Sapporo Style Miso Ramen

Sapporo Style Miso Ramen

Ramen soup is typically clear with dashi, chicken, or beef stock as the base, flavored with shoyu. More recent flavors like miso and curry ramen soups are usually chicken or pork based and tend to be heartier. They are gaining popularity and during my last visit to Japan I had the opportunity to taste a delicious bowl of Curry ramen at Yokosuka, well known for its navy curry. This curry ramen reminded me of the miso ramen I had at Japantown, San Francisco some years back.

Miso ramen is a specialty of Sapporo. The soup is kotteri (rich and oily) made with pork bones and flavored with miso. The noodles come with a variety of toppings such as slices of pork belly, hard boiled eggs, bean sprouts, corn, and bamboo shoots. It is often served with chili oil. This is a very hearty and flavorful bowl of noodles perfect for this time of the year.

Sapporo Style Miso Ramen
Sapporo Style Miso Ramen

I used a combination of shiro (white) and aka (red) miso to give the soup a slightly stronger miso flavor. I also made teriyaki pork tenderloin instead of belly pork for the topping. The buttered corn kernels lends a little “creaminess” to the soup. Definitely add in the garlic chili oil as it binds and intensifies the flavors.

Sapporo Style Miso Ramen
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 4 servings
  • 6 oz soy bean sprouts, ends trimmed
  • 12 oz (340g) dried ramen
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 green onions, finely sliced
  • ⅓ cup (80g) shiro miso
  • ⅓ cup (80g) aka miso
  • Slices of teriyaki pork tenderloin
  • Buttered corn kernels
  • 4 hard cooked eggs, sliced into half lengthwise
  • 4 tbsp chili bamboo shoots (optional)
  • 2 green onions, finely sliced
  • Garlic chili oil
  • Nori
  • 1 lb (450g) pork bones
  • 1-inch knob fresh ginger, peeled and smashed
Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin
  • ¼ cup (60ml) soy sauce
  • ¼ cup (60ml) mirin
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1½ lbs (675g) pork tenderloin, rinse and pat dry with paper towels
Buttered Corn Kernels
  • 1 cup (140g) frozen corn kernels
  • 2 tbsp (28g) butter
Garlic Chili Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  1. Bring half a pot of water to boil. Add pork bones and allow it to continue boiling for 5 minutes. Remove bones with thongs. Rinse of scum if any. Discard water and rinse the pot.
  2. Fill pot with 10 cups (2.4 liters) of water. Bring it to a boil. Add ginger and return pork bones to the pot. When it comes to a boil, reduce heat and allow it to simmer for 2 hours.
Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin
  1. Combine soy sauce, mirin, brown sugar, and ½ cup (120ml) water in a bowl.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a deep fry pan. Brown pork tenderloin on all sides, about 5 minutes. Pour sauce into the pan. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and allow pork tenderloin to cook for 30 minutes, turning once half way through. Do keep an eye on it as sauce may darken and thicken. If needed, add another ¼ cup (60ml) water so that it does not burn.
  3. When done, remove pork tenderloin from pan. Cut into thin slices when cool enough to handle.
Buttered Corn Kernels
  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add corn kernels and cook for 3 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  2. Garlic Chili Oil
  3. Combine garlic, pepper flakes, and canola oil in a small microwavable dish. Microwave on high for approximately 1½ minutes. Remove and set aside.
Cook Bean Sprouts and Noodles
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Lightly scald bean sprouts for about 20 seconds. Remove with slotted spoon. Set aside.
  2. Add noodles and cook as per packaging instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water. Add sesame oil. Toss to coat.
  3. Divide noodles into 4 bowls. Top each bowl with slices of teriyaki pork tenderloin, some scalded bean sprouts, buttered corn kernels, and chili bamboo shoots (if using).
  1. Put shiro and aka miso in a medium sized bowl. Pour a cup (240ml) of boiling stock over miso. Stir to melt miso. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Add sliced green onions and fry for 2 minutes. Pour in 8 cups (1.8 liters) stock. When stock comes to a boil, reduce heat to minimum setting.
  3. Gently pour melted miso back into pot. Do not allow soup to come to a boil. Turn off heat.
  4. Finally, pour miso soup over noodles and toppings in each bowl. Sprinkle with sliced green onions and drizzle with garlic chili oil.
  5. Serve immediately with nori.

Although there appears to be many steps involved in the cooking of this Sapporo Style Miso Ramen, it really is not complicated. Do give it a try. It will definitely be worth your efforts. Karaku oishii desu!

Sapporo Style Miso Ramen
NOTE: This post was updated on October 18th, 2013 with new pictures. Some changes were also made to the recipe.

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎

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  1. says

    Definitely agree, perfect for this time of the year. I have a weakness for miso flavored dishes. If I ate pork, this soup would be gone in record time. You’ve made it look so good that even I’m questioning why I don’t eat pork. As always, great pictures!

  2. says

    I LOVE miso. I could have it anytime, anyday. Your ramen looks delicious! And I just love your star-shaped carrots haha. I would love a bowl of this right about now. Or maybe even 10 ;).

  3. DongXing says

    Biren, My daughter loves this type of soupy noodle, Japanese style. I am definitely going to attempt this with chicken stock and roasted teriyaki pork tenderloin this weekend. I do agree that the chilli oil is a definite must for the grown-ups! My daughter would insist on heart-shaped carrots and eggs!

    • Biren says

      I’ve been craving this for a while and I am glad I finally made it. The family thoroughly enjoyed it. Will have to make it again soon as it is really satisfying in this cold weather. :)

  4. says

    Hi Biren! I’ve missed you :)
    I love sapporo style ramen, it’s so flavorful and delicious. Did you also make the ones in the first couple photos? I love how the carrots are cut out into little stars!

    • Biren says

      Aww Roxan…I’ve missed you too! I saw your lovely vacation pictures on Facebook. Looks like you had a great time.

      I actually made these twice because I enjoyed them so much. That bowl of noodles in the first two pictures were made yesterday for lunch. I saved some chicken stock from the previous evening, enough for a bowl of noodles. As I had a little more time, I tried out my new Japanese carrot cutters. They worked really well. :)

  5. says

    Biren, when you’re here next time I’m going to bring you to Ajisen Ramen. Their Ramen with pork bone soup base are very popular that comes with Japanese Cha Shao, soft pork ribs and many of your own choices.

    • Biren says

      I’ll look forward to that. I love noodles and can never get enough of it. Japanese cha siew is different from the Chinese ones. I had Japanese style cha siew noodles in Osaka and it was delicious!

    • Biren says

      Hi Theresa! Thanks for visiting! There is something comforting about a big bowl of noodles. I hope you will give this a try. :)

  6. says

    This is an absolutely beautiful bowl of noodles! I love each and every component and I bet they all taste delicious together. I love your attention to detail — the flower carrrots are so cute, Biren! :)

  7. says

    Ok, silly question I’m sure, but how did you get your carrots shaped like flowers? They’re so cute! I really love ramen soup of all kinds. Your version looks so very, very good.

    • Biren says

      I used a vegetable cutter. You can also use a small cookie cutter. I love all kinds of soupy noodles. I hope you will give this a try.

  8. says

    Mmmm….love this….a very warming and comforting meal in a bowl. I love miso, too. I cooked miso seaweed soup yesterday…delicious. Hope you have a wonderful day.

  9. says

    I could eat this everyday. This ramen is hearty, comfort food for anytime of the year. It’s only morning right now and I wish I had a big bowl of this right now.

    I luv what you did with the carrots, Biren. I recently saw a picture in a mag where they did something similar in heart shapes. :)


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