Umai Crate is a monthly subscription box that brings you exclusive Japanese-style 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 bring you Japan Crate, Doki Doki Crate, and Kira Kira Crate!
The box is almost the size of a windowsill planter, and it’s packed with yummy noodles!
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This is the June edition of Umai Crate. This booklet always contains a couple fun articles about noodles and noodle eating culture in Japan!
There are also some fun recipes – this one dresses up the Ace Soup Harusame Kakitama. On the opposite page is a comparison of several styles of noodles, noting the dates upon which they entered the Japanese diet – ranging from somen around the year 700 to ramen, introduced in the early 20th century!
The other short feature this month is about “Tachigui,” or standing ramen shops.
The booklet also has a list of everything in the box, including the bonus item. I like the way each noodle pack description has little IKEA-style pictograms showing the preferred preparation method. It helps us pick which ones to cook at home and which to take with!
Everything in the June 2017 Umai Crate.
Bonus! Soup Ladle: Perfect for spooning broth into your favorite bowl. We won’t tell anyone if you use it to slurp your broth!
Yamadai Ankake Udon: Thick wheat noodles in a light sauce flavored with bonito, kelp, and shiitake mushrooms.
The combination of thick noodles and the elegant sauce creates a “Kyoto-style” noodle combo.
Yamadai Machi Ichiban Salt Ramen: Classic ramen in a light, cabbage and veggie flavored salt broth.
This ramen is the month’s vegetarian selection.
Maru-Chan Tempura Soba: Thin buckwheat noodles in a soy and vinegar sauce.
This “tempura” flavored dish is representative of the Kanto region.
Fujiwara Shizimi Salt Ramen: Salt ramen in a fish and clam flavored broth.
This dish uses flour from Hokkaido for the noodles, rounding out this month’s regional showcase.
Yamadai Tenobe Somen: A version of somen intended to be served hot, this dish combines four kinds of kelp, sardines, and even flying fish, to create a rich seafood broth.
The thin noodles require no boiling time, just a few minutes steeping in boiled water.
Itsuki Mini Nyumen: Kombu, mushroom, and citrus flavor the sauce for this udon noodle bowl.
Both the noodles and the cup are small – perfect for a light lunch.
Ace Soup Harusame Kakitama: Vermicelli noodles in a scallop flavored broth.
This month’s booklet features a recipe for dressing these low-sodium noodles up with some crabmeat and mushrooms.
It says “Itadakimasu” or Let’s Eat!
We always smile when Umai Crate arrives, because we know we have some warm, yummy lunches in store for us. We love the variety of noodles and sauces in each box – all completely authentic and popular in Japan. The bonus extras are awesome, too, as they are always a useful addition to our ramen-preparation arsenal.