Charumera Ramen : Long-Selling Instant Ramen with Umami of Scallops

There are many food companies producing instant noodles in Japan. When I think of leading Japanese instant noodles manufacturers, what come to mind are “Nissin Food Products (日清食品)”, “Toyo Suisan (東洋水産)”, “Acecook (エースコック)”, “Sanyo Foods (サンヨー食品)”, and “Myojo Foods (明星食品)”.

Myojo Charumera Ramen (明星チャルメラ)

Myojo Charumera Ramen

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Of course, each of those instant noodles makers has a fragship instant ramen brand. As for Myojo Foods, Charumera Ramen is the best-selling series of their packaged instant ramen noodles.

The first product of Myojo’s Charumera Ramen series was introduced into Japan’s market in 1966. Hence, the series has over 50 years of history and now it has become one of the packaged instant ramen series most familiar to us Japanese.

When I was a kid, I loved TV commercials of Charumera Ramen, not to mention the actual instant ramen.

What is Charumera?

Actually, the product name, “Charumera (チャルメラ)” originally refers to a Japanese woodwind instrument.

In the old days of Japan, the instrument, Charumera was used for attracting customers by mobile street stall Ramen shops.


Currently there are several regular flavors in Myojo Charumera Ramen series. Among those, I especially love the original Shoyu (soy sauce flavored) ramen, which I think is probably the most popular flavor of the series.


The Myojo’s packaged ramen is characterized by its rich soy-sauce-based broth with umami of scallops, and its medium-size thin noodles hardly get soggy. What is more, not only umami of scallops, but the soup broth also contains the ones extracted from pork bone and potherbs.

In Conclusion

If you are interested in Japanese instant ramen with a nostalgic taste, the Myojo Charumera Ramen Soy Sauce is a must-try item, because the instant ramen is not only tasty with plenty of umami, but it is also one of the most beloved packaged instant ramen in Japan.

In fact, the Charumera Ramen has been widely enjoyed by Japanese of all generations for decades.

Myojo Charumera Shoyu (soy sauce flavored) Ramen Instant Noodles


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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