Here’s an interesting one from Japan found in a Zenpop box – check out zenpop.jp and use the coupon code THERAMENRATER for a discount!
Here’s what they had to say – ‘Born in Yokohama City, Kanagawa prefecture, Iekei Ramen (家系ラーメン) is a traditional Japanese dish consisting of soup based on tonkotsu shoyu mixed with thick Chinese noodles. The soup contains pork bone fat (tonkotsu, 豚骨), and sharp soy sauce, which has the umami of pork with the lightness of the soy sauce. We recommend adding the liquid soup last for the best flavor experience. The noodles are slightly thick and have a chewy texture, perfect to go with the soup, and let you enjoy the sharpness of the soy sauce while slurping. The unique tonkotsu-based taste of the Iekei (家系) is what really stands out in this cup, and to make it perfect, we recommend you to add a few vegetables as extra toppings.’
A pork and soy, so a tonkotsu shoyu = iekei. Okay sounds good – let’s give it a go.
New Touch Yokohama Iekei Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and pork. To prepare, add in clear sachet with chashu and fill to line with boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid base sachet. Finally, stir, garnish with seaweed, and enjoy!
Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).
The noodle block.
A large sachet of liquid base.
Chashu and vegetable matter.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, garlic in chili oil, sesame seed, and spring onion. Noodle was nice. The broth was rather thin and had less of a tonkotsu and shoyu flavor, but more of a stewed pork. Shoyu – yeah I get it in there, but it wasn’t what I expected – which is okay as I like surprises, but it wasn’t something really great. The slice of chashu was a tease. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4903088012803.
Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!