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Commercial Grade Ramen Noodle Machines

Main image by Yamato Mfg.

I don’t know about you, but I think “ramen noodle machine” sounds like a great band name.

To a Japanese person “ramen noodle” sounds redundant because ramen specifically refers to the type of noodle, but because of Murica, ramen noodle.

Photo Description: a close up of a large group of bundles of noodles packed closely together. The noodles are yellow in hue most likely from the kansui which give ramen their distinctive character/color.
No one hit wonder here because you will be able to produce all types of pasta, noodles, to even wonton skins with a noodle machine. Image courtesy of Yamato Mfg.

Why Producing Your Own Noodles Makes Sense

The dollars and cents of it all explained by Yamato:

“If you’re buying noodles from a noodle factory, and paying them USD 0.50 or more for a portion of noodles, you have a chance of reducing the cost at least by 35%. And, if you run a noodle restaurant, and on average you use up to 200 portions daily, you have a chance of saving USD10,944 a year. And, of course, you are looking at better numbers if you can sell more a day at even lower costs. In some cases, it may be possible to pay off the investment in less than a year. Please contact us to do cost/profit analysis free of charge for your situation.”

The only issue with with their numbers I see would be how much they factored in for labor costs although they do say “contact us” for a free profit analysis if you’re skeptical like I am.

Oodles of Noodles

These machines are not limited to just producing ramen, and they are more than capable of producing pasta to all sorts of Japanese noodles from soba to udon although the equipment I will be focusing on will be for ramen.

Photo Description: the Yamato Richmen Type 1 model. It appears to be manufactured out of stainless steel and it stands vertical with four feet. Additionally, there is a large round dial and a couple levers.
If only noodle groupies existed although unlike your garage band, this investment can really pay off with the massively growing popularity of ramen. Image courtesy of Yamato Mfg.

Rise of the Machines

Yea, you can do it by hand, but whatever you do, a machine can do it more efficiently even though the Terminator always got defeated by humans (bad example, but trust me, you’ll want to go with a noodle machine).

Yamato does it all to get you on your feet and on a path to a career making noodles… like the father you never had. Image courtesy of Yamato Mfg.

The noodle machine manufacturer I will be highlighting manufacturers a commercial grade noodle machines.

Yamato Noodle Machines

Photo Description: Richmen Type 1 all in-in-one noodle machine.

RICHMEN Type 1 , All-in-one noodle machine

Photo Description: Richmen Type 2 mid-sized noodle machine for maximum productivity.

RICHMEN Type 2, Mid-sized noodle machine for maximum productivity

Photo Description: Richmen GOLD advanced all in one noodle machine.

RICHMEN GOLD, Advanced all-in-one noodle machine (2019 model)

Model Comparison Table

MODELPortions of noodles per/hrMixer CapacityPowerMin. Space RequirementsPrice
RICHMEN Type 110010 kgLM10062IUS – Single Phase 115V/0.88kW
LM10062ICE -Single Phase 230V/0.88kW
LM10062I – Single phase 100V/0.84kW
N/A*$*
RICHMEN Type 2N/A*N/A (25 kg)N/A*N/A*$*
RICHMEN Gold150-(170)-25010 kgSingle Phase 100V (*use a proper transformer for different voltage standards)2.8m2 (32sqft)$*

*They do not make it easy to find pricing, and I had to contact their local dealer in order to get it. Unfortunately, this is typical of most Japanese companies that tend to trip over their own feet with all their bureaucracy which does not make them any more effective/efficient (a lot of them still use fax machines). Since Yamato does so many things well, I thought that Yamato must have a reason why they do not simply state “starting at $30,000 USD. ” I am sure they have one, but I think it would be a good thing to give people such as yourself a ballpark figure because if I had one, I might have considered one way sooner because my assumption was that it would cost a whole lot more.

Cutter Blades Types

Don’t worry about having to know any of the variations or styles because like a cover band, you can just copy and produce everything Yamato knows since they are a culinary school with a wealth of knowledge. Image courtesy of Yamato Mfg.

From wide and flat (#6), thick and flat (#11), standard ramen noodles (#20), to very thin style Hakata noodles (#24).

The Finals Details Before You Buy

  • Are these legally certified for my country? Various models are NSF/ANS18, UL, CSA, UL 763, to CE certified.
  • What sort of payment options do they provide? I am currently working with the manufacturer and local dealer to acquire this information as of August 11th, 2020.
  • Where do I get it serviced if something breaks? “When our customers have troubles with their noodles machines, they first contact us to report the symptoms. By means of remote communication, such as Skype, Whatsapp, WeChat, etc., we first diagnose what’s causing the machine problem and come up with the fastest way to fix it. When the repair requires certain parts and/or certain degree of technical skills, we would dispatch our engineer or local technician. Our maintenance team operates 365 days a year. Please contact us if you need further information on how we provide servicing in your country.”
  • How long is the warranty? “Warranty period is 12 months from installation date of a noodle machine. We would provide parts, free of charge during the warranty period. We will continue to support all our official machines users after the warranty period is over. Please feel free to contact us for more information.”
  • What factors determine the final cost? “We have several types of noodles machines, designed for different types of noodles and production capacity. Also, we have different machines for different regions/countries. Also, because we ship all our machines from our factory in Japan, to estimate the total cost of getting a noodle machine, we need your shipping terms (for example, if you want us to arrange door-to-door shipping, we need your address of delivery). So, please first ask us and provide necessary information.”
  • Where do I purchase it from? Korin in New York, and you can find them at 57 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007. Their numbers is 1-800-626-2172 and their website is www.korin.com. If you are outside the United States, you can find a local dealer in your country here.
  • Is language an issue when ordering? if you are reading this now, you won’t have an issue communicating with the Yamato staff.
  • How long does it take to get once I ordered? “Production lead-time is 4-5 weeks from purchase order. Shipping lead-time depends on where you are. For North America and Europe, if shipping by ocean/boat, it is usually 6-7 weeks. If going with air shipping, which may be possible under reasonable costs, it should be 1-2 weeks. Please feel free to contact if interested in getting a quote for our noodle machine.”

And if This All Seems Like Too Much Work

You can always just buy ramen noodles from these producers in my previous post of “Every Ramen (Noodle) Producer in The United States.

Yamato Manufacturing, Co., Ltd.

A Japanese Manufacturer of Noodle Making Machines and Professional Culinary School for Ramen | Udon | Soba Noodles. 8 locations in Japan, including Tokyo
37-4 Hamasanbanchō, Utazu-chō
Ayauta-gun, Kagawa-ken, 769-0203
www.yamatonoodle.com
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Oh, and in Case You Want to Start Small

Before you commit, you might want to start with an affordable home kitchen pasta/noodle maker ($60-80).

This pasta/noodle maker is by the Italian company Mercato. The model pictured is the popular Atlas 150 which is made in Italy.

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