Tokyo Tanmen Tonari Shingeki Tanmen Instant Ramen
As I wrote about it the other day, recently I purchased 2 kinds of cup ramen in a Lawson convenience store; one is Ebisoba Ichigen from Nissin and the other is Myojo’s Tokyo Tanmen Tonari Shingeki Tanmen from Lawson’s “Meiten Series (名店シリーズ: Famous Ramen Shop Series)”.
Since I already ate the former instant ramen Nissin Ebisoba Ichigen several days ago and posted an article about that, this time I tried the latter Myojo Tokyo Tanmen Tonari Shingeki Tanmen instant noodles.
Myojo Tokyo Tanmen Tonari Shingeki Tanmen Instant Noodle from Lawson
This Japanese instant ramen called “Shingeki Tanmen (辛激タンメン)” was created through a collaboration between the leading Japanese instant noodles manufacturer “Myojo (明星)” and the popular Tokyo-based ramen chain “Tokyo Tanmen Tonari (東京タンメン トナリ)”, and was released in March this year.
Mainly eaten in the Kanto region around Tokyo, the Japanese noodle dish “Tanmen (タンメン)” is originally a salt-based bowl of noodle soup simmered with plenty of stir-fried vegetables, but the Shingeki Tanmen is a Tonkotsu-based bowl of ramen with a broth made with pork bones. By the way, you can enjoy Tonari’s actual Shingeki Tanmen in its restaurants for 850 yen (about 8.5 USD).
Now, let’s check the Tonari’s cup ramen. As you can see in the photo above, there is a red sachet pasted on top of the lid, which contains “Shingeki (辛激)” paste. The word “Shingeki (辛激)” means “fiercely spicy” in Japanese, so the Shingeki Tanmen is an extremely spicy Tanmen noodle.
When you peel back the paper lid, you will see lots of dried garnishes, such as Chashu roast pork, carrots, bean sprouts, Chinese chives, and cloud ear mushrooms, mixed in with the dried noodle block and soup base powder.
The cooking of this instant ramen isn’t that complicated: First, pour 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, remove the paper lid and add in the super spicy Shingeki paste. Stir all the ingredients well and ready to eat.
Indeed, the Shingeki Tanmen instant ramen has a stimulating flavor, but I think the 7-Eleven-Japan-limited cup ramen Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto is spicier than this one.
This is probably because the broth of the Shingeki Tanmen is Tonkotsu-based, where the savory taste of the pork bone broth calms the heat of the Shingeki paste, making its aftertaste mild, while the noodles are normal quality.
Lastly, according to the ingredient list on the side of the cup, the soup base of Myojo Tokyo Tanmen Tonari Shingeki Tanmen consists of lard, pork, chicken extract, sweeteners, spices, starch, protein hydrolyzate, miso soybean paste, salt, wheat flour, flavoring, seafood extract, flavor oil, vegetable fat, dextrin, unrefined soy sauce, XO sauce, and chili bean sauce.
The instant cup ramen, Myojo Tokyo Tanmen Tonari Shingeki Tanmen tastes pretty good, so if you are an instant ramen lover, I think the Japanese cup ramen is worth a try at least once. Basically, it is available only in the convenience stores of Lawson Japan.