Nissin Menya Itto: I Tried the Instant Ramen Bowl
With its main shop (Google Map) being located in Shin-Koiwa, Tokyo, “Menya Itto (麺屋 一燈)” is a very popular ramen restaurant chain even with several overseas branches in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Bangkok.
In recent years, the ramen restaurant had ranked first on a popular Japanese gourmet site on which over 50,000 ramen shops are listed, so if you want to try its ramen at the actual restaurant, you have to wait for a considerable amount of time.
According to the official website of Menya Itto, currently, there are 2 ways to wait for your seating. One is you directly go to the restaurant, buy a meal ticket, and until your turn has come, you can go anywhere.
The other method is that without going to the restaurant, you can reserve your turn on the reservation site EPARK.
Either way, as you can imagine from this, Menya Itto is highly regarded in Japan and has gained tremendous popularity.
Nissin Menya Itto Instant Ramen
But with this instant ramen bowl “Menya Itto (麺屋 一燈)”, you can effortlessly savor the taste of Menya Itto’s noodle soup at home.
It was released by Nissin in October of last year (2018), and as its name indicates, the instant ramen recreates the taste of Menya Itto’s signature ramen.
The specific name of the instant ramen is “Noukou Gyokai Ramen (濃厚魚介ラーメン: literally Rich Seafood Ramen)”.
And today, for those who are interested in the ramen restaurant Menya Itto, I will talk about the instant cup ramen.
First off, when you peel back the top paper lid about halfway, you will see these 4 packets in the bowl. The contents of each packet are listed below.
- The blue packet contains dried garnishes consisting of a thin slice of roasted pork “Chashu (チャーシュー)” and processed bamboo shoots “Menma (メンマ)”
- The pink one contains a liquid soup base
- The green one contains soup base powder
- The orange one contains special scallop-chicken oil
When I purchased the Nissin Menya Itto instant ramen, I got this freebie too.
The red sachet contains an addicting spice mix called “Karato Yamitsuki Powder (辛燈やみつきパウダー)” which was created by Nissin in collaboration with Menya Itto.
According to the ingredient list, the spice mix mainly consists of Sansho and red chili peppers.
The making of this Japanese instant ramen is somewhat complicated. I actually cooked it following the instructions on the side of the bowl, so here share the cooking process with photos.
|1||First, put the contents (dried Chashu and Menma) of the blue packet in the bowl|
|2||Next, put the contents (soup base powder) of the green packet|
|3||Pour boiling water into the container until it reaches the line indicated inside|
|4||Close the lid and place the pink and orange packets on top of it, and let the noodles sit and cook for 5 minutes|
|5||5 minutes later, remove the paper lid and loosen the noodles lightly with chopsticks|
|6||Add the contents (liquid soup base) of the pink packet|
|7||At the same time, add the contents (special scallop chicken oil) of the orange packet|
|8||Stir all the ingredients well|
|9||And enjoy the Menya Itto ramen!|
As for the taste, the broth is creamy and somewhat thick with a fragrant, rich flavor of chicken and seafood to it.
Especially characterized by the outstanding umami taste from scallops, the soup is really delicious, and what is better, the aftertaste is light.
The noodles are non-fried, straight, and has a three-layered structure. Because of this, they are nicely bouncy.
With the addictive spice mix added to the bowl, the ramen got a spicy kick from the Sansho and red chili peppers and turned into an aromatic noodle soup.
But comparing the before and after, I thought it was better not to add the spice mix.
Lastly, for those of you who are interested in the ingredients, here is the label.
According to that, the soup base of the Nissin Menya Itto instant ramen consists of animal fat and oil (chicken, pork), chicken extract, protein hydrolyzate, soy sauce, pork extract, sugars, seafood seasoning, green onion, emulsified oil, chicken seasoning, spices, egg powder, fish powder, scallop seasoning oil, seafood seasoning oil, and vegetable fat and oil.
Where to Buy
Basically, the instant ramen bowl Nissin Menya Itto is available only in Japan’s Lawson convenience stores.