Jess and I had the opportunity to attend a local pop-up ramen night at Local Loaf in uptown Charlotte at the 7th Street Public Market tonight.
Today we have a two-fer! Jess and I decided to try Myojo Chukazanmai’s Oriental and Soy Sauce flavored ramen. Considered amongst packaged ramen folk to be of a higher quality than your typical American grocery store ramen, these two offerings pack quite a bit of flavor in a freeze-dried packet.
We continue our exploration of Sun’s ramen offerings with their Miso flavor. If Shoyu is the most popular/well known of the base ramen flavors in the US, Tonkotsu and Miso battle it out for the number two spot. For instance, my wife is not a big fan of Tonkotsu, but usually prefers Miso. Conversely, my friend Hsien loves Tonkotsu over all others. It’s all based on palate preference. While the Miso flavor is still a good choice, it is certainly not my favorite of the bunch. However, it does allow for a more rounded choice when picking out a favored flavor from Sun.
Sun continues dominating the packaged ramen market with its Tonkotsu offering. I, personally, have always preferred Shoyu over Tonkotsu in restaurants and at stands. However, in the case of Sun’s offering, I actually prefer the Tonkotsu. So, I guess I lied in my last review – Shoyu is no longer the single best pre-packaged ramen. Sun actually managed to top themselves.
This is the single best pre-packaged ramen I have ever had. It’s stunning how close it gets to restaurant/stand quality in a little refrigerated box. I found this in my Japanese grocer’s freezer and tried it out simply because I prefer the uncooked noodle variety of pre-packaged ramen. I am so glad I did.
While going through the refrigerated noodle section at Hatoya Japanese Grocer here in Charlotte, I found this bag of Maruchan noodles I had never seen. While it does use ramen noodles, it is not a soup – there is no broth mixing, and no reason to heat a certain amount of water in order to make the base mix. These are, basically, sesame cold noodles, and they’re pretty delicious.
I picked this package of Shimadaya Shoyu ramen up in the freezer section of my Japanese grocer. I liked the look of the packaging and, as all packaged ramen aficionados know, the freezer section ramen is usually the best ramen. This particular brand, however, left me severely wanting.