Aside from sake and kimono, there is a staple product that screams Japan. Ramen noodles and other types of Japanese noodles have been a long-time favorite commodity when one visits Japan. Their rich flavor and unique aroma have been considered as classic favorites since time immemorial. With commercialization and globalization, however, instant noodles are on the rise to satisfy our cravings on Japanese noodles, even when outside of Japan. In order to guide foreigners, we have listed ten of the best instant noodles in the market today.
1. Ippudo Ramen Noodles
Established in Kyushu, Japan, Ippudo is one of the most popular Japanese restaurants serving authentic ramen noodles. Since its inception in 1985, Ippudo has developed instant ramen noodles which bear the same delicious taste as the noodles they make in their restaurants. It also contains a slice of pork and a savory stock. Customers can savor the aroma of the noodles even if they do not go to the restaurant chain.
2. Ichiran Ramen Noodles
Ichiran Ramen is another popular chain of restaurants usually flocked by locals and tourists alike. Similar to Ippudo, Ichiran also released an instant noodles version of their scrumptious ramen. This means that tourists can still taste the unique ramen flavor of the ramen noodles even after leaving Japan. Ichiran ramen instant noodle is famed for its broth. For an authentic take on the noodles, you may place a slice of meat on top of the ramen.
3. Maruchan Seimen Ramen Noodles
The Maruchan Seimen ramen noodles is another favorite brand of instant ramen noodles in Japan. While a relatively new name of noodles, the Maruchan Seimen noodles is a local favorite because of its noodles. While other instant noodles are fried before dried, the noodles are just dried before packaging. Such ramen noodles may be more expensive than other different noodles, but customers are expected of its quality flavor.
4. Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Soy Sauce Flavor
The Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Soy Sauce Noodles is one of the instant noodles introduced by Nissin, one of the earliest companies which started producing instant ramen noodles in Japan. The instant noodles are very thin, but they still come as thick and chewy. The packed noodles is a complete treat because it also comes with a sliced porked fillet. Its tinge of soy sauce adds flavor to its already distinct taste.
5. Sapporo Ichiban Ramen
Sapporo Ichiban Ramen is a miso-flavored ramen which was introduced at a noodle shop in Sapporo in Hokkaido, Japan. Its miso flavor provides the noodles its scrumptious taste. The ramen noodle is often topped with butter and corn kernels, adding to its already delicious taste. The reason why butter and corn kernels are added to the Sapporo Ichiban ramen is that Hokkaido farmers produce the most butter and corn in Japan.
6. Myojo Ippei-chan Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodles
As its name implies, Myojo Ippei-chan Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodles is a Japanese-style noodle enriched with yakisoba sauce which has a rich tuna scent. Its noodles are tender yet firm, reminiscent to the authentic yakisoba noodles sold in Japanese restaurants. Its added crunchy vegetables add to the flavor of the noodle dish. Its mayonnaise and mustard additives provide a moist yet spicy taste to the noodle dish.
7. Sakurai Foods Sesame Noodles
Sakurai Foods Sesame Noodles offers a unique experience to those who wish to eat the noodle dish due to its chewy yet scrumptious noodles. The broth is enriched with just the right amount of sesame in order to bring out that distinct aroma. Top the noodle dish with boiled egg, green onions, and a few slices of ham to bring out that genuine Japanese feel.
8. Peyang Yakisoba
Peyang Yakisoba is another popular yakisoba noodle dish in Japan. Its yakisoba flavor is rich, yet just enough to be dominating. It is not oily as well compared to other yakisobas in the market. Its noodles are light and tender. Its added vegetables are crunchy and flavorful. Its additional ingredients — seaweed and white pepper — provide the yakisoba its distinct local taste.
9. Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise No Yakisoba
The Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise No Yakisoba is another delectable instant noodle dish in Japan. Its noodles are thin and lightweight, yet they are smooth when chewed. Its Teriyaki Flavor is somewhat light yet it is savory. The yakisoba dish is topped with mayonnaise which gives that oily goodness. Overall, the yakisoba is scrumptious and soft.
10. Acecook Comet Mori Yukino Tan-tan Men
Acecook Comet Mori Yukino Tan-tan Men is a superior instant noodle sold as packs or cups. The noodles are broad and flat, yet they are good to chew. Its pork broth is rich and flavorful, with a thick viscosity and a strong level of spiciness. Its greasy texture adds to its overall flavor. The vegetables which come with the noodles add to its scrumptious taste.
Indeed, a stopover in Japan will not be complete without having a taste of their local noodle dishes. However, when the time is of the essence and you cannot try them all, availing of instant noodles is the instant solution. While the aforementioned are just some of the many instant noodles produced in Japan, they provide tourists a good overview on what freshly made noodles really taste like.
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