(PRODUCT SHARING) Shin Chan’s Miso Ramen from Tochigi at METRO IPPIN

Shin Chan has got a better half & Miso excited talking about it!

I went to restock on Shin Chan’s Soy Sauce Ramen and saw something that makes me go excited. It is Shin Chan’s Miso Ramen!

Started in 1950 by Mr. Kiyoshi Imaizumi from Ashikaga in Tochigi Prefecture, Tokyo Noodle has been around for long and produces a variety of instant noodles.

Shin Chan’s Miso Ramen ($11) is from Tokyo Noodle, with 5 packets of noodles in each pack. The noodles are of medium thickness and are fried. Conveniently cooked in just 3 mins, you can add ingredients to make it a sumptuous bowl. This has a different dimension of savoriness as compared to the soy sauce variety, tasting a clearerlighter broth with sweet aftertaste.

I recommend to add lots of vegetables, in particularly sweet corn and a little butter to this miso ramen for a good tasting bowl of sweet – savory umaminess. Nothing overwhelming should be added to cover the taste of the broth.

Shin Chan’s Soy Sauce Ramen can be found at Metro Centrepoint Level 4.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Kameya Hon Wasabi from Shizuoka Prefecture at METRO IPPIN

I love wasabi so much that I wish to brush my teeth with it.
I’m just being expressive. But my love for wasabi is undeniable. I would go for anything wasabi. Whenever it is available as an option.
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Kameya Hon Wasabi ($7) from Shizuoka Prefecture showcases the wonderful pungency and aroma that I love about wasabi. These wasabi from Mt. Amagi is known to be one of the best around.
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The top three factors for wasabi production are rich water, healthy seedlings and good management. The water is highly suitable for wasabi production because Mt. Amagi has great precipitation, and rich in nutrients spring water at 12 to 13 degrees celsius all year round.
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Kameya Hon Wasabi comes in a tube packed in a pretty box. The common way to have this, is to dap sashimi with it before eating. I like to mix this with mayonnaise to get my perfect wasabi mayonnaise for fried food. I also like to mix it with butter and topped it on grilled prawns. If you are feeling adventurous, try adding this into a cake batter. It works deliciously! Perhaps I should try making wasabi macaron or wasabi pudding next. 😋
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Kameya Hon Wasabi can be purchased at Ippin Section of Metro Level 4.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Kameya Wasabi Furikake from Shizuoka Prefecture at METRO IPPIN

If the vibrant colors of Furikake resemble confetti, a Wasabi Furikake must be a party in the mouth, with confetti!

Kameya Wasabi Furikake ($8) from Shizuoka Prefecture uses wasabi grow on the edge of Mt. Amagi. The wasabi is one of the best around as Mt. Amagi is one of the five places with the greatest precipitation in Japan. The abundant rainwater permeates the pumice layer, producing springs of water rich in nutrients and oxygen.
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This wasabi furikake is a long-selling product for over 30 years. Just sprinkle it on rice and you will feel the authenticity of Japanese food. The bonito, eggs, sesame seeds, rice crackers, etc gave this furikake many dimensions of taste and crunch. The addition of wasabi into this Japanese seasoning added heat and is my ultimate umami bomb!
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I like to experiment with my food, especially when I’m doing my own cooking. While this wasabi furikake tasted good on rice, try sprinkling them on grilled fish. Try mixing them into beaten egg for some scrambled egg or omelette. My current craze is to sprinkle it over the lightly grilled avocado. So yummy!
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Kameya Wasabi Furikake can be purchased at Ippin Section of Metro Centerpoint Level 4.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Kameya Wasabi Dressing from Shizuoka Prefecture at METRO IPPIN

How to make wasabi lovers eat more vegetables? Give them Kameya Wasabi Dressing!

Kameya Wasabi dressing ($10) is made using the best quality wasabi grow on Mt. Amagi in Shizuoka Prefecture, that is blessed with abundant water from Kakita River formed by the groundwater of Mt. Fuji.

This dressing is light in consistency and uses an aromatic brewed vinegar as its base. Along with the Japanese soy sauce and horse radish wasabi, this is an appetizing concoction with good sour tang, balanced saltiness and subtle spiciness.
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I often use this with my salad greens, and boiled or grilled vegetables. Just a splash of it gives them extra tastiness without unnecessary calories. I also like to use this as a sashimi dip or drizzle it on cold tofu that is topped with lots of spring onions as a healthy appetizer.

Kameya Wasabi Dressing can be found at Ippin Section of Metro Centerpoint Level 4.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Oshi Mugi from Aichi Prefecture at METRO IPPIN

‘Mugi’ your way to upgrade your rice’s nutritional value, deliciously!

Oshi (brand) Mugi ($9) is a type of rolled / pressed barley from Japan’s Aichi that is regarded  as “super food” for its nutrients and high amount of fiber. Its fiber content is greater than the quinoa and brown rice I have, and 15 times more than white rice.

The Japanese like to add a small amount of mugi to their rice (Mugi Meshi) and have them cooked together. The rice mixture will become more nutritious, and have a new dimension in flavor that is particularly sweet and nutty to me. Mugi Meshi tasted really good and I enjoyed its overall chewy texture.

The recommended rice to barley ratio is 7 : 3 but after some experimenting, I like it at 1 : 1 because I love my food to have more bites and textures. You can cook the mugi with the rice at the same timing because the barley is pressed to increase surface area for shorter cooking time.
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We should try to eat more mugi whenever possible. Try ways such as cooking them in a porridge or baking them in breads since its soluble fiber can reduce cholesterol intake and keep us feeling full for longer.

Oshi Mugi can be purchased at Ippin Section of Metro Centerpoint Level 4.

(PRODUCT SHARING) miu Tomato Juice (Gold) by Nagoya LIDA Farm at METRO IPPIN

This is a holy grail for someone starting on tomato juice!

I have been drinking tomato juice which I believe for its health benefits, so looking out for more varieties and taste testing become relatable to me.

How often do you see tomato juice being bottled up so beautifully? Only the Japanese would and this miu Tomato Juice Gold ($40) from Nagoya Lida Farm is absolutely stunning with its long flute-like bottle. It bottle contains 300ml of tomato juice that is translucent.

miu Tomato Juice Gold has got gold standard because it is made from cherry tomatoes harvested in Nagoya, which is famous for their high sugar content. The sugar is produced naturally with the help of organic fertilizer, bonito and kelp. This tomato juice has no additional sugar, salt, coloring or preservatives. It is also additive and chemical free.

miu Tomato Juice tasted light and refreshing, almost like a tomato drink instead of juice. This is a little different from Ajikoi Tomato Juice (that I reviewed previously) which is thicker in viscosity and heavier in taste. Best to serve this tomato juice chilled or you can use it as a cocktail ingredient.

miu Tomato Juice (Gold) can be purchased at Ippin Section of Metro Level 4.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Umaiya Simmered Oysters from Hiroshima at METRO IPPIN

Simmered oysters, anytime, any day!

I love oysters, mad love. Be them at raw or cooked, lightly seasoned or heavy with sauce. I also love to add those rehydrated dried oysters that are sold in chinese grocery shops, into my dishes.
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Oysters are often termed as a delicacy because of being high in proteins (glycogen & amino acids), and minerals (calcium and zinc). Japan Hiroshima produces quite a good number of oyster varieties, which are popular around the world.
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These Umaiya Simmered Oysters ($29) from Hiroshima is great for oyster lovers who enjoy a chewier texture. The oysters are not big in size but plump. The briny taste of the oysters are enhanced with the simmered of japanese soy sauce and sake. This Tsukudani (small seafood simmered in soy sauce and sugar) has great flavor and is perfect to have them over saké or beer.
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Besides having this as a side dish right out of the package, you can be creative and use it as salad topping. You can also serve it as an appetizer with some crackers as a canapé. Using it as a sushi ingredient can be delicious too. I love to add it into boiled porridge, right after i got it off the flame.
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Umaiya Simmered Oysters can be purchased at Ippin Section of Metro Centrepoint Level 4.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Shin Chan’s Soy Sauce Ramen from Tochigi at METRO IPPIN

I really love noodles with chewy texture. Especially having those convenient ones in the middle of the night.

Shin Chan’s Soy Sauce Ramen ($11) is from Tokyo Noodle, which was started in 1950 by Mr. Kiyoshi Imaizumi from Ashikaga in Tochigi Prefecture. Tokyo Noodle has good reputation and produces a variety of instant noodles.

There are 5 packets of noodles in each pack, and the fried noodles can be conveniently cooked in just 3 mins. It tasted really good when it absorbs the savory broth that is flavored with fragrant soy sauce. The presence of bonito in the soup base also gives the ramen an addictive umaminess.

Shin Chan’s Soy Sauce Ramen can be found at Metro Centrepoint Level 4.