4 Best Japanese Instant Ramen with the Taste of Popular Shops

The instant ramen that leading Japanese food companies, like “Nissin (日清)” and “Myojo (明星)”, have created with the help of famous ramen shops are very popular in Japan.

In Japan, over 100 kinds of instant ramen that recreate the taste of popular ramen shops’ noodle soups are newly released in one year, which are mainly sold in convenience stores.

In fact, many Japanese convenience store chains sell such instant ramen which are available only in their stores.

In recent years, some of those Japanese instant ramen can also be bought on online shopping sites outside of Japan, so if you want, you can get them even if you don’t live in Japan.

4 Best Instant Ramen that Recreate the Taste of Popular Ramen Shops in Japan

Thus, today let me introduce 4 best Japanese instant ramen that authentically recreate the taste of popular ramen shops in Japan, all of which are available on Amazon com.

1. Nissin Ramen Santouka Asahikawa Tonkotsu Shio Ramen

Nissin Ramen Santouka Asahikawa Tonkotsu Shio Ramen
“Ramen Santouka (ラーメン山頭火)” is a popular ramen chain whose head office is in the city of Asahikawa, Hokkaido. The ramen shop is famous for its Tonkotsu ramen with a salt-based pork bone broth.

Nissin created a bowl of instant ramen that recreates the salt-based Tonkotsu ramen in collaboration with the ramen shop Ramen Santouka and introduced the instant ramen in 2001.

This Nissin Ramen Santouka instant ramen is characterized by the rich soup broth with the creaminess of sesame paste and plenty of umami taste from pork bones. The noodles are pleasantly slippery and somewhat curly, while the topping features a small piece of Umeboshi plum.

This product is basically sold only in 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan.

2. Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto Mouko Tanmen 

Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto Mouko Tanmen 
“Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto (蒙古タンメン中本)” is one of the most famous ramen chains in Japan which offers spicy Tanmen noodle soups. This Japanese ramen chain originated in Itabashi-ku Ward, Tokyo and its ramen features a spicy hot broth with lots of ground red chili pepper.

Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto Mouko Tanmen was created through the collaboration between Nissin and Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto and introduced into Japan’s market in 2008. As the name indicates, this instant ramen recreates the taste of Nakamoto’s signature noodle dish “Mouko Tanmen (蒙古タンメン)”.

The soup broth of this instant ramen has a garlicky miso flavor and is pretty spicy, since it contains plenty of ground red chili pepper. But it is really savory and addictive. The noodles are somewhat thick, while the accompanying dried toppings include Tofu bean curd.

Basically, this product is only available at 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan. Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto is one of the best-selling instant ramen cups in Japan where there are a lot of Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto addicts.

3. Nissin Hakata Ippudo Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen

Nissin Hakata Ippudo Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen
As you may already know, “Hakata Ippudo (博多一風堂)” is one of the most famous Japanese ramen chains in the world. The main characteristics of Ippudo’s ramen are rich pork bone broth with no characteristic odor of pork bones and thin straight noodles.

Nissin created this Hakata Ippudo instant ramen with the help of Hakata Ippudo and introduced into Japan’s market in 2000. This instant ramen is of high quality and is known for having a flavor close to the original.

Packed with rich umami of pork bones, the Tonkotsu broth is very flavorful. It features the black garlic oil called “Ma-yu (マー油)”. The noodles are pleasantly firm and somewhat thin.

This product is basically only available at 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan.

4. Nissin Sumire Sapporo Miso Ramen

Nissin Sumire Sapporo Miso Ramen
The ramen shop located in the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido, “Sumire (すみれ)” offers a popular bowl of Sapporo Miso ramen and has a branch in Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum. Therefore, it is no exaggeration to say that Sumire is one of the ramen shops that represent Japan.

Sumire’s Miso ramen is characterized by the rich miso soup full of umami of vegetables such as onion and garlic, which is coated with plenty of fragrant oil. The wheat noodles are thick and curly, and yellow in color.

This Nissin Sumire instant ramen beautifully recreates the above features of Sumire Sapporo Miso ramen. It was released in 2000 and is sold in 7-eleven convenience stores.

Nissin Sumire Sapporo Miso Ramen is one of the best Japanese Miso ramen instant noodles as well as being one of my favorite instant noodle soups.


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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