Nissin Chicken Ramen: One of World’s First Instant Ramen

Nissin Foods is the largest instant noodles manufacturer in Japan whose flagship cup ramen “Cup Noodle(s)” are now widely enjoyed around the world.

The predecessor of Nissin, “Chuko Sosha (中交総社)” was founded in 1948 by Momofuku Ando, and later in 1958, it was taken over by Nissin Foods.

Nissin Chicken Ramen 

Nissin Chicken Ramen

In the same year (1958), Nissin began selling the packaged instant ramen “Chicken Ramen (チキンラーメン)” which won over the hearts of customers.

The Origin of Instant Ramen Since 1958

In fact, known as the world’s first instant ramen that accomplished commercial success, Nissin Chicken Ramen is said to be the origin of instant ramen.


Nissin Chicken Ramen Instant Noodles

Unlike the majority of recent instant noodles whose cooking directions are quite complicated, Nissin Chicken Ramen is the simplest instant ramen that only comes with a golden brown disk of dried noodles.

As it has no flavor packets, all you need to prepare for this chicken-flavor ramen are boiling water, the dried noodle block, and a pot or a bowl for cooking ramen.

Cooking Instructions 

Nissin Chicken Ramen Cooking Instructions

On the back of the package, there are 2 cooking methods for this ramen introduced, both of which are very simple.

Pour boiling water into the bowl 

One is just pouring 400ml boiling water into a bowl of the dried noodle block. Cover the bowl with a lid, wait for 3 minutes, and you can enjoy the chicken ramen.

Boil the noodles in a pot

The other is boiling the noodles in a pot of 450ml water as per usual just 1 minute. No need of adding additional flavoring powder or liquid.


Nissin Chicken Ramen

Despite being very simple, Nissin Chicken Ramen is the best chicken-flavored instant ramen for me ever. With a simple yet addictive chicken flavor, it tastes really good. To me, this is surely what is “Simple is Best”.

Ingredients and Nutrition Facts

Nissin Chicken Ramen IngredientsNissin Chicken Ramen Nutrition Facts

Lastly, here are the ingredient list and nutrition facts label of Nissin Chicken Ramen.

Based on that, the golden-brown noodle block mainly consists of wheat flour, vegetable oil, soy sauce, salt, chicken extract, spices, sugars, protein hydrolyzate, egg powder, dextrin, flavor seasoning, and onion powder.

The calories per serving (85 grams) are 377 kcal and the Japanese instant ramen contains 5.6 grams of salt equivalents (Noodles: 2.3 grams/ Broth: 3.3 grams).

(Reference Page: Wikipedia チキンラーメン )


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.

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