Marutai Ramen: Original Light Soy Sauce Flavor Bo Ramen
“Marutai (マルタイ)” is a food maker headquartered in Fukuoka, on Kyushu Island, loved for its instant noodles products.
As the cities, Hakata and Kurume (the birthplace of Tonkotsu Ramen) are in the Fukuoka prefecture, personally, I associate Marutai with pork-bone broth Tonkotsu Ramen, like this.
But the company actually has an extensive line-up of instant noodles, and its signature product brand, “Bo Ramen (棒ラーメン: literally Stick Ramen)”‘s original flavor is “Assari Shoyu (あっさりしょうゆ)” or light soy sauce.
Marutai Ramen: Original Bo Ramen
Introduced in 1959, the original Bo Ramen, “Sokuseki Marutai Ramen (即席マルタイラーメン: Instant Marutai Ramen)” has now become one of the classics of packaged instant ramen in Japan and is available at many supermarkets around the country.
Price and Contents
The original Marutai Bo Ramen is priced at 170 yen (about 1.5 USD) and contains 2 servings of instant noodles in the package, specifically made up of
- 2 bundles of non-fried wheat noodles
- 2 silver packets of soup base powder
- 2 transparent sachets of seasoning oil
The cooking of this Marutai Bo Ramen is very straightforward like this,
- First, bring a pot of 450 ml water to a boil and then slip in the noodles
- Cook the noodles for 3 minutes and turn off the heat
- Add the soup base powder and seasoning oil to the pot and give it all a good stir
- Transfer the noodle soup to a ramen bowl and enjoy!
As for the taste, the broth is light soy sauce-based, blended with umami ingredients of pork, chicken, bonito, and vegetables, but has a somewhat different umami profile than normal Shoyu Ramen.
Meanwhile, the noodles are what are commonly used in Tonkotsu Ramen, so they are thin but have a delightful chew to them.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Lastly, for people who want to know the specific ingredients, nutrition facts, and calories of the original Bo Ramen Sokuseki Marutai Ramen, here are the labels.