Myojo Charumera Shoyu Ramen Instant Noodle Soup
Many food companies are producing and selling instant noodles in Japan, among which Nissin (日清), Toyo Suisan (東洋水産), Sanyo Foods (サンヨー食品), Myojo Foods (明星食品), and Acecook (エースコック) have a top market share.
Nissin is internationally famous for its cup ramen line, Nissin Cup Noodles. Toyo Suisan boasts the Maruchan brand widely enjoyed in many countries, and Myojo Foods’ signature instant noodle is what I introduce here Charmera Ramen.
Myojo Charumera Ramen (明星チャルメラ)
Myojo Charumera Ramen debuted in 1966 and now has become one of the most loved instant noodle brands in Japan. When I was a kid, I liked its TV commercials, not to mention the actual instant ramen.
As you can see in the video, Charumera (チャルメラ) originally refers to a woodwind instrument similar to the oboe. In the old days of Japan, to grab people’s attention, the pipe was commonly used by small mobile ramen stalls called Yatai (屋台).
Today, Myojo Charumera Ramen comes in many varieties and various flavors. But I still love the original packaged Shoyu (しょうゆ: soy sauce) ramen, which I think is probably the most popular in the series even now.
As for the features, the soy sauce-based broth is light-tasting yet packed with delicious umami extracted from scallops, pork bones, and potherbs. Meanwhile, as with other classic instant ramen, the medium-thin wheat noodles are soft and chewy with average quality.
Ingredients & Nutrition Facts
Lastly, let’s see the ingredients and nutrition facts label on the back of the package of the soy sauce flavor.
|Oil-fried noodles (Wheat flour, Vegetable oil/fat, Salt, Protein hydrolysate, Milk protein, Soy sauce), Soup (Salt, Sugars, Flavor seasoning, Soy sauce, Scallop extract, Spice, Protein hydrolysate, Starch, Green onion, Vegetable oil/fat), Modified starch, Seasoning (including Amino acid), Calcium carbonate, Caramel pigment, Kansui alkaline solution, Thickener (Tamarind seed gum), Antioxidant (Vitamin E), Acidifier, Flavoring, Carotenoid pigment, Vitamin B2, Silicon dioxide powder, Vitamin B1, Spice extract (Partially including Egg, Milk component, Wheat, Shrimp, Beef, Sesame, Salmon, Mackerel, Soybean, Chicken, Pork, and Gelatin)|
|– Noodles & Garnishes||414 kcal|
|– Broth||24 kcal|
|Salt equivalents||6.0 g|
|– Noodles & Garnishes||2.0 g|
|– Broth||4.0 g|
|Vitamin B1||0.44 mg|
|Vitamin B2||0.42 mg|
(Reference Page: Myojo Foods Charumera )