I write this article for such people.
I hope you become familiar with ramen after reading this article.
1. What is Japanese Ramen
There are many noodles such as ramen, udon, soba, and yakisoba in Japan.
The feature of ramen is that it uses Chinese noodles and lye water (alkaline salt water).
By adding lye water, there is specific flavor of Chinese noodles and texture.
That's why, the difference from others is the noodles and it's the most important in ramen.
There is a lot of noodle types in ramen and they depend on soup.
2. How many types of ramen are there in Japan?
The answer is countless haha
The number is said about 3000 types because each ramen shop has its own ramen.
This picture shows famous ramen of each prefecture.
Check URL so you can see an explanation of each ramen.
If you come to Japan, it may be fun to eat ramen in the prefecture.
In this article, I will introduce 7 types of basic ramen.
2.1 Shoyu ramen
Shoyu ramen is said to be the oldest type of ramen in Japan and is the most standard.
Soy sauce is called "shoyu" in Japanese. So, shoyu ramen is made by combining soy sauce-based sauce with pork broth, chicken one, and seafood one.
That sauce depends on each ramen shop. It takes a huge amount of time to make the sauce.
2.2 Shio ramen
As you may know, ramen is a high calorie food. But, among many types of ramen, shio ramen is the lightest taste.
Salt is called "shio" in Japanese. So, shio has no color itself unlike shoyu and miso. That's why, it has a transparent appearance by using clear broth.
Also, shio is easy to make the most of the original taste of ingredients. It means that it can't be faked.
2.3 Miso ramen
Miso ramen is originated in Hokkaido.
The soup of this ramen is made by stir-frying vegetables such as bean sprouts and meat (mostly pork) in a wok, adding miso and broth, and heating it further.
The unique flavor of miso ramen is created due to this.
Miso ramen with butter added to the toppings is popular in Japan. So, if you have a chance, order it.
2.4 Tonkotsu ramen
Tonkotsu ramen is my favorite ramen! Kyushu area is famous for this.
You may have heard of "Ichiran", which is the most popular tonkotsu ramen shop in Japan.
A soup made by boiling pork bones for a long time and making it cloudy is common.
Its concentration and taste will vary depending on the time of stew and the part of the pork used.
Many shops that offer tonkotsu ramen adapt "Kaedama" system, which you can refill your noodles. The reason is that the noodles are thin and the amount is smaller than other types.
Also, this ramen uses GARLIC, which makes it addictive to those who like ramen.
Honestly, I can't stop myself from eating tonkotsu ramen haha
2.5 Toripaitan ramen
Toripaitan ramen looks like tonkotsu ramen, but the taste is completely different.
A soup is made by boiling chicken for a long time and making it cloudy.
"Tori" is called chicken in English, and "Tonkotsu" is called pork bone.
Toripaitan ramen is easy for anyone to eat because the smell isn't unique like Tonkotsu ramen.
2.6 Aburasoba (Mazeyoba or Shirunashi ramen)
To put it simply, Abura soba is a ramen without soup. This is also called "Mazeyoba" or "Shirunashi ramen".
Even though this is weird because this has no soup, it is widely accepted as ramen in Japan.
It is characterized by entwining a small amount of sauce with the noodles and eating.
The sauce tends to collect on the bottom, so it is recommended to mix it well before eating.
Even people on a diet can eat it because this ramen has lower calories than other ramen.
The last is Tsukemem.
This ramen is divided into noodles and soup, and you put the noodles in the soup and eat.
Other ramen noodles are usually very hot, but this is cooled by cool water after boiling the noodles.
The main character of this ramen is noodles.
So, thick noodles are common, and the amount is larger than normal ramen.
3. The way to eat Ramen
I would like to give you some tips on how to eat ramen.
The secret is to slurp the noodles as vigorously as you breathe in the air together.
In Japan, besides ramen, when eating noodles such as udon and soba, it is customary to make a noise and slurp.
There is also data that eating noodles by slurping them improves the entanglement with the soup and makes the aroma easier to understand.
So don't be shy and try that!
Other than that, there are no particular rules.
You eat noodles, soup, and toppings in order of your preference.
At this time, I introduced the types of ramen in Japan.
I hope you become familiar with ramen and want to eat ramen by reading this article.
Enjoy eating ramen!!🍜
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