Sunday, November 17, 2013

Nissin Kitsune and Tempura Instant Ramen + KING Cup Chicken Ramen

I ordered a bunch of stuff from Japan awhile back and have been slowly eating my way through all sorts of instant ramen goodness (yes - I'm using that term for what some people call junk food).  Today, I'm posting about three more kinds of instant noodle in a cup or bowl and talking about the miracle of adding boiling water and waiting three measly minutes for some noodles to be ready in a savory broth.  The Kitsune and Tempura Instant ramen are usually available year round, but I'm not so sure about the Giant Cup Chicken Ramen.

If you're looking for a fix and cannot find it in your area, check out as they have good ordering, packing, and shipping system.  As a business analyst myself, I think they have one of the more interesting systems for determining weight and optimal packing, and then shipping than most vendors.  Their system seems to be quite reliable too. Just remember to ship your bargain ramen at SAL rates to avoid making your ramen even more expensive.

Donbe Kitsune Instant Udon Noodle Bowl
I should have been a fox (kitsune) as they love deep fried tofu.  This instant ramen has a simple soy broth and the thicker udon noodles.  The highlight of the noodle bowl is a nice big hunk of fried tofu or inari that is both sweet and savory.  This is a very tasty noodle dish, but you have to not mind a piece of slightly soggy and spongy tofu after it has absorbed some of the broth.  In Japan, Kitsune can be the messengers of the gods and they are supposed to love eating inari tofu!

Kitsune Udon

A piece of dehydrated tofu and a simple flavour packet.
Add hot water and wait 3 minutes.
Nice thick noodles! Yum.

Donbe Tempura Instant Soba Noodle Bowl
This is another tasty bowl of instant noodles with a nice big disc of tempura to put on top.  This is another simple soy type broth with instant buckwheat noodles (soba) for noodles with a different taste and texture.  The noodles are firmer with a chewier consistency and there is a nice sized tempura disc in its own little package.  Dump in the flavour packet, add boiling water, wait three minutes, then put in the disc of tempura.  I don't do it too early because you'll end up with completely soggy tempura instead of crunchy fried goodness with little pieces of vegetable. Was quite yummy.

If you can eat the real thing, there is also an app in the Apple App Store from Nissin to simulate this instant noodle bowl!  Click here to see my Apps page and look for the Itadaki Donbei link.

Instant Soba and Tempura noodles
Tempura disc, flavour packet, and soba noodles.

Tempura disc on the old noodles!

KING (Gigantor) Size Chicken Cup Noodle
I really enjoyed this particular cup of noodle as it was actually a lunch at work with some fruit and veggies one day.  It is a BIG cup of noodles of Nissin's traditional chicken ramen flavour with many extra fixings to go with it.  I like chicken ramen flavour a lot and was actually quite happy to see this particular cup noodle on offer for awhile.
King Chicken Cup Noodle
 The picture below shows that there are plenty of toppings for this ramen. Included are big chunks of chicken, green onions, eggs, cabbage, and some red peppers.  It was a tasty treat. Just like their regula  instant chicken ramen, the flavouring for the ramen is coated onto the noodles.  I need to see a factory secrets show to see what kind of processed food magic is being worked here.   I wrote about the original chicken ramen here.
Chicken ramen toppings.
Chicken Ramen done!

Size comparison between regular and King sized.
Closeup of the noodles!

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