Category Archives: Marutai

#2230: Marutai Kuroma-yu Tonkotsu Kumamoto Ramen

Here’s one the folks at Washoku Explorer sent as a gift with their tonkotsu explorer kit. This one looks really good from the picture – I’ve reviewed the bowl version of this in the past… Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains pork or not. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. stir and enjoy!

One of the two bindles of noodles.

A dry base sachet.

Lots of powder.

A liquid sachet.

Oily liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork belly, hard boiled egg, sushinori, spring onion, kizami shoga, kikurage, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and shichimi togarashi. The noodles came out pretty well; a little tougher than I expected but still very nice. The broth ended up a little on the bland side which was a surprise since I liked the bowl version very much. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902702001223.

MARUTAI Kumamoto Tonkotsu Instant Noodle Soup Ramen Non-fried For 2 servings (3pcs)

In Kumamoto Prefecture, they have a special mascot named Kuramon. Here is a news conference from 2014 about Kuramon!

Washoku Explorer Kit: #2066: Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen

Okay so a few weeks ago I got a neat box in the mail. It contained the Washoku Explorer Tonkotsu Ramen kit. The idea is that you can get a nice kit with all the things you need to experience a great bowl of Japanese ramen at home – even the bowl! You can visit Washoku Explorer here. They have all sorts of other Japanese kits – really fascinating and a neat idea! The Tonkotsu Ramen kit includes this Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu ramen (2 packs with 2 servings each) and well as some special garnishes/add-ons I’ll show you below. Let’s check it out and give it a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add one bundle noodles to 470ml boiling water for 2 minutes. Add in contents of one soup base sachet and one oil sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The pack contains two of everything.

Straight Hakata style ramen noodles.

The soup base sachet.

Has a nice pork scent.

The oil sachet.

Oh wow I smell garlic!

The kit has some nice extras – these are dehydrated spring onion which spring to life when introduced to the broth.

Kikurage mushroom – this must be soaked in water for 30-40 minutes before adding to the ramen.

Seaweed garnish!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added the spring onion, seaweed and kikurage mushroom as well as hard boiled egg, chashu pork and nanami togarashi. Note this is the bowl and spoon that were included with the kit. The noodles came out just right – nice firmness and chew with that groovy flouriness Hakata ramen noodle have. The broth is luxuriant – nice and thick with a rich pork flavor and garlic taste. Just top notch – 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702001216. As for the kit, it’s a very nice presentation; it gives the average person a way to enjoy a gourmet ramen at home with garnishes that come out very nice – I give the kit 5.0 out of 5.0 stars as well.

Visit Washoku Explorer.

A Marutai Ramen TV commercial.

#1927: Marutai Kogashi Negiiri Tonkotsu Kagoshima Ramen

Here’s another one that was sent to me by Javier over at Box From Japan – thanks! Box From Japan is a subscription service – you can get a box sent to you every month with some great noodles within! From the description, this almost sounds like it might be a vegetable tonkotsu, but I don’t know. Says lots of cabbage – interesting! Let’s hit it up!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether this one contains meat, however tonkotsu broth generally includes pork. To prepare, add in all but the liquid sachet and add boiling water to fill line. cover and let steep for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

A ton of powder with some vegetables within.

The vegetables sachet.

As mentioned, a lot of cabbage here as well as spring onion and singed onion.

A liquid sachet.

A nice garlic scented oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, spring onion and kizami shoga (pickled ginger). The noodles were okay – didn’t make me jump for joy, but they hydrated nicely enough. The broth is a salty tonkotsu with a rich flavor. The vegetables hydrated well, and the large amount of cabbage went very well with it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702004224.

MARUTAI Tasty Japanese Noodle 3 Assort “Sho-yu Tonkotsu” Konjac Ramen Pork, “Soy Sauce”, and “Soy Sauce Tonkotsu” Flavor 4.9oz x 3 packs [Japan Import]

A man preparing a variety of Marutai ramen.

#1868: Marutai Kuroma-yu Tonkotsu Kumamoto Ramen

Here’s another one that was sent to me by Javier over at Box From Japan – thanks! Box From Japan is a subscription service – you can get a box sent to you every month with some great noodles within! Today it’s a tonkotsu variant, Kumamoto style! It’s known for a blending of two different kind of garlic which are fried in something called mayo oil which bring out a black color – sounds interesting! Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add contents of powder sachet and boiling water to fill line. Cover and steep 3 minutes. Add in contents of oil sachet. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

A fluffy tan powder.

A liquid sachet.

Thick and dark.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and bbq pork. The noodles hydrated well. They were on the lighter and thinner side but pretty good. The broth was very nice – a tasty tonkotsu with some nice garlicky notes to it – a good bowl. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702004217.

MARUTAI Tasty Japanese Noodle 3 Assort “Sho-yu Tonkotsu” Konjac Ramen Pork, “Soy Sauce”, and “Soy Sauce Tonkotsu” Flavor 4.9oz x 3 packs [Japan Import]

A video of a man preparing Marutai ramen.

#1809: Marutai Nagahama Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen

Here’s another one that was sent to me by Javier over at Box From Japan – thanks! Box From Japan is a subscription service – you can get a box sent to you every month with some great noodles within! From what I’m reading, it sounds like this one has a tonkotsu broth – with pork bone flavor! Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add sachet contents to bowl and boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep for 2 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Dry soup base.

Very fluffy powder.

A liquid sachet.

Has a pork kind of scent.

A solid ingredients sachet.

Looks like spring onion and sesame in there.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a lone slice of chashu pork. The noodles are thin and have a nice chew to them. Probably some of the best noodles I’ve samples in a bowl. The broth is a creamy pork tonkotsu – savory and rich. The sesame and spring onion add a perfect balance. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902702004200.

MARUTAI Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Instant Noodle Soup Ramen Non-fried For 2 servings (2pcs)

A man making Marutai ramen.