I tried Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen for the first time

“Marutai (マルタイ)” is a Japanese instant noodles manufacturer well-known for its packaged instant ramen series. Especially, its Japan’s local ramen series is popular, where currently there are 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 black 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)”.

The Marutai’s local ramen instant noodle soup series is not only widely enjoyed in Japan, but its products also have a good reputation on Amazon.com. However, I have hardly tried the Marutai’s packaged instant ramen 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 noodles section and grabbed one package from the Marutai’s packaged ramen series.

Marutai Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen

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

Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen

Actually, “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 “Yatai (屋台)” street food stalls in the Nagahama area. By the way, the Chuo Ward is located next to the Hakata Ward, but it is generally considered that Nagahama Ramen is included in Hakata Ramen.

The ingredient of Marutai Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen

Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen contents

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

Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen ingredients

According to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the soup base mainly consists of 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

Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen making instructions

You can know how to make this instant ramen from the instructions on the back of the package. Based on them, I actually made this instant ramen.


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. Now let’s get started.

The making instructions

1. Bring 470ml water to the boil, then put dried noodles into the pot and cook them 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

Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen

As I wrote above, this was the first time that I tried this Marutai Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen, but I love it! The soup broth has no peculiar odor and flavor of pork bones. On the contrary, it is a high-quality rich Tonkotsu broth. It has a somewhat strong Tonkotsu flavor, but as for me, I love the taste.

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

Marutai Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen Noodle Soup


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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