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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.

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#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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#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu 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 – “Kuromayu (black sesame oil) has a strong disinctive flavor of garlic and black sesame. Added to a base tonkotsu pork bone base, this is a distinct flavor mix originating from the Kumamoto prefecture on Kyushu Island. Kyushu island is best known as the origina of tonkotsu ramen typically refered to as Hakata-style ramen.”

Awesome – let’s give it a try!

Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Probably contain pork. To prepare, add noodle bundle to 450ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Two servings of straight noodles.

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Two dry sachets.

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A light powder.

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A pair of wet sachets.

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Black sesame oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, black sesame seeds, spring onion, chashu pork, shichimi togarashi, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are fantastic – they have that flour-y kind of chew to them I love so much. The broth is rich and porky with a new extra bonus of black sesame oil flavor. All around tasty bowl of noodles. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726012284.

#3209: Itsuki Kuromayu Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Itsuki food Kumamoto black Marr oil pork ramen 172gX10 pieces

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#3208: Myojo Bari-Kata Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3208: Myojo Bari-Kata 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 – ‘Hard, thin, straight noodle fits excellently with thick and rich tonkotsu soup. In Japanese ramen shops, we can choose the hardness of the ramen noodles! Cook this for only one minute to experience the ‘barikata’ noodles!’

Bring it on, cat lady!

Myojo Bari-Kata Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3208: Myojo Bari-Kata Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp, chicken, beef, pork and fish. To prepare, add boiling water to line and cover for 1 minute. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3208: Myojo Bari-Kata Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3208: Myojo Bari-Kata Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

Note the thin noodle.

#3208: Myojo Bari-Kata Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Loose bits and seasoning from the cup.

#3208: Myojo Bari-Kata Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3208: Myojo Bari-Kata Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Looks like a seasoned oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, spring onion, kizami shoga, and shichimi togarashi. Noodles are very thin and a good stir after a minute of steeping was all they needed. Nice chew to them – reminds me of that Hakata floury taste. The broth was a pleasant tonkotsu – not making me bolt upright but nice enough. Included garnish was sufficiently good. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881422901.

#3208: Myojo Bari-Kata Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Myojo Charumera Tonkotsu Ramen, 1.10 Pound

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#3197: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Tonkotsu Noodle – Japan

#3197: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Tonkotsu Noodle - Japan

Here’s the last of the Sakurai Foods varieties I was recently sent. The other two were really great – especially the spicy one! Let’s see how a Vegan friendly tonkotsu tastes!

Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Tonkotsu Noodle – Japan

#3197: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Tonkotsu Noodle - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Has a Vegan logo on the pack. To prepare, boil noodle block in 500ml water for 2~3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3197: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Tonkotsu Noodle - Japan

The noodle block.

#3197: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Tonkotsu Noodle - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3197: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Tonkotsu Noodle - Japan

Powder base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, habanero togarashi and black sesame seeds. Noodles came out nice – good softness and gauge. The broth was a buttery tonkotsu, almost like a cross between a tonkotsu and a shio and it was absolutely warm and comfort foody and tasty. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4960813312942.

#3197: Sakurai Foods Vegetarian Tonkotsu Noodle - Japan

Sakurai food Goma-ramen 100gX20 bags

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#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko 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 – ‘Mellow tonkotsu soup meets with piquant mentaiko (spicy cod roe)! The dish uses Kanefuku’s mntaiko, one of the main mentaiko manufacturers in Fukuoka. The smell of sesame oil and roasted sesame will definitely make your stomach anticipate this bowl.’

Let’s cook it up and give it a try!

Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork, chicken and salmon. To preparem Add dry sachet contents and boiling water to fill line for 2 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Soup base powder.

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A garnish sachet.

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A varied mixture.

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A light colored liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft egg, spring onion and red pepper. The noodles were very thin and quite nice. Two minutes was good to get them hydrated adequately. The broth is a creamy tomkotsu with more fishy notes in there which were welcome. Included garnish worked well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734036029.

#3162: Sapporo Ichiban Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Sapporo Ichiban Pokemon Noodle Soy Sauce 38g from Japan

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#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen – Japan

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork 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 – ‘Spicy but tasty tonkotsu shoyu soup with garlic and red pepper. Add pork kimuchi flavored oil to enjoy delicious smell of kimchi. Ingredients are well seasoned pork, two kinds of kimchi seasoned with special sauce, green onion, and red pepper.’

Spicy pork kimchi tonkotsu? Okay let’s give it a try!

Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen – Japan

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge).Contains pork. To prepare, add all but liquid base sachet into bowl and cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

A light powder.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

A kimchi scented oil.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

A dry garnish sachet.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

An interesting melange.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft egg, barbecue pork, scallions, sesame seeds, and pepper flake. The noodles came out alright, but I think this one would be better served steeping for 4 minutes instead. A nice kimchi and tonkotsu flavor. Included garnish was alright although the kimchi hydrated and had an almost gelatinous other funk to it. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071231651.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

Acecook Super Cup 1.5 times miso ramen 137g ~ 12 pieces

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Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Hakubaku USA (1 of 2)

Product Samples From Hakubaku USA (1 of 2)

First things first – let check out the first of two boxes of samples that Hakubaku USA sent over. This one has the ramen, the next will have other goodies!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Hakubaku USA (1 of 2)

#3134: Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3134: Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu 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 -“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

#3134: 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!

#3134: Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Two servings in this package.

#3134: Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Dry sachets.

#3134: Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A fluffy powder.

#3134: Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Wet sachets.

#3134: Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

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.

#3134: Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Kyushu TONKOTSU Ramen 8 types × 2 meals Instant Noodles Japan

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#3127: Yamamoto Tanukioyazi Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3127: Yamamoto Tanukioyazi Spicy Tonkotsu 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 -“Get your taste buds ready to savor this spicy tonkotsu (pork flavor) ramen by Yamamoto! The heat is relatively gentle while grubbing down on the noodles, but builds intensity once you start sipping the broth. Get your choice of beverage ready to go beside these noodles.”

Let’s do it.

Yamamoto Tanukioyazi Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen – Japan

#3127: Yamamoto Tanukioyazi Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the bottom and side (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat; however probably does. To prepare, add everything to bowl and add boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3127: Yamamoto Tanukioyazi Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3127: Yamamoto Tanukioyazi Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3127: Yamamoto Tanukioyazi Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3127: Yamamoto Tanukioyazi Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Thick stuff!

#3127: Yamamoto Tanukioyazi Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3127: Yamamoto Tanukioyazi Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Solid garnish.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shichimi togarashi, soft egg and chashu. The noodles came out surprisingly much better than expected – I expected spongy but they were not that. The broth was like a think tonkotsu with a spiciness that felt a little like pepper extract. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4979397780016.

#3127: Yamamoto Tanukioyazi Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan

Yamamoto milling Ponpoko ramen soy sauce 6 meals pack

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Hakubaku Restaurant Quality Ramen For The Home – United States

I got a message from a fellow with Hakubaku, a company that produces restaurant quality ramen for the home. Very curious about this as that’s a strong claim! Check out Hakubaku on Amazon – https://amzn.to/2BNaf4n ! Let’s crack open this box and have a look!

Hakubaku Restaurant Quality Ramen For The Home – United States

#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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