ABOUT MATSUDAI RAMEN...
Matsudai Ramen are Wales' first and only purveyors of proper, no-corners-cut ramen.
Launched in September 2019 by self-confessed ‘ramen geek’ James Chant, Matsudai started life as a purely creative outlet. James had never set foot in a professional kitchen and was so disillusioned with the music industry work he had been doing all his life that his mental health had reached an all-time low. When offered the chance of a pop-up he grabbed at it with both hands - designing the logo, creating the dishes, building the website - assuming that it’d be a fun one-off and relishing the chance to make something. He assumed it'd be a fun one-off. The world had other ideas.
By the time coronavirus hit, Matsudai had taken on a life of its own and so, during the summer of 2020, James set-up a prep kitchen in South Wales and started imagining what a great ramen kit might look like. These kits were launched properly in January 2021 and since then Matsudai have delivered tens of thousands of them to every corner of the UK, receiving kind words and praise from such heroes as Jay Rayner, Tim Anderson, Tom Parker Bowles, Melissa Thompson, and apperaing in articles in the Observer, the Guardian, the Mail, the Independent and many many more. James also appeared in a video with cult YouTuber Uncle Roger, which has been viewed over 5 million times.
When lockdown restrictions started lifting in summer 2021 James took Matsudai 'on tour', with sell-out pop-ups across the UK in places such as Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff and London, where Matsudai took over the kitchen of the British Film Institute in Soho for a month. The next item on the agenda is to open a flagship restaurant in Cardiff and then, who knows?
With James having no background in cooking whatsoever, Matsudai's success lies in the fact that this is a true labour of love - an exercise in taking things as far as you can and not compromising. Authentic ramen is something of a misnomer - ramen is such a new food, relative to other Japanese cuisines, that traditional ramen doesn’t yet exist - or not really. Besides, Matsudai Ramen is just as heavily influenced by US ramen chefs as Japanese ones, getting started by emulating the bowls of people like Mike Satinover, Ivan Orkin and Keizo Shimamoto. Whatever; this is PROPER ramen, and it has attracted a devoted following amongst the UK's food-loving community.
Fantastic flavour and depth and made a nice lighter option that was perfect for this meat eaters lunch. But would equally delicious in the evening.
Rich and full of flavour- if not for the absence of the chasu pork you wouldn't know it's vegan! The pork replacement was really tasty- really well marinated and after taking it off the pan, the outside was lovely and crispy.
So delicious, so easy.
I really enjoyed this ramen! I thought I might not enjoy it as much as the richer tonkotsu style ones but actually it may have been my favourite of the main set! It was super flavoursome. It's the first one I ordered again! My only change is I wish you could buy the fishcake slices as an extra topping so I could have more
THE BEST! The only Ramen I've ever had outside of Japan that actually brings back the memories.
Yeah. The best. Best vegan food. Best ramen. Best service. Best people. Get some ordered and put it in your face.
I have built up a fair collection of chilli oils and this is by far my favourite, such a great depth of flavour with a nice hit of chilli. The oil is gray and the “bit” very tasty
Great communication and service! Thank you!
Every kit we have ever got has been perfect. We have a regular subscription and have found ourselves ordering outside of that for extra kits as the whole family want more. Love it.
EXTRA AJITAMA EGG
Fantastic miso ramen, have bought this on multiple occasions and it’s always been great!
Literally the most amazing, tastiest, flavour packed bowl of ramen you could ask for. Easy to put together as all the hard work has already been done.
I haven't been disappointed by any matsudai kits but the Tonkotsu will forever be my favourite comfort eating. The first spoonful always has me in awe... How it is so good?! Anyway, I usually order a variety and freeze them and I always order an extra Tonkotsu, which probably tells you all you need to know.
Really happy when I saw this on the website. Perfect for a bit of a extra kit halfway through one of their delicious ramen’s