Ramen – A Japanese Noodle Dish


Ramen is a noodle dish which has roots in China and was first introduced in Japan by Chinese immigrants in the early 20th century. It is now a common meal in Japan and is enjoyed by many people. Traditionally, ramen is served in a bowl of broth with noodles and a variety of toppings. Some varieties of ramen are served hot and some are chilled.

Historically, ramen noodles were made with wheat flour, kansui (mineral water) and salt. Today, most ramen are made with tonkotsu or lard, which is a fermented soybean milk product. While many ramen chefs still hand-pull their noodles, modern machines can cut the noodles and cook them.

Typical ramen noodles are thick and elastic. They are usually cooked in a rich broth. Depending on the type of broth, they can be very savory or sweet. To add variety to the soup, vegetables such as bok choy, carrots, spinach, mushrooms and onions are often stir-fried and added. Adding tofu is also an option.

To make ramen, the noodles are usually boiled for a long time in a broth, which contains pork bone and fat. For health-conscious individuals, a low-sodium broth can be used. In addition, ramen can be served with tofu or chicken breast. The meat is either shredded or cut into thin strips. There are a number of different varieties of ramen and each one can be prepared very simply or elaborately.

Typically, ramen is garnished with green onion, ginger and garlic. A boiled egg can be added to the soup as well. Other toppings include chashu (pork) or menma (bamboo shoots). Often, a spicy chili oil or rayu is used for dipping.

Many ramen shops offer a wide variety of side dishes. Commonly, the menu varies by shop. However, a typical menu includes chashu, a boiled egg, negi green onion, kara-age, tempura, gyoza, yakitori, or naruto. These types of ramen are best eaten with a cold beer.

If you are looking for a healthy version of ramen, you can opt for a low-sodium broth and use chicken breast instead of pork. Often, the noodles are hand-pulled by renowned ramen chefs.

Authentic Japanese ramen is rich and flavourful. Some varieties are even served with a steamed fish cake. Depending on the ramen, it can be prepared with tofu, seafood, vegetables or chicken. One of the most popular toppings is the marinated ramen egg.

Other toppings include chashu, kara-age, gyoza, rayu and soy sauce. When ordering ramen, ask for your choice of broth. You can choose from a broth that is seasoned with soy sauce, shoyu, or miso. All of these flavors can be paired with various other ingredients to create a complex, mouth-watering bowl of ramen.

Whether you enjoy a simple bowl of ramen or a complex combination of toppings, ramen is a delicious meal that is enjoyed by many. However, some people prefer not to eat the soup, and leave some of it in the bowl for later. This is considered polite, and a compliment to the chef.