Welcome to The Avocado’s weekly discussion of Japanese pop culture! Last month I received my first Umai Crate, which means that I have a ton of interesting instant noodles to tell you all about today. The subscription comes with several noodle meals, a bonus item, and a recipe card with English cooking instructions and recommendations for toppings. April’s crate came with 6 instant noodle products, Harusame noodles (which I used to make Japanese Glass Noodle Salad–I’ll talk more about this dish another time), Peperoncino Pasta Mix, and a bag of Tenkasu (crunchy bits of tempura batter, basically–a great topping for any noodle dish). Whenever possible, I added the toppings that were recommended, but I always skipped adding any meat (partly because I was eating these for lunch, and adding meat would be too filling, and party because they usually recommended pork which I very rarely eat). If you’re interested in seeing all the delicious noodle dishes, I’ve uploaded pictures and some notes about what each dish is below. 1
I received my second shipment yesterday, and I’m really happy to see that the contents look just as good as what was in the first box, so I plan on keeping the subscription for the time being. Of course, I’ll continue to share what’s included each month with all of you.
And, as always…
What have you been watching/reading/playing/eating/listening to lately?
Happy Wednesday! 🙂