Paldo Fire Cup and Chlorella For Lunch

Today for lunch I had some of the Ramenbox ramen, the instant Paldo Fire Cup and when I got hungry again later I had the poorly named Chlorella “Green Team Cup” ramen.

The Paldo Fire Cup was great, it was a good level of spice and the spice stayed on your tongue, but just in the background. I liked the green onions which added a small crunch, and I enjoyed the tiny bit of sweat on my brow that showed up as I finished the hot and spicy bowl. I had trouble identifying many flavors other than spice, but I found that I didn’t mind. The flavor was complex enough to be enjoyable and the spice level was just right for me. The Paldo Fire Cup contained “soy peptides” which apparently might make me fly and also be invisible or maybe are just good for you.

You can see from the picture below what the Paldo fire cup spice looked like when I dumped it in, basically it looked like I just added 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper:

Now onto the Chlorella (Paldo Green Tea Cup).

This ramen was one of the more interesting flavor mixes that I’ve had in awhile. Despite my initial reaction that it might be named after a disease, it is in fact named after a type of algae, also called Chlorella, which is supposed to be good for you to eat.

When I opened the cup after adding the water and waiting the 3 minutes, I immediately smelled an “ocean” smell, to me it smelled like seaweed and oysters, so I was certainly getting that coming through. The little bits of meat in there appeared to me to be oysters and tasted as such also. The noodles themselves are greenish, due to the chlorella and green tea most likely. I didn’t get too much green tea flavor coming through, but I did like this one. I managed to scald my tongue when eating the Fire Cup, so I missed more of the subtleties with this one, and I’d have to say that I enjoyed the Fire Cup more. Note that the darker spot in the pic is just where I didn’t stir the noodles enough after dumping in the seasoning.

Overall, I was ordering a RamenBox of just these two, I’d order 15 Fire Cups and 5 of these.

Look What Came in the Mail

Look what I got in the mail today!

I’m going to try this one tomorrow for lunch:

I will write up some reviews of these as I try them. I’m especially curious about the large shittake ramen package.

PS – The FTC has some BS about bloggers reporting when they review free stuff, so I got free stuff, and I like free stuff, so that’s my disclaimer.

Book Review: The Ramen King and I

I just finished reading “The Ramen King and I: How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life” by Andy Raskin.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book when I started, I mean, I know Momofuku Ando was a great man, but could he fix someone’s love life? Based on the first few chapters, Momofuku has his work cut out for him. Andy seems to have at least two relationships going on at any given time and is not happy about it (I use the term relationships very loosely here). Andy decides that he will follow the motto of an older Japanese TV show and shout out “I want to…” and follow what comes next. In this case, what comes next is “meet Momofuku Ando and make instant ramen with him”. I won’t spoil the book by giving away the rest of the story, but this book is a fun read. Andy’s writing style is humorous and interesting, and I also enjoyed the sprinklings of Momofuku’s biography throughout. Last night I stayed up past midnight reading despite having to get up early this morning and that is the mark of a good book in my opinion.

The Ramen King and I by Andy Raskin will be released today, May 7. I recommend you pick up a copy and maybe even use the button on this site to do so!

The Ramen King and I

Review: Maruchan Yakisoba Teriyaki Flavor Microwave “Bowl”

Since I have today off, I decided to get some instant ramen at Target to eat while my wife is at work. For $.99, I purchased a Maruchan Yakisoba Teriyaki Flavor microwave bowl. It cooks in the microwave for 4 minutes and then sits for 1 and was extremely easy to make. The seasoning goes in last, and as I poured it, I smelled the overwhelming smell of cinnamon! This was quite unexpected, but oddly, it doesn’t taste like cinnamon (or much like teriyaki either). There is no meat in this bowl, and the quantity is enough to be part of a meal, but probably not a full one.

My overall feeling is that these are quality noodles, but I find the seasoning to be quite an odd flavor. I will finish what I have, but will probably try the other flavors (I’ve seen chicken flavor, but there may be more) next time!

Nutrition Facts

Review: Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein

Worked from home today, so I had to cook. I pulled the last packet of ramen out of my cabinet, and it was Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein. The noodles had some different cooking instructions, for once, they told me how much water to use in cups. Also, the noodles were only cooked in 1 cup of water, which wasnt enough to cover them. I have never cooked ramen like that before, but it ended up working okay. The seasoning packet tasted and smelled like Worchestershire sauce (since it was an ingredient, this is not surprising). The noodles also came with dried seaweed flakes to pour on top (for color mainly).

I did enjoy the taste, but they were not my favorite of the samples I ate. These noodles cost $0.49 at Noodleson’s Store.

Review: Nong Shim Chajang Chapagetti

Came home from a week out of town to no food in the house (except for the old stand-by of Ramen noodles). I picked this one from the two packs left in my cabinet and fired up my new stove. I couldnt tell what the flavor was from the packet, but looking online shows me that it is Black Bean flavor, and was vegetarian.

The noodles were fairly thick and of good quality. The flavoring had a sweet aroma, very similar to liquid malt used in brewing beer. However, the soup needed more salt. I know that its hard to believe a ramen dish needing more salt, but this one did! The flavoring wasn’t very rich.

To be quite honest, I didn’t really like this one, but if you are vegetarian, you might!

Review: Nong Shim Big Bowl Noodle (Kimchi)

I recently received my third box of goodies from Noodleson and so today I decided to try out one of the instant lunch noodle packs. I was a bit nervous to see that both my remaining instant noodles were “kimchi flavor”. I have never tried Kim Chi, but it sounds scary to me. Anyway, I was brave enough to cook up some Nong Shim Big Bowl Noodle (Kim Chi Flavor).

This ramen was the “add boiling water and wait” type. I found that the noodles softened very fast, and the broth was a spicy red color. The broth itself was quite spicy (made my nose run) and the noodles were good. They were the regular thin ramen noodles, not thick ones, but I still enjoyed it. I really liked the flavor, even with Kim Chi! Anyway, if you like spicy noodles, I would recommend this one.

Review: Ichiban Kitsune

Last night, I realized that I didnt have really anything to eat, so I figured I would cook up some more ramen noodles for dinner (along with a turkey sandwich). I pulled the Sapporo Ichiban Kitsune ramen out of the closet and started cooking.

This ramen had nice thick noodles and a bean curd patty-thing. The bean curd was sweet, but I didnt like the taste all that much. The noodles had a great texture, but I wasnt a huge fan of the broth. Oh well, I was hungry so I ate it anyway.

I usually like everything made by Sapporo Ichiban, but this one was not my favorite.

Price is $0.79 at NoodleSon.

Review: Nong Shim Ansung Tang Myun

I worked from home today and was hungry early thanks to the time change, so I whipped up some ramen at about 11. Today I decided on eating the Nong Shim Ansung Tang Myun (Hot & Spicy) ramen.

This makes alot for ramen, the brick is extra big and you add three cups of water instead of the usual two. I added chopped onions and carrots, and with one minute left to cook, a raw egg. The result was a delicious soup that really filled me up. The soup wasn’t as spicy as some other spicy ramen I have eaten, but it still had some kick.

This one is worth the $.69 price, order lots!