20 Must-Know Ramen Facts for Foodies & Ramen Lovers

Find out about 20 interesting Ramen facts in today’s guide. It’s a must read for Ramen (and anime) fans! 

Are you a fan of ramen? Then you will love today’s guide where we have for you some of the most commonly asked questions about ramen answered.

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Ramen Facts

  1. What is Ramen? – Ramen is a type of noodle soup. It usually comes with wheat noodles and a meat-based broth, and different types of toppings and flavourings (depending on the type of ramen you are having). 
  2. What is the origin of Ramen? – Ramen (ラーメン)) is a Japanese dish with a Chinese root. It basically developed into the dish that it is today from a simple noodle soup dish that was served in Chinese food stalls in Japan in the early 1900s.
  3. When was the first Ramen shop opened? – The first ramen shop, Rairaiken, was opened in 1910. It was started by a Japanese owner and was staffed with 12 Cantonese cooks.  
  4. Is Ramen Japanese or Korean? – There is sometimes confusion about ramen being Korean because a lot of Ramen is eaten there. But Ramen is Japanese, not Korean. The Ramen that is eaten in Korea is well-known as a Japanese dish.
  5. What does Ramen mean in Japan – The word Ramen is a Japanese transcription of the Chinese word lamian (拉麵). The official definition of Ramen is “Chinese style noodles with a meat or fish broth.“
  6. Why is Ramen so popular in Japan? – Ramen is incredibly popular in Japan. There are specialist restaurants serving ramen (often specialising in one type of ramen!) everywhere in Japan, and it is featured regularly in TV shows and other popular media (especially in Japanese manga and anime). It is popular thanks mainly to the incredible flavours and variations that can be created for this dish. The variations also makes Ramen a very versatile dish, a dish that can evolve (and has) to suit changing tastes and food trends. Largely due to all these reasons (and the popularity of Japanese anime), ramen is not just popular in Japan, but in the rest of the world too.
  7. What is Ramyun? – Not to be confused with Ramen, Ramyun is Korean style instant noodles. 
  8. What kind of noodles are used in Ramen? – The type of noodles traditionally used for ramen is wheat noodles (not rice noodles, unlike many other Asian recipes). But not the normal wheat noodles used for pasta, but wheat noodles treated with alkali to give it the springy chewy texture that ramen is famous for. 
  9. What is the difference between Soba and Ramen? – Even though they might seem similar, Soba and Ramen are different. Soba noodles is made with buckwheat, while the traditional Ramen noodles is made with wheat flour. 
  10. How many types of Ramen are there? – There are four main types of Ramen. But that is not not the variety ends because different regions in Japan have different variations. Based on information from Japan’s Ramen Museum, there are as many as 19 regional variations of Ramen in Japan!  
  11. What are the main types of Ramen – The four main types of Ramen are: Shiyo, Shoyu, Tonkotsu and Miso. You can learn more about them here
  12. What is the most popular type of Ramen? – Miso Ramen, is the most popular type of Ramen. Makes sense since Miso is more widely available these days, and Miso Ramen also happens to be one of the most delicious ramen dishes you can make.
  13. Is Pho the same as Ramen? – Pho is often confused for ramen, but it is not the same thing. Even though both have similarities, they use different types of noodles (Pho uses rice noodles whereas Ramen uses wheat noodles), and the flavours are different too. By the way, if you want to learn more about Pho, check out this book.
  14. Is instant noodles the same as Ramen? – Instant noodles and Ramen are not the same thing, even though instant noodles is often known as ramen. That confusion is largely due to the instant noodles that was brought to the West by the Japanese food company Nissin Foods, which started being called ramen. Overtime all instant noodles started being referred to as Ramen. Ramen is a lot more intricate than instant noodles (due to the variations in broth, toppings etc). That said, if you want a quick snack, the Nissin instant noodles aren’t bad. 
  15. What is the black stuff in ramen? – The black things you usually see in a Ramen bowl is nothing but seaweeds. So nothing to worry about!
  16. What is the pink and white thing in ramen? – Some ramen comes topped with pink and/or white things too. Ever wondered what that is? The pink and white thing in ramen is a type of Japanese cured fish sasheme called Narutomaki (鳴門巻き/なると巻き) or naruto (ナルト/なると). It is a classic Ramen topping. 
  17. Is there a dry ramen? – Yes, there is a variation of ramen called Mazeman which is served with a sauce instead of a soup. 
  18. Is ramen bad for you? – No, there is no conclusive evidence (see references below) about ramen being bad for you. That said, it’s like every other starchy food (or any other food for that matter), too much of it is most certainly not good for you.
  19. Is there an emoji for ramen? – Yes, Ramen has its own emoji! It was created in Oct 2010. Here it is: 🍜
  20. What type of ramen does Naruto eat? – This last one is for all you anime fans out there! Even though the Ramen made in the anime show Naruto is fictional, it is basically a miso based Ramen with extra pork (chasu). 
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There you have it, 20 interesting and might we say essential Ramen facts that every self-respecting fan of Ramen needs to know about! These are the most frequently asked questions about Ramen that we came across (including those we wanted to know about ourselves!).

Want to try making your own? Then check out the recipe in this guide on the four main types of Ramen

The guide above will get you started with your own Ramen, but if you are a Ramen aficionado and want to really master cooking Ramen (rather than staying content with just learning about Ramen facts ;)), then check out this book – it’s one of the best books on learning how to cook Ramen. 

Closing thoughts

What do you think of today’s guide on ramen facts – did you learn something interesting about ramen?

Share your thoughts (and any Ramen facts that you think should be on this list but is not!) in the comments section below.  

Have a fun Friday! And if you want to pair the Ramen with a comedy movie, check out this list for some of the best comedy Netflix movies.

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References:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramen
  • https://tokyospark.com/japanese-food/what-is-ramen-in-japan/
  • https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/noodles/2018/06/29/ramen-and-ramyun-in-korea_jeeyoungkim/
  • https://www.asiahighlights.com/japan/soba-vs-udon.htm
  • https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/pho-vs-ramen
  • https://favy-jp.com/topics/3275
  • http://www.snopes.com/harvard-study-ramen-damage-
  • body/http://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2014/09/52021/health-column-the-risks-behind-those-ramen-noodles/
  • https://emojipedia.org/steaming-bowl/

 

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