Ichiran releases its first-ever instant ramen

By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

You can enjoy a wide variety of ramen in Japan, but for many, nothing beats the hearty, reliable flavor of Ichiran. Specialising in tonkotsu pork bone broth ramen, this popular chain often has lines out the door and down the street, but now you can skip the queue because Ichiran has just announced they’ve developed their first-ever instant ramen!

This is huge news for ramen fans, especially now during the pandemic when so many people are opting to eat at home. It’s been a long time coming as well, as Ichiran says they’ve spent 20 years developing the new product, to ensure both the broth and noodles deliver the same high quality and flavour as their in-store offerings, which diners have come to know and love.

▼ These are the first instant cup noodles in Ichiran’s 60-year-long history.


Unlike a lot of instant noodles on the market, this new offering doesn’t include lots of extra toppings, as Ichiran says it wants diners to enjoy the true flavor of their noodles. That’s why each serving contains only noodles, broth, and the chain’s original secret red sauce.

A lot of detail has gone into perfecting the recipe, as diners will be given not one but two packs of ingredients to make the broth–one powder and one liquid–which is said to create a rich, deep flavor and smooth mouthfeel. In addition, it contains a specially flavored oil to enhance the taste and aroma of the ramen.

▼ The golden broth is said to deliver bagfuls of delicious tonkotsu flavor.


Ichiran is well-known for their long, straight noodles, a hallmark of Hakata-style ramen, named after the city where both tonkotsu and Ichiran originated. The instant version uses custom-made non-fried noodles that are straight and contain a more wheat flavor.

▼ These custom noodles are in a league of their own compared to other varieties on the market.


If those photos haven’t already got you drooling, then this promotional video for the new product surely will.

The new Ichiran Tonkotsu cup ramen, priced at 490 yen, will be on sale in Japan from Feb 15 at convenience stores, supermarkets, Ichiran stores, and online.

Source: Press Release

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Ramen is one of the world's favorite comfort food even though they are a high-sodium food and consuming too much sodium can negatively affect your health. Unfortunately it's linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, strokes, obesity and other disorders. However they provide several nutrients like iron, B vitamins and manganese. They lack fiber, protein and other important vitamins and minerals. To compensate for that try adding fresh vegetables and for protein try adding chicken, fish, tofu etc. This can enhance the nutritional value of the ramen. For instant ramen find one available with low sodium content. I'll always love noodles and there are healthy noodles like soba, shirataki noodle, edamame noodle, rice noodle and egg noodle.

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Wise words. I've said something like this many times only to be down-voted. Basically, this sort of food caters to lazy people or people who have absolutely no access to a kitchen and can't be bothered to find healthier food. Just yesterday, I made my own. You can get packets of non-fried ramen noodles. Make your own sauce - I use miso, sesame paste, chilli oil, sesame oil, garlic. Then I add plenty of vegetables and any sort of tofu (I like abura-age). And don't get me started on the amount of garbage generated by these plastic containers.

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Just want to say I want this bad and...

Unfortunately it's linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, strokes, obesity and other disorders

this is simply not true. Do some research.

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For a Australian male making Japanese food like ramen Tonkotsu is mission impossible without approprite training. Getting a good instant variety is about the best we can hope for here unless you can find a decent Japanese ramen restaurant near by. Ship some of these down under and I will buy it.

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