Nissin Donbei Tan-Tan Udon Instant Noodle
I am fond of eating spicy food. Yesterday when I stopped by a 7 Eleven, I found one of my favorite flavors of instant noodles, spicy TanTanMen, or DanDan noodles, which was not a form of ramen but udon.
Since I hadn’t tried that Tan Tan udon from Nissin’s Donbei line before, this time I bought that for sampling, which cost me about 210 yen (about 2 USD).
Nissin Donbei TanTan (DanDan) Udon
According to the official website of Nissin, the Donbei DanDan Udon instant noodle was introduced in August of last year (2020) and seems to not be a limited time offer but a regular item.
Together with the dried wheat noodle block, these 2 flavor packets come with the bowl; the brown one is filled with a liquid soup base, while the red one contains soup base powder with dried garnishes consisting of sesame seeds, seasoned meat bits, green onions, and red bell peppers.
I made this instant udon noodle following the directions on the side of the bowl. As with other Donbei instant noodles, the cooking was not that complicated, like this.
|1||First, put the contents (soup base powder and dried garnishes) of the red packet into the bowl|
|2||Pour boiling water into the container until it reaches the line indicated inside|
|3||Close the lid and place the brown packet on top of it, and let the noodles sit and cook for 5 minutes|
5 minutes later, remove the paper lid and add in the contents (liquid soup base) of the brown packet
|5||Stir all the ingredients well with chopsticks and enjoy the TanTan udon!|
As for the taste, the udon noodles were usual Donbei quality, soft and flat, while the broth had a nice aroma of Szechuan pepper but was not spicier than it looks and tasted somewhat vague. Personally, I love the DanDan broth of Nissin Nakiryu much better than this.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Lastly, let’s see the ingredients and nutrition facts labels. Based on that, the soup base of this Tan Tan udon consists of miso, pork extract, soy sauce, lard, sugars, reduced starch syrup, salt, flavoring oil, Katsuobushi bonito powder, vegetable oil, onion seasoning oil, yeast extract, and spices.
The calories per one serving (103 grams) are 430 kcal and the udon noodle soup contains 4.6 g of salt equivalents (noodles and garnishes: 1.5 g/ broth: 3.1g).