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!
DEAL: Take $3 off your first crate. Use coupon code HELLO.
This is the July 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 Yamamoto Small Shrimp Teniri Soba. On the opposite page is a tip on how to back slice scallions.
The other short feature this introduces the new Umai Crate characters – Ike Men and Shoyu.
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 July 2017 Umai Crate.
Bonus! Ms. Hen Spoon Clip.
This handy little hen sits comfortably on the edge of your bowl and gives you a place to rest your utensil. No more wet spots on the table!
Fujiwara Chikara Crab Ramen: Yummy ramen in a crab flavored broth.
Marketed as a healthful option, the broth contains extra calcium and glucosamine.
Itomen Champon Noodles: One of the earliest commercial brands of instant ramen.
It comes with a little packet of extra goodies to sprinkle in.
The packet had tiny shrimp filets and shiitake powder.
Yamamoto Umakaro Chinese Noodles in Miso: This vegetarian option has a miso broth that is made with leeks, cabbage, and corn for a very complex flavor.
I love that they include vegetarian options in each Crate. Even as a ramen lover, my Western palate enjoys a break from seafood-based broths.
Yamamoto Small Shrimp Teniri Soba: Buckwheat noodles in a shrimp broth.
The broth is made using shrimp, mackerel, and bonito for a powerful seafood flavor.
Itomen Premium Yakisoba: This dish has a sweet soy glaze and is served as plated noodles, not in broth.
After a quick boil, the noodles are finished by frying to create a glaze and a bit of crispiness.
Yamadai Tamarisato Amume Shomosomen: Delicate noodles in a tiny cup, perfect for your afternoon snack!
The broth incorporates two varieties of kelp, and it even comes with a packet of “plum flowers” to sprinkle on top.
Yamadai T’s Restaurant Tantanmen: This cup is vegan and uses sesame and soy to flavor its rich broth.
T’s is a popular vegan eatery in Tokyo.
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.