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:
– Description: ・【Noodles】 Ultra-thick noodles 【Soup】 Pork bone and seafood dipping soup ・This famous ramen shop won the battle of ‘No.1 Ramen in Japan’ at Ramen Expo 2013. The extremely delicious taste comes from the stewed soup with the umami of fish and seafood. – Contents: ・Noodles: 150g x2 ・Soup & Seasoning Package: 60g x2 – Features: This famous ramen shop is located in Matsudo city of Chiba prefecture. Famous for the delicious pork bone and seafood based dipping soup and ultra-thick noodles.
Never tried tsukemen before – let’s hit it up!
Island Foods Chiba · Matsudo Tsukemen (Dipping noodles) – Chuka Soba Tomita – Japan
Detail of the outer packaging (click to enlarge). Contains pork. The directions are a little different, so here’s what their website says: – How to prepare: 1. Place noodles in boiling water and cook for 8½ to 9 minutes. (depends on your preference for noodles’ hardness) 2. Put the dipping soup paste with 100cc of hot water into a small pot and cooks with low heat. When it boiled, pour the dipping soup into a bowl. 3. Pour the cooked noodles into a colander, wash it with cold water or cool down with the ice cubes. 4. Shake out the excess water and put the cooldown noodles into a bowl. Dip the dipping soup to eat. Enjoy!
One of the two noodle pouches.
A soup base sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, chashu pork, and spring onion. The noodles have a very nice gauge and the chew was really great. Not too chewy but not overdone at 8 1/2 minutes. They are great cold, dipped into the warm sauce which seemed like a kind of tangy tonkotsu with notes of fish and perhaps vinegar. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4527760168635.
A video I did of cracking open this fancy box of Kanto varieties.