Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto Instant Cup Noodles
Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto is a very popular Tokyo-based ramen restaurant chain that specializes in “Tanmen (タンメン)” noodle soup. The ramen chain originated in Itabashi Ward and now manages over 20 restaurants in Tokyo.
Mouko Tanmen (蒙古タンメン)Image: Wikipedia
It mainly offers spicy Tanmen and their signature dish is the noodle soup called “Mouko Tanmen (蒙古タンメン)”, which is especially characterized by its addictive spicy broth containing lots of “Ichimi Togarashi (一味唐辛子)“, a traditional Japanese spice consisting solely of ground red chili pepper.
The majority of foods served at the restaurants are spicy-hot dishes, but some are non-spicy for children and people who don’t like spicy stuff. Because of its great popularity, in Japan, the ramen chain has been sometimes featured by the media.
Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto Cup Noodles
Actually, Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto has a business partnership with Nissin and 7 & i Holdings. The leading Japanese instant noodle manufacturer Nissin recreates various noodle dishes served in the actual restaurants of Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto and the resulting cup noodles are sold in the convenience stores of 7 Eleven.
The series is very popular in Japan, and in fact, I have loved its original cup noodle, the pictured Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto, for a long time since it went on the market. The instant cup ramen comes with a black flavor sachet attached to the lid, which contains special seasoning oil, and the spicy oil is added as a finishing after the noodles are cooked.
When you peel back the paper lid, you see soup base powder and various kinds of dried garnishes mixed in with the noodle block, which include cabbage, tofu, seasoned pork bits, carrot, and cloud ear mushrooms.
The broth of this cup ramen is miso-based. The soup is pretty spicy, but very savory and is packed with plenty of umami of pork and vegetables. The noodles are somewhat thick and have a pleasantly chewy bite.
If you like spicy noodle dishes, I highly recommend the Japanese cup ramen Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto, which will definitely satisfy you. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto addicts in Japan.