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)

Nissin Buta Raoh

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?

A Bowl of 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.


Nissin Buta Raoh Contents

Nissin Buta Raoh Dried Garnishes and Noodles

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.


Nissin Buta Raoh Instant Ramen with Pork Back Fat

Nissin Buta Raoh Jiro-Kei Instant Ramen

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.

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Nissin Buta Raoh Ingredients List

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.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

2 Responses

  1. Besimple says:

    I’m curious, is the Chashu dehydrated as well? I’ve purchased instant noodles with dehydrated Kakiage and they’re pretty good.

    • Tomo says:

      Thanks for commenting!
      Yes, it is. The Chashu is steeped in boiling water with the dried noodle block and other dried garnishes and rehydrated. The resulting meat is pretty good but almost always spongy compared to normal Chashu.

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