If you are Thai, you could rub the broth in your eye and not even shed a tear.
Going through their ingredients the “spicy” comes from the shichimi togarashi which is not spicy unless you are Japanese or the most ethnic food in your pantry is Wonder Bread.
Is Spicy Ramen, Ramen?
I just posted that One Culture foods is the only legit instant noodle brand, but are they actually selling you ramen noodles after I just hyped them? Well, I’ll let you decide:
- Noodle ingredients: Wheat flour, water, tapioca starch, salt, wheat gluten, lactic acid.
If you need help determining if One Culture foods is actually selling you a ramen noodle, check my last post “Are You Eating Real Ramen Noodles.“
Going through all the ingredients, if you are wondering what lactic acid is used for, according to Wikipedia.org it is “used as a food preservative, curing agent, and flavoring agent. It is an ingredient in processed foods and is used as a decontaminant during meat processing.“
Not Ramen, But I Did Like It
Ohhhhhhhhhhh man, after I just went off on my rant of how legit One Culture foods is, I then try their product after I posted the article. Note to self, try their product first.
I was not expecting this, and I thought it was going to be a dehydrated noodle although oddly, there a number of udon products that come exactly the same way, so maybe it’s due to the style of noodle?
Oh, and speaking of udon, this is what is in instant Japanese udon by Myojo:
- Noodle ingredients: enriched wheat flour (flour, niacin, iron, thiamine, mononitrate, riboflavin, and folic acid), tapioca starch, water, salt, lactic acid, and sodium benzoate.
Do those ingredients sound familiar (here’s a direct comparison)?
|Myojo Udon||Enriched wheat flour, tapioca starch, water, salt, lactic acid, and sodium benzoate.|
|One Culture Spicy “Ramen”||Wheat flour, water, tapioca starch, salt, wheat gluten, lactic acid.|
Opening up the spice packet, it smelled so eff’n good, and if you are wondering what is in it, I will tell you what is in the dried vegetable and seasoning power blend. Starting off, it is yeast extract, natural flavors, cane sugar, roasted soy sauce, sauteed onion, salt, roasted garlic, roasted seaweed, shichimi togarashi (chiles, seams seeds, orange peel, salt, seaweed, ginger), scallion, rice fiber, sesame seeds, red pepper, and white pepper.
The chicken flavor bone broth concentrate consists of organic chicken stock, maltodextrin, natural flavor, chicken fat, canola oil, cane sugar, salt, sesame oil, yeast extract, and xanthan gum.
All the ingredients get tossed in, then you pour water in, and you microwave it up to 3 minutes. Except I went two minutes, and I think my cup got kind of flaccid.
One of the most disappointing aspects of the product is the product size, and if you are American, are we not all about size? Well it does not seem that way with One Culture, so let’s compare sizes:
|JFC Fresh Udon Bowl||8.29 oz||$4.16*|
|Myojo Udon||7.22 oz||$1.08**|
|One Culture Spicy “Ramen”||3.7oz||$3.89**|
*Amazon, **Tokyo Central, ***Whole Foods
Why Are You Eating This?
All these brands tout how they are so healthy and those Jap’anese are clueless morons with their unhealthy and processed food, so it is up to Team America to save the day which is funny. Funny because the U.S. does not have the longest life expectancy or have the most fit people in the world, yet this is what they say you should be eating compared to the products produced by Japanese companies.
If you want to know which country ranks higher than the U.S. in terms of life expectancy and fitness, click here.
|JFC Fresh Udon Bowl||1970mg / 82% daily value|
|Myojo Udon||1580mg / 66% daily value|
|One Culture Spicy “Ramen”||1200mg /52% daily value|
Right off, it tastes good, but the flavor were only vaguely familiar, and all I can say is that it was “oriental flavor.” Oh, and if you are curious as to what that is, it is obviously a hot Asian girl/dudes bath water… I hope I got the Kylin Kalani soup stock.
This is a tiny portion of oriental noodles with a slight familiarity to Japanese flavors only due to the use of shichimi togarashi and possibly the soy sauce.
Would I ever buy this product again? Well, I don’t mind paying almost 3.5x more sometimes, but for half the servings because they somehow have chosen to do “healthy organic B.S.,” well you can have at it because I just can’t do it.
I will be sticking with my instant Japanese udon while watching Kylin Kalani on IG.