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#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard – Japan

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - 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 – “The Gunma prefecture is a landlocked and mountainous prefecture in the middle of Japan best known for its skiing and ample supply of wondrous onsens (hot springs).

The noodles in Kuro Tetsuya are ‘willow-like’ with natural irregularities in the noodles through the unique cutting process thus mimicking a hand cut texture. This noodle has won some awards including the 2008 Monde Selection Gold award. The noodles are classified as ‘Chinese-style’ soba.

Sounds interesting – let’s give it a go!

Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard – Japan

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, boil noodles for 4 minutes. Drain. Add soup base to 320~340ml hot water and mix. Add noodles and broth in a bowl. Finally, enjoy!

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

One of two bundles of noodles.

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

Two wet sachets (two servings per package).

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

Shoyu style soup base.

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

Another dual sachet, this one dry.

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, sesame seeds, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, habanero togarashi, and bbq pork. Noodles were very very soft. However they went with the shoyu which was very tasty. Worked out well! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902588282105.

#3259: Kuro Tetsuya (Black Iron) Red Guard - Japan

A Complete Guide to Gunma Prefecture

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3057: Daikoku Gunma-Chan Udon – Japan

umai crate #3057: Daikoku Gunma-Chan Udon - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Gunma-chan is the official mascot of Gunma prefecture in Japan who takes the form of a gorse due to the region’s historical fame for raising horses. He’s here to bring you a delicious udon topped with scallions, egg, and seaweed.”

If you flip it upside down, it looks like VP Pence eating a stewed egg! Let’s check it out!

Daikoku Gunma-Chan Udon – Japan

umai crate #3057: Daikoku Gunma-Chan Udon - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Probably contains fish and pork. To prepare, add boiling water fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

umai crate #3057: Daikoku Gunma-Chan Udon - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

umai crate #3057: Daikoku Gunma-Chan Udon - Japan

The noodle block.

umai crate #3057: Daikoku Gunma-Chan Udon - Japan

Lots of little bits.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions. The noodles were great – liked the broadness and texture quite a but. The broth has a sweet kitsune kind of taste to it but was less salty. Lots of fried tofu. It ended up being pretty good despite my dislike for this style usually. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4904511006215.

umai crate #3057: Daikoku Gunma-Chan Udon - Japan

Gunma Museum (Architecture in Detail)