Ramen is one of the most famous noodle dishes in Japan and it is loved worldwide. It has many different variations depending on the soup base, noodles, and toppings. It is an amazing and complex dish, made up of little subtleties and incredible depths of flavour.
The broth is the most important part of a bowl of ramen, so it’s important to get the right one. There are four main types of broth: shio (salt), miso (soy sauce), shoyu (soy sauce), and tonkotsu (pork bone).
A good way to tell which one you are having is the colour of the soup and the noodles. For example, if the soup is clear and pale, you’ll have a shio-based bowl of ramen.
In addition, the type of flour used for the noodles is also an important factor. Most ramen shops use flour that is very fine and white in color, so the noodles will stand out against the soup and the ingredients in the ramen.
When choosing the flour, make sure you choose a fine, white wheat flour that is gluten free. This will give the noodles a nice texture and a lighter taste.
Toppings are another important part of a bowl of ramen, and it’s important to pick the ones that match the soup. Some of the most popular toppings are chashu, menma, and negi.
If you’re having a pork-based broth, be sure to add some chashu or braised fatty pork (chashu tare). You can also add some chopped green onions or leeks if you want more texture and flavor variety in your bowl.
Lastly, a lot of people like to add a bit of pepper to their bowls of ramen to spice them up. You can either sprinkle a little on top of your soup, or you can mix it in with your noodles.
It’s best to eat ramen hot as it gets soggy if you let it sit for too long. It’s also a good idea to slurp your bowl in order to cool down the soup and make it easier to slurp. Slurping can also help you to get the best flavors out of your ramen.