I'm reviewing ramen. Not the Top Ramen type of thing.. or the instant noodles... or the Cup Of Noodles.
None of that. I'm reviewing genuine steaming ramen--chashu, shoyu, miso, shio type of deal.
Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish. It can come hot or cold, and sometimes, without soup!
For the soup based ramen, there are four variations. The soup is essentially a broth made from chicken or pork. Shio, is the oldest of the four, and is a very light color. It's a bit salty... which it should. Shio means salt.
Shoyu is a darker soup. It's basically soy sauce. Don't worry, it doesn't taste like soy sauce, but it's rather light on the saltiness level.
Tonkotsu is a white broth, which is made from the stock of pork bones. I've never had it myself, so I can't really review it.
The last one is Miso. This one is just like miso soup... very hearty. It's a clear broth, sometimes cloudy. Very good.
With ramen, these soups are accompanied with meat (chicken or pork), vegetables (bamboo shoots and other good veggies), fish cake, egg and other goodies.
Personally, I love my ramen on a hot day. Yes, that's a bit weird... but so do a lot of people! I've seen ramen houses PACKED to the brim in Southern Cali 100 degree weather. We love our ramen THAT much.
You can also have variations in your ramen. For me, I have to go SPICY. If I sweat, that means it's good.
Ramen is generally high in sodium, so drink up that water! But surprisingly, a typical bowl of ramen will have LESS calories than a burger, fries and soda from your local fast food restaurant!