- "Shirakawa Ramen" with pleasantly firm hand-crimped noodles, and a deep tasty soy sauce soup flavor. The ramen from the first ramen shop in Shirakawa that appeared in the Taisho era (then Chinese soba and wonton) was a soy sauce flavored with noodles. It is said that the manufacturing method of the crimped noodles and the soup is very similar to the present manufacturing method and that this shop is one of the roots of Shirakawa Ramen, for example, because there are wonton on the menus of most Shirakawa Ramen shops. Currently, there are about 100 shops in the city, and the commitment of each storeowner is to pursue the taste every day, to build on the ramen culture of Shirakawa.
Shirakawa City, Fukushima Prefecture
- In the former Kitakata city before the merger of municipalities in January 2006, there were about 120 ramen shops for a population of about 37,000 people, which was the largest number of stores in terms of population ratio. Sapporo ramen, along with Hakata ramen is counted as one of Japan's three great ramen. The soup is basically a light-tasting clear tonkotsu broth with a soy sauce base. Some shops make the tonkotsu base and the dried fish base separately and offer a blend of both. Although soy sauce is the base, depending on the shop, there are various levels of saltiness and miso flavor. The noodles are called "flat slow-ripened noodles" and are 4 mm thick with a characteristic crimping and soft texture. The ingredients are mainly roast pork, scallion, bamboo shoots, and fish paste.
Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture