Taiwan Ramen: Specialty Ramen of Nagoya, not Taiwan
People who know little about Taiwan Ramen may guess that it is a noodle dish from Taiwan as its 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)
- Nagoya’s Specialty Foods called “Nagoya Meshi”
- What is Taiwan Ramen?
- Popular Taiwan Ramen Restaurants in Nagoya
Nagoya’s 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.
- Miso Nikomi Udon (味噌煮込みうどん): Udon noodles stewed in a miso-based soup
- Hitsumabushi (ひつまぶし): Rice bowl dish topped with bite-sized pieces of grilled eel brushed with a soy-sauce-based sauce
- Tebasaki (手羽先): Sweet and spicy fried chicken wings
- Ogura Toast (小倉トースト): Toast on which butter and sweet red bean paste are spread
What is Taiwan Ramen?
“Taiwan Ramen (台湾ラーメン)” originated in a Taiwanese restaurant located in the city of Nagoya. Incidentally, 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, typically such as ground pork, Chinese chives, green onions, and soybean sprouts, are fried in a wok, flavored with red chili pepper and garlic, then a soy-sauce-based broth is added and the soup is poured onto 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.
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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 spicy ramen 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 Sation and Chubu Centrair International Airport, so they are easy to access for tourists who are interested in Taiwan Ramen.
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Also recommended for tourists, “Nagoya (なご家)” is a popular ramen restaurant located in JR Nagoya Station with many repeat customers.
Topped with plenty of red chili oil, the broth of their Taiwan Ramen is chicken-based featuring the umami taste from red chili pepper, ground pork, and garlic.
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“Fujiichiban (藤一番)” is a popular ramen restaurant chain with many branches in Aichi Prefecture. Although at first glance Fujiichiban’s Taiwan Ramen looks like a bowl of Shoyu ramen, it’s a little spicy and well-seasoned.
(Reference Page: Wikipedia 台湾ラーメン )