July 2017 Umai Crate

Well here it is! This is, for sure, my last subscription box for a while, because I just bought a new phone and need to pay it off, and have other things I need to pay for.

But, this crate looks like it’s going to be a really good one!

This one has a couple of seafood flavored ramen! I love seafood and I’m sure these are going to be great to taste!

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This first one is Itomen – Champon Noodles. The booklet describes this as a tasty bag of noodles that comes with a little packet of dried shrimp and shitake mushrooms, yum! I think when I have this, I’ll add a soft boiled egg and maybe some green onions!

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This second package is the Itomen – Premium Yakisoba! I love yakisoba noodles, and this one is described as having a fruity scent with a soy glaze! I may follow the suggestion for this packet and add some sauteed cabbage and onion!

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This one is the Fujiwara – Chikara Crab Ramen! Yay for crab ramen! I do think this one will be delicious, because I love crab and it already looks good from the package!

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This noodle cup is the Yamadai – T’s Restaurant Tantanmen! These noodles were made out of a collaboration with T’s Restaurant, which is apparently a vegan based restaurant! These look good and I almost ate them immediately when I read what they were, just because they look good!

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This second cup is the Yamadai – Tamarisato Amume Shomosomen! It’s a mini cup and the broth is flavored with two different kinds of kelp, plum, and has mini faux plum flowers in it! I really hope this is good!

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This third cup is the Yamamoto – Umakaro Chinese Noodles – Miso! Yes more miso!! I absolutely love miso soup and flavors! These are a vegetarian friendly option and this looks really good. I’m super excited for more miso!

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Finally, this is the Yamamoto – Small Shrimp Teniri Soba! More soba and this one has shrimp!! Shrimp ramen can be a hit or miss for me, but this one looks like it’s going to be great!

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Our bonus item this month is Ms. Hen Spoon Cup! This little rubber chicken will sit on the edge of your bowl and hold your spoon for you, so you don’t have to try and balance it across the top or set it on the table!

All in all, even though I didn’t plan to get this box, I think it’s a really good one! I like having cup ramen as a simple, fast lunch some days, and the packet ramen is great to have on hand as well! (Shows how much of a college student I am lol.)

I’m really happy with this crate, and I can’t wait to eat all of these!

 

 

 

 

March 2017 Umai Crate

I got my March Umai Crate last week! I’m so loving this subscription box, but unfortunately can’t get the April one because I used the money for that to buy something else, but, it’s ok! Lets go ahead and do a quick overview of this crate!

Sorry the second picture has a blue tint to it, I don’t know why that happens! Anyway, in this crate, we again got seven types of ramen, our bonus item, and this time I actually got the pamphlet! 🙂 So let’s get started!

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The first ramen in the box is Yamamotoseifun – Pompoko Ramen! This is a miso flavored ramen, which I LOVE because miso is one of my favorite flavors! I love miso soup and miso flavored ramen is great!

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The second is the Yamamotoseifun – Mune Hanarou Chinese Soy Sauce Noodles! Soy sauce flavored noodles are pretty good, and this one looks like it’s going to be delicious! I might do some add-ins to it to make it even more delicious!

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My third pack is the Yamamotoseifun – Hanarou Chinese Salted Noodles! Yes, three from the same brand, how cool! Salted noodles sound interesting, and if I have some seafood when I eat this, I’ll definitely add it!

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This is so cute! This is the Mini Cup Noodle in original flavor! This is definitely snack sized, and could have a lot of things added to it to help emphasize the flavor!

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The fifth ramen is the Sankei Shimbun Osaka Ramen Soy Sauce! Another soy sauce flavor! This looks really good, and like it would be a great lunch on a lazy Saturday!

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Another mini cup of ramen! This one is Sapporo Miso Ramen Mini Bowl! Another miso ramen, yes! Very small, definitely for a snack, but will still taste great!

The final ramen in this box is Daikoku Foods – Big Curry Udon! My mom does not like curry, but I’m curious about trying this! This bowl is HUGE too, and I’m definitely going to be eating it soon!

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OK, now this is the last item in the box, and it’s the bonus item! It’s a packet of Shichimi Togarashi! This is a spice mix and JapanCrate has a description of it on their blog. I tried this on plain white rice and on mixed rice, and it was good both ways! I really like it!

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So that’s the March Umai Crate! I love these crates so much, they’re so great! Like I said at the beginning, I won’t be getting the April box, but we’ll back in May! 🙂

 

February 2017 Umai Crate

After being quite late, I FINALLY have the Feburary Umai Crate to review! The box was a bit late, but I expected that since all of Japan Crate’s boxes are now shipping directly from Japan and then I was late getting this up because I’ve been busy! But, I’ve gotten the time to make this post, and here it is!

So, unfortunately, my Umai Crate did not some with the booklet, but I did email Japan Crate and they provided me with the PDF version of it, so, I can still tell you all what’s in here! 🙂 (Note that at this point, I’ve eaten all but three of these LOL.)

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First up, a noodle bowl called Ajiwaimenkoobou – Flavory Miso ramen! So it looks like this is miso flavor ramen in a bowl. All you do, of course, is add hot water and let it sit for a few minutes. I personally love miso soup, so, I can’t wait to try this!

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This is part of the reason why I decided to start Umai Crate haha! This is the Pokemon Noodle Mini Soy Sauce Flavor. It’s another cup of noodles, but it has a Pikachu theme to it! The cup has Pikachu on it, and inside with the noodles are Pikachu styled Naruto Maki, the fish cake! It also comes with a sticker! It’s a small cup, so, obviously meant to be a snack, not a whole meal.

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This one is the Wakame Ramen – Yukari Finish. It’s flavor with seaweed, which makes me happy because I love seaweed snacks! This was a really good bowl of ramen! I just made it as is, didn’t add anything to it, and I really, really enjoyed it! It had a fishy seaweed taste, but it wasn’t bad at all! It was delicious! I wish I could get more easily!

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This package is the Nara Tenri Ramen. I did try this one, but I still am unsure of the flavor! It was good, kind of had a slight mushroom taste to it, and I really liked it! If I did anything else to it, I probably would have added some veggies or meat to it.

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Next is the Daikokuken – Miso Ramen! Another miso ramen, yay!! I haven’t tried this one yet, but when I do, I’ll definitely have a soft boiled egg and maybe some pork with it!

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This is another Daikokuken ramen, but this one is Shio flavored! I looked it up, and from what I could tell, shio is salt flavor, but it wasn’t as salty as I expected it to be! I added some chicken, corn, and soft boiled egg to this, and it was really good!

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The final ramen in this box was the Hyoubanya – Chuka Ramen Soba Soy! This was super good too! It was the first one I had out of my box, and I had it with a fried egg. I really enjoyed it!

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The bonus item in the box was this heart shaped egg mold! I’ve used this twice now since I got it, and I really like it! It’s made of silicone so it’s easy to clean and use, and it’s worked pretty well! I’d probably, though, use it with two eggs stead of one, especially if I’m not using large eggs.

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So there it is! The February Umai Crate! I am currently waiting for my March crate to get here, and I hope to get that up fairly quickly once it gets here. I will NOT be getting the April crate, as I made the decision to skip it to preorder Boruto – Naruto the Movie and the first volume of the Boruto manga instead of getting the next crate.

I plan to return to Umai Crate in May however! I hope you guys will stick with me as we review these!

 

I have subscribed to Umai Crate!

So, I was going to keep this a secret until it got here later this month, but I couldn’t, I’m too excited. (Plus I just got over having strep throat and I’m feeling a lot better about various things. :D)

I made the decision to subscribe to Umai Crate! This is one of the crates that is provided by JapanCrate, but this one does not include snacks. This is a crate all about ramen and noodles! Yes, I’m super excited. I love ramen, but I’ve only had the little cheapy packets from the grocery store, and the Maruchan Yakisoba bowls (which are tasty).

Anyway, the crate has either 7 or 8 packets/bowls/cups of Japan exclusive ramen, and even comes with a practical little bonus item, like a bowl, chopsticks, or something along those lines. So the whole thing makes me super excited, and the price does too (it’s only $25, as opposed to the $30 for their other three crates).

I can, if I decide to, stay with this crate. Currently, the only bills I have to pay for my sister for gas since she drives to campus, and my parents for my phone bill (on a family plan). An extra $25 a month for yummy ramen, and I don’t even have to go to the store or clip coupons for the really good stuff?? Sign. Me. Up. (I do have a tuition bill I will need to pay over the next couple of months, so, I have to be careful with my spending anyway).

So, yeah, that’s coming sometime this month! 🙂 I don’t have a real idea of when, because JapanCrate has moved their office to Japan, and there won’t be tracking numbers anymore, but they are working with a reliable mail carrier over there to make sure we all get our crates.

One other thing I wanted to ask about: Would you all be interested in seeing what I do with the ramen packets? I mean, if there’s cup ramen in there (i know one that’s coming and i’m so freaking excited for it) I’ll just eat and review it. But with packets, I want to try some recipes I’ve found on Pinterest on elevating ramen packets, like making them more nutritional and having some protein in them (because, though i love them, they’re usually a lot of salt yeah lol).

Well, yeah, that’s all I had for that. 😀 Please be on the look out for my Umai Crate review and reviews of the ramen I get! 🙂

 

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