Category Archives: Pork

#2256: Goku-Uma Ramen Noodles Artificially Flavored Tonkotsu

I haven’t reviewed anything by this brand in a long time – they were ubiquitous for a while then kind of disappeared, then came back with more traditional Japanese ramen flavors. Let’s check out this tonkotsu bowl!

Detail from the side and bottom of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

Detail of the lid (detail of the lid). To prepare, add in sachet contents and add boiling water to the fill line. Let steep covered for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

The soup base sachet.

A very light powder.

The vegetables sachet.

Peas and corn and carrot and onion and and and…

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, my last slice of chashu pork, hard boiled egg and spring onion. The noodles hydrated pretty well and were interesting. They seemed slightly on the spongy side although a tad chewier than most – although hydrated. The broth came out nicely – creamy and milky and a medium salty taste with a kind of pork mood to it. The bit of dehydrated vegetables that came with it hydrated pretty well, although carrot seemed out of place here. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 074410396664.

The Ramen Book

A recipe for tonkotsu.

#2252: New Touch Sugomen Sano 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:

Local ramen of Sano City in Tochigi Prefecture. The noodles that are made in Aotake are genuine. Famous ramen with many fans all over Japan. Noodle: Non-fried noodle that is smooth on the outside and chewy on the inside. Wide noodle. Soup: With a slow simmered chicken bone flavor as a base and added pork and savory herbs, the final taste is full of chicken oil and spices. Soup that is refreshing yet filled with meat and rich flavors. Ingredients: Roasted pork, bamboo shoots, green onion.

Sounds good on this cold day! Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add in contents of vegetables sachet. Add boiling water to fill line and let steep covered for 4 minutes. Add in liquid and solid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A liquid sachet.

Smells good – and rich.

The vegetables sachet.

Looks like spring onion.

What have we here?

Roasted pork!

Finished (click to enlarge). Noodles are slightly wide and flat. They have a strong chew and nice disposition; I liked them. The broth is very good – a hearty chicken and pork taste which fills the guttyworks with a satisfying feeling. The included pork and bamboo shoots worked very well and spring onion rounds out the bowl. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4903088004884.

New touch Sugomen black incense acetate ç…”‘ twelve noodles 110g ~

A New Touch TV commercial.

#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.

#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!

#2228: Nissin Raoh Shoyu Ramen

This is one of the fancier instant noodles out there – Nissin’s Raoh is usually great stuff! Comes with fancy noodles, liquid broth and other garnishes such as a slice of chashu pork. Wow. Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add dry sachets and pork slice to bowl. Add boiling water to fill line. cover for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Liquid soup base.

Smells tasty!

The dry base sachet.

A light powder.

The garnish sachet.

Looks like cabbage and spring onion perhaps.

The slice of chashu pork.

Always surprises me how nice dehydrated pork is when it rehydrates.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg and shichimi togarashi. The noodles have a very premium chew to them – good stuff. The broth is definitely rich and hearty – thick and full of tasty soy sauce flavor. The garnish of the spring onion was very good and of course the pork slice was excellent. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105224335.

Nissin – Raoh, Japanese Instant Ramen Noodles, Soy Sauce Soup, 4.3oz X 6bowls (For 6 servings)[japan Import]

A series of Nissin Raoh TV commercials.