Thought starting things off with the original variety would make sense. So they told me that original flavor indeed was soy sauce, which also is known as shoyu ramen. Here’s a little about shoyu ramen from Wikipedia
Shōyu (醤油, “soy sauce”) ramen is the oldest of the four, it has a clear brown broth, based on a chicken and vegetable (or sometimes fish or beef) stock with plenty of soy sauce added resulting in a soup that is tangy, salty, and savory yet still fairly light on the palate. Shōyu ramen usually has curly noodles rather than straight ones, but this is not always the case. It is often adorned with marinated bamboo shoots or menma, green onions, kamaboko(fish cakes), nori (seaweed), boiled eggs, bean sprouts or black pepper; occasionally the soup will also contain chili oil or Chinese spices, and some shops serve sliced beef instead of the usual chāshū.
Alright – let’s kick things off!
Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Original Flavored Soup – United States
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add seasoning sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
A decent amount of powder.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added organic Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, chashu pork, spring onion, sesame seed and shichimi togarashi. Noodles were your standard curly instant – except better. Gauge was slightly wider. Also, the chew was on point and very nice. The broth was definitely a shoyu – rich and tasty. A surprise here – very impressed. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 076186000011.
A vintage TV spot for Sapporo Ichiban