Sapporo Ichiban Cup Star Shoyu Ramen Instant Noodle Soup
Yesterday, I picked up a good and old cup ramen at a “Welcia (ウェルシア)” drug store. I like shopping at Welcia, because the Japanese drugstore chain stocks a wide variety of instant cup noodles that can hardly be seen in any other store, and what I bought this time is among them in recent years.
Sapporo Ichiban Cup Star Soy Sauce Flavor from Sanyo Shokuhin
I bought the “Cup Star (カップスター)” instant ramen. It is from Sanyo Shokuhin’s flagship instant noodle brand “Sapporo Ichiban (サッポロ一番)”.
Introduced in January 1975, Sapporo Ichiban Cup Star is one of the instant cup noodles that have the longest history, together with Nissin Cup Noodle which is known as world’s first cup noodle, released in September 1971.
This Shoyu, soy sauce based, ramen is the original flavor of the Sapporo Ichiban Cup Star series and I used to eat it in my childhood, though it has been a quite long time since I last ate it.
In the cup, there are a generous amount of toppings which include bits of seasoned pork, eggs, shrimps, and finely chopped green onions, almost the same as Nissin Cup Noodle Shoyu. Unlike recent Japanese instant noodles, there is no accompanying flavor packet.
The cooking of this cup ramen is the same as that of Nissin Cup Noodle: Peel back the paper lid about halfway, pour in boiling water until it reaches the line indicated inside the cup, and let the noodles sit and cook for 3 minutes.
The toppings have brilliant colors, look fresh, and in fact they are well seasoned and taste good. The soy sauce based broth is somewhat different in taste from that of Nissin Cup Noodle Shoyu, but has a simple, light taste reminiscent of Japan’s good old days.
The noodles are soft chewy, contain chicken extract, and have a delicious flavor very close to Nissin Chicken Ramen.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
According to the ingredient list, the soup base of the Cup Star ramen consists of salt, seafood extract, sugars, vegetable powder, chicken extract, spices, soy sauce, pork extract, beef extract, protein hydrolyzate, yeast extract, dextrin, fermented seasoning, vegetable fat and oil.
Based on the nutrition facts, a cup of the Sapporo Ichiban Cup Star Shoyu ramen (72g) has 308 kcal and contains 5.2 g salt equivalents (Noodles and Toppings: 2.3 g, Broth: 2.9 g).