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#3357: Kenko Foods Healthy Vegetable Ramen – Japan

 #3357: Kenko Foods Healthy Vegetable Ramen - 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 – “Healthy ramen? That’s right. These noodles were fried with 100% vegetable oil, made from domestic grown flour, and use natural seasoning.’

Let’s check ’em out.

Kenko Foods Healthy Vegetable Ramen – Japan

 #3357: Kenko Foods Healthy Vegetable Ramen - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodle in 500ml water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry soup base sachet.

A dry vegetable sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, chili oil, and shichimi. Noodles had a nice character – a little dense and plump with a minuscule crumble. Broth was about what I would expect a vegetable broth to be, with a strong saltiness. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4973044020111.

#3164: Kenko Foods Health Shio Ramen - Japan

Forms of Japan: Michael Kenna

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

The Ramen Rater’s Healthy Options 2020 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Healthy Options 2020 Edition

People have been asking me for a list of healthy varieties for a long time. I decided to give it a try, and had mixed results. I’ve found things ramen/instant noodles, and things that aren’t and listed them here. There aren’t ten things, but over the next year I’m guessing more will present themselves. It appears this is an ever-evolving market as a couple that were going to be included went off the market while I was editing this list! Not everything presented is for everyone, but I’m really hoping there’s something that will work and interest everyone. If you have any ideas for things that should be on next year’s list, please email me. With that, here (in no particular order)  is The Ramen Rater’s Healthy Options 2020 Edition.

The Ramen Rater’s Healthy Options 2020 Edition

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A special video presentation of The Ramen Rater’s Healthy Options 2020 Edition.

The Ramen Rater’s Healthy Options 2020 Edition

Yamachan Ramen Z

This year, it appears as soon as I created this list, it was obsolete! This product is no longer being produced, but I was told something similar with different preparation will replace it soon.  This one however contains konjac/konyaku – it’s an almost zero calorie noodle that when made with the right gauge is pretty decent. Paired with a miso broth, I was really impressed – and only 136 calories, guessing from the soup base sachet mostly. Original review

NuTek Salt For Life

The Ramen Rater's Healthy Options 2020 Edition

I first found out about NuTek a few years ago. They reached out to me and asked if I’d fly out and visit their operation in Omaha and try out their product first hand in a blind taste test (being partially sighted, every taste test I do is kind of blind har har). I was immediately sold on this stuff. I should mention I did some consulting with them for a little while but no longer do. I get a lot of people asking me about lower sodium noodles and this and their other products bring the promise of this without replacing saltiness with a funky taste. In fact, the way it works gives a slight delay in how the tongue senses saltiness – a fraction of a second – which makes the food itself more flavorful. Definitely a neat thing. Original review

Vite Ramen

The Ramen Rater's Healthy Options 2020 Edition

This one was a no-brainer for this list. Take one brother who loves instant noodles and one that follows the healthy life and get their heads together on combining the two and you’ve got Vite Ramen. Tim & Tom Zheng introduced their idea on Kickstarter and were greeted with a huge response to get their business off the ground. So, what is Vite Ramen? It’s low sodium, high protein, high fiber, and had more vitamins and minerals than you can shake a menagerie of sticks at. If you’re looking for an ultra healthy ramen, this is the best I’ve seen yet. Original review

Nissin Cup Noodle Light+ / Cup Noodle Nice

If you’re looking for a healthy Cup Noodle, Light+ and Cup Noodle Nice are the ticket. First off, they’re low cal and feature a different noodle style – one that’s really quite good. They’re from Japan so you’ll have to dig on eBay and eBay Canada most likely to track them down. But it’s worthwhile as they’re incredibly good. Original review

Fit Mee

The Ramen Rater's Healthy Options 2020 Edition

I was contacted by a distributor here in the United States about this one and got to give it a try. They’re got two varieties, one around 150 calories and the one above at around – get this – 50 calories. This is another variety made with konjac noodles – and it’s really good! one with a spicy Korean noodle flavor and the other flavor is Indonesian Soto – a kind of spicy and lime and coconut and chicken hit to it. I’ve seen these on Amazon at they’re rather pricey, but I’m guessing they’ll be more widespread and cheaper soon – they’re absolutely excellent and ultra tasty! Original review

Hakubaku Japanese Pearled Mochi Barley (Mochi Mugi)

The Ramen Rater's Healthy Options 2020 Edition

In the past year, I’ve gone on a diet and exercise tear and lost a lot of weight (I’ll be doing the second installment of my The Ramen Rater Diet series very soon). I knew I needed to do this for a long time, but my doctor talked to me about it the right way at the right time and off I went. He was concerned about my cholesterol levels and told me unless they went down I’d need to go on a statin drug. I don’t know anything about those really, but I’ve never heard anything about them that include hearts and smiley faces connected to them. During the last year, I started working with Hakubaku a little bit and trying their products. They make really great ramen varieties which I’ve reviewed. They also make barley tea – my first try at making sun tea went pretty well. But most notably for me was trying their mochi barley. It’s ultra high in soluble fiber, and I consider it to be a big part in my arriving after six months at a clean bill of health for cholesterol as a result of my diet and exercise regime. Original review

KOKA Delight

Looking for a noodle low in fat and not fried? KOKA makes Delight. It’s interesting – first off, this is the kind of noodle block that’s not hard as a rock like your standard non-fried noodle – you could take a bite out of the block if you wanted to. Not only that, these are really quite good – with flavors like tomato, curry, a spicy sesame and more. Original review

Taiwanese Dry Noodles

If you’re looking for a range of noodles with less ingredients and wonderful flavors, you should check out Taiwanese dry noodles. The noodles themselves are dried by the sun or with big industrial fans – not fried. Plus they’re made with very few ingredients in a way that’s been done for generations. The seasonings that come with them often are few ingredients as well. I’ve often referred to the Taiwanese instant noodle makers as ‘masters of simplicity’; they can produce such tasty varieties with few ingredients. Original review

Nongshim Soon and Kimchi Vegan Varieties

If you’re looking for Vegan varieties, I highly recommend these two. The Soon Veggie Noodles (kind of like a smoother version of Shin Ramen) and the Kimchi (tangy and tasty) are marked with a seal of approval from a Vegan foods authority. Really great flavor and quality that you can add more vegetables to and end up with a sumptuous feast. Original review

…a couple more that weren’t in the video

Prima Taste Wholegrain

If you’re looking for wholegrain varieties, this is the best out there in my opinion. It’s been holding the #1 spot on my top ten list for 4 years! That’s my favorite out of over 3,000 instant noodles I’ve reviewed. The noodles have this rustic and hearty chew and taste without being gritty or funky. It makes a lot of food in each pack and so share with a friend – or an enemy as if you make this, they won’t be your enemy for long. Original review

Sakurai Foods Vegan Approved Varieties

There are a few varieties in this range, but by far my favorite was this one, the spicy soy milk noodle. With a badge from a Vegan authority, you’re definitely going to enjoy these as part of your Vegan lifestyle. Original review

So there you are – the first healthy list. If you want to make some recommendations of things that aren’t on here or are a company who produces products you think should be here, drop me a line and we can talk. Thanks for check the list out!

#3277: Marutai Kyushu Hakata Vegetarian Tonkotsu – Japan

#3277: Marutai Kyushu Hakata Vegetarian Tonkotsu - 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.

While being tonkotsu flavored (pork bone broth), it is meat free. Let’s give it a try!

Marutai Kyushu Hakata Vegetarian Tonkotsu – Japan

#3277: Marutai Kyushu Hakata Vegetarian Tonkotsu - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). To prepare, boil one bundle of noodles in 4707ml water  for 2 minutes. Add in one each of the sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Two servings of noodle.

Two dry sachets of soup base powder (watch these get used on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

A pair of wet sachets.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecue pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, habanero togarashi, soft egg, and spring onion. The noodles are extraordinary in their niceness; they just shake hands with the broth which is rich, luxuriant and giving. This is a big sloppy bowl of hot lovin’. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902702003111.

MARUTAI Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Instant Noodle Soup Ramen Non-fried For 2 servings (2pcs)

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3197: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Tonkotsu Noodle – Japan

#3197: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Tonkotsu Noodle - Japan

Here’s the last of the Sakurai Foods varieties I was recently sent. The other two were really great – especially the spicy one! Let’s see how a Vegan friendly tonkotsu tastes!

Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Tonkotsu Noodle – Japan

#3197: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Tonkotsu Noodle - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Has a Vegan logo on the pack. To prepare, boil noodle block in 500ml water for 2~3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3197: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Tonkotsu Noodle - Japan

The noodle block.

#3197: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Tonkotsu Noodle - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3197: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Tonkotsu Noodle - Japan

Powder base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, habanero togarashi and black sesame seeds. Noodles came out nice – good softness and gauge. The broth was a buttery tonkotsu, almost like a cross between a tonkotsu and a shio and it was absolutely warm and comfort foody and tasty. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4960813312942.

#3197: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Tonkotsu Noodle - Japan

Sakurai food Goma-ramen 100gX20 bags

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) – Japan

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

I reviewed this one on February 10th, 2019. This has been a crazy week – we’ve got layers of snow here and haven’t been able to even move the car since Friday. It’s Tuesday and probably we won’t be going anywhere today, either.

The weather folks say this has been a storm series that I’ll be able to tell mygrandkids about. Yesterday was the best day of it – after days of not making it about freezing and waking up to take the dog out in 13 degrees (-10.5C) cold, it finally warmed up a bit. To the point that it started dumping snow yet again. Huge fluffy wet flakes.

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

It was great – it had been so slick and icy everywhere and now you could run in the stuff. We threw snowballs at eachother, Kit built a snowman with Miri which on first attempt Miles ran over to and kicked over. I rolled a pretty big snowball. It was a lot of fun. In the sky we saw flashes from time to time – snow undoubtedly weighing down branches of big Douglas fir trees to the point of snapping and busting power lines which in turn cause transformers to explode.

It’s funny because I know this will end up published about 3 months from now as we’re knee-deep not in snow but in springtime. Let’s check it out!

Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) – Japan

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Mentions being vegetarian. To prepare, add to 200ml boiling water and cook until water is absorbed. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

The noodle block.

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

A thick and dark liquid.

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

A small dry sachet.

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

Powdered seaweed.

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles come out very nice – I like them. The flavor did have a Worcestershire component, but there was a strong sweetness that just wasn’t my cup of tea. I like a bit more Worcestershire bite to yakisoba. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4960813312775.

#3185: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles (Worcestershire Sauce Flavor) - Japan

Sakurai food Goma-ramen 100gX20 bags

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3161: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Soymilk Spicy Noodle – Japan

#3161: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Soymilk Spicy Noodle - Japan

I was contacted in January 2019 by the nice folks at Sakurai Foods in Japan. They’ve sent samples before and participated in Meet The Manufacturer as well. They’ve released a series of three varieties of Vegan friendly products – thought this sounded good and would make for a good mukbang as well! Let’s give it a try!

Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Soymilk Spicy Noodle – Japan

#3161: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Soymilk Spicy Noodle - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Vegan friendly. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook 2~3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3161: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Soymilk Spicy Noodle - Japan

The noodle block.

#3161: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Soymilk Spicy Noodle - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3161: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Soymilk Spicy Noodle - Japan

A clousy, reddish concoction.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, soft egg, chashu pork, pepper powder and black sesame seeds. The noodle arrives soft and with a light bounce and soft chewiness. Very good. The broth is not only very tasty but also nice to look at from the soy milk influence. It’s spiciness is there but balanced very well. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4960813312973.

#3161: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Soymilk Spicy Noodle - Japan

Sakurai food Goma-ramen 100gX20 bags

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3112: Canton Instant Noodles Vegetable Flavour – Bangladesh

#3112: Canton Instant Noodles Vegetable Flavour - Bangladesh

I think this is the last of the Canton varieties I found at the Real Canadian Superstore up in Canada a few months back. That’s a neat place – in Richmond, BC – they’ve got all sorts of neat things there! Haven’t been to Canada in a little while. Need to visit again! Let’s check this one out!

Canton Instant Noodles Vegetable Flavour – Bangladesh

#3112: Canton Instant Noodles Vegetable Flavour - Bangladesh

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block (broken into 4 parts) to 250~300ml boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes and add seasoning sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3112: Canton Instant Noodles Vegetable Flavour - Bangladesh

The noodle block.

#3112: Canton Instant Noodles Vegetable Flavour - Bangladesh

A dry sachet.

#3112: Canton Instant Noodles Vegetable Flavour - Bangladesh

A light speckled powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, coriander, and fried tofu puff. The noodles were about what you’d expect in an instant with a slight fluffier texture. The flavor – and it just kills me – movie theater butter flavored microwave popcorn. I’m serious. It’s not bad actually and I found it enjoyable, but that’s definitely what I get out of this one. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 846656017784.

#3112: Canton Instant Noodles Vegetable Flavour - Bangladesh

Curry 101: 100+ delicious curries from kitchens around the world

Watch me slap this together on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2950: Nissin Top Ramen Chili Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

#2950: Nissin Top Ramen Chili Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

It kind of confuses me on this one – I mean, yeah, it says ‘the original’ and doesn’t really say that there’s been a recipe change. But there has – now there’s no MSG and no artificial flavors., plus a reduction in sodium. These aren’t bad things at all of course, but I’m just kind of left wondering – so shouldn’t it say new and improved instead of ‘the original?’ Anyways, let’s see what’s in this, one of the Vegetarian varieties in the Top Ramen range.

Nissin Top Ramen Chili Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) – United States

#2950: Nissin Top Ramen Chili Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).  Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2950: Nissin Top Ramen Chili Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

The noodle block.

#2950: Nissin Top Ramen Chili Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

The soup base sachet.

#2950: Nissin Top Ramen Chili Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

A kind of reddish powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, scallions, hard boiled egg and shichimi togarashi. The noodles hydrated well and have a middle of the road kind of tooth – not too soft yet not too strong. The broth has a kind of just plain spicy taste to it. Not enough to kick you out of bed but enough to make the timid back off in the spicy department. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662010174.

#2950: Nissin Top Ramen Chili Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

Nissin Top Ramen, Chili, 3 Ounce (Pack of 24)

Watch me make something a little different with this one!

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Well would you look at that! Top Ramen. An American original. You might be thinking ‘aww that’s Japanese,’ but this stuff is as American as it gets. The flavor is made to appeal to the local market. What bums me out is when I say ‘an American original’ all I can think about is my favorite political show which is no more. My dad used to watch The McLaughlin Group for years and I finally hit an age after he was gone that I checked it out and got hooked on it. I’d torture poor Andy and make him watch it all the time. But Dr. McLaughlin died a couple years ago, and they ended the series long run. I would be curious how it would have been if he would have stayed alive longer – how the show would be these days. Anyways, I’ve gone way off track. So soy sauce is known as Shoyu in Japan. This is a kind of Shoyu ramen. Let’s check i tout!

Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Says vegetarian on the front and looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

The noodle block.

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

The soup base sachet.

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, spring onion, narutomaki, chashu pork and nanami togarashi. The noodles hydrate as expected. They have a very standard baseline kind of chew – slight plumpness works but just seems a hint less chew than should be. The broth seems much changed from the original Oriental’ flavor. This new recipe definitely has strong notes of mushroom, undoubtedly from replacement of artificial flavors. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662010013.

#2910: Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Nissin Top Ramen – Soy Sauce Flavor (pack of 24) Formerly Oriental Flavor, Same Great Flavor

The ones I’m reviewing today were in a box the company sent

#2909: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

#2995: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup - United States

When the Very Veggie line came out, my first thought was that it would just be varieties for Vegans and Vegetarians. Surprisingly, there was no option for this crowd. Well, it seems that that has changed! This one was sent to me by Robert Z. from Kentucky – thanks man – go check out his cooking blog www.dadbert.com! He found this at a local grocery store – nothing about this and the other new Cup Noodles he found and sent on their site or mentioned on Instagram. This has led me to think that perhaps he’s in what’s called a ‘test market.’ In some areas, a product will be introduced to meter how it’s received by the public – if it sells really well, it’ll go nationwide. If not, it might be pulled. Let’s pop the lid and look under the hood.

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Does not contain meat but check for yourself. To prepare, remove lid and add room temperature water to fill line and microwave for 2 1/2 minutes (1000W). Let sit in the microwave for an additional minute. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2995: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup - United States

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2995: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup - United States

The noodle block.

#2995: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup - United States

Loose seasoning and vegetables from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chashu pork, soft boiled egg, spring onion, sesame seed and shichimi togarashi. The noodle is pretty much identical to the other Very Veggie variants – thin with a nice chew and taste. The broth was indeed a vegetable shoyu – worked well with the ubiquitous vegetables, which were in absolutely every bite. Edamame and carrot among other vegetables played well with noodle and broth. Excellent. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662401040.

#2995: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup - United States

Nissin Cup Ramen Noodle Soup, Very Veggie Spicy Chicken Flavor, 2.75 Ounce (Pack of 6)

Watch me prepare this one in my own kitchen!

 

#2896: myramen Japanese Vegan Noodle & Soup Soy Sauce

I haven’t seen my friend Matthew Bellah in quite a while and he’s stopping by today to hang out. So he’s a writer (you can read some of his stuff at www.matthewbellah.com) and also an odd sort as far as food goes. He’s a vegetarian, however I’ve known him to enjoy bacon and Jack In The Box tacos regularly. Anyways, I thought this myramen would be a good one to let him try.

myramen is a range of Japanese instant ramen that are Vegan, HALAL, animal free, dairy free, shellfish free, fish free, alcohol free, and dairy free. Matt’s also an accomplished guitar player and is bringing an acoustic over to play for the kids – Miles in particular is really into music so I’m curious to see what he thinks of it. That’s a lot of bases covered. Let’s take a look at this one.

myramen Japanese Vegan Noodle & Soup Soy Sauce – Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Vegan and HALAL. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups boiling water and cook for 3~4 minutes. Take off heat and add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A soup base sachet.

A lot of powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, sesame seeds, and nanami togarashi. The noodles are broad and flat with a nice tooth. The broth has an alright soy sauce flavor however I found it to be overly salty and slightly less so would have been preferable. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4589468000013.

#2846: myramen Japanese Vegan Noodle & Soup Salt

M y R a m e n   9 Pack Multi Pack – Highest Quality Vegan Traditional Japanese Ramen Noodle

An Unboxing Time showing off these noodles

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya – Shio Ramen – Bellevue Square

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

Thanks as always to Aunt Cindy for watching our rugrats and giving us an fternoon out ! It’s been awhile – last time we had an outing just us was around review #2761 – another ramen restaurant – in December! Further back we went to Hokkaido Santouka in Bellevue, WA and people there as well as at the mall mentioned this Kizuki place. So this time we thought we’d give it a try.

Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya – Shio Ramen – Bellevue Square – United States

575 Bellevue Way NE Space 252, Bellevue, WA. 98004
Phone: 425-454-0885
Email: [email protected]
Monday – Saturday : 9:30am – 9:00pm
Sunday : 9:30am – 7:00pm
Thanksgiving: Closed
Christmas Eve: 11am – 6:00pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Menu

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

We noticed a lot of people outside the place as we walked by to look at some other things at the mall before going to lunch. Well, when we decided to go over there, there were a couple people still waiting inside the doorway that are pictured here – about a half hour later. Our wait time was around 45 minutes. Kind of lame – but then again what do you do. What kind of sucked too was that on the sheet you sign your name on, there’s a box you can check as to whether you want to sit at the bar or iat a table. So they call our name and say that there are two spots at the bar we could sit at – well, my wife checked the box saying we wanted to sit at a table. So we goty to wait a little longer. I mean, I get it – some people might be like ‘screw it we’ll sit at the bar,’ but we wanted a table.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

Here’s where the magic happens (click to enlarge).

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

Here’s another view. The artwork and look of the place was very nice. I will say that I find it kind of funny how every one we’ve been to so far is more like a bar atmosphere – very subdued lighting Eat your soup in the dark, haha! But actually it’s kind of nice.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

To start, we tried the agedashi tofu (click to enlarge). I had this at another place a long time ago and I liked it better. However, this was really nice. Tofu with just the lightest crunch to the outside and a nice dashi  sauce around it – very tasty.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

This caught my eye when I looked at the menu online – prawn cutlet (click to enlarge). Basically these were breaded and fried and had very nice and moist prawn innards with a bit of sauce on the outisde. Definitely worth trying.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

Finally, the chashu pork bun (click to enlarge). I was really excited about this however it seemed a bit of a letdown. The thing didn’t stay together very well for one. I felt like it was one of those things just made for Westerners. I mean it was alright but just expected something a little different even though it looks exactly as it did in the menu image. Mayonnaise tonkatsu sauce and hot mustard on there.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

Kit got the pork chashu don (click to enlarge). with an egg. She liked it except for the seaweed which I took on for her.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

I went for the Shio ramen (click to enlarge). I got an egg and extra fishcake as well. I liked it – the chashu was nice although wish it were just a little thicker. Lot sof vegetable on this one – a lot of cabbage which was kind of a surprise. Menma was good with a nice crunch to it. Noodles wre alright – definitely had better since I started this journey into trying restaurants around here. The broth was quite nice – not overly anything – just right.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

Oil dancing at the top.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

The egg was very good – as far as being marinated, it could have used a little more time. In conclusion, I was very happy with our experience. The ramen was just right and exactly what I was in the mood for, and the izakaya was for the most part very good. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Time lapse of a Kisuki Ramen being built somewhere.