Nissin Ebisoba Ichigen : I Tried the Instant Cup Ramen for the first time
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, I headed to its instant noodles section as usual to check 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 want to talk about the instant cup ramen.
Nissin Ebi-Soba Ichigen
As the Lawson’s series name suggests, “Ebisoba Ichigen (えびそば一幻)” is a popular Sapporo-based ramen chain well-known for its “Ebi Soba (えびそば)”.
Ebi Soba is a kind of ramen whose broth is made simmering plenty of heads of sweet red shrimps for a long time.
Ichigen Ebisoba Ramen
Although Ichigen is a relatively new ramen shop that opened in 2009 in the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido, the great popularity of its shrimp ramen immediately made Ichigen a famous shop.
Today, the ramen chain has its branch shops in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
The instant cup ramen I bought this time was created by a leading Japanese instant noodles manufacturer “Nissin (日清)” and is available only in Japan’s Lawson convenience stores.
Now, let’s check the contents of the instant ramen.
A golden packet is pasted on top of the cup. It contains special shrimp oil, which is added to the ramen as a final touch.
When you peel off the paper lid about halfway, you will see lots of dried ingredients scattered over the dried noodles, which consist of soup base powder and toppings such as seasoned pork, Agedama tempura bits, and chopped green onions.
How to cook the Nissin Ebisoba Ichigen instant ramen isn’t complicated. First, just pour boiling hot water up to the inside line of the cup.
Then, close the lid and let the noodles sit and cook for 5 minutes.
5 minutes later, add special shrimp oil to the cup, stir well, and you can enjoy the shrimp ramen.
Although I have never eaten the Ichigen’s actual Ebisoba ramen in the restaurant, this instant cup ramen tastes pretty good.
The miso-based soup broth is savory, rich in flavor of shrimps, but not sweet, while I think the noodles are normal in quality, in other words, they are soft rather than bouncy.
Overall, I think the Nissin’s Ichigen Ebisoba ramen is worth a try at least once and is also recommended as a souvenir.
Finally, according to the ingredient list on the cup, the soup base of this Nissin Ebisoba Ichigen instant ramen consists of lard, pork extract, powdered miso soybean paste, sweeteners, wheat flour, pork seasoning, starch, seafood flavor oil, chicken extract, spices, protein hydrolyzate, shrimp powder, pork flavor oil, shrimp sauce, and yeast extract.