I am not much of a reviewer of any sorts as I am not very good at throwing adjectives around. Even so, I have recently found that there is more to the world of instant noodles than I previously thought, so this is my first post of the new INR (Instant Noodle Review)!
This whole idea started on my previous visit to Melissa as she took me to the local supermarket so I could bring home, to Denmark, some instant noodles. The supply of noodles in my hometown is lacking, to say the least. At least in variety.
So, we bought a bunch of different kinds for me to try out when I am home (which is almost never).
The first review of this series will be, you guessed it, the Ippei-chan Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodles by Myojo!
This is possibly the worst choice for my first review, as I have never tried real yakisoba, but that’s not going to stop me. I will, therefore, focus on all the other things, like packaging, reception, ease of preparation, etc.
The packaging on this product struck me, as it was the first time I had ever seen a square, flat instant noodle box. The colours on the box are nice and simplistic, with a thematically reoccurring yellow that nicely matches the mustardy taste this product has to offer and a background image resembling what suspected to be the finished noodles. More on that later.
When the surrounding plastic was removed from the box, I was greeted with this overwhelming set of instructions. Once I remembered that I know how to read, it wasn’t as bad as I first thought though.
First, open the lid from point 1 to the center line and remove all the packets from inside
The contents, besides the noodles, are a total of four packets:
- Mustard Mayonnaise
- Dry Vegetable
Pour in the dry vegetable and pour boiling water into the container until it reaches the top line close the lid, and wait for 3 minutes. What really got to me though was the thought put into the lid when closing the lid after adding water, as it neatly folds around the box to hold it down.
After three minutes, just drain the water through the built-in water drain, located at the other side of the lid.
The end result should look something like the following:
Now, add the contents of the remaining packets, mix it up and enjoy!
So, taste. Taste is just as important with these kinds of products as the clever packaging. Again, I must state that I have never had real yakisoba, so I cannot say if this instant noodle even slightly resembles that taste.
With three minutes of cooking time, the noodles are still slightly firm which is the way I prefer it. The ‘not so dry’, dry vegetable has a bit of a crunch to it and does taste like salad. The main topic is possible the sauce and mustard mayonnaise which is very dominant throughout the experience. I am a fan of both mustard and mayonnaise so for me, it was just a plus. I am amazed though at how they kept the strong mustard taste, but without any spicy undertones or nose burning.
I did, however, leave the whole thing thinking a little something was missing. Even so, I would recommend this product to anybody who enjoys the convenience of a cleverly made packaging, and a nice full taste of mustard on firm noodles.
I give this instant noodle 6 out of 10 cute bears