ramen rating: sapporo ichiban

sapporo ichiban ramen

Quick, describe the taste of chicken to someone who’s never had chicken before…having trouble?

Just as chicken seems to be one of the lowest common denominators in food flavors, so is the “instant ramen-ness” of Sapporo Ichiban’s original flavor. The “original” flavor doesn’t belong to the typical ramen flavor groups: it’s not shoyu, not tonkotsu, not shio, not miso. There is a slight miso-ness to the soup base flavor, but it’s barely discernable underneath the barrage of onion-ness, white pepper-ness, MSG-ness, and the plain original-ness of Sapporo Ichiban’s popular instant ramen. The curly instant brick noodles with a good chewy texture and the non-descript tangy aftertaste rounds out Sapporo Ichiban’s Original flavor experience. Ramen purists will turn up their noses at this instant ramen, but to a whole generation of college students and anyone who’s ever been on a tight food budget, this is a decent, affordable, and welcome alternative to Top Ramen.

Brick ramen rating: 6/10. Click through for the nutritional info.

sapporo ichiban ramen nutrition info

  12 comments for “ramen rating: sapporo ichiban

  1. cutie
    4/27/2008 at 4:21 pm

    yeah, i agree with you……try the beef flavor one, it tastes a bit better than the original flavor, a bit more stronger……….

    glad to see your 2 new postings today 🙂

  2. snooky
    5/8/2008 at 12:46 pm

    the ULTIMATE sapporo flavor is..CHOW MEIN!!
    I order these by the cases!!
    It’s not just soup, it’s a real meal!
    Enjoy!!

  3. ryan
    9/13/2008 at 1:30 am

    6/10? only 6???? i’ve been eating this since i was a kid, and i still eat them at least once a week. the beef and the chicken flavors are my addiction.

    6… omg.

  4. 9/21/2008 at 6:02 pm

    Hi Ryan, I’ve been eating this since I was a kid too. To me, 5/10 is “average” so it’s still “above average” (yeah, I know that kind of thinking wouldn’t cut it in school, but anyway…) I still like it, but try some other brands, especially the ones available in Japanese supermarkets if there’re any in your area. You might be pleasantly surprised!

  5. Ron
    9/22/2008 at 8:13 am

    Hey, when all you’ve had is Manchurian from Wal Mart, Ichiban is the BOMB!

    I absolutely love the original, in part because it’s the only flavor my local market stocks.

    So, 6/10 from someone that’s probably had far more varietals than I, is actually a 9/10 in my book 🙂

  6. ichiban pimp master
    6/22/2009 at 10:56 am

    Try putting franks red hot on the original ichiban and lots of tex mex cheese or even regular cheese its soooooooo good

  7. bob
    8/27/2009 at 11:00 am

    great for hangovers. taste best after a crazy drunken night out. mmm:)

  8. Michael
    3/29/2010 at 8:35 pm

    I’ve been reading a lot of ramen review sites, and it seems like there is a substantial difference between Sapporo Ichiban Original (haven’t eaten; no Japanese anywhere on the block) and Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein (absolutely LOVE; mostly Japanese, thereby making it more “authentic”.) I strongly suggest that, instead of the American-ized version, you seek out the Chow Mein version, which has a distinctly different packaging.

  9. 3/31/2010 at 8:20 pm

    @Michael: Thanks for the tip. Yeah, “chow mein” is usually very different from “ramen.” I like both, and also yakisoba. Heck, I like just about every kind of noodles. Maybe I’ll review some chow mein in the future. Hmm…

  10. Mary
    3/21/2012 at 4:38 pm

    I highly recommend dropping in egg in the soup as the noodles are cooking.  Egg drop ichiban..THE BEST!!!

    • 4/1/2012 at 9:14 pm

      @Mary: totally agree. I usually add an egg to all my instant ramen!

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