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Japanese Instant Noodles With Mayonnaise

Impressively Good: Japanese Instant Noodles With Mayonnaise

My idea of a dream gift isn't an expensive piece of jewelry or a fancy new bag; it's a food-related souvenir from another country. So when Emily from SavvySugar paid a visit to Japan and brought back some instant noodles for me, I was over the moon. Two of my favorite things — travel gifts and ramen? It was almost too much to bear.

Emily couldn't read the package but found the instant noodles noteworthy because of an additional condiment: mayonnaise. (Yes, you heard that right.) It sounded questionable, but my curiosity meant that I had to give it a try. See what I thought of it when you keep reading.

I couldn't read any of the instructions but fumbled my way through the handy illustrations, first adding 540 milliliters of boiling water to the noodles, mixing in the condiments, and then allowing everything to steep for three minutes. There were not two but three packets to add to the noodles: a soy sauce base, a spice mix, and that dreaded packet of mayonnaise. I tasted it on its own: creamy, eggy, and a little sweet. All in all, not bad.


The final product was impressively addictive. There were actual discernible chunks of juicy cabbage leaves, which had been rehydrated in the three minutes of cooking. The sauce wasn't overly salty; it had a deep, mellow flavor that almost made me think of an aged balsamic vinegar. And that mayonnaise? It added body and a creamy mouthfeel that I'd never before experienced with instant ramen.

The noodles, I learned later, are called "Ippei-chan: Yakisoba From a Night Market," and they're meant to replicate the yakisoba noodles available at night market food stands in Japan. A friend explained to me that the packaging reads, "Once you eat it, you can't stop." I'd say that's about right. Have you ever had instant ramen or yakisoba from Japan?

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Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
Glam shortie, I totally will! I've been dying to try kewpie. I hear it's sweeter than American mayo.
gLam-shortie gLam-shortie 6 years
cutehinano is correct. You are supposed to drain the water after the noodles have been seeped. Susanna, you should try kewpie mayo from Japan. That is the ONLY mayo I use. It's incredibly delicious on anything from pasta, tuna salad, to yakisoba.
astessame astessame 6 years
Since my college days, I've eaten my ramen mixed with sour cream...I'm thinking it's probably the same mouth feel principal. Your noodles sound yummy :)
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Suzanna, Don't feel bad about the mix-up between yakisoba and ramen. I once screwed up one of those vacuum-sealed ramen dishes by not adding water to the bowl! Smooth-ativity, I tell ya!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 6 years
I may have to give this a try. Plus, I have kewpie mayo in my fridge. Okonomiyaki - It's a layer of shredded cabbage that has a pancake-type of batter poured over it, then topped with thinly sliced pork belly. It's cooked like a pancake on a griddle. Once done it's topped with tonkatsu sauce, kewpie mayo and bonito flakes. It is da bomb.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
I just discovered from a Japanese coworker that you can actually buy this at supermarkets in the US. My life might be forever changed. And yes, apparently it's yakisoba, not ramen, and is meant to be eaten dry. D'oh! Reason #11 to learn Japanese.
reesiecup reesiecup 6 years
i think the yakisoba is meant to be eaten dry. it's usually stir fried. i'm still skeptical of adulterating yakisoba with mayo...but my curiosity is definitely piqued!
cutehinano cutehinano 6 years
I am pretty sure you are supposed to drain the liquid before eating these noodles! If I remember correctly, the instructions said to steep the noodles with the pack of dried veg for 3 mins, drain (there are probably drain holes in one corner), then you mix in the seasoning/sauce/mayo. I'm sure they were still yummy though.
marisaoswald marisaoswald 6 years
i LOVED those noodles in college! i ate one almost every night, just as a snack, until i looked at the calorie content and realized one container was over 1000 calories per serving!!! hello, freshman 15!
lovesitc1 lovesitc1 6 years
This sounds so good! Total yumminess!
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Susannah, You should try okonomiyaki--I bet you'd groove on it. I haven't had it (yet!), but a friend had it at a local restaurant not too long ago and said it was yummy. It's basically a Japanese pizza with meat, veggies and Japanese mayo, which I understand is "egg yolk-ier" than the American counterpart.
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