#1287: Kimura Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen

Hey check this happy looking guy out! I’m thinking he’s happy because today’s my sister’s birthday! Happy Birthday Sue! This looks like one she’d probably like. Last year, I made her some birthday noodles – maybe I’ll see if she wants to have some again this year! The happy guy on the package’s name is Kumamon, a mascot that the government of Kumamoto, Japan invented. Let’s check these out.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). I’m not sure whether this one contains meat or not. To prepare, add the noodle block to 500ml boiling water for 2 1/2 minutes. Add contents of soup base sachet and stir. Done!

The noodle block.

Soup base powder.


After Andy saw the Momofuku Ando Day recipe I did up, he wanted to try it too. He’s anti-eggs though, so I just did the noodles and a smattering of kamaboko for him. Happy birthday, Auntie Sue!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg and sauteed pork. The noodles were very good – nice and full-bodied with a perfect gauge. Not super-chewy but quite good. The broth was really good – some of the best tonkotsu broth I’ve ever had in an instant noodle. Rich and deep with great taste. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4972304908701.

I wish my hometown would come up with a mascot as fascinating as this. It’s a seagull I think.

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