Nissin Nakiryu Shirunashi Tantanmen Instant Dandan Noodles
On November 26, 2019, the selection for the MICHELIN Guide Tokyo 2020 was unveiled.
In the guidebook, 22 ramen restaurants have been listed, among which “Sosakumenkobo Nakiryu (創作麺工房 鳴龍)” (Google Map) and “Soba House Konjiki Hototogisu (SOBA HOUSE 金色不如帰)” (Google Map) got one MICHELIN star.
Nakiryu has received 1 star from MICHELIN Guide in each of the last four years, while this is the second time Konjiki Hototogisu got one MICHELIN star, sequentially last year.
Actually, the instant ramen bowls that recreate the taste of these ramen restaurants’ signature noodle soup dishes have already been released in the market, and in fact I wrote about them in the past articles.
And on March 17, 2020, the “Shirunashi (汁なし : soupless)” version instant ramen of the Nakiryu’s signature dish “Tantanmen (担々麺 : dandan noodles)” was introduced by Nissin here in Japan.
What is Shirunashi Tantanmen?
By the way, have you ever heard of “Shirunashi Tantanmen (汁なし担々麺 : soupless dandan noodles)”? which actually has gained wide popularity in recent years in Japan.
The Japanese soupless ramen, Shirunashi Tantanmen has its roots in Hiroshima Prefecture and it is said that the ramen shop “Kisaku (きさく)” (Google Map) that was opened in 2001 in Naka-Ku, Hiroshima City first made it.
Shirunashi Tantanmen is the soupless version of dandan noodles featuring the spicy taste from red chili pepper and the tingling sensation from Sichuan pepper.
Nissin Nakiryu Soupless Instant Dandan Noodles
Let’s get back on the track. This is what I introduce this time “Nissin Nakiryu Shirunashi Tantanmen (Nissin 鳴龍 汁なし担々麺)”, which was created by Nissin with the help of the one-MICHELIN-starred ramen restaurant, Sosakumenkobo Nakiryu.
At the same time as the release of this instant ramen, Nakiryu actually has started to offer the actual soupless dandan noodles in the restaurant as a limited time special offer.
In the bowl, there were the dried wheat noodle block, the red flavor packet containing a pasty soup base, the transparent clear packet containing dried ingredients, such as seasoned meat bits, chopped green onions, and red chili pepper, and the green packet containing “Furikake (ふりかけ)” that consists of dry, mini flakes, such as sesame seeds, fried onions, and parsley.
The making of this soupless instant dandan noodle is very similar to that of instant Yakisoba noodles. Since I actually cooked the instant ramen following the instructions on the side of the bowl, here I will share it with photos.
|1||First, peel back the paper lid about halfway and take all the packets out from the container|
|2||Put in the dried ingredients|
|3||Pour in boiling water until the water reaches the line indicated inside the bowl|
|4||Close the lid and let the noodles sit and cook for 5 minutes|
|5||5 minutes later, peal off the small seal on the corner of the top lid|
|6||Then, pour away the hot water completely through the little holes|
|7||Remove the paper lid and add the pasty soup base to the bowl|
|8||Stir all the ingredients together well|
|9||As a finishing process, add the Furikake condiment|
|10||Enjoy the Nakiryu Soupless Dandan Noodles!|
As with the instant ramen version, this Nissin Nakiryu soupless dandan noodle is very high in quality: very flavorful, addicting spicy, and really irresistible. The noodles are medium in thickness and have a nice chew.
According to the ingredient list on the side of the bowl, the soup base of this soupless dandan noodle consists of vegetable fat and oil, soy sauce, sesame paste, reduced starch syrup, spices, brewed vinegar, sugars, tomato paste, yeast extract, and salt.
Where to Buy and Price
Nissin Nakiryu Shirunashi Tantanmen is available at 7 Eleven convenience stores in Japan for 257 yen (about 2.5 USD).