Nissin Ippudo Tonkotsu Mazesoba Instant Soupless Ramen
Hakata Ippudo is one of the ramen chains that represent Japan. Its Hakata-style Tonkotsu ramen is not only popular in Japan, but many overseas people also love the pork bone broth ramen.
Accordingly, the leading Japanese instant noodle manufacturer, Nissin has created instant ramen with the help of Hakata Ippudo several times over the past decade and such products are sold at 7 Eleven convenience stores in Japan.
In fact, in the past I introduced this bowl of instant ramen from Nissin that beautifully recreates the taste of Hakata Ippudo’s signature Tonkotsu ramen.
Nissin Ippudo Tonkotsu Mazesoba
Actually, today I went shopping at a 7 Eleven. Right after I entered the store, I suddenly came across a lot of newly released Nissin’s Ippudo instant ramen lined up on the shelves in front of the checkout counter. I love the Ippudo instant ramen series of Nissin, so I purchased that.
What I bought this time is the “Nissin Ippudo Tonkotsu Mazesoba (日清 一風堂 とんこつまぜそば)” shown above. This product was first introduced in 2017 as a limited time offer and resold in 2018. Therefore, this is the 3rd time that 7 Eleven Japan sells it.
This Japanese instant noodle is a kind of soupless ramen called “Mazesoba (まぜそば)“. Although the noodle dish looks like it isn’t well seasoned, it has plenty of flavor that mainly comes from aromatic flavorful black garlic oil.
The Ippudo Tonkotsu Mazesoba noodles are characterized by 2 different types of condiments added as a finishing touch. One consists of white sesame seeds and garlic powder, and the other is finely ground red chili pepper.
The black garlic oil contained in the accompanying flavor sauce and the 2 condiments make this noodle dish rich in flavor and really addictive.
This Mazesoba uses thin wheat noodles and tastes like the regular Ippudo instant ramen, but I think this soupless ramen is more flavorful than the latter noodle soup.
The cooking method of this instant Mazesoba ramen is the same as that of instant Yakisoba noodles. For those who want to try it someday, here are the cooking instructions with pictures.
|1||Remove the outer red plastic package, peel back the paper lid to the No.2 dotted line, and take the 3 packets out from the container|
|2||Pour boiling water until it reaches the line indicated inside the container|
|3||Place the blue packet on the top lid and let the noodles sit and cook for 3 minutes. The blue packet contains the flavor sauce with black garlic oil|
|4||3 minutes later, peel off the small seal on the corner of the top lid|
|5||Drain water completely from the container through the small holes|
|6||Remove the paper lid and add the flavor sauce to the container|
|7||Stir all the ingredients well with chopsticks|
|8||Sprinkle “Shiromaru Furikake (白丸ふりかけ)” consisting of white sesame seeds and garlic powder over the noodles|
|9||Sprinkle “Akamaru Furikake (赤丸ふりかけ)” consisting of finely ground red chili pepper over the noodles|
|10||Enjoy Nissin Ippudo Tonkotsu Mazesoba noodles!|
Lastly, according to the ingredient list, the flavor sauce of this instant Mazesoba noodle contains pork extract, animal fat and oil (pork and chicken), black garlic oil, chicken seasoning, pork flavoring oil, protein hydrolyzate, sugars, spices, salt, and yeast extract, while the garnish consists of cabbage, seasoned pork, and cloud ear mushrooms.