Category Archives: Maruchan

#2236: Maruchan Gotsumori Koku Tonkotsu Ramen

Here’s another one sent to me by Javier from Box From Japan. Box From Japan has subscriptions for all sorts of neat Japanese things. I regret to say that I was informed that they won’t be taking subscriptions for their ramen boxes for now – hopefully that will start again soon. He mentioned that you can purchase instant noodles from them here. Here’s what he had to say about this particular variety:

Noodle: Medium-fine fried noodles. Entangles the soup very well, so it is full of volume and filling. Soup: Thick pork bone based soup that is both smooth and rich. It doesn’t give o the odor of pork bone, but gives the dish enough flavor so you want to enjoy the soup as well. Ingredients: Sesame seed, flavored minced chicken meat, fried garlic, Jew’s ear, green onion.

Let’s check if out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add contents of dry sachets and fill to line with boiling water. Cover and let steep with liquid sachet on lid for 3 minutes. Add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Looks like maybe seaweed and meat – loose in the bowl.

The dry base sachet.

Lots of powder.

The liquid base.

Thick and oily.

The garnish sachet.

A lots of sesame seeds and spring onion.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, hard boiled egg, baked chicken, chashu pork belly and nanami togarashi. The noodles were very plentiful and had a nice gauge and chew. They just seemed like your standard instant. The broth, however, was extremely good. Definitely a hit of chicken along with the pork taste and a really good thickness to the broth. It was a good oiliness as well. The included garnish of the sesame seeds, spring onion and meat were excellent and hydrated very well. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901990325561.

Maruchan Seimen – Tonkotsu Ramen Gotsumori 1 pack

An older TV commercial from Maruchan.

#2227: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Sriracha Chicken Flavour

Time for a new domestic variety! found this one a while back down in Renton, Washington at the Uwajimaya there. It’s right next to where they have Pokemon League at a card shop. Anyways, it was kind of a shock since I found this one, their new chipotle chicken cup, and a few new bowls they came out with recently. I think this is the last of the new stuff. Let’s give it a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, cilantro and Huy Fong Sriracha Chili Sauce. The noodles are the standard Maruchan pack type you find in the United States. They have a good gauge and soft chew to them. The broth has a light spiciness and a nice chicken taste. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 041789002502.

Maruchan Creamy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodles (Pack of 24)

A Maruchan TV commercial.

#2205: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Hearty Pork Flavor Tonkotsu Ramen

Tonkotsu is probably my favorite traditional ramen flavor. This and creamy broth with pork. Can’t beat it. Well, it’s now available from Maruchan in the USA in this bowl form! Let’s see how it fares!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, add in sachet #1 and room temperature water to the fill line. Microwave at 1000 watts for 3 minutes (if you have a microwave with different wattage, use this tool to convert the cooking time). Add in contents of sachet #2. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The first of two sachets.


Sachet number two.

Lots of fluffy powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chashu pork and chilli flake. The noodles are thin and flat with a very light chew to them. The sheer amount of noodles is pretty amazing! The broth is definitely tonkotsu, but I feel it doesn’t have the right… Something. Instead of a milky and rich pork taste, I get a more salty and chicken flavor. It is thicker than most instants here in the USA that’s for certain. The vegetables hydrated very well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789003516.

Maruchan Noodle Bowl, Hot and Spicy with Shrimp, 3.31 Ounce (Pack of 6)

A Maruchan TV spot featuring their Bowls for the Hispanic market.

#2170: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Mushroom Flavor

Here’s another one sent by a reader named Colin – thanks again! Today, I thought I’d cook up something for my wife Kit. Her actual name is Christine, but I’ve called her Kit for years. She’s always been a big fan of mushrooms – in fact, it’s because of her that I’ve started to like them. Oddly, here’s a Maruchan instant noodle I’ve not reviewed yet. I didn’t even know it still existed til Colin sent it over. Let’s have a look at this one.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free. To prepare, boil 2 cups of water and add noodle block for 3 minutes. Add in contents of sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Smells lightly mushroomy.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added mushrooms and processed cheese. The noodles are your standard Maruchan ramen noodle – nice squarish shape, standard instant gauge and a nice comforty chew. The broth has flavor!@ So often, mushroom broth just seems more on the bland end. This one tastes kind of like it should be as a side dish. One of the most American tasting instant noodles I’ve experience. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789002151.


Maruchan Ramen, Mushroom, 3-Ounce Packages (Pack of 24)

Maruchan on Jeopardy!!

#2147: Maruchan Instant Lunch Pork Flavor Ramen Noodles With Vegetables

Before I start, I wanted to thank Happiness Engineer Anne and the folks at Automattic, makers of the Jetpack plugin for WordPress. There was a bug in the way it handled mobile themes with their newest release and I asked for help. In less than 2 days, a fix was out and everything’s looking nice again! 

You’re probably thinking “no way – this couldn’t be a new review” but yeah – it is. After reviewing over 2,100 varieties of instant noodles over the past few years, I found this was one I never reviewed. Well, let’s get to it!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork, beef and chicken. To prepare, open lid partially and add boiling water to fill line. Let steep covered for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The iconic cup with the 70’s font.

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Loose vegetables from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added pork seasoned with NuTek Salt For Life, chopped garlic and spring onion I sauteed together. The noodles came out well – always kind of surprises me how many noodles fit in a little cup. The broth is a bit of an enigma to me; while it’s pork flavor, I don’t taste pork. It certainly went well with pork, but on it’s own it really didn’t taste like pork – more like beef actually. The vegetables did very well. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789001239.

Maruchan PORK FLAVOR Ramen Noodle Soup 3oz (12 pack)

A Maruchan TV commercial.