Category Archives: Pork

#3256 Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen – United States

#3256 Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen - United States

This is the last of the four varieties sent to me by Ramen Hero – I will say I’ve asked if they want to send more. I really love working with this product – it’s a lot of fun for me. Not only that, they’re really quite good. Hopefully it’ll pan out – and I’ll also find out how that fancy seaweed is done up!

I got an email asking if I was interested in trying overnight delivery ramen. Hey – why not, right? So, here we are! Ramen Hero is based in the Bay Area and serves a few surrounding states at the time of this post – check their site for current service area. You pick your ramen, pay, and they’ll overnight you a set of ingredients to make a bowl of ramen at home – including garnish! Not bad. Let’s give this one a try – they send four and since they’re perishable, I’m going to do them over the next couple days.

Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen – United States

#3256 Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen - United States

Here are the labels from the front and back of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, boil the large soup pouch for 10 minutes. when there’s 2 minutes left, boil your noodles in a separate pot, stirring often. Also at the 1 1/2 minute point, drop the bags with the garnish in with the soup pouch to let them thaw (if needed). Finally, drain your noodles, add them to a bowl, empty the pouch of broth into your bowl, garnish, and enjoy!

#3256 Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen - United States

The noodles.

#3256 Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen - United States

The large pouch of broth.

#3256 Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen - United States

Pork belly chashu!

#3256 Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen - United States

Seaweed.

#3256 Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen - United States

Kizami shoga (pickled ginger).

#3256 Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen - United States

Kikurage (wood ear mushroom).

Finished (click to enlarge). In addition to the supplied garnish, I added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shichimi togarashi, and sesame seeds. I forgot to add the seaweed on the last one (shrug) so used it on this one. The noodles – great chew, firmness and mouthfeel. The broth was rich, although a little on the saltier side. Nonetheless, in concert with the included pairings (the kikurage was particularly nice), things were quite good. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

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#3247: Mitukura Okinawa Soba – Japan

#3247: Mitakura Okinawa Soba - 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 – “Okinawa prefecture is a group of islands in the south of Japan. Well known for its tropical weather and beautiful beaches. However, equally well known is the  unique Okinawa Soba produced on these islands.

Okinawa Soba is a noodle soup with thick wheat noodles reminiscent of udon noodles and are slightly flat. Definitely a deviation from typical thin ramen noodles but just as delicious.

The soup is a pork based broth flavored with kombu (seaweed) and bonito (fish flakes) adding to a lighter and more delicate taste.'”

Sounds good – let’s check it out!

Mitakura Okinawa Soba – Japan

#3247: Mitakura Okinawa Soba - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure but most likely contains meat and fish products – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodle for 4 minutes. Add sachet to 220ml hot water. Finally, combine drained noodle with broth and enjoy!

#3247: Mitakura Okinawa Soba - Japan

One of the two servings of noodles.

#3247: Mitakura Okinawa Soba - Japan

A wet sachet (click here to enlarge).

#3247: Mitakura Okinawa Soba - Japan

Concentrated liquid base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sesame seeds, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chashu pork, kizami shoga, fish cake and spring onion. Noodles are exemplary with a great thickness and chew. Broth is as advertised – a porky bonito. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4900674003450.

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#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen – South Korea

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

I’ve mentioned a few times recently how much I’ve really been into Samyang Ramen in the last year or so. It’s really quite good – has a ham flavor, nice level of spiciness. It’s just got a good all around comfort food thing going on. Well, here’s the same thing – but now it’s got a cheese component. I’ll admit it – I like cheese. There. That feels better. Load off my mind. I usually add cheese to South Korean ramen, so let’s see how this one with a cheese component included goes.

Samyang Cheese Ramen – South Korea

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

The noodle block.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

A dry sachet.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

A lot of powder. Notice the little light specks in there.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

Another dry sachet.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

A light cheese powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, uncured ham, and pepper flake. The noodles are thick and have a typical Samyang tooth to them which I thoroughly enjoy. They’re meaty. The broth was not as I expected initially but is quite good. A standard spicy Korean style ramen hit to it – and being Samyang Ramen it’s got a ham flavor. But the cheese is a combo of cheddar, camembert and goude, so it has a smoky element which although unexpected was quite welcoming. Small fishcake were strewn about. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073114111.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

Samyang Ramen, 4.23-Ounce Units (Pack of 20)

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#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor – Taiwan

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

During my 2017 trip to Taiwan, I visited a 7-Eleven in Taipei. I pointed out a variety and my friend corrected my speech. I thought for years this brand was Ve Wong – pronounced vee wong. Actually, it’s more like way wong. It appears I was way wrong on this. But now I know! Yeah, poor joke. Roll your eyes and let’s have a look at this neat variety!

Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor – Taiwan

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare,  add in everything and boiling water to 80% of full. Cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

A lot of fine powder.

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

Seasoned oil.

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

A dry garnish sachet.

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

Vegetables and other bits.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added boiled pork, sesame seeds, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, scallions, and Kiki Restaurant spicy seasoning. The noodles came out very well – good gauge and feel and really worked well with the soup. The soup was surprisingly rich and had a thickness t it I didn’t expect but thoroughly enjoyed. This one was very true to name – it tasted like garlic and pork that had been stewed and I enjoyed that. In addition, a nice amount of vegetables in there including cabbage was very good. From the package, I didn’t expect this to be very good, however I’m thoroughly impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710008217558.

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

Kung-Fu Oriental Style Instant Noodle Soup Base (Vegeterian Flavor) 3oz (Pack of 20)

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#3212: Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu – Japan

#3212: Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu - 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 – “Kagoshima prefecture is located towards the souther part of Kyushu Island and is defined by it’s proximity to the sea.

Kyushu island, which also contains Hakata and Fukuoka, is the birthplace of tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen. Thus, Kagoshima ramen is predominantly tonkotsu based as well. This pack of Kagoshima Black Pork Ramen contains noodles from a non-fried and non-steamed recipe to maintain as much of the original flavor and texture as possible and the noodles are straight and slightly thicker picking up more of the broth.

The tonkotsu broth contains broth made from Black Pigs from Kagoshima and has a distinct vegetable taste which is slightly sweet. There is also a distinct “burnt onion” taste unique to Kagoshima ramen.”

Wow this one sounds awesome; let’s give it a try!

Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu – Japan

#3212: Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu - Japan

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). I’m sure it contains pork. To prepare, add one bundle of noodles to 480ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3212: Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu - Japan

Two servings of noodles.

#3212: Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu - Japan

Two dry sachets.

#3212: Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu - Japan

A lot of powder.

#3212: Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu - Japan

Two wet sachets.

#3212: Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu - Japan

A seasoned oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft egg, chashu pork, spring onion and habanero togarashi. The noodles came out quite nice – thickness was good and chew was sturdy. The broth was super thick – very rich and hearty. If you don’t like pork or tonkotsu, you will abhor this luxuriant experience. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902702001346.

#3212: Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu - Japan

Marutai Kyusyu Speciality Kagoshima Berkshire Black Pork Tonkotsu Ramen 2 package set

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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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#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor – United States

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

I thought hey I’ve got this other one – I should review it too. So here we are. It’s funny how there are two crowds; one that likes this brand and one that likes the other economy class instant here in the United States. They’ve both got their strengths, and the one with Maruchan I would say is the variety of flavors in their Ramen Noodle Soup range. There’s a ton of them – many of which are kind of hard to find. This is one I haven’t seen often. I think the first time I had this was back in early 2010 – yep that link is good old review #66. Looks like I re-reviewed it the next year.

What’s interesting is when this was reviewed and where. The bowl and placemat are a dead giveaway – the bowl is from Hawaii and the placemat pegs it as one of the miniscule handful of reviews I’ve done at my mom’s house in Anacortes, Washington. Not only that, the text of review #66 is interesting as well. I pose the question ‘is there even pork ramen in the world’ – wow. Dude, yeah there’s pork ramen. Look to Japan! Look to tonkotsu!

To think about ten years ago I was this clueless about the plaything instant noodles were to me at the time.I’ll admit I look back fondly at those days – I’m guessing this is the day before I flew down to California to help Kit get everything together so we could move into our new apartment in Edmonds, Washington. Where we lived within a very short walk of a 99 Ranch Market and started my march towards learning about and eventually travelling multiple times to Asia. Crazy.

The wheel in the sky keeps on turning. Let’s revisit this one, with a new packaging and see how it is now that I’ve got over 3,000 more reviews under my belt.

Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor – United States

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

Detail of the outer packaging (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, boil noodle block in 2 cups water for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add sachet contents and stir one full minute. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

The noodle block.

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

A dry sachet.

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

A light powder.

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, chashu pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and black sesame seeds. The noodles are soft and have a very comfortable tooth to them. The broth has a salty pork chop kind of taste to them which is interesting. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789002137.

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

Maruchan Ramen Pork Flavor, 3.0 Oz, 24 Count

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Knight Of Fire Ribs – Spicy Stuff From South Korea

A reader clued me in about these recently – thanks! I thought I should definitely give these a try. Why? Well, the regular Knight Of Ribs variety was on the Top Ten Instant Noodles 2018 Edition.

Knight Of Fire Ribs – Spicy Stuff From South Korea

#3180: Yum Yum Tem Tem Tom Yum Moo Deng – Thailand

#3180: Yum Yum Tem Tem Tom Yum Moo Deng - Thailand

You probably know tom yum, but what about the moo deng part? Well, it’s pork. That was simple, right? Let’s get into this one by Yum Yum of Thailand!

Yum Yum Tem Tem Tom Yum Moo Deng – Thailand

#3180: Yum Yum Tem Tem Tom Yum Moo Deng - Thailand

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3180: Yum Yum Tem Tem Tom Yum Moo Deng - Thailand

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3180: Yum Yum Tem Tem Tom Yum Moo Deng - Thailand

The noodle block.

#3180: Yum Yum Tem Tem Tom Yum Moo Deng - Thailand

Loose seasoning and bits from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, chashu pork. Noodles hydrated nicely and are the standard thin Thai style. The broth has lemongrass and spicy notes as well as a pork component and little pieces of minced pork. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8850250008996.

#3180: Yum Yum Tem Tem Tom Yum Moo Deng - Thailand

Yum-Yum Instant Cup Noodles Minced Pork Flavour Thai Original Soup Net Wt 60 g (2.11 Oz) x 6 cups

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#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu – United States

#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu - United States

Here’s a new one from Sapporo Ichiban – a collaboration with Momosan Ramen & Sake restaurant, a venture by ‘Iron Chef’ Masaharu Morimoto. Curious if this is going to be good, but guessing it will be; Sanyo Foods doesn’t come out with a new variety too extremely often here in the United States. Let’s give it a try!

Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu – United States

#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu - United States

Detail of the pack (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodles to 450ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sachet contents to a bowl. Add noodles and liquid to bowl and stir. Finally, enjoy!

#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu - United States

The noodle block.

#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu - United States

A dry sachet.

#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu - United States

A light powder.

#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu - United States

A wet sachet.

#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu - United States

A think liquid.

#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu - United States

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, black sesame seeds, chashu, spring onion, and habanero togarashi. Noodles have a great chew and shape. The noodles are not fried which is a departure from the norm for this company and work well. Broth is nice and hearty with a good thickness and rich flavor of shio tonkotsu. Impressed and satisfying. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 076186550011.

#3173: Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen Tonkotsu - United States

SAPPORO ICHIBAN INSTANT RAMEN (TONKOTSU) 100g X 5

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#3170: Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Carbonara – France

#3170: Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Carbonara - France

Here’s yet another one from France~ I think many are surprised that France would want instant noodles but I mean, they do enjoy food in France, if you didn’t know. Let’s give this new Carbonara variety a peek and see if it’s tasty!

Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Carbonara – France

#3170: Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Carbonara - France

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water and dry sachet to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3170: Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Carbonara - France

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3170: Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Carbonara - France

The noodle block.

#3170: Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Carbonara - France

A dry sachet.

#3170: Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Carbonara - France

The sauce powder.

#3170: Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Carbonara - France

Loose bits from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, crispy fried garlic, and barbequed pork. The noodle hydrated well enough, although could have ben slightly further along. My thought is that this would occur during the eating. The ‘soup’ thickens quickly and has a kind of mushroom cheese hit to it which is tasty and savory. The carrot bits work well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8805957019462.

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#3168: New Touch Chashu Ramen – Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one -“Chashu (roast pork slices) makes ramen special, and this bowl of ramen is super-special because it contains three slices of it! The simple and light shoyu soup has a mingled flavor of pork, chicken and stir-fried vegetables. Add a boiled egg and make it beyond special!”

I do like chashu, however in general, I’ve found pre-packaged chashu to be kind of, well, like pepperoni in texture and too thin to consider awesome. But with an open mind, I go forth to do my work.

New Touch Chashu Ramen – Japan

#3132: New Touch Chashu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add contents of dry sachet and boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3132: New Touch Chashu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3132: New Touch Chashu Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3132: New Touch Chashu Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3132: New Touch Chashu Ramen - Japan

Not to be confused with a demitasse of espresso with crema.

#3132: New Touch Chashu Ramen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3132: New Touch Chashu Ramen - Japan

Your three slices of chashu and some vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sad egg, spring onion, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles were alright – nothing to write home about. Broth is a slightly bitter shoyu with some deep, dark pork fat flavor. The chashu itself was incredibly thin and was more like lunchmeat than chasju. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4903088012162.

#3132: New Touch Chashu Ramen - Japan

New touch Sugomen Niigata Seabura soy sauce ramen 122g ~ 12 pieces

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