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I was in San Diego last week and found a Japanese supermarket called Mistuwa Marketplace. As I perused the instant noodle isle the Marutai Nagahama ramen caught my eye. I was enticed by the picture of the creamy white broth and when I picked up the package to read the ingredients I was intrigued to see pork oil listed instead of palm oil. After some online researching I found that Nagahama ramen is basically pork flavored ramen. Hakata ramen is a Chinese style noodle that is thinner and firmer that was created in Hakata City on the island of Kyushu. Apparently, Nagahama ramen is essentially the same thing as Hakata ramen, Nagahama is the name of the district in Hakata where this delicious concoction was created. Another key characteristic of Nagahama ramen is it’s rich concentrated broth which is made from pork bones. I can only imagine what the fresh version of Nagahama ramen tastes like because Marutai’s instant version kicks ass.