It’s not just Ichiran and Ippudo – there are more places around the world that serve the Japanese standard of Ramen! Today we’re introducing 6!

08.October.2017 | FOOD

Ramen has become a recent hit with foreigners. That’s why today we’ll be introducing places outside of Japan where you can enjoy a nice bowl of ramen. This article is dedicated to ramen fans who cannot taste Japanese ramen in Japan.


Ichiran Ramen


The noodles are made using special wheat flour and a unique blend. The noodle makers have a hefty amount of experience, using the ultimate method to create a splendid experience for the customers with each mouthful. After extensive research by specialists, a secret technique was devised to enhance the flavour of the tonkostu broth. The main idea was formed by using chili peppers as a base and mixing this with 30 different ingredients. The broth is left to mature day and night. Ichiran is available in America, Hong Kong and Taiwan.


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Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta


According to Michelin Guide Tokyo 2016, this is the first ramen shop in the world to receive a Michelin star. The owner Onishi Yuki uses simple and original ingredients and an original preparation method to make this much-adored ramen. The store has taken a step forward and opened its first chain at Pacific Plaza in Singapore!


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Ippudo serves up Hakata ramen, which originates from Fukuoka. Anyone can easily finish off these servings, and the restaurant is stylish and clean. The characteristic and filling tonkotsu broth, and the rich, deep flavour of the soup is a result of extensive research. There are branches in America, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, England and France.


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Ajisen Ramen


The special feature of this Kumamoto ramen is the brown tare sauce called senmiyu that accompanies the Kumamoto tonkotsu ramen. This adds a deep flavour to the white soup broth. Garlic, which is an essential feature of Kumamoto ramen, is a prominent flavour. There are Ajisen Ramen shops in China and Taiwan. It is  a particularly big hit in China.



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This ramen originated in Asahikawa, Hokkaido. At all chains within Japan and in foreign countries, the soup is made from scratch starting from stage one. Ingredients are specially selected and prepared, producing a flavour that is satisfying despite the reduced usage of salt. The Shio-ramen is presented to represent a slim woman with rosy red tinted skin. The restaurant boasts the cloudy tonkotsu soup, which customers drink up to the very last drop. There are chains in Canada, America, Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.




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Ramen Nagi


This ramen is known nationwide for its rich and unique soup blend that is made up of over 20 varieties of niboshi dried sardines. The fisherman who caught the sardines explained how to prepare the iwashi extract. Many varieties of flavourings are combined. The shop boasts the irresistible spicy flavour produced by maturing the ramen broth for a few days. There are Ramen Nagi chains in Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and China.



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Hakata Choten

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Hakata Choten originated from Fukuoka and Kumamoto and eventually opened a shop in France. According to ratings on the popular rating blog ( ) and many other sources, this is the best place for both Gyoza and ramen and holds the throne as the no.1 ramen shop. This is the first ramen shop to ever be opened in Paris, serving customers with 1.3 times the amount of thin ramen noodles as the Japanese shop. The ramen broth is prepared by boiling it for over 24 hours. This produces a strong tasting tonkotsu ramen broth. This is authentic Hakata ramen.


The intense flavour of the tonkotsu broth is perfect for the authentic Hakata ramen. Customers can choose the hardness of their noodles (soft, al dente or a bit harder), and the soup flavour (mild, normal or intense) . This customer service reflects authentic Japanese service, allowing Parisians to enjoy the humble service of a Japanese shop.





So, how about it? Next time you’re looking to enjoy the flavours of Japan in your own country, or whether you’re somewhere else in the world, try out these places!


Translator: Samantha Fernandes