While I am not a fan of instant noodles, I am a fan of ramen and my favourite ramen when in Japan is...Ichiran Ramen. If you have followed me on my Instagram and on this blog, you would know that Ichiran is a must visit for me everytime I go to Japan. Then in 2017, I discovered that they have launched their very own...instant noodles.
At first I was against getting it because everyone knows that it will never be as good as the real deal. I wasn't wrong there but when you are thousands of miles from the nearest Ichiran Ramen and have a dire craving for their delicious tonkotsu broth, their instant noodle is the next best thing. So on my most recent escapade to Japan to WWoof on horse ranches, I excitedly bought one box of five packets of Ichiran Ramen's straight instant noodles from Don Quixote. They have the curly version too but it doesn't taste as nice as the original straight version.
Anyway, because the instruction were in Japanese, I relied on Google to bring up the How to on making it. I read blogs and watched videos and realised, upon trying it and thus, wasting two packets of ramen...,that those were SHIT methods.
400 - 450ml of water is way too much to obtain that thick broth texture that Ichiran is known for and further diluted the taste. After wasting two packets, I finally figured out the closest way to getting a somewhat similar taste and soup texture to Ichiran. So after reading my long-winded essay on ramen, let me reward you with my method...
2. Once the texture is to your liking, remove immediately from boiling water and run it under a stream of cold water to stop the cooking. Drain it of water and place it into a deep bowl.
3. And here comes the next part to get the near perfect soup flavour and texture....mix the soup and chili powder in with the noodles. Stir and mix it into the noodles, ensuring that every strand of delicious Ichiran noodle is coated.
4. Now comes the final step. Pour in about 300ml of hot water into your noodles and soup, stirring as you do so. Taste and adjust to suit your liking.