Okay so Richard and I got a Costco membership this year, which means we're official adults. So it was so exciting to see that Costco was selling ramen! And not even the super cheap Cup O' Ramen kind. This Nissin Raoh Ramen immediately caught our eye because the packaging makes it look super yummy and premium.
So the first thing you notice when you open the package is the noodles. They look very different from regular ramen noodles as they are straighter and thinner than usual. The soup packets are also interesting because they are written in english lol. I'm so used to everything being written in Chinese/Korean that it was weird to see an whole package of ramen written in english lol.
The "Soup" packet is a normal dry soup packet, but the flavor pouch is kind of a orange oily flavoring that I think is what adds all of the strong umami flavor.
As soon as you poor the water in, you can smell the strong umami flavor. Honestly it was a bit too strong, to the point where it almost smelled fishy when its supposed to be tonkatsu flavor. However, when you try the soup, it tastes really good and not fishy at all. The soup is creamy but not rich, which is exactly the kind of tonkatsu broth I like and that restaurants get wrong all the time. Even Richard who usually only likes spicy ramens, really liked the flavor of this soup. It's hard to describe the flavor more than just saying its very umami, but that in itself means that there is a pleasant meaty flavor to it.
As for the noodles, I was so pleased and surprised that Costco would sell such good quality ramen. Next time I will cook the noodles a bit more al dente since I like them to be a bit firmer, but cooking them with the package directions were pretty good too. They soaked up the flavor of the soup pretty well despite the fact that the directions said to cook them in plain unflavored water.
Overall, I'm super happy with this ramen, and even happier that it is available at Costco. I would highly recommend this to anyone, but especially to people who don't like spicy ramens and are looking for something that is not spicy but still full of flavor. This is definitely going to end up on my top five favorite non-spicy ramen list. I cant wait to dig into the rest of the box!
Have you tried this ramen? Let me know what you think in the commments!