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What Is Shoyu Ramen? Shoyu Ramen Will Become Your Next Favorite

Shoyu ramen is a type of ramen.

“Shoyu” means soy sauce in Japanese.

When you make shoyu ramen soup, you mix the broth with soy sauce.

Usually, shoyu ramen has a light taste compared to tonkotsu and miso ramen.

If shoyu ramen is a Power Ranger, 

1. He will definitely be the Red Ranger

Red Ranger is the protagonist of the show.

He is strong and has great leadership and potential... 

2. I feel nostalgic when I eat shoyu ramen

I don't know if you like shoyu ramen or not, but I really like eating shoyu ramen.

There was a ramen shop called Ramen Kitakata on Sakura Street in Mito. 

My parents brought me there for lunch many times before we went shopping. 

I ate shoyu ramen for the first time there when I was very small.

It was a really satisfying, and comforting moment. 

Do you still have this kind of memory or feeling like that when you were a kid?

3. Shoyu ramen soup consists of broth, sauce, flavored oil

Shoyu ramen soup consists of 3 components:

Broth (dashi) + Sauce (tare) + Flavored Oil (Koumiyu)

This soup is the core of shoyu ramen. 

4. Shoyu ramen has a light soup broth

The light soup broth is made from chicken bones, veggies and kelp.

This is a nostalgic and familiar taste for Japanese people.

Because shoyu ramen is the prototype for the different types of ramen in Japan.

For shoyu ramen soup, light taste is its mainstream.


After the 90’s there has been a new recipe that uses pork bone for the broth.

And this kind of broth is thicker than the original shoyu ramen broth.

Here are the popular ingredients of shoyu ramen broth…

Chicken bones, pork bones, kelp, bonito, dried sardines, and various vegetables.

5. Soy sauce is not the only ingredient of the sauce of shoyu ramen 

The sauce of shoyu ramen is made up of mainly soy sauce and mirin, sake, salt, sugar, and kelp.

Basically, this sauce decides the taste of a bowl of ramen.

The flavored oil is made of bonito, green onions, and cooking oil.

6. Toppings of shoyu ramen are simple

Common toppings for shoyu-based ramen are…

Chashu (braised pork slices),

Menma (sliced bamboo shoots),

Green onion, 

And nori (dried seaweed).

7. Shoyu ramen goes well with straight, medium-thick, and low water addition noodles

A lot of shoyu ramen restaurants use straight noodles.

Low water addition noodles go well with shoyu soup.

Do you know why?

Shoyu soup has a distinctive flavor and taste, so it is better for noodles to have a wheat flavor.

So noodles for shoyu ramen are a little hard and dense rather than being soft and springy.

8. History of shoyu ramen

In 1910, a restaurant called Rairaiken opened in Asakusa,Tokyo.

It served the first shoyu ramen which was also known as Tokyo ramen.

Among Japanese ramen, shoyu ramen has one of the longest histories.

For that reason, there are many variations of shoyu ramen all over Japan.

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

It makes me feel very angry.

I used to eat ramen out frequently,

But in this situation, 

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

It has affected the industry so much.

I am afraid good ramen will be gone

But meanwhile, you still can enjoy ramen in the comfort of your own home.

Here are some of my recommendations for ramen lovers.

1. Sapporo Ichiban Shio Flavor


In truth, Sapporo Ichiban delivers a good quality shio ramen experience.

Actually, it is very difficult to find good shio ramen.

Do you know why?

Because it is very difficult to make it since it is very simple.

There are many good shoyu and miso flavored instant noodles out there.

But I feel specifically, the shio flavor market is monopolized by Sapporo Ichiban.

Think about this for a moment having good shio ramen for your dinner with your favorite ramen toppings.

Now, you want some, don’t you?

2. Nissin Raoh Shoyu Flavor


It is nearly impossible to make restaurant quality noodles at home without the right tools and equipment.

How can you beat that?

Using Raoh’s shoyu flavour will help you achieve this easily. This is top-notch ramen hands down!

One pinnacle of instant noodles is the soy sauce flavor. It is expensive compared to regular ones but let me tell you, it deserves every single penny.

In a nutshell, I loved every bit of it.

...And I am sure you will too.

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

Here are some topping options and recipes for you.

Green onion

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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."

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