Today is one of those days where I’m feeling too lazy to cook, and craving bad food. So while grocery shopping at Tokyo Central Market, I picked up some instant udon noodles called Akai Kitsune Instant Udon Bowl by Maruchan. This instant udon bowl is a little different than the normal udon bowls. The noodles are dry and flat instead of the usual vacuumed sealed fresh udon noodles. And, it comes with abaraage – Japanese deep fried tofu pouch.
You’ll see in the image below that there is a dried piece of tofu pouch on top of the noodles.
It comes with a seasoning pack. The right side is the soup based powder while the left is some chili powder you can add in after your noodles are done.
Add in the soup based powder, fill with hot water up to the line indicated in the bowl, and wait 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, the noodles and tofu is soft, and ready to eat. The flavor of the soup is on the salty side, but hey, it is instant noodles haha. I really like that I can taste the dashi stock. The tofu has a soft spongy texture, and the taste is mildly sweet. Personally, I think this would have to be my new favorite instant udon bowl. It’s a lot more flavorful than Nongshim’s udon bowls, and I prefer this noodle because it doesn’t get soggy over time when eating. I wouldn’t eat this all the time because of the high salt content, but if I am craving cheap, quick, udon noodles, I would buy this again.