• Frank Striegl

Instant Ramen Review - Kamitoku Gold Ramen

Ramen group Kamitoku is known for simple and delicious beef bone ramen.

Pound for pound, Kamitoku's official instant ramen might even hit harder than their actual ramen! In short, it's one of the very best instant ramen I've ever tried. Let's get to it!

Kamitoku Instant Ramen Review

Kamitoku - A Beefy Background

Most ramen shops in Japan use chicken and/or pork bones for the soup. But Kamitoku use beef bones. This is more common in Tottori prefecture, where Kamitoku is based. In addition to Tottori, Kamitoku has a branch in Tokyo's Ginza district.

Kamitoku Instant Ramen Review - Outside Ginza Shop
Kamitoku's Ginza Branch

They also have a branch Honolulu, Hawaii. Over there it's actually a food truck.

Called "Tottori Gold", Kamitoku's signature beef bone ramen is seasoned with a light soy sauce. This lighter seasoning allows the deep beef bone flavors to really emerge.

Kamitoku Instant Ramen Review - Actual Ramen

Furthermore, they add a fair amount of black pepper, most of it resting on the slab of pork. This black pepper goes well with the tasty beef bone soup. The other toppings are extra crunchy - bean sprouts, menma (bamboo shoots), and green negi (spring onions).

Lastly, medium-thick noodles bring it all together.

Kamitoku - Instant Gold

Instant noodle manufacturer Sugakiya Foods was responsible for bringing Kamitoku's ramen to life. Sugakiya Foods isn't as well known as bigger brands like Nissin. But they've modestly created a handful of quality instant ramen from famous ramen shops.