池袋大勝軒 特製もりそば つけ麺 – Ikebukuro Taishoken Special Morisoba Tsukemen

My recent reviews of instant nama ramen fittingly end with Yamagishi Kazuo-san’s famous Morisoba tsukemen. Initially wanting to try this first, the expiration date (like before) has coincidentally led me to save the best for last. Are you ready?


The contents include:

  • 大勝軒 もりそば スープ (Taishoken Morisoba soup)
  • メン (noodles)
  • メンマ (menma/bamboo shoots)
  • チャーシュー (chashu)…yes I said chashu…I was surprised too!


Only one word can describe these noodles–perfection. I can’t believe an instant ramen in a little box can contain such amazing noodles. Just holding them in my hands before boiling them felt like I was caressing royalty. They were softer than usual and free of all clumps, like every fresh noodle should be. And after a three minute bubble bath, they were ready for some skinny dipping.


I normally don’t follow the directions when it comes to how much water I need to add to the soup, but since this was tsukemen I decided to use the precise amount. But wait, there’s a problem: How do I measure 250cc? Since I left my graduated cylinder in science class long ago, I turned to everyone’s best friend–google.


I’m not used to soups being this strong, but after a few dips I couldn’t stop and was hoping that my bowl of noodles would never end. The soup was tangy with a strong fish essence that coated everything it touched with instant marination. The chashu was also amazing. As soon as I took it out of its airtight package, it began to break apart like all genuine slow-cooked chashu should. And it practically evaporated in my mouth. I’m still shocked that this box even contained chashu. This can’t be real…I must be dreaming.


The menma was also surprisingly fresh. Chewy yet crunchy and brought to life by this soup.


So that’s it for instant 生 ramen for awhile. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did. Hopefully I’ll be surprised by another package like this again soon. Especially since I have to find something to replace my weekend bike rides. Btw, my motorcycle is still missing and I’ve now considered lojack to be useless and a complete waste of money!

2 Replies to “池袋大勝軒 特製もりそば つけ麺 – Ikebukuro Taishoken Special Morisoba Tsukemen”

  1. (looks at the packaged Chasu…)WOW! (O_o) They gave you Chashu in your packaged Ramen?! Great review Keizo, and it looks like some of the best Instant Ramen available on the planet!/jealous 🙂

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