Exotic Noods is a unique subscription box that sends you an assortment of instant noodle bowls every month.
Each box will contain four hard-to-find ramen products that can only be purchased in specialty stores. Varieties can include udon and buckwheat soba noodles, curries, shio soups, special topping bowls, and more.
Subscriptions are $20/month with free shipping. (You can save 20% on your first box with coupon code “Flavor20“!)
Let’s see what’s in my September 2015 Exotic Noods box!
The noodles were shipped in a big brown box with a small Exotic Noods logo sticker in the corner.
A layer of bubble wrap protected the precious cargo.
I was happy to see that they included a helpful (and very detailed) info sheet. When I first reviewed the box back in May, there wasn’t one to be found. Since I can’t read a word of Japanese/Korean/etc., an info card/sheet is much appreciated. 🙂
Chopsticks – These were also a newer addition to the box. A great inclusion, though it would have made more sense to send one set for each bowl of soup. Of course you could easily reuse a set… or opt for a fork.
King’s Pan Fried Noodles – “Brothless” ramen is a newer trend that’s growing pretty common in Korea, especially among the twenty-something crowd. The noodles and seasoning are used as a base in which you add additional ingredients of your choice. Popular add-ins include Chinese cabbage, poached eggs, and jalapeno peppers.
Shoyu Ramen – Shoyu (aka “soy sauce”) ramen features a clear brown broth made of fish, chicken, or beef stock. It’s seasoned with lots of soy sauce and has a light, yet savory flavor. Common toppings are marinated bamboo shoots, green onions, seaweed, and boiled eggs.
Non-Spicy Seafood Rice Noodle Soup – This is a popular Korean soup made with rice noodles and a seafood-based broth. Locals often request that dark squid ink to be added to their bowls for an even fishier flavor.
Pork Tonkotsu Ramen – Tonkotsu is a popular dish in Japan that consists of thinly sliced pork strips served with rice and vegetables. The ramen version features a creamy broth that’s prepared with a thin noodle so that more of the broth will fit in your bowl.
As mentioned in my previous review of this box, Exotic Noods clearly isn’t an ideal subscription for a vegetarian/vegan (me), but for anyone else it’s a fun, convenient way to be introduced to unique noodle bowls. I’m happy to see that they’ve started including an info sheet, as well as chopsticks. Smart additions for sure!
If you’d like to try Exotic Noods for yourself, you can save 20% on your first box with coupon code “Flavor20“.
Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate and/or referral links.