Sad to say it but this is the last of the varieties sent to me by Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com. He’s decided to end the subscription service for instant noodles, however you can still get neat boxes of Japanese candy! Check ’em out! Well, here’s what he had to say about this variety:
Recreating the taste of the local ramen from the city of Kameyama, Mie prefecture.
Noodles: Broad, slightly yellowish noodles. They are also a little curly, and mix well with the soup. Soup: The soup’s base is beef bone, to which you add a mixture of 3 kinds of miso paste (red miso, soy miso and wheat miso), you flavor it with garlic and ginger, and for the final touch you add pepper and spicy soy sauce. Cauliflower fungus powder from Mie prefecture is also used to enhance the flavor and thicken it. Ingredients: Cabbage, bamboo shoots, Jew’s ear fungus, ground beef, and carrots.
Alright – let’s have a look!
Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and the vegetables sachet. Cover for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy! Garnish with togarashi.
Detail of the lid and its underside (click to enlarge).
The noodle block.
The liquid base.
Has a miso scent.
Vegetables and meat.
Veg and chashu.
A garnish sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are very chewy – very premium stuff. The broth is VERY rich – probably some of the strongest miso flavor I’ve experienced in an instant ramen before. That being said, it’s pretty overwhelming to me; I like a nice rich miso, but this one jumps the shark and is just too much. The vegetables are decently hydrated and of good quality. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734026747.
A Sapporo Ichiban TV commercial.