Expanding the ramen repertoire: Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen

Ellie Rudner

We’re both fans of miso, especially miso soup and miso ramen. Instant miso ramen, however, was new to the both of us.

This ramen came with two powder packets, a hefty “soup base” packet and a small “original spice” packet. The soup base was really flavorful, and resulted in dark broth that was more miso-y than your standard miso soup or miso ramen. We definitely appreciated this. The spice packet wasn’t all that spicy, but the flavor was slightly different than with no spice added.
As for the noodles, they were pleasantly soft, more so than most instant noodles we’ve tried. They absorbed the broth well, making each bite a flavorful forkful of noodles.

When we got to the end of our bowls, there was little-to-no visible powder. Seasoning powders that have the ability to completely dissolve in instant ramen should be seen as the treasures they are. No one fully enjoys slurping leftover broth with high levels of salt and seasoning, so this uniform broth was welcomed.
This ramen was big in a few ways. The noodle brick wouldn’t fit in our bowls, and the miso soup base packet was huge. This combination means you can really get a lot of bang for your buck with this ramen, if you have the kitchen supplies to accommodate it. The simple act of adding an extra cup of water would not only mellow out the flavor, but potentially would make this ramen a romantic dinner for two.

We got Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen at Sun Foods on University and Dale, easily accessible by Metro Transit. If you can’t bring yourself to make the 20 minute trek, you can order it through Amazon Prime—a box of 24 packages costs $24.33.