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, also simply called just “Iekei Ramen (家系ラーメン)”, was born in 1974 in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. Its main characteristics are umami-packed Tonkotsu (豚骨: pork bone) Shoyu (醤油: soy sauce) based broth and thick straight noodles.
The Chinese characters or Kanji “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 Noodle
Actually, in December of last year (2019), a bowl of instant ramen that beautifully recreates Yoshimuraya’s signature dish “Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen (豚骨醤油ラーメン)” was introduced by Myojo.
Since the cup ramen was created through the collaboration between Myojo, Yoshimuraya, and Lawson, it is only available in the convenience stores of Lawson in Japan and priced at 278 yen (tax included) (about 2.5 USD).
Together with the dried wheat noodle block, these 4 packets come with the bowl; The orange one contains toasted Nori (seaweed) sheets, the green one contains dried garnishes consisting of Chashu roast pork, green onions, and spinach, the purple one contains soup base powder, and the light blue one is filled with a liquid soup base.
I actually made this instant ramen following the directions on the side of the bowl. So for people who are interested in this Japanese instant ramen and want to try it someday, here let me share how to cook it with photos.
|1||First, peel back the paper lid about halfway and take all the packets out from the bowl|
|2||Then, put the contents of the green packet (Chashu, green onions, and spinach) into the container|
|3||Pour boiling water into the bowl until it reaches the line indicated inside|
|4||Let the noodles sit and cook for 5 minutes|
|5||5 minutes later, remove the lid and put in the contents of the purple packet (soup base powder)|
|6||At the same time, pour in the contents of the light blue packet (liquid soup base)|
|7||Stir all the ingredients well with chopsticks and as a finishing touch, garnish the ramen with the toasted Nori sheets|
|8||Ready to eat, Enjoy the Yoshimuraya Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen!|
The instant noodle soup Myojo Yokohama Iekei Yoshimuraya Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen tasted so good!
The broth is made with dark soy sauce, which deepens the taste of the soup. It also has plenty of umami, which comes mainly from pork extract and burnt chicken oil. The yellow noodles are non-fried, medium-thick, and slightly soft in texture.
Lastly, let’s see the ingredients. According to the above list, the soup base of this Japanese instant ramen consists of soy sauce, flavorful seasoning, pork extract, chicken extract, lard, salt, sugars, protein hydrolysate, chicken oil, flavoring oil, powdered fat, spices, roasted onion powder, and vegetable oil.