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#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

Here’s one sent by Javier over at Box From Japan. At Box From Japan, you can receive boxes of instant ramen from Japan as well as different subscription boxes like Japanese candy! Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? What’s more, in the two years I’ve been reviewing these, I’ve not ever received one that I’d reviewed before! So what is this Yokosuna all about? Well, I could be wrong, but it looks like Yokozuna is an echelon attained by Japanese sumo wrestlers. The Yokozuna are the best of the best. Let’s check it out!

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, add all but liquid sachet to bowl and add boiling water to fill line. Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Add in liquid base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

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Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

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The noodle block.

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

A dry base sachet.

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

Powder base and some vegetable matter.

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The liquid base sachet.

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

A rich liquid.

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

A garnish sachet.

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

Lots of vegetables!

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Feels like something solid inside.

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A free-dried ingredient block. These hydrate quite fast and usually contain vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out superbly with a good tooth and perfect gauge. The broth has a soy and oily thing going on which I really enjoyed. It is rich and full-bodied. The inclusion of meat from the freeze-dried block was very well done – especially since the quality made it very welcome. The vegetables went well and round out the bowl nicely. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901990327930.

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

Maruchan Instant Won-ton Soup, Soy Sauce Taste, 1.1oz(32g) X 6 Bowls (For 6 Servings)[Japan Import]

A TV spot for Maruchan Japan

#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.

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s one sent by Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com. You can get a nice package of 4 varieties shipped to your door every month via their subscription service – they also do Japanese candy boxes as well. Today it’s shoyu from Acecook. So if you don’t know about shoyu, here’s a little something 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 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.

Looks like a big bowl of noodles! Let’s give it a look!

Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu – Japan

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

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

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The dry base sachet.

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A light powder.

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A liquid base sachet.

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Has an interesting look to it.

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The vegetables sachet.

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Vegetables as well as a slice of pork.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, egg and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles came out pretty well – decent gauge a slightly more backbone than the average instant. The broth has a good oiliness and a pretty good shoyu taste to it. The included vegetables hydrated well and the pork slice did as well, however it tasted more like salami in this one. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071237943.

#2505: Acecook Super Cup Torigara Shoyu - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Acecook Super Cup 1.5 times soy sauce ramen 114g ~ 12 pieces

An old Acecook TV spot.

#2468: Acecook Dossari Yasai Chanpon

#2468: Acecook Dossari Yasai Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - ニュースリリース

Here’s a new one – sent by Javier at Box From Japan! Thankj you! So Box From Japan is a subscription service. Indeed, you can lay out a few bucks every month and get a box with four really decent instant ramen from Japan to your door – definitely one to check out if you’re into Japanese food and culture

Now, chanpon. So, what is it? Let’s ask Wikipedia –

Champon (ちゃんぽん Chanpon?), also known as Chanpon, is a noodle dish that is a regional cuisine of Nagasaki. There are different versions in Japan, Korea and China. The dish is, 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, you only need one pan as the noodles boil 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.[citation needed]

Although Nagasaki Champon is the most well-known rendition, there are other variations found in Japan. Ankake no Champon is a soy-sauce variant from 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. Champon from Okinawa is a rice dish served with assorted vegetables and scrambled egg

The Korean Jjamppong is a similar noodle dish with a spicy seafood broth.

Alrighty – let’s cook it up and give it a try!

Acecook Dossari Yasai Chanpon – Japan

#2468: Acecook Dossari Yasai Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - ニュースリリース

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and crustacea. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2468: Acecook Dossari Yasai Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - ニュースリリース

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2468: Acecook Dossari Yasai Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - ニュースリリース

The noodle block.

#2468: Acecook Dossari Yasai Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - ニュースリリース

Lots of loose bits from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out well. They have a good gauge and expected chew. The broth is milky with a nice richness to it. Indeed this one is more of a vegetable chanpon with lots of cabbage and I think I’m getting a little kikurage in there. Nicely done. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071226695.

#2468: Acecook Dossari Yasai Chanpon - Japan - The Ramen Rater - ニュースリリース

Acecook twelve oodles vegetables C h a n p o n

An Acecook TV commercial.

Box From Japan – The June Box

Box From Japan - The June Box - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com - Javier

My friend Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com sent over the new ramen box for June! Thank you! Box From Japan is a purveyor of not only monthly subscription boxes of instant ramen bowls but you can also get neat boxes of candy and other neat stuff! Let’s see what’s within!

Box From Japan – The June Box – Japan

Box From Japan - The June Box - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com - Javier

An included letter (click to enlarge).

Box From Japan - The June Box - The Ramen Rater - www.boxfromjapan.com - Javier

The noodles (click to enlarge)! A really nice set – check it out! Plus, you get a little set of chopsticks! Thanks again! Visit Box From Japan today!

The May Box From Japan!

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My friend Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com sent over the new ramen box for May! Thank you! Box From Japan is a purveyor of not only monthly subscription boxes of instant ramen bowls but you can also get neat boxes of candy and other neat stuff! Let’s see what’s within!

The May Box From Japan – Japan

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A little letter inside (click to enlarge).

The May Box From Japan! - Boxfromjapan.com - javier - The Ramen Rater

A very nice quarter of Japanese instant ramen (click to enlarge). Thanks again!

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West)

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

I’m happy to say that I got an email from Javier over at Box From Japan telling me that they’re back! They offer s subscription service – instant ramen bowls direct from Japan! You get 4 bowls every month! It’s pretty neat – should go check it out!

Today, we have a bowl from Nissin Japan – Kitsune udon. Let’s ask Wikipedia about it:

Udon (饂飩?, usually written as うどん) is a type of thick wheat flournoodle of Japanese cuisine. Udon is often served hot as a noodle soup in its simplest form, as kake udon, in a mildly flavoured broth called kakejiru, which is made of dashi, soy sauce, and mirin. It is usually with thin scallions. Other common toppings include tempura, often prawn or kakiage (a type of mixed tempura fritter), or aburaage, a type of deep-fried tofu pockets seasoned with sugar, mirin, and soy sauce. A thin slice of kamaboko, a halfmoon-shaped fish cake, is often added. Shichimi can be added to taste.

The flavor of broth and topping vary from region to region. Usually, dark brown broth, made from dark soy sauce (koikuchi shōyu), is used in eastern Japan, and light brown broth, made from light soy sauce (usukuchi shōyu), is used in western Japan. This is even noticeable in packaged instant noodles, which are often sold in two different versions for east and west.

Kitsune udon: “Fox udon”. Topped with aburaage (sweetened deep-fried tofu pockets). This originated in Osaka.

This is a pretty popular variety in Japan. Indeed, this is a long-lived series of products. So let’s check out Nissin’s Kitsune Udon – West-style!

Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) – Japan

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add sachet contents and 410ml boiling water to the bowl and cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

The udon noodle block.

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A dual sachet.

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

The powder soup base.

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Shichimi togarashi – a peppery melange.

#2415: Nissin Kitsune Udon Donbei (West) - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Finally, the kitusne – sweet fried tofu.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles sucked up a lot of liquid and were of great quanlity and character. They’re broad and very thick but flatter than other udon you might find in the refrigerated section. The broth is light and a little sweet with notes of fish. The kitsune (fried tofu) was sweet and soft. Indeed, I’ve found it to remind me of a big rectangular tongue. It’s good and compliments the soup and noodles perfectly. The little sprinkle of shichimi togarashi was nice. I can see why this is a popular bowl in Japan. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105002674.

Nissin Donbei Kitsune U d o n, Instant Japanese Udon Noodle with Fried Tofu, Strong Taste, 3.4oz X 6 bowls (For 6 Servings)[japan Import]

A Nissin TV advertisement.

April’s Box From Japan

Javier over at www.boxfromjapan.com is working hard to bring you the best from Japan! He hand picks the best every month – ones you definitely can’t find here in the United States. Box From Japan is a subscription service – check it out! Here’s this months offering.

A letter inside (click to enlarge).

A nice set (click to enlarge). It looks like he’s including a Japanese snack as well this month! Thanks again to Javier over at www.boxfromjapan.com! Check his site out today!

The March Box From Japan

The March Box From Japan - The Ramen Rater - Javir - www.boxfromjapan.com

Javier over at www.boxfromjapan.com is working hard to bring you the best from Japan! He hand picks the best every month – ones you definitely can’t find here in the United States. Box From Japan is a subscription service – check it out! Here’s this months offering.

The March Box From Japan – Japan

The March Box From Japan - The Ramen Rater - Javir - www.boxfromjapan.com

The included letter (click to enlarge).

The March Box From Japan - The Ramen Rater - Javir - www.boxfromjapan.com

A lovely set this month (click to enlarge)! Thanks again to Javier over at www.boxfromjapan.com! Check his site out today!

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Sad to say it but this is the last of the varieties sent to me by Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com. He’s decided to end the subscription service for instant noodles, however you can still get neat boxes of Japanese candy! Check ’em out! Well, here’s what he had to say about this variety:

Recreating the taste of the local ramen from the city of Kameyama, Mie prefecture.
Noodles: Broad, slightly yellowish noodles. They are also a little curly, and mix well with the soup. Soup: The soup’s base is beef bone, to which you add a mixture of 3 kinds of miso paste (red miso, soy miso and wheat miso), you flavor it with garlic and ginger, and for the final touch you add pepper and spicy soy sauce. Cauliflower fungus powder from Mie prefecture is also used to enhance the flavor and thicken it. Ingredients: Cabbage, bamboo shoots, Jew’s ear fungus, ground beef, and carrots.

Alright – let’s have a look!

Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji – Japan

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and the vegetables sachet. Cover for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy! Garnish with togarashi.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

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

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

The noodle block.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

The liquid base.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Has a miso scent.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Vegetables and meat.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Veg and chashu.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

A garnish sachet.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Togarashi.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are very chewy – very premium stuff. The broth is VERY rich – probably some of the strongest miso flavor I’ve experienced in an instant ramen before. That being said, it’s pretty overwhelming to me; I like a nice rich miso, but this one jumps the shark and is just too much. The vegetables are decently hydrated and of good quality. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734026747.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Sapporo most miso ramen bowl 81g ~ 12 pieces

A Sapporo Ichiban TV commercial.

#2294: Sapporo Ichiban Tabimen AizuKitakata Gyokai Shoyu Ramen

Here’s another one sent to me by Javier from Box From Japan. Box From Japan has subscriptions for all sorts of neat Japanese things. I regret to say that I was informed that they won’t be taking subscriptions for their ramen boxes for now – hopefully that will start again soon. He mentioned that you can purchase instant noodles from them here. Here’s what he had to say about this particular variety:

Instant noodles that simulate the local flavor of the ramen from the city of Kitakata, in the Aizu region of Fukushima prefecture. Noodles: Flat and curly noodles that mix well with a glossy-surfaced soup. Soup: Light soup with the richness of seafood. Its base is cooked-and-dried pork, to which you add the flavor of dried bonito, two types of soy sauce concentrated and enhanced with ginger, which serves to heighten the flavor. Ingredients: Grilled pork slices, fish paste spirals (naruto), bamboo shoots, and chives.

Alright, let’s have a look!

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

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The liquid base sachet.

A decent amount of liquid.

The vegetables sachet.

Not just veggies but pork and narutomaki.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and hard boiled egg. The noodles hydrated nicely – they have a soft chew and a wide and thick kind of character. The broth is definitely a kind of fishy shoyu; one that is alright but a slight bit saltier than I prefer. The naruto was good, vegetables decent but pork so thin it might have not been present. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734025344.

Sapporo most salt ramen bowl 83g ~ 12 pieces

Wow – prepare to dance around your house!

#2289: Myojo Shin-Toyama Black Ramen

Here’s another one sent to me by Javier from Box From Japan. Box From Japan has subscriptions for all sorts of neat Japanese things. I regret to say that I was informed that they won’t be taking subscriptions for their ramen boxes for now – hopefully that will start again soon. He mentioned that you can purchase instant noodles from them here. Here’s what he had to say about this particular variety:

The Noodles: Thick, filling, deep fried noodles. The surface of the noodles glistens and they have a palatable, plump yet rm texture. The Soup: A pitch black soy sauce flavored soup. It is a recreation of the merits of Toyama Black, with savory flavors, such as fish sauce and chicken, combined with soy sauce and given a punch with black pepper. We have evolved the flavor by adding an original arrangement of sprinkled spices combining fish powder with black pepper and chili pepper. The Toppings: Roast pork, bamboo shoots, and green onions.

Only one or two of these from Javier left. Let’s check this one out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and fish. To prepare, add dry sachet contents to bowl and fill to line with boiling water. Let steep covered for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The liquid base.

Indeed, this looks murky…

A seasoning sachet.

Black pepper mixture.

The vegetables sachet.

Vegetables and pork.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and hard boiled egg. The noodles came out pretty well – kind of soft for the thickness of them, but they worked. The broth is definitely a murky swamp of blackness with a definitive black pepper taste and a kind of soy thing going on. The included vegetables were alright – the menma was not mushy but was slightly tough. The slice of pork seemed more like pepperoni than chashu. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881418348.

Myojo Tonkotsu Noodles, Creamy, 7.37 Ounce

A TV spot for Myojo’s Yakisoba