Nissin Menya Itto : I Tried the Instant Ramen Bowl
“Menya Itto (麺屋 一燈)” is a very popular ramen chain whose head shop (Google Map) is located in Shin-Koiwa, Tokyo, which also has several overseas branches in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Bangkok.
In recent years, the ramen restaurant had ranked first on a famous Japanese gourmet website on which over 50,000 ramen shops are listed, and if you want to try its ramen at the restaurant, you have to wait for a considerable amount of time.
According to Menya Itto’s official website, there are 2 ways to wait for your turn. One is that you 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 and has gained tremendous popularity.
Nissin Menya Itto Instant Ramen
Actually, this instant ramen bowl “Menya Itto (麺屋 一燈)” was released by Nissin in October of last year (2018), and as the name indicates, it recreates the taste of Menya Itto’s popular ramen.
The name of the instant ramen is “Noukou Gyokai Ramen (濃厚魚介ラーメン: literally Rich Seafood Ramen)”.
For those who are interested in the ramen restaurant Menya Itto and its related products, this time I will talk about this instant cup ramen.
When you peel back the parer lid about halfway, you will see the above 4 packets in the bowl. The contents of each packet are as follows.
- The blue packet contains dried toppings consisting of a thin slice of roast pork “Chashu (チャーシュー)” and processed bamboo shoots “Menma (メンマ)”
- The pink one contains 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 “Karatou Yamitsuki Powder (辛燈やみつきパウダー)” created by Nissin in collaboration with Menya Itto.
According to the ingredient list, the spice mix consists of Sansho and red chili peppers.
How to make this instant ramen is somewhat complicated. I actually cooked it following the instructions on the side of the bowl. Here is the cooking process with photos
|1||Put the contents (dried Chashu and Menma) of the blue packet in the bowl|
|2||Put the contents (soup base powder) of the green packet in the bowl|
|3||Pour boiling water into the container, up to the inside line|
|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|
|6||Add the contents (liquid soup base) of the pink packet|
|7||Add the contents (special scallop chicken oil) of the orange packet|
|8||Stir all the ingredients well|
|9||Enjoy the Menya Itto instant ramen!|
As for the taste, the broth is somewhat thick and creamy, and has a fragrant rich flavor of chicken and seafood. The soup broth is especially characterized by its outstanding umami taste of scallops, and really delicious. Nonetheless, the aftertaste is light.
The noodles are non-fried, straight, and has a three-layered structure. Because of this, they are pleasantly bouncy.
When I added the addicting spice mix to the bowl, the ramen got a spicy kick from Sansho and red chili peppers and turned to an aromatic noodle dish. Comparing the before and after, I thought it was better not to add the spice mix.
Finally, based on the ingredient list, the soup base of this 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 Nissin Menya Itto Instant Ramen
Basically, the Nissin Menya Itto instant ramen bowl is available only in Japan’s Lawson convenience stores.