Nissin Ebisoba Ichigen: I Tried the Instant Cup Ramen
The other day when I went shopping at a convenience store near my workplace “Lawson (ローソン)” for the first time in a while, as usual first and foremost, I headed to the instant noodles section to see whether there is something interesting.
As a result, I purchased 2 instant ramen cups from Lawson’s “Meiten Series (名店シリーズ: Famous Ramen Shop Series)” as I had never tried them. One is Nissin Ebisoba Ichigen and the other is Myojo Tokyo Tanmen Tonari Shingeki Tanmen.
Since I enjoyed the former Nissin Ebisoba Ichigen just now, today I will talk about the cup ramen.
Nissin Ebi-Soba Ichigen
For the unfamiliar, “Ebisoba Ichigen (えびそば一幻)” is a popular Sapporo-based ramen chain well-known for its signature ramen called “Ebi Soba (えびそば)” whose broth is made by simmering plenty of sweet red shrimp heads spending much time. And this cup ramen is a collaboration product between Nissin and Ebisoba Ichigen.
Ichigen Ebi Soba
Although Ebisoba Ichigen is a relatively new ramen restaurant that opened in 2009 in the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido, the great popularity of the shrimp ramen immediately made the shop famous. And today, the ramen chain has branches in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
Now, let’s check the contents of the Ebisoba Ichigen instant ramen. As often seen in recent Japanese cup ramen, you can see a special flavor sachet is pasted on top of the cup. It contains special shrimp oil, which is added to the ramen as a finishing touch.
When you peel back the paper lid about halfway, you will see lots of ingredients scattered over the dried noodle block, which consist of soup base powder and garnishes such as bits of seasoned pork, Agedama, and chopped green onions.
The cooking of the Ebisoba Ichigen instant ramen isn’t that complicated; First, pour in boiling water until it reaches the line indicated inside the cup, close the lid and let the noodles sit and cook for 5 minutes. 5 minutes later, add in the special shrimp oil, stir well, and ready to eat.
I haven’t eaten Ichigen’s actual Ebi Soba yet, but this cup ramen tastes pretty good. The miso-based broth is savory and packed with the flavor of shrimps, while the noodles are normal in quality, soft rather than bouncy. Overall, I would say the Nissin’s shrimp ramen is worth a try once.
Lastly, according to the ingredient list on the side of the cup, the soup base of the Nissin Ebisoba Ichigen instant ramen consists of lard, pork extract, powdered miso soybean paste, sweeteners, wheat flour, pork seasoning, starch, seafood flavoring oil, chicken extract, spices, protein hydrolyzate, shrimp powder, pork flavoring oil, shrimp sauce, and yeast extract.