Nissin Nakiryu Shirunashi Tantanmen Instant Dandan Noodle
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 introduced into the market, and in fact, I wrote about them in the past articles.
And on March 17, 2020, the “Shirunashi (汁なし: soupless or broth-less)” version of instant ramen of the Nakiryu’s signature dish “Tantanmen (担々麺: Dandan noodles)” was released 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 broth-less 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 Japanese Dandan noodles featuring the heat and spiciness from red chili pepper and the tingling sensation from Sichuan pepper.
Nissin Nakiryu Soupless Instant Dandan Noodles
Now, let’s get back to the main subject. 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.
Next, let’s see the contents. In the bowl, there were 4 things;
- the dried wheat noodle block,
- the red flavor packet containing a pasty liquid seasoning,
- the transparent clear packet containing dried garnishes, such as seasoned meat bits, chopped green onions, and red chili peppers,
- 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 directions on the side of the bowl, here I will share the cooking process with photos.
|1||First, peel back the paper lid about halfway and take all the packets out from the container|
|2||Put the dried garnishes in the bowl|
|3||Pour boiling water into the bowl until it reaches the line indicated inside|
|4||Close the lid and let the noodles sit and cook for 5 minutes|
|5||5 minutes later, peel off the small seal on the corner of the top lid|
|6||Then, pour away the hot water inside completely through the little holes|
|7||Remove the paper lid and add the base seasoning paste to the bowl|
|8||Stir all the ingredients together well|
|9||As a finishing touch, sprinkle the Furikake granules over the noodles|
|10||Enjoy the Nakiryu Soupless Dandan Noodles!|
As with the regular instant ramen version, this Nissin Nakiryu soupless Dandan noodle is of very high quality; very flavorful with addicting spiciness, and really irresistible. The noodles are medium in thickness with a nice chew to them.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Lastly, let’s see the ingredients and nutrition facts. Based on the lists on the side of the bowl, the base seasoning 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.
The soupless Tantanmen has 601 kcal per serving and contains 4.0 grams salt equivalents.
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).