Michelin-Starred Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Instant Ramen
7 Eleven Japan is selling a variety of their store-limited instant ramen that beautifully recreate the taste of popular ramen shops in Japan, and many of those are created by Nissin and other major Japanese instant noodles manufacturers in collaboration with the ramen shops.
Representative examples of such instant ramen include Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto, Nissin Hakata Ippudo and these instant cup ramen, all of which actually have been around over 10 years in Japan and are known as long-selling items.
In recent years, Nissin and Toyo Suisan introduced Michelin-starred cup ramen for Japan’s 7 Eleven convenience stores for the first time, which are Nissin Nakiryu Dang Dang Noodles and Toyo Suisan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta.
The other day, I tried the former instant ramen bowl and wrote an article about it, so this time let me introduce the latter, Toyo Suisan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta.
Toyo Suisan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Instant Ramen Bowl
For the unfamiliar, Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta (Google Map) is a popular ramen shop located in Sugamo, Tokyo which is known as world’s first ramen restaurant that received a star rating in the Michelin Guide.
Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta was first given 1 Star in the 2016 edition of the Michelin Guide to Tokyo, and in the 2019 edition too, it got 1 Star, together with Nakiryu (Google Map) and Soba House Konjiki-Hototogisu (Google Map).
When you hear Soba, you may imagine buckwheat noodles, but this Toyo Suisan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta is an instant ramen bowl. In this case, the Soba in the name is derived from Chuka Soba or Shina Soba which are both synonyms for ramen.
In the bowl, there are the dried wheat noodle block and these 4 packets. The contents of each packet are as follows.
- The blue packet contains a liquid soup base
- The red one contains a special flavoring oil with a black truffle flavor
- The green one contains dried ingredients such as a thin slice of roast pork and chopped green onions
- The clear transparent one contains seasoned Menma processed bamboo shoots.
The cooking method of this Japanese instant ramen is a little complicated. But since I actually made the instant ramen following the instructions on the side of the bowl, here I will share it with photos.
|1||First, put the contents of the green packet (dried ingredients) into the bowl|
|2||Pour boiling water up to the line indicated inside the container|
|3||Close the lid, on which place the transparent, red, and blue packets. Let the noodles sit and cook for 5 minutes|
|4||5 minutes later, remove the paper lid and pour in the liquid soup base|
|5||Then, add in the special flavoring oil|
|6||Stir all the ingredients well together with chopsticks|
|7||As a finishing process, put in the Menma bamboo shoots|
As with Nissin Nakiryu Dang Dang Noodles, I think this Toyo Suisan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta is a high-quality ramen bowl, which in fact made me satisfied.
The noodles are somewhat thin but firm with a good chew like those in Nissin Nakiryu Dang Dang Noodles, while the soup broth is soy sauce based with rich umami of chicken and seafood, and features a fragrant black truffle flavor.
According to the label on the side of the bowl, the noodle consists of wheat flour, salt, dietary fibers, and egg powder, while the ingredients in the soup base are soy sauce, chicken extract, vegetable oil, chicken oil, pork extract, hydrolyzed protein, seafood extract, yeast extract, and spices.