For today’s instant noodle review, we will be trying out the Tokyo Ramen Shin Chan Yakisoba Mini Cup (Japanese: 東京拉麺しんちゃん焼そば) from Japan. This is the first time that we are trying out something from Tokyo Ramen, so some brief introduction to the manufacturer is in order.
The company was started in 1950 by Mr. Kiyoshi Imaizumi in the city of Ashikaga, located in Tochigi Prefecture. Today the company is led by the third generation of the Imaizumi family and produces a variety of both instant and regular dry noodles.
The photo of the cup and its contents are shown below.
Without the plastic, the cup is a plain white cup as shown.
The contents of the cup are shown below.
The cup contains the noodle block, a sachet of seasoning sauce and a sesame seed garnish pack.
Preparation is straightforward. Remove the sachets and pour boiling water into the cup. Cover the cup and let the noodles steep for 3 minutes. Drain away the hot water and mix in the contents of the sachets. We topped off the dry noodles with some coriander, chili and egg.
Though soba refers to buckwheat noodles, Japanese yakisoba is actually made with regular wheat flour. This is the case here. The noodles had a decent texture and flavor after rehydrating.
The sauce is a light vinegar and soy-sauce flavored one with a faint hint of citrus. The Tokyo Ramen website says that the flavor is that of Worcestershire sauce which is somewhat accurate. On its own, the noodles are actually quite plain and boring. It’ll do so much better when garnished generally with some roast chicken or seafood.
Overall, we give the Tokyo Ramen Shin Chan Yakisoba Mini Cup a score of zero chilis and 2.5 stars.
Tokyo Ramen Shin Chan Yakisoba Mini Cup (Japan)
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