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Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish that originated in China.

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Not the Top Ramen Sort

  • Jun 3, 2009
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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! 

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June 04, 2009
So good...it's making me hungry LOL! Have you ever had Shark Fin Soup?
June 04, 2009
Oooh... it sounds interesting.. but I agree with the reviewer. Kinda reminds me of foie gras
June 03, 2009
Asian noodle soups are the best. I am a big fan of ramen, udon and anything similar...Great Review!
June 04, 2009
Same here. I've had ramen three days in a row. Pho the day before that, and udon last week. :)
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Ramen (ラーメン rāmen?IPA: [ɽaꜜːmeɴ]  ( listen)) is a Japanese noodle dish that originated in China. It is served in a meat- or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork (チャーシュー chāshū?), dried seaweed(海苔 nori?)kamaboko, green onions and even corn. Almost every locality in Japan has its own variation of ramen, from thetonkotsu ramen of Kyūshū to the miso ramen of Hokkaidō.

Though of Chinese origin, it is unclear when ramen was introduced to Japan. Even the etymology of the word ramen is a topic of debate. One hypothesis is that ramen is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese: 拉麺 (la mian), meaning hand-pulled noodles." A second hypothesis proposes 老麺 (laomian, "old noodles") as the original form, while another states that ramen was initially 鹵麺 (lǔmiàn), noodles cooked in a thick, starchy sauce. A fourth hypothesis is 撈麵 (lāomiàn, "lo mein"): 撈 means to "dredge up" and refers to the method of cooking these noodles by immersing them in boiling water before dredging them up with a wire basket.

Until the 1950s, ramen was called shina soba (支那そば, literally "Chinese soba") but today chūka soba (中華そば, also meaning "Chinese soba") is more common. ...

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