As part of my partnership with ZenPop, I receive free boxes of Japanese goodies to review, providing an honest opinion on each product. ありがとう ♡
I felt like being a bit of a rebel, so I asked ZenPop to join their Ramen Revolution!
Although a little late—’the revolution’ took place last month—everything went well in the end. Santa apologised very much for the delay, but due to a heavy snowstorm he was late with the delivery . . . Do we forgive him? How can we not when we are good ‘children’ and always love what he brings us? Especially when he literally warms us up with gifts like these!
Take a good look, you’ll also see the snowstorm was no joke . . .
CUP NOODLE GYOZA BIG FROM NISSIN
What better way to start a tasty experience with a big cup of noodles? This time Nissin offered an interesting combination of ramen and gyoza that is quite rich in flavour. The gravy gyoza-style soup allows you to savour the Chinese chives and the umami of the meat, while making you feel the flavour of the garlic. Well, that really kicks in! I’m not going to lie, it was a bit strong for me, but I think that by adding myself a nice bowl of rice I would have enjoyed it more—always follow the ZenPop team’s suggestions!
MENZUKURI YUZU & KOSHO KAORU TORIPAITAN FROM TOYO SUISAN
A lighter cup made so by the tori paitan soup (鶏白湯), which is a white chicken soup flavoured with yuzu & pepper combined with non-fried noodles, bok choy, and bamboo shoots. The resulting appeal of the ingredients mixed together and the freshness of this dish make it something to try to feel at peace with yourself. After all, isn’t that how everyone should feel? And I don’t know about you, but the bamboo shoots are reason enough to convince me to give it a shot!
NISSIN NO ASSARI ODASHI GA OISHII DONBEI AGEDAMA SOBA FROM NISSIN
Did you know that Soba noodles have a special meaning in Japan when it comes to the New Year? On Ōmisoka (大晦日)—namely, New Year’s Eve—Japanese make their reflections on the past year right before starting the new one, and they do so while eating a bowl of hot soba noodles called Toshikoshi Soba (年越 し蕎麦), or year-crossing noodle. Now, I haven’t done this on New Year’s Eve, but I can see why Japanese people like to keep this tradition, and I assure you that having a soba full of tasty ingredients like this is a nice way to do it!
AJIYOKA TAI TONKOTSU RAMEN HAKATA FROM MARUTAI
This cup of Hakata ramen (博多ラーメン) comes from the Hakata district in Fukuoka, and it is made with tonkotsu soup, thin noodles, and an original seasoning oil mixed with roasted sesame and green onions. I was really curious to try it, but I’m afraid the pork-bone tonkotsu broth wasn’t for me . . . It definitely has a distinctive flavour, but the bones just didn’t do it for me. It’s a personal taste, of course, so some of you might enjoy it more than I did.
SOUP HARUSAME HAKATA MIZUTAKI FU YUZU KOSHO FROM ACECOOK
Apparently, people of Fukuoka—especially Hakata—are very fond of their noodles, and they know how to make you appreciate them, too! How can you remain indifferent to such a gorgeous type of glass noodles? They are called Harusame (はるさめ), and this one from Acecook is prepared in a Hakata-style (博多). Do you love chicken soup and vegetables? Great, then together with the yuzu pepper and the smooth texture of these noodles you’ll get a unique experience!
CUP STAR BBQ CHICKEN FLAVOR FROM SANYO SHOKUHIN
“I’m Batman!” Fine, you got me, I’m not, but this cup is Batman! Ok, you’re right, Batman is ON this cup, and you have to admit that this limited edition packaging is simply the cutest! And the contents don’t disappoint either. In fact, I’d say this is one of the most delicious BBQ Chicken flavours (バーベキューチキン味) I’ve had the pleasure of savouring, made even more enjoyable thanks to the tomato and veggies mixed in the sauce. Plus, let’s face it, the kamaboko with Batman’s mark on is just the coolest addition!
MARUUMA WANTAN CHUKA SOBA FROM ACECOOK
And to make this box even more special, here comes the Chinese-style soba (中 華そば)! If the soy sauce soup—made of chicken and pork broth with dried bonito flakes—is already enough to make you salivate, the stuffed wontons (ワンタン) are also a feast for the eyes, and believe me when I say they will be for your stomach as well! Can we agree that Asian cuisine is indeed full of unique flavours and pleasurable discoveries? I knew we would be on the same page!
Aren’t you craving some ramen now?
Good, because there’s a cute Pokémon-themed ramen pack available this month!
You should also know that ZenPop is now offering a brand new Japanese Snack Box filled with more than 18 sweet & savoury snacks, including a unique ramen and a drink.
What are you waiting for? Gotta catch’em all!
Psst, stay tuned for another unboxing next week, it’s different from everything you have seen so far and it might spark your creativity 😉