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What is ramen, the typical Japanese soup

What is ramen, the typical Japanese soup

Ramen is a tasty soup containing meat and vegetables, typical of the Japanese cuisine. Let’s find out more about it!

Ramen is the most famous Japanese soup, made of broth (of meat, chicken, fish or vegetables), pasta (typical Japanese noodles) and other ingredients such as eggs, seaweeds, vegetables and miso.

Actually, this soup has Chinese origins, but it has become so common in Japan that it just became its typical dish. People consider it a quick meal, a street food you eat at the farmer’s market.

In the last few years, it has become really famous in the West, too. As you may know, you can buy pre-packaged ramen soups in supermarkets. You just need to add hot water and it’s ready!

Japanese ramen: different types

There are many ramen types, the most common ones are Kotteri and Assari. The first has a very thick broth, fat and rich in proteins because it is made with a fat meat, cooked for a long time. Instead, the second one is lighter, because it is made with fish, vegetables or meat cooked for a shorter period of time on a low heat.

The most used meat is pork, but ramen broth can also contain veal, beef, chicken, fresh fish, dried fish, seaweed and vegetables (especially onion, shallot, garlic, mushrooms or ginger).

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Another broth variety is Tonkotsu, very thick, tasty and with a light color. It contains pig bones left boilin for hours. Then the cook adds noodles, ginger in vinegar, garlic and sesame seeds.

Shio ramen is also very famous. It is yellowish, with chicken, vegetables, seaweeds or fish. Finally, there is the Miso ramen: its fish or vegetable broth contains different ingredients. For example, miso, spicy beans, onions, cereals, ground pork, cabbage, garlic, sesame seeds, bean sprouts and thick and curly noodles. Of course, as for broth, there also different types of noodles to add to ramen.

In order to make this soup tastier, you can add some spices, such as chili pepper, black or white pepper, curry, garlic or yuzukosho, a product made of chili pepper an yuzu, a typical Japanese citrus fruit.

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