Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen: I Tried the Instant Noodles
“Marutai (マルタイ)” is a Japanese instant noodles manufacturer well-known for its packaged instant ramen series with regional flavors.
The series currently comes in 10 regular flavors, which include “Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen (博多長浜とんこつラーメン)” and “Kumamoto Mayu Tonkotsu Ramen (熊本マー油とんこつラーメン)”.
Actually, until now I have tried Marutai’s packaged instant ramen only a few times because I prefer instant cup ramen to packaged ones. But the other day I bought one for the first time in a while for this blog article.
Marutai Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen
What I picked up this time is this Marutai Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen. Actually, this is the first time I try out this flavor. “Hakata Ramen (博多ラーメン)” is generally known as one of Japan’s 3 major local ramen, and this flavor is probably a top-seller of the series.
Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen
“Nagahama (長浜)” is an area in Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, and “Nagahama Ramen (長浜ラーメン)” refers to the Tonkotsu Ramen or pork bone broth noodle soup offered by ramen restaurants and “Yatai (屋台)” street food stalls in the Nagahama area.
By the way, the Chuo Ward is located next to the Hakata Ward, and Nagahama Ramen is considered to be included in Hakata Ramen.
Contents and Ingredients
The product, Marutai Hakata Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen has two servings and is made up of 2 powdered soup packets, 2 bundles of non-fried instant noodles, and 2 sachets of flavoring oil.
Based on the label on the back of the package, the main ingredients in the soup base are 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.
The cooking directions for this instant ramen are also on the back of the package, and I actually made this Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen following it.
All you need to prepare for one serving are a pot of 470ml water, one soup base powder packet, a bundle of dried noodles, and a sachet of flavor oil. Now let’s get the cooking started.
|1||First, bring the 470ml water pot to a boil. Then put in the dried noodles and let them cook for 2 minutes|
|2||2 minutes later, turn off the heat and add the soup base powder and flavoring oil. Then, stir lightly the ingredients with chopsticks|
|3||Transfer the noodle soup into a bowl. If desired, garnish it with toppings like roast pork slices, boiled eggs, and sheets of Nori seaweed.|
As I mentioned above, this was the first time that I sampled this Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen, but it was quite good!
The pork bone broth is flavorful with a somewhat strong taste and of pretty high level, while the straight, thin wheat noodles have a firm and pleasantly chewy texture like actual Hakata Ramen.
Nutrition Facts and Calories
Lastly, let’s see the nutrition facts and calories. According to the information on the official website of Marutai, the Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen has 335 kcal per serving (Noodles and Garnishes: 247 kcal/ Broth: 88 kcal) and contains 5.9 grams salt equivalents (Noodles and Garnishes: 1.7 grams/ Broth: 4.7 grams).