Ramen Noodles◎Text by Fang-Ju Lin ◎Photos by Wei-Ten Yang
Japanese Ramen noodles are served smoking hot in a milky white soup. In Kaohsiung, the two most famous Japanese ramen noodles chains are Sanchin and Italo. If you like ramen noodles, they are certainly worth trying.
Italo Ramen originated from Kyushu and is known for its black pork and white milky soup. The soup is rich and tasty without the strong smell of pork. Prepared with thin chewy ramen noodles and honey barbecue pork, Italo ramen noodles are truly a favorite amongst ramen lovers.
The secret to Italo's success is the pork broth boiling process that takes 24 hours. There is a variety of Italo Ramen noodles. One of these dishes is known as that spicy Kyushu Jigoku ramen and ocean-inspired Mentaiko ramen. The difference depends on which pork broth was utilized in the creation of the dish. The white pork broth is prepared with a lengthy boiling process of the black pork bones. This boiling process draws out the calcium, marrow and nutrients inside the bones and is deliciously infused with the soup. This not only makes the noodles more delicious, but also makes it particularly rich and milky.
Kyushu Jigoku Italo Ramen is known for its dark-red-color and is named Hellish-roaring-flame Ramen. Many Ramen restaurants use hot and spicy sauces or oil as the soup base for Jigoku ramen. However, with Italo's Kyushu Jigoku ramen, hot springs are the inspiration for this dish. Kyushu Japan is the home of a hot spring resort called "Jigoku Onsen". The water from these hot springs is full of Ferric Oxide giving it dark reddish color. Drawing from its Kyushu origin, Italo Kyushu uses spicy miso paste (imported from Japan), pork broth and sauteed vegetables. This dish boasts a reddish color similar to the hot springs of "Jigoku Onsen". Italo's Kyushu Jigoku ramen is unlike any other dish of its kind.
Sanchin Ramen Noodles Shop
Sanchin is a famous ramen noodle restaurant chain from Japan. Established by founder Koyama Kunio, his most popular restaurant locations can be found in Hokkaido, Tokyo and Kyushu in Japan. Sanchin's first restaurant in Taiwan opened in Kaohsiung City, seven years ago and is located on Datong 2nd Road.
Sanchin's most famous dish is its Tonkotsu ramen. This dish is prepared by lengthy boiling process of the pork thighs and back bones. The marrow and cartilage are subsequently infused into the soup giving it a simply delicious taste. Sanchin also adds a seafood broth, making it even more delicious. Milk ramen is the newest way of preparing these dishes and has become more popular than the traditional style of Japanese ramen noodles. This dish adds chicken broth instead of the traditional pork broth and is absolutely delicious.
Sanchin Ramen concentrates on maintaining a temperature of 85 degrees Celsius when each order is served to the customer. There are a variety of steps that go into developing these noodles. These steps include boiling the noodles, mixing in the ingredients and adding the barbecued pork and vegetables. The secret to making sure the noodles are served piping hot is the insertion of a hot iron plate into the ramen bowl. The hot iron plate is removed just before the customer receives their order.
＊Sanchin Ramen Noodles Shop
Address: No.2, Datong 2nd Road, Kaohsiung City
Business Hours: 11am - 9:40pm
Address: No.15, Zhonghua 3rd Road, Kaohsiung City
Business Hours: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 9:00pm(Closed on Tuesdays)