Umaka Chan Ramen: Best Instant Tonkotsu Ramen
Tonkotsu Ramen is one of the most popular ramen varieties in Japan and the pork bone broth noodle soup originated in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture on Kyushu Island.
From Kurume, Tonkotsu Ramen was transmitted to almost the entire Kyushu region, and in recent years it has gained popularity in many countries thanks to popular Japanese ramen restaurant chains like “Ippudo (一風堂)” and “Ichiran (一蘭)”.
As you can easily guess, instant ramen noodles with Tonkotsu flavor are a staple in the Kyushu region, and the people living there are particular about the taste of Tonkotsu Ramen.
So would you like to know what instant ramen brand is most popular in Kyushu?
Umaka Chan Ramen (Umakacchan: うまかっちゃん)
To get to the point, it is the Umaka Chan Ramen, or “Umakacchan (うまかっちゃん)”, that holds the top share in the sales of packaged instant ramen in Kyushu.
By the way, in its name, “Umaka (うまか)” means delicious in the Kyushu dialect, while “Chan (ちゃん)” is a casual Japanese honorific.
Umakacchan was introduced by House Foods in 1979 and initially sold only in and around the Kyushu area. Today, Umaka Chan Ramen comes in a variety of flavors and the series is marketed around Western Japan.
In West Japan including the Kinki region (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Hyogo, Wakayama, Shiga, Mie Prefectures), as regular flavors, the Original Tonkotsu and the Spicy Takaka Tonkotsu can be bought.
The Tonkotsu broth of the Original Umakacchan has a somewhat light taste but is packed with flavor.
Meanwhile, the Spicy Karashi Takaka Flavor Umaka Chan Ramen features the nice combination of the spiciness of the pickled leaf mustard leaves “Takana (高菜)” and the gentle savoriness from the pork bone broth.
Shown by the fact that it is Kyushu’s best-selling packaged instant ramen, Umakacchan has a good reputation for its deliciousness and is definitely one of the must-try instant Tonkotsu ramens.
(Reference Page: Wikipedia うまかっちゃん )