Recently I was contacted by a Japanese company called Hobby Link Japan. They asked if I would be interested in picking some varieties from their instant ramen selection to show everyone and I thought this would be pretty cool. Well, let’s open up this box and see what I picked!
Unboxing Time: Instant Ramen From Hobby Link Japan – Japan
What’s interesting here are that I’ve never seen many of these varieties. They shipped them very quickly – got here in a couple days, plus they were in absolutely pristine condition which is always nice. Kind of like I walked to a local store and bought them and brought them home. If you look in the video’s description, all of the different varieties I show are directly linked so you can check ’em out if you like. They’ve got a lot of other things aside from instant ramen – one that caught my eye was a zombie pencil sharpener where you stick the pencil in it’s eye and twist. There’s a button on the back you can move around and it pushes the shaving out the mouth. Bizarre. I love it. Check out Hobby Link Japan – it’s pretty neat! Thank you for the samples!
Since I did my first radio interview today, I thought I’d review something equally interesting – Japanese macaroni weirdness!
Powder on the left, an oil/sauce on the right.
Yup – here’s what it looks like inside the bag! It’s really macaroni!
So the sauce is oil and other things – including cooking wine!
Click image to enlarge. Amazing – this stuff took 3 minutes to cook. I had my doubts; they weren’t getting any bigger at two minutes and thirty seconds, and then when the timer beeped at three minutes, boom – they were done. The noodles are really really light – not chewy really at all – they almost dissolve in your mouth. If teeth aren’t your thing, these are definitely for you! The flavoring is great – was expecting it to be really soupy as it called for 500ml of water, but the noodles sucked almost all of that up. It tasted like Nissin Demae Tonkotsu flavor noodles! Very strange stuff; it just seems wrong for it to be macaroni. It’s got some weird charm to it. I’m giving it 3.5 out of 5.0 stars – its good and weird.
Beef balls. Well, I really don’t think they mean rocky mountain oysters here. I think its soy protein.
Clockwise from top: seasoned oil, soup powder and veggies.
Clockwise from top: seasoned oil, veggies and soup powder.
Click image to enlarge. One egg was added. This was excellent and kind of interesting. So just to get it out of the way, the beef balls are like soya protein mini Spaghettio meatballs. Kind of fun to eat! The broth was good – that egg livens it up a skosh. The noodles were very nice and the veggies were awesome. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars!
I’ve had the garlic and sesame flavor noodles by Sing Lin before – they were really great so we’ll have to see how these stack up…
Some liquid, some veggies…
Pretty interesting looking stuff here. Th ingredients as far as the Chinese herbs go are as follows: plum, angelica sinensis, ligusticum wallichii, paeonia lactiflora pail, rehmanninae.
Click image to enlarge. I threw in an egg while the noodles were boiling. So okay here we are. This is rather mild stuff – not salty to speak of. It’s rather interesting, what with the ingredients and all. I like the noodles. The broth is weak, but has some interesting flavor, and the veggies are plentiful. The veggies are some of the weirdest I’ve had – dehydrated cabbage, then vegetarian meat and then Wolfberry!!! Wow, some strange stuff here! The vegetarian meat actually worked quite nicely and was chewy! I’m giving this one a 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.
Some shrimp ramen – looked interesting and furong sounded weird so why not.
Veggies and oil and powder – a lot of powder!
Lookit all that powder!
Click image to enlarge. An enjoyable bowl, although I don’t really think shrimp was a flavor I detected. Some of the veggies ended up crunchy. I wonder if this may have been any better if the oil sachet was absent. I’ve noticed the oil seems a little funky to my taste buds with these Unif 100’s so maybe I’ll try it sans oil next time.
Well, I’m giving it a 3.0 out of 5.0 – overall a good bowl of noodles. Noodles were hearty, veggies crisped once in a while and broth was decent.
Some noodles from Thailand today. I’ve reviewed some noodles that are by MAMA and Tom Yum but not the creamy.
Chili powder, dry seasoning sachet and seasing paste/oil.
I just can’t get over how nasty some of the seasoning pastes look in the bowl.
So here’s the finished product (click image to enlarge). Noodles were good but it was quite spicy, not creamy and really didn’t taste at all like shrimp that I could detect. Get it here.
I’m also going to say this is the greasiest looking stuff yet. The cream and the red stuff was repulsing each other like crazy – it looked really neat but was kind of well gross. I’m tossing this a 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.