Sapporo Ramen Show.
When the warmer weather comes to Sapporo residents are getting ready for the beer gardens to open, but before then another event has taken over part of Odori park. “The Sapporo Ramen Show” is in town, and this year it’s even better. This years show expects to sell over 80,000 servings of “Ramen” noodles!
The show spans 2 weeks and contains a different line-up of stalls for each. The first week (17th – 22nd of May) & the second week (24th – 29th of May)
Famous Ramen shops from all over the country will be there, and of course they’ll have to compete with some of Hokkaido’s top shops! Me personally I want to try “Muscle” shops “Miso Ramen”!
A little bit about “Ramen”.
Some folks believe it was originally from China, while others believe it is from Japan. Whichever the case a lot of the locals believe that Japan really took ramen and made it into the world wide famous dish it is today. There is debate about which part of Japan was the first to hone and perfect the dish, but we can say confidently that each part of Japan brings a unique and equally delicious style to the table.
Styles of “Ramen” soup.
“Shio” literally “salt”. As the name suggests, this soup is made from a combination of salt and stock (chicken, vegetable, fish and pork) This is believed to be the oldest flavour of them all.
“Tonkotsu” pork bone. A thick and rich soup made from pork (bone, fat and collagen) Often topped with pickled ginger. This Ramen is very famous in Fukuoka city, Kyushu.
“Shoyu” soy sauce. A brown soup made from soy sauce and stock. A staple in Tokyo city. Their style tends to use thinner noodles.
“Miso” this soup is made from Japanese bean paste and a blend of different stocks. Its believed to have originated in Hokkaido prefecture.
The incomputable variations of this dish are just too much for this writer to put into one article! So, really the best way to know more about one of Japans famous “soul foods” is to get out there and get eating!
*Disclaimer: This magazine and it’s writers will not be held accountable for any loss of money, weight gain or health problems as a result of trying to taste them all! ^^
Brief history of Ramen in Japan.
*According to ramen expert Hiroshi Osaki, the first specialized ramen shop opened in Yokohama in 1910.
In 1958, instant noodles were invented by Momofuku Ando, the Taiwanese-Japanese founder and chairman of Nissin Foods. Named the greatest Japanese invention of the 20th century in a Japanese poll, instant ramen allowed anyone to make an approximation to this dish simply by adding boiling water.
Beginning in the 1980s, ramen became a Japanese cultural icon and was studied around the world from many perspectives. At the same time, local varieties of ramen were hitting the national market and could even be ordered by their regional names. A ramen museum opened in Yokohama in 1994.
“Odori” park 8 Chome. 10:00 ~ 21:00 (Last order 20:30)
Easily accessible from Odori subway station.
Entrance is free, however to purchase food you need to buy a ramen ticket to use at any one of the food stalls. Tickets are available at the venue.