I tried Marutai Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen for the first time

Marutai (マルタイ) is a Japanese instant ramen manufacturer well-known for its packaged instant ramen series. Especially, the Japan’s local ramen series is popular, and now it has 10 regular flavors, such as “Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen (博多長浜とんこつラーメン : Hakata Nagahama Pork Bone Broth Ramen)”, “Kumamoto Mayu Tonkotsu Ramen (Amazon.com) (熊本マー油とんこつラーメン: Kumamoto Pork Bone Broth Ramen with garlic oil)”, and “Kurume Noko Tonkotsu Ramen (Amazon.com) (久留米濃厚とんこつラーメン : Kurume Thick Pork Bone Broth Ramen)”.

These are not only widely enjoyed in Japan, but they also have a good reputation on Amazon.com. However, I have hardly tried the Marutai’s local ramen series until now because I prefer instant cup ramen to packaged instant ramen. Therefore, the other day when I went shopping at a supermarket near my house, I headed to the instant noodle section and grabbed one package of the series.

Marutai Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen

What I picked up this time is Marutai Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen (Amazon.com). Actually, this is the first time I try this flavor. “Hakata Ramen (博多ラーメン)” is generally known as one of the Japan’s 3 major ramen noodle soup in Japan, so this flavor is probably a top-seller of the series.

“Nagahama (長浜)” is an area in Chuo Ward, Fukuoka city and “Nagahama Ramen (長浜ラーメン)” refers to Tonkotsu ramen noodle soups offered by ramen shops and street food stalls called “Yatai (屋台)” in the Nagahama area. By the way, the Chuo Ward is located next to the Hakata Ward, but in general, Nagahama Ramen is included in Hakata Ramen.

The ingredient of Marutai Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen

The product, Marutai Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen has two servings of instant noodle soup. Specifically, it contains, 2 packets of soup base powder, 2 bundles of non-fried instant noodles, and 2 small packets of flavoring oil.

According to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the ingredient of the soup base mainly includes pork extract, lard, starch, salt, sugar, glucose, maltose, vegetable fat and oil, powdered oil, parched sesame seeds, chopped green onions, vegetable powder, powdered soy sauce, scallop extract, ground sesame seeds, and spices.

How to make Marutai Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen

You can know how to make this instant ramen noodle soup from the instructions on the back of the package. According to these, I actually made this instant ramen.

The instructions

All you need to prepare for making 1 serving of this instant noodle soup are 470ml of water, a packet of soup base powder, a bundle of non-fried instant noodles, and a small packet of flavoring oil.

1. Bring 470ml water to the boil, then put instant noodles into the pot and boil for about 2 minutes

2. 2 minutes later, turn off the heat and add soup base powder and flavoring oil, then stir lightly with chopsticks

3. Serve the noodle soup in a bowl. If you want, add toppings like roast pork slices, boiled eggs, and Nori seaweed. Enjoy!

My review

As I wrote above, this was the first time that I tried this Marutai Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen, but I liked the noodle soup. The broth doesn’t have peculiar smell of pork bones, but easy to eat and addictive with plenty of flavor. It is somewhat strong, but as for me, I love the taste.

Speaking of the noodles, they are thin in diameter like the ones most Hakata Ramen specialty shops use, but they have a nice chewy texture. Overall, I think this Marutai Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen is worth a try.

Marutai Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen Noodle Soup


I'm Japanese living in Niigata Prefecture,Japan.I want to introduce things about Japan,especially unique Japanese products,sightseeing places,my daily life and Japanese culture.

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