New Touch Sugomen: Local Ramen Instant Noodles Series
As you know, ramen is a quintessential Japanese noodle dish that is available in various types and numerous flavors in Japan where many regions have their own specialty ramen.
Examples of such local ramen noodle soups include “Aomori Ramen (青森ラーメン)”, “Sendai Karamiso Ramen (仙台辛味噌ラーメン)”, “Niigata Ramen (新潟ラーメン)”, “Yokohama Ramen (横浜ラーメン)”, and “Kyoto Ramen (京都ラーメン)”.
Among those, have you ever heard that there are regional ramens that are generally known as Japan’s 3 major ramens? They are “Sapporo Miso Ramen (札幌味噌ラーメン)”, “Kitakata Ramen (喜多方ラーメン)”, and “Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen (博多豚骨ラーメン)”.
As you can see from the above, there is a wide variety of local ramens in Japan, each of which actually has unique features. Accordingly, there are even instant noodles that recreate the taste of such regional ramens, which include what I introduce here, the New Touch Sugomen series.
New Touch Sugomen (ニュータッチ 凄麺)
New Touch Sugomen is a popular cup ramen series in Japan that specializes in local ramens. I love this series because the noodles are not only non-fried with a pleasantly chewy texture, but the broth is also really tasty.
The product line-up of the New Touch Sugomen series includes the below and for those who are interested in this Japanese instant ramen series, I will give brief explanations of each instant ramen bowl.
Sapporo Miso Ramen
Sapporo is the prefectural capital of Hokkaido, the northernmost prefecture of Japan. Sapporo Ramen uses thick noodles and is characterized by its miso-based soup.
Kitakata is a city in Fukushima Prefecture. Kitakata Ramen uses flat thick noodles and is characterized by its clear, light soy-sauce-based pork bone broth.
Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen
Hakata is a ward of the city Fukuoka that is the prefectural capital of Fukuoka Prefecture. Hakata Ramen uses thin wheat noodles and is characterized by its pork bone broth.
Aomori Ramen from Aomori Prefecture is characterized by its soy sauce-based soup made with Niboshi dried sardines.
Sendai Karamiso Ramen
Sendai is the prefectural capital of Miyagi Prefecture. Sendai Karamiso Ramen is characterized by its spicy, flavorful miso-based soup.
Niigata Ramen is ramen that Niigata Prefecture boasts. This instant ramen bowl beautifully recreates the taste of “Tsubame-Sanjo Seabura Ramen (燕三条背脂ラーメン)” featuring its rich soy sauce-based soup with some pork backfat floating in it.
Kyoto Ramen is also characterized by its rich soy sauce-based soup with backfat of pork. The topping of this ramen bowl includes “Kujo Negi (九条ネギ: Kujo leek), a specialty of Kyoto.