Ichiran Instant Ramen

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Ichiran Instant Ramen and it’s contents (noodles, soup base, and red pepper)

Ichiran Instant Ramen

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Ichiran in Shibuya

Anyone a fan of Ichiran? I am and after two years since I first tried Ichiran in 2015, I recently discovered they sell INSTANT RAMEN back in September 2017. Easily saw this as an opportunity to blog about my experience (well, me and Charles’ experience) and this is a long overdue post. Keep in my mind, I’m not a dedicated food blogger so I’ll just summarize the steps (versus detailed steps) and our thoughts in this post.

Where to Find

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You can find these at Ichirans in Japan but I discovered that they also sold them at Don Quijote and for a slightly cheaper price! Those who are not familiar with Don Quijote, it is a grocery, discount chain from Japan but they have two locations in Hawaii so we were familiar with it and wanted to check out the one in Japan where it originated. The box that we bought came with five and the price was pretty reasonable. Yea, it’s not those cheap $0.50 ramen but you get what you pay for!

Prep

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Egg and pork belly

Before hand, Charles cooked soft boiled egg and pork belly then placed them in a marinade: soy sauce, mirin, ginger, and garlic.

More Prep: Green Onions and Garlic

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Wander Hour - Ichiran

Cut the green onions and garlic for garnish!

Cooking

Okay, this is where it gets really spotty because of the translation since the instructions are written entirely in Japanese. My elementary-level Japanese isn’t going to help me at all as far as translating it so we used one of Charles’ translation app to figure it out.

  1. Boil 450 ml of water (whatever that is)
  2. Place the noodles in the boiling water. Depending on the hardness, either cook it for 2 minutes or 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
  3. When the noodles are cooked, add the soup base and stir well
  4. When done, transfer the broth and noodles into a bowl.

Bring It All Together

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Add the noodles to the soup, the pork belly, egg, green onions, garlic, and pepper and serve! Our broth to noodle ratio was off (more noodles than broth) but I feel as if it was due to our calculations being wrong (450 ml converts to 1.90 cups – still don’t know why it was off though haha).

Verdict

It’s pretty good for an instant ramen I will say. Is it as good as what you get at the actual restaurant? Absolutely not. But given that I live about a 7 to 9 hour flight from Tokyo and an 11 hour flight from New York, I don’t necessarily have the luxury to indulge on delicious Ichiran ramen so bringing home Ichiran instant ramen is the next best thing.

Have you been to Ichiran?

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