Myojo Mochi Mochi no Ki Instant Ramen from 7 Eleven
On August 10, 2020, 7 Eleven Japan started to sell the new edition of Mochi Mochi no Ki instant ramen from Myojo’s Meiten Kiko line.
“Meiten (銘店)” means “famous shop” in Japanese, and the cup ramen was created through a collaboration between the Japanese instant noodles manufacturer Myojo and the ramen shop Mochi Mochi no ki.
Mochi Mochi no Ki Instant Ramen from Myojo
This is the Mochi Mochi no Ki instant ramen.
For the unfamiliar “Mochi Mochi no Ki (もちもちの木)” is a Saitama-based popular ramen chain whose main shop (Google Map) is in Shiraoka City, Saitama Prefecture.
And this cup ramen beautifully recreates the taste of its signature ramen.
In the name of Mochi Mochi no Ki, “Mochi Mochi (もちもち)” is the Japanese onomatopoeic word for “chewy”, and these noodles have a pleasant chew.
Meanwhile, “Ki (木)” means “tree”, and here, the word stands for Menma bamboo shoots that look like trees.
The Menma used in this Mochi Mochi no Ki ramen is an expensive variety called “Hosaki Menma (穂先メンマ)” which is made only using the tender-crisp tip part of bamboo shoots.
The thing above is the Hosaki Menma packed together in a brick. The other garnishes are chunks of Chashu pork and chopped green onions.
As often seen in recent Japanese cup ramen, this Mochi Mochi no Ki instant ramen comes with a flavor oil sachet attached to the lid.
By the way, the seasoning oil is added to the cup right after you cook the noodles.
Features and Taste
The broth is soy sauce-based seafood broth. It is light-tasting but flavorful, featuring the umami of bonito.
The noodles are medium-thin wheat noodles. They have a firmer and chewier texture than many other instant noodles.
And the twig-like Menma bamboo shoots have a nice crisp bite. Overall, the Mochi Mochi no Ki instant ramen is quite good!
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Lastly, according to the ingredient list and nutrition facts label on the side of the cup,
the soup base of this instant ramen consists of soy sauce, dextrin, lard, flavor oil, salt, bonito extract, Katsuobushi bonito powder, protein hydrolyzate, pork and chicken extract, sugars, flavoring, chicken oil, Niboshi dried sardine powder, Kombu seaweed extract, and spices.
The calories per serving (92 grams) are 352 kcal, and this Mochi Mochi no Ki instant ramen contains 7.6 g salt equivalents in total.