Nissin Buta Raoh: A Bowl of Jiro-Kei Instant Ramen
In January of this year (2021), I bought a bowl of instant ramen named Nissin Buta Raoh (日清 豚ラ王), which intrigued me during shopping at a nearby supermarket.
But until today, it was in my instant noodle box, waiting for the turn I eat.
Nissin Buta Raoh (日清 豚ラ王)
The instant noodle soup, Nissin Buta Raoh (Suggested Retail Price: 368 yen), first debuted in January 2020 as a limited-time offer.
But various media outlets featured and made it a popular topic on SNS. That is why this year, too, it came into the market on January 4th.
In its name, Buta (豚) is the Japanese word for pork, and this instant ramen recreates the impactful, addictive taste of a kind of Jiro-Kei Ramen (二郎系ラーメン).
What is Jiro-Kei Ramen?
For the unfamiliar, Jiro-Kei Ramen is the name for bowls of ramen inspired by the ramen shop Ramen Jiro (ラーメン二郎).
The main characteristics of Jiro-Kei Ramen are as follows.
- The noodles are very thick, like udon.
- The broth is soy sauce-based with lots of pork back fat and umami.
- The Char-siu roast pork is thickly sliced and called Buta.
- The main toppings are plenty of boiled cabbage and bean sprouts.
- Chopped garlic adds the soup punch.
You can see the contents of Nissin Buta Raoh in the photo above.
As mentioned above, the noodles are thick, and the garnish consists of plenty of cabbage and a thick slice of Char-siu pork.
The pink packet contains a liquid soup base, while the yellow one contains pork’s back fat added to the soup after you cook the noodles.
As for the taste, the broth is unexpectedly neither garlicky nor greasy but has plenty of umami from the pork.
Meanwhile, the noodles are thick and firm, which can also give satisfaction.
Overall, the noodle soup deliciously recreates a bowl of Jiro-Kei Ramen and is of quite a high level.
Last, here are the ingredients list and nutrition facts label of the Nissin Buta Raoh ramen.
The soup base consists of soy sauce, pork lard, pork extract, spice, bean sprout seasoning oil, protein hydrolysate, salt, and sugars.
And the calories per serving (136 grams) are 486 kcal.