What is Weipa Ramen (味覇拉麺)?
You might associate Weipa (味覇/ウェイパー) with seasoning from China, but it is a product from the Kobe, Hyogo-based company, Kouki Shoko (廣記商行) well-versed in Chinese food culture.
Weipa is a multi-purpose Japanese-style Chinese seasoning created referencing the advice from professional chefs long loved here in Japan, and this time, I picked up a package of instant ramen using it.
Weipa Ramen (味覇拉麺)
The Weipa Ramen (味覇拉麺) is a product from the Tokushima-based maker producing noodles named Okamoto Seimen (岡本製麺), created with the help of Kouki Shoko, and I bought it at a nearby supermarket for 278 yen.
As often seen in Japanese packaged instant ramen, this one also comes in two servings (with two sets of bundles of noodles & flavor packets), and its cooking is as simple & straightforward as that of its competitors.
I cooked the instant noodles following the directions on the back of the package, and here, I share the process with photos for people who want to try the ramen someday.
|1||First, bring a pot of 450 ml water to a boil, and slip in the noodles.|
|2||After boiling the noodles for 3 minutes, turn off the heat, and add the flavor seasoning.|
|3||Then give it all a good stir, and transfer the noodle soup into a ramen bowl.|
|4||Now it’s ready. Enjoy the ramen while it’s hot!|
The taste of the Weipa Ramen reminds me more of an authentic Chinese noodle dish than traditional Japanese ramen. It is light-tasting but packed with distinctively rich umami from chicken, pork, and vegetables and is delicious!
Lastly, for your information, here are the specific ingredients used in the Weipa Ramen and the nutrition facts.
|Noodles (Wheat flour, Salt, Wheat protein, Kansui alkaline solution, Gardenia pigment), Soup (Salt, Flavor oil, Sugar, Pork, Chicken extract, Lard, Protein hydrolysate, Spice, Sesame oil, Seasoning (including Amino acid), Thickeners (Modified starch, Xanthan), Oxidized starch, Antioxidant (Vitamin E) (Partially including Wheat, Pork, Beef, Soybean, Chicken, and Sesame)|
|Salt equivalents||6.8 g|
(Reference Page: Wikipedia 味覇 )