decided to go with something new. On Cup Noodles’ 45th anniversary here in the USA, they’ve changed it to make it healthier. Some changes are no added MSG and no artificial flavors. Furthermore they’ve lowered the amount of sodium in these cups from the previous versions using potassium chloride. So, let’s give this Spicy Chile Chicken a try!
#2298: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)
Detail from the cardboard outer packaging (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, open lid halfway and add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The iconic cup in all of its glory! Maybe the same old cup, but it works well.
Seasoning and loose vegetables from the cup. Seems like some bell pepper, corn and chicken bits here.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, sous vide chicken, spring onion and nanami togarashi. The noodles hydrated well and had a better than expected chewiness. In addition, broth has a very good taste – a light spiciness with a kind of cumin hit – maybe chile de arbol pepper? As a result, I think spicy chile chicken is a fitting title. Finally, the vegetables hydrated well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662030110.
Here’s one my sister got me from up in Canada for my birthday! Thank you! Walmar instant noodles!
I have a sad announcement to make. On 7/31/2016 at 4:40am, I bumped into the little container that held my sake cups that I use to display the contents of seasoning sachets. Got these as a birthday present in 2012, and they first went into service in review #684. At first I thought I’d only lost two, but I gave the other two that fell with them a little squeeze and another of the little white cups made a creaking sound, so it’s cracked through. Some might find my sadness a little bizarre, but I think many will understand that you get used to using tools and when they’re gone, it really, really sucks. Hoping I can find the same ones – I’ve looked before but never seen them again. Most likely, I’ll get a new set – they will show up for review #2168.
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and let steep covered for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, tofu puff, spring onion and cilantro. The noodles are pretty good – a little crumbly. The broth has that kind of butter and broccoli taste to it; very meh on this application. The actual bits of vegetable in with this cup were so-so. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 628915242102.
This one sounds curious to me. While I do like braised pork – a lot- I’m unsure about this Chinese mushroom. But hey – I’ve been pleasantly surprised in the mushroom department before, right? Let’s give it a go!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, you can make this in two different ways – with or without soup. Dried: 250 c.c cook for 3 to 3.5 mins (Recommended) Soup: 400 c.c cook for 2.5 mins to 3 mins.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, mushroom and spring onion. The vermicelli hydrated nicely – good gauge, good chew. The flavor was a real surprise to me. I’m generally not a fan of mushrooms but this was very hearty. Definitely got a nice braised beef taste and the soybean was like meat. Very tasty and nice. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4713008550243.
Here’s another one I got from A-Sha’s US distributor recently – thanks! I saw this variety on the A-Sha Taiwan website and was very curious; who is the gentleman on the packaging? Well, I asked and this is what they had to say:
Bio: He is one of the respectful food critics bloggers in Taiwan. He didn’t specialize in specific type of foods and dining places. His fans pay lots of attentions to his recommendation and his detailed professional reviews. Due to the food safety issue lately in Taiwan, TRUST is a difficult thing to come by. Gary is a trustworthy and reliable source in the food industry.
Very cool – a fellow blogger! So this product is the first I think I’ve gotten from A-Sha that comes with a vegetable sachet. Not only that, it’s definitely the first of any products which contain quinoa in the noodle ingredients. Sounds interesting – let’s check it out!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether this contains meat. To prepare, add noodle block and vegetables to a pot of boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Drain and add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
the liquid sachet.
Has a sweet salty scent.
The vegetables sachet.
Lots of nice little bits.
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles appear to be their Mandarin-stype. Flat with a medium width with a nice chew to them. The flavor is a kind of salty soy with a sweet tone. The vegetables are definitely a nice touch and would go great with all their varieties. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4715635852783.
NOTE: I assumed that all of the Sichuan Baijia Broad Noodle series were supposed to be drained. This was apparently was NOT supposed to be drained, hence the review score of 0 stars. It will be re-reviewed soon! Thanks to Bundi R. for bringing this to my attention.
It’s always awesome when I go to the store with my poor vision and my wife sees something and asks me if I’ve tried it. Sure enough, this was one of those occasions. I recently had the Sichuan Baijia Artificial Spicy Fei Chang a couple of weeks ago – it had been on my bottom ten list for years and really kind of one of the main reasons I wasn’t reviewing Baijia stuff so much. After not trying it in 5 years, I found that my tastebuds had done a bit of a metamorphosis. Where I found this more traditional Chinese flavor horrible before, I found it much more to my liking. So now at the store, I’m looking at Baijia in a different way. Today, I’ll try something I’ve not seen before – a broad noodle. I’ve seen broad noodles before, but not this broad – you’ll see what I mean. I want to thank Bobby Y. for helping me decipher the cooking instructions.
Distributor’s stickers (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). To prepare, add noodle block and vegetable sachet to 600ml boiling water and steep for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in contents of other sachets and stir. Enjoy!
The noodle block – definitely broad noodles.
A dry sachet.
Light powder and vegetables.
A liquid sachet.
Has a slight black vinegar scent along with a beef scent.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added some beef. The broad noodles hydrated very well. They have a good chew to them and were easily navigable. Good quantity too. The flavor was hideous. I am thoroughly bummed about this, too. The saltiness was off the charts – inedible! I also noticed that the sodium contents was 3,120mg according to the package – 155% of daily value. Yikes. It hurt to eat. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6926410320900.
I want to send a special thank you to Craig Y. over at Maruchan for facilitating the process of getting Instant Lunch California Vegetable into my hands! Much appreciated! I hunted high and low for these and couldn’t find them! There are lots of products sold around the United States – and some do better in some areas than others. A good example would be the King Cake. Most people where I live don’t know what a King Cake is, however folks in Louisiana definitely do – it’s a special cake enjoyed around Mardi Gras. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about King Cakes:
A king cake (sometimes rendered as kingcake, kings’ cake, king’s cake, or three kings cake) is a type of cake associated in a number of countries with the festival of Epiphany at the end of the Christmas season; in other places, it is associated with the pre-Lenten celebrations of Mardi Gras/Carnival.
What started out as a dry French bread type dough with sugar on top and a bean inside 30 years ago, is now a sweet, sugary and iced Danish type dough that is braided with cinnamon inside and a plastic doll underneath. King Cakes are made of a cinnamon filled dough in the shape of a hollow circle. They have a glazed topping and are sprinkled with colored sugar. Hundreds of thousands of King Cakes are eaten in New Orleans during the Carnival season.
The cake often has a small plastic baby (said to represent Baby Jesus) inside (or sometimes placed underneath), and the person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket has various privileges and obligations.
A company that makes cakes would probably not focus their King Cake varieties in the northwest as it would make more sense to sell them in Louisiana, right? Well, when companies like Maruchan decide where to sell which varieties, it goes much more deep than that, but it’s the same kind of thing. One might say ‘but hey – you were looking for it; they should sell it where you’re at!’ Although that’s a nice thought, I only eat one of each variety usually, so my single Instant Lunch purchase probably wouldn’t sway the distribution of a large company. But thanks, hypothetical person! Anyways, let’s have a look at this interesting instant noodle cup!
Here’s the back of the cardboard outer (click image to enlargContains chicken broth. To prepare, open lid halfway and add boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes and stir. Enjoy! One thing though – a LOT of people like to mention to me that they microwave these things. No! If you add water and microwave, you’re doing it wrong. If you want to include a microwave in you noodle-preparation doings, just take a cup and add water and heat that, then add it to the cup. This has been a public service announcement from The Ramen Rater – helping you correctly prepare your instant noodles since 2002.
Here’s detail from the lid (click image to enlarge). Notice what it says here – boil the water in a separate container! Also, don’t give it to little kids – you wouldn’t give a toddler a latte from Starbucks, would you? It’s hot stuff – use common sense!
The cup, exposed from the cardboard outer.
The noodle block. They’re pre-seasoned.
Here we have some of the loose California vegetable mixture that was loose in the cup. What is in the California vegetable mix you ask? Carrot, green peas, green beans, onion, celery, cabbage and garlic.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, bell pepper and peas. The noodles are flat and narrow. They hydrated perfectly and didn’t have any inkling of sponginess. The broth is that of a vegetable flavor; kind of a melange that I think most familiar with prepared and processed foods would sum up as ‘garden vegetable.’ The supplied veggies hydrated extremely well – especially the peas, which often can go one way or the other – these were just right. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789001260.
You can find Maruchan Instant Lunch California Vegetable on Amazon!
Here’s a video showing how to do up a fusion recipe with Maruchan’s Roast Chicken Yakisoba.
Seafood curry! This sounds and looks really interesting. I think this is the first that mentions including cuttlefish, too! I got curries cuttlefish at a dim sum joint nearby a few months ago. It’s pretty good stuff – chewy and had a nice curry sauce. I’ve got some nice things to add to this one I just got at the store the other day. For the last few months, I’ve been trying new things from the seafood counter at the Asian markets around me. I’ve tried quite a few fishball varieties, sliced squid, and got some interesting looking fish cakes! Let’s have a look at this seafood curry from Nissin Singapore!
Here’s the back of the cardboard outer (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken, fish and crustacean. To prepare, open lid partway and add boiling watet to line. Re-cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The cup outside the cardboard outer.
Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).
The seasoned noodle block.
Loose seasonings including egg, cuttlefish and corn seen here.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fish ball, sliced squid, shrimp, sweet onion, crab claw fishcake and green onion. The noodles are of the standard gauged Cup Noodles style. The broth is excellent stuff – a very good seafood and curry taste to it. I especially liked the cuttlefish – it was chewy but not rubbery. The vegetables hydrated perfectly as did the egg as well. A delicious seafood curry. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888279102050.
Nissin in Japan has now introduced a seafood cup with rice!
Here’s something I hadn’t heard of – Singaporean Fish Head Curry! Check it out! Looks tasty to me!
Another one with four kinds of noodles. Let’s delve into this one.
Stickers from the back of the package.
The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Vegetarian.
Four types of noodles – purple sweet potato, aloe, pumpkin and seaweed.
Sesame sauce packet.
Has a rich sesame scent.
The vegetable sauce packet.
Smells like a garden!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onion and beef sauteed in soy sauce. The noodles are great – really neat seeing the different types in there and they have a nice consistency. I found the flavor to be that of sesame sauce almost predominately, but the vegetable sauce added a nice little flavor of veggies. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4716873920333.