Here’s one sent to me by Ippin, a purveyor of lots of different Japanese products. This is definitely a fancy variety from a set of Kanto region varieties based on popular ramen shops. Not a lot of boxes come across my desk so this should be interesting! Here’s what the Ippin website had to say about this variety:
Sano Ramen – Banri –
Description: ・【Noodle】 Flat noodles【Soup】 Mild Japanese soy sauce soup ・The noodles are made with traditional Sano ramen techniques! The unique shape noodles mixed with the delicious soup gives you an exquisite mellow soy sauce taste. –
Features: Located in Sano city Tochigi prefecture, this shop becomes one of the most popular ramen shops not only for locals but also for the people from other prefecture. Their mission is to bring joy to all the customers through their soy sauce based simple but delicious soup. –
Ingredients: Noodle (flour, reduced starch syrup, salt, wheat protein, processed starch, alcoholic), Soup & Seasoning (soy sauce, lard, salt, pork extract, chicken extract, flavor oil, sugar, boiled extract, bonito extract, spice, yeast extract, alcoholic, seasoning (amino acid etc.), thickener (processed starch), Also including wheat, soybean, chicken, pork).
Alright this sounds really good – let’s check it out!
Island Foods Banri Sano Ramen – Japan
Detail from the box (click to enlarge). Contains chicken, pork and alcohol. To prepare, 1. Place noodles in boiling water and cook for 4½ to 5½ minutes. (depends on your preference for noodles’ hardness) 2. Put the soup paste in a bowl and add 300cc of hot water. 3. Drain the noodles. Put the noodles into the soup bowl, and add toppings. Finally, enjoy!
One of the two servings of noodles.
One of the two soup base sachets.
Looks very rich.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, hard boiled egg and chashu pork. The noodles are broad and slightly thick. They have an interesting chew to them. I wouldn’t have expected this style from a Japanese variety. The broth is a strong shoyu – very oily as well. Very good. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4527760168246.
A video I did of cracking open this fancy box of Kanto varieties.