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: ・【Noodles】 Ultra-thick noodles 【Soup】 Pork bone and seafood dipping soup ・This famous ramen shop won the battle of ‘No.1 Ramen in Japan’ at Ramen Expo 2013. The extremely delicious taste comes from the stewed soup with the umami of fish and seafood. – Contents: ・Noodles: 150g x2 ・Soup & Seasoning Package: 60g x2 – Features: This famous ramen shop is located in Matsudo city of Chiba prefecture. Famous for the delicious pork bone and seafood based dipping soup and ultra-thick noodles.
Never tried tsukemen before – let’s hit it up!
Island Foods Chiba · Matsudo Tsukemen (Dipping noodles) – Chuka Soba Tomita – Japan
Detail of the outer packaging (click to enlarge). Contains pork. The directions are a little different, so here’s what their website says: – How to prepare: 1. Place noodles in boiling water and cook for 8½ to 9 minutes. (depends on your preference for noodles’ hardness) 2. Put the dipping soup paste with 100cc of hot water into a small pot and cooks with low heat. When it boiled, pour the dipping soup into a bowl. 3. Pour the cooked noodles into a colander, wash it with cold water or cool down with the ice cubes. 4. Shake out the excess water and put the cooldown noodles into a bowl. Dip the dipping soup to eat. Enjoy!
One of the two noodle pouches.
A soup base sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, chashu pork, and spring onion. The noodles have a very nice gauge and the chew was really great. Not too chewy but not overdone at 8 1/2 minutes. They are great cold, dipped into the warm sauce which seemed like a kind of tangy tonkotsu with notes of fish and perhaps vinegar. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4527760168635.
Found this one recently at a local Japanese supermarket (Uwajimaya). Really wasn’t sure what the heck it was but it was with the instant noodles so I picked it up. Well, this is a cold dipping noodle – should be interesting. Let’s give it a look!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodles for 3 minutes. While boiling them, combine liquid sachet contents with 50ml cold water and stir. Drain noodles and rinse with cold water. Drain well. Enjoy!
The noodles in their own pouch.
The liquid sachet.
The liquid that is mixed with 50ml cold water.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork belly, spring onion and shichimi togarashi. The noodles are great – nice round shape and light gauge. They have a decent chew as well. The flavor was a bit of a turnoff as it had a kind of miso and soy and plum hit which rubbed me the wrong way. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902388053165.
Hey this isn’t something I’ve seen before – dipping sauce? This is a cold noodle – something I’m not usually a big fan of but we’ll see. The dipping sauce concept has me enthralled…
Check out the directions – not your typical pack of noodles. Click image to enlarge.
Here’s the noodle block. Definitely a different color!
Here’s the first component of the dipping sauce: the liquid packet.
Has a kind of soy sauce scent to it.
A seasoning block?
These are great – they sort of disintegrate into liquid. I’ve seen them in the larger fresh udon bowls before. This one has a strong wasabi scent to it!
Finished (click image to enlarge). This is definitely something different for me – let’s see here… The noodles by themselves aren’t bad – unseasoned so not a lot of flavor, but a nice consistency. Once dipped in the sauce, it’s a completely different story. The sauce is very soy and wasabi inspired and has a nice wasabi sting to it. It’s kind of like bibim naengmeon but with a dipping attribute! What’s interesting about this is that after trying it, I couldn’t imagine it working as well as it does if the components were hot as in a common ramyun or soupless noodle dish. I can definitely say that this is the first cold noodle pack I would probably not have any reservations about having again. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146017270 .