Black Ramen: Spicy Dark Soy Sauce Ramen from Toyama

Today I had a bowl of instant ramen at lunch which is 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 Japanese black ramen?

Toyama Black Ramen (富山ブラックラーメン)

Toyama Black Ramen Instant Noodle Soup

As its name indicates, Toyama Black Ramen originated in a ramen shop located in the city of Toyama, Toyama Prefecture, and the “Black” in its name derives from the black color of its broth.


Toyama Black Ramen is actually made with dark soy sauce “Koikuchi Shoyu (濃口醤油)“, from which it gets a vibrant black hue.

The broth also uses lots of black pepper, which gives the black ramen a pleasant spicy kick and makes it a noodle soup dish that stimulates the appetite in both appearance and taste.

Many ramen restaurants in Toyama serve slightly hard, thick noodles, and as toppings, Menma bamboo shoots, dry sheets of nori (seaweed), and chopped green onions are typically prepared for Toyama Black Ramen.


Nishicho Taiki Toyama Black RamenImage:

As for the origin, “Nishicho Taiki (西町大喜)”, a Toyama-based popular ramen chain that was founded in 1947,  is said to have first created Toyama Black Ramen.

Shop Information: Nishicho Taiki (Main Shop)

  • Address: 1-1-7 Ootaguchi-Dori, Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture (MAP)
  • Open: 11:00 am to 20:00 pm
  • Closed: Wednesdays

(Reference Page: Wikipedia 富山ブラック )


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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