Umai Crate is a monthly subscription box that brings you exclusive Japanese noodles every month. The subscription costs $25 per month, and you’ll get 7-8 noodles, plus bonus items like gachapons, collectible chopsticks, and more.
Umai Crate is from the same makers that brings you the Japan Crate and Doki Doki Crate.
The box is almost the size of a windowsill planter!
This is the October edition of Umai Crate. This booklet contains articles about ramen and noodles!
There are also some fun recipes – this one dresses up the rich Paldo JjaJang noodles with some light veggies.
The booklet also has a list of all the items in this box.
Everything in the October 2016 Umai Crate.
Bonus – Mini Ramen Bowl Gashapon!
It’s so cute! I love the little broccoli and oysters! Brandy is obsessed with these and shrieked when I showed it to her. She h
Nissin Demae Ramen With Sesame Oil: Ramen in a Shoyu-based broth, with a splash of sesame oil for extra flavor.
Myojo Chukazanmai Canton Shoyu: This was included as an extra bonus! The noodles aren’t pre-fried, so they are more tender and silky than ramen.
Paldo JjaJang Men: An adaptation of a popular Korean dish, it features firm noodles in a very rich, dark bean sauce.
The noodles had a delightful texture, with a bit more spring and bite than typical ramen. The sauce was very rich, but it wasn’t too salty, either. I loved the whole beans!
Green Premium Ginger Ramen: Nice soft noodles in a ginger broth.
The broth thickened quite a bit, becoming creamy after a few minutes rest. I thought the broth was slightly reminiscent of Dashi, with a piscine flavor.
Sapporo Ichiban Yakisoba: Chow Mein style noodles in a sweet and salty red sauce. This very popular Japanese flavor is thought to have been inspired by Chinese fried noodle dishes.
Sanukiya Katsuo Udon: Super thick udon noodles in a classic dashi broth. Boxes came with either Original or Bonito.
We were fortunate enough to get the Bonito – it comes with bonito (fish) flakes for added flavor.
Sapporo Shoyu Mini Ramen: Normally, when I am in the mood for noodles, it is at least in part because of the giant portion of slurpy goodness that entails. This Mini Ramen is tiny compared to the other cups – perfect for a snack or light lunch!
Nissin Sho Spa Shitamachi: This flavor is named after the Shitamachi or the low-lying downtown Tokyo of yesteryear. The simple shoyu flavoring, sprinkling of cabbage, and spaghetti-style noodles are supposed to be reminiscent of the working class street fare that used to be popular in that section of the city.
This Crate was so much fun! We love ramen, but the few brands sold everywhere in the U.S. are fairly boring – the Umai selections really show the variety of broth and noodle combinations that make the dish so popular in Japan. It is also wonderful to have a guide to the flavors, rather than buying blind (i.e. without package translation) at an Asian food store. This subscription is a must for anyone that eats ramen with any frequency or anyone who loves a quick and tasty meal!
The Description: Each Umai Crate includes 7-8 Japan-exclusive noodles, plus a fun bonus item from collectible chop sticks to limited edition gachapon
The Price: $25.00 per month