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#2765: Island Foods Kichijoji Hopuken Hompo Backfat Tonkotsu

#2815: Island Hope Kichijoji Hopuken Hompo Backfat Tonkotsu

Here’s one sent to me by Ippin, a purveyor of lots of different Japanese products. This is definitely a fancy variety from a set of Kanto region varieties based on popular ramen shops. Not a lot of boxes come across my desk so this should be interesting! Here’s what the Ippin website had to say about this variety:

Description: ・【Noodle】Curly thin noodles 【Soup】 Pork Bone Soup ・As one of the most famous ramen shops in Tokyo Kichijoji area, the soup is made out of pork bone, soy sauce, back fat, and garlic. Those ingredients bring you the original taste of the back fat type soup. – Contents: ・Noodles: 100g x2 ・Soup & Seasoning Package: 90g x2 – Features: Founded in June 1938, this ramen shop has been a famous shop in Kichioji area of Tokyo.

So this sounds like a backfat tonkotsu. Sounds interesting – let’s check it out!

Island Hope Kichijoji Hopuken Hompo Backfat Tonkotsu – Japan

#2815: Island Hope Kichijoji Hopuken Hompo Backfat Tonkotsu

Detail of the bottom and side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, 1. Place noodles in boiling water and cook for 2 to 2½ minutes. (depends on your preference for noodles’ hardness) 2. Put the soup paste in a bowl and add 300cc of hot water. 3. Drain the noodles. Put the noodles into the soup bowl, and add toppings. Finally, enjoy!

#2815: Island Hope Kichijoji Hopuken Hompo Backfat Tonkotsu

One of the two servings of noodles – they seem to be of the fresh variety, however do not require refrigeration.

#2815: Island Hope Kichijoji Hopuken Hompo Backfat Tonkotsu

One of the two soup base sachets. These are really big!

#2815: Island Hope Kichijoji Hopuken Hompo Backfat Tonkotsu

Like I said – a lot of this soup base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, hard boiled egg, spring onion, sesame seeds, shichimi togarashi and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are just wonderful. Restaurant quality chew to them and great gauge. The broth is very strong – creamy and full of porkitude. The oiliness is beautiful and taste is rich and giving. Very impressed! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4527760168291.

#2815: Island Hope Kichijoji Hopuken Hompo Backfat Tonkotsu

Ramen Noodle Set from Kanto Area (Famous Ramen Restaurants 5 Types 10 Servings)

A video I did of cracking open this fancy box of Kanto varieties.

#2613: Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Shoyu Ramen

#2613: Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s another one sent by Javier over at BoxFromJapan.com. Box From Japan offers subscription boxes of all sorts of neat Japanese things including candy and ramen! Check ’em out!

Today we have a fancy Raoh variety – one with chashu and seaweed. These are a special line of premium bowls that are generally pretty top notch. Here’s a little about sahoyu ramen from Wikipedia –

Shōyu (醤油, “soy sauce”) ramen is the oldest of the five, it has a clear brown broth, based on a chicken and vegetable (or sometimes fish or beef) stock with plenty of soy sauce added resulting in a soup that is tangy, salty, and savory yet still fairly light on the palate. Shōyu ramen usually has curly noodles rather than straight ones, but this is not always the case. It is often adorned with marinated bamboo shoots or menma, green onions, kamaboko(fish cakes), nori (seaweed), boiled eggs, bean sprouts or black pepper; occasionally the soup will also contain chili oil or Chinese spices, and some shops serve sliced beef instead of the usual chāshū.

Let’s check this one out!

Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Shoyu Ramen – Japan

#2613: Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add in pork and vegetable sachet and 400ml boiling water. Cover for 5 minutes. Add in liquid base sachet. Finally, stir and garnish with seaweed and enjoy!

#2613: Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2613: Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2613: Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The liquid base.

#2613: Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Has a kind of lustre to it.

#2613: Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A vegetables sachet.

#2613: Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Looks like spring onion.

#2613: Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Seaweed!

#2613: Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The pork sachet/.

#2613: Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

These generally hydrate very well.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrate nicely and are of a good quality. Definitely premium – nice gauge and chew. The broth is very good shoyu with a great oiliness – not too much. The included chashu comes out very well and is not paper thin but thicker than most. The seaweed is, well, seaweed and the spring onion works as well. 5.0 out of 5,.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105234518.

#2613: Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Nissin – R a o h , Japanese Instant Noodles, Soy Sauce Soup, 4.3oz X 6bowls (For 6 servings)[japan  I m port]

A Nissin TV spot

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

Here’s another one sent by Javier over at Box From Japan. Box From Japan is a subscription service where you can get 4 unique bowls of instant ramen – direct from Japan – they also have subscription packages for Japanese snacks and candy as well as some other things – definitely worth a look – thanks again for sending this along!

Today it’s Kyoto backfat shoyu. Here’s a little about shoyu from Wikipedia –

Shōyu (醤油, “soy sauce”) ramen is the oldest of the five, it has a clear brown broth, based on a chicken and vegetable (or sometimes fish or beef) stock with plenty of soy sauce added resulting in a soup that is tangy, salty, and savory yet still fairly light on the palate. Shōyu ramen usually has curly noodles rather than straight ones, but this is not always the case. It is often adorned with marinated bamboo shoots or menma, green onions, kamaboko (fish cakes), nori (seaweed), boiled eggs, bean sprouts or black pepper; occasionally the soup will also contain chili oil or Chinese spices, and some shops serve sliced beef instead of the usual chāshū.

Also, here’s some from Lucky Peach about Kyoto’s ramen varieties –

Given Kyoto’s cultural reputation, you might expect its ramen to be a rarefied and refined reworking of the humble noodle soup. But the old capital is home to two distinct types of down-home ramen: the thinner assari-kei shoyu ramen, and a thick, gritty chicken-soup kotteri-kei ramen, both of which are referred to as “Kyoto ramen.” The former is a blend of pork and chicken broth, with a dark soy base; the latter is a rich porridge-like soup culled mostly from chicken, topped with spicy bean paste, chives, garlic, and pungent local kujnoegi onions—it’s quite popular with the town’s large student population.

Style/tare: Shoyu.
Toppings: Assari-kei: roast pork, scallions, bamboo shoots, nori; some shops offer pats of butter. Kotteri-kei: roast pork, scallions, bamboo shoots, spicy chives, minced garlic, chili bean paste, white pepper.

Alkright – let’s check out this variety from Japan!

New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen – Japan

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add pork sachet contents and 430ml boiling water. Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet and stir well. Finally, top with spring onion garnish sachet content and enjoy!

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

Detail of the lid and its underside (click to enlarge).

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

The noodle block.

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

The soup base sachet.

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

A thick and rich liquid base.

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

A dry sachet.

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

A slice of pork and possibly mushrooms.

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

The garnish sachet.

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

Bit of onion.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are thin and round in shape. They have a nice chew to them, not overly so, and a decent quantity. Definitely on the premium end of the stick. The broth is a shoyu – kind of has a brewed soy sauce hit to it; kind of a more earthy, almost burnt taste that I wasn’t completely enamored with. However, the thickness and oiliness of the broth was very nice. The chashu pork was good although thin. The menma had a kind of mushroom consistency to it in some parts, slightly crunchy in others – depending of course of the thickness. The mountain of spring onion was pretty epic. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4903088010380.

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

New touch Sugomen Kyoto backfat soy sauce 124g ~ 12 pieces

People often ask about my health with all the sodium. I wouldn’t ever do something like this. Not in a million years.

#2228: Nissin Raoh Shoyu Ramen

This is one of the fancier instant noodles out there – Nissin’s Raoh is usually great stuff! Comes with fancy noodles, liquid broth and other garnishes such as a slice of chashu pork. Wow. Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add dry sachets and pork slice to bowl. Add boiling water to fill line. cover for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Liquid soup base.

Smells tasty!

The dry base sachet.

A light powder.

The garnish sachet.

Looks like cabbage and spring onion perhaps.

The slice of chashu pork.

Always surprises me how nice dehydrated pork is when it rehydrates.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg and shichimi togarashi. The noodles have a very premium chew to them – good stuff. The broth is definitely rich and hearty – thick and full of tasty soy sauce flavor. The garnish of the spring onion was very good and of course the pork slice was excellent. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105224335.

Nissin – Raoh, Japanese Instant Ramen Noodles, Soy Sauce Soup, 4.3oz X 6bowls (For 6 servings)[japan Import]

A series of Nissin Raoh TV commercials.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014 Edition

It’s only a few days until Momofuku Ando Day, and what better time to introduce the very first Japanese Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list? In 1958, Momofuku Ando initially brought these convenient products to the world. At first seen as an overpriced novelty, they’ve grown in popularity; 100 billion instant noodle products were enjoyed in 2012! Here are my favorites, manufactured in the instant noodle’s birthplace of Japan.

#10 – Nissin Chikin Ramen

This is the original instant noodle. Nissin had introduced ‘Roasted Ramen’ in the United States in the 1980s and my mom would cook them al dente and then drain them and fry with scrabled egg. Wonderful stuff! Roasted Ramen was discontinued, but we found out that Chikin Ramen was identical. Thus began my love of the instant noodle. There is no seasoning sachet; all the flavoring is infused into the noodle. Simple and delicious. Original review here

#9 – Acecook Comet Mori Yukino Tan-tan Men

Broad flat premium noodles and a very rich pork flavor broth are the hallmarks of this variety. The striking color and quality ingredients definitely tickled my taste buds. Original review here

#8 – Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise no Yakisoba Teriyaki Mayo Flavor

The noodles are thin and light with a soft chew to them and slight crumble to the texture. The flavor is semi-light with a bit of a teriyaki flavor. The mayonnaise somehow mystically binds everything together and gives it that ‘greasy noodle’ niceness which I find delectable. Original review here

#7 – Nissin Yakisoba

Wowie zowie this is truly great stuff – a great combo of flavor and texture! The noodles have a good consistency – soft with a light chewiness. The flavor is out of this world – everything I would ask for from yakisoba. The seaweed gives it a nice finish. Original review here

#6 – Sakurai Foods Sesame Noodles

The noodles are absolutely perfect – nice chewiness and perfect gauge. The broth is amazing – deep and luxuriant sesame flavor. It isn’t overly sesame flavored; its just the right amount. This is really great stuff. Original review here

#5 – Nissin U.F.O. (Unidentified Flying Object) Yakisoba With Wasabi Mayonnaise

The noodles are plentiful and have a nice texture – they’re rounded and kind of fluffy. The flavor is very nice; you start with a standard Worcestershire yakisoba taste. The wasabi mayonnaise has a good ‘zing’ to it. Of course, this is a very greasy dish, but that’s the point. The little sprinkles added a very nice seaweed/saltiness. Original review here

#4 – Sapporo Ichiban Sesame Ramen

The noodles are very good – the gauge on these is just slightly bigger than your baseline standard instant. Very nice chew. The broth is excellent – has a great sesame taste and doesn’t seem like they went overboard on sesame oil; it’s just right. The sesame seeds are a nice finishing touch. Original review here

#3 – Peyang Yakisoba

The guy who sent me these said these were ‘the soul food of Japan.’ The noodles are very light and bouncy. The yakisoba flavor is excellent – not too oily or overbearing. The vegetables come out clean with a satisfying crunch. The seaweed and white pepper give a final bit of flavor – a great accompaniment. Original review here

#2 – Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Soy Sauce Flavor

The noodles were very nice – perfect chewiness and consistency. Reminds me of fresh ramen noodle varieties. The broth is strong and has a nice thickness. The broth is definitely rich. Has a deep soy flavor and nicely thicker than normal instant noodle broths. What’s more, it comes with a nice piece of pork which hydrates nicely and tastes really food! Original review here

#1 – Myojo Ippei-chan Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodles

The noodles come out so nicely (and authentically). The flavoring is great. Tastes just like yakisoba sauce, which has a Worcestershire taste with other flavors mixed in like tuna. The veggies? Crunchy cabbage works very well. The finishing touch of the mayonnaise mustard sachet is epic – gives it a nice moistness that has a crisp spicy bite. This stuff is excellent – definitely something I would consider gourmet or premium. Original review here

Samples From Nissin Foods USA!

A big box…

Full of…

New stuff! Scott A. over at Nissin Foods USA sent a couple new items – Habanero Lime Chicken and Habanero Lime Shrimp Big Cup Noodles, Spicy Teiryaki Beef Chow Mein and a couple from Japan – another Nissin Raoh (this time miso) and the pack version of the Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce & Backfat! Awesome! Thank you very much!