Tonjiru Ramen: Myoko’s Pork and Vegetable Miso Ramen
It is generally said that Sapporo miso ramen, Kitakata ramen, and Hakata tonkotsu ramen are Japan’s 3 major local ramen.
In fact, these regional noodle soups can be eaten around the country and have been favorites of many Japanese for a long time.
Nonetheless, not only them but many local areas of Japan have their own ramen that they boast.
As for the local noodle soups in Niigata Prefecture where I live, as I talked about it before, there are 5 major types of ramen in there.
Other than these, there are actually many variations, and among those, the city, Myoko prides itself on its local ramen that can’t be tasted in any other place.
Myoko Tonjiru Ramen
Tachibana Tonjiru RamenImage: tabelog.com
The noodle soup dish known as a specialty of Myoko is called “Tonjiru Ramen (豚汁ラーメン)”.
As you may know, “Tonjiru (豚汁)“, literally “pork soup”, is a representative variety of Japanese miso soup and its main ingredient is pork belly.
The birthplace of Tonjiru ramen is a restaurant located in Myoko that specializes in Tonjiru soup “Tachibana (たちばな)”, to which I have been several times, for my parents’ house is in its neighborhood.
While average Tonjiru soup usually contains various kinds of vegetables, such as carrot and daikon radish, the shop’s Tonjiru ramen is made primarily with pork, tofu, and plenty of onions.
Hence, in addition to having a rich flavor of miso, the pork soup ramen features a gentle sweetness that comes from onions.
With heavy snowfall in the winter, Myoko has several famous ski resorts, so every year many tourists, from in and outside of Japan, come to the city to enjoy skiing during the wintertime.
If you also have a plan to visit Myoko, the Tachibana’s Tonjiru Ramen is worth a try and I recommend it.
Shop Information: Tachibana (たちばな)
Address: 2-3-10 Kurihara, Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture (MAP)
Open: 10:00 to 20:00
Acecook Myoko Tonjiru Ramen Instant Noodle
By the way, the other day I tried this cup ramen, Acecook’s “Myoko Tonjiru Ramen (妙高とん汁ラーメン)”, for the first time, which is an instant noodle sold only locally, probably only in Niigata Prefecture.
A leading Japanese instant noodles manufacturer, Acecook created it emulating the original Tachibana’s Tonjiru Ramen.
Niigata’s popular idol group “Negicco” is on the cup. They are friendly with “Perfume”, my No.1 favorite Japanese girl pop trio.
In the container, soup base powder and dried garnishes consisting of bits of tofu, seasoned pork, onions, and green onions are mixed in with the dried noodle block.
How to cook this cup ramen is the same as Nissin Cup Noodles: Pour boiling water into the cup, close the lid, and let the noodles sit and cook for 3 minutes.
The Acecook’s pork and vegetable miso ramen has a sweet taste characteristic of onions like Tachibana’s Tonjiru ramen and was pretty good.