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Sapporo Ichiban

Sapporo Ichiban (サッポロ一番?) is a brand of instant noodles (most of them ramen) made by Sanyo Foods, and a competitor to other Japanese ramen brands like Nissin.

Sapporo Ichiban has found a market outside of Japan, most notably with consumers in Hong Kong, the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Sapporo Ichiban literally means "Sapporo's number one [noodle]", but there is no relation between Sapporo Ichiban and the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido.

Sanyo Foods had previously kept their headquarters and R&D all in their original town of Maebashi city, Gunma prefecture, but their headquarters have legally moved to Minato-ku, Tokyo. They have built their plants for domestic products in Gunma, Chiba, Nara, and Fukuoka. They, however, only have no more than a small sales branch in Sapporo.


Ramen flavors include:

Other products

Non-ramen packages include:

  • Yakisoba / Chow mein (Yellow, orange and white package). This is not a ramen soup, but ramen noodles meant to be reconstituted, then stir-fried with the enclosed flavour package. Traditionally ground beef and Chinese cabbage are added to the stir-fry and seaweed is sprinkled on top from the included pouch if preparing yakisoba, but only the seaweed is included in the package.
  • Kitsune - Kitsune udon (Blue and white package). This is a package of dehydrated udon noodles instead of ramen, with a reconstitutable square of tofu.

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