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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