Curry Ramen : The Birthplace and The Popular Instant Cup Noodles

Curry matches well with Japanese noodle dishes. In fact, ramen, udon, and buckwheat soba noodle soups with curry sauce are widely eaten around Japan.

The ramen and the udon with curry sauce are literally called “Curry Ramen (カレーラーメン)” and “Curry Udon (カレーうどん)” respectively, while the soba with curry is generally called “Curry Nanban (カレー南蛮)”.

Curry Ramen (カレーラーメン)

As I wrote the article on Curry Udon and Curry Nanban before, today let me talk about Curry Ramen.

The Birthplace

Actually, there are 3 major theories about the birthplace of Curry Ramen.

One is that a ramen shop that existed in Sanjo, Niigata Prefecture, “Tokyo Tei (東京亭)” developed Curry Ramen about 70 years ago, another is that a ramen shop in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, “Aji no Daio (味の大王)” created it in 1965, and the last is that “Minowa Shokudo (実之和食堂)” that opened in 1955 in Omigawa, Chiba Prefecture is the originator of Curry Ramen.

Sanjo Curry Ramen (三条カレーラーメン)

As for Sanjo Curry Ramen, although Tokyo Tei already went out of business, currently there are more than 70 ramen shops offering Curry Ramen in the city. It is generally known that Sanjo Curry Ramen is one of the 5 major types of Niigata Ramen.

The Features

The city of Sanjo is famous for ironware, and Sanjo Curry Ramen was the comfort food loved by the craftsmen. Now, the Niigata’s local ramen has been becoming popular gradually.

It comes in 2 types, that is, the one whose soy-sauce-based noodle soup is topped with curry and the other whose soup broth is mixed with curry sauce.

Sanjo Curry Ramen features its rich soup broth made with seafood such as dried small sardines and dried bonito flakes, and has an addicting curry flavor.

The Popular Instant Curry Ramen

Several instant noodle soups with curry flavor are available at supermarkets in Japan. Among those, Nissin Cup Noodles Curry ( is the top-seller. Of course, I love it. In addition, my recommendation is the above, Acecook Sanjo Curry Ramen.

This instant curry ramen is sold only locally, at supermarkets, drugstores, and convenience stores in Niigata Prefecture. Its seafood-based soup has a deep flavor of curry that comes from several kinds of spices, umami of chicken, and powdered rice.

(Reference page of this article : Wikipedia カレーラーメン )


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.

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