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#1621: Myojo Men White Creamy Tonkotsu

A while back I reviewed the Myojo Men Black Seafood Tonkotsu. Well, this is the white creamy variety. Tonkotsu is usually made from pork bone broth – pork bones and boiled for quite a while to pull out the flavor, and it gets a milky color. This one’s manufactured in the United States by Myojo, and so pork products are present. Let’s see how this creamy tonkotsu variety stacks up/.

Detail from the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, put noodles and contents of sachets into bowl and add hot water to line. Microwave for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The fresh noodles pouch.

The creamy tonkotsu soup base sachet.

Has a creamy look to it.

The vegetables sachet.

Spring onion and seaweed.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, spring onion, mung bean sprouts and pork. The noodles are a little thinner than fresh udon. They have a decent chew to them. The broth has a richness to it I enjoyed, but there was an underlying acidity that was slightly off-putting. The hydratables did just fine and there was quite a nice pit of seaweed. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 011152212388.

Myojo Bowl Noodle Creamy Tonkotsu (Pack of 12×7.37z)

A Japanese Myojo Charumera TV advertisement.

#1551: Myojo Men Black Seafood Tonkotsu

Got this one down in California during our summer trip! JFC distributes a lot of different products here in the USA from Japan and elsewhere. I’m curious what the actual brand here is. Those characters at the top look extremely familiar…

Yep – that’s what I thought – it’s Myojo’s new ‘Myojo Men’ line! It’s strange; as a daily reviewer of instant noodles and spending a lot of time examining packages of all types from all over the world, I have started recognizing bits and pieces of different printed languages – Korean, Chinese, Japanese… Usually when it pertains to a brand name or the word instant noodle. I’m pretty sure I could do alright in most countries if I were looking for instant noodles, although my accent or intonation might sound ridiculous! For those new to ramen, here’s a quick blurb from Wikipedia 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 ismāyu (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”).

Anyways, let’s check out this seafood tonkotsu by Myojo, distro’d by JFC.

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains pork and fish. To prepare, Put all contents into the bowl. Add hot water up to line. Microwave for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The fresh noodle pouch.

Liquid base sachet.

Has a strong seafood scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Green onion and seaweed.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kamaboko, narutomaki and sliced spring onion. The noodles were alright; they kind of had a kind of ‘off’ texture which I wasn’t pleased with; they seemed kind of stiff. The broth however was quite good – wonderful pork and seafood flavor going on here. The dehydrated green onion and seaweed hydrated perfectly. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 011152212364.

Myojo Tonkotsu Noodles, Seafood, 7.44 Ounce – get it on Amazon!

A Myojo Charumera TV commercial!

#1219: Tokyo Noodle Mini Instant Noodle Spicy Flavor

I asked my wife Kit if she’d pick which instant I’d review today. Well, this is what she picked! We got it at Uwajimaya in Seattle in July at some point (the reason I know that is because the first review I did of this brand was July 20th). I used to end up with a big haul of new stuff every time I’d hit Uwajimaya, but these days they’re a little farther and fewer between. What’s great about these is that they’re much like the first instant noodle I ever got at Uwajimaya a long time ago, just smaller. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains wheat, soybean and fish. To make it, you can drop it in a mug and add 200ml boiling water per block, or to cook it add a block to a cup of boiling water for 2 minutes.

Four blocks!

Individually wrapped.

These have the flavoring in the noodles – no seasoning packets. These are just like the original instant noodle invented by Momofuku Ando in 1958.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little chicken lunch meat, an egg and Frank’s Red Hot. The noodles are exactly like the original instant from 1958. They’re thin and very springy. The flavor is salty and spicy. It’s a kind of odd spicy but it works. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 011152220093.

#1116: Tokyo Noodle Mini Instant Noodle Artificial Chicken Flavor

Went to Uwajimaya in Seattle yesterday and saw these – little four pack of mini noodles! Let’s check ’em out.

Here’s the back of the pack (click image to enlarge). Contains wheat, soybean and fish.

The pack has four little individually wrapped noodle blocks!

Here’s what you get. You might be wondering ‘where’s the seasoning packet?’ Well, these are much like the first instant noodles ever invented in that there is no seasoning packet; the flavor is infused into the noodles. What’s cool about these as they can be tossed in a mug and steeped, crunched up and eaten as a snack, or (the way I’ll make them) cooked on the stove in a pot.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fried egg, narutomaki and green onion. The noodles are different from what you might expect in something akin to ‘the original instant noodle.’ They’re not like they’re extremely light and have a flat surface. Even a little elasticity! Not mushy or crumbly, but very delicate. The broth is salty and soy sauce with a little hint of fish here and there. It’s funny; just like the original instant noodles like 1958, these are supposed to taste like chicken. What I would say about them is chicken wouldn’t be my first thought although I think adding chicken or egg to it is very nice. Identical to the aforementioned 1958 variety. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 011152220079.

Here’s a video by a guy named Furious Pete – at one point, he eats 147 little bowls of noodles in Tokyo!