So this is one of the Myojo Charumera varieties I’ve never seen. The noodle is dried and not fried, giving it a bit lower amount of fat. Charumera refers to the horn that is used by the street vendors in Japan to let people know ‘hey – come get your noodles!’ At least I think that’s the reference – it could be to the man blowing the horn, but I’m pretty sure it’s the horn itself – correct me if I’m wrong, pleasse!
As for tonkotsu ramen, here’s a little from Wikipedia –
The soup broth for tonkotsu ramen is based upon pork bones, and “tonkotsu” means “pork bones” in Japanese. The soup broth is prepared by boiling pork bones in water for a significant amount of time, up to eight hours, and the broth is typically cloudy in appearance. Additional broth ingredients can include onion, garlic, spring onions, ginger, pork back fat, pig’s trotters, oil and chicken carcasses. For service, cooked ramen noodles and slices of roasted or braised pork belly are added, and additional ingredients can include kombu, shoyu, chili bean paste, sesame seeds and others.
The traditional preparation method for the ramen noodles used in tonkotsu ramen is for the noodles to be hard in the center. Some ramen shops allow customers to select the level of doneness for the noodles, including futsu for regular or standard, barigane for very hard, barikata for al dente and yawamen for soft. Some restaurants also provide a second order of noodles if requested by the customer, in a system referred to as kaedama.
Ichiran is a Japanese restaurant chain that originated and is based in Fukuoka, Japan that specifically specializes upon tonkotsu ramen. Ippudo is a Japanese ramen restaurant chain based in Fukuoka that is well-known for its tonkotsu ramen, and has been described as “the most famous tonkotsu ramen shop in the country”.
Alright – let’s give it a try!
Myojo Charumera Non-Fried Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 1 1/2 minutes, stirring often. Add in powder base sachet contents and stir. Add in liquid base sachet. Finally, stir and ejoy!
Very thin noodles.
The soup base sachet.
Light, fluffy powder.
A liquid base sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts, chashu pork, hard boiled egg and narutomaki. The noodles are just awesome. They’re round and thin with a floury kind of hit to them. The broth is luxuriant and rich tonkotsu – Super tasty. Oiliness is on point and reasonable. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881071802.