Ramen ラーメン

Ramen ラーメン

Hummmm!! I must tell you all from all types of Japanese food ramen must be my favorite.

Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish that came from China. It is served in a meat or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork,dried seaweed Nori, kamaboko, green onions and even corn. Almost every locality in Japan has its own variation of ramen, from the tonkotsu ramen of Kyūshū to the miso ramen of Hokkaidō and for me one of the best ramen is in Mombetsu in Hokkaido.

Before the 1950s, ramen was called shina soba 支那そば.By 1900, restaurants serving Chinese cuisine from Canton and Shanghai offered a simple ramen dish of noodles a few toppings, and a broth flavored with salt and pork bones. Many Chinese also pulled portable food stalls, selling ramen and gyōza dumplings to workers. By the mid 1900s, these stalls used a type of musical horn called a charumera , from the Portuguese charamela to advertise their presence, a practice some vendors still retain via a loudspeaker and a looped recording. By the early Shōwa period, ramen had become a popular dish when eating out. After the seconde world war, the U.S. imported cheap flour that swept the Japanese market. At the same time, Japanese troops had returned from China and continental East Asia. Many of these returnees had become familiar with Chinese cuisine and subsequently set up Chinese restaurants across Japan. Eating ramen, while popular, was still a special occasion that required going out. In the 1980s, ramen became a Japanese cultural icon and was studied from many perspectives. At the same time, local varieties of ramen were hitting the national market and could even be ordered by their regional names. A ramen museum opened in Yokohama in 1994.( I will make a post about this museum really soon!)

If I’m talking about ramen I cant go with out talking about instant ramen!They were invented in 1958 by Momofuku Ando, the founder and chairman of Nissin Foods.

Named the greatest Japanese invention of the 20th century in a Japanese poll, instant ramen allowed anyone to make this dish simply by adding boiling water. Now these days you can find them in every Japanese super market in all sorts of flavours. Maybe to forieners the most popular brand of instant noodles is the Cup Noodle brand. In 1970, Nissin formed the subsidiary Nissin Foods (USA) Co. Inc, to sell instant noodles to the U.S.  Instant noodles did save my life and budget the first year i lived in Japan. But I would not recommended making them your daily meal hihihihi.

Now these days Ramen is a popular dish in Japan that you can mostly enjoy eating every where. Personally I love really spicy food and there is one type of ramen that i can live with out!! It’s called TanTan men or if you go to a real chinese restaurant in Japan you could ask for Dandan mien. This ramen type is really spicy and as some mince beef in it. You have to try it if you’re a fan of hot food.

Tan tan men

Where ever you are in Japan you will have the chance to try local ramen speciality at a really low price that will make you taste buds go crazy!


1 Comment

  1. Ramen is my favorite Japanese food (among many). It is always one of the things I look forward to when I visit Japan. The ramen in Japan just tastes much better than the ramen I get here in Los Angeles.

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