The ramen eating ritual is a slurpy and noisy affair.
To enjoy a good bowl of ramen, one needs to slurp hard, make it messy and most importantly, create a lot of noise. It should end with a loud “Ahhh!!!” to indicate that one is extremely satisfied with the ramen. Outside of Japan, these rituals are best done in the intimacy of your home, not in the public.
Problem is, a good bowl of ramen is normally found in the restaurants. Performing the same ritual on a normal or mediocre bowl of ramen at home does not result in the same satisfaction.
I’ve been searching for that great bowl of ramen that I can make a home. Could this be the one that’ll finally stop me from embarrassing myself in public?
Presenting the Marutai Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen!
First look after opening the packet is that the noodles looks pretty decent and good quality. The cooking process is standard – put in the seasoning and spices from the little packets, wait for water to boil, add the noodles, wait some more and it’s ready.
The first thing that hits your palate when you drink the soup is that it’s super peppery. It overwhelms everything, including the tiny hint of the typical Tonkotsu pork stock in good ramen.
The noodles itself was slightly chewy but mostly soft. Handmade noodles are typically more chewy and springy.
Overall, this is more authentic than the Cup Noodles type of ramen but it’s still very far off a good bowl of ramen found in restaurants. Well, looks like there will be more Ohhh’ing and Ahhh’ing at the restaurant.
I bought this using my own money from Don Don Donki, Singapore.