[Seiyoken in Muroran] Nikka Ramen Topped with Kakiage
April 16th, 2015
Ganso Muroran Ramen Seikyoken (元祖室蘭ラーメン 清洋軒) is a long-established ramen reastraunt founded in 1935 in Funami-cho, Muroran city and is near Tokiwa Nursery School (常盤保育所). Since they profess themselves to be the originator of Muroran Ramen (The Ganso means "The originator" in Japanese), I guess that the Seiyoken may be founded very first in the Muroran. The ramen restraunt with an atmosphere such as a typical ramen restraunt is not so large. Counter seats and a table are provided, but I guess that family customers and a large number of cusotmers can hardly enjoyed their meals in busy time.
Muroran (室蘭) that 90,000 people live is the 11th largest city in Hokkaido and is located in the central Hokkaido and is facing the Pacific ocean. Muroran has a relatively calm climate, it is cold with temperatures 20 degrees in a summer, it is warm with temperatures -2 degrees in a winter. Muroran is called Iron Town and developed as a port town of heavy and chemical industries. It is famous that there are factories of Nippon Steel Sumikin (新日鉄住金) and Japan Steel Works (日本製鋼所), As for Kanamoto (カナモト * the TSE First Section presentation) and Narasaki Industry (ナラサキ産業 * the TSE Second Section presentation), Muroran is an establishment of a business place. Therefore Muroran is a few town that vistors can unusually see a scenery of the factories in Hokkaido. Muroran Night View is popular, too. Article is here
Ramen of Hokkaido
Ramen is a noodle soup dish topped with ingredients. It is said that Chinese noodles is the root of the ramen, and there are various theories, for example, Mr. Mistukuni Tokugawa (徳川光圀 * Mitokomon (水戸黄門)) ate the ramen in 1697 for the first time in Japan or the first ramen was that Keitaimen noodles (経帯麺) served in 1488 was written in Biryueken Diary (蔭涼軒日録). Noodle soup dishes were spread out in Japan because Nanking noodles (南京そば) was served in various China Towns, Japan. In Hakodate with a China Town, Yowaken (養和軒) served the Nanking noodles in 1884. In Sapporo, it is a root of Sapporo Ramen that a noodle soup dish was cooked by Mr. Wang Wen Zai (王 文彩), a chief chef of Takeya Shokudo (竹家食堂), in 1922. Houran (芳蘭), a branch of the Takeya Shokudo, opened a business in 1933 in Asahikawa. Asahikawa Ramen, Sapporo Ramen and Hakodate Ramen called the 3 Major Ramen in Hokkaido were born. But current ramen do not succeed to the taste of those ramen. Article is here
I visited here around 17:00 on a weekday. Still there was no visitor. I sat a counter seat, and read a menu. Salt Broth Ramen (塩ラーメン) was the best recommended ramen of this restaurant, but I was interested in Nikka Ramen (日華ラーメン), so ordered it. The price was JPY 650.
About 10 minutes later, the Nikka Ramen was served. Kakiage (deep-fried vegetable strips and shrimp), bamboo shoots, a kamaboko with a spiral whirlpool-like pattern, a Japanese dry baked wheat gluten and green onions were on noodles. Since the kakiage was a Japanese-style ingredient and ramen was called Chinese noodle in Japan, they might combine Ni (日) meaned Japanese in Chinese character with Ka (華) meaned Chinese noodle in Chinese character, so I guess that they named the ramen as the Nikka Ramen. I think that the ramen topped with the kakiage is unusual.
The soup with soy sauce flavor was made from fishery product soup stock, and was not too salty. I felt that the taste was like soba soup. A conbination of the soup and Kakiage oil was tasty! The noodles were whitish homemade noodles without additives, and went well with the soup. I savored the taste of the historical ramen. Thanks for the tasty ramen!
Nikka Ramen and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube.
|Parking lot||Parking lot is not provided|
|Regular closing day||First, Third and Fifth Tuesday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||159 221 029*01|
A page of Muroran is here