Michelin-Starred Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Instant Ramen
7 Eleven Japan carries a variety of store-limited instant ramens that beautifully recreate the taste of popular ramen shops, most of which are created by major Japanese instant noodles manufacturers in collaboration with the ramen shops.
And in recent years, Nissin and Toyo Suisan introduced Michelin-starred cup ramen for Japan’s 7 Eleven convenience stores, which are Nissin Nakiryu Dang Dang Noodles and Toyo Suisan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta.
The other day, I tried the former ramen bowl and wrote an article about it, so this time let me talk about the latter, Toyo Suisan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta.
Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta Instant Ramen from Toyo Suisan
For the unfamiliar, Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta (Google Map) is a popular ramen shop located in Sugamo, Tokyo, known as the 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, what comes to your mind might be 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, these 4 packets are placed on the dried wheat noodle block. The contents of each packet are listed below.
- The blue packet contains soup base liquid
- The red one contains special flavoring oil with a black truffle flavor
- The green one contains dried garnishes such as a thin slice of roast pork and chopped green onions
- The clear transparent one contains seasoned Menma bamboo shoots.
How to cook this instant noodle is somewhat complicated. But I actually made the instant ramen following the directions on the side of the bowl, so here I will share the cooking process with pictures.
|1||First, put the contents of the green packet (dried garnishes) into the bowl|
|2||Then, pour boiling water up to the line indicated inside the container|
|3||Close the lid and place the transparent, red, and blue packets on top of it. Let the noodles sit and cook for 5 minutes|
|4||5 minutes later, remove the lid and pour the soup base liquid into the bowl|
|5||At the same time, add in the special flavoring oil|
|6||Stir all the ingredients well with chopsticks|
|7||As a finishing, put in the Menma bamboo shoots|
Just like Nissin Nakiryu Dang Dang Noodles, this Toyo Suisan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta instant ramen bowl is also of quite a high level.
The noodles are somewhat thin but have a firm, pleasant chew, while the soy sauce-based broth is packed with the delicious umami of chicken and seafood, accompanied by a subtle fragrant black truffle flavor.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Lastly, let’s see the ingredients and nutrition facts. According to the label on the side of the bowl, the noodles are made from wheat flour, salt, dietary fibers, and egg powder, while the soup base consists of soy sauce, chicken extract, vegetable oil, chicken oil, pork extract, hydrolyzed protein, seafood extract, yeast extract, and spices.
The calories per serving (132 grams) are 423 kcal and the Toyo Suisan Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta instant ramen contains 7.4 grams salt equivalents.