All about Nissin Ippudo Hakata Tonkotsu Instant Ramen
There are many instant noodles only available at the convenience stores of 7 Eleven Japan, which include Nissin Ramen Santouka I introduced the other day. Despite that, I hadn’t seen one of my favorite cup ramens of that kind being sold for a while. But at last, a few days ago I found the instant ramen bowl in my go-to 7 Eleven, so I grabbed it.
Ippudo Instant Ramen from Nissin
Actually, what I bought in the 7-eleven is the Nissin Ippudo “Aka-Maru (赤丸: red circle)” “Shin-Aji (新味: new taste)” “Hakata Tonkotsu (博多とんこつ: Hakata-style pork bone broth ramen)” instant noodle shown in the photo above.
As you may know, Hakata Ippudo is one of the most popular Japanese ramen restaurant chains in the world specializing in Hakata-style Tonkotsu ramen.
The original ramen shop of Ippudo was opened in 1985 in Chuo Ward of the city of Fukuoka, and its Tonkotsu ramen is especially characterized by a rich, flavorful pork bone broth with a deep taste and the homemade noodles developed by making a lot of research.
As with the actual Tonkotsu ramen served in the restaurants, this Ippudo instant ramen that was created by Nissin with the help of Hakata Ippudo is of very high quality, and in fact, I have loved it since it went on the market in 2000.
Luckily, as shown in the last paragraph of this article, nowadays the Ippudo cup ramen can be bought even on Amazon.com, so for those of you who are interested in it, today let me share in-depth information about the Japanese instant ramen.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
First off, let’s check the ingredients and nutrition facts. On the side of the red bowl, you can find the lists. According to that, with 451 kcal and 8.2 g salt equivalents per one serving (121 grams), the noodles are made from wheat flour, salt, vegetable fat and oil, egg powder, soybean dietary fiber, vegetable protein, and chicken extract, while the soup base consists of pork extract, soy sauce, lard, flavor oil, sesame, wheat flour, chicken extract, Toubanjian (Chinese chili paste), Gochujang (Korean red chili paste), onion powder, salt, and spices.
As for the contents of the bowl, when you peel back the paper lid, you will see the pictured 5 packets in the container. Specifically,
- The orange packet contains a soup base mix
- The green one contains a liquid soup base
- The red one consists of 2 parts; one contains the black garlic flavoring oil called “Kuro-Koyu (黒香油)”, and the other contains the spicy, red miso paste called “Aka-Miso (赤みそ)”
- The transparent and blue ones contain toppings and garnishes, in other words, “Kayaku (かやく)” consisting of chopped green onions and cloud ear mushrooms, together with a slice of Chashu roast pork
Incidentally, the wheat noodles are non-fried noodles.
How to Cook (Instructions)
Next, here are the cooking instructions for the Nissin Ippudo instant ramen. The making is somewhat complicated as follows.
- First, put the contents (toppings and garnishes) of the transparent and blue packets into the bowl
- Pour boiling water into the bowl until it reaches the line indicated inside
- Close the lid and place the red and green packets on top of it to let them warm
- And let the noodles sit and cook for 3 minutes
- 3 minutes later, remove the top paper lid and add in the contents of the orange packet (soup base mix) and the green packet (liquid soup base)
- Stir all the ingredients well using chopsticks
- And as a finishing, add in the contents of the red packet (both black garlic oil and spicy red miso paste)
- Stir all the ingredients well again and enjoy the delicious Ippudo ramen!
Lastly as for the taste, as I mentioned above, the pork bone broth is very flavorful, umami-rich mainly because of the savory black garlic oil also called “Mayu (マー油)” and the slightly spicy Aka-Miso.
The noodles are straight and thin with a nice chewy bite. Overall, the Nissin Ippudo ramen has a very delicious taste, making it one of the best instant cup ramens in Japan.