Japanese Soul Food - Ramen
When we think of Ramen, we think of food for the soul. Hearty and comforting whilst retaining a complex favour, there is a type of Ramen to suit any taste. In this blog, we will be taking a look back at the history of Ramen, the different variations and of course introducing you to some of our delicious dishes.
Originating in China (according to the Yokohama Ramen Museum) Ramen was brought to Japan in the 1850s and has gone from strength to strength, from a restaurant speciality to just add water Ramen has become the cultural food icon of Japan. With deep flavoursome broth, comforting noodles and a wide variety of toppings it’s no surprise that Ramen is now feeding the souls of not only the people of Japan but all over the world.
For a dish to be considered Ramen it must contain wheat noodles and broth. Traditional Ramen noodles come in different sizes and can be both curly or straight! They have a firm texture (perfect for slurping) and that distinctive warm yellow look. The soup itself is made from stock, usually chicken or pork, although of course there are now veggie options! The stock is then enriched with a variety of different ingredients depending on your Ramen chef: kelp, tuna flakes, niboshi (dried baby sardines), pork or beef bones…to name just a few. The flavours of ramen are split into 3 main types;
• Shio 塩
A light pale broth, and the saltiest of the Ramens, often made with chicken vegetables and seaweed. Traditionally served with straight noodles but the thickness is down to personal preference!
· Shōyu 醤油
The oldest of the Ramens, it can have a clear brown broth or a dark and cloudy one depending on the other ingredients. The generous soy sauce content creates a tangy savoury soup, that’s usually served with curly noodles.
• Miso 味噌
This is a uniquely Japanese Ramen, that blend large amounts of miso with rich fatty stock to create a sweet, nutty flavour.
A firm favourite here at Yuhoki our Chicken Ramen combines crispy succulent chicken and moreish noodles with a deep and delicious broth. Garnished with green scallions for freshness, it’s a hearty bowl of goodness.
Fancy something with a bit of spice? Why not try our Spicy Beef Ramen? Tender pieces of perfectly spiced beef are placed on top of a deep meaty broth with noodles and vegetables, topped again with green scallions this is a fresh and vibrant dish.
Not a big meat eater? No problem, our Seafood Ramen is packed full of flavour. Delicious mixed seafood and greens cooked in a light and flavoursome broth. Super healthy and super hard to resist!