8 Condiments for Shoyu Ramen Favored by Japanese

As you know, there are few Japanese that don’t like ramen noodles. As for me, every time I go shopping at a drugstore or supermarket near my house,

I am sure to head to the instant noodle section and check whether there are newly released instant ramen that attract my interest.

If I find something appealing or interesting there, I purchase and stock up on those instant ramen in my room.

As you can see in the picture above, today Japanese instant ramen comes in numerous varieties and various flavors.

But originally, as I wrote about the origin of ramen the other day, Japanese ramen has its roots in a bowl of Shoyu Ramen (soy sauce-based ramen) that was offered by a now-defunct Chinese restaurant in Asakusa, Tokyo.

8 Popular Condiments for Shoyu Ramen

Shoyu Ramen

When eating Shoyu Ramen, many of us Japanese like to add some condiment to the bowl, and of course, the condiment added to the bowl of Shoyu Ramen varies depending on each person’s preference.

Nonetheless, there are a number of condiments that are favored by many people, about which today I did some online research, and I found this survey result on popular condiments for Shoyu Ramen.

To get to the point, according to the article, the top 8 most popular condiments for Shoyu Ramen that are especially loved by Japanese people are as follows.

  • #1: Ground pepper “Kosho (コショウ)”  55.7%
  • #2: Chili oil “La-Yu (ラー油)”  10.8%
  • #3: Sesame oil  7.6%
  • #4: Add nothing  4.4%
  • #5: Ground red chili pepper “Togarashi (唐辛子)” 3.6%
  • #6: Grated Garlic
  • #7: Vinegar
  • #8: Mayonnaise

By the way, have you ever added these condiments to Shoyu Ramen or the instant noodles? If you have never tried them before, why not give them a try at least once? and let’s find your favorites!


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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