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#3223: New Touch Natsukashi Shoyu Ramen – Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘Chicken based shoyu ramen – the kind that makes you cherish your memory eating your first shoyu ramen. (natsukoshi roughly means nostalgic). This is like the ramen you see being waten at yatai food stalls set up on streets by characters in some anime. Chopped chashu (roast pork) goes well with this simple, most enjoyed ramen.’

As of late, I’ve really been into chicken. Baked chicken with some seasonings in particular. Let’s give this one a try…

New Touch Natsukashi Shoyu Ramen – Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add sachet contents and boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3223: New Touch Natsukashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3223: New Touch Natsukashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3223: New Touch Natsukashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3223: New Touch Natsukashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

A coarse powder.

#3223: New Touch Natsukashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

A dry garnish sachet.

#3223: New Touch Natsukashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

Lots of different bits in here.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sliced chashu, soft egg, spring onion, sansyo, sesame seeds. Noodles come out very well – nice hydration and chew. The broth had a good shoyu character to it with chicken notes. Bits of vegetable and the odd shrimp floating about. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4903088009537.

#3223: New Touch Natsukashi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

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#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen – Japan

#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘This ramen was first released by New Touch in 1985: It has stuck around so long because it is a delicious twist on the classic shoyu ramen. With extra negi (green onion) and just a touch of spicy (“pirikara in Japanese) this is a simple yet satisfying bowl of noodles.’

I like green onion and spicy things – let’s see how it fares!

New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen – Japan

#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and pork. To prepare, add in dry sachet content and fill to line with boiling water. Cover 3 minutes. Add in wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

Smells good, that’s fr sure.

#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

Full of green onion!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, chashu, spring onion, shichimi togarashi, black sesame seeds and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles came out very well – not spongy at all. Broth had a very nice shoyu taste to it – no bitterness here. Definitely a lot of included green onion and they augmented the flavor well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4903088000619.

#3220: New Touch Negi Shoyu Ramen - Japan

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#3199: New Touch Sauce Yakisoba – Japan

#3199: New Touch Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘If you want to enjoy festive food stalls of yakisoba, you can go to Asakusa or have Asakusa come to you! The fresh sizzling flavor of worcester sauce will whet your appetite and get your taste buds excited. The furikake seasoning contains nori seaweed and tempura pearls.’

Alright, let’s give it a try!

New Touch Sauce Yakisoba – Japan

#3199: New Touch Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add in cabbage sachet and boiling water to line. Cover for 4 minutes. Drain. Add in liquid and stir. Finally, sprinkle garnish on top and enjoy!

#3199: New Touch Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

Detail of the inner lid (click to enlarge).

#3199: New Touch Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

The noodle block.

#3199: New Touch Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3199: New Touch Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

Smells like yakisoba sauce.

#3199: New Touch Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3199: New Touch Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

Nori and tempura pearls.

#3199: New Touch Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

A final dry sachet.

#3199: New Touch Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

Looks like cabbage.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, barbecue pork. The noodles are quite good here – not spongy or anything and have a thick and round gauge. Yakosoba sauce coats nicely with a strong flavor. Furikake is on point with a nice crunch from tempura and flavor from seaweed. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4903088012186.

#3199: New Touch Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

New touch Sugomen Sendai Karamiso ramen 162g ~ 12 pieces

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#3168: New Touch Chashu Ramen – Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one -“Chashu (roast pork slices) makes ramen special, and this bowl of ramen is super-special because it contains three slices of it! The simple and light shoyu soup has a mingled flavor of pork, chicken and stir-fried vegetables. Add a boiled egg and make it beyond special!”

I do like chashu, however in general, I’ve found pre-packaged chashu to be kind of, well, like pepperoni in texture and too thin to consider awesome. But with an open mind, I go forth to do my work.

New Touch Chashu Ramen – Japan

#3132: New Touch Chashu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add contents of dry sachet and boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3132: New Touch Chashu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3132: New Touch Chashu Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3132: New Touch Chashu Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3132: New Touch Chashu Ramen - Japan

Not to be confused with a demitasse of espresso with crema.

#3132: New Touch Chashu Ramen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3132: New Touch Chashu Ramen - Japan

Your three slices of chashu and some vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sad egg, spring onion, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles were alright – nothing to write home about. Broth is a slightly bitter shoyu with some deep, dark pork fat flavor. The chashu itself was incredibly thin and was more like lunchmeat than chasju. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4903088012162.

#3132: New Touch Chashu Ramen - Japan

New touch Sugomen Niigata Seabura soy sauce ramen 122g ~ 12 pieces

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#3049: New Touch Kimchi Ramen – Japan

#3049: New Touch Kimchi Ramen - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘Kimchi and ramen are both nice and delicious foods, and when they are combined, the result is fantastic! If you are not a hot food person, don’t worry, this is just a slightly spicy ramen with a mild but rich kimchi flavor.’

I’ve always found Japanese kimchi ramen o be kind of weird but hey – this could be awesome – let’s find out!

New Touch Kimchi Ramen – Japan

#3049: New Touch Kimchi Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add in everything but oil and cover for 3 minutes. Add in oil. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3049: New Touch Kimchi Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3049: New Touch Kimchi Ramen - Japan

Th noodle block.

#3049: New Touch Kimchi Ramen - Japan

A dry base sachet.

#3049: New Touch Kimchi Ramen - Japan

Powder solidified by pressure.

#3049: New Touch Kimchi Ramen - Japan

Looks like kimchi perhaps?

#3049: New Touch Kimchi Ramen - Japan

Kimchi and meat?

#3049: New Touch Kimchi Ramen - Japan

A liquid sachet.

#3049: New Touch Kimchi Ramen - Japan

Seasoned oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chashu pork and Hachi shichimi. The noodles came out nicely in the 3 minute steep time. They did alright with the broth. The broth was very tasty – bright and tangy. It was definitely kimchi, however not really spicy and no bitterness often found in South Korean counterparts. Very impressed. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4903088011257.

#3049: New Touch Kimchi Ramen - Japan

New touch Sugomen Niigata Seabura soy sauce ramen 122g ~ 12 pieces

Watch me cook and garnish this one in an episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen – Japan

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio 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 -“Flavored by white sesame seeds, this ramen offers a boost of slightly sweet and nutty flavor all in one bowl for you to enjoy when you’re in a pinch.”

Sounds good – let’s do it!

New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen – Japan

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether this one contgains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 450cc boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen - Japan

The dry base sachet.

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen - Japan

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken with Salt For Life and pepper, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, nanami togarashi and sesame seeds. The noodles were decent – plump  and worked well. Broth had a very nice salt ramen flavor and was at the right point – not too salty and had a delicious taste. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4903088101507.

#3002: New Touch Machi Ichiban Shio Ramen - Japan

New touch Sugomen Niigata Seabura soy sauce ramen 122g ~ 12 pieces

Watch me prepare this one in my kitchen!

#2911: New Touch Classic Shouyu Ramen

#2911: New Touch Classic Shouyu Ramen

Here’s another neat one from Zenpop.JP. Thank you! So Zenpop has all sorts of monthly boxes including ramen boxes. Nine instant ramen in one box for a good price – check ’em out! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘Simple, classic shouyu ramen will never be boring. Flavorful vegetables, roasted garlic, and black pepper boost the savory taste of shouyu based chicken soup. The toppings include chopped roasted pork, shrimps, scrambled eggs and green onions.’

This particular one came from a ramen and sweets mix pack, one of the boxes Zenpop has to offer. Let’s check it out!

New Touch Classic Shouyu Ramen – Japan

#2911: New Touch Classic Shouyu Ramen

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork, chicken and fish. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2911: New Touch Classic Shouyu Ramen

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2911: New Touch Classic Shouyu Ramen

The noodle block.

#2911: New Touch Classic Shouyu Ramen

A dry base sachet.

#2911: New Touch Classic Shouyu Ramen

A light powder.

#2911: New Touch Classic Shouyu Ramen

A vegetable sachet.

#2911: New Touch Classic Shouyu Ramen

Not just veg but scrambled egg and bits of pork.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, hard boiled egg and shichimi. The noodles come out pretty good – nicer chew than many instants – some backbone there. The broth is really good – has some of the best shoyu flavor I’ve found in an instant. Included bits of pork, egg and veg work perfectly. A really nice surprise. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4903088009537.

#2911: New Touch Classic Shouyu Ramen

New touch Sugomen Taiwan ramen 123g ~ 12 pieces Nagoya

I really need to start doing this as I just ran out of chashu yesterday…

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

Here’s another instant ramen bowl from Zenpop. Zenpop offers boxes of ramen among other things from Japan – pretty good stuff and definitely worth checking out! Here’s what they have to say about this variety –

“Moyashi (bean sprouts) are not the most glamorous vegetable, but the crunchiness is essential to complete Sanma Men, a local ramen in Yokohama City. The thick shoyu flavored soup, the thick noodles, and stir-fried vegetables including moyashi form a great harmony. Add dried veg first but both the seasoning packets AFTER cooking.”

Let me say something right here – I do think the mung bean sprout is the most glamorous vegetable in the kingdom of vegetables, penultimate to onions of course. Anyways, let’s check out this bowl from New Touch!

New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men – Japan

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and pork. To prepare, add the vegetable sachet and boiling water to the fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in powder and liquid base sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

The noodle block.

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

The dry base sachet.

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

A very light powder.

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

The liquid base sachet.

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

Looks interesting!

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

The vegetables sachet.

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

Lots of bean sprouts as mentioned above.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The noodles were too spongy for my taste. A standard gauge as well. The broth had a kind of sesame-nutty taste to it and the introduction of the only slightly crunchy bean sprouts wasn’t a big seller for me. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4903088001913.

#2725: New Touch Yokohama Sanma Men - Japan - zenpop.jp

New touch Sugomen Yokohama originated Sanma twelve noodles 93g ~

An old NewTouch TV commercial

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

Recently, I added a chat feature to The Ramen Rater, allowing readers to comment and ask me questions directly. It’s been very eye-opening; great to hear about why people are here and what they’re interested in seeing. One thing I have been asked repeatedly is ‘when will there be an update to the Japan list?’ Well, I heard you. The last list came out in 2014. I’ve been reviewing a LOT of Japanese varieties lately, and it looks like there will be an influx of Japanese varieties for the foreseeable future crossing my desk. This most likely will be an annual list from now on. With that being said I should also mention that with the huge amount of varieties that are released annually in Japan, many are discontinued. While this is the ‘of all time list,’ spanning all my reviews, I try to make sure that what is on it is available. This is very hard with Japanese varieties. Finally, I should mention also that if you’re an instant noodle manufacturer from Japan or elsewhere for that matter and you’d like me to review your products, I encourage you to use the contact form and drop me a line. That being said, let’s take a look at this new list, encompassing my favorite and most memorable reviews from the over 2,500 reviews I’ve done to date.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

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#10: Nissin Men Shokunin Kaoruyasai Shio

top ten japanese #10: Nissin Men Shokunin Kaoruyasai Shio

The noodles are very, very good – a really nice thinnish gauge with a strong backbone and just the nicest little bit of crumble to them – almost dainty. the broth is thick and rich shio with a lot of pork and chicken flavor throughout. The included cabbage, sesame seeds and other veggies are just perfect. Original review

#9: Nissin Cup Noodle Light+ Bagna Cauda

#9: Nissin Cup Noodle Light+ Bagna Cauda

The Cup Noodle Light+ series has really impressed me; amazing how much flavor you get out of a low-cal cup. The noodles have a really nice quality to them – not mushy or anything; they’re just really good. The broth is saucy and hearty with a cheese and light fish taste which is augmented with vegetables galore. This is on the top ten cups list and now on the top ten japanese list. Original review

#8: Nissin Raoh Hot & Sour Ramen

#9: Nissin Cup Noodle Light+ Bagna Cauda

Nissin’s Raoh is a range of premium varieties. The noodle are great – excellent chew and backbone. The broth is serious business – oily, rich in color and has a nice hot and sour taste. Original review

#7: Sapporo Ichiban Otafuku Okonomi Sauce Yakisoba

#7: Sapporo Ichiban Otafuku Okonomi Sauce Yakisoba

I’ve always really loved yakisoba and this is the best I’ve found in an instant form yet. Otofuku is a brand of yakisoba sauce that can be found almost anywhere, and it’s inclusion in this one is just perfection. What’s more, the noodles are garnished with green laver (flaked seaweed) and a little mayonnaise packet! Original review

#6: New Touch Sugomen Niigata Seabura Shoyu Ramen

#6: New Touch Sugomen Niigata Seabura Shoyu Ramen

The noodles hydrated very well and have one seriously good chew to them. The broth is equally amazing – a purely elegant shoyu broth with a good oiliness and great flavor. The vegetable bits hydrated very well and were of excellent quality. To top it off, it comes with a happy little slice of pork, which comes out just right. Original review

#5: Maruchan Gotsumori Sauce Yakisoba

#5: Maruchan Gotsumori Sauce Yakisoba

This big tray of yakisoba was a very nice surprise. First, there’s a lot of noodles here – easily enough for two. Second, the flavor has a little hint of spiciness. Thirdly, the cabbage hydrated very nicely with a tantalizing crunch. Finally, the inclusion of Kewpie mayonnaise sealed the deal for me. Original review

#4: Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen

#4: Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen

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 tonkotsu. Original review

#3: Seven & I Gold Sumire Ramen

#3: Seven & I Gold Sumire Ramen

The noodles are thick and chewy – very premium. The broth has a very rich miso flavor that had a little thickness and a nice oiliness. The vegetables and bits hydrated perfectly – nice bits of ground meat and menma float happily about and are of good quality. Original review

#2: Tokushima Seifun Yakibuta Ramen

#2: Tokushima Seifun Yakibuta Ramen

The broth has a nice saltiness and soy flavor with just a little touch of sweetness. The pork flavor finds it’s way into the broth as well which is spectacular. The pork has a nice sweetness and ‘fall off the bone’ texture to it which is pure delicacy. The army of decent sized slices of narutomaki were amazing, and the spring onion and bamboo shoots were perfect. A bowl of amazing taste and quality. Original review

#1: Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen

#1: Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen

Talk about amazing. Now, on most of these bowls, you’ll notice I’ve added my own garnishes. I don’t count them in my reviewing – everything is reviewed prior to any additions I make. This is one where I’ve added nothing and just look at it! This one had very good noodles to start off. The broth was a very thick prawn infused decadent flavor spectacle. Then there’s the little crunchy topping and the other garnish they provide and this is just amazing stuff. Wow. Floored. The top of ther Top Ten Japanese varieties Original review

#2580: New Touch T’s Restaurant Tantanmen

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The second of two I found recently at Uwajimaya in Bellevue, Washington. The last one was good so I’m hoping this will as well. Here’s a littler about Tantanmen from Wikipedia –

Dandan noodles or dandanmian (simplified Chinese: 担担面; traditional Chinese: 擔擔麵) is a noodle dish originating from Chinese Sichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables (often including zha cai (榨菜), lower enlarged mustard stems, or ya cai (芽菜), upper mustard stems), chili oil, Sichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles.

Sesame paste and/or peanut butter is sometimes added, and occasionally replaces the spicy sauce, usually in the Taiwanese and American Chinese style of the dish.[1] In this case, dandanmian is considered as a variation of ma jiang mian (麻醬麵), sesame sauce noodles. In American Chinese cuisine, dandanmian is often sweeter, less spicy, and less soupy than its Sichuan counterpart.

The same sauce is frequently served over poached chicken (called bonbon or bangbang chicken (棒棒鸡)), and on steamed, meat-filled dumplings in another Sichuan dish called suanla chaoshou. The corresponding Japanese dish is tantan-men, a form of ramen (formally 担担麺, as in Chinese, but often written with , or with 坦 instead of 担).

Alright – let’s check out this tantanmen!

New Touch T’s Restaurant Tantanmen – Japan

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The import/distributor sticker (click to enlarge).

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in dry sachet and boiling water to fill line (approx 270ml). Cover and steep for 4 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The liquid base sachet.

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Thick and gloppy.

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A dry sachet.

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Looks like a lot of different things going on.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The noodles are thin and round with a good chew. Broth has a nice vegetable flavor with notes of peanut and a good thickness. The included garnish hydrated well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4903088011370.

#2509: New Touch T's Restaurant Tantanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

New touch assorted vegetables sprouts miso ramen 82g ~ 12 pieces

A New Touch TV advertisement.

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

Here’s another one sent by Javier over at Box From Japan. Box From Japan is a subscription service where you can get 4 unique bowls of instant ramen – direct from Japan – they also have subscription packages for Japanese snacks and candy as well as some other things – definitely worth a look – thanks again for sending this along!

Today it’s Kyoto backfat shoyu. Here’s a little about shoyu from 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 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.

Also, here’s some from Lucky Peach about Kyoto’s ramen varieties –

Given Kyoto’s cultural reputation, you might expect its ramen to be a rarefied and refined reworking of the humble noodle soup. But the old capital is home to two distinct types of down-home ramen: the thinner assari-kei shoyu ramen, and a thick, gritty chicken-soup kotteri-kei ramen, both of which are referred to as “Kyoto ramen.” The former is a blend of pork and chicken broth, with a dark soy base; the latter is a rich porridge-like soup culled mostly from chicken, topped with spicy bean paste, chives, garlic, and pungent local kujnoegi onions—it’s quite popular with the town’s large student population.

Style/tare: Shoyu.
Toppings: Assari-kei: roast pork, scallions, bamboo shoots, nori; some shops offer pats of butter. Kotteri-kei: roast pork, scallions, bamboo shoots, spicy chives, minced garlic, chili bean paste, white pepper.

Alkright – let’s check out this variety from Japan!

New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen – Japan

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add pork sachet contents and 430ml boiling water. Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet and stir well. Finally, top with spring onion garnish sachet content and enjoy!

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

Detail of the lid and its underside (click to enlarge).

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

The noodle block.

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

The soup base sachet.

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

A thick and rich liquid base.

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

A dry sachet.

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

A slice of pork and possibly mushrooms.

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

The garnish sachet.

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

Bit of onion.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are thin and round in shape. They have a nice chew to them, not overly so, and a decent quantity. Definitely on the premium end of the stick. The broth is a shoyu – kind of has a brewed soy sauce hit to it; kind of a more earthy, almost burnt taste that I wasn’t completely enamored with. However, the thickness and oiliness of the broth was very nice. The chashu pork was good although thin. The menma had a kind of mushroom consistency to it in some parts, slightly crunchy in others – depending of course of the thickness. The mountain of spring onion was pretty epic. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4903088010380.

#2546: New Touch Sugo-men Kyoto Backfat Shoyu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan

New touch Sugomen Kyoto backfat soy sauce 124g ~ 12 pieces

People often ask about my health with all the sodium. I wouldn’t ever do something like this. Not in a million years.

#2429: New Touch T’s Restaurant Sura Tanmen

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Went to Uwajimaya, a local Japanese grocery store chain in the northwest the other day. So I found that you can get chashu pork there – it’s really nice for Japanese instants since I can slap one on top! Indeed what I do is get a few packs of it from the deli and then bag them individually  and throw them in the freezer – it’s pricy stuff, but done this way it really stretches it a long way. So $15 or pork will yield me about 18-20 slices and since it’s frozen, it’ll last nicely until I’ve done that many Japanese reviews.

While there, we noticed a couple varieties of these cups. I hadn’t seen them before and thought why not get them. This is tanmen, not to be confused with tantanmen. While tantanmen features pork, tanmen usually is more about seafood. This one appears to be a variety inspired by a place called T’s Restaurant which it looks like is a Vegan friendly place. So let’s check it out.

New Touch T’s Restaurant Sura Tanmen – Japan

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Here’s the distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge). Indeed it appears to contain no meat or fish ingredients.

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in dry sachet and boiling water to fill line (approx 270ml). Cover and steep for 4 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

The noodle block. Noodles appear to be very thin. Also, the block appears to be very dense.

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

The dry base sachet.

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Looks like bean sprouts and possibly TVP among other things.

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

The liquid base sachet.

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Deep and dark with a strong scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out well. Thin and round in shape, they have a decent chew and backbone. However, they are easily broken when pursed by the lips. The broth has a lot of flavor for being a vegetarian variety. A kind of vinegar and sweet taste. The broth is augmented by little bits that hydrated very well. Indeed, a tasty cup of noodles! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4903088011394.

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

New touch assorted vegetables sprouts miso ramen 82g ~ 12 pieces

A New Touch TV advertisement.