Myojo Charumera Shoyu Ramen Instant Noodle Soup
As you may know, there are many food companies 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)”, and “Myojo Foods (明星食品)” are leading Japanese instant noodle manufacturers with a large share.
Nissin is internationally famous for its cup ramen line “Nissin Cup Noodles”, Toyo Suisan has the instant noodles widely enjoyed in many countries “Maruchan”, Sanyo Foods boasts “Sapporo Ichiban” as its flagship instant noodle brand, and speaking of Myojo Foods, Charmera Ramen is its quintessential instant noodle brand that has long been loved by Japanese of all generations.
Myojo Charumera Ramen (明星チャルメラ)
Myojo Charumera Ramen was first introduced into Japan’s market in 1966 and now has become one of the most beloved instant noodle brands. When I was a kid, I liked its TV commercial series, not to mention the actual instant ramen.
Actually, “Charumera (チャルメラ)” originally refers to a Japanese woodwind instrument similar to oboe, and in the old days of Japan, the instrument Charumera was commonly used by outside mobile ramen shops to grab attention from people.
Today, Myojo Charumera Ramen comes in various different flavors and is available in both packages and cups. But I still love this original packaged Shoyu (soy sauce) ramen, which I think is probably the most popular flavor of the series even now.
The Shoyu ramen is characterized by the light yet rich soy sauce based broth with umami of scallop and the extract from pork bones and potherbs, and the medium thin noodles are soft just like those of other classic Japanese instant ramen.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
According to the ingredients list and nutrition facts on the back of the package, the Myojo Charumera Shoyu ramen has 438kcal and 6g of sodium chloride equivalent (noodles and toppings: 2g, broth: 4g) per one serving.
And the ingredients in the soup base are salt, sugars, flavor seasoning, soy sauce, scallop extract, spices, protein hydrolysate, starch, green onion, and vegetable fat and oil.