Maruchan Chilled Bukkake Udon and Tanuki Soba Noodles

On June 8, 2020, in Japan Maruchan began to sell their newly released instant soba and udon noodles that are meant to be served chilled with cold water. Actually, the instant soba noodle was first introduced last year as a limited time offer during the summer season, and this year the instant udon version was added to the line-up.

Maruchan Hiyashi Bukkake Udon and Hiyashi Bukkake Tanuki Soba Instant Noodles

Maruchan Hiyashi Bukkake Tanuki Soba and Hiyashi Bukkake Udon

What I introduce here are the cup noodles shown above “Hiyashi Bukkake Udon (冷しぶっかけうどん)” and “Hiyashi Bukkake Tanuki Soba (冷しぶっかけたぬきそば)” from Maruchan.

In the names, “Hiyashi (冷し)” means “cold” or “chilled in Japanese, while “Bukkake (ぶっかけ)” refers to a soba or udon noodle dish where boiled noodles are chilled with cold water, then placed in a bowl, and a little amount of thick soy-sauce-based Dashi-rich broth (sauce) is poured.

Although the word “Tanuki (たぬき)” has the literal meaning of “raccoon dog” in Japanese, in the name of the traditional Japanese noodle dishes “Tanuki Udon (たぬきうどん)” and “Tanuki Soba (たぬきそば)”, Tanuki means that the noodle dishes have Tenkasu tempura bits as their primary topping.

Contents

Each of the Maruchan’s udon and soba bowls has a soup base packet and a garnish packet in it. The dried garnish for the Hiyashi Bukkake Tanuki Soba noodle consists of onion tempura bits, shrimp tempura bits, and Kamaboko fish paste slices, while the one for the Hiyashi Bukkake Udon noodle consists of sesame seeds, Kamaboko fish paste slices, and chopped green onions.

Cooking Instructions 

The cooking method of these udon and soba bowls is almost the same as that of instant yakisoba noodles. First, peel back the top paper lid about halfway, take all the packets out from the container, and pour boiling water into the bowl until it reaches the line indicated inside.

Then, close the lid, and wait until the must-wait time passes (udon: 5 minutes, soba: 4 minutes).

After that, peel off the small seal on the corner of the top lid, and drain the hot water completely through the small holes.

Then, fill the bowl with cold water to chill the noodles and drain the water again, three times in a row. 

After removing the top lid, pour the liquid soup base into the bowl and stir well with chopsticks to coat the noodles with the soy-sauce based Dashi-rich sauce.

Maruchan Hiyashi Bukkake Tanuki Soba and Hiyashi Bukkake Udon Instant Noodles

As a finishing touch, put in the dry garnish, and you can enjoy them!

Taste

Maruchan Hiyashi Bukkake Tanuki Soba

Maruchan Hiyashi Bukkake Tanuki Soba Instant Noodles

The buckwheat noodles in the Hiyashi Bukkake Tanuki Soba bowl are usual Maruchan quality noodles, soft chewy, smooth with a subtle buckwheat aroma. The soy-sauce-based sauce is mild and rich with umami ingredients from bonito, kombu seaweed and shiitake mushrooms.

Maruchan Hiyashi Bukkake Udon

Maruchan Hiyashi Bukkake Udon Instant Noodles

The udon noodles are also smooth, soft, and easy to eat as usual. The soy-sauce-based sauce for the Hiyashi Bukkake Udon is characterized by the umami taste from bonito and kombu and as a secret ingredient ginger is used. This udon sauce is more intense in taste of soy sauce than the soba sauce above, probably because the wheat udon noodle itself is less aromatic than the buckwheat soba noodle.

Tomo

Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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