Myojo Yokohama Iekei Yoshimuraya Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen
“Yoshimuraya (吉村家)” (Google Map) is known as the birthplace of “Yokohama Iekei Ramen (横浜家系ラーメン)” and is one of the most famous ramen shops in Japan.
Yokohama Iekei Ramen, simply “Iekei Ramen (家系ラーメン)” was born in 1974 in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. Its main characteristics are rich tonkotsu (豚骨 : pork bone) shoyu (醤油 : soy sauce) based soup broth and thick straight noodles.
The Chinese characters “家系 (Iekei)” has another reading “Kakei (家系)” which means family tree in Japanese. As this indicates, each ramen shop that offers Iekei Ramen belongs to the family tree and Yoshimuraya is positioned as its origin.
Myojo Yokohama Iekei Yoshimuraya Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen Instant Noodles
Actually, last December in Japan, an instant ramen bowl that beautifully recreates Yoshimuraya’s “Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen (豚骨醤油ラーメン)” was introduced by “Myojo (明星)”.
The instant ramen was created through the collaboration between Myojo, Yoshimuraya, and Lawson, so it is only available in Lawson convenient stores in Japan and sells for 278 yen (tax included) (about 2.5 USD).
In the bowl, there were
- the dried wheat flour noodle block
- an orange packet of toasted Nori (laver seaweed) sheets
- a green packet of dried sliced chashu pork, green onions and spinach
- a purple sachet of powdered soup
- a light blue sachet of liquid soup base
For those who are interested in this instant ramen and want to try someday, here let me introduce how to cook it. I actually made the instant ramen following the instructions on the side of the bowl.
|1||First, peel back the paper lid about halfway and take all the packets and sachets out from the bowl|
|2||Put the contents of the green packet (a slice of chashu pork, dried green onions and spinach) in the container|
|3||Pour boiling water into the bowl, up to the line indicated inside|
|4||Let the noodles sit and cook for 5 minutes|
|5||5 minutes later, remove the lid and pour in the contents of the purple sachet (powdered soup)|
|6||And pour in the contents of the light blue sachet (liquid soup base) as well|
|7||Stir all the ingredients well with chopsticks and put the garnish toasted Nori sheets as a final touch|
|8||Enjoy the Yoshimuraya Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen!|
The Myojo Yokohama Iekei Yoshimuraya Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen instant noodle soup tasted great!
The broth is made with dark soy sauce, which deepens the taste of the soup. Besides, it contains plenty of umami that comes from chicken and pork extracts, and burnt chicken oil.
The yellow noodles are non-fried, medium-thick, and have a slightly soft texture.
Lastly according to the ingredient list, the soup base of this instant ramen consists of soy sauce, flavor seasoning, pork and chicken extracts, lard, salt, sugars, protein hydrolysate, chicken oil, flavor oil, powdered oil and fat, spices, roast onion powder, and vegetable fat and oil.