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#3273: Hide-Chan Kani Miso Ramen – Japan

#3273: Hide-Chan Kani Miso Ramen - 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 – “We just can’t get enough of Hokkaido’s miso ramen. We’re excited to bring you a special box from Bihoro, Hokkaido. This is a small town of only 20,000 people but they create an excellent crab ramen due to its proximity to the ocean and special wheat used in their noodles which is grown in this region.”

This is a miso whoe broth is based with boiled crab shell – sounds interesting – let’s give it a try!

Hide-Chan Kani Miso Ramen – Japan

#3273: Hide-Chan Kani Miso Ramen - Japan

Detail of the back of the box (click to enlarge). Contains crab and pork. To prepare, boil noodles 1~2 minutes. Seperately, heat 25-280ml water and stir in broth. Add noodles to bowl then add broth. Finally, enjoy!

One of the two servings of noodles.

A wet sachet of soup base (see inside on Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

#3273: Hide-Chan Kani Miso Ramen - Japan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added surimi, egg, sansyo, spring onion, kizami shoga, sesame seeds, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles came out very well and were aromatic while cooking. Broth has a red miso hit to it and a subtle crabbiness. Not a thick broth but a tasty one. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4978849325027.

Japanese Soul Cooking: Ramen, Tonkatsu, Tempura, and More from the Streets and Kitchens of Tokyo and Beyond

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#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen – Japan

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - 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 other feature in this combo pack also hails from Sapporo and is another take on the region’s Miso soup broth – Shirakabasansou Ramen.

Shirakabasansou Miso Ramen is a legendary ramen shop with it’s own unique recipe blending two distinct types of white miso with Japanese peppers, sesame oil, a balance of oyster sauce, and garlic. The ramen master at Shirakabasansou had a dream of delivering the  most delicious Hokkaido miso ramen to as many people  as possible. Ramen Trunk is doing our part by getting this unique taste to your door.”

This sounds like another really fancy offering – let’s dig into it!

Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen – Japan

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

Here’s one of the two packs of this variety inside the big box.

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). I’m sure it contains pork. To prepare, boil noodles 4 minutes. Add soup base sachet contents to 270ml hot water and combine. Drain noodles and add to a bowl and add broth. Finally, enjoy!

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

A thick liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, black sesame seeds, barbeque pork, and habanero togarashi. The noodles were just perfect – four minutes and they’ve got a very premium chew and gauge. The broth has a strong miso flavor which is very rich. It seemed to center in red miso. The broth also has a slight pepperiness. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901468910398.

#3261: Kikusui Shirakaba Sansou Miso Ramen - Japan

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#3251: Hokkaido Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen – Japan

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - 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 – “Tomikawa ramenprimarily contains a shoyu (soy sauce) based broth but the recipe here involves the complex combination of chicken stock, seaweed, and a balanced hint of sardine essence combined perfectly to deliver a beautiful golden broth. Topping off the delicate bowl of ramen is a pack of fragrant chicken oil. Use at you discretion and taste preference. The noodles contained in this pack are a common medium thickness with a high protein content. As a recognition for Furano Ramen’s dedication to finding the perfect balanced taste, this Tomikawa ramen was listed in the Michelin Hokkaido Guide 2012.”

Sounds neat let’s hit it!

Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen – Japan

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure what meat is in here, but sure there’s meat. To prepare, boil noodles for 5~6 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents to 300ml boiling water. Add noodles and soup to a bowl. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

A large wet soup base sachet.

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

Looks like a dry sachet of onion.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, chashu pork, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, habanero togarashi, and black sesame seeds. Noodles were on point with a unique chew which worked well. Broth was fantastic and tasty. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4571327730070.

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

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#3021: Itsuki Sapporo “Miso” Ramen – Japan

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - 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 -“Sapporo is the fifth largest city of Japan by population! Most people in Japan associate Sapporo with its rich miso ramen, which was invented there and which is ideal for Hokkaido’s cold winters. DIY your own for dinner as the weather gets cooler.”

Alright I’m on it – let’s go!

Itsuki Sapporo “Miso” Ramen – Japan

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).  Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add a bundle of noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in one sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

The noodle bundles in a plastic tray.

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

The sachets of soup base for each serving.

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

A lot of powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, corn, kizami shoga, soft egg, spring onion, habanero curry togarashi and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles were pretty good – very chewy and a round gauge. The broth was deep and almost seemed beefy to be honest. Definitely a tinting of red miso in the mix which was pretty good. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014462.

#3021: Itsuki Sapporo "Miso" Ramen - Japan

ITSUKI Ramen Spicy Curry Tonkotsu 115g×5 pieces

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#2572: Ripe’N’Dry Hokkaido Soy Sauce Ramen

#2500: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Soy Sauce Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Here’s one I picked up in Taiwan last November. I’d always seen these but never really thought they existed. I’ve seen the design on t-shirts and other things. Ripe and dry sounds like a fart, too! So this one is soy sauce flavor – which would be known as shoyu in Japan. Let’s look up shoyu ramen on 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 and/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.

Well, let’s give it a try! It’s soy sauce time!

Ripe’N’Dry Hokkaido Soy Sauce Ramen – Japan

#2500: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Soy Sauce Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat but guessing there’s a good chance it does. To prepare, add the noodle block to 600ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2500: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Soy Sauce Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2500: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Soy Sauce Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

The soup base sachet/.

#2500: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Soy Sauce Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

A liquid base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles are alright; a little on the chewy side. The broth howefver just ain’t my thing. The dryness is just too much; save it for the wine. 0.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4976651082374.

#2500: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Soy Sauce Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Hokkaido bear infested note “Miso” ramen taste 124g × 10 bags

So this is a video of travel around Hokkaido, the Japanese island where Ripe’N’Dry is from.

#2461: Fujiwara Hokkaido Hakodate Shio Ramen

#2461: Fujiwara Hokkaido Hakodate Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Seems like a little while since I did a pack instant ramen from Japan. This is one I found during my trip to Taiwan last November at the Carrefour in Taipei by the Miramar Entertainment Park. I tell you – they had quite an impressive instant noodle aisle – like 4 aisles really. So this one is a shio instant ramen. Here’s a little from Wikipedia about shio –

The origin of ramen is unclear. Some sources say it is of Chinese origin.[7][8][9] Other sources say it was invented in Japan in the early 20th century.[10][11][12]

The name ramen is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese lamian (拉麵).[13] Until the 1950s, ramen was called shina soba (支那そば, literally “Chinese soba”) but today chūka soba (中華そば, also meaning “Chinese soba”) or just Ramen (ラーメン) are more common, as the word “支那” (shina, meaning “China”) has acquired a pejorative connotation.[4]

By 1900, restaurants serving Chinese cuisine from Canton and Shanghai offered a simple ramen dish of noodles (cut rather than hand-pulled), a few toppings, and a broth flavored with salt and pork bones. Many Chinese living in Japan also pulled portable food stalls, selling ramen and gyōza dumplings to workers. By the mid-1900s, these stalls used a type of a musical horn called a charumera (チャルメラ, from the Portuguese charamela) to advertise their presence, a practice some vendors still retain via a loudspeaker and a looped recording. By the early Shōwa period, ramen had become a popular dish when eating out.

According to ramen expert Hiroshi Osaki, the first specialized ramen shop opened in Yokohama in 1910.[9]

Shio (“salt”) ramen is a pale, clear, yellowish broth made with plenty of salt and any combination of chicken, vegetables, fish, and seaweed. Occasionally pork bones are also used, but they are not boiled as long as they are for tonkotsu ramen, so the soup remains light and clear. Chāshū is sometimes swapped for lean chicken meatballs, and pickled plums and kamaboko (a slice of processed fish roll sometimes served as a frilly white circle with a pink or red spiral called narutomaki) are popular toppings as well. Noodle texture and thickness varies among shio ramen, but they are usually straight rather than curly.

I should mention that while this article claims the origin of ramen is unclear, I have spoken with many people with many different opinions they hold as fact on this. Let’s tear open this package and see it’s innards.

Fujiwara Hokkaido Hakodate Shio Ramen – Japan

#2461: Fujiwara Hokkaido Hakodate Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure of meat contents. To prepare, add noodle block to 600ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. finally, stir and enjoy!

#2461: Fujiwara Hokkaido Hakodate Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

The noodles in their own sealed pouch.

#2461: Fujiwara Hokkaido Hakodate Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

The soup base sachet.

#2461: Fujiwara Hokkaido Hakodate Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

A liquid base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chashu pork, spring onion and shichimi togarashi. The noodles have a firmer chew to them than your average instant. This imparts a more quality effect. The broth is very tasty even though the pack only has one liquid sachet and takes 600ml water – a pretty large amount. The shio taste is pretty good – and the oiliness is just right; beads dance on the surface like glistening jewels of slurpiness. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4976651083555.

#2461: Fujiwara Hokkaido Hakodate Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Fujiwara noodle Hokkaido ramen Hakodate salt 111gX10 bags

Anthony Bourdain visits a Hokkaido ramen shop.

#2348: Ripe’N’Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s one I got at Jason’s Market at the bottom of the Taipei 101 in Taiwan. I’d been very curious about this line as I’ve seen them before; hard to miss with the angry bear on the front! I’m very curious about how ripe and dry correlate with instant ramen. Lately when I use the term ripe, it’s referring to needing to change a diaper as in ‘ooof Miles – you’re ripe!’ Dry as far as flavor I usually think of when it comes to wine. I’m hoping this doesn’t smell like loaded diapers or taste like wine – I’m guessing it won’t. Let’s give it a go!

Ripe’N’Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen – Japan

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

An import/distributor sticker (click to enlarge).

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat but guessing there’s a good chance it does. To prepare, add the noodle block to 600ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The liquid base sachet.

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The oily concentrated base.

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, baked chicken, hard boiled egg and nanami togarashi. The noodles had a strong backbone and chew with a little crumble; they were good. The broth had a kind of bitter saltiness which went from ‘I like it’ to ‘I dunno’ back and forth again and again. I leaned towards the latter. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4976651082367.

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Hokkaido bear infested note “Salt” ramen taste 10 bags

A video of travel around Hokkaido.

#2247: Nissin Sapporo Noukou Miso Ramen

Here’s one that Javier from www.BoxFromJapan.com – thanks! Box From Japan is a monthly subscription service where you can get 4 unique bowls of ramen from Japan a month. It’s pretty awesome – I haven’t gotten a duplicate yet! Here’s what he had to say about this variety:

Community-based brand that spreads various noodles all over Japan with the support of local organizations and the local government. Manufactures and sells one of the three major ramen of Japan, Sapporo miso ramen, with certification by the Hokkaido Inheritance Committee. A special product. Noodle: Medium-thick curly noodles that are chewy. Soup: Thick miso soup made using Hokkaido fermented miso that has ginger and garlic to add a kick. Ingredients: Cabbage, minced meat, green onion

Sounds interesting – let’s have a look!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. to prepare, add in the powder, the clear sachet and the vegetables sachet. Fill to line with boiling water and cover for 4 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents.Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The powder soup base.

A light powder.

The vegetables sachet.

An interesting array.

The liquid sachet.

A thick liquid with a miso scent.

The garnish sachet.

Looks like perhaps this is the cabbage and mine meat.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, kizami shoga, hard boiled egg and chashu pork. The noodles are really nice – a little wide, a little flat. They definitely have a strong chewiness to them – very premium here. The broth has a tasty and hearty miso character to it which I enjoyed. The scads of cabbage are very nice as it the little bits of mincemeat. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105230398.

Nissin Noodle craftsman (ramen Meister) / soy sauce / miso / pork / Tan Tan /

A short video about the Noukou series by Nissin of Japan.

Re-Review: Meet The Manufacturer: Sakurai Foods 100% Vegetarian Miso Flavor

Today is the last of the Sakurai Foods Meet The Manufacturer. I have enjoyed trying such a great range of products from Japan! We finish with the one that made this Meet The Manufacturer happen. I email lots of instant noodle manufacturers, trying to get Meet The Manufacturer interviews to happen. I hadn’t contacted Sakurai Foods before and gave it a shot. Here’s my re-review of their miso vegetarian flavor.

Back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Powder seasoning.

The powder has a nice taste – miso and an almost buttery component.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added onion, green onion, sweet corn, kizami shoga (pickled ginger and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are good – soft and plentiful. The broth has a nice heartiness while light at the same time. Not an overwhelming flavor but delicate and balanced. Very good! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4960813312959.

#958: Meet The Manufacturer: Sakurai Foods Soy Sauce Ramen (Bowl)

Here’s the second of the two Bowls that Sakurai Foods sent. From what I gather from their website, these are their newest products. The bowls are recycles sugar came fibers! Has an interesting feel to it. Let’s check out this second bowl, this time, soy sauce flavor!

Here are the information panels from the sides of the bowl (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block. It has flour sourced from Hokkaido and potato starch.

The packet of powdered seasoning.

Tasty stuff – deep flavor as I’ve become used to with this brand.

The vegetable packet.

A very nice variety of vegetables.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onions. The noodles are nice – again, a good chew and consistency. The broth has a nice soy taste and delivers a nice warmth. The veggies and other bits are great – thew nori (seaweed) is especially good and gives a seafood taste that weaves throughout the meal. Excellent! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4960813332612

A drive around Minokamo Gifu – looks like a really interesting place!