Back in 2016, I reviewed this one before my son Miles was a year old. This was my 2000th review at that time, and I found it to be really quite good. It came in a special sunscription box (which I’ll tell you about below), and I figured it was due another look. Nissin Chikin Ramen was the first variety on the market in 1968 – and it didn’t have a seasoning sachet; the seasoning was in the noodle. This one is that way as well, and includes a freeze dried block with egg and other ingredients. This was also the first instant noodle I fell in love with when my favorite at age 8 or so was discontinued (Nissin Roasted Ramen). When my parents took me to Seattle to Uwajimaya, a big Japanese grocery, they asked them what was comparable and they steered me towards Nissin Chikin Ramen. I also saw all the different varieties on hand as well and was instantly transfixed; so much foreign text! Exotic flavors! I’m making this bowl today and going to let my daughter Mimi try it when she gets home from school.
This one came out of a Zenpop.jp snacks box – this is a new one. I usually do unboxing of their ramen boxes – which I will still be doing. However, they’re also sending me their new snack boxes which have a noodle variety, and then a ton of candy and snacks. What’s cool is I’ll be not only doing the unboxing, but inline with it will be a taste test with my daughter Mimi. Great as a gift or to hoard for yourself! Use coupon code THERAMENRATER for a groovy discount! Let’s check it out!
Here’s what the folks at Zenpop have to say about this one -‘Let’s start this wonderful Ghibli Nostalgia Snack box with a classic Chicken Ramen (チキンラーメン) from Nissin. Why? Because when we saw Ponyo on TV the other day, we couldn’t help but crave those after seeing that scene where she gulps up an entire bowl! The main ingredient for this bowl is usually “Katama” (かきたま), which for a twit of originality has become “Torofuwa Tamago” (とろふわたまご). It’s fluffy and thick, filled with smooth oysters and a lovely egg flavor. We recommend you to add a few extra toppings to your ramen such as green onions, a little ham, and a boiled egg. With those, you’ll really get the Ghibli feeling at home. While you’re letting the boiled water cook your dish, we invite you to dive deeper into this awesome selection of snacks we prepared for you! Keep scrolling.’
IDK about the Ghibli side of it, but this should bring me back. Let’s give it a try.
Nissin Chicken Ramen Donburi – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add boiling water to line and cover 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).
A noodle block, infused with seasoning.
A freeze-dried garnish block.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, chashu, spring onion, and sesame seed. Noodle is light and thin in gauge with a satisfying softness. The broth is very sesame and warm and inviting. The inclusion of vegetable and egg throughout via the freeze dried block is wonderful. Brings me back to my childhood. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105002605.
Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!