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Mazesoba: Brothless Ramen Dish at Menya Hanabi | Bite Size
What is Mazesoba?
Mazesoba, literally translated into English as “mixed noodle,” is a “soupless” ramen that has been gaining recognition and popularity in Japan and more recently, the rest of the world since it was first created in 2008 by our own Chef Naoto Niiyama. Our Mazesoba consists of our own noodle recipe made from multi-grain flour that sits in our homemade sauce base topped off with various ingredients such as spicy minced pork, raw egg yolk, seaweed, chashu, green onion, chives, garlic, fishpowder, and more (as you please)! You can think of our Mazesoba as the third-wave of ramen, with the first being your traditional broth ramen and the second, tsukemen (“dipping” noodles).
Naoto Niiyama, the master chef behind Menya Hanabi, began his culinary journey at a local restaurant famous for "Taiwan ramen," where he poured his heart and soul for the better part of a decade. He went on to hone his craft at other ramen shops, making a name for himself as a ramen master. In 2008, he opened the first Menya Hanabi in Nagoya, Japan. Menya Hanabi initially started as a ramen shop focused solely on Shio ramen. It was soon recognized by many in Nagoya when it won the TV Championship of Summer Noodle Contest. As Naoto tried to position his new-famed restaurant apart from the endless flood other ramen joints, he began experimenting with new types of ramen. Inspired by the "Taiwan ramen" of his early years, Naoto decided to put a twist on the dish's signature elements: spicy seasoned ground pork, bean sprouts, green onion, and chives. The Nagoya “Taiwan” Mazesoba was born – a soupless ramen topped with egg yolk, green onions, chives, seaweed, garlic, and spicy seasoned ground meat. It was an immediate hit! People began flocking to Menya Hanabi to try its unique ramen that explodes with flavor yet perfectly combines with its spices. Menya Hanabi locations quickly popped up across Japan and the rest of the world. In 2019 Menya Hanabi expanded to the United States with its first location in Los Angeles, California.