Category Archives: Sapporo Ichiban

#2146: Sapporo Ichiban Kun Ramen Sumo-kuchikin (Smoked Chicken)

Here’s soimething I’ve never seen before – smoked chicken ramen! This one hails from Japan and was sent by Javier over at You can subscribe to receive a box with 4 different Japanese ramen bowls every month – it’s pretty awesome and honestly since it includes the shipping pretty cheap. Let’s see what Javier has to say about this one:

Noodles: Deep-flavored, durable and flexible noodles prepared with an intensely textured soy sauce. Soup: Features the characteristic taste of aged soy sauce, which gives it a grilled, smoky aroma. The base of the soup itself is a simple chicken broth, to which you add aromatic vegetables such as garlic and onion, and the final touch is made by adding black sesame. Ingredients: Cabbage, ground chicken, scrambled eggs, and red bell pepper.

Hey neat – well, let’s have a look!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add in dry sachet and fill to line with boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The liquid base sachet.

Has an interesting smoky scent.

The solid ingredients sachet.

A nice mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles were pretty good – mellow on the chew. The broth had a definitely smoky taste to it and it was a little overboard. It was that ‘liquid smoke’ kind of flavor and just didn’t seem quite right. The bits of egg, cabbage and chicken were very good. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734027676.

Sapporo most soy sauce mini bowl 44g ~ 12 pieces

A Sapporo Ichiban TV commercial.

#2128: Sapporo Ichiban Taimeiken Yousyoku Yasangatsukutta Omumen

Here’s another one from They’re a subscription service where you can get a box of noodles from Japan every month (they also have neat candy boxes from Japan as well). Still to this date I haven’t gotten a repeat or anothing I’ve ever reviewed in the past – pretty awesome! Here’s what they have to say about this one:

Ever since being founded in 1931, and located in Nihombashi, Tokyo, the long-standing Western-style restaurant “Taimeiken” has continually sustained its good reputation. Its standard “Omurice” menu comes arranged with a serving of cup noodles. Soup: Its chicken extract is cooked authentically, and by adding a vegetable extract with tomatoes the overall avor is sweetened with a tomato taste. Noodles: They are exible, supple, tasty to swallow and their seasoning goes together perfectly with the soup. Ingredients: The “Omurice” menu is made with scrambled eggs and green peas coupled together with a tomato soup

I really like the little bit of info they include for every noodle! Let’s check this one out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains eggs. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and let steep 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet from the top of the lid. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

some of the loose ingredients from the cup.

The sachet which was affixed to the lid.

Has  kind of ketchup scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added a two egg omelette. The noodles hydrated perfectly and have a little chew to them which I liked. The gauge was thin. Broth was very saucy – kind of like a tomato sauce, augmented very nicely with bits of egg, peas (which hydrated very well) and some odd little time circular things I am not sure of. Very Chef Boyardee with a more adult spin – I like it! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734027140.

If you are keen on ramen, this is a must see film, bar-none. Tampopo

Here’s a clip from the film ‘Tampopo.’ They bust into a restaurant kitchen and make omurice; basically a rice omelette.

#1875: Sapporo Ichiban Tonkotsu Ramen Artificially Flavored Tonkotsu White Chicken Broth

On a recent trip to the Uwajimaya in Bellevue, WA I spotted this one. This is made in the United States and sounds really good. Tonkotsu is characterized by a milky white broth – usually pork, but this one is chicken! It sounds really good and seeing this is my wife’s Friday, I thought I’d surprise her by making her a bowl. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml (2 cups) of water and cook for 3 minutes. Note: 2 cups is actually 478ml. Add in contents of sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A light and fluffy powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, spring onion, hard boiled egg and kizami shoga (pickled ginger). The noodles came out very nicely – lots of them and soft and comfortable. The broth is out of this world. I often think to myself that everyone makes chicken flavored instant noodles. Everyone. But why don’t companies put their all into them? I would say that this is about my all time favorite chicken instant noodle now. The broth is creamy and has a very comfort food flavor to it – it has that nice instant chicken flavor without having chicken. This stuff is where it’s at! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 076186000110.

Not sure if this one is chicken – probably pork – Sapporo Ichiban Japan Tonkotsu Instant Ramen Bag 5 Pc meals 18.5oz (Pack of 6)

A Sapporo Ichiban miso ramen TV spot from Japan.

Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Chicken Flavored Soup

I’ve been asked by quite a few people in the last few months to re-review this one. It sounds like a lot of you really enjoy this one!  One thing to note is that I’ve also been asked repeatedly about instant varieties that are vegetarian. Most instant noodles made in the USA will contain meat and/or seafood. Why? Well, it’s pretty hard to import chicken and beef into the United States. Standards for agricultural products are pretty strict, so the logic here is that if a foreign company builds a plant here, they don’t have to deal with these restrictions since they’re in the country, using US meat products in what they produce. Knowing this, if you stroll down the aisle of an Asian grocery store, you’ll see quite a few chicken, beef and other flavors which usually are imported and do not contain any beef, chicken or pork. So just a little tip from me – look and see where it’s made on the pack – it might have fish, but should be meat free. These noodles are made in Garden Grove, California. Southern California is the spot where most instant noodle companies that open up plants congregate – easy access to big seaports and centralized distribution has a lot (if not everything) to do with this. Anyways, let’s check out this much requested re-review of Sapporo Ichiban chicken noodles!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in contents of seasoning sachet, stir, and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a nice chicken aroma.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper and Johnny’s Seafood & Poultry seasoning, spring onion and mung bean sprouts. The noodles had a very good chewiness to them – much firmer than many instants which was nice. The broth is a salty chicken affair – nice and strong a built to please the Us palate for sure. Great stuff! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 076186000028.

Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles and Chicken Flavored Soup, 3.5-Ounce (Pack of 24)

Sapporo Ichiban is located in Garden Grove, CA. Here’s something a little different – this is the Garden Grove local TV channel – LIVE! It takes a second to buffer, so be a little patient.

#1549: Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein Japanese Style Noodles Yakisoba

Here’s another one my wife got me during my annual birthday trip to Canada this year – thank, Kit! So this is the Canadian version of Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein. There are a couple differences between this and the version for sale in the United States packaging wise, but does it taste different? I’m guessing it’s going to be about the same but it could be different. Let’s find out as I tear into the Canadian version of Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein!

Here’ the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 250ml water in skillet or frying pan. Add the noodle block and stir until noodles loosen and absorb all of the water. Add some meat or veggies – or both – and sautee for a bit. Add in seasoning sachet contents and combine. Add green laver sachet as garnish. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The seasoning base sachet.

Has a yakisoba scent.

The green lavel sachet!

Bright green seaweed!


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added thinly sliced beef sauteed with Worcestershire sauce. The noodles have a good gauge and chew, and like to suck up liquid! They cooked very quickly and once I tossed in the seasoning, they were perfect. The seasoning is very good with a rick yakisoba flavor. The green laver adds a subtle touch. This is one of my all time favorites. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 076186070083.

Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein, 3.6-Ounce Packages (Pack of 24) – So the difference between the USA version and the Canadian version is also the size – the Canadian version is 100g vs. ours are 102g.

An older Japanese Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein TV advert