Ramen has become a world renowned noodle with many varieties, most typically popular outside Japan as a cheap food source for college students. But the real thing is much better! Ramen in Japan is both delicious and can be a full meal. How about trying a bowl of miso ramen at its birthplace in Japan.
Sapporo, the main city of Japan’s northern Hokkaido Prefecture, is the place to get that authentic ramen taste and is the birthplace of miso ramen.
In 1955, Miso ramen was born through the culinary skills of Mr. Morito Omiya, the first chef of the ramen restaurant “Aji no Sanpei”. Whilst he invented the miso soup, Mr. Takayuki Nishiyama, the founder of Nishiyama noodle company, invented the Multi-hydrolysis aged noodles which helps ramen noodles go down so smoothly.
Nowadays Sapporo is famous in Japan for its ramen in the world of culinary artistry, and the best ramen can be found at the famed ramen street called “Ganso Ramen Yokocho”. Here you will find 17 ramen restaurants in one place, with a real authentic atmosphere that harks back to the old days.
Each ramen restaurant in “Ganso Ramen Yokocho” is of high quality and has its own particular taste and specialty. Differences include the noodle’s thickness and the flavor of the different soup, so it would be a great experiment to sample the various tastes even if they are all simply called miso ramen.
Restaurants not only sell miso based ramen, but also soy sauce, salt, and unique flavored ramen with Hokkaido crab on top.
Lately ramen has been getting more and more popular internationally, and due to Sapporo’s fame as a top ramen spot, the number of visitors to “Ganso Ramen Yokocho” is increasing too. To keep the influx of customers happy, they are making great efforts to satisfy ‘the generation change and meet the diversity of needs’. It is said that there will probably be a new flavor introduced in 2019!
During your trip to Sapporo for the Rugby World Cup 2019, let’s make the great ramen journey to “Ganso Ramen Yokocho”!