“Ramen” is Japanese noodles that can be found in shops and restaurants in Japan. Ramen is loved by Japanese and foreign people because of their various kind of flavor. However, the history of ramen did not start in Japan, it was born in China.
The beginning of ramen comes from the advent of Chinese culture in Japan during the Meiji period. It started with the opening of ramen shop in China town in Japan, such as, Nagasaki, Yokohama or others. In Meiji period, ramen is called “Shina Soba” which means “soba from China.” After that ramen has been developed noodles, soup and side dish into “ramen” which popular in Japan today.
Types of Ramen
Types of ramen are divided by the type of soup. The main types of ramen are as follows:
Ramen with Japanese soy sauce (shoyu). The soup is quite brown and has a good smell of shoyu.
The soup is made from salt, clear soup and has a mellow taste. It is easy to eat for everyone.
Miso Ramen is originated in Hokkaido. The soup is made from miso or Japanese bean paste along with the taste of thick noodles, sprouts and cabbage. The secret ingredient of this ramen recipe is lard which keeps the body warm in winter.
Tonkotsu Ramen is originated in Fukuoka. The soup is white color with oily strong taste because it is made by stewing pork bones for several hours.
In addition, there are other types of ramen in Japan which is come from the improvement and adaptation of ingredients in each restaurant to make it unique.
The following lists are Japanese ramen etiquette:
- Taste the soup without seasoning to honor the chef.
- Slurping ramen (Japanese style) is very important. The louder you slurp the more you signal your enjoyment of ramen to the chef.
However, it is not good in Japan manners if you eat ramen quietly. Because it is the signal to show the chef that his food is not delicious. So please beware to keep a good Japanese dining etiquette while living in Japan.