People who love Japanese foods certainly know what Ramen is. Aside from being popular across the globe, this Japanese noodle soup is one of the most widely held dishes throughout the history of Japan and some other neighboring countries. Ramen is widely available and reasonably priced; two reasons that made it perfect for travelers and locals who are economical.
Ramen basically consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles and meat or fish-based broth. This Japanese noodle soup is typically topped with sliced pork, sliced nori (seaweed), kamaboko and green onions. To spice up the flavor, ramen lovers have the option to add soy sauce or miso to the broth. Ramen restaurants, or popularly known in Japan as the ramen-ya, are located in almost every single bend of the country. In fact, nearly every region can produce variations of this common dish, from Kyushu’s tonkotsu ramen to Hokkaido’s miso ramen.
The noodles used in making Ramen are firm yet chewy wheat noodles. It is important for the texture of the noodles to be like this because if not, then the noodles may only absorb too much water from the hot soup. Regrettably, this type of noodles can be difficult to find outside Japan. The good news is dried thin spaghetti can serve as a good substitute for Chinese-style noodles. In addition, keep in mind that noodles boiled in water with baking soda can provide a distinctive ramen noodle flavor.
The soup, being the other heart of the Ramen, basically consists of soy sauce (shyoyu), miso and salt (shio). Customarily, chicken/seafood broth is used as the soup’s base.
Learning the Ramen Recipe
Instructions for Cooking:
- Prepare all the toppings before making the soup and noodles.
- Put all of the ingredients for the soup in a pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce to low heat. Let simmer for an hour and a half or two. Let the pot cool totally. Strain and save the pork. Slice the meat and set aside to be used as toppings.
- Boil the broth. Then, add sake, salt, soy sauce and sesame oil. Let the broth simmer at very low heat.
- Add the baking soda and noodles in boiling water. Cook for 30 seconds, then strain. Next, separate the noodles into bowls.
- Pour the soup onto noodles in the bowl.
- Top the noodles with the bean sprouts, green onions, sliced pork and boiled eggs.
A sizzling hot Ramen soup is served and ready on the table. So, grab your chopsticks and start eating.