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One Pic Post – Nissin Seasfood Cup Noodle

When you don’t have the time or pocket change to go out for a restaurant prepared meal, there’s always the option of eating dehydrated rations out of a styrofoam cup. If you feel guilty about not consuming any of the 4 basic foods during a meal, don’t be. Over 5 billion servings of instant noodles are eaten each year by Japan alone.

That’s 40 per person, or 1/10 of a package a day. The Japanese are a perfectly healthy group of people, so there’s really nothing to worry about if you have one once in a while.

Nissin has been making instant ramen under the Cup Noodle label for 50 years, and was in fact the inventors of the noodle and cup package. There’s an incredible variety of flavors for cup noodles, but unfortunately here in Canada we don’t get to see very many of them.

This particular Seafood variation (only available in China/HK) is found in T&T supermarkets in Richmond, and usually when you do find it on the shelf, there’s only a handful of the regular sized cups left.

For $1.79, you get a cup chock full of noodles and flavoring bits, enough for an afternoon snack. The yellow ball bits you see in the picture seems to explode MSG into your mouth (that’s a good thing).
I could not slurp the soup due to its saltiness, and had to water it down with more water after eating some of the noodles, which are cooked al dente after only 3 minutes.
Other than having to refill the water again to enjoy the soup, this has got to be the best instant ramen I’ve ever had. You pay a premium over the other brands, but you’re rewarded with an unostentatious, superior cup of noodle.

Ramen Rating: 9.7/10

Anyone else have a favorite noodle they’d gladly use as meal replacement?


One Pic Post – Daiso Coffee

I have a lot of respect for Japanese ad design and marketing. They can make absolutely anything look like a premium upscale product. That’s why I love going to Daiso. I can always find something that makes me say “Wow, that’s cool”, within 2 seconds of looking at just the packaging. It shows that these guys have really done their jobs, and that is to catch consumers’ attention while having their product placed on a shelf among a hundred other similar products on a display shelf.
These two cans of coffee were picked up from Richmond Daiso for $1 each, and they might as well have cost three times that price if someone put them at another store next to other overpriced import products, and no one would be able to tell. The minimalist design and expressive typography tells you…no…ensures you that these products are of premium genealogy and that even the greatest luxuries in life are within your reach.
This one in particular is branded Whistler Black coffee. I’m not sure if that is intended to sound like Whistler Blackcomb or not. The subtext reads “You can enjoy the finest flavor and taste”. Isn’t that so positive and encouraging? Its like getting a good fortune from a fortune cookie, but without all the philosophical pretense.
The coffee itself taste like something you pick up at a supermarket for cheap. To me that didn’t matter. I just wanted to hold the sexy can.

Other posts about Daiso

1st Condiment Review

Label reads: “The best thing you put in your
mouth since your girlfriend left you.”
But I’m no Japanese expert

I know one pic does not a post make, but this one is special, dear to my heart even. This bottle of mystery liquid came all the way from Tokyo, Japan….off the shelf of a AM/PM convenience store (Konbini).
A friend sent it to me as a souvenir of his recent trip overseas.
A few years ago, the same friend traveled with me to Tokyo after university graduation. It was an awsome trip, and what was the only thing I brought home from this magical land 1000’s of miles away for me to forever remember it by? ….Salad dressing. A bottle similar to the one pictured here.
Yes, it IS that good. I can’t read all the ingredients in Japanese, but it tastes like a mixture of mayo, sesame, onions, maybe miso or soy, and rice vinegar. Like a good woman that brings out the best in a man, this sauce makes rice dishes and vegies taste glorious.
I am from the school of “stock your cupboards with condiments, and ye shall prosper”, and oh baby this sauce has made me the richest and happiest man in the world.

11 out of 10

Coke Blak

This is the new Coke Blak, Coca Cola’s new entry into the already overcrowded energy drinks market.

What do you get when you mix classic Coca-Cola with coffee? Maple syrup and molasses apparently…. and for about $1.50 when on sale.

This one’s mostly Blah for me. Not even enough caffeine to give you a jolt.

More info here.

3 out of 10

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