5 Major Types of Niigata Ramen

Ramen is a quintessential Japanese comfort food that is popular not only in Japan but also in many countries around the world.

When it comes to the variety, there are a wide range of local ramen with various features in each region of Japan, among which Sapporo ramen, Kitakata ramen, and Hakata ramen are especially famous as Japan’s 3 major local ramen.

5 Major Types of Niigata Ramen

As far as the prefecture where I live Niigata goes, there are 5 major types of ramen in the region, which we call “Niigata ramen (新潟ラーメン)” as a whole.

For the unfamiliar, today I will talk about the 5 major types of Niigata ramen.

1. Niigata Assari Shoyu Ramen (新潟あっさり醤油ラーメン)

Niigata Assari Shoyu Ramen, literally Niigata light soy sauce ramen is a major type of Niigata ramen that can be enjoyed in and around the city of Niigata.

This Niigata ramen is characterized by thin curly noodles and a light soy-sauce-based broth with Niboshi flavor. “Niboshi (煮干し)” are boiled, dried small sardines.

This type has its roots in the ramen served at street food stalls in the early Showa period (Showa : 1926 to 1989), and Sankichiya is a good and old ramen shop that represents this type.

Ramen Restaurant Information: Sankichiya (三吉屋)

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Address : 5-829 Nishibori-dori, Chuo-ku, Niigata City, Niigata Pref. (MAP)
Open : 11:00 to 16:00, 17:00 to 19:00
Closed : Tuesdays

2. Niigata Noukou Miso Ramen (新潟濃厚味噌ラーメン)

Niigata Noukou Miso Ramen, literally Niigata thick miso ramen is a major type of Niigata ramen noodle soup that has long been enjoyed in and around the city of Niigata.

This type consists of extremely thick wheat noodles in a rich miso-flavored soup broth with plenty of vegetables.

This Niigata ramen features an accompanying bowl of soup stock to dilute the taste of the ramen soup with, and Komadori is a nationally famous ramen restaurant of this type.

Ramen Restaurant Information: Komadori (こまどり)

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Address : 2454-1 Takeno-machi, Nishikan-ku, Niigata City, Niigata Pref. (MAP)
Open : (Weekdays) 11:00 to 16:30, 16:30 to 21:00 (Saturday) 11:00 to 21:00 (Sunday) 11:00 to 19:00
Closed : Thursdays

3. Tsubame Sanjo Seabura Ramen (燕三条背脂ラーメン)

Tsubame Sanjo Seabura Ramen, literally Tsubame Sanjo backfat ramen is a major type of Niigata ramen that originated around the cities of Sanjo and Tsubame.

This type consists of extremely thick noodles in the soy-sauce-based soup broth with a rich Niboshi flavor.

The main characteristic of this Niigata ramen is the decent amount of pork backfat covering the surface of the soup. Representative ramen restaurant examples of this type include Shumentei Jun.

Ramen Restaurant Information: Shumentei Jun (酒麺亭 潤)

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Address : 464-12 Komaki, Tsubame City, Niigata Pref. (MAP)
Open : (Weekdays) 11:00 to 15:00, 17:00 to 23:00 (Saturday and Sunday) 11:00 to 23:00
Closed : Tuesdays and Second Monday

4. Nagaoka Shoga Shoyu Ramen (長岡生姜醤油ラーメン)

Nagaoka Shoga Shoyu Ramen, literally Nagaoka ginger soy sauce ramen is a major type of Niigata ramen that is widely enjoyed in and around the city of Nagaoka.

This type of Niigata ramen is characterized by the deep-tasted soy-sauce-based broth with a subtle fragrance of ginger.

The classic ginger-scented ramen originated in the ramen shop Aoshima Shokudo located in the city of Nagaoka.

Ramen Restaurant Information: Aoshima Shokudo (青島食堂)

Niigata Ramen Aoshima Shokudo Nagaoka Shoga Ramen

Address : 3-5-3 Miyauchi, Nagaoka City, Niigata Pref. (MAP)
Open : 11:00 to 20:00
Closed : Third Wednesday

5. Sanjo Curry Ramen (三条カレーラーメン)

Sanjo Curry Ramen is a major type of Niigata ramen that can be enjoyed in and around the city of Sanjo.

As the name indicates, this Niigata ramen features a deep flavor of curry that comes from several kinds of spices, umami of chicken, and powdered rice.

It is said that Sanjo Curry Ramen has the longest history of all curry-flavored ramen in Japan, over 70 years of history. Ryushouen is a popular ramen restaurant that sparked the curry ramen boom.

Ramen Restaurant Information: Ryushouen (龍昇園)

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Address : 12-11 Motomachi, Sanjo City, Niigata Pref. (MAP)
Open : (Tuesday to Saturday) 11:00 to 14:30, 17:00 to 22:00 (Sunday) 11:00 to 15:00, 17:00 to 22:00
Closed : Mondays

Tomo

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.

2 Responses

  1. justin edwards says:

    Great Blog
    Do you have a recipe for sardine based Assari ramen broth. Would love to try making this at home

    • Tomo says:

      Hi Justin, thank you very much for the comment!
      I searched online what you want to know and found this article on Rocket News 24.
      This recipe is not for Niigata Assari Shoyu Ramen, but it seems like the soy-sauce-sardine-based ramen is delicious (Sorry, I have never tried the recipe). Besides, it is easy to make.

      Here is the recipe for the Niboshi Ramen.

      1. Bring 500ml water with 50g dried small sardines (煮干し : Niboshi) to the boil
      2. Put 50g pork belly slices, 50cc soy sauce and 50 cc mirin in a heat‐resistant container, and microwave it at 500W for 2 to 3 minutes (1 minute after you start heating it, stir the ingredients once)
      3. Fry 50g minced onions and one tablespoon Niboshi powder quickly over high heat with one tablespoon salad oil in a shallow pan, then put the cooked onions into a ramen bowl
      4. Add 4 to 5 tablespoons of “2”‘s soup stock and 350 to 400cc of “1”‘s soup stock to the ramen bowl, and stir lightly
      5. Lastly, add boiled noodles, “2”‘s cooked pork belly slices, and chopped green onions to the bowl
      6. Enjoy!

      I hope this will help.

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