Nissin Tokyo Noodles Ginza Kagari Instant Ramen
For the last several months I have been to ramen restaurants only several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But when I shop at a 7 Eleven convenience store on the way home from work, I come across newly released cup noodles almost every week as usual.
When I find interesting instant ramen, I sometimes buy it and stock them up for the blog article, out of which today I will introduce one released recently by Nissin.
Nissin Tokyo Noodles Ginza Kagari Tori-Paitan Soba
The instant ramen from Nissin is this “Tokyo Noodles Ginza Kagari Tori-Paitan Soba (東京Noodles 銀座 篝 鶏白湯 Soba)” introduced on May 11 (2020), priced at 228 yen (about 2.2 USD).
For the unfamiliar, “Ginza Kagari (銀座 篝)” is a highly regarded, popular ramen restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo. It was opened in 2013, and its signature ramen is “Tori-Paitan (鶏白湯)” Soba.
So this cup ramen was created by Nissin with the help of Ginza Kagari and beautifully recreates the taste of the shop’s signature ramen Tori-Paitan Soba.
By the way, Tori-Paitan is a thick, creamy chicken broth made by slow-cooking a whole chicken or chicken bones until melted, while Soba, in this case, derives from Chuka Soba or Shina Soba, synonyms for ramen.
As often seen in recent Japanese cup ramen, a special flavor sachet is attached to the lid. It contains special chicken oil called “Chi-yu (鶏油)”, a seasoning oil favored by chefs of famous ramen restaurants.
In the cup, soup base powder and dehydrated garnishes are mixed in with the dried noodle block, and the garnish consists of bits of seasoned chicken, eggs, green onions, and red bell peppers.
As you can guess from the above, the cooking of this cup ramen isn’t that complicated.
First, pour boiling water, then wait for 5 minutes with the flavor sachet placed on top of the cup, and lastly add the special Chi-yu chicken oil and stir well.
The thick Tori-Paitan broth looks like corn potage soup, and in fact, it tastes very close to that. But of course, the corn potage-like taste comes not from corn kernels but chicken.
The broth is very creamy, flavorful, and full of chicken umami, while the wheat noodles also have a pleasant, chewy bite.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Lastly, let’s see the ingredients and nutrition facts. Based on the label, the soup base of this cup ramen consists of lard, chicken seasoning, salt, creaming powder, chicken fat, starch, sugars, and emulsified oil.
The calories per serving (97 grams) are 391 kcal, and the Ginza Kagari instant ramen contains 6.8 g salt equivalents in total.