Black Ramen: Spicy Dark Soy Sauce Ramen from Toyama
Today I had a cup of instant ramen at lunch shown below. Yes, the Toyama Black Ramen (富山ブラックラーメン) instant noodle soup tasted so good, but have you ever heard of this blacked Japanese ramen?
Toyama Black Ramen (富山ブラックラーメン)
As its name indicates, Toyama Black Ramen originated at a ramen shop located in Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture, and the Black in its name derives from the black color of its broth.
Chefs make Toyama Black Ramen with dark soy sauce or Koikuchi Shoyu (濃口醤油), from which the noodle soup gets a vibrant black color.
The broth also contains lots of black pepper, which gives the ramen a pleasant spicy kick, making it a dish stimulating the appetite in both appearance and taste.
Many ramen restaurants in Toyama use thick, chewy noodles, and as toppings, they typically prepare Menma bamboo shoots, dry sheets of Nori seaweed, and chopped green onions.
As for the origin, the ramen shop founded in 1947, Taiki (大喜), is said to have first created Toyama Black Ramen, whose taste has been taken over by Nishicho Taiki (西町大喜) since around 2000.
Shop Information: Nishicho Taiki (Main Shop)
- Address: 1-1-7 Ootaguchi-Dori, Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture (Google Maps)
- Open: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
- Closed: Wednesdays
(Reference Page: Wikipedia 富山ブラック )