Ichiran Instant Tonkotsu Ramen Cup Noodles
Around the end of November of last year (2021), I came across Ichiran instant ramen cup noodles by chance at a Welcia drugstore.
That was a rare joyful discovery because, until then, I only saw the product sold in bulk on the official online store.
In the instant noodles aisle of the drugstore, the cup ramen quickly caught my eye because of the recognizable packaging and almost twice the price compared to its counterparts with similar sizes.
But the item was so appealing that the high price (454 yen/about 3.9 USD) didn’t bother me at all, and I instantly decided to buy it.
Ichiran Tonkotsu Ramen Cup Noodles
The Ichiran cup ramen might be pricey. But with this, you can slurp an authentic bowl of Ichiran ramen at home, individually in a cozy circumstance, without caring about others.
The product is manufactured by Acecook and sold by Ichiran.
As the description on the lid says, this Ichiran ramen has no toppings other than the secret tare sauce. But the simplicity brings out the original pure taste of the ramen.
The contents of the three packets enclosed in the cup are
- The brown A packet contains soup base powder.
- The white B packet contains soup base liquid.
- The red C packet contains Ichiran’s secret tare sauce.
The cooking of this instant ramen is not that complicated, as shown in the table below.
|1||First, open the lid about halfway to the red triangle arrows and take the three packets out of the bowl.|
|2||Then pour boiling water (about 440cc) until it reaches the line indicated inside the container.|
|3||Close the lid and place the liquid soup base B packet on top to warm.|
|4||4 minutes later, after removing the lid, first put the soup base powder in the cup, and then add the soup base liquid.|
|5||Give it all a good stir, and as a finishing touch, add the secret tare sauce.|
As for the taste, the tonkotsu (pork bone) broth is light tasting but very flavorful and creamy, which well coats the noodles.
The wheat noodles are non-fried. They are thin but have a pleasant chew and match perfectly with the soup.
Overall, the Ichiran cup ramen is super tasty and high level and deserves the price!
The noodles: wheat flour (made in Japan), salt, vegetable protein, soybean dietary fiber, albumen powder
The liquid soup base: pork extract, flavor oil, soy sauce, lard, salt, sugar, fermented seasoning, rapeseed oil, seasoning paste, protein hydrolyzate
The soup base powder: powdered pork extract, protein hydrolyzate, lard, spices
The secret tare sauce: reduced starch syrup, rapeseed oil, protein hydrolyzate, red chili pepper, salt, pork extract, sugar, grated garlic, soy sauce, grated ginger, lard, miso (fermented soybean paste), seasoning paste, seasoning powder, black pepper
|Salt equivalents||8.6 g|