Yuzu Kosho Ramen Instant Noodle Soup from Myojo
Charumera (チャルメラ) is the flagship instant ramen brand of Myojo (明星) that is a leading Japanese instant noodle manufacturer.
The original packaged instant ramen was introduced into the market in 1966, and today, the series has various flavors of cup ramen.
Myojo recently released instant ramen bowls with Japan’s local seasonings from its Charumera line,
and I purchased one of them the other day at a supermarket for this blog article.
Myojo Charumera Oita Yuzu Kosho Ramen
The official name of this product is Myojo Charumera Oita Yuzu Kosho ramen.
Its most distinctive feature is that it comes with a specialty seasoning of Oita Prefecture called Yuzu Kosho (柚子胡椒).
Yuzu Kosho is one of the seasonings (condiments) that represent Japan, often used in the Kyushu region.
It is an aged food with a slightly spicy pungent taste made from green chilies, Yuzu citrus peels, and salt.
Japanese people use this lumpy green paste in various ways.
For example, we like to put it on Yakitori grilled chicken and eat them together.
Also, the seasoning paste pairs well with miso soup, ramen, and udon noodles and can give them extra flavor.
Now, let’s see the contents of this instant ramen.
This product has two flavor packets in the bowl. The silver one contains soup base powder, while the green one carries a special Yuzu Kosho paste.
As for the garnish, it only consists of a few pieces of seasoned chicken and egg bits.
Next, the cooking of this instant ramen is as follows.
First, put the contents of the silver packet into the bowl.
Then, pour boiling water until it reaches the line indicated inside the cup.
Close the lid and let the noodles steep for 3 minutes.
3 minutes later, remove the paper lid, and as a finishing touch, add the special Yuzu Kosho paste.
Stir all the ingredients well, and enjoy the Yuzu Kosho Ramen!
This ramen has a thick whitish broth packed with the umami from chicken bones.
The taste is pretty good, but the soup doesn’t have much flavor of Yuzu Kosho, and I want more.
The noodles are thin, just like other regular Charumera noodles.
As this ramen indicates, Yuzu Kosho generally works well with noodle soups.
If interested, why not try the citrus paste with various dishes you like? And enjoy different tastes!