Here’s a classic one from Japan found in a Zenpop box – check out zenpop.jp and use the coupon code RAMENRATER for a discount!
Here’s what they had to say about it – “Can you locate Kagoshima on the map? It’s the southern tip of the island of Kyushu. Although it is Kagoshima style tonkotsu ramen, it is known nationwide that the tonkotsu culture of Kyushu as a whole originated from the city of Kurume in Fukuoka to various places, and the so-called paitan soup, which we also got for you in this pack, became one of its most famous contributions to the Japanese noodleverse. Originally, in Kyushu, it is traditional to use pickled ginger, takana leaf mustard, etc. to eliminate the smell of pork bones used for the broth, but in Kagoshima they opted for garlic and green onions. Well-established ramen shops famous in Kagoshima include “Noriichi”, “Komurasaki”, “Sabon Ramen”, “Kuroiwa”, etc., but each of them has a different style when it comes to preparing tonkotsu ramen. And therefore, each restaurant has influenced the other ramen shops in their respective area, and has created a paradise for local ramen aficionados: each of them as a unique taste only available in their small area. Now, think about all that when you’re having a taste of those noodles!”
Well, that’s a chunk of text to have in the back of your mind while slurping. I can at least say this – I’ve been more than impressed with the quality from Marutai over the varieties I’ve tried, so this bowl has a high bar to meet. Let’s see how it ranks.
Marutai Aji Yokatai Kagoshima Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and pork. To prepare, fill to line with boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).
The noodle block.
A dry powder base sachet.
A wet sachet of oil.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added homemade chashu, shichimi, spring onion, and sesame seed. Noodles were alright, but didn’t ‘wow’ really. The broth wasn’t bad, but again, it didn’t scream this is an excellent tonkotsu like Marutai’s other offerings. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702004439.