What exactly is Stamina Ramen?

Yesterday, I got a cup of instant ramen “Cup Noodle Big Stamina Shoyu Ramen” newly released by Nissin recently.

Actually, until then, I assumed “Stamina Ramen (スタミナラーメン)” is a Shoyu or soy sauce flavored noodle soup with plenty of grated garlic that brings you stamina or gives you the power to act, but my thoughts about Stamina Ramen were imperfect.

What exactly is Stamina Ramen?

Nissin Cup Noodle Big Stamina Shoyu Ramen

Some ramen restaurants around where I live are offering Stamina Ramen, but I didn’t know the exact definition of it.

So this time, after I bought the Stamina Shoyu cup ramen, I did some online research and found out that, based on the article “スタミナラーメン” on Japanese Wikipedia, there are 2 different types of Stamina Ramen in Japan.

Stamina Ramen that Originated in Saitama

Image: Wikipedia

According to that Wikipedia post, one was created around the mid-1970s by a now-defunct ramen shop “Man-Man Tei (漫々亭)” in Omiya, Saitama Prefecture.

The Stamina Ramen is what I am familiar with here in Niigata! consisting of an orthodox bowl of soy sauce-based ramen topped with thick, appetizing, garlicky Ankake sauce.

The Ankake topping is typically made from ground pork, Chinese chive, onions, grated garlic/ginger that have been fried and seasoned with soy sauce and doubanjiang.

Stamina Ramen that originated in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki

Image: Wikipedia

It is said the other Stamina Ramen originated in a bowl of Ankake Ramen served in a ramen shop located in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture “Daishin (大進)” (Google Map) around 1970.

Now, the Stamina Ramen has been a local specialty of the city, and over 40 restaurants in Ibaraki are offering it.

The ramen is a bowl of Shoyu Ramen topped with thick, sweet, savory Ankake sauce containing cabbage, carrots, pumpkin, and seasoned liver, where the noodles are served either hot or chilled with no broth.


Nissin Cup Noodle Big Stamina Shoyu Ramen Instant Noodles

By the way, I haven’t tried Hitachinaka’s Stamina Ramen yet and I’d say Saitama’s Stamina Ramen is more nationally famous.

Concerning the newly released instant ramen Nissin Cup Noodle Big Stamina Shoyu Ramen, it, too, was a garlicky Saitama version.


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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