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Posted : Thursday, 05 July 2018, 04:38
Jayenkai
Noodle Eight





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Tastes Like

Sweet lord, those are some chunky noodles!!
Smells awfully oniony, and I’m not really sure what the ominous brown sticks are. (I think they’re just bread...)
Tastes quite a bit like Worcestershire Sauce crisps. That kinda weird blend between sweet and tangy. Mmmm.
And VERY flavourful. Out of all of the ZenPop ramen I’ve tried, this is easily the one with the strongest taste.
Nice!!

Rating : 5/5 - Strong taste, thick noodles. What’s not to like?

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Posted : Thursday, 05 July 2018, 08:10
rockford
Sounds good
Posted : Thursday, 05 July 2018, 10:26
Pakz
I still have a 5 pack of maggi - 3 minutes noodles - curry flavor. Never tried these before.

I like those instant spaghetti cups but they are pretty expensive.
Posted : Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 04:34
Jayenkai
Noodle Nine : End of the Line



Last Noodle of the current box, and it looks not entirely unlike a Muller Corner!



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Tastes Like

Very dry.
You have to strain it, and THEN add the freeze dry veggies, so they remain mostly uncooked, which is a strange experience. The bit of oil helps quite a lot, resulting in nicely slimy noodles, but there's still the occasional odd lump in it!
Also, since the noodles are strained, there's no drinky/slurpy bit at the end.

Flavour wise, I’m really not sure what it was meant to be. It certainly did taste salty and peppery, but other than that.. I’ve no idea what flavour it was aiming for!

Rating : 3/5. My mouth's all oily, Now..

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Posted : Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 15:07
rockford
Bizzaro!

So will you continue to subscribe? Has the experience been worth it?
Posted : Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 15:15
Jayenkai
The subscription was for 6 months. 4 more to go

Whether I continue after that, depends. But if I'm honest, even the rubbish ones have been interesting, and the range of flavours is definitely worth it.

However... They're apparently dropping the number of noodles from 9 to 8.. Grrr.. I blame Brexit!!

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Posted : Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 16:09
rockford
Bloody Brexit!

I heard that Teresa May called Ikea earlier, she's apparently looking for a new cabinet
Posted : Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 09:32
Jayenkai
Exciting news. The next box has arrived, just in time for tomorrow's noodling!
Only 8 in the box, though
More info tomorrow.

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Posted : Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 10:56
rockford
Wow! They don't hang about do they? Typical Japanese promptness and courtesy!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-42009839
Posted : Thursday, 12 July 2018, 05:43
Jayenkai

Another Box Begins!!


Cheat sheet : Side 1 : Side 2

ZenPop Ramen Pack averages £21 per month (Depending on subscription length). Each month contains a selection of Ramen with a vague theme, and a few oddballs along the way, too.
If you'd like to see the variety, look through this thread. There's quite a lot of different flavours each month.

Only 8 noodles per box, now, so we probably won't get a "Next Day, More Noodles" next month once it's finished, like we did this month
But otherwise, they've claimed that the noodles will be "Premium" noodles, from here onwards. I'm not really sure how you could tell, if I'm honest. Noodles are noodles!

If you'd like to subscribe to the Ramen Pack, you can do so here. They also have Sweets pack, and Stationary, but.. Nah, I'll stick with my noodles

Anyhoo, let's begin again!

Noodle One




Looks Like..



The thicker Pot Noodle sort of noodle.
In fact, it kinda resembles... Hmmm..

Tastes Like...

During my college days, I used to buy the super cheap Morrison’s Own Brand Curry Pot Noodles, because they were a really odd flavour, and were quite nice.
They changed the recipe, though, and that made Jay a sad Jay, as the new ones just tasted like every other Curry Pot Noodle on the market.

Right now, I’ve gone back in time 20 years or so, as these taste almost EXACTLY how those used to taste.
Gorgeous!!

A thick curry sauce, chunky noodles, and a unique flavour that you really can't describe, other than saying "Like those Morrison's ones used to be!"

Rating : 5/5 - Takes me back to my childhood!!

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Posted : Thursday, 12 July 2018, 05:49
rockford
It's a hit!
Posted : Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 05:45
Jayenkai
Noodle Two





Looks Like



Big ok slab of ham/something, there on top!
There was also a pink and white swirly thing, but that got buried during the stirring!

Tastes Like

Smells very fishy.
*tastes the big slap of meat first*
Eeeuw.. I think that might be some kind of fish meat, like shark or something. Doesn’t taste ham or pork like, but then that might be the overwhelmingly fishy smell of it.

Other than that, it was surprisingly bland, and somewhat tasteless. Given the smell coming from it, that didn’t seem right. Perhaps all the seasoning and sauce was simply for the smell!?

Rating : 1/5 - Didn’t smell very good, and didn’t taste great, either.

Also .. KitKat?
Town - 1875
Chocolate - 1911’ish

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Posted : Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 09:21
rockford
Sounds bleurgh! Looks bleurgh!
Posted : Thursday, 19 July 2018, 05:39
Jayenkai
Noodle Three





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Soup?

Tastes Like

The big slab of pork was very bacon'y. Nom nom!
The noodles themselves, although bathed in more soup'yness than is normal, are very tough and almost uncooked in texture. They’ve also not done much soaking up of the flavour, either, so you get that "bland noodle vs Soup" thing.
They’re not what I would call the "right noodles"...

The soup's nice, and reminds me of those Knorr Packet Soups.

Rating : 3/5 Tasty soup, shame about the noodles.

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Posted : Thursday, 19 July 2018, 10:14
rockford
Seimen doesn't mean "right noodles" where I hail from, and I won't be eating it!

Sounds OK, actually.
Posted : Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 04:49
Jayenkai
Noodle Four





Looks like..



Yep, there's definitely seaweed in there!!

Tastes Like

Seaweed!
Yeah, quite a nice "soup" and the big green chunks aren’t horrendous for a change, although that might be down to my Irish blood loving seaweed.
The noodles, however, are the thin scraggly type that don’t soak up the flavour, and are kinda bland as a result.
Booo!
A shame, really.

Rating 3/5 - much like the vegetable soup one, last week, these noodles have been let down by the very noodles they claim to offer!!

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Posted : Thursday, 26 July 2018, 04:59
Jayenkai
Noodle Five



Eeeuw



Eeeeuwww.

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Tastes Like...

Unsurprisingly fishy!
Rather salty, and the little pinky bits are extremely fishy, but overall it's not too fishy that it's inedible.
It's more like a fish cake strength of fishyness, than a battered fish strength.

The noodles themselves are rather thin, but have still managed to soak up quite a lot of flavour. Why can’t all the thin noodles do that?!

Rating 4/5 - Nowhere near as bad as I imagined.

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Posted : Thursday, 26 July 2018, 12:21
rockford
Bleurgh!
Posted : Thursday, 26 July 2018, 15:25
steve_ancell
Minging!
Posted : Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 05:42
Jayenkai
Noodle Six





Looks Like...



Smells Like

Burnt wood!!
Not like a nice "smoked" smell, though.. More like a shit cheap plywood that you’ve accidentally set on fire!

Tastes Like...

Rather sweet.
The little hammy bits were quite nice, and there's barely any shrimp taste, but the whole thing has an almost sugary sweetness to it, which I’m not all that keen on.
Not getting the spice vibe, either.
Hmm.
The noodles are a medium thickness, and have soaked up quite a lot of flavour, but the flavour's a bit sweet for my palette.

Rating : 2/5 .. 2 sweet for me!

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Posted : Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 11:05
rockford
Looks OK. Even the seafood vibe wouldn't put me off trying this one.
Posted : Thursday, 02 August 2018, 05:21
Jayenkai
Noodle Seven





Smells Like...

Not sure if your chip shop used to have the fruity curry. Ours did! Had currants and raisins in it, and tasted more sweet and fruity.
This smells a lot like that.

Looks Like..



Tastes Like...

The soup is delicious, and is really full of flavour.
Unfortunately, the noodles don’t seem to be soaking up any of the flavour at all.
There's a few little bready chunks in there, which have definitely soaked in the flavour, but the noodles... not so much.
Still, there’s a lovely big slurpy drinky bit at the end!

Nom nom nom!!

Rating : 4/5 - Shame about the tasteless noodles.

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Posted : Thursday, 02 August 2018, 12:09
rockford
Sounds great. Other than the noodles
Posted : Tuesday, 07 August 2018, 03:40
Jayenkai
Noodle Eight
And the end of our third ZenPop Ramen Noodle Box.

Hopefully the next one turns up, soon, or I’ll be having withdrawals!!





Looks like..



“Curly noodles” are apparently Pot Noodle noodles!

Tastes like...

A very strong, and extremely salty, fishy taste. It's actually not too bad, and ends up tasting quite like that seaweed one from a few noodles-back..
It has feint sweet tasting bits, almost lemony, but the overriding sensation is that of the slimy gooey oil that was added at the end, and it's very very oily, and seems to be soaking on my tongue.
Not much taste to the oil, but my tongue's very tacky, right now!!

Rating 4/5 - OK, except for the oily thing...

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Posted : Tuesday, 07 August 2018, 05:21
rockford
I think I'll pass.
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