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 – ‘Hard, thin, straight noodle fits excellently with thick and rich tonkotsu soup. In Japanese ramen shops, we can choose the hardness of the ramen noodles! Cook this for only one minute to experience the ‘barikata’ noodles!’
Bring it on, cat lady!
Myojo Bari-Kata Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp, chicken, beef, pork and fish. To prepare, add boiling water to line and cover for 1 minute. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, spring onion, kizami shoga, and shichimi togarashi. Noodles are very thin and a good stir after a minute of steeping was all they needed. Nice chew to them – reminds me of that Hakata floury taste. The broth was a pleasant tonkotsu – not making me bolt upright but nice enough. Included garnish was sufficiently good. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881422901.
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 –
“Charumera is a musical instrument that used to be used by street ramen vendors. The savory soup is given an extra umami of…can you tell? It’s scallop. Though ojisan means ‘an old man,’ the ‘orisan naruto look really cute.’
I’m not sure who the girl is – possibly someone from AKB48? Anyways, let’s check out this neat looking cup!
#2885: Myojo Charumera Shio Ramen – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp, pork, chicken and fish. To prepare, open lid halfway and add boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft boiled egg, spring onion, chashu pork, sesame seeds, shichimi togarashi and Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts. The noodles were good – nice gauge and chew and hydrated well. The broth had a very good shio flavor and a nice bit of scallop and seafood taste as well. Included garnish was comprised of wonderful cabbage and little fishcakes with character images on them which was nice. Very good! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881400893.
Here’s another neat one from Zenpop.JP. Thank you! So Zenpop has all sorts of monthly boxes including ramen boxes. Nine instant ramen in one box for a good price – check ’em out and use coupon code RAMENRATER at checkout for a discount! Here’s what they had to say about this one –
“Charumera is the sign of ramen. It’s a kind of trumpet which has been used by street ramen vendors to let people know they’re coming to town. This bowl of chanpon tells us an old time story of pushcart ramen. Chanpon is a Chinese influenced dish with a rich soup and a variety of tasty toppings.”
Just to let you know, no. There is no cat in this. Let’s give it a try!
Myojo Charumera Chanpon – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork, chicken, squid, mackerel shrimp and salmon. To prepare, add in powder sachet and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 5 minutes. Add in oil sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, narutomaki, 31-44ct shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and chashu pork. The noodles had a very nice chew to them. They had a slightly larger than standard gauge and a round character. The broth has that seafood and peanut taste I like a lot. Worked quite well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881420846.
So this is one of the Myojo Charumera varieties I’ve never seen. The noodle is dried and not fried, giving it a bit lower amount of fat. Charumera refers to the horn that is used by the street vendors in Japan to let people know ‘hey – come get your noodles!’ At least I think that’s the reference – it could be to the man blowing the horn, but I’m pretty sure it’s the horn itself – correct me if I’m wrong, pleasse!
As for tonkotsu ramen, here’s a little from Wikipedia –
The soup broth for tonkotsu ramen is based upon pork bones, and “tonkotsu” means “pork bones” in Japanese. 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. Additional broth ingredients can include onion, garlic, spring onions, ginger, pork back fat, pig’s trotters, oil and chicken carcasses. 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.
The traditional preparation method for the ramen noodles used in tonkotsu ramen is for the noodles to be hard in the center. 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. Some restaurants also provide a second order of noodles if requested by the customer, in a system referred to as kaedama.
Ichiran is a Japanese restaurant chain that originated and is based in Fukuoka, Japan that specifically specializes upon tonkotsu ramen.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”.
Alright – let’s give it a try!
Myojo Charumera Non-Fried Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 1 1/2 minutes, stirring often. Add in powder base sachet contents and stir. Add in liquid base sachet. Finally, stir and ejoy!
Very thin noodles.
The soup base sachet.
Light, fluffy powder.
A liquid base sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts, chashu pork, hard boiled egg and narutomaki. The noodles are just awesome. They’re round and thin with a floury kind of hit to them. The broth is luxuriant and rich tonkotsu – Super tasty. Oiliness is on point and reasonable. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881071802.
Found these up in Canada at the Osaka market in Yaohan Centre. So I’ve seen this on instagram a few times and been wondering what the big deal is. Moreover, what is Licca? Here’s something from Wikipedia –
icca-chan (リカちゃん Rika-chan), full name Licca Kayama (香山リカ Kayama Rika), is a dress-up doll series introduced in Japan on 1967-07-04 by Takara, enjoying the same kind of popularity in Japan as the Barbie series does in the United States. The Licca-chan dolls tend toward a more Japanese body as far as height and features. Takara had sold over 48 million Licca-chan dolls as of 2002, and over 53 million as of 2007. Licca-chan was created by former shōjo manga artist, Miyako Maki, who is also the wife of Leiji Matsumoto.
Takara has provided an extensive background story for the Licca-chan doll, including an age (11), where she attends school, names and occupations for her parents, and her favorite books (Anne of Green Gables and A Little Princess). Licca-chan also likes Doraemon.
Rough Trade Records teamed up with Takara in the late 90’s to release “Street Licca”, who was a DJ that carried a Rough Trade record satchel, and mini, doll-sized LPs from the labels’ artists. Along with her Ursula 1000, Gants and Spearmint records, she toted a pair of pink Converse running shoes, grey “leather” pants, headphones, layered hoody and a blond bob haircut. Street Licca was the ultimate “indie rock” doll.
In 2001, a pregnant adult version of Licca-chan was introduced which included a postcard the purchaser could send to Takara for a baby doll. The baby came with a key which allowed the doll to be returned to its standard proportions. The release of the doll happened to coincide with the birth of Aiko, the daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan, a factor which helped boost the sales of the new doll. Since then, other versions of Licca-chan have been introduced, including a new “Departure Licca”, released just ahead of the 40th anniversary in 2007.
A Licca-chan video game was released for the Nintendo DS in Japan on November 29, 2007. This game was later released in the U.S. on October 14, 2008 as Lovely Lisa.
OK so kind of like a Japanese Barbie doll I suppose. Plus it’s the 50th anniversary of it’s inception. Okay – let’s check out this onion noodle.
Myojo Charumera Licca Chan Onion Gratin Soup Noodle – Japan
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles actually were quite good – soft and plentiful. The broth is a very rich and onion flavored affair with lots of add-ons including a bow made of fishcake and little bits of meat as well as some vegetable. Very rich and satisfying. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881422772.
Here’s another one sent by Colin – thanks, man! I’m a big fan of tonkotsu ramen – I would say it probably my favorite variety of the Japanese dish. Rich pork bone broth with a creamy and milky look and mouthfeel. Ahhh… Let’s check this one out!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes stirring occasionally. Add in powder seasoning and stir. Add in liquid seasoning. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
Powder soup base.
A liquid seasoning sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and chashu pork. The noodles are of nice gauge and chewiness. The broth is a thinner one for tonkotsu, but it has a very nice and creamy pork taste to it with a nice bit of shoyu. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.
Here’s another one sent by Casey P. from Hong Kong – thanks! I’ve always thought this one looked interesting – the guy tooting his horn, the little cat. I tried this years ago – new package, new review though. Let’s check it out.
The back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether meat free or not – probably contains fish products. to prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in large seasoning sachet. Add in your garnish and sprinkle smaller sachet on. Enjoy!
The Noodle block.
A dual sachet.
A soup base powder.
Smells like pepper!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, spring onion, hard boiled egg, kiazmi shoga and sesame seeds. The noodles have a slightly thicker gauge than most Japanese instants – not quite South Korea’s ramyun, but thicker than the norm. Nice chew and mouthfeel to it as well. The broth is a very comfortable shoyu – slightly thin but with a good natured yumminess. The pepper adds a nice little bit of goodness as well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881000017.