Michelin-Starred Konjiki Hototogisu Instant Ramen
In the 2019 edition of the Michelin Guide to Tokyo, the 3 ramen restaurants, Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta, Nakiryu, and Soba House Konjiki-Hototogisu (Google Map) got 1 star.
Actually, instant ramen bowls that beautifully recreate the taste of their signature ramens were already created by leading Japanese instant noodles manufacturers in collaboration with the shops, and are available at Japan’s 7 Eleven and Lawson convenience stores.
Soba House Konjiki Hototogisu Instant Ramen from Sanyo Shokuhin
The other day, I tried both of the 7 Eleven-limited instant ramen bowls, so this time I purchased the Michelin-starred Soba House Konjiki Hototogisu instant ramen from Sanyo.
As you can see from the images and texts in the photo above, 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 exact name of this Japanese instant ramen is “Noukou Kai-Dashi Shio Soba (濃厚貝だし塩そば: salt-based rich clam broth ramen)”, featuring the umami of clams and red sea bream, followed by a fragrant aroma of black truffle.
When you peel back the paper lid, you will see these 4 packets on the dried noodle block. 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 last red one contains garnishes, such as seasoned beech champignons and chopped green onions.
The cooking of this instant ramen is somewhat complicated. Based on the instructions on the side of the bowl, I actually made the instant ramen, and for those who want to try it someday, I share how to cook it.
|1||First, put the contents of the red packet in the bowl|
|2||At the same time, put in the contents of the clear packet|
|3||Pour in boiling water until it reaches the line indicated inside the bowl|
|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 into the bowl|
|7||At the same time, add in the contents of the blue packet|
|8||Stir all the ingredients well|
|9||Enjoy the Konjiki Hototogisu instant ramen!|
The cup ramen, Sanyo Konjiki Hototogisu was released in October of last year (2018), but actually, this was the first time I tried it. As the claim on the top lid says, the seafood broth has a very good fragrance associated with black truffle which spreads in the room. Packed with the umami of clams and red sea bream, it tastes really great.
The thin noodles also have a nice chewy bite, and overall, I think the level of this instant ramen is quite high.
According to the ingredient list on the side of the golden bowl, the soup base of this instant ramen consists of clam 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
As I mentioned above, basically the Sanyo Konjiki Hototogisu instant ramen is only available at the convenience stores of Lawson Japan.