Sura Tanmen Instant Noodles from Myojo Chukazanmai
Today, I got a cup of instant ramen from Myojo’s Chukazanmai line. Incidentally, “Chukazanmai (中華三昧)” is one of the company’s signature instant ramen brands, along with “Charumera (チャルメラ)“.
Myojo Chukazanmai Akasaka Eirin Suratan-Men
Actually, the Myojo Chukazanmai instant noodle soup I picked up this time, which was introduced in 2010, recreates the taste of Akasaka Eirin’s “Sura Tanmen (酸辣湯麺)”.
“Eirin (榮林)” (Google Map) is a well-established Chinese restaurant with over 60 years of history located in Akasaka, Tokyo, and is known as the birthplace of Sura Tanmen.
What is Sura Tanmen (Suratan-Men)?
“Sura-Tanmen (酸辣湯麺)”, or Suratan-Men, is the noodles-added version of a traditional soup dish in Chinese cuisine “酸辣湯 (Suan La Tang)”, which is referred to as “hot and sour soup” in English-speaking countries.
Using vinegar, chili oil, and white pepper, Suan La Tang is literally spicy-hot and sour and is finished with beaten eggs in Japan, and so is the Japanese hot and sour soup noodle Suratan-Men.
By the way, “酸 (Su)” is the word for sour, “辣 (Ra)”: pungent or spicy, “湯 (Tan)”: hot water or soup, and “麺 (Men)”: noodles.
The Sura Tanmen flavor of the cup ramen Myojo Chukazanmai Akasaka Eirin is also pretty good and well-balanced; a little spicy with a refreshing sour acidic taste from brewed vinegar.