Onomichi Ramen : Hiroshima’s Local Ramen with Back Fat of Pork
Ramen is the quintessential Japanese noodle dish widely enjoyed around the world. When it comes to the type, there are a wide varieties of Japanese ramen and each local region of Japan has its own ramen. Among those, Sapporo Miso ramen, Kitakata ramen, and Hakata Tonkotsu ramen are very famous.
Accordingly, leading Japanese instant noodles manufacturers, such as Nissin and Acecook, produce and sell various instant cup ramen that recreate the flavor of such local ramen. The one I have now is just that type.
Onomichi Ramen (尾道ラーメン)
The instant ramen that I purchased the other day is this Onomichi ramen instant noodle soup from Acecook. It is soy sauce based and features having back fat of pork.
The Japan’s local ramen, “Onomichi ramen (尾道ラーメン)” originated in a ramen shop located in the city of Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture. The name of the ramen shop is “Shukaen (朱華園)”
It is said that the first owner of Shakaen created the original Onomichi ramen in 1947. Shukaen’s ramen consists of flat chewy noodles and soy-sauce-flavored soup with mincemeat made of pork’s back fat.
Shop Information : Shukaen (朱華園)
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Address : 4-12 Toyohimoto-machi, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture (MAP)
Open : 11:00 to 19:00
Closed : Thursdays, Third Wednesday
Amochinmi (阿藻珍味) and Shukaen (朱華園)
In the 1990s, a food company located in the city of Fukuyama Hiroshima, Amochinmi (阿藻珍味) created Onomichi ramen for souvenirs, whose broth is made with chicken soup stock and sardines.
After that, many ramen shops in Hiroshima came to offer the noodle soups with Amochinmi-style broth, so those living in Hiroshima say just “Onomichi Ramen”, that generally refers to Amochinmi-style ramen noodle soups.
However, it is said that Onomichi ramen has its roots in both Shukaen (朱華園) and Amochinmi (阿藻珍味). Hence, the Hiroshima’s local ramen is roughly divided into the 2 types.
(Reference page : Wikipedia 尾道ラーメン )