Thursday, August 6, 2015
Ottogi Sesame Flavor Ramen
Preparation: Saucepan & Range
490 calories per package
Available online via Amazon
For dinner tonight, we had the last selection of the instant noodles from the June Ramen Box! My sweetie recently told me (while we were having the Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen that included the sesame seed topping) that she enjoys the flavor of sesame, so I am hoping this will be a hit with the entire Ramen Butterfly household. The back of the package promises that the included Egg Block will also deliver "the rich flavor of roasted sesame," so that sounds promising.
This ramen is unfortunately a prime example: The package doesn't even mention anything about being spicy, and it promises "rich flavor of roasted sesame." The Ramen Box pamphlet does mention the "spicy level" is Medium, but also reassures us that this "offers a balanced taste of nuttiness and spiciness" and that the "addition of the egg block adds a savory taste to the broth." What do we have instead? Yet another slight variation of Shin Ramyun. It's a shame, because the tiny hints of the subflavors that I can pick up seem like they could have been interesting, if they weren't too busy being oppressed.
My wife was even less impressed by the level of oppression, and added some American cheese to tone down the heat. Unfortunately this didn't do anything to liberate the alleged sesame and egg undertones, and instead just turned it into some mediocre nacho cheese soup.
For the record, the noodles have a firm and slightly slippery texture, and remind me of the 'udon' style noodles from Neoguri et al. However, I'm just adding that to the list of ways this could have been interesting but chose not to be. I don't imagine I'll be buying this one. :\