Nissin Nakiryu DanDan Noodles: I Tried the Instant Ramen
There is a variety of cup ramens that can only be bought at 7 Eleven convenience stores in Japan. Many of those are instant ramens from Nissin that recreate signature dishes of popular ramen shops, which are created with the help of ramen shops.
Nissin Nakiryu TanTanMen Instant Noodle
The instant ramen bowl from Nissin, “Nakiryu TanTanMen (鳴龍 担々麺)” beautifully recreates the taste of the Chinese DanDan noodles that a very popular ramen shop located in Otsuka, Tokyo, “Nakiryu (鳴龍)” (Google Map) offers in the actual restaurant.
Although Nakiryu is a relatively new ramen restaurant that was opened in 2012, it has already received 1 star in the Michelin Guide in each of the last three years and is highly regarded by food specialists at home and abroad.
In the bowl, these 3 flavor packets are placed on the dried wheat flour noodle block. Specifically, the contents of each packet are as follows.
- The brown one contains soup base powder with dried garnishes
- The red one contains Chinese “Tahini” sesame seed paste
- The green one contains soup base liquid
I actually made this instant ramen following the instructions on the side of the bowl. And for people who want to try this Japanese instant ramen someday, here, I will share the cooking process with photos.
|1||First, put the contents of the brown packet (soup base powder and dried garnishes) into the bowl|
|2||Pour boiling water into the bowl until it reaches the line indicated inside the container|
|3||Close the lid and place the red and green packets on top of it. Let the noodles sit and cook for 3 minutes|
|4||3 minutes later, remove the paper lid and add in the contents of the green packet (soup base liquid)|
|5||Loosen the noodles, stirring lightly with chopsticks|
|6||As a finishing, add the contents of the red packet (Tahini sesame seed paste). By the way, the manufacturer recommends not mixing the paste with the soup|
|7||Enjoy the Nakiryu Dan Dan Noodles!|
As for the taste, the broth has a nice fragrance of sesame and is very flavorful, not that spicy, while the noodles are pretty thin but has a pleasant chew. The overall dish is of very high quality, exquisitely delicious, and made me fully satisfied.
Lastly, according to the ingredient list, the soup base of the Nissin Nakiryu TanTanMen Instant Noodle consists of lard, sesame paste, vegetable oil, soy sauce, seasoned meat, brewed vinegar, sugar, sesame seeds, miso, salt, pork powder, spices, pork extract, green onions, seafood extract, yeast extract, and kombu seaweed powder.