I Tried Sanyo Konjiki Hototogisu Instant Ramen Bowl
Actually, instant ramen bowls that beautifully recreate the taste of the signature dishes of these ramen shops were already created by major Japanese instant noodles manufacturers in collaboration with the shops, and are available at Japan’s 7 Eleven and Lawson convenience stores.
Sanyo Konjiki Hototogisu Michelin-Starred Instant Ramen
The other day, I tried those 7 Eleven-limited instant ramen bowls, so this time I purchased Sanyo’s Konjiki-Hototogisu instant ramen.
As you can see from the package, the ramen restaurant “Konjiki Hototogisu (金色不如帰 : golden lesser cuckoo)” is listed in the 2019 edition of the Michelin Guide to Tokyo.
The salt-based soup broth is characterized by the umami of shellfish and red sea bream and has a fragrant aroma of black truffle.
When you peel back the paper lid about halfway, you will see these 4 packets on the dried noodles.
The green one contains liquid soup base, the blue one : soup base powder, the transparent clear one : a slice of Chashu roast pork, and the red one has dried seasoned beech champignons and chopped green onions.
How to cook this instant ramen is somewhat complicated. Based on the instructions on the side of the container, I actually made the instant ramen.
|1||Put the contents of the red packet in the bowl|
|2||Put the contents of the clear packet in the bowl|
|3||Pour boiling hot water up to the inside line of the container|
|4||Close the lid and place the green packet on top of it, and let the noodles sit and cook for 4 minutes|
|5||4 minutes later, loosen the noodles|
|6||Add the contents of the green packet|
|7||Add the contents of the blue packet|
|8||Stir all the ingredients well|
|9||Enjoy the Konjiki Hototogisu instant ramen!|
Although the Sanyo Konjiki Hototogisu Instant Ramen Bowl was released in October of last year (2018), this was the first time I tried it out.
As the label says, the broth has a very good smell of black truffle? that spreads in the room. Its taste is also great: really flavorful with full of umami of shellfish and red sea bream.
The noodles are thin yet have a pleasant chewy texture. Overall, I think the level of the Konjiki Hototogisu instant ramen from Lawson Meiten Series is quite high.
According to the ingredient list on the golden bowl, the soup base of this instant ramen consists of shellfish extract, lard, vegetable fat and oil, salt, chicken extract, sweeteners, bonito extract, pork extract, mirin, protein hydrolyzate, sardine extract, dextrin, flavoring oil, red sea bream extract, and spices.
Where to Buy Sanyo Konjiki Hototogisu Instant Ramen Bowl
As I wrote above, basically the Sanyo Konjiki Hototogisu Instant Ramen Bowl is available only in Japan’s Lawson convenience stores.