Category Archives: Itsuki

#3324: Itsuki Cold Tea Soba – Japan

#3324: Itsuki Cold Tea Soba - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. Pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Buckwheat and Uji matcha are blended to make these smooth and flavorful soba noodles. These cold oodles come with 2 servings of a mellow umami dipping sauce that is a perfect meal for a hot summer day.”

Cool – I mean cold. Let’s give it a try.

Itsuki Cold Tea Soba – Japan

#3324: Itsuki Cold Tea Soba - Japan

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles 4~5 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water. For the dipping sauce, combine 1 sachet with 50ml cold water and mix. Finally, di soba into sauce and enjoy!

A grip of buckwheat soba.

Wet sachets of dipping sauce mix.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and narutomaki to the noodle and sesame seeds to the dipping sauce. Noodles are great cold – just the right gauge and chew for dipping. Sauce was like a crisp soy sauce with notes of fish. An apt pairing, perfect for a hot day. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014615.

Itsuki Dried Soba Noodles, Green Tea, 15.87-Ounce

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#3316: Itsuki Kurume Hotomeki Ramen – Japan

#3316: Itsuki Kurume Hotomeki Ramen - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. Pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Hakata is an area in Japan famous for tonkotsu ramen. Hakata style ramen has a rich white pork bone base and hard noodles. Make your own smooth and flavorful bowl of Hakata ramen.”

Itsuki Kurume Hotomeki Ramen – Japan

#3316: Itsuki Kurume Hotomeki Ramen - Japan

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). This variety is animal-free. To prepare, add noodles to 450ml boiling water and cook for 1 minute. Add in powder sachet contents and stir. Add liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The straight ramen noodles.

A dry powder base sachet.

A wet sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, and fried garlic. The noodle is very thin with a chewiness that wasn’t expected but enjoyed. Broth was a salty tonkotsu. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014387.

and Itsuki food Kurume HoTome-out ramen 123g ~ 10 pieces

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#3309: Itsuki Spicy Miso Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3309: Itsuki Spicy Miso Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

This one was in a Ramen Trunk subscription box.These boxes are full of extremely high end varieties that you’ll never find in the United States or anywhere outside Japan! Check out this link and use coupon code RAMENRATER20OFF for 20% off any single box or subscription!

I found some info online about this one and had to use Google translation –

● Miso-tonkotsu ramen where you can feel the taste in the hotness, which is made by adding the spicy taste with the chili pepper and soya bean paste to the pork broth, and the richness with the miso and the flower bud. 

● The soup is based on a hot pepper base with chili pepper and comes out with 2 kinds of rice miso and neri sesame seeds, and it has an exquisite and deep taste with the addition of the flavor of fish and the smell of florets. 

● Excellent compatibility with soup and straight non-fried noodles. 

● For hot taste, I blended several spices and seasonings, and I was particular about not only the hotness but also the quality of hotness. 

-It is a tonkotsu ramen that is unbearable for those who really like hot things. 

● Please note that this is a very hard ramen.

So this kind of sounds like it may be a mukbang – unsure at this point. But very cool either way! Let’s check it out!

Itsuki Spicy Miso Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3309: Itsuki Spicy Miso Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Guessing it contains meat, but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The straight ramen noodles.

A dry powder sachet.

A wet sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added narutomaki, chashu, spring onion, black sesame seeds, habanero togarashi, chili oil, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Was impressed by this one as it was very different. Noodles come out nicely – straight noodles are with a good mouthfeel and chew. The broth is very different insofar as it is quite spicy and it has this smoky pepper taste – kind of leaning in the direction of chipotle. It worked well and was fascinating to me. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014165.

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

Itsuki food 2 co-yaki soba 340gX6 pieces

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#3306: Itsuki Tempura Soba – Japan

#3306: Itsuki Tempura Soba - Japan

Here’s one from an Umai Crate – a subscription box from Japan. Use coupon code THERAMENRATER for a discount if you’d like to get one! Here’s what they have to say about it – ‘There’s a saying in Japan that long noodles are good luck for a long life! These soba (buckwheat) noodles are extra long for that reason! They also come with tasty crispy tempura balls, seaweed and crunchy shrimp.’

This one is interesting since in a previous Umai Crate, there was one that looks almost identical, but only had the powder sachet where this one has the topping as well – a nice addition! Let’s check it out.

Itsuki Tempura Soba – Japan

#3306: Itsuki Tempura Soba - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodle in 300ml water for 1 minute. Add in soup base and stir. Finally, top with garnish and enjoy!

The fresh soba noodles.

A dry soup base sachet.

The garnish sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added kamaboko, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and sesame seeds. The noodles are very good – soft and a good texture. The broth is my favorite tempura broth; not too sweet, not too fishy – just right on all fronts. The included garnish was particularly enjoyable with tempura at the forefront. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014127.

Itsuki – Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen for 1 Servning

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#3291: Itsuki Classic Udon – Japan

#3291: Itsuki Classic Udon - Japan

Here’s one from an Umai Crate – a subscription box from Japan. Use coupon code THERAMENRATER for a discount if you’d like to get one!

This is an udon variety. It features a fresh pouch and some seasoning. Here’s a little about udon from Wikipedia –

Udon (饂飩, usually written as うどん) is a type of thick wheat flour noodle used frequently in Japanese cuisine. It is often served hot as a noodle soup in its simplest form, as kake udon, in a mildly flavoured broth called kakejiru, which is made of dashisoy sauce, and mirin. It is usually topped with thinly chopped scallions. Other common toppings include tempura, often prawn or kakiage (a type of mixed tempura fritter), or aburaage, a type of deep-fried tofu pockets seasoned with sugar, mirin, and soy sauce. A thin slice of kamaboko, a halfmoon-shaped fish cake, is often added. Shichimi can be added to taste.

The flavour of broth and topping vary from region to region. Usually, dark brown broth, made from dark soy sauce (koikuchi shōyu), is used in eastern Japan, and light brown broth, made from light soy sauce (usukuchi shōyu), is used in western Japan. This is noticeable in packaged instant noodles, which are often sold in two different versions for east and west. Currynanban is another popular variation, served in curry broth.

The happy bear graphic is Kumamon – the mascot of Kumamoto prefecture in Japan, so logically this would be in the style of Kumamoto udon broth I suppose. Let’s give it a try!

Itsuki Classic Udon – Japan

#3291: Itsuki Classic Udon - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Most likely contains fish but check for yourself. To prepare, boil udon in 250ml water for 1 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The pouch of fresh udon.

A dry seasoning sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added kamaboko, spring onion, tempura, and shichimi togarashi. Udon come out nice and soft after a minute. Broth has a good sweet, salty and bonito taste to it. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726005125.

Itsuki food Itsuki hermitage Tempura Udon 210gX10 pieces

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#3287: Itsuki Neapolitan Spaghetti – Japan

#3287: Itsuki Neapolitan Spaghetti - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘Stir up the heat this winter and enjoy Japan’s take on Neapolitan spaghetti for lunch or dinner! This pack contains a tomato sauce that is full of yummy flavor. Even when it’s cold, it’s equally as delicious and Kumamon thinks so, too!’

Kumamon is the character on the package – he’s the spokesanimal-thing for Kumamoto prefecture in Japan. Let’s get started!

Itsuki Neapolitan Spaghetti – Japan

#3287: Itsuki Neapolitan Spaghetti - Japan

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, heat 1 tablespoon butter or oil in a pan. Add in any meat or vegetables you wish. Add in noodles and cook funtil done. Add in sachet contents and stir fry until combines. Finally, enjoy!

A pouch of fresh noodles.

The dry seasoning base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecue pork and spring onion, fried garlic, and chili flake. All in all, things end up very tasty. The only problem is that everything is extremely dry, which isn’t how I usually find spaghetti to be. Just seemed a little on the off side. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726005040.

#3287: Itsuki Neapolitan Spaghetti - Japan

176gX10 pieces Kumamoto ramen of Itsuki food Kumamon

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#3238: Itsuki Soba – Japan

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. Pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Enjoy a hot bowl of this soba in its soup base, rich with flavors of bonito, soy sauce and spice.”

Yeah okay this sounds pretty good – fresh soba… Let’s do it!

Itsuki Soba – Japan

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodles in 300ml water for 1 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

A fresh soba pouch.

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

A light powder with a sweet scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kamaboko, mentaiko furikake and spring onion. Noodles are definitely buckwheat soba. First time I think I’ve had fresh buckwheat in this form factor and it’s pretty decent. The broth was a pretty typical soy and bonito hit, however the balance of flavors worked better than any I’ve had before.. All in all alright. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014134.

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

Itsuki food 2 co-yaki soba 340gX6 pieces

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#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

This one was in a Ramen Trunk subscription box.These boxes are full of extremely high end varieties that you’ll never find in the United States or anywhere outside Japan! Check out this link and use coupon code RAMENRATER20OFF for 20% off any single box or subscription!

Here’s what they had to say about this particular variety – “Kuromayu (black sesame oil) has a strong disinctive flavor of garlic and black sesame. Added to a base tonkotsu pork bone base, this is a distinct flavor mix originating from the Kumamoto prefecture on Kyushu Island. Kyushu island is best known as the origina of tonkotsu ramen typically refered to as Hakata-style ramen.”

Awesome – let’s give it a try!

Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Probably contain pork. To prepare, add noodle bundle to 450ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Two servings of straight noodles.

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Two dry sachets.

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A light powder.

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A pair of wet sachets.

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Black sesame oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, black sesame seeds, spring onion, chashu pork, shichimi togarashi, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are fantastic – they have that flour-y kind of chew to them I love so much. The broth is rich and porky with a new extra bonus of black sesame oil flavor. All around tasty bowl of noodles. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726012284.

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Itsuki food Kumamoto black Marr oil pork ramen 172gX10 pieces

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#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon – Japan

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“A fan of seafood? This hot udon soup is for your with its shrimp tempura and notes of seaweed and bonito (tuna) infused in the broth.”

Actually, I’m a big fan of seafood! Let’s see what’s inside.

Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon – Japan

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodle pouch and boiling water to bowl for 1-2 minutes. Separate noodles. Drain. Add boiling water and sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

The two sides of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

The udon pouch.

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

A powder flecked with dark bits.

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

A disc of tempura.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sansyo pepper, and spring onion. The udon is the standard pouch udon – thick and chewy. The broth really hits me more as a bonito broth than a shrimp one, however the tempura disc has a nice shrimp taste to it which when sopped up with the broth lends itself nicely. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726010549.

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

ITSUKI Ramen Spicy Curry Tonkotsu 115g×5 pieces

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#3078: Itsuki Kurume Ramen – Japan

#3078: Itsuki Kurume Ramen - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“According to legend, Kurume-style ramen was developed when a chef accidentally over-boiled his broth. The resulting brew was so flavorful that today, Kurume-style ramen shops still recycle their old broth. In this way, Kurume broth retains its richness and doesn’t require the addition of extra fat. Make your own flavorful Kurume ramen at home.”

Alright, I will! Let’s hit it!

Itsuki Kurume Ramen – Japan

#3078: Itsuki Kurume Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Porbably contains pork. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 2 minutes. Add in powder sachet. Add in liquid sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3078: Itsuki Kurume Ramen - Japan

Thin noodles.

#3078: Itsuki Kurume Ramen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3078: Itsuki Kurume Ramen - Japan

A lot of light powder.

#3078: Itsuki Kurume Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3078: Itsuki Kurume Ramen - Japan

A seasoned oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chashu pork, soft egg, and togarashi. The noodles are great – nice chew and have that floury kind of Hakata mouthfeel. The broth is like a semi-thin shio-tonkotsu with a rich flavor. This was easy to score. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014394.

#3078: Itsuki Kurume Ramen - Japan

 Itsuki food KurumeHoTome-out ramen 123g ~ 10 pieces

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#3021: Itsuki Sapporo “Miso” Ramen – Japan

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Sapporo is the fifth largest city of Japan by population! Most people in Japan associate Sapporo with its rich miso ramen, which was invented there and which is ideal for Hokkaido’s cold winters. DIY your own for dinner as the weather gets cooler.”

Alright I’m on it – let’s go!

Itsuki Sapporo “Miso” Ramen – Japan

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).  Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add a bundle of noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in one sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

The noodle bundles in a plastic tray.

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

The sachets of soup base for each serving.

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

A lot of powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, corn, kizami shoga, soft egg, spring onion, habanero curry togarashi and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles were pretty good – very chewy and a round gauge. The broth was deep and almost seemed beefy to be honest. Definitely a tinting of red miso in the mix which was pretty good. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014462.

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

ITSUKI Ramen Spicy Curry Tonkotsu 115g×5 pieces

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#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen – Japan

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Ku mamoto ramen is said to have been invented in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan which is the birthplace of tonkotsu (pork pone) ramen. DIY your own this summer by pairing the nooldes with marr oil (from fried garlic) and fried garlic for a delicious summer meal”

The train keeps a rolling along after #3000! Let’s check iot out!

Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen – Japan

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add noodles to 500cc boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

A few of the noodles.

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

Thr soup bsae sachet.

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

Lots of light powder.

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

A liquid base sachet.

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

Thick and blackish.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shichimi togarashi, spring onion and shichimi togarashi. Noodle had a sturdy chew and nice gauge – came out superbly. Broth had a very good thickness to it and a balanced creaminess and a little spiciness to compliment the pork bone flavor. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901726014370.

#3001: Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen - Japan

Itsuki food Kurume green onion pork ramen 172gX10 pieces

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