Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen: I Tried the Instant Noodle
Marutai (マルタイ) is a Japanese instant noodles manufacturer known for its packaged instant ramen line with regional flavors.
The series currently comes in 12 varieties, and popular flavors include Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen and Kumamoto Mayu Tonkotsu Ramen.
Honestly, I have only tried those packages a few times because I prefer cup ramen. But, the other day, I picked up one for the first time in a while for this blog article.
Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen
The product I purchased this time is this Marutai Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen (マルタイ 博多長浜とんこつラーメン), which I had never tried before.
As you may know, Hakata Ramen (博多ラーメン) is generally known as one of Japan’s best local ramens, and this flavor is a top-seller in the series.
For the unfamiliar, Nagahama (長浜) is a district in Chuo Ward (adjacent to Hakata), Fukuoka City.
Nagahama Ramen (長浜ラーメン) refers to the Tonkotsu Ramen or pork-bone broth noodle soup offered by ramen restaurants or Yatai (屋台) street food stalls in the area.
The product Marutai Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen has two servings consisting of packets of soup base powder, bundles of non-fried noodles, and sachets of flavor oil.
The main ingredients in the soup base are pork extract, lard, starch, salt, sugar, dextrose, maltose, vegetable oil/fat, powdered oil, toasted sesame seeds, chopped green onions, vegetable powder, powdered soy sauce, scallop extract, ground sesame seeds, and spices.
The cooking directions for this ramen are on the back of the package, and I made this following them.
All you need to prepare for one serving is a pot of 470 ml water, a packet of soup base powder, a bundle of dried noodles, and a sachet of flavor oil. Now, let’s get the cooking started.
|1||First, bring the water to a boil. Then, put in the noodles and let them cook for 2 minutes.|
|2||2 minutes later, turn off the heat and add the soup base powder and flavor oil. Then, stir it all lightly with chopsticks.|
|3||Transfer the noodle soup to a ramen bowl and garnish it with toppings like Char-siu roast pork, boiled eggs, and sheets of Nori seaweed.|
|4||Now it is ready to Eat. Enjoy the ramen!|
As mentioned above, this was the first time I sampled this Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen, but it was pretty good.
The pork-bone broth is flavorful and of quite a high level, while the thin straight noodles are firm and pleasantly chewy, like actual Hakata Ramen.
Lastly, let’s see the nutrition facts based on the information on the official site.
|– Noodles and Garnishes||247 kcal|
|– Broth||88 kcal|
|Salt equivalents||5.9 g|
|– Noodles and Garnishes||1.7 g|
|– Broth||4.2 g|