Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Kyushu Marugoto Ramen Pack By Marutai

This was a nifty find at the local T&T Market the other day.  It was a big gift box / sampler pack of Kyushu ramen made by Murutai, a well known ramen maker in Japan.  Marutai makes way more flavours than this, but this sampler pack takes some well known ramen soups from 7 Kyushu prefectures, taking your taste buds for an island tour.  Kyushi (the southern big island) is famous as the original home of Tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen and this box contained Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen which I am eager to taste.
The big cardboard box contains seven ramen packs, each containing two servings.  They are:
● Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen
● Kumamoto Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Ramen
● Nagasaki Agadashi Soy Ramen
● Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu Ramen
● Miyazaki Chicken Salt Ramen
● Saga Beef Ramen
● Oita Chicken Soy Ramen

http://www.marutai.co.jp/

The big display of the ramen pack at the supermarket is shown below.  The price was $25.99 in Canadian dollars, which works out to $1.85 per serving of noodles.  That is a pretty darn good price for something that is specially imported.
The box itself has some attractive art and design.  The box has lots of rich red colors to make it look deluxe with bold black lettering on the front on a white background.  The island of Kyushu is shown in gold, and it is kind of neat how each individual package of noodles highlights the prefecture it is from on this same island graphic.   All seven types of ramen are shown on the front of the box, making it look like a treasure trove of noodles.
Front of the Kyushu Marugoto sampler box.
Side of the box shown the nutritional content and ingredients of 4 of the types of noodles inside.
Side of the box showing the nutritional information and ingredients of the last three types of noodles.
Inside the box you can see it is packed full of noodles.
All seven kind of noodles layed out.  If only my noodle bowls at home looked as good as each picture.  So much tasty potential.
So these noodle packs are not deep fried instant noodles, but the fast cook dried variety that come in bundles of straight noodles (healthier too).  Each pack contains two bundles of noodles and two soup bases that can be powder or liquid in a thin plastic tray.  I've had noodles like this before from the Nissin noodles from Hong Kong, but these would be flavours I've never had at home before.
Miyazaki Salt Chicken - a shio ramen.
Oita Chicken Soy Ramen with Yuzu
Saga Beef Ramen - looking forward to see what this is like.
Nagasaki Agadashi Soy Ramen
Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu Ramen
Kumamoto Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Ramen
Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen
There are several flavours I'm really interested in tasting, including the Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen.  If you've watched the crime anime, Hakata Tonkosu Ramens, you'll get an extra kick out of the name too.  My first Tonkotsu ramen was from the Kyushu Jangara Ramen shop in Harajuku Tokyo and it was really good with a hit of spicy cod roe on top.  Kyushu Jangara Ramen is also from Hakata.  I'll post some reviews of the individual noodles in the weeks to come.

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