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Sapporo Ichiban Tonkotsu Flavor Review: This Ramen Will Become Your Next Favorite

Fact: Making tonkotsu broth is very time consuming.

Not everyone can get a bowl of tonkotsu ramen anytime they want. 

For me, my wife and I regularly move between Japan and Canada for work and whenever we are not in Japan, we are not able to get ramen on a regular basis. 

In the suburban area of Canada, we haven’t been able to find a go-to ramen restaurant for us. 

For people like us, we make tonkotsu ramen at home by hand.
But know this, making tonkotsu broth from scratch requires the right tools, a large zundo, a few hours, and lots of patience. 
Unless I am in the mood for that much cooking, I don't really want to spend this many hours in the kitchen. 
Are you like me?

Great solution for people like us:

Sapporo Ichiban tonkotsu flavor 

Let me tell you a bit more...

Sapporo Ichiban is a brand name that Sanyo Foods has which was found as Fujiseimen in 1953. 

Believe it or not, this company doesn't have any offices or factories in Sapporo.

The president of Sanyo Foods, Takeshi Ida named the noodles brand name Sapporo Ichiban in 1961 because he was impressed the taste of Sapporo ramen when he traveled in Hokkaido.

Did you know that?

This tonkotsu flavor debuted in store in 2002.

Value pack consists of 5 individual packages

The serving suggestion on the packaging looks delicious!

Let's open one up.

Perfect square noodles

Round vs. Square Noodles - Do you have a preference?

Each individual package comes with a soup base.


Cooking Directions (from the package):

1. In a small pot, bring 2 cups (500ml) of water to a boil. 
2. Add noodles, breaking up if desired. 
3. Cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Remove from heat. 
5. Stir in soup base packet.

Optional: Try adding an egg, vegetables, and meat as desired. 

Broth ★★★

It looks cloudy right?

This soup is thick and a little creamy. It tastes like a mixture of chicken and pork broth. This tonkotsu flavor is my wife's favorite out of this brand.

Noodles ★★★

Usually, tonkotsu ramen goes well with straight thin noodles.

But it turns out for this product, wavy noodles are used. They go well with the noodles, I was pleasantly surprised. However, I still prefer the traditional straight and thin noodles. 

Unlike other inexpensive grocery store instant noodles, they don't get soggy and soft quickly. 

Toppings ☆☆☆☆

Oddly enough, the packet doesn't come with any toppings.
But one thing is for sure, these traditional toppings below will go well with your Sapporo Ichiban tonkotsu flavor.

Traditional Japanese Toppings:
Boiled egg (Ajitama)
Green onion
Benishoga (Ginger)

Other Options:
Bean sprout
Shiitake mushrooms 
Milk (makes the soup creamier)

My Thoughts Overall ★★★★☆

My favourite part of this ramen was its broth. I think the base of this broth is similar, or exactly the same as the one from Sapporo Ramen shio flavor, with hints of tonkotsu elements added on. 

If you are a big fan of Sapporo Ichiban’s shio flavor like me, you will like this broth a lot as well!

Imagine eating chewy, textured noodles covered with a lot of tonkotsu umami flavor. It is rich and filling - The perfect meal!

Nutrition Facts (from the packaging)
Serving Size 1 package
Serving Per Container 1
Calories 470
Total Fat 20g
Saturated Fats 10g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0g
Sodium 1,530mg
Total Carbohydrate 65g
Dietary Fibers 5g
Sugars 5g
Protein 9g
Vitamin D 0%
Calcium 35g
Iron 3g
Potassium 145mg

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