Sunday, June 16, 2019

Nissin U.F.O. Spicy Keema Curry Yakisoba

This wasn't your regular UFO Yakisoba noodle bowl from Nissin since it was curry flavoured, rather than the regular fairground type of yakisoba sauce.  UFO noodles are not soup noodles as they are simulating pan fried noodles, so you rehydrate the noodles in boiling water and then pour out the water to leave noodles behind.  Curry UFO was released as part of their SPICE CURRY campaign that coincided with a curry event in January of 2019 in Osaka.  This particular curry was a spicy keema (meat) sauce.  I reviewed the SPICE CURRY cup noodle version here.
The flattened bowl shape of a UFO noodle bowl.

The top of the noodle bowl.  UFO is in big yellow letters on a split background.  The top half shows the spice table picture found in the the SPICE CURRY Cup Noodle, while the bottom half shows a delightful image of pan fried noodles covering in topping.  The overall design has a lot of beige in it and some action lines like a lightning slash separating the top half of the image from the bottom half.
Ingredients and allergens.
Ingredients and manufacturers information.  The UFO packaging is a plastic film wrapped over a bowl, which is not nearly as deluxe as the printed packaging on a cup noodle.
Bottom of the bowl. Cooking directions, contact information, and nutritional information.  There is a tasty chopstick full of noodles in the bottom right corner.
The other side of the bowl with the best before date.
The plastic wrap come off the bowl to reveal a lid full of instructions.  I do love how the yakisoba bowls have a full page of instructions on how to prepare them.  Numbered steps and illustrations too!
The lid of the bowl.  Directions are in the middle.  There are 3 big numbers: 1, 2, and 3 printed on the bowl.  Step 1. Peel back the lid from the one to the halfway point marked by the pair of 2s.  DO NOT PEEL the lid off past this point.
Peel the lid back from the 1.
Once the lid is open halfway you can extract the sauce and condiment packets.
Closeup of the noodles along with some dehydrated carrots and bits of ground meat.
The condiment packet was opened and shown in this picture.  You can see a variety of spices and herbs.
After extracting the packets, you add boiling water to the fill line and close the lid for three minutes.  You then peel the area marked 3 back on the lid.  The foil on the 3 comes off from the lid and reveals drain holes - I love this part of the yakisoba package as it is pretty cool.  Pour out the boiling water to leave the meat, carrots, and noodles behind.  Now peel the rest of the lid off to see a bowl of plain noodles.  At this point open the curry sauce packet and pour the sauce on top of the noodles.  You can also pour on the seasoning mix and stir everything together to mix it up.
Curry sauce poured on top of the noodles.
Noodles mixed with the sauce to give a nice even coating to every strand.
After mixing, the finished product looked like a pretty nice bowl of simulated fried noodles.  The dark sauce was not strongly scented, but you could tell it was a curry from the fragrance.  There was a good bit of oil in the sauce to evenly coat the noodles and carry the flavour.  The flavour of the curry was pretty good for a change from the regular yakisoba sauce, but yakisoba sauce is hard to beat for this kind of noodle prep.   The noodles were nice and firm with a good chew to them too.   The herb and spice mix added a little extra flavour and scent too.  A nice bowl of noodles, but the SPICE CURRY cup noodle I had was still the best.
Closeup of the noodles and bits of ground meat.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Nissin Spice Curry Chicken Cup Noodle Review

Nissin released a limited edition set of cup noodle and U.F.O. brand noodles in late 2018 early 2019 under a SPICE CURRY campaign. This was to coincide with a curry day event in Osaka in January of 2019.  While Nissin already produces a Curry Cup Noodle and has variants of it, these limited editions have more intense spice to them and capture the essence of curry in its Indian roots.  I like a good curry so I was pretty hyped on trying these out.  Last year, I also reviewed another limited edition Keema Curry Cup Noodle from Nissin
3/4 view of the Nissin Spice Curry cup.
Nissin outdid themselves when they designed the packaging for this cup noodle.  Nissin Spice Curry Chicken Cup Noodle has one of the most attractive designs I have seen to date.  The design evokes a rustic nostalgia with a vivid background of spices on a heavily textured wooden table top.  It is colourful and the big SPICE CURRY letters stand out nicely from the background.  The emphasis here is on the curry and not the noodles as just a bowl of curry sauce is shown.
Lid of the curry cup with the extra spice packet.

The lid with the spice packet removed.  IT shows a rough wooden tagle top with peppercorns scattered about and big bowls of spices around the edge.  I like the fact that some curry leaves are even shown in the bowl of peppercorns at the bottom right.
Another 3/4 view without the spice packet.
The front of the cup.  SPICE CURRY in big yellow letters above a bowl of curry on the bottom right that has all kinds of veggies and chicken cubes.  Looks like a tasty dish.  How many of the herbs can you recognize.  It think there is nutmeg, peppercorns, chili peppers, cilantro, tomato, star anise, curry leaves, cumin, etc.
Warnings and nutritional information.  Not exactly low fat at 17.6 grams, but it should a a tasty 17.6 grams.  There is the usual warning in red to not microwave the cup, etc.
Manufacturers information and ingredients at the bottom right.
Peeling back the lid reveals lots of ingredients inside.

Closeup of the ingredients.  You can see dehydrated tomato, green onion, curry roux powder, freeze dried chicken.
This curry is a little reminiscent of Nissin's Tomato Chili cup noodle, but it is so much more too.
I added boiling water to the fill line, closed the lid, and waited for 3 minutes for everything to rehydrate.
This is one tasty cup of noodles.  Peeling back the lid let out a waft of rich curry smells.  The scent of spices filled the air and it definitely boded well for this cup.  You could see all of the great stuff in the cup and know it would be good. I gave the soup a good stir as the curry roux can sludge up as it is thick.  Like in the Chili Tomato, the dried tomatoes kind of dissolve into the soup when it is mixed.  I took a sip of the soup and it was definitely a more aromatic and richly spiced (not just heat) curry than their regular offerings.  The spice table on the decorating the outside of the cup was well represented.  The noodles were their standard noodle, maybe a little thicker, but had a nice firmness and chew.  The little blocks of ground chicken were good to and it is always nice to have toppings on your ramen.
The noodles and well stirred soup.

Nice rich looking curry soup.
I then added the spice packet which kind of reminded me of Japanese pepper (sansho) spice mix.
Closeup of the spice packet.
Adding in the spice jazzed the soup up some more and it was a welcome kick to the soup.  I quite enjoyed this cup of curry noodles!  Highly recommended!
Closeup of noodles and a block of chicken.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Maruchan Shrimp Tempura Udon Noodle Cup

This was another cup of noodle from Maruchan I tried recently.  You really can't go wrong between Maruchan and Nissin as they both put out pretty good noodles and flavours.  The udon style instant noodles are usually not thick like a real udon noodle, but are slightly thicker and broader than a regular instant noodle.
A 3/4 view of the attractively produced cup.  On the top of the cup as a flavoured oil satchet.
Another view showing more of the front of the cup.
The lid of the cup with the logo and a nice lined pattern on blue that reminds me of a fabric pattern.  The bottom of the lid has your preparation directions for the noodle cup.  Lift the oil satchet off the lid, peel the lid back to add boiling water, close the lid and wait 3 minutes, then add the flavouring oil and stir.
Another view of the calligraphic lettering for the name of  the noodle cup.  The picture shows nice looking udon noodles with a spinkling of tempura and green onion on top.
Manufacturers and nutritional information.
Ingredients and cautions.
Lifting the lid, you can see there are two kinds of tempura and green onions.
Another view of the contents.
After adding the boiling water, I put the oil satchet on top to warm up.

After 3 minutes I lifted the lid to see everything rehydrated.  The tempura was obviously damp rather than crunchy.
I then added the oil satchet and stirred to mix everything up.
The base soup was dashi based and fairly light.  The oil added some additional depth and shrimp flavour to it.  There was a pleasant aroma to the soup and it tasted like a decent dashi broth.  The two kinds of tempura - a plain, and I think a shrimp batter one were okay.  There was mix of textures between the noodles and the soggy tempura which is expected from this type of soup.  The udon style noodles broke up fairly easy and didn't have as much springiness as I would expect.  Still, this was an okay noodle cup that you could definitely enjoy as a snack or accompaniment to something more substantial like a sandwich.
Closeup of noodles and a tempura bit.

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