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Calories in Tonkotsu Ramen: Nutrition Facts That Are Impossible to Ignore

Tonkotsu ramen at a ramen restaurant has 500 calories.

If you don’t drink all the soup, it will be about 450 calories.

Instant tonkotsu ramen has 326 calories, and it doesn’t include toppings. (Example: Nutrition value of Maruchan Seimen Tonkotsu Flavor)

1. You might be thinking “Is it difficult to know if 500 calories is a lot or not?”

Then let me explain using some examples.

In terms of calories….

Two bowls of tonkotsu ramen is equivalent to one big mac meal.

Two and a half bowls of tonkotsu ramen is equivalent to one bag of chips.

One bowl of tonkotsu ramen is equivalent to one dish of spaghetti and meatballs.

One bowl of tonkotsu ramen is equivalent to two slices of pizza.

Do you think that is a lot of calories? Let me know in the comment section!

2. Here are the calories of each element of a bowl of tonkotsu ramen.

1. Noodles: 340 calories

Yes, noodles actually have the most calories in tonkotsu ramen.

It is the Death Star of tonkotsu ramen calories. (Many more Star Wars references to come)

If you order kaedama, its destructive power will increase almost twice.

2. Flavored oil: 40 calories

The oil floating on the surface of your tonkotsu ramen gives you a nice aroma and adds a complex flavour profile to the soup.

But it has relatively high calories.

This is the reason why you should avoid drinking all the soup if you are on a diet.

I would call it the TIE fighter in terms of ramen calories.

3. Soup: 40 calories

Soup is the core of ramen.

Tonkotsu soup is made of pork bones and some vegetables simmered for long hours.

Drinking the soup from your ramen bowl comforts you and makes you satisfied.

I would call it the Imperial At-At Walker in terms of ramen calories.

I just explained the fundamental elements of tonkotsu ramen.

They were noodles and soup.

Now, let's talk about toppings!

4. Chashu: 30 calories

Chashu is the most popular topping among tonkotsu ramen toppings.

When you put a slice of chashu into your mouth,

This nice savory taste and the feeling of melting soft texture brings you to heaven.

It is usually made of fatty pork.

But it is sliced, so it doesn’t have as many calories as you might think.

I would call it the Darth Vadar of tonkotsu ramen.

5. Ramen egg: 20 calories

Ajitama ramen egg is the second most popular tonkotsu ramen topping.

The perfect condition of the golden yolk...

That is not completely cooked.

But it doesn't run.

The taste of flavour is spread through the egg and even into the center.

I would call it Boba Fett.

I don’t know why I’ve been using Star Wars examples, 

It might make this article too long, 

So I’ve decided to call other common tonkotsu ramen toppings Stormtroopers.

Check them out...

Beansprout: 14 calories

Garlic: 8 calories

Takana: 5 calories

Beni shoga (ginger): 3 calories

Green onions: 2 calories

Kikurage mushroom: 2 calories

Tonkotsu ramen doesn’t have as many calories as you might think.

3. But there are things you need to be careful about other than its calories

These are added on items of tonkotsu ramen and amounts of fat and salt.

Here is some advice that might be useful for you if you are on a diet…

1. Don’t drink all the soup

This very rich, thick, and cloudy soup contains a lot of umami.

This is because of the inosinic acid from the pork bones.

It is soooo delicious.


Drink a few sips and leave the rest.

Because this soup contains fat and salt.

2. Don’t order kaedama

Kaedama means an extra serving of noodles.

Noodles are made of wheat flour,

So it has 340 calories.

It is 70% of the whole tonkotsu ramen.

If you add one extra serving of noodles, calories go up instantly.

3. Eat vegetables and meat in the beginning

If you can start eating from vegetable topping and meat topping on your tonkotsu ramen,

You can manipulate the rise of blood sugar lower.

And you tend to bite these toppings more than noodles,

So you can feel full faster in this order.

 4. Avoid eating tonkotsu ramen right before sleeping

If you eat tonkotsu ramen right before sleeping, 

Your body tends to intake more fat than usual. 

Eating tonkotsu ramen 4 hours before bedtime is ideal. 

4. Due to Covid, a lot of good tonkotsu ramen restaurants have closed

It makes me feel very sad.

I used to eat ramen out frequently,

But in this situation, 

Ramen shops started to shorten the hours, limit the number of customers, or closed their shops.

It has affected the industry so much.

5. I am afraid good tonkotsu ramen will be gone

But meanwhile, you still can enjoy tonkotsu ramen.

Here are some of my recommendations for tonkotsu ramen lovers..

1. Sapporo Ichiban Tonkotsu Flavour


My favourite part of this ramen was its broth.

I think the base of this broth is similar to the one from Sapporo Ramen shio flavor, with hints of tonkotsu elements added on.

If you are a big fan of Sapporo Ichiban’s shio flavor like me, you will like this broth a lot as well!

Imagine eating chewy, textured noodles covered with a lot of tonkotsu umami flavor.

It is rich and filling - the perfect meal!

2. Nissin Raoh Ramen Noodle Soup Tonkotsu Flavor


If you cannot go to a tonkotsu ramen restaurant,

But you really want to eat tonkotsu ramen,

you will be really happy with Raoh’s tonkotsu flavoured ramen.

The flavour explosion in this small packet will blow you away.

It has a unique deliciousness.

It is also very addicting.

The tonkotsu flavor and the great quality of the noodles will make this your new favourite instant ramen.

I would recommend this to anyone. 

3. The problem here is that no toppings come with these packets.

Here are some topping options and recipes for you.

Green onion


Benishoga (Ginger)

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About the Author

Kei is a self-proclaimed ramen lover, blog writer and founder of "Apex S.K. Japanese tableware".

"I am from Ibaraki, Japan.

Ramen is great! It can bring you a sense of happiness and satisfaction that no other food can. I have been eating ramen for 30 years.

If there is no ramen, my life would be miserable.

Ten years ago, I worked as an office worker. The job was really stressful - excessive working hours, low wages, unpaid overtime work, and constantly being yelled at by my boss.

I was new and alone, no girlfriend, no friends, and felt very lonely.

My only oasis was the ramen shop near the office. For me, the ramen chef there was literally an angel. I saw a halo on his head. (No joke)

Tonkotsu shoyu ramen was my all-time favorite. He made ramen with broth chock-full of umami flavor, nice chewy handmade noodles, and tender chashu.

My greatest dream is connect people with ramen through my blog. I want to share a lot of interesting and funny stories and ramen trivia with you.

Knowing more about ramen can help you appreciate your ramen and make it taste extra delicious."


  • Kei

    Hi Alecia,
    I’m glad you enjoyed my article!

  • Alecia Alexander

    Thank you for writing about this!

  • Kei

    Hello Vemiastri,
    Thanks for leaving us a comment! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed our article and found it helpful!

  • Vemiastri Mulyono

    Oh my god this article is a gold. I’ve been looking for this since the day i count calories. And because i like ramen so much. Thank you!

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