Not only fast noodles: We sample one in every of the amazing freeze-dried meals you may buy in Japan

Once you consider freeze-dried foods, you may imagine things like astronaut ice cream, fruit snacks or perhaps, in case you’re a camper or a survivalist, meals in big pouches to which you add hot water and stir. And in case you enjoy Japanese food, you furthermore may might imagine of fast noodles.

Nonetheless, freeze-dried dining in Japan is not limited to noodles. One company particularly, has perfected the art of constructing freeze-dried meals that taste surprisingly good, and that is アマノフーズ Amano Foods, operated by Asahi Group Foods Ltd.

They not only make things like miso soup with vegetables, curry dishes, and things like hearty stews and rice porridges, but additionally they make dishes that you simply would not normally think possible in a freeze-dried format as a part of their フリーズドライの匠 (furizu dorai no takumi | freeze-dried master chef) series.

One in all these is tonkatsu. Even though it wasn’t available on the time, they’re currently selling a delicious-looking miso katsu, featuring big slices of breaded and fried pork tenderloin and a sweet and tangy miso sauce.

Nonetheless, we were capable of order one other meal: shrimp tempura with scrambled eggs.

Topping for Shrimp Tempura with Scrambled Eggs on Rice

We ordered two packs of フリーズドライの匠 海老天とじ丼の素 furizu dorai no takumi ebi-ten toji-don no moto from their online store and that is what it looked like when it arrived.

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We were surprised by how light it was. The image on the package already had us drooling. We love tempura and scrambled eggs, and the 2 together sounded great! That is the 素 moto, the combination—or on this case, the toppings—for a rice bowl, so we needed to cook some rice, but apart from that, we only needed hot water.

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We removed it from the package and placed it in a bowl. We could see something that looked like a shrimp’s tail, which made us chuckle. There was definitely whole shrimp tempura in there. In actual fact, there have been imagined to be two!

At the identical time, seeing a block like this, we couldn’t help but wonder how good it could actually be.

Just one solution to discover.

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We would have liked so as to add 140 ml of hot water. Thankfully, we had a measuring cup handy.

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After that, the instructions told us to start gently separating the 2 shrimp tempura with chopsticks for 60 seconds while the recent water takes its effect reconstituting the ingredients, taking care not to interrupt through the tempura breading while we’re at it.

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Then, we rigorously slid the contents of our bowl onto our waiting rice bowl crammed with steaming hot rice, and we were done. It smelled delicious and looked remarkably good for a freeze-dried meal.

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Time to dig in.

The taste was authentic! Although the shrimp was barely spongy and the batter wasn’t crisp, which was to be expected since we had just poured hot water on it, it tasted just like the shrimp tempura that you simply add to a bowl of soba or udon noodles, for instance, with an awesome shrimp taste. The scrambled eggs were also quite decent. Fluffly and savory with the flavour or dashi. The addition of mitsuba leaves added to its authenticity and was also appreciated.

All in all, we were happily surprised and would definitely welcome a possibility to try their miso katsu next.

Two packs of フリーズドライの匠 海老天とじ丼の素 furizu dorai no takumi ebi-ten toji-don no moto will set you back 1,728 yen (incl. tax) plus shipping at their online store here.

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