I tried Ichiran Instant Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen for the first time
“Ichiran (一蘭)” is a very popular Fukuoka-based ramen chain offering Hakata-style Tonkotsu ramen with pork bone broth soup, which has many branch shops in and outside Japan.
Ichiran is known as one of the companies researching Tonkotsu ramen most enthusiastically and is famous for having a lot of fans around the world.
Ichiran Instant Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen
Actually, I have never eaten Ichiran’s actual Tonkotsu ramen in the restaurant, though, since I was very interested in the taste, I ordered its instant ramen on Amazon Japan and got this product yesterday.
The product I ordered contains 5 servings of instant version Ichiran ramen. Specifically, it consists of 5 bundles of dried noodles, 5 packets of liquid soup base, and 5 small packets of Ichiran’s secret red powder.
According to the description on the back of the product package, the noodles, secret red powder, and liquid soup base have the features below respectively.
They are Hakata-style thin straight noodles, which are made with special, rare wheat flour by experienced noodle artisans. The noodles have a pleasant chewy, slippery texture.
The soup is super authentic as it was created through a process of trial and error over and over. The pork bone broth has no peculiar odor and is characterized by its outstandingly rich umami taste.
Ichiran’s Secret Red Powder
The Ichiran’s secret red powder is a mix of various kinds of spices in addition to Ichimi Togarashi. The spice mix has an exquisite taste balance.
The making instructions for this instant Ichiran ramen are also on the back of the product package. Additionally, there are 2 notes there concerning firmness of noodles and spiciness of soup broth.
Firmness of Noodles
- If you prefer noodles a little harder than the basic firmness, then boil the accompanying dried noodles for 2 minutes
- If you like the basic firmness, boil the noodles for 2 minutes and 30 seconds
- If you like softer noodles, boil the noodles to your preference
Spiciness of Soup Broth
- If you like the basic spiciness, put half the secret red powder into a bowl of Ichiran ramen as a final touch
- If you prefer twice as much spiciness as the basic, then put the entire amount of the red powder into the ramen bowl as a final touch
- If you prefer half the spiciness, put a little amount of the red powder into the bowl as a final touch
- If you don’t want spiciness, you don’t need to add the secret red powder
Based on the instructions on the product package, let’s get the cooking started!
If you want to make one serving of Ichiran ramen, then all you need to prepare are a bundle of dried noodles, a packet of liquid soup base, a small packet of Ichiran’s secret red powder, and 450ml of water.
If you want to add toppings, like Chashu roast pork slices, chopped green onions, Kikurage wood ear mushrooms, and sheets of dried Nori seaweed, to the ramen bowl, additionally prepare them. These toppings will add depth to the bowl of Ichiran ramen.
Now, here are the making instructions of the instant Ichiran ramen.
|1||Bring 450ml water in a pot to the boil|
|2||Add a bundle of dried noodles to the pot and boil them according to your preference|
|3||After boiling noodles, put the liquid soup base into the pot|
|4||Cook the noodles, stirring with chopsticks, until boiling again|
|5||Turn off the heat, then pour the noodle soup into a ramen bowl|
|6||Put Ichiran’s secret red powder into the bowl as a final touch|
|7||Enjoy the Ichiran ramen!|
This time, I put the entire amount of Ichiran’s secret red powder and boiled the dried noodles for about 2 minutes.
The noodle dish wasn’t so spicy, but the noodles indeed had a somewhat hard texture and an excellent chew. As for the soup broth, it was really tasty and flavorful. As the package says, the noodle soup had no peculiar odor of pork bones.
Overall, the combination of the pleasant chewy noodles, the rich soup broth, and the moderate spiciness of Ichiran’s secret red powder made this instant Ichiran ramen a fabulous noodle dish.