Although noodles can come in various lengths and shapes: Thin, thick, curly or straight, it is a fact that Sapporo, the main city of Japan's northern Hokkaido Prefecture, is the birthplace of miso ramen and it also the place to get that authentic and thrilling Sapporo ramen taste.
Ramen is an internationally famous soup dish that contains Chinese-styled wheat noodles. Many Japanese innovations owe much of their fame to China, and ramen is no exception. Ramen originated from China, and though the source of the name is debated, it is said to come from the Chinese word "la main" that means "hand pulled noodles." Until the 1950s, the dish was known in Japan as "Shina Soba," meaning "Chinese buckwheat noodles." (The term is apparently considered derogatory by Chinese.) The pivotal year in Ramen history was 1958 when Momofuku Ando invented instant noodles.
However, in recent time ramen has become a world-renowned noodle with many varieties, most typically popular outside Japan as a cheap food source for college students. But the real thing is much better! Ramen in Japan is both delicious and can be a full meal. Thus, there are several variations of Ramen one can find in Japan, but then, Sapporo ramen stand out from other ramen as it is always served in a hot broth flavored miso-based soup with medium-width curly noodles and is eaten with bean sprouts, onions, beef, seafood, chicken and seaweed.