Nissin Nakiryu DanDan Noodles : I Tried the Instant Ramen
There are a variety of instant cup ramen that can be bought only at 7 Eleven convenience stores in Japan.
Many of those are the instant ramen that recreate the taste of popular ramen shops, which have been created by Nissin with the help of the shops.
In addition, what I purchased this time in a 7 Eleven near my workplace, Nissin Nakiryu DanDan Noodles also applies to that type.
Nissin Nakiryu TanTanMen Instant Noodle
This Nissin’s instant ramen bowl, “Nakiryu TanTanMen (鳴龍 担々麺)” recreates the Chinese DanDan noodles that a very popular ramen shop located in Otsuka, Tokyo, “Nakiryu (鳴龍)” (Google Map) offers in the restaurant.
Although Nakiryu is a relatively new ramen shop that was opened in 2012, it has 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.
When you peel back the paper lid about halfway, you will see the dried wheat flour noodle block and the 3 flavor packets in the bowl. The contents of each packet are as follows.
- The brown one contains powdered soup with dried ingredients
- The red one contains Chinese “Tahini” sesame seed paste
- The green one contains liquid soup base
For those who want to try this Japanese instant ramen someday, here I will share the cooking instructions with photos. I actually made this instant ramen following the directions on the side of the bowl.
|1||Put the contents of the brown packet (soup base powder and dried ingredients) into the bowl|
|2||Pour boiling water into the bowl, up to the line indicated inside|
|3||Close the lid and place the red and green packets on it. Let the noodles sit and cook for 3 minutes|
|4||3 minutes later, remove the paper lid, and add the contents of the green packet (liquid soup base)|
|5||Loosen the noodles, stirring lightly with chopsticks|
|6||As a final touch, add the contents of the red packet (Tahini sesame seed paste). The manufacturer recommends not mixing the paste with the soup|
|7||Enjoy the Nakiryu Dan Dan Noodles!|
As for the taste, the wheat noodles were pretty thin, yet pleasantly firm with good chew, while the soup broth was especially rich in flavor of sesame and very flavorful, not that spicy. The overall noodle dish was exquisitely delicious and made me really satisfied.
Lastly, according to the ingredient list, the soup base of this Nissin Nakiryu TanTanMen Instant Noodle consists of lard, sesame paste, vegetable fat and oil, soy sauce, seasoned meat, brewed vinegar, sugar, sesame seeds, miso soybean paste, salt, pork powder, spices, pork extract, green onions, seafood extract, yeast extract, and kombu seaweed powder.
On the other hand, the noodles contain wheat flour, salt, vegetable fat and oil, egg powder, vegetable protein, soy bean dietary fiber, and chicken extract.