What is Ramen
Ramen is a kind of noodle dish made with Chinese noodles and other ingredients like pork, egg, seaweed, and onion leek.
History of Ramen
Ramen originated in Yokohama, Koube, Nagasaki, and Hakodate which opened during the Edo era. The original ramen was from a Chinese town in Japan, but was then evolved for Japanese taste.
As of 2017, there are more than 32,000 ramen restaurants in Japan, with Tokyo having the largest number as it has many people.
Yamagata on the other hand, has more numbers of ramen restaurants per 100,000 people.
Kinds of Ramen
Shoyu ramen has a soy sauce-base and is considered as the most basic ramen. Its soup color depends on its dashi, which is extracted from chicken, pork, seafood, or vegetables, and is sometimes mixed with miso or other seasonings.
Shio ramen is a salt-based ramen. It gets its dashi from chicken bone or pork bone, but it has a clear soup color due to its short boiling.
This miso-based ramen gets its dashi from pork bone or vegetables. Sapporo is famous for its miso ramen.
The Tonkotsu ramen originated from Kyusu and is believed to have been a factor in the booming of ramen in Japan. It get its dashi from pork bone boiled for a long time and is then flavored with soy sauce or salt.
How to eat like a local, eating etiquette
Although most Filipinos eat ramen with a spoon and a fork, it should be eaten with chopsticks and a china spoon.
Ramen is also not meant for sharing, so each person should order one.
In Japan, the noodles are meant to be slurped.
You can order additional noodles and toppings like egg, chasiu, and vegetables. There are also local toppings available.
Most ramen cost around 500 yen to 1,000 yen, but higher quality ramen costs 2,000 yen or more.