Went to Uwajimaya, a local Japanese grocery store chain in the northwest the other day. So I found that you can get chashu pork there – it’s really nice for Japanese instants since I can slap one on top! Indeed what I do is get a few packs of it from the deli and then bag them individually and throw them in the freezer – it’s pricy stuff, but done this way it really stretches it a long way. So $15 or pork will yield me about 18-20 slices and since it’s frozen, it’ll last nicely until I’ve done that many Japanese reviews.
While there, we noticed a couple varieties of these cups. I hadn’t seen them before and thought why not get them. This is tanmen, not to be confused with tantanmen. While tantanmen features pork, tanmen usually is more about seafood. This one appears to be a variety inspired by a place called T’s Restaurant which it looks like is a Vegan friendly place. So let’s check it out.
New Touch T’s Restaurant Sura Tanmen – Japan
Here’s the distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge). Indeed it appears to contain no meat or fish ingredients.
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in dry sachet and boiling water to fill line (approx 270ml). Cover and steep for 4 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).
The noodle block. Noodles appear to be very thin. Also, the block appears to be very dense.
The dry base sachet.
Looks like bean sprouts and possibly TVP among other things.
The liquid base sachet.
Deep and dark with a strong scent.
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out well. Thin and round in shape, they have a decent chew and backbone. However, they are easily broken when pursed by the lips. The broth has a lot of flavor for being a vegetarian variety. A kind of vinegar and sweet taste. The broth is augmented by little bits that hydrated very well. Indeed, a tasty cup of noodles! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4903088011394.