5 Major Types of Niigata Ramen

Ramen is the quintessential Japanese comfort food that is popular not only in Japan but also around the world. When it comes to the variety, there are a wide range of local ramen with various features in Japan. Among those, especially, Sapporo ramen (札幌ラーメン), Kitakata ramen (喜多方ラーメン), and Hakata ramen (博多ラーメン), are very famous as the Japan’s 3 major local ramen.

5 Major Types of Niigata Ramen

As for Niigata Prefecture where I live, there exist 5 major types of local ramen noodle soups. We call them Niigata ramen (新潟ラーメン) as a whole. 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 Light Soy Sauce Ramen)

Niigata Assari Shoyu Ramen, literally Niigata light soy sauce ramen is a major type of Niigata ramen that is enjoyed in and around the city of Niigata. This Niigata ramen features a light soy-sauce-flavored soup broth with Niboshi flavor as well as having thin curly noodles. Niboshi (煮干し) is the small sardine dried after boiled. This ramen has its roots in the ramen served at street food stalls in the early Showa period (Showa : 1926 to 1989). Sankichiya is an old famous ramen shop of this type.

Ramen Shop Information : Sankichiya (三吉屋)

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Address : 5-829 Nishibori-dori, Chuo-ku, Niigata, 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 Rich Miso Ramen)

Niigata Noukou Miso Ramen, literally Niigata rich miso ramen is a major type of Niigata ramen noodle soup that is eaten in and around the city of Niigata. This type consists of rich miso-flavored soup full of vegetables and extremely thick noodles. This Niigata ramen features having an accompanying broth for making the flavor of the ramen soup light. Komadori is a nationally famous ramen shop of this type.

Ramen Shop Information : Komadori (こまどり)

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Address : 2454-1 Takeno-machi, Nishikan-ku, Niigata, 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 Backfat Ramen)

Tsubame Sanjo Seabura Ramen, literally Tsubame Sanjo backfat ramen is a major type of Niigata ramen noodle soup that is enjoyed in and around the city of Sanjo and the city of Tsubame. This type consists of soy-sauce-based soup broth with a rich Niboshi flavor and extremely thick noodles. This Niigata ramen features a large amount of pork backfat covering the surface of the soup broth. Shumentei Jun is a nationally famous ramen shop of this type.

Ramen Shop Information : Shumentei Jun (酒麺亭 潤)

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Address : 464-12 Komaki, Tsubame, 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 Ginger Soy Sauce Ramen)

Nagaoka Shoga Shoyu Ramen, literally Nagaoka ginger soy sauce ramen is a major type of Niigata ramen that is eaten in and around the city of Nagaoka. This type features its dark-colored soy-sauce-based soup broth with a ginger flavor. The ginger-flavored ramen originated in a ramen shop “Aoshima Shokudo” located in the city of Nagaoka.

Ramen Shop Information : Aoshima Shokudo (青島食堂)

Aoshima Shokudo Nagaoka Shoga Ramen

Address : 3-5-3 Miyauchi, Nagaoka, 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 is enjoyed in and around the city of Sanjo. As the ramen name indicates, this Niigata ramen has a curry flavor. It is said that Sanjo Curry Ramen has the longest history of all curry-flavored ramen noodle soups in Japan, over 70 years of history. Ryushouen is the popular ramen shop that sparked the curry ramen boom.

Ramen Shop Information : Ryushouen (龍昇園)

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Address : 12-11 Motomachi, Sanjo, 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. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures 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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