Ramen is a popular Japanese noodle soup dish which you all have probably heard of. The noodles used are Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a soup based on meat or fish, with toppings like narutomaki, sliced pork, seaweed, green onions, and sometimes corn. Usually in different areas of Japan, you would be able to find different ramen variations. For examples, Kyushu’s tonkotsu ramen and Hokkaido’s miso ramen.
Asahikawa is a city located in Hokkaido. Similar to many places in Hokkaido, Asahikawa has its own popular variation of ramen known as the Asahikawa ramen. While Sapporo is famous for its miso ramen and Hakodate is known for its shio ramen, Asahikawa is popular for its shoyu ramen which can be found throughout this city. The Asahikawa ramen’s broth is known to be pretty oily so you can usually see a thin layer of oil on top of the soup. The ramen noodles, on the other hand, are thin, hard and wavy. The toppings are usually pretty similar to other ramen which include pork, eggs, green onions, and bamboo shoots.
On the outskirts of the Asahikawa city, lies the Asahikawa Ramen Village which is a collection of ramen shops. It was established in 1996 to attract ramen lovers. There are eight popular ramen shops, a gift shop and a shrine in the Asahikawa Ramen Village.
The eight ramen noodle shops located there are Original Asahikawa Ramen Ichikura, Ramen Santoka, Asahikawa Ramen Aoba, Ramen Shop Tenkin, Ramen Village Saijo, Asahikawa Ramen Ishida, Koubou Kato Ramen, Asahikawa Ramen Ittetsu-an Matsuda, and Asahikawa Ramen Baikoken. If you are having a hard time choosing one shop, fret not as you can easily try all of them! This is because aside from regular servings, the shops also serve mini servings so you can enjoy many types of ramen and make your own comparison!
This piping hot ramen is a great treat, especially during the winter months, as Asahikawa is known to get very cold. In fact, it reached −41 °C in 1902 which is the lowest temperature in the recorded history of Japan! You can visit the Asahikawa Ramen Village at Nagayama 11-jyo, 4-chome, Asahikawa, Hokkaido.
It’s all about Ramen: Regions, Styles and Toppings