• Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Not just instant noodles: we’re tasting one of the amazing freeze-dried meals you can buy in Japan.

ByRandall B. Phelps

Sep 9, 2022

When you think of freeze-dried foods, you might imagine things like astronaut ice cream, fruit snacks, or maybe, if you’re a camper or a survivor, meals in large pouches that you add water to. hot and stir. And if you like Japanese food, you can also think of instant noodles.

However, freeze-dried meals in Japan are not limited to noodles. One company in particular has perfected the art of making surprisingly good-tasting freeze-dried meals, and that’s 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 they also make dishes that you wouldn’t normally think possible in a freeze-dried format in the frame of their フリーズドライの匠(furizu dorai no takumi | Master Chef freeze-dried).

One of them is tonkatsu. Although it was not available at the time, they currently sell a delicious miso katsufeaturing large slices of breaded and fried pork tenderloin and a sweet and tangy miso sauce.

However, we were able to order another 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 this is what it looked like when it arrived.

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We were surprised by the brightness. The photo on the package was already making us salivate. We love tempura and scrambled eggs, and both together sounded great! This is the 素 motorbikethe mix – or in this case, the toppings – for a bowl of rice, so we had to cook some rice, but other than that, we only needed hot water.


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We removed it from the packaging and placed it in a bowl. We could see something that looked like the tail of a shrimp, which made us laugh. There was definitely whole shrimp tempura in there. In fact, there had to be two!

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

Only one way to find out.


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We had to add 140ml of hot water. Luckily we had a measuring cup handy.


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After that, the instructions told us to start gently separating the two prawn tempuras with chopsticks for 60 seconds while the hot water takes effect replenishing the ingredients, being careful not to puncture the tempura coating so much that we are there.


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


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It’s time to dig.

The taste was authentic! Although the prawns were slightly spongy and the batter wasn’t crispy, which was to be expected since we had just poured hot water over them, it tasted like the prawn tempura you add to a bowl of noodles soba or udon, for example, with a good taste of shrimp. The scrambled eggs were also quite decent. Moist and tasty with the flavor or dashi. The addition of Mitsubishi the leaves added to its authenticity and were also appreciated.

Overall we were pleasantly surprised and would love to have the opportunity 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 cost you 1,728 yen (tax included) plus shipping on their online store here.

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