Taiwan Ramen : Nagoya’s Specialty Spicy Noodle Dish

People who don’t know much about Taiwan Ramen may guess that it is a noodle dish from Taiwan as the county name is included in the ramen name.

However, Taiwan Ramen is a food that originated in Nagoya, Japan.

Taiwan Ramen (台湾ラーメン)

The Nagoya’s Specialty Foods “Nagoya Meshi”

The city in Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya is famous for its specialty foods called “Nagoya Meshi”, which include Taiwan ramen and the dishes listed below.

  • Miso Nikomi Udon (味噌煮込みうどん) : The wheat noodles stewed in a miso-based soup
  • Hitsumabushi (ひつまぶし) : The dish that eel fillets are cooked over charcoal with a soy-sauce-based sauce, then cut in small pieces and put on steamed plain rice
  • Tebasaki (手羽先) : Sweet spicy fried chicken wings
  • Ogura Toast (小倉トースト) : The toast on which butter is spread and then sweet red bean paste is put

What kind of noodle dish is Taiwan Ramen?

Taiwan Ramen

Source : Wikipedia

“Taiwan Ramen (台湾ラーメン)” originated in a Taiwanese restaurant located in the city of Nagoya, not in Taiwan, where the Japan’s Taiwan Ramen is available under the name of “Nagoya Ramen”.

The Taiwan Ramen is a spicy noodle dish with a kick of garlic. Ingredients, such as ground pork, Chinese chives, green onions, soybean sprouts and so on, are fried in a wok, flavored with red chili pepper and garlic, then a soy-sauce-based broth is added to the wok and the soup is poured onto boiled noodles.

Famous Taiwan Ramen Restaurants in Nagoya

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

Misen (味仙)


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Misen (味仙)” (Google Map) is a Taiwanese restaurant in Nagoya and the originator of Taiwan Ramen. The first Taiwanese master of Misen created the spicy noodle dish in the 1970s.

The Misen’s Taiwan Ramen features a strong flavor of garlic and red chili pepper, which makes the noodle dish addictive. Another recommended dish in Misen is Tebasaki, spicy fried Chicken wings.

Misen has branch shops in JR Nagoya station and Chubu Centrair International Airport, so the branches are recommended to tourists who are interested in Taiwan Ramen.

Nagoya (なご家)


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“Nagoya (なご家)” is a popular Taiwan Ramen restaurant located in JR Nagoya station, so also recommended to tourists.

The Nagoya’s Taiwan Ramen is characterized by its addicting chicken broth with the umami of red chili pepper, ground pork, and garlic, which is topped with plenty of red chili oil.

This ramen shop is well-known for having many repeat customers.

Fujiichiban (藤一番)


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“Fujiichiban (藤一番)” is a popular ramen chain running restaurants mainly in Aichi Prefecture.

Although at first glance the Fujiichiban’s Taiwan Ramen looks like a bowl of shoyu ramen, it’s a little spicy and well-seasoned as a Taiwan Ramen.

The ramen restaurants are relatively easy to find in the city Nagoya.


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

1 Response

  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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