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Glico Pretz Ramen

I’m not a great fan of ramen, but I can’t go past the nov­elty of Ramen Pretz by Glico Japan. More pre­cisely, Glico Pretz Ramen is the fla­vour of Sano style ramen from the Tochigi Prefecture, which is char­ac­ter­ised by a clear and light shoyu soup-base infused with the taste of bam­boo. That sounds like my kind of ramen!

And the Ramen Pretz do taste like ramen — there’s the salt­i­ness of the shoyu broth and the faint sweet­ness of bam­boo, while the bis­cuit stick brought out the fla­vour of wheat noodles. I may not like actu­al ramen, but I do like Ramen Pretz.

The char­ac­ter on the box is Sanomaru, the offi­cial mas­cot for the Tochigi Prefecture. Sanomaru is a samurai dog liv­ing in the castle town of Sano. He has two swords made of fried potato skew­ers (small pota­toes are skewered, dipped in batter/​bread crumbs before being deep fried and served with tangy and sweet sauce) that are fam­ous in the town of Sano. Sanomaru’s bangs are made of noodles. And of course, his hat is an upside-down ramen bowl. The detail­ing on the bowl’s edge spells out SANO over and over.

The box of Glico Pretz Ramen con­tained 2 packs each with ~20 pieces. It was a lim­ited edi­tion for the Tochigi Prefecture in Summer 2014, pro­duced in Japan, and pur­chased in Osaka, Japan in 2014.