Nissin Chicken Ramen: The Origin of Instant Ramen

As you know, Nissin Foods is Japan’s top instant noodles manufacturer, whose flagship cup ramen, Cup Noodle, is now widely enjoyed in many countries.

The predecessor, Chuko Sosha (中交総社), was founded by Momofuku Ando in 1948, 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

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


Nissin Chicken Ramen Instant Noodles

Unlike recent instant noodles, whose cooking directions are complicated, Nissin Chicken Ramen is so simple that it only comes with a dried noodle block.

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


Nissin Chicken Ramen Cooking Instructions

As seen on the back of the package, this instant ramen offers two cooking methods. Both are very straightforward.

By Pouring Boiling Water

One is just pouring 400ml boiling water onto the dried noodle block. After covering the bowl with a lid, wait 3 minutes, and you can enjoy the ramen.

By Boiling the Noodles

The other is boiling the noodles in a pot of 450ml water for just 1 minute. There is no need to add additional flavoring powder or liquid.


Nissin Chicken Ramen

Despite being simple, Nissin Chicken Ramen is my best chicken-flavored instant ramen. With a simple yet addicting taste, it is so good and recommended!

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Nissin Chicken Ramen Ingredients

Lastly, let’s see the ingredient list and nutrition facts label. 

Wheat flour, Vegetable oil/fat, Soy sauce, Salt, Chicken extract, Spice, sugars, Protein hydrolyzate, Egg powder, Dextrin, Flavor seasoning, Onion powder, Modified starch, Seasoning (Amino acid), Calcium carbonate, Kansui alkaline water, Antioxidant (Vitamin E), Vitamin B2, Vitamin B1 (Partially including Wheat, Egg, Milk component, SEsame, Soybean, and Chicken)

Nutritional Values

Nissin Chicken Ramen Nutrition Facts

Nutritional Values per Serving (85 Grams)
Calories 377 kcal
Protein 8.2 g
Fat 14.5 g
Carbohydrates 53.6 g
Salt equivalents 5.6 g
– Noodles 2.3 g
– Broth 3.3 g
Vitamin B1  0.61 mg
Vitamin B2 0.74 mg
Calcium 278 mg

(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.

2 Responses

  1. Tami says:

    Hi, I am desperately seeking a specific Japanese Ramen noodle that I cannot find anywhere. My husband (a pilot) used to pick them up for me when he flew to Japan, but he is retired now and I cannot find them anywhere. They are on this website. Dried noodle block, orange in color, and no flavor packet is included. Only Japanese writing is on the outside. I really would like to know where I could order them from ?? Can you help me.??? Thanks so much Tami

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