Taiwan Ramen: A Specialty of Nagoya, Japan, not Taiwan

People who don’t know Taiwan Ramen may guess that it is a noodle dish from Taiwan as the county name is included in the ramen name. But Taiwan Ramen is food that originated in Nagoya, Japan.

Taiwan Ramen (台湾ラーメン)

Specialty Foods called “Nagoya Meshi”

The largest city in Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya prides itself on its specialty foods called “Nagoya Meshi (名古屋メシ)”, which include Taiwan Ramen and the dishes listed below.

What is Taiwan Ramen?

Taiwan Ramen

“Taiwan Ramen (台湾ラーメン)” originated at a Taiwanese restaurant located in the city of Nagoya. By the way, in Taiwan, Japan’s Taiwan Ramen seems to be available by the name of “Nagoya Ramen”.

Taiwan Ramen is a spicy, addictive bowl of noodle soup featuring a punch of plenty of garlic.

Ingredients, such as ground pork, Chinese chives, green onions, and soybean sprouts, are first fried in a wok, spiced with red chili pepper and garlic.

Then a soy sauce-based broth is added, and the soup is poured onto a bowl of boiled noodles.

Popular Taiwan Ramen Restaurants in Nagoya

There are many ramen restaurants that specialize in Taiwan Ramen in Nagoya. For those who are planning to do some sightseeing in the city, here are 3 especially famous Taiwan Ramen restaurants.

Misen (味仙)


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Misen (味仙)” (Google Map) is the Taiwanese restaurant in Nagoya known as the originator of Taiwan Ramen whose first Taiwanese owner created the dish in the 1970s.

Their Taiwan Ramen is garlicky using lots of red chili pepper. But that makes the noodle soup addictive. Another recommended dish is Tebasaki, sweet, spicy fried Chicken wings.

Misen has branches in JR Nagoya Station and Chubu Centrair International Airport. They are easy to access for tourists who are interested in Taiwan Ramen.

Nagoya (なご家)


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Also recommended for tourists, “Nagoya (なご家)” is a popular ramen restaurant with many repeat customers located in JR Nagoya Station.

Topped with plenty of red chili oil, the broth of their Taiwan Ramen is chicken-based featuring the kick from red chili pepper, ground pork, and garlic.

Fujiichiban (藤一番)


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“Fujiichiban (藤一番)” is a ramen chain with many locations in Aichi Prefecture. Although at first glance their Taiwan Ramen looks like a bowl of Shoyu ramen, it’s a little spicy, well-seasoned, delicious bowl.

(Reference Page: Wikipedia 台湾ラーメン )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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  1. September 9, 2017

    […] are several kinds of famous Nagoya-meshi.As I wrote in my past articles,Taiwan ramen (台湾ラーメン) and Ogura toast (小倉トースト) come under the specialty foods called […]

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