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Yakisoba Apr. 5th, 2007 @ 11:32 am
First post! I've recently gotten back into the habit of trying lots of instant noodles again.

product name
: Instant Noodle Cup Maukashinagarno Sauce Yakisoba
country of origin: Japan

This is a very complicated sort of instant noodle. First, the lid is peeled back partway (from the part labled A to the part labelled B), and the flavouring packets are removed. There are three flavouring packets: dried vegetables (cabbage) , soy sauce, and seasoningd and seaweed bits.. The cabbage is at this point added (under the noodles so it doesn't stick to the lid), and then water is poured in. It's then sealed with a convenient tab at point A. Now I can't read Japanese, but I assumed it would be best just to leave it there for a while.

After waiting, the cover is then opened at point C (oppisite to point A) and  under the plastic is this little alfoil affair with slots that allows the water to exit, but not the noodles. The entire lid is then removed, and the sauce and flavourings added, and the whole thing is then mixed.

I've never been much of a fan of yakisoba, I'm more a ramen girl. There was also twice as much as I usually eat, so I wasn't able to finish, even when I made a yakisoba bread out of some of the leftovers. The noodles are short, which is a nice change, making them easier to eat (if you use chopsticks), and the cabbage reconstituted surprisingly well. But yakisoba always seems to me rather bland and unpleasantly tasting of okonomiyaki sauce.

the verdict
3/5  An extra point for the cool container, but the noodles are otherwise fairly bland. If you're a fan of yakisoba, go for it.
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed

Feb. 26th, 2007 @ 06:28 pm
Inventor of instant noodles dead at 96. :(

Current Mood: sadsad

Mar. 28th, 2006 @ 08:57 am
I have an unfortunate bad ramen experience to post when I feel up to it. Blargh. Probably tomorrow.

*crawls off to die*

Wang Black Bean Paste Noodles Mar. 21st, 2006 @ 04:36 pm
Brand: Wang
Variety: Black Bean Paste Noodle
Type: Instant Bowl Noodles
Price: $3.29

This Korean bowl noodle dish looks quite enticing from the picture, but from the name, I wasn’t sure I’d like it. I opened it and was surprised. This one actually had thick moist noodles in a pouch. Promising. There was also a packet of “black sauce,” red pepper powder (hot? *whimper*), and a “dried flake sachet” (o_O). This one’s 550 Calories with 4g of fat, 19g of protein, and a whopping 1800 mg of sodium.

My method of preparation: I prepared it by to the instructions, by adding the noodles and the “flakes” (which turned out to be the dried veggies like onion and seaweed and a little powder, not some scary fish food or anything like that), then filling it with hot water and nuking it for 3 minutes. It said to drain the water, but that meant losing the veggies, so I only drained most of it so as to maintain most of the veggies. I opened the red pepper packet and I think my eyes started to water. That’s some hot stuff there. I was reluctant to mix all of it in, but, if I’m going to review this right, I’d better follow the instructions. Dumped it all in there. Next came the black sauce, which was a very dark brown and somewhat thick mixture.

First impressions: The noodles are fabulous! Firm and tasty! This is how they should all be. I can taste the pepper. The heat’s gonna build up over time. Hey, there’s something like tiny meat chunks in here. Didn’t notice those. Might be pork or chicken, not sure. They’re a little chewy, but much better than most reconstituted bits of meet I’ve tasted.

Second impression: Is it getting warm in here? *wipes forehead* I’m a bit of a wimp, but I’m not even 1/3 the way through it. Good flavor, but then again, I’m not sure exactly how black bean paste noodles really should taste. It’s not my favorite flavor, but it’s still good.

Third impression: The red pepper is starting to take over the flavor. I’m wishing I hadn’t added all of it. My nose is running. I’m about halfway through.

Final impressions: Gah! Must…find….fire…extinguisher!

The verdict: Fabulous noodles! Good black bean paste sauce. The meat is still unidentifiable, but tastes and chews better than most. Far too spicy for me (a lightweight) with all the red pepper powder added, but that can be controlled to your individual taste, so it’s not a real negative. I’d definitely buy this again, but I’d prepare it with less spice.

Rating: 4/5
Current Mood: fullfull

Next week on Super Ramen Chef Extreme Challenge... Mar. 20th, 2006 @ 12:26 pm
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» First Review - King Car Soy Sauce Ramen
Brand: King Car
Variety: Soy Sauce Ramen
Type: Instant Ramen
Price: $1.29

This bowl ramen makes the claim to be “healthy & nutritious”, using “non-fried noodles”. Upon opening it, I noticed that the noodles had the usual width, but were flatter than normal. There were two flavoring packets, one of a dark oily sauce and the other of dried vegetables and powdered flavoring.

My method of preparation: I filled the bowl about 2/3 the way with hot water from my work’s coffee machine, which puts out very hot water meant for tea and such. I placed the bowl into the microwave for further heating for 90 seconds. I let it sit like that for a minute or so. The noodles softened very quickly. I added the seasoning from the packets and let it sit for another minute to cool down.

The dried veggies appear to be corn, green onion, and seaweed, and possibly small strips of fried tofu, but I’m not sure if that’s what it is. They’re chopped finely, so they reconstitute quickly and have a good texture. The objects identified as fried tofu end up a bit rubbery, though. The appealing aroma was of sea salt and soy. The broth texture wasn’t grainy, like some of the bowls, where they rely mainly on powdered broth base. The broth is quite tasty and not overly salty. The noodle texture is good. The noodles aren’t tough, but neither are they too weak or slimy. The flavor of the noodles seems to somewhat overpower the flavor of the broth. The broth could be a little stronger.

I would recommend adding some BBQ pork to it. Perhaps a little hot mustard as well.

The verdict: Good texture. Slightly weak, but still tasty, broth. Could be excellent if you add a few things of your own to it. Very good as a base, but not quite sufficient to eat by itself.

Rating: 3/5
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