Nissin Nakiryu Tantanmen: I Tried the DanDan Instant Ramen
There are quite a few varieties of instant cup ramen only available at 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan.
Many of them are instant noodles from Nissin that recreate signature dishes of popular ramen restaurants, created with the help of the shops.
Representatives of such instant ramen include Hakata Ippudo and Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto, and what I introduce here, Nissin Nakiryu Tantanmen (Dan Dan Noodle), is also among them.
Nissin Nakiryu Tantanmen Instant Ramen
This instant ramen bowl from Nissin named Nakiryu Tantanmen (鳴龍 担々麺) beautifully recreates the taste of the DanDan noodles that the ramen shop in Otsuka, Tokyo, Nakiryu (鳴龍) (Google Map), offers in the actual restaurant.
Nakiryu is a relatively new ramen restaurant that opened in 2012. But the Michelin Guide has already awarded it one star, as food specialists in and outside Japan have highly regarded the Tantanmen.
This bowl comes with three flavor packets and a dried wheat noodle block. The contents of the former are as follows.
- The brown packet contains soup base powder with dehydrated garnishes
- The red one contains Tahini sesame paste
- The green one has a liquid soup base
As I cooked this instant noodle today, following the instructions on the side of the bowl, I will share the process with photos for people who want to try it someday.
|1||First, put the contents of the brown packet (soup base powder with dehydrated garnishes) into the bowl.|
|2||Then, pour boiling water until it reaches the line indicated inside the cup.|
|3||Close the lid, place the red and green packets on top, and let the noodles steep for 3 minutes.|
|4||3 minutes later, remove the paper lid and add the contents of the green one (soup base liquid)|
|5||Stirring the noodles lightly with chopsticks to loosen them.|
|6||As a finishing touch, add the contents of the red packet (Tahini paste). The manufacturer recommends not mixing the paste.|
|7||Enjoy the Nakiryu Tantanmen DanDan Noodles!|
As for the taste, the broth has a good fragrance of sesame and is very flavorful. It is not that spicy and addicting. The noodles are thin but have a pleasant chewiness.
Overall, I think this DanDan instant ramen is very high quality and exquisitely delicious. In fact, it made me fully satisfied!
The soup base of this instant ramen consists of lard, sesame paste, vegetable oil, soy sauce, seasoned meat, brewed vinegar, sugar, sesame seed, miso, salt, pork powder, spice, pork extract, green onion, seafood extract, yeast extract, and kombu seaweed powder.