February 2024

Japanese Umami

Umami, known as the fifth taste alongside sweet, sour, bitter, and salty, is a profound flavor that embodies the essence of deliciousness. It's a rich, savory taste that is deeply ingrained in Japanese culinary traditions.

Every sip and slurp takes you closer to the essence of Japan's gastronomic wonder.

At the core of umami's distinctive taste is dashi, a fundamental ingredient that serves as the backbone of many Japanese dishes, including the ramen varieties we've selected for you this month.

What's Inside This Box

Kyoto-Style Dashi Curry Ramen
Kyoto-Style Dashi Curry Ramen
Famous and frequently featured in the media, this is Curry Ramen from 'Ajimika,' a Curry Udon specialty shop beloved by the people of Kyoto. The broth, made with bonito flakes and kelp, combined with Ajimika's special curry spices, creates a delicious Japanese-style soup! Adding rice to the remaining soup turns it into a delicious curry rice.
Hokusai Ramen - Kombu Soy Sauce
Hokusai Ramen - Kombu Soy Sauce
Noodles that offer a scent reminiscent of fresh noodles and a chewy texture are paired with a light soy sauce soup, enhanced by the addition of extracts from Hidaka kelp and richly flavored Rausu kelp, as well as dried sardine extract. The packaging design, vibrant with the lively Ukiyo-e art of Katsushika Hokusai, evokes the ancient energy of Japan, creating a strong Japanese impact.
Ichiki-Kushikino Tuna Ramen
Ichiki-Kushikino Tuna Ramen
From Ichiki-Kushikino City, which boasts the highest number of long-distance tuna fishing vessels in Japan, comes the famous Tuna Ramen. The soup, a pride of the city, is made with fragrant tuna broth finished with a light soy sauce flavor, and wasabi is added for a spicy accent, creating a superb taste experience!
Nara Tenri Ramen
Nara Tenri Ramen
A stamina-focused dish with richness and depth made using spicy bean paste, 'Nara Tenri Ramen' enjoys enduring popularity mainly in the Kansai region. This ramen, considered the originator of the unique style that uses napa cabbage as an ingredient, is characterized by its soup, which has a depth of flavor enriched by the sweetness of vegetables.
Oreno Ramen Kouta - Spicy Miso
Oreno Ramen Kouta - Spicy Miso
This ramen is supervised by the popular Sapporo restaurant 'Oreno Ramen Kouta.' Please enjoy the addictive spiciness and the rich flavor of miso.
Black Satsuma Chicken Ramen
Black Satsuma Chicken Ramen
A luxurious ramen has been created using 'Kuro Satsuma Chicken,' a specialty of Kagoshima, which is rich in amino acids, the components of umami. The sophisticated saltiness offers a unique taste, truly befitting of the offspring of 'Satsuma Chicken,' one of Japan's three great varieties of chicken. Please enjoy its exceptional flavor. *Please consume promptly as the shelf life is short.
Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen - 2 serves
Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen - 2 serves
Since its establishment in 1971, 'Nagahama Number One,' a popular Kyushu ramen restaurant known both locally and beyond for preserving the traditional taste, has supervised the careful recreation of its rich pork bone ramen. As a garnish, it comes with plenty of green onions, reminiscent of the restaurant's signature offering.
Chopped Seaweed
Chopped Seaweed
This nori is produced in the Ariake Sea of Saga Prefecture, characterized by its crispy texture and delicious flavor. Please enjoy it as a topping on soba, ramen, salads, and more.
Yawataya Isogoro Ramen Shichimi (seven-flavor spice)
Yawataya Isogoro Ramen Shichimi (seven-flavor spice)
This shichimi (seven-flavor spice) blends black and white pepper, which pair well with ramen, with the richness and aromatic fragrance of onion, yuzu, and ao nori (green seaweed). It gently wraps around the noodles and soup, enhancing the flavor.
Kyoto-Style Dashi Curry Ramen
Hokusai Ramen - Kombu Soy Sauce
Ichiki-Kushikino Tuna Ramen
Nara Tenri Ramen
Oreno Ramen Kouta - Spicy Miso
Black Satsuma Chicken Ramen
Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen - 2 serves
Chopped Seaweed
Yawataya Isogoro Ramen Shichimi (seven-flavor spice)
Kyoto-Style Dashi Curry Ramen
Famous and frequently featured in the media, this is Curry Ramen from 'Ajimika,' a Curry Udon specialty shop beloved by the people of Kyoto. The broth, made with bonito flakes and kelp, combined with Ajimika's special curry spices, creates a delicious Japanese-style soup! Adding rice to the remaining soup turns it into a delicious curry rice.

COMMON ALLERGENS
Wheat, Soybeans

ALSO CONTAINS
None

RECOMMANDED TOPPING
Scallions, Dried onions, Rosted pork

EASY COOKING
1. When 500ml of water comes to a boil, add the noodles and boil for 1.5 minutes.

2. Once the noodles are boiled, add seasoning packet and stir well, let it boil for about 10-30 seconds, then turn off the heat.

3. Transfer to a bowl, add your favorite toppings, and enjoy.

Hokusai Ramen - Kombu Soy Sauce
Noodles that offer a scent reminiscent of fresh noodles and a chewy texture are paired with a light soy sauce soup, enhanced by the addition of extracts from Hidaka kelp and richly flavored Rausu kelp, as well as dried sardine extract. The packaging design, vibrant with the lively Ukiyo-e art of Katsushika Hokusai, evokes the ancient energy of Japan, creating a strong Japanese impact.

COMMON ALLERGENS
Eggs, Wheat, Soybeans, Pork

ALSO CONTAINS
Chicken

RECOMMANDED TOPPING
Seasoned bamboo shoots, Rosted porks, Scallions

EASY COOKING
1. When 600cc of water comes to a boil, add the noodles and boil for 4.5 minutes. (After 3 minutes, please flip the noodles and gently loosen them)

2. Once the noodles are boiled, turn off the heat, add seasoning packet and stir well.

3. Transfer to a bowl, add your favorite toppings, and enjoy.

Ichiki-Kushikino Tuna Ramen
From Ichiki-Kushikino City, which boasts the highest number of long-distance tuna fishing vessels in Japan, comes the famous Tuna Ramen. The soup, a pride of the city, is made with fragrant tuna broth finished with a light soy sauce flavor, and wasabi is added for a spicy accent, creating a superb taste experience!

COMMON ALLERGENS
Wheat, Pork, Soybeans, Mackerel, Eggs, Milk

ALSO CONTAINS
Chicken

RECOMMANDED TOPPING
Scallions, Seasoned tuna sashimi, Chopped seaweed

EASY COOKING
1. When 450ml of water comes to a boil, add the noodles and boil for 3 minutes.

2. After boiling the noodles, turn off the heat, add the larger seasoning packet, and stir well.

3. Transfer to a bowl and enjoy. The smaller seasoning packet contains wasabi powder; adding it according to your taste makes it even more delicious.

Nara Tenri Ramen
A stamina-focused dish with richness and depth made using spicy bean paste, 'Nara Tenri Ramen' enjoys enduring popularity mainly in the Kansai region. This ramen, considered the originator of the unique style that uses napa cabbage as an ingredient, is characterized by its soup, which has a depth of flavor enriched by the sweetness of vegetables.

COMMON ALLERGENS
Eggs, Wheat, Wesame, Soybeans, Pork

ALSO CONTAINS
Chicken, Gelatin,

RECOMMANDED TOPPING
Napa cabbage(50g), Pork slices(30g), Chives(10g)

EASY COOKING
1. When 500ml of water comes to a boil, add the noodles and topping, boil for 3 minutes. (Please adjust the boiling time according to your preference)

2. After boiling the noodles, turn off the heat, add the seasoning packet, and stir well.

3. Transfer to a bowl and enjoy.

Oreno Ramen Kouta - Spicy Miso
This ramen is supervised by the popular Sapporo restaurant 'Oreno Ramen Kouta.' Please enjoy the addictive spiciness and the rich flavor of miso.

COMMON ALLERGENS
Eggs, Wheat, Sesame, Soybeans, Pork

ALSO CONTAINS
Chicken

RECOMMENDED TOPPING
Rosted pork slices, Seasoned bamboo shoots, Scallions, Shichimi chili pepper

EASY COOKING
1. When 500ml of water comes to a boil, add the noodles and boil for 4.5 minutes. (TIPS: After 3 minutes, loosen the noodles slightly.)

2. Once the noodles are boiled, turn off the heat, add seasoning packet and stir well.

3. Transfer to a bowl and enjoy.

Black Satsuma Chicken Ramen
A luxurious ramen has been created using 'Kuro Satsuma Chicken,' a specialty of Kagoshima, which is rich in amino acids, the components of umami. The sophisticated saltiness offers a unique taste, truly befitting of the offspring of 'Satsuma Chicken,' one of Japan's three great varieties of chicken. Please enjoy its exceptional flavor. *Please consume promptly as the shelf life is short.

COMMON ALLERGENS
Wheat, Soybeans, Pork

ALSO CONTAINS
Chicken, Gelatin

RECOMMENDED TOPPING
Rosted chicken slices, Seasoned bamboo shoots, Seasoned egg

EASY COOKING
1. Place the noodles into plenty of boiling water and cook noodles for 1.5 to 2.5 minutes.

2. Pour the larger seasoning packet into a bowl, dissolve it with 280ml of hot water.

3. Once the noodles are cooked, drain well. Then place the noodles in the bowl, sprinkle with the smaller seasoning packet, add your favorite toppings, and enjoy.

Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen - 2 serves
Since its establishment in 1971, 'Nagahama Number One,' a popular Kyushu ramen restaurant known both locally and beyond for preserving the traditional taste, has supervised the careful recreation of its rich pork bone ramen. As a garnish, it comes with plenty of green onions, reminiscent of the restaurant's signature offering.

COMMON ALLERGENS
Wheat, Wheat, Sesame, Soybean, Pork

ALSO CONTAINS
Chicken

RECOMMANDED TOPPING
Rosted pork, Seasoned egg

EASY COOKING
1. Bring 450ml of water to a boil in a pot, add one packet of noodles, and boil for 3 minutes.

2. After the noodles are cooked, add one of silver seasoning packets (soup packet) and pink seasoning packets (oil packet), stir well.

3. Transfer the noodles into a bowl, pour in the green seasoning packet(dried scallions), mix well, and enjoy.

Chopped Seaweed
This nori is produced in the Ariake Sea of Saga Prefecture, characterized by its crispy texture and delicious flavor. Please enjoy it as a topping on soba, ramen, salads, and more.

COMMON ALLERGENS
None

ALSO CONTAINS
None

TIPS
No cooking required, simply open the bag, place it on the ramen, and enjoy.

Yawataya Isogoro Ramen Shichimi (seven-flavor spice)
This shichimi (seven-flavor spice) blends black and white pepper, which pair well with ramen, with the richness and aromatic fragrance of onion, yuzu, and ao nori (green seaweed). It gently wraps around the noodles and soup, enhancing the flavor.

COMMON ALLERGENS
None

ALSO CONTAINS
None

TIPS
No cooking required, simply open the bag, place it on the ramen, and enjoy.

*All images are for illustrative purposes only. Topping ingredients are not included.