Champon is a noodle dish from Nagasaki, Japan inspired by the Chinese cuisine this noodle soup dish is prepared with ramen noodles, pork, seafood and vegetables.
Champon is a noodle dish from Nagasaki, Japan inspired by the Chinese cuisine this noodle soup dish is prepared with ramen noodles, pork, seafood and vegetables. What sets this apart from the usual ramen it that the noodles in the dish is cooked with the rest of the ingredients hence a special ramen noodles are used in this. Like ramen there are many variations of this dish, some add soy sauce (Ankake no Champon), some add miso other use rice.
This noodle dish was inspired from a dish from the Fujian cuisine, called Tonniishiimen (湯肉絲麵) where it was first served in a Chinese restaurant in Nagasaki called Shikairō (四海楼). It was created middle of the Meiji period as a cheap heavy meal for the Chinese students who came to Japan for school during those times. Champon means “to mix a variety of things” where it was believed to have come from the Hokkien word Chia̍h-pn̄g (食飯), which means “to eat a meal”, others suggest it came from Malay word campur which means “mixed”.
Champon may look like the Korean Jjampong or the Filipino Lomi they might be of the same origin knowing that the origins of most Chinese Filipinos are from the Fujian province and the name Jjampong sounds so close to Champon. All noodle dishes are made with a different variety of ingredient but they all taste different.
If you are looking for something to cook this Chinese New Year’s then this is your perfect bet, and if you follow the Asian traditions then definitely this one is for you. Noodles for long life, Soup for a fulfilling year ahead (masabaw), and the variety of colourful ingredients for abundance and prosperity.