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#1621: Myojo Men White Creamy Tonkotsu

A while back I reviewed the Myojo Men Black Seafood Tonkotsu. Well, this is the white creamy variety. Tonkotsu is usually made from pork bone broth – pork bones and boiled for quite a while to pull out the flavor, and it gets a milky color. This one’s manufactured in the United States by Myojo, and so pork products are present. Let’s see how this creamy tonkotsu variety stacks up/.

Detail from the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, put noodles and contents of sachets into bowl and add hot water to line. Microwave for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The fresh noodles pouch.

The creamy tonkotsu soup base sachet.

Has a creamy look to it.

The vegetables sachet.

Spring onion and seaweed.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, spring onion, mung bean sprouts and pork. The noodles are a little thinner than fresh udon. They have a decent chew to them. The broth has a richness to it I enjoyed, but there was an underlying acidity that was slightly off-putting. The hydratables did just fine and there was quite a nice pit of seaweed. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 011152212388.

Myojo Bowl Noodle Creamy Tonkotsu (Pack of 12×7.37z)

A Japanese Myojo Charumera TV advertisement.

#1551: Myojo Men Black Seafood Tonkotsu

Got this one down in California during our summer trip! JFC distributes a lot of different products here in the USA from Japan and elsewhere. I’m curious what the actual brand here is. Those characters at the top look extremely familiar…

Yep – that’s what I thought – it’s Myojo’s new ‘Myojo Men’ line! It’s strange; as a daily reviewer of instant noodles and spending a lot of time examining packages of all types from all over the world, I have started recognizing bits and pieces of different printed languages – Korean, Chinese, Japanese… Usually when it pertains to a brand name or the word instant noodle. I’m pretty sure I could do alright in most countries if I were looking for instant noodles, although my accent or intonation might sound ridiculous! For those new to ramen, here’s a quick blurb from Wikipedia about tonkotsu ramen:

Tonkotsu (豚骨, “pork bone”; not to be confused with tonkatsu) ramen usually has a cloudy white colored broth. It is similar to the Chinese baitang (白湯) and has a thick broth made from boiling pork bones, fat, and collagen over high heat for many hours, which suffuses the broth with a hearty pork flavor and a creamy consistency that rivals milk, melted butter or gravy (depending on the shop). Most shops, but not all, blend this pork broth with a small amount of chicken and vegetable stock and/or soy sauce. The noodles are thin and straight, and it is often served with beni shoga (pickled ginger). In recent years the latest trend in tonkotsu toppings ismāyu (sesame oil), a blackish, aromatic oil made from either charred crushed garlic or Sesame seeds. It is a specialty of Kyushu, particularly Hakata-ku, Fukuoka (hence sometimes called “Hakata ramen”).

Anyways, let’s check out this seafood tonkotsu by Myojo, distro’d by JFC.

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains pork and fish. To prepare, Put all contents into the bowl. Add hot water up to line. Microwave for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The fresh noodle pouch.

Liquid base sachet.

Has a strong seafood scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Green onion and seaweed.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kamaboko, narutomaki and sliced spring onion. The noodles were alright; they kind of had a kind of ‘off’ texture which I wasn’t pleased with; they seemed kind of stiff. The broth however was quite good – wonderful pork and seafood flavor going on here. The dehydrated green onion and seaweed hydrated perfectly. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 011152212364.

Myojo Tonkotsu Noodles, Seafood, 7.44 Ounce – get it on Amazon!

A Myojo Charumera TV commercial!

#1219: Tokyo Noodle Mini Instant Noodle Spicy Flavor

I asked my wife Kit if she’d pick which instant I’d review today. Well, this is what she picked! We got it at Uwajimaya in Seattle in July at some point (the reason I know that is because the first review I did of this brand was July 20th). I used to end up with a big haul of new stuff every time I’d hit Uwajimaya, but these days they’re a little farther and fewer between. What’s great about these is that they’re much like the first instant noodle I ever got at Uwajimaya a long time ago, just smaller. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains wheat, soybean and fish. To make it, you can drop it in a mug and add 200ml boiling water per block, or to cook it add a block to a cup of boiling water for 2 minutes.

Four blocks!

Individually wrapped.

These have the flavoring in the noodles – no seasoning packets. These are just like the original instant noodle invented by Momofuku Ando in 1958.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little chicken lunch meat, an egg and Frank’s Red Hot. The noodles are exactly like the original instant from 1958. They’re thin and very springy. The flavor is salty and spicy. It’s a kind of odd spicy but it works. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 011152220093.

#1116: Tokyo Noodle Mini Instant Noodle Artificial Chicken Flavor

Went to Uwajimaya in Seattle yesterday and saw these – little four pack of mini noodles! Let’s check ’em out.

Here’s the back of the pack (click image to enlarge). Contains wheat, soybean and fish.

The pack has four little individually wrapped noodle blocks!

Here’s what you get. You might be wondering ‘where’s the seasoning packet?’ Well, these are much like the first instant noodles ever invented in that there is no seasoning packet; the flavor is infused into the noodles. What’s cool about these as they can be tossed in a mug and steeped, crunched up and eaten as a snack, or (the way I’ll make them) cooked on the stove in a pot.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fried egg, narutomaki and green onion. The noodles are different from what you might expect in something akin to ‘the original instant noodle.’ They’re not like they’re extremely light and have a flat surface. Even a little elasticity! Not mushy or crumbly, but very delicate. The broth is salty and soy sauce with a little hint of fish here and there. It’s funny; just like the original instant noodles like 1958, these are supposed to taste like chicken. What I would say about them is chicken wouldn’t be my first thought although I think adding chicken or egg to it is very nice. Identical to the aforementioned 1958 variety. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 011152220079.

Here’s a video by a guy named Furious Pete – at one point, he eats 147 little bowls of noodles in Tokyo!

The Ramen Rater Top Ten Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2013 Edition

After more than a year of pondering and reviewing since the last list, here’s the new top ten instant noodle bowls. This encompasses all instant noodle bowls reviewed up to today, June 15th, 2013. With no further adieu, the top ten instant noodle bowls of all time, 2013 edition.

10 – JFC Japanese Style Noodle Soup Curry Flavour – South Korea

Fresh udon noodles and a curry sauce that’s thick and luxuriant. If you’re in need of a curry fix, look no further! Every time I see it on a store shelf, I get this kind of warm, fuzzy feeling. Original review here

9 – Ottogi Spaghetti Ramen – South Korea

A fun bowl of noodles with thick South Korean ramyun noodles, a sweet powder and a sweet and slightly spicy spaghetti sauce. A nice twist on a classic. Original review here

8 – Little Cook Spicy Beef Flavor – Thailand

This one features firm noodles, a spicy broth with beef and curry notes and fake meat that’s surprisingly good. Myriad of different components collide together in an irresistible way. Original review here

7 – Nongshim Chapagetti Roasted Chajang Noodle – United States

Although originating in South Korea, Nongshim now makes these in Southern California. Chajang is a traditional Chinese black bean sauce that is wonderful with noodles and the nice part with this particular variety is that it’s the first I’ve seen in a bowl. What’s more, it’s easy to make and has excellent hearty flavor as well as great noodles. Original review here

6 – Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Flavor King Cup – South Korea

Kokomen is a South Korean ramyun with a light or white broth. It’s got a chicken and jalapeno kind of flavor that’s really quite excellent. The translation from pack to bowl is exemplary, losing none of the quality. Original review here

5 – Little Cook Mushroom Vegetarian Premium Noodle – Thailand

A combination of a great quality noodle and nice broth is one thing, but they add a retort pouch with really nice vegetables that make this seem more gourmet. I’ve never been a big fan of mushrooms, but these are really quite good. Original review here

4 – Yamamoto Ponpoko Tempura Udon Fried Noodles Bowl – Japan

Thick, slightly chewy noodles and a broth with strong soy flavor. The tempura gives a satisfying crunch. Check out the original review as well to see why this one’s got a great name. Original review here

3 – Maruchan Midori No Tanuki Instant Soba Bowl – Japan

The only one from last year’s list to remain. Although it slipped out of first place, this is a seriously excellent bowl of noodles. The buckwheat noodles have a delicate crumble that works so well here and the broth is nice and rich. The disk of tempura is a real treat. Original review here

2 – FoodMon DJ-DOC Instant Ramen Rice Toppokki – South Korea

Topokki are like really thick chewy short noodles. They’re usually served with a spicy red sauce; here they join instant noodles along with the spicy sauce to make a succulent kind of Soiuth Korean lasagna-esque feast. Original review here

1 – Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce Flavor – Japan

All I can say is that this stuff is epic. The noodles are extremely good and of very high quality. The broth is as rich as the name purports as well. What’s more, it comes with a slice of roast pork which hydrates well and has a very good texture and flavor. This is where it’s at! Original review here

So as you can see, a lot of new contenders this year! I hope you enjoyed the list and look forward to bringing you more as time goes by.