Greetings, my beautiful lovelies. It’s Emmie. Welcome back to another ramen taste test. Today, I’m going to be tasting this and this was very kindly sent to me by Paul from Critical Eats, Japan. I will put a link to his channel down below. So this is exclusively from Japan and it is the big cup noodle by Nissin So this is a portmanteau of two Japanese katakana words: “pote” and “nage”. And “nage” is short for “nuggets” and “pote” is short for potato. So this contains french fries and chicken nuggets. Super great. So Paul thank you so much for sending this to me. I’m excited to see what this tastes like. So for a little bit of comparison, I thought I would do this… I’ve got a Maruchan instant chicken flavored cup noodle, and I’m gonna cut up some McDonald’s chicken nuggets and some french fries and just do a little taste comparison to see if you could you know Make a little DIY version of this at home And if you like these instant ramen taste tests, be sure to check out the playlist where I try different kinds of instant noodles from all around the world including very spicy ones and some recipes including ramen pizza. So, yeah. Be sure to check it out All right. Let’s do this. Now, it says open here and what you do is lift this up because you know cellophane can be a little bit annoying when you try to open it and you don’t have fingernails. You don’t want to scratch through the styrofoam. So you do this: you pull on this… and that reveals a little slot to… peel… the… (whispering) cellophane. Look at that. Isn’t that beautiful? Now this we can use to reseal the… noodle after we add the hot water. So smart! Love that! So, save the little sticker and now remove the cellophane. Oh so nicely. Yes! Oh, look at that! So those are the little chicken nuggets. There’s the styrofoam egg bits. I see some green onions. These are the bits of potato. They looked more like home fried potatoes that have been cut out. All right, let’s prep our other one. So, here’s the Maruchan and this is the chicken flavor. It’s a little bit smaller in size. Let’s open that up. So that one comes with peas carrots and… corn. Don’t see any green onion. I don’t see any egg in terms of the amount of chicken in there That’s probably half of a chicken nugget and potato I would just say a couple fries will cut our nuggets into similar sized pieces and The french fries will just cut up into again similar sized pieces and I’ll cut some Green onion as well Okay, let’s place our chicken leggett pieces in there I’m just going to use about half a chicken nugget and Maybe one french fry and this is probably a quarter of a green onion Now we’re gonna add our boiling water to the fill line And then using our handy-dandy sticker close that Okay, now we wait three minutes. Be right back. Alrighty, so it’s been three minutes and I have to say I love the sticker edition I highly recommend, Nissin, that you introduce this to the US market. I think a lot of people be very happy about that So let’s just take a peek of how these things look first. Oh, look at this little side-by-side comparison here Okay Nissin Big Cup Well, this one looks a little bit soupy and I have to say of the instant noodles I’ve tried I like the texture of the cup noodles least. They tend to be the thinnest they cook the fastest so they get mushy very very easily So I’m going to dump this out so you guys can see what it looks like That is a lot of noodles. When you put that in a bowl you really see how much is in there. Alright now I’m gonna give this one a stir and dump this one in this smaller bowl. Okay, so right off the bat I noticed that the broths are different colors the original one is a much kind of darker brown color… And it doesn’t seem to be as soupy let’s give the potenage version a taste first. We get some noodles. Itadakimasu! Mm! The broth actually tastes more like the pork based instant ramen noodles. It doesn’t taste like the chicken flavor. All right, let’s give a taste of the potato. Looks like it’s very soft well-cooked Mm Very soft, and kind of mushy but potato-like. More like mashed potatoes. It doesn’t taste fried at all It doesn’t taste like a french fry.
Let’s have a little bit of egg. The eggs were my favorite as a kid. The little puffy eggs and they reconstitute pretty nicely a little bit like a scrambled egg. And let’s finally try a nugget. Here we go. Wow. Mm! That has a very odd texture a little bit spongy just kind of like the meats that you normally get in the beef instant noodle cups, but larger very spongy but has a nice flavor a little bit fried. I wouldn’t say that I would know that it’s chicken but not unpleasant The noodles have the same exact texture as any cup noodle. The flavor is pretty good It’s much more like as I said earlier the pork base rather than chicken and altogether. Not bad. Not quite what I expected It doesn’t taste like a McDonald’s meal at all. It just tastes like instant cup noodles pork flavor with some larger chicken pieces and some potato pieces in there as well the potatoes kind of just Mush and kind of get blended in into the ramen noodles. They kind of just dissolve. Okay. Let’s try our DIY version So right off the bat, I know this is going to taste different because the soup base is different. All right, here we go Mm! That addition of fresh green onions in there is delicious. It gives it more of an oniony fresher flavor Let’s try a little bit the chicken nuggets and the french fries in there So – the french fries actually reconstitute and have that almost Identical texture and flavor as the original.
They don’t taste french fried at all. they just kind of soften and get more like a cooked baked potato or a mashed potato and just Absorb, all of the broth flavor. The broth flavor, like I mentioned earlier, is completely different It tastes like the chicken flavor rather than the pork flavor. So the chicken not surprisingly is very different It tastes and feels like chicken the original had to freeze-dry and of course Reconstitute in water to become the chicken nugget I think is actually a great way to use up the scraps from your last takeout meal Combine it with a cup of noodle to fill it out a little bit and then you’ve got yourself, you know lunch Mm-hmm. And you know how french fries particularly McDonald’s french fries tastes stale like ten minutes after they’re fried. Well, once you put it in the soup like this you have none of that because it absorbs all of the soup broth It’s great Mm-hmm. I always love the little veggies that they include in the cup of noodles as well, too. Mm-hmm All righty. So there you have a little comparison between the original chicken nugget french fry from Japan and the homemade version. Final thoughts: This is pretty good. If you’re in Japan and you want to try it I would say try it but if you want to make a DIY version at home certainly would recommend that as well if you want Something that tastes a little bit more original I would say use pork instead of chicken. But chicken works really really well It’s just not gonna taste exactly like this, but it’s still good in its own right. I think what really makes it for me are the addition of green onions. Green onions in there, a little bit of french fries and Chicken nuggets and you got yourself a second meal. Love it! Alrighty, so let me know down in the comments what your favorite additions are to instant cup noodles or instant noodles in general.
Mine, off the top of my head are eggs And I love to add chili bamboo shoots. Love to add those and of course green onions that really makes it for me Alright, thanks you guys so much for tuning in. I hope you guys enjoy that one I hope you guys learn something. Please share this video with your friends cuz it really helps me out Follow me on social media, subscribe and I shall see you in the next one to do