Review: Nissin Raoh Ramen Noodle Soup Tonkotsu Flavor
We all have something we're excited and passionate about in life. Right?!
For me, it is ramen. But when I first moved to North America, it was quite challenging.
Don't you just hate spending US$20 on a ramen meal?
Four years ago, my mom sent me Nissin Raoh and Maruchan Seimen from Ibaraki, Japan (my hometown) to my apartment, it was a surprising moment since these noodles tasted like real handmade raw ramen noodles.
Sure, you don't get toppings from these packages, but still, I can continue my ramen adventures using these instant noodles. (Yippee!)
Today, I want to introduce to you:
Nissin Raoh Ramen Noodle Soup Tonkotsu Flavor
Let's jump right in...
In Japanese, "Raoh" translates to Ramen King
Thin noodles inside - Extremely thin and hard noodles.
Noodles are surprisingly thin like somen!
The round noodle pack keeps the noodle compact.
Whole wheat flour is used for these noodles
Each individual pack comes with two packs of flavouring:
Powdered soup (in yellow packet)
Seasoning oil (in green packet)
Cooking Directions (from the package):
1. Prepare 450 mL (15.2 oz, about 2 cups) of water.
2. In a small pot, bring water to a boil.
3. Put noodles into the pot and boil it for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
4. Put soup powder, flavered oil into a ramen bowl
5. Pour only the hot water into the ramen bowl from the pot and mix them.
6. Put the noodles into the bowl.
This soup noodles are similar to Hakata ramen which are characterized by thin, straight noodles and thick soup. I feel like the creators tried to reproduce Hakata ramen for home dining.
Now, let's take a look at the different components of these noodles.
First of all, this tonkotsu soup is little less thicker than I expected.
For being instant noodles, there is a surprising depth of flavor to the broth. This is definitely a real Japanese tonkotsu-style broth which is milky white.
It is delicious as it is. You don't need add any flavor into it like chili or garlic powder.
You've got to get your hands on a pack and try it for yourself!
Check this out: thin straight noodles
That's right, you can experience authentic Hakata ramen with these noodles.
These noodles have an excellent texture. They are quite chewy, and they go well with the soup, but do not take too long to eat. It will become soggy easily compared to thicker noodles.
They are non-fried noodles and whole wheat flour is used for these noodles, so these noodles are healthier than other instant noodles, in comparison.
I could not believe my tastebuds, they taste like raw noodles at a tonkotsu ramen restaurant!
Compared to thick noodles, thin noodles have a higher surface area to volume ratio, so the soup can seep through and cover thin noodles better.
For thick noodles, in order to create an optimal surface area to volume ratio, chefs make the noodles wavy so the soup can coat all the noodles evenly. You don't need to do this for thin noodles, so thin noodles are straight. Theres a smoothness in your mouth when you eat thin and straight noodles.
Since the package says "Extremely thin and hard noodles", follow the instruction and boil it for 1 minute and 30 seconds. You will be able to experience the real taste and texture of Hakata ramen.
Traditional Japanese Toppings:
There is a lot of tonkotsu flavor from the oil packet.
Some people might think the smell of the oil packet is intense, but it is worth trying. It adds a depth to the flavour of the soup and makes the soup much more enjoyable.
My Thoughts Overall ★★★★★
If you cannot go to a tonkotsu ramen restaurant, but you really want to eat tonkotsu ramen, you will be really happy with Raoh’s tonkotsu flavoured ramen. The flavour explosion in this small packet will blow you away. It has a unique deliciousness unlike any other instant ramen.
It is very addictive.
The tonkotsu flavor and the great quality of the noodles will make this your new favourite instant ramen. I would recommend this to anyone.
Imagine eating thin and good textured noodles covered with a lot of tonkotsu umami flavor. It is so rich and filling.
If you have eaten Raoh "Tonkotsu" flavor, you are eligible enough to talk about tonkotsu ramen as a tonkotsu ramen expert.
Nutrition Facts (from the packaging)
Vitamin B1 0.17mg
Vitamin B2 0.26mg