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#2647: Marutai Nagasaki Chanpon

#2647: Marutai Nagasaki Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles champon

Here’s one that came by way of Javier over at Box From Japan. With Box From Japan, you can get different subscription boxes – whether it be ramen or candy. Sometimes they have other special boxes – they have a Pikachu box, for example. Definitely worth a look!

I really dig chanpon – here’s a little about it from Wikipedia –

Champon (ちゃんぽん Chanpon), also known as Chanpon, is a noodle dish that is a regional cuisine of Nagasaki, Japan. There are different versions in Japan, Korea and China. The dish was, inspired from the cuisine of China. Champon is made by frying pork, seafood and vegetables with lard; a soup made with chicken and pig bones is then added. Ramen noodles made especially for champon are added and then boiled. Unlike other ramen dishes, only one pan is needed as the noodles are boiled in the soup. Depending on the season and the situation, the ingredients differ. Hence the taste and style may depend on the location and time of year.[citation needed]

Although Nagasaki Champon is the most well-known rendition, there are other variations found in Japan. Ankake no Champon is a soy-sauce based variant found in TottoriShimane Prefectures, as well as the city of Amagasaki in Hyōgo Prefecture. In the city of Akita, a version with miso broth is served, with the soup filling to the bowl almost to the point of overflowing.

In Okinawa, Champon is a rice dish where assorted vegetables, thinly-sliced meat (pork, luncheon meat or corned beef hash) and scrambled egg are fried and served on top of rice.

The Korean Jjamppong is a similar noodle dish with a spicy seafood broth.

Alright so yeah a kind of milky broth with lots of seafood. Let’s dig into some chanpon!

Marutai Nagasaki Chanpon – Japan

#2647: Marutai Nagasaki Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles champon

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). To prepare, add powder and vegetable sachets and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 5 minutes. Add in remaining sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2647: Marutai Nagasaki Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles champon

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2647: Marutai Nagasaki Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles champon

The noodle block.

#2647: Marutai Nagasaki Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles champon

The powder base sachet.

#2647: Marutai Nagasaki Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles champon

Fluffy and plentiful.

#2647: Marutai Nagasaki Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles champon

The liquid base sachet.

#2647: Marutai Nagasaki Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles champon

A seasoned oil.

#2647: Marutai Nagasaki Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles champon

A vegetable sachet.

#2647: Marutai Nagasaki Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles champon

Corn for sure, but maybe some cabbage and seafood too.

#2647: Marutai Nagasaki Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles champon

A little sachet.

#2647: Marutai Nagasaki Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles champon

White pepper perhaps?

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and chilli oil. The noodles came out with a hint of sponginess. Other than that they were good. The broth was very good – milky seafood with a nice saltiness and the veggies gave a well rounded spank to it with crisp cabbage and sweet corn. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702004002.

#2647: Marutai Nagasaki Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles champon

Marutai Nagasaki  C h a n p o n  93g ~ 12 pieces

Always like watching this guy make his bowl of ramen

#2633: Myojo Chukazanmai Premium Sour & Spicy Noodle Soup

#2633: Myojo Chukazanmai Premium Sour & Spicy Noodle Soup - Japan - The Ramen Rater - boxfromjapan.com

Here’s one sent by Javier over at Box From Japan. Box From Japan is a monthly subscription service where you can get boxes of neat Japanese instant ramen or boxes of candy and they have other special ones as well! Definitely, give them a look!

So this variety is sour and spicy – and the sour comes from black vinegar. Black vinegar adds a kind of tangy tartness which I find a really neat condiment and works really well in noodle varieties I’ve tried. Let’s check out this bowl Chukazanmai!

Myojo Chukazanmai Premium Sour & Spicy Noodle Soup – Japan

#2633: Myojo Chukazanmai Premium Sour & Spicy Noodle Soup - Japan - The Ramen Rater - boxfromjapan.com

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, pull lid back and add powder and solid block. Fill with 400ml boiling water and cover for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2633: Myojo Chukazanmai Premium Sour & Spicy Noodle Soup - Japan - The Ramen Rater - boxfromjapan.com

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2633: Myojo Chukazanmai Premium Sour & Spicy Noodle Soup - Japan - The Ramen Rater - boxfromjapan.com

A fancy noodle block.

#2633: Myojo Chukazanmai Premium Sour & Spicy Noodle Soup - Japan - The Ramen Rater - boxfromjapan.com

The powder base sachet.

#2633: Myojo Chukazanmai Premium Sour & Spicy Noodle Soup - Japan - The Ramen Rater - boxfromjapan.com

Definitely a lot of powder here.

#2633: Myojo Chukazanmai Premium Sour & Spicy Noodle Soup - Japan - The Ramen Rater - boxfromjapan.com

A solid block.

#2633: Myojo Chukazanmai Premium Sour & Spicy Noodle Soup - Japan - The Ramen Rater - boxfromjapan.com

Freeze dried ingredients that really spring to life when added to boiling water. Usually vegetables and meats.

#2633: Myojo Chukazanmai Premium Sour & Spicy Noodle Soup - Japan - The Ramen Rater - boxfromjapan.com

A liquid base sachet.

#2633: Myojo Chukazanmai Premium Sour & Spicy Noodle Soup - Japan - The Ramen Rater - boxfromjapan.com

Black vinegar.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Chinese sausage, and spring onion. The noodles have a strong chew and good backbone – a good reason to call this one premium. The broth has a nice balance of sweetness, sour tanginess from black vinegar, and an underlying afterthought kind of spiciness from Sichuan pepper. Very interesting and quite good. The inclusion of the freeze-dried block that expands with a nice variety of vegetables rounds out the bowl. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902881421386.

#2633: Myojo Chukazanmai Premium Sour & Spicy Noodle Soup - Japan - The Ramen Rater - boxfromjapan.com

Myojo Instant Ramen Assorted Soy Sauce (Pack of 4), Miso (Pack of 4), Oriental Salt (Pack of 4) Flavor, 3.73-Ounce (Total Pack of 12)

A trove of old Myojo TV commercials!

#2627: Nissin Men Shokunin Sesame Miso Ramen

#2627: Nissin Men Shokunin Sesame Miso Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - box from japan - instant noodles

Yet another from Javier over at Box From Japan. Box From Japan is a purveyor of monthly subscription boxes – ramen bowls and candy are at the forefront among other neat things – check ’em out! Today it’s a miso ramen – here’s a little something from Wikipedia –

Miso ramen is a relative newcomer, having reached national prominence around 1965. This uniquely Japanese ramen, which was developed in Hokkaido, features a broth that combines copious miso and is blended with oily chicken or fish broth – and sometimes with tonkotsu or lard – to create a thick, nutty, slightly sweet and very hearty soup. Miso ramen broth tends to have a robust, tangy flavor, so it stands up to a variety of flavorful toppings: spicy bean paste or tōbanjan (豆瓣醤), butter and corn, leeks, onions, bean sprouts, ground pork, cabbage, sesame seeds, white pepper, and chopped garlic are common. The noodles are typically thick, curly, and slightly chewy.

Alright – let’s delve into this one!

Nissin Men Shokunin Sesame Miso Ramen – Japan

#2627: Nissin Men Shokunin Sesame Miso Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - box from japan - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure if it contains meat but I would expect it does. To prepare, add dry sachet and 410ml boiling water to the bowl and cover for 4 minutes. Add in liquid sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2627: Nissin Men Shokunin Sesame Miso Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - box from japan - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2627: Nissin Men Shokunin Sesame Miso Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - box from japan - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2627: Nissin Men Shokunin Sesame Miso Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - box from japan - instant noodles

A liquid base sachet.

#2627: Nissin Men Shokunin Sesame Miso Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - box from japan - instant noodles

Very thick with a miso scent.

#2627: Nissin Men Shokunin Sesame Miso Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - box from japan - instant noodles

A dry sachet.

#2627: Nissin Men Shokunin Sesame Miso Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - box from japan - instant noodles

Vegetables including corn.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, egg and barbecue pork. The noodles were really quite nice – a solid backbone and good chew. I liked the gauge – just right. The broth was very good – just the right level of miso for me. A little thickness there as well. The included garnish had corn and cabbage and worked great. A miso I enjoyed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105041833.

#2627: Nissin Men Shokunin Sesame Miso Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - box from japan - instant noodles

Nissin Men Syokunin (3 Taste Variety Pack) (3.4ounce X 6cups)

Looks like a back to school kind of Cup Noodle advert from Japan

#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

#2598: Myojo Western Style Kitsune Udon

#2598: Myojo Western Style Kitsune Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

This one was sent by Javier over at Box From Japan. Box From Japan is a subscription service and every month, you get 4 great new instant ramen bowls from Japan! Definitely worth a look! This one, of course, is from Japan and is kitsune udon! What’s that? Here’s a little from Wikipedia –

Udon (饂飩, usually written as うどん) is a type of thick wheat flour noodle of Japanese cuisine. Udon 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 tofupockets 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 flavor 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 even noticeable in packaged instant noodles, which are often sold in two different versions for east and west.

Kitsune udon: “Fox udon”. Topped with aburaage (sweetened deep-fried tofu pockets). This originated in Osaka.

Alrighty! Let’s check out this kistune udon.

Myojo Western Style Kitsune Udon – Japan

#2598: Myojo Western Style Kitsune Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2598: Myojo Western Style Kitsune Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2598: Myojo Western Style Kitsune Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2598: Myojo Western Style Kitsune Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The powder base sachet.

#2598: Myojo Western Style Kitsune Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Light and fluffy.

#2598: Myojo Western Style Kitsune Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The fried tofu – a big block of it.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and shichimi togarashi. The udon hydrated well. I generally like my udon with a little more backbone and of the round style, but these flat soft ones did the trick very nicely. The broth has a light taste to it not jockeying for flavor over the tofu, which was soft and supple with a very good sweetness and flavor. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881429566.

#2598: Myojo Western Style Kitsune Udon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Myojo Tonkotsu Noodles, Creamy, 7.37 Ounce

How to make beef udon

#2582: Acecook Super Cup Shoyu Butter Corn Ramen

#2582: Acecook Super Cup Shoyu Butter Corn Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Here’s one sent by Javier over at Box From Japan. At Box From Japan, you can receive boxes of instant ramen from Japan as well as different subscription boxes like Japanese candy! Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? What’s more, in the two years I’ve been reviewing these, I’ve not ever received one that I’d reviewed before!

This one is definitely something different – it comes with butter! Wait, what? Well, keep looking below to see – butter! Butter actually goes quite well in ramen! Here’s a little about shoyu 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 have a look.

Acecook Super Cup Shoyu Butter Corn Ramen – Japan

#2582: Acecook Super Cup Shoyu Butter Corn Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure but probably contains meat. To prepare, add in dry sachet and fill to line with boiling water. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir. Finally, add in butter and enjoy!

#2582: Acecook Super Cup Shoyu Butter Corn Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2582: Acecook Super Cup Shoyu Butter Corn Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2582: Acecook Super Cup Shoyu Butter Corn Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

A large dry sachet.

#2582: Acecook Super Cup Shoyu Butter Corn Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Powder and vegetables.

#2582: Acecook Super Cup Shoyu Butter Corn Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

A little tub of butter!

Yes – you can believe it is butter!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and shichimi togarashi. Noodles hydrated well – a hint on the spongy side but all in all pretty good. The broth was really nice – a good shoyu – but then the butter melts and the corn is good and it’s like a trip to the movie theater. I mean this butter tastes really buttery and goes perfect with the corn. I didn’t know if I’d like this one to be honest, but I did. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901071231286.

#2582: Acecook Super Cup Shoyu Butter Corn Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Acecook 1.5 times Super Cup pork ramen 120g ~ 12 pieces

An Acecook TV spot

#2567: Nissin Deka Buto Kimchi Pork Flavor

#2467: Nissin Deka Buto Kimchi Pork Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

Here’s one sent by Javier over at Box From Japan. At Box From Japan, you can receive boxes of instant ramen from Japan as well as different subscription boxes like Japanese candy! Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? What’s more, in the two years I’ve been reviewing these, I’ve not ever received one that I’d reviewed before! This one has a unique flavor – let’s see a little more from Wikipedia –

Kimchi (/ˈkɪm/Korean김치translit. gimchiIPA: [kim.tɕʰi]), a staple in Korean cuisine, is a traditional side dish made from salted and fermented vegetables, most commonly napa cabbage and Korean radishes, with a variety of seasonings including chili powderscallionsgarlicginger, and jeotgal (salted seafood).[1][2] There are hundreds of varieties of kimchi made with different vegetables as the main ingredients.[3][4] In traditional preparations, kimchi was stored underground in jars to keep cool, and unfrozen during the winter months.[2] These days, kimchi refrigerators are used instead.

Indeed, kimchi isn’t really a staple of Japan but South Korea. Also, pork isn’t really as popular in South Korea as beef. I would consider this a kind of Japanese/Korean fusion kind of taste which sounds interesting to me. Let’s give it a whirle, Earl!

Nissin Deka Buto Kimchi Pork Flavor – Japan

#2467: Nissin Deka Buto Kimchi Pork Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add 500ml boiling water and cover for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2467: Nissin Deka Buto Kimchi Pork Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2467: Nissin Deka Buto Kimchi Pork Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

The noodle block.

#2467: Nissin Deka Buto Kimchi Pork Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

Loose bits from the bowl.

#2467: Nissin Deka Buto Kimchi Pork Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

A powder base sachet.

#2467: Nissin Deka Buto Kimchi Pork Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

A light powder.

#2467: Nissin Deka Buto Kimchi Pork Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

A liquid base sachet.

#2467: Nissin Deka Buto Kimchi Pork Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

A seasoned oil with a garlic scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added frid onion and Salad Cosmo mung beans sprouts. The noodles in this one were extra wide with a hearty chewiness to them. I liked the broth in this one – it was a kind of vingary tart initial hit with a creamy finish. The kimchi and pork was prevalent and of decent quality. Unique and tasty. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.JAN bar code 4902105238448.

#2467: Nissin Deka Buto Kimchi Pork Flavor - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

Nissin Chicken Ramen Noodle 85gx5pcs

A TV commercial for Nissin Chikin Ramen Donburi

#2553: Nissin Hakata Ramen Noodle White Tonkotsu

#2553: Nissin Hakata Ramen Noodle White Tonkotsu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - 日清麺ニッポン 博多とんこつラーメン

Here’s another one, sent by Javier over at Box From Japan. So boxfromjapan.com is a subscription service where you can get a box with four different instant ramen bowls sent to you directly from Japan every month! Rarely have I found a box from them with varieties I’ve reviewed before, and never have I seen varieties available here in the USA. Definitely worth a look if you’re a big fan of Japanese varieties.

Here’s a little about tonkotsu ramen from Wikipedia –

Tonkotsu ramen is a ramen dish that originated in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture on the Kyushu island of Japan, and it is a specialty dish in Fukuoka and Kyushu. It was originally prepared as an affordable fast food for laborers at fish markets. Today, it is renowned for the significant time it can take to properly prepare the dish. The soup broth is based upon pork bones and other ingredients, which is typically boiled for several hours, and the dish is traditionally served with ramen noodles that are hard in the center and topped with sliced pork belly. In Fukuoka, Japan, tonkotsu ramen is referred to as Hakata ramen.

The soup broth for tonkotsu ramen is based upon pork bones, and “tonkotsu” means “pork bones” in Japanese.[1][2][3] The soup broth is prepared by boiling pork bones in water for a significant amount of time, up to eight hours, and the broth is typically cloudy in appearance.[1][2][4] Additional broth ingredients can include onion, garlic, spring onions, ginger, pork back fat, pig’s trotters, oil and chicken carcases.[1] For service, cooked ramen noodles and slices of roasted or braised pork belly are added, and additional ingredients can include kombu, shoyu, chili bean paste, sesame seeds and others.[1][2]

The traditional preparation method for the ramen noodles used in tonkotsu ramen is for the noodles to be hard in the center.[4] Some ramen shops allow customers to select the level of doneness for the noodles, including futsu for regular or standard, barigane for very hard, barikata for al dente and yawamen for soft.[4] Some restaurants also provide a second order of noodles if requested by the customer, in a system referred to as kaedama.[4]

Ichiran is a Japanese restaurant chain that originated and is based in Fukuoka, Japan that specifically specializes upon tonkotsu ramen.[5] Ippudo is a Japanese ramen restaurant chain based in Fukuoka that is well-known for its tonkotsu ramen, and has been described as “the most famous tonkotsu ramen shop in the country”.[4]

Tonkotsu ramen originated in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, which is located on the northern shore of Kyushu island of Japan, and it is a specialty dish in Fukuoka and Kyushu.[2][4] In Fukuoka, the dish is referred to as Hakata ramen’.[2] The dish is also prepared in ramen shops in other regions of Japan.[2] Tonkotsu ramen was originally prepared as an affordable and easily-prepared fast food for laborers at fish markets.[4] In contemporary times, tonkotsu ramen is renowned for the significant time it can take to prepare a proper version of the dish.[1]

Alright – with that, let’s have a look at this Nissin Japan variety ramen bowl!

Nissin Hakata Ramen Noodle White Tonkotsu – Japan

#2553: Nissin Hakata Ramen Noodle White Tonkotsu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - 日清麺ニッポン 博多とんこつラーメン

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add in contents of the dry sachets and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 2 minutes. Stir. Add in contents of liquid sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2553: Nissin Hakata Ramen Noodle White Tonkotsu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - 日清麺ニッポン 博多とんこつラーメン

Detail of the top and obverse of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2553: Nissin Hakata Ramen Noodle White Tonkotsu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - 日清麺ニッポン 博多とんこつラーメン

The noodle block.

#2553: Nissin Hakata Ramen Noodle White Tonkotsu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - 日清麺ニッポン 博多とんこつラーメン

The liquid base sachet.

#2553: Nissin Hakata Ramen Noodle White Tonkotsu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - 日清麺ニッポン 博多とんこつラーメン

Fatty and thick.

#2553: Nissin Hakata Ramen Noodle White Tonkotsu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - 日清麺ニッポン 博多とんこつラーメン

The dry base sachet.

#2553: Nissin Hakata Ramen Noodle White Tonkotsu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - 日清麺ニッポン 博多とんこつラーメン

A fluffy and flecked powder.

#2553: Nissin Hakata Ramen Noodle White Tonkotsu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - 日清麺ニッポン 博多とんこつラーメン

A slice of pork.

#2553: Nissin Hakata Ramen Noodle White Tonkotsu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - 日清麺ニッポン 博多とんこつラーメン

A close-up.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, fried onion and shichimi togarashi. The noodles sprung to life in the 2 minute steeping time. They’re a thinner gauge and have a good chew and mouthfeel to them. The broth is fierce – very think. Has a kind of pork chowder consistency. The chashu was nice although I prefer the slices in the Raoh varieties produce a little more. However, it hydrated very well and had good flavor. A very nice bowl of tonkotsu! 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105230411.

#2553: Nissin Hakata Ramen Noodle White Tonkotsu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - 日清麺ニッポン 博多とんこつラーメン

A Set of 4 Assortments of Nissin Instant Cup Ramen Ippudo Ramen with Hakata Pork Bone Based Soup. Comes with English Preparation Instructions, Chopsticks, As Well As a Gift From the Sushi Restaurant ‘Iso Sushi’.

A great Nissin TV spot with instructions on how to eat instant ramen on an airplane

The July Box From Japan

The July Box From Japan - Japan - The Ramen Rater - samples - donations - instant ramen noodles

Every month, Box From Japan offers instant ramen subscriptions as well as candy and other special subscriptions! This is the July box. Thus far, I’ve never gotten a repeat, nor one I’d reviewed previously! Let’s have a look.

The July Box From Japan – Japan

The July Box From Japan - Japan - The Ramen Rater - samples - donations - instant ramen noodles

A little note from them (click to enlarge).

The July Box From Japan - Japan - The Ramen Rater - samples - donations - instant ramen noodles

Here’s what’s inside (click to enlarge)! As usual, four interesting varieties I’ve never seen nor tried previously! Thanks again to Javier who contiinues sending these along! Check out Box From Japan today!

#2480: Acecook Pork Wantan Men

#2480: Acecook Pork Wantan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ニュースリリース ワンタンメンどんぶり タンメン味

Here’s one from Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com – thank you! So Box From Japan is a subscription service – every month, you can get a different four bowls of instant ramen from Japan – pretty awesome!  This one’s wantan men – let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about this variety –

A wonton (also spelled wantan, wanton, or wuntun in transcription from Cantonese; Mandarin: húndun or húntun) is a type of dumpling commonly found in a number of Chinese cuisines.

There are a number of related, Chinese-influenced noodle dishes in Japan, often served alongside ramen in ramen establishments. They do not include noodle dishes considered traditionally Japanese, such as soba or udon, which are almost never served in the same establishments as ramen. 

Wantan-men has long straight noodles and wonton, served in a mild, usually salt tasted soup.

You’ve probably had wonton soup in Chinese restaurants in the United States; watan men is like ramen with the wontons in there. Let’s give it a look!

Acecook Pork Wantan Men – Japan

#2480: Acecook Pork Wantan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ニュースリリース ワンタンメンどんぶり タンメン味

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and pork. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Let steep covered for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2480: Acecook Pork Wantan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ニュースリリース ワンタンメンどんぶり タンメン味

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2480: Acecook Pork Wantan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ニュースリリース ワンタンメンどんぶり タンメン味

The noodle block.

#2480: Acecook Pork Wantan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ニュースリリース ワンタンメンどんぶり タンメン味

The dry base.

#2480: Acecook Pork Wantan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ニュースリリース ワンタンメンどんぶり タンメン味

Kinda fluffy.

#2480: Acecook Pork Wantan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ニュースリリース ワンタンメンどんぶり タンメン味

The garnish sachet.

#2480: Acecook Pork Wantan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ニュースリリース ワンタンメンどんぶり タンメン味

Vegetables, wantan and pig face fishcakes.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, egg and spring onion. The noodles were pretty good. Slight soft chew and mellowness. The broth is good too – good thickness and flavor. The wantan pieces are great – good size and really go well with the broth. Finally, the little piggy fishcakes are awesome. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071214265.

#2480: Acecook Pork Wantan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ニュースリリース ワンタンメンどんぶり タンメン味

Acecook 1.5 times Super Cup pork ramen 120g ~ 12 pieces

An Acecook TV advertisement for this variety.

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

Here’s one from Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com – thank you! So Box From Japan is a subscription service – every month, you can get a different four bowls of instant ramen from Japan – pretty awesome!  This one’s dandanmen – let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about this variety –

Dandan noodles or dandanmian (simplified Chinese: 担担面; traditional Chinese: 擔擔麵) is a noodle dish originating from Chinese Sichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables (often including zha cai (榨菜), lower enlarged mustard stems, or ya cai (芽菜), upper mustard stems), chili oil, Sichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles.

Sesame paste and/or peanut butter is sometimes added, and occasionally replaces the spicy sauce, usually in the Taiwanese and American Chinese style of the dish.[1] In this case, dandanmian is considered as a variation of ma jiang mian (麻醬麵), sesame sauce noodles. In American Chinese cuisine, dandanmian is often sweeter, less spicy, and less soupy than its Sichuan counterpart.

The name refers to a type of carrying pole (dan dan) that was used by walking street vendors who sold the dish to passers-by. The pole was carried over the shoulder, with two baskets containing noodles and sauce attached at either end. As the noodles were affordable due to their low cost, the local people gradually came to call them dandan noodles, referencing the street vendors. Literally, the name translates as “noodles carried on a pole”, but may be better translated as “peddler’s noodles”.

There are a variety of English spellings. The first word may be either dandan, dundun or tantan, and the last word may also be spelled mein.

Alright – let’s check it out!

Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men – Japan

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Probably contains meat and fish. To prepare, add 410ml boiling water and vegetable sachet and cover for 5 minutes. Add in powder and liquid sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

The noodle block.

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

The powder base sachet.

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

Lots of powder!

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

The liquid base sachet.

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

Looks kinda cool!

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

The vegetable sachet.

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

Looks like mincemeat, spring onion and sesame.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sliced chashu pork and spring onion. Noodles are awesome – chewy and very premium. Broth is very strong; salty and rich with a deep flavor. Indeed, I always get a taste of peanut in dandanmen. The included vegetables and mincemeat are quite good. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990337496.

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

5PX6 pieces Maru-chan Seimen curry udon

A Maruchan TV commercial.

#2437: Nissin Raoh Nojyuku Toro Tonkotsu Ramen

#2437: Nissin Raoh Nojyuku Toro Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Here’s one I was sent by Javier from www.BoxFromJapan.com. Box From Japan is a service you can subscribe to and receive monthly boxes of instant noodle bowls from Japan! Pretty nifty. This one is a tonkotsu variant – let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about tonkotsu ramen –

Tonkotsu (豚骨, “pork bone”; not to be confused with tonkatsu) ramen usually has a cloudy white colored broth. It is similar to the Chinese baitang (白湯) and has a thick broth made from boiling pork bones, fat, and collagen over high heat for many hours, which suffuses the broth with a hearty pork flavor and a creamy consistency that rivals milk, melted butter or gravy (depending on the shop). Most shops, but not all, blend this pork broth with a small amount of chicken and vegetable stock and/or soy sauce. The noodles are thin and straight, and it is often served with beni shoga (pickled ginger). In recent years the latest trend in tonkotsu toppings is māyu (sesame oil), a blackish, aromatic oil made from either charred crushed garlic or Sesame seeds. It is a specialty of Kyushu, particularly Hakata-ku, Fukuoka (hence sometimes called “Hakata ramen“).

Alright – let’s check this fancy Nissin Raoh bowl out!

Nissin Raoh Nojyuku Toro Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#2437: Nissin Raoh Nojyuku Toro Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line as well as dry powder and pork slice contents. Cover and steep for 2 minutes. Add in remaining ingredients. finally, stir and enjoy!

#2437: Nissin Raoh Nojyuku Toro Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2437: Nissin Raoh Nojyuku Toro Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

The noodle block.

#2437: Nissin Raoh Nojyuku Toro Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

The powder base.

#2437: Nissin Raoh Nojyuku Toro Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

A fluffy, speckled concoction.

#2437: Nissin Raoh Nojyuku Toro Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

A liquid sachet.

#2437: Nissin Raoh Nojyuku Toro Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

A light liquid.

#2437: Nissin Raoh Nojyuku Toro Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Hard to see what’s in this one.

#2437: Nissin Raoh Nojyuku Toro Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Ah! Pickled ginger.

#2437: Nissin Raoh Nojyuku Toro Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

A slice of pork.

#2437: Nissin Raoh Nojyuku Toro Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

These tend to be pretty good.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion, The noodles are very thin and hydrate well in the skint 2 minute steeping time. The broth is luxuriant and tasty – creamy, and on the thick side. The ginger is a very nice touch. The slice of pork add nice authenticity. Raoh! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105234549.

Nissin – R a o h, Japanese Instant Ramen Noodles, Pork Bone Soup, 4oz x 6 Bowls (For 6 Servings)[japan Import]

A Nissin Japan television advertisement