Ramen, the Famous Japanese Noodles ラーメン
Tonkotsu (Hakata) ramen
Top left: shoyu ramen, right: tonkotsu ramen. Bottom left: shio ramen, right: miso ramen
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The ramen is eaten on the go, alone or with friends.
The delicious Japanese noodles: Ramen
It was love at first sight for the Japanese and this dish, originally from China. Let us tell you about this love story that dates back more than a century...
WHERE DOES RAMEN ORIGINATE?
Ramen originated in China and was imported into Japan at the start of the 20th century.
But here's where opinions differ: some claim that it was the Chinese migrants, who mainly arrived from the extreme south of Japan, settled in Kurume near Fukuoka, who invented the very first ramen.
But other sources seem to believe that they are the work of a Chinese cook from Yokohama anxious to attract Japanese customers by giving his noodles a Japanese twist, by immersing them in a tasty broth.
Ramen became really popular after the Second World War, with the appearance of traveling stalls. It was in 1958 that instant noodles were created, and in the 1960s, the various regional specialties of ramen became popular.
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VARIATIONS OF RAMEN
Rich and nourishing, ramen is a dish made from wheat noodles, served in a broth generally made with meat, accompanied by vegetables but also meat (pork, beef, chicken ...) or seafood. The noodles are made from wheat flour, salt, but also kansui, alkaline mineral water which is added to their dough, which gives them their yellow color and special texture.
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There are a large number of regional ramen recipes throughout the country, and the variations include the broth, noodles, meats, side dishes ... etc.
There are three main types of broth, which define the dish: those of Fukuoka, with pork bone broth (tonkotsu ramen), those of Tokyo seasoned with salt (shio ramen) and finally those of Sapporo whose broth is mixed with miso soybean paste (miso ramen). The ramen tonkotsu are highly valued for their high concentration of umami.
Finally, each ramen is then accompanied by various ingredients: more or less slices of roast pork, boiled eggs cooked in soy broth, fermented bamboo, spring onion, mushrooms, ginger, nori, garlic, or narutomaki (fish cake)
THE RAMEN-YA: THE MOST POPULAR JAPANESE FAST-FOOD
Economical, quick to serve and quick to eat in a ramen-ya (ramen restaurants), the famous noodles are a bit like fast food in Japan. They are found on every street corner and the specialized signs are often very friendly, open until late. They are the meeting place for revelers who do not fail to go and taste a last bowl of ramen before returning home.
The Japanese can eat it at any time, and often with lots of slurping - the aim being to swallow the broth at the same time as the noodles to enjoy the dish in its entirety.
HOW TO MAKE RAMEN
THE BEST RESTAURANTS TO EAT RAMEN IN TOKYO?
In Tokyo, you could almost say that there are as many ramen restaurants as there are inhabitants ... If it is difficult to decide between them all, here are some of the best places for delicious ramen in Tokyo:
A small classic ramen-ya, where you choose your ramen on a machine at the entrance, before sitting at the counter facing the cooks. The classic ramen is inexpensive (850 yen). Here they also sell tsukemen ramen, cold noodles to dip in the broth served next to it.
Prepare to queue this is. popular spot.
Address: 151-0053 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Yoyogi, 2 Chome − 14−3 北斗 第一 ビ ル １F
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Not far from Ikebukuro, Nakiryu has become famous after being recommended by the Michelin Guide in 2018. The restaurant serves ramen with soy broth (not pork), but also tantanmen, very fine Chinese noodles in a spicy sesame broth.
Address: 170-0005 Tokyo, Toshima City, Minamiotsuka, 2 Chome − 34−4 ＳＫＹ 南大 塚
- Ichiran Shibuya
Finally, don't miss the Ichiran experience. You can eat there in the famous individual seated areas with table partitions - it is possible to fold these down. After having checked your choices of ramen on a sheet, the bowl will be served to discreetly by the chef, you will only see their hands! Be warned the Pork broth can be very spicy. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
Address: 150-0041 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jinnan, 1 Chome − 22−7 岩 本 ビ ル B1F