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Zenpop June 2018 Instant Ramen Box – Shio Sampler! – Unboxing Time

Zenpop June 2018 Instant Ramen Box - Shio Sampler! - Unboxing Time

So another month, another great box from Zenpop.jp, purveyors of Japanese neat things. They have ramen boxes, they have candy boxes, they have ramen and candy boxes, they have stationery boxes too! Lots of neat stuff to check out over there. Check ’em out and use coupon code RAMENRATER at checkout for a discount! Let’s crack this box open and see what’s inside!

Zenpop Japan Shio Sampler Pack – June 2018 – Japan

Awesome – lots of great things in here to check out! Thank you very much for sending this along!

#2852: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon

#2763: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon Chanpon zenpop zenpopjp zednpop.jp

This is another one from Zenpop.jp. Zenpop is pretty cool – they have different boxes you can get – Japanese stationery, snacks, ramen… It’s quite a variety. They’re pretty cheap, too. Here’s what they had to say about this variety:

‘Champon features thick, smooth, chewy noodles and creamy pork based soup. The satisfying dish with a pile of vegetables was born in Nagasaki, being influenced by Chinese cuisine. You can add extra cabbage, shrimp, onion and so ion to make it much more like the authentic chanpon of Nagasaki Chinatown.’

Alright – let’s hit it.

Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon – Japan

#2763: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon Chanpon zenpop zenpopjp zednpop.jp

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp, squid, beef, chicken, and pork. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line along with veg sachet. Let steep for 5 minutes. Add in powder based sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2763: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon Chanpon zenpop zenpopjp zednpop.jp

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2763: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon Chanpon zenpop zenpopjp zednpop.jp

The noodle block.

#2763: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon Chanpon zenpop zenpopjp zednpop.jp

Powder soup base sachet.

#2763: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon Chanpon zenpop zenpopjp zednpop.jp

Light and fluffy.

#2763: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon Chanpon zenpop zenpopjp zednpop.jp

A vegetables sachet.

#2763: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon Chanpon zenpop zenpopjp zednpop.jp

Interesting mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The noodles had an alright chew to them, although a little on the light side. The broth was great – nice seafood, cabbage and pork taste. Included veg was very good. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734027331.

#2763: Sapporo Ichiban Nagasaki Chinatown Champon Chanpon zenpop zenpopjp zednpop.jp

Sapporo most salt ramen mini bowl 41g ~ 12 pieces

A vintage Sapporo Ichiban TV spot

#2826: Acecook Chicken Dashi Udon

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one -‘Dashi is essential for most Japanese dishes including udon. This healthy udon is low in sodium and moreover, it contains GABA which helps lower the blood pressure, reduce the stress, and make you relaxed. Of course, it’s super tasty too.’ Alright – let’s crack it open!

Acecook Chicken Dashi Udon – Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork, chicken and fish. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Loose seasoning from the cup.

A liquid base sachet.

A seasoned oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). The udon is very soft and plentiful. A wide and flat shape and slight chew. The broth was very good. A kind of chicken and soy with the very slightest of fish notes. Included bits were welcome – definitely a comfortable one for the winter months. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071278786.

76gX12 one full Dandan noodles to drink Acecook Vertical

A recent Acecook TV spot.

#2809: Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba

#2809: Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba

Here’s another neat one from Zenpop.JP. Thank you! So Zenpop has all sorts of monthly boxes including ramen boxes. Nine instant ramen in one box for a good price – check ’em out! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘This healthy soba is low in sodium and moreover, it contains GABA, which helps lower the blood pressure, reduce the stress, and make you relaxed. Of course, it’s tasty too. Katsuo (bonito) dashi and shrimp adds a delectable flavor to it.’

Wow it almost makes it sound like it’ll mellow you out! Curious about this GABA stuff… I looked it up on Wikipedia –

GABA is gamma-Aminobutyric acid (γ-Aminobutyric acid). It is a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system of mammals. It is an inhibiting neurotransmitter. Normally, when a neuron receives an impulse, it will make the signal stronger. In the case where there is an inhibiting neurotransmitter, the cell will no longer get the impulse, and the signal as a whole will be weakened.

GABA regulates how much neurons in the central nervous system will be stimulated in humans, and other mammals. It plays a role in regulating neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system. In humans, GABA is also directly responsible for the regulation of muscle tone.[1] In insect species GABA acts only on excitatory nerve receptors.

Even though chemically it is an amino acid, GABA is rarely referred to as such in the scientific or medical communities. The term “amino acid,” used without a qualifier, refers to the alpha amino acids, which GABA is not. GABA is also not incorporated into proteins.

Whoa – in instant noodles? Well, let’s see if I get my mellow on with this one!

Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba – Japan

#2809: Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge).  Contains shrimp. To prepare, add boiling water and sachet contents and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2809: Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2809: Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba

The noodle block.

#2809: Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba

Loose bits from the cup.

#2809: Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba

The soup base sachet.

#2809: Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles re kind of funky – they’re buckwheat soba which I’m generally not a huge fan of. The broth is overly salty. The bits of kamaboko were so-so. I this is karma – yesterday I did three reviews that all got 5 stars and were really great. Today we have two I abhor. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071245085.

#2809: Acecook Shrimp Tempura Soba

Acecook noodle vermicelli 1/3 days worth of vegetables Chanpon taste 43gX6 pieces

This guy talks about GABA a little bit…

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

Here’s another neat one from Zenpop.JP. Thank you! So Zenpop has all sorts of monthly boxes including ramen boxes. Nine instant ramen in one box for a good price – check ’em out! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘The soup has a condensed umami of chicken, which matches perfectly with the onion-garlic flavored noodles. Additionally, delicious wontons are included to make your empty stomach happy. Like in many other ramen bowls, sesame works as a hidden hero which brings a balance to the dish.’

Sounds like a good bowl of noodles – let’s find out!

Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen – Japan

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and pork. To prepare, add in dry sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

The noodle block.

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

Loose bits including wonton from the cup.

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

A dry base sachet.

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

A lot of powder.

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

A liquid base sachet.

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

Smells like sesame.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles were very plentiful and hydrated well. The broth was just out of sight – had a nice heartiness and a good chicken taste./ Top that off with the wontons which. to my chagrin, are plentiful. Just a nice and happy stick to your ribsy kind of taste fest here. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990338318.

#2807: Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen

Maruchan Seimen – Tonkotsu Ramen Gotsumori 1 pack

Maruchan’s Gotsumori Sauce Yakisoba made it on the 2018 Top Ten Japanese list!

#2805: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this variety:

Buckwheat noodles with shoyu soup flavored with bonito and kombu (kelp) broth, and it’s also low-sodium. Age-tama (fried wheat flour) and tiny shrimp make the soup even more savory. Add the bag of flavor magic after the noodles cook for 3 min.

Here’s a little about tempura soba from Wikipedia –

Tempura soba 天麩羅蕎麦: Topped with tempura, a large shrimp frequently is used, but vegetables are also popular. Some of soba venders use kakiage for this dish and this often is called Tensoba.

Alrighty then! Let’s check out this tempura soba and see how it goes.

Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba – Japan

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp and crustacean. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

The noodle block.

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

Loose seasoning and garnish from the cup.

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

A liquid base sachet affixed to the top of the cup on the lid.

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

Has a slightly sweet scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added nanami togarashi and Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts. The noodles are thin and a little on the soft side. The broth is salty and full of bonito taste for sure. Included garnish of kamaboko, spring onion and tempura was pretty good. I liked how the broth had a good level of thickness to it. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901990336338.

#2705: Maruchan Umaitsuyu Tempura Soba - zenpop zenpop.jp japan ramen

Maruchan Midori Tanuki Soba, 3.49-Ounce Units (Pack of 12)

I’m unusre but I think this guy does a periodic run-down of the new instant ramen in Japan

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

Here’s another neat one from Zenpop.JP. Thank you! So Zenpop has all sorts of monthly boxes including ramen boxes. Nine instant ramen in one box for a good price – check ’em out! Here’s what they had to say about this one –

Kitsune means ‘fox’ in Japanese and Kitsune soba is topped with fried tofu, which according to folklore, fox spirits are fond of. Since this product is made to sell in the Kanto area, where Tokyo in included, the soup has a stronger flavor of shoyu compared to the Kansai one.

sounds good to me – let’s crack it open

Maruchan Kitsune Soba – Japan

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and fish. To prepare, add everything to the bowl and boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

The noodle block.

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

The kitsune!

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

Loose bits from the bowl.

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

The soup base sachet.

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

Lots of powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and shichimi togarashi. Noodles had a kind of chew that seemed like they would do so much better dry than in soup. The broth was so salty and strong that it was just kind of gross to me. The saving grace of the kitsune was the only thing keeping this from the stripey hole. 0.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990529211.

#2799: Maruchan Kitsune Soba

Maruchan Aka Kitsune Udon Cup, 3.39-Ounce Units (Pack of 12)

An older Maruchan TV spot

Unboxing Time: Zenpop ‘Toshikoshi’ Box

Unboxing Time: Zen Pop 'Toshikoshi' Box

Happy New Year! This is a new box from Zenpop.JP –  they do a few different kinds of boxes but this one’s just ramen. Nine varieties – pretty impressive! Use coupon code RAMENRATER to receive a discount at http://www.zenpop.jp ! Let’s have a look inside to see what’s going on!

Let’s have unboxing time with The Ramen Rater !!

Unboxing Time: Zen Pop ‘Toshikoshi’ Box – Japan

So yeah a lot of different varieties. I really like how they include the information about each variety in English – that saves me a ton of time on translation and I could see how consumers would really like this.

Unboxing Time: Zenpop Local Flavors Japanese Ramen Pack

Unboxing Time: Zenpop Local Flavors Japanese Ramen Pack

Today, we have another box that was received while I was off adventuring in Taiwan – this one’s from Zenpop, a Japanese purveyor of all things Japanese!

Unboxing Time: Zenpop Local Flavors Japanese Ramen Pack – Japan

Let’s Have Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater!

Lots of varieties in this one! If you would like to check them out, go visit Zenpop today – and use coupon code RAMENRATER for a discount!