FOOD GUIDE: Ramen (ラーメン)

Ramen (ラーメン) is a Japanese noodle soup dish. It is a Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat or fish based broth, with soy sauce and toppings of different proteins like meat or seafood.

Ramen comes in variations in Japan, with geographical and vendor-specific differences. Ramen basically has two main ingredients: noodles and broth.

Noodles and broth are differently made in different places. Also other flavors are added to make the dish even more unique and delicious. Noodles are made with the usual, wheat flour, salt and water. The broth is the one that enhances the flavor of Ramen.

In different parts of Japan, Ramen has different tastes. You might hear some people recommending you to try something called Kaisen Ramen [海鮮ラーメン]、which is a seafood-based Ramen that is famous in Hokkaido.

Below are just a few examples of Ramen:

  • Sapporo – Miso Ramen [味噌ラーメン]     Miso flavored   (HOKKAIDO)
  • Hakodate – Shio Ramen [塩ラーメン]       Salt flavored      (HOKKAIDO)
  • Tokyo – Shoyu Ramen [醤油ラーメン]       Soy sauce flavored  (TOKYO)

The soup is made of stock based on chicken or pork with other ingredients like Kelp, Flakes, Sardines, beef bones, or onions. Salt and soy sauce is added for more flavor.

As Ramen is traditionally served with meat such as pork, it might be a challenge to seek for Halal ramen. But lately, with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics fast approaching, there is much effort from some restaurants to provide Halal Ramen to cater to the demand. As such, we recommend you to stay tuned to YouCoJAPAN’s website for more information of such restaurants.