Myojo Charumera Oita Yuzu Kosho Instant Ramen Bowl
“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 Charumera series is also available in various flavors of cup ramen.
Recently, Myojo released instant ramen bowls using Japan’s local seasonings from its Charumera line, one of which I actually purchased the other day at a supermarket for the blog article.
Myojo Charumera Oita Yuzu Kosho Ramen Instant Noodle Soup
What I picked up this time is this Myojo Charumera Oita Yuzu Kosho ramen. The most distinctive feature of this Japanese instant ramen is that it comes with a specialty seasoning of Oita Prefecture “Yuzu Kosho (柚子胡椒)“.
Yuzu Kosho is a common seasoning (condiment) in Japan, especially often used in the Kyushu region. It is an aged food with a little spicy pungency made from green chilies, Yuzu citrus peel, and salt.
Japanese use the lumpy green paste in various ways. For example, we like to put a little amount of Yuzu Kosho on Yakitori grilled chicken and eat together. Other than Yakitori, the seasoning paste is also sometimes used in Miso soup, Ramen, or Udon noodles for extra flavor.
Now, let’s get back on track and see the contents. This product has 2 flavor packets in the bowl. The silver one contains soup base powder, while the green one contains special Yuzu Kosho paste. As for the garnish, it only consists of a few pieces of seasoned chicken cubes and egg bits.
Next, the making of this instant ramen bowl is as follows.
First, put the contents of the silver packet into the bowl.
Pour boiling water into the bowl, up to the line indicated inside.
Close the lid and let the noodles sit and cook 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 Charumera ramen has a somewhat thick whitish broth packed with the umami from chicken bones, while the noodles are thin just like other regular Charumera ramens.
The overall ramen tastes pretty good but doesn’t have much flavor of Yuzu Kosho. So the noodle soup is neither that spicy nor that pungent.
As this Japanese product indicates, in general, Yuzu Kosho works well with noodle soups. Hence, if you are interested, why not try the pungent citrus paste with various noodle soups you like? and enjoy different tastes!