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.
While being tonkotsu flavored (pork bone broth), it is meat free. Let’s give it a try!
Marutai Kyushu Hakata Vegetarian Tonkotsu – Japan
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). To prepare, boil one bundle of noodles in 4707ml water for 2 minutes. Add in one each of the sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Two servings of noodle.
Two dry sachets of soup base powder (watch these get used on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).
A pair of wet sachets.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecue pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, habanero togarashi, soft egg, and spring onion. The noodles are extraordinary in their niceness; they just shake hands with the broth which is rich, luxuriant and giving. This is a big sloppy bowl of hot lovin’. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702003111.
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 – “Kagoshima prefecture is located towards the souther part of Kyushu Island and is defined by it’s proximity to the sea.
Kyushu island, which also contains Hakata and Fukuoka, is the birthplace of tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen. Thus, Kagoshima ramen is predominantly tonkotsu based as well. This pack of Kagoshima Black Pork Ramen contains noodles from a non-fried and non-steamed recipe to maintain as much of the original flavor and texture as possible and the noodles are straight and slightly thicker picking up more of the broth.
The tonkotsu broth contains broth made from Black Pigs from Kagoshima and has a distinct vegetable taste which is slightly sweet. There is also a distinct “burnt onion” taste unique to Kagoshima ramen.”
Wow this one sounds awesome; let’s give it a try!
Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu – Japan
Detail of the package (click to enlarge). I’m sure it contains pork. To prepare, add one bundle of noodles to 480ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Two servings of noodles.
Two dry sachets.
A lot of powder.
Two wet sachets.
A seasoned oil.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft egg, chashu pork, spring onion and habanero togarashi. The noodles came out quite nice – thickness was good and chew was sturdy. The broth was super thick – very rich and hearty. If you don’t like pork or tonkotsu, you will abhor this luxuriant experience. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702001346.
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 -“Hailing from Kyushu, Japan that’s known for their rich, cloudy and hearty broth, enjoy a bowl in the comfort of your own home with this two serving pack. The tonkotsu (pork) broth is infused with mayu black garlic oil aka garlic burnt in sesame oil for the most scrumptious meal.”
I’ve had varieties from Marutai many times an I have to say I’ve never been disappointed. Let’s check these out!
Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, cook one bundle of noodles in 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in one each of the sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Two servings in this package.
A fluffy powder.
A dark liquid.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, bbq pork, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, habanro shichimi, and sesame seeds. Floury noodles have a gauge and chew like no other – just right. Broth is as thick and luxurious as can be, with a spicy hint and garlic notes dancing in the pork flavor. Beautiful! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702003128.
Here’s one that came by way of Javier over at Box From Japan. With Box From Japan, you can get different subscription boxes – whether it be ramen or candy. Sometimes they have other special boxes – they have a Pikachu box, for example. Definitely worth a look!
I really dig chanpon – here’s a little about it from Wikipedia –
Champon (ちゃんぽん Chanpon), also known as Chanpon, is a noodle dish that is a regional cuisine of Nagasaki, Japan. There are different versions in Japan, Korea and China. The dish was, inspired from the cuisine of China. Champon is made by frying pork, seafood and vegetables with lard; a soup made with chicken and pig bones is then added. Ramen noodles made especially for champon are added and then boiled. Unlike other ramen dishes, only one pan is needed as the noodles are boiled in the soup. Depending on the season and the situation, the ingredients differ. Hence the taste and style may depend on the location and time of year.
Although Nagasaki Champon is the most well-known rendition, there are other variations found in Japan. Ankake no Champon is a soy-sauce based variant found in Tottori, Shimane Prefectures, as well as the city of Amagasaki in Hyōgo Prefecture. In the city of Akita, a version with miso broth is served, with the soup filling to the bowl almost to the point of overflowing.
In Okinawa,Champon is a rice dish where assorted vegetables, thinly-sliced meat (pork, luncheon meat or corned beef hash) and scrambled egg are fried and served on top of rice.
The Korean Jjamppong is a similar noodle dish with a spicy seafood broth.
Alright so yeah a kind of milky broth with lots of seafood. Let’s dig into some chanpon!
Marutai Nagasaki Chanpon – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). To prepare, add powder and vegetable sachets and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 5 minutes. Add in remaining sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Corn for sure, but maybe some cabbage and seafood too.
A little sachet.
White pepper perhaps?
Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and chilli oil. The noodles came out with a hint of sponginess. Other than that they were good. The broth was very good – milky seafood with a nice saltiness and the veggies gave a well rounded spank to it with crisp cabbage and sweet corn. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702004002.
Here’s one that was a gift from the folks at Washoku Explorer – thanks again! This variety from Nagasaki definitely has a fish sense to i, however let’s look at Wikipedia on the subject of Shoyu ramen –
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.
Let’s take a look!
Marutai Nagasaki Agodashi Shoyu Ramen – Japan
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Boil noodles in 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!
The package contains 2 servings. Here’s one of the servings of noodle.
The dry soup base.
Has a fish scent.
A liquid sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added narutomaki, baked chicken, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles came out wonderfully; gauge and chew were really great. The broth was definitely on the fishy end and not in a way that I prefer. Sesame seeds floated about the surface which was a nice addition. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702001230.
Here’s one the folks at Washoku Explorer sent as a gift with their tonkotsu explorer kit. This one looks really good from the picture – I’ve reviewed the bowl version of this in the past… Let’s check it out!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains pork or not. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. stir and enjoy!
One of the two bindles of noodles.
A dry base sachet.
Lots of powder.
A liquid sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork belly, hard boiled egg, sushinori, spring onion, kizami shoga, kikurage, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and shichimi togarashi. The noodles came out pretty well; a little tougher than I expected but still very nice. The broth ended up a little on the bland side which was a surprise since I liked the bowl version very much. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702001223.
Okay so a few weeks ago I got a neat box in the mail. It contained the Washoku Explorer Tonkotsu Ramen kit. The idea is that you can get a nice kit with all the things you need to experience a great bowl of Japanese ramen at home – even the bowl! You can visit Washoku Explorer here. They have all sorts of other Japanese kits – really fascinating and a neat idea! The Tonkotsu Ramen kit includes this Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu ramen (2 packs with 2 servings each) and well as some special garnishes/add-ons I’ll show you below. Let’s check it out and give it a try!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add one bundle noodles to 470ml boiling water for 2 minutes. Add in contents of one soup base sachet and one oil sachet. Stir and enjoy!
The pack contains two of everything.
Straight Hakata style ramen noodles.
The soup base sachet.
Has a nice pork scent.
The oil sachet.
Oh wow I smell garlic!
The kit has some nice extras – these are dehydrated spring onion which spring to life when introduced to the broth.
Kikurage mushroom – this must be soaked in water for 30-40 minutes before adding to the ramen.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added the spring onion, seaweed and kikurage mushroom as well as hard boiled egg, chashu pork and nanami togarashi. Note this is the bowl and spoon that were included with the kit. The noodles came out just right – nice firmness and chew with that groovy flouriness Hakata ramen noodle have. The broth is luxuriant – nice and thick with a rich pork flavor and garlic taste. Just top notch – 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702001216. As for the kit, it’s a very nice presentation; it gives the average person a way to enjoy a gourmet ramen at home with garnishes that come out very nice – I give the kit 5.0 out of 5.0 stars as well.
Here’s another one that was sent to me by Javier over at Box From Japan – thanks! Box From Japan is a subscription service – you can get a box sent to you every month with some great noodles within! From the description, this almost sounds like it might be a vegetable tonkotsu, but I don’t know. Says lots of cabbage – interesting! Let’s hit it up!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether this one contains meat, however tonkotsu broth generally includes pork. To prepare, add in all but the liquid sachet and add boiling water to fill line. cover and let steep for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!
As mentioned, a lot of cabbage here as well as spring onion and singed onion.
A liquid sachet.
A nice garlic scented oil.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, spring onion and kizami shoga (pickled ginger). The noodles were okay – didn’t make me jump for joy, but they hydrated nicely enough. The broth is a salty tonkotsu with a rich flavor. The vegetables hydrated well, and the large amount of cabbage went very well with it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702004224.
Here’s another one that was sent to me by Javier over at Box From Japan – thanks! Box From Japan is a subscription service – you can get a box sent to you every month with some great noodles within! From what I’m reading, it sounds like this one has a tonkotsu broth – with pork bone flavor! Let’s check it out!
Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add sachet contents to bowl and boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep for 2 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).
The noodle block.
Dry soup base.
Very fluffy powder.
A liquid sachet.
Has a pork kind of scent.
A solid ingredients sachet.
Looks like spring onion and sesame in there.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a lone slice of chashu pork. The noodles are thin and have a nice chew to them. Probably some of the best noodles I’ve samples in a bowl. The broth is a creamy pork tonkotsu – savory and rich. The sesame and spring onion add a perfect balance. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702004200.
Here’s another one from Box From Japan! Thanks, Javier! I also want to thank Shinichi S. for helping with the translation! Shoyu translates to English as ‘soy sauce.’ Shoyu ramen is one of the classics from Japan – been around forever. Let’s see what makes this particular bowl variety tick!
Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).
The noodle block.
The powder soup base.
Smells like shoyu!
A liquid sachet.
A nice bit of seasoned oil.
The solid ingredients sachet.
Spring onion as well as narutomaki and shrimp.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp, mung bean sprouts and a little bit of ito tougarasi on top. The noodles are thin and have a very nice chewiness to them. They almost asked to be slurped up! The broth has a nice soy sauce flavor – not too strong, not too light. It also has a nice oiliness as well, and the supplied vegetable and seafood hydrated very well. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902702004033.