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#3290: Nissin Men Shokunin Tonkotsu 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 – ‘Indulge yourself freely with this dish because these are non-fried noodles with whole grains. We LOVE how healthy the noodle tastes, and no wonder it is very popular. The tonkotsu soup has much depth of flavor matching perfectly with garlic. Toppings are chashu, wood ear mushrooms and scallions. Since it is the lightest one out of this month’s pack, when you crave ramen in the middle of the night, this is the best bet.’

Craving ramen in the middle of the night. Let’s give it a try!

Nissin Men Shokunin Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3290: Nissin Men Shokunin Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and pork. To prepare, add soli ingredients sachet and dry sachet and cover for 4 minutes. Add in wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3290: Nissin Men Shokunin Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The non-fried noodle block.

A dry sachet (see contents on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

A small wet sachet.

A dry garnish sachet includes a slice of chashu.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shichimi togarashi, sesame seeds, soft egg, and spring onion. The noodles have a neat texture to them; they’re non-fried and have whole grains. It’s not gritty or funky, but neat. The broth is a salty tonkotsu with a pretty good flavor. Chashu is very thin and just a slight tease. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105245507.

Nissin Food Men Artisan Cup (Men Shokunin) Noodle Ramen Pork Flavor 12pcs

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#3256 Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen – United States

#3256 Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen - United States

This is the last of the four varieties sent to me by Ramen Hero – I will say I’ve asked if they want to send more. I really love working with this product – it’s a lot of fun for me. Not only that, they’re really quite good. Hopefully it’ll pan out – and I’ll also find out how that fancy seaweed is done up!

I got an email asking if I was interested in trying overnight delivery ramen. Hey – why not, right? So, here we are! Ramen Hero is based in the Bay Area and serves a few surrounding states at the time of this post – check their site for current service area. You pick your ramen, pay, and they’ll overnight you a set of ingredients to make a bowl of ramen at home – including garnish! Not bad. Let’s give this one a try – they send four and since they’re perishable, I’m going to do them over the next couple days.

Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen – United States

#3256 Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen - United States

Here are the labels from the front and back of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, boil the large soup pouch for 10 minutes. when there’s 2 minutes left, boil your noodles in a separate pot, stirring often. Also at the 1 1/2 minute point, drop the bags with the garnish in with the soup pouch to let them thaw (if needed). Finally, drain your noodles, add them to a bowl, empty the pouch of broth into your bowl, garnish, and enjoy!

#3256 Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen - United States

The noodles.

#3256 Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen - United States

The large pouch of broth.

#3256 Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen - United States

Pork belly chashu!

#3256 Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen - United States

Seaweed.

#3256 Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen - United States

Kizami shoga (pickled ginger).

#3256 Ramen Hero Classic Tonkotsu Ramen - United States

Kikurage (wood ear mushroom).

Finished (click to enlarge). In addition to the supplied garnish, I added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shichimi togarashi, and sesame seeds. I forgot to add the seaweed on the last one (shrug) so used it on this one. The noodles – great chew, firmness and mouthfeel. The broth was rich, although a little on the saltier side. Nonetheless, in concert with the included pairings (the kikurage was particularly nice), things were quite good. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3212: Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu – Japan

#3212: Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu - 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 – “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

#3212: 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!

#3212: Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu - Japan

Two servings of noodles.

#3212: Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu - Japan

Two dry sachets.

#3212: Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu - Japan

A lot of powder.

#3212: Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu - Japan

Two wet sachets.

#3212: Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu - Japan

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.

#3212: Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu - Japan

Marutai Kyusyu Speciality Kagoshima Berkshire Black Pork Tonkotsu Ramen 2 package set

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#3095: Daikoku Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3095: Daikoku Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Here’s one from Japan Ramen Box – a subscription service out of Japan. Here’s what they have to say about this Daikoku variety – ‘If you’re a fan of pork bone soup and love the rich, delicious
taste of pork, then Daikokuken Tonkotsu Ramen is a perfect meal for you! It’s a gem of a pig bone soup, and is finished with the rich taste of pork extract. The noodles are mediumfine,
slightly transparent, and the perfect additions to an already flavorful broth. If you’re in the mood, you can even add your favorite ramen soup ingredients to enhance the
experience! Go wild!’

Alright – let’s indeed go wild!

Daikoku Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3095: Daikoku Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Most likely contains pork. To prepare, cook noodles in 450ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet content. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3095: Daikoku Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3095: Daikoku Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3095: Daikoku Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A fluffy powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, sesame seeds, soft egg, chashu, and togarasgi. The noodles were pretty good – nice instant gauge and chew to them. The broth was a little on the thin side sadly, which didn’t make me exceedingly happy. However, it was a tasty variety. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4904511008783.

#3095: Daikoku Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Daikoku Furnace Banko Ware Rice Pot Handmade Black Glaze Two Cup Capacity Made in Japan

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Restaurant #2850: Shibu Ramen – Spicy Garlic Tonkotsu – Kirkland, Washington

Restaurant #2761: Shibu Ramen - Kirkland, Washington

We were lucky to have my wife’s Aunt com eover and watch the kids – had a little last minute Christmas shopping and were going out to dinner. The next day was the aniiversary of the first time we met each other and We agreed to try Shibu Ramen in Juanita.

Shibu Ramen – Kirkland, Washington

Restaurant #2761: Shibu Ramen - Kirkland, Washington

The front of the menu (click to enlarge).

Restaurant #2761: Shibu Ramen - Kirkland, Washington

Back of the menu (click to enlarge). After I looked on yelp, I thought the Shibu Tacos sounded like a winner. My wife picked the fried chicken wings. We ordered Thai Teas and for ramen, I had the Spicy Garlic Tonkotsu, my wife the Shoyu.

Restaurant #2761: Shibu Ramen - Kirkland, Washington

As big proponents of Thai Tea, we were a little disappointed; it wasn’t very sweet in comparison to most and just was so-so.

Restaurant #2761: Shibu Ramen - Kirkland, Washington

Here are the Shibu Tacos (click to enlarge). These were quite good – very savory and definitely worth the raves they got on yelp. We both enjoyed these a lot.

Restaurant #2761: Shibu Ramen - Kirkland, Washington

The fried chicken wings were excellent as well – crisp on the outside and very moist on the inside and not greasy.

Restaurant #2761: Shibu Ramen - Kirkland, Washington

My wife’s shoyu (click to enlarge).

Restaurant #2761: Shibu Ramen - Kirkland, Washington

My spicy garlic tonkotsu (click to enlarge). Ordered Thai tea, Shibu tacos, chicken wings, spicy garlic tonkotsu for myself and shoyu for my wife. Thai tea was alright, but could have been a little sweeter. The Shibu tacos were really good – street taco with fresh veggies and meat. The fried chicken wings were great – crisp with juicy innards. Then the ramen arrived. The first word that comes to mind is haphazard. The noodles were the right gauge, but didn’t have that floury character to them. The broth was so full of black garlic that it was ultra bitter and the creamy happiness that is tonkotsu was all but masked. The egg was soft boiled, but not marinated and yolks were on the more congealed end of the stick. Chashu was almost definitely Yangtze BBQ pork {the kind you find in American Chinese restaurants with the hot mustard and ketchup). Menma was alright and I was happy with the presence of mung bean sprouts. The bowl altogether just didn’t coalesce into something unique, special, authentic or interesting. My wife’s shoyu was the same way except the broth was on the weak side. We probably won’t be back, however in going to try all the regional places so probably not going to do a return visit to anywhere anytime soon. If I were to return I’d skip the ramen and have the tacos. For the ramen, 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Our receipt.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Tonkotsu Ramen White Chicken Broth

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Tonkotsu Ramen White Chicken Broth

Today we finish this MNeet The Manufacturer with the newest variety to be born of this range, the white chicken broth tonkotsu. It’s been quite a week of reviewing here! I did two on Monday, four on Tuesday, 2 on Wednesday, four on Thursday and one on Friday. I’ve found that running through a series with a lot of varieties goes better when I do them in a shorter period of time as I don’t get any kind of burn out on doing the same brand, although I don’t think I could have this time. This was a very nice stroll through memory lane as I’ve reviewed all of these before. So today, we bid a fond farewell to Sanyo Foods and their wonderful Sapporo Ichiban range! Let’s give this one a try!

Sapporo Ichiban Tonkotsu Ramen White Chicken Broth – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Tonkotsu Ramen White Chicken Broth

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Tonkotsu Ramen White Chicken Broth

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Tonkotsu Ramen White Chicken Broth

The soup base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Tonkotsu Ramen White Chicken Broth

A lot of fine powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chicken baked with pepper and Salt For Life, shichimi togarashi, spring onion, and hard boiled egg. Noodles came out just perfectly as per usual. The broth has a milkiness to it, lent by coconut milk powder in the soup base sachet. That, augmented with a nice chicken flavor makes this a really great bowl of noodles. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 076186000110.

I thought I’d see how using this bowl which is the same one from 2014 would look. Then I checked out the original – which is in the oldest bowl I have. Finally, the Shio which is what’s in the 2014 logo bowl. Haven’t changed the logo whatsoever in a while. Don’t know if I will but kind of neat to experiment.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Tonkotsu Ramen White Chicken Broth

S A P P O R O   I C H I B A N  INSTANT RAMEN (TONKOTSU) 100g X 5

A classic commercial. What’s interesting is that the packaging still looks very much the same and you can still get it at Safeway.

 

 

#2205: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Hearty Pork Flavor Tonkotsu Ramen

Tonkotsu is probably my favorite traditional ramen flavor. This and creamy broth with pork. Can’t beat it. Well, it’s now available from Maruchan in the USA in this bowl form! Let’s see how it fares!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, add in sachet #1 and room temperature water to the fill line. Microwave at 1000 watts for 3 minutes (if you have a microwave with different wattage, use this tool to convert the cooking time). Add in contents of sachet #2. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The first of two sachets.

Vegetables.

Sachet number two.

Lots of fluffy powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chashu pork and chilli flake. The noodles are thin and flat with a very light chew to them. The sheer amount of noodles is pretty amazing! The broth is definitely tonkotsu, but I feel it doesn’t have the right… Something. Instead of a milky and rich pork taste, I get a more salty and chicken flavor. It is thicker than most instants here in the USA that’s for certain. The vegetables hydrated very well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789003516.

Maruchan Noodle Bowl, Hot and Spicy with Shrimp, 3.31 Ounce (Pack of 6)

A Maruchan TV spot featuring their Bowls for the Hispanic market.

#1903: Higashimaru Tonkotsu Ramen

Here’s another one that came by way of Casey P. from Hong Kong – thanks again! This is a pork tonkotsu – sounds good to me – let’s hit it!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Probably contains pork. To prepare, add noodle block to 450ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in contents of sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Lots of light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, BBQ pork, spring onion and kizami shoga (pickled ginger. The noodles had nice thickness and firmness to them – good character and backbone. The broth was hearty and had a good pork flavor. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4904237101508.

HIGASHIMARU Tasty Japanese Kagoshima Noodle 3 Assort “Sho-yu Tonkotsu” Konjac Ramen Pork, “Pure Tonkotsu”, and “Salty Tonkotsu” Flavor 5.61oz x 3 packs [Japan Import]

A Higashimaru TV spot.