Ramen is probably the most popular and famous type of Japanese noodle. Certain areas of Japan having their own speciality ramen. There are so many different variations on ramen flavours and toppings, my personal favourite being miso ramen, followed closely by shoyu ramen. Shoyu ramen has a soy sauce (shoyu) based soup with a light flavour. It’s super delicious and a classic Japanese comfort food!
There are four main types of ramen: shoyu (soy sauce), shio (salt), miso, and tonkotsu. Shoyu and shio are light and clear soups while miso and tonkotsu are much heavier and cloudy. The prefecture I am from in Japan is called Wakayama, which is famous for this shoyu ramen. Whenever I’m back in Japan, I always like to go out and eat this ramen somewhere in Wakayama. However, you don’t have to go to a ramen restaurant to eat it, you can buy it ready-made from grocery stores in Japan and just cook it easily at home yourself. You can buy packets of ramen and soup from Japanese/Asian grocery stores wherever you live as well since it has become a popular food outside of Japan. If you can only find noodles and no soup then you can easily make it at home yourself by making a broth from vegetables and chicken bones from your local butcher.
Ramen is definitely not a food that you can make and eat the next day. It has to be eaten immediately after serving, otherwise the noodles soak up the soup, which changes the texture of the noodles and makes them stretch. It also tastes the best when it’s hot and fresh!
Usually, ramen is topped with cha siu pork, naruto (fish cake), menma (bamboo), and shallots. Other common ingredients are corn,egg, seaweed, and bean sprouts. You can choose whether or not you want to add these toppings, my daughter prefers it with nothing but shallots and my son loves the naruto. You can most likely find all these at your local grocery store or Japanese/Asian store. You can also make your own cha siu pork from scratch by following this recipe. I hope you try this recipe and enjoy delicious Japanese ramen!
- 2 cups Basic Ramen Broth
- 1.5 tbs soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 ramen noodles packets
- Toppings of your choice
In a small sauce pan, bring the ramen broth, soy sauce, salt, and sugar to boil on high heat.
Once the soup has boiled, divide it into two large bowls.
While the ramen soup is coming to a boil, fill a large pot with water and bring that to boil.
Add the noodles to the water and leave to cook for as many minutes as written on the packet.
Drain the water and add the noodles to the bowls of soup.
Top with the toppings of your choice.