All About Ichiran Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen Instant Noodles
“Ichiran (一蘭)” is a popular Fukuoka-based ramen chain offering Hakata-style Tonkotsu ramen with pork bone broth soup, which has many branches in and outside Japan.
Known as one of the companies researching Tonkotsu ramen most enthusiastically, Ichiran is famous for having numerous fans around the world.
Ichiran Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen Instant Noodle Soup
Actually, I have never eaten Ichiran’s actual Tonkotsu ramen in the restaurant, but since I was very curious about the taste, I ordered their instant ramen on Amazon Japan for the first time and got this product yesterday.
The box I received contains 5 servings of the instant version of Ichiran ramen. Specifically, its contents consist of 5 bundles of dried wheat noodles, 5 liquid soup base packets, and 5 sachets of Ichiran’s secret red powder.
According to the description on the back of the package, the noodles, secret red powder, and liquid soup base have the features shown below respectively.
The noodles are Hakata-style thin straight noodles, which are produced by experienced noodle artisans using special, rare wheat flour. These noodles have a pleasant chewy, slippery texture.
The soup broth is super authentic as it was created through a process of trial and error over and over. It has no peculiar odor of pork bone 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 cooking instructions for this instant Ichiran ramen are also on the back of the red bag. Additionally, there are 2 notes there concerning firmness of the noodles and spiciness of the 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 prefer softer noodles than the basic, boil the noodles according to your preference
Spiciness of Soup Broth
- If you like the basic spiciness, put half the sachet of secret red powder into a bowl of the Ichiran ramen as a finishing touch
- If you prefer twice as much spiciness as the basic, then put in the entire amount of the red powder as a finishing
- 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 any spiciness, you don’t need to add the secret red powder
If you want to make one serving of the Ichiran ramen, then all you need to prepare are a bundle of the dried noodles, a packet of the liquid soup base, a sachet of the Ichiran’s secret red powder, and 450ml of water.
If you want to garnish the ramen bowl with some toppings, like Chashu roast pork slices, chopped green onions, Kikurage wood ear mushrooms, and dried sheets of Nori seaweed, then additionally prepare them. Those toppings will add depth to the Ichiran ramen bowl.
Now, following the cooking instructions on the back of the package, let’s get the cooking started!
|1||First, bring a pot of 450ml water to the boil|
|2||Add a bundle of the dried noodles to the pot and boil them according to your preference|
|3||After boiling the noodles, put in the liquid soup base|
|4||Cook the noodles until returning to the boil again, constantly stirring with chopsticks|
|5||Turn off the heat, then pour the noodle soup into a ramen bowl|
|6||As a finishing, put the Ichiran’s secret red powder into the bowl|
|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.
Nonetheless, the Tonkotsu ramen broth wasn’t overly spicy, but really tasty and flavorful, while the noodles indeed had an excellent chew with a somewhat hard texture. As the texts on the package say, the noodle soup had no peculiar odor of pork bone at all.
Overall, the combination of the pleasant chewy noodles, the super rich soup broth, and the secret red powder’s moderate addictive spiciness made this Ichiran instant ramen a nicely balanced fabulous noodle dish.