These Are The 4 Main Types of Ramen (Plus, Authentic Recipes)

Learn about the main types of ramen in today’s guide on ramen types.

Ramen is so popular that not only are they featured heavily in anime series (any Naruto fans here?), there is a whole museum for ramen in Japan.

But ramen is not just popular in Japan, it is very popular in the West too – there is even an emoji for ramen! Here it is by the way: 🍜

Keep reading to learn more about the main types of ramen. 

Main Types of Ramen

Based on the type of broth, noodles and toppings used, a huge variety of ramen is prepared all over the world, which can make it somewhat confusing to figure out just how many types of ramen there are.
So we had to dig a bit to come up with a conclusive answer.

Based on our research, here is what we learned – based on flavours, there are 4 main types of ramen (see below for references).

They are:

  • Shio (pronounced She-Oh)
  • Shoyu (pronounced Show-You)
  • Miso (pronounced Me-So)
  • Tonkotsu (pronounced Tong-Coats-Zoo)

These four are the base flavours for nearly every ramen dish you come across (yes, including the Naruto ramen!).

Want to learn more about them, or better, try your hand at making these 4 main types of ramen? Then check out these recipes to make your very own authentic ramen!

How to make Shio Ramen

How to make Shoyu Ramen

If you want a simpler version, check out this one.

How to make Miso Ramen

How to make Tonkotsu Ramen

If you are not a fan of pork or don’t eat meat, check out this vegan version of Tonkotsu ramen here.

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Naruto Ramen Recipe

Few think of ramen without thinking of Naruto, so for all the Naruto fans out there, here is a recipe for making your own Ichiraku ramen recipe!

Before you say anything, yes, we realise that it is a made-up recipe from a work of fiction (an anime series), but that does not mean it doesn’t taste good, so give it a try!

Noodles for Ramen

Wondering what kind of noodles are used in ramen?

Most commonly, the fresh noodles used for ramen is the usual wheat noodles. But often they are treated with an alkaline agent to but treated with an alkaline agent to give the noodles their traditional yellow colour and springy texture. You can find ramen noodles here

How to make Ramen noodles from scratch

Want to go a step further and make everything from scratch? Then have a go at making the ramen noodles yourself. This video recipe will get you started with making your very own ramen noodles!

Just a heads up, making this takes a bit of work. But if you like making things from scratch or want to have a go at trying something new, don’t let that stop you!

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Most popular type of ramen

So now you know about the main types of ramen.

But what is the most popular type of ramen?

That crown belongs to Miso ramen, which is the ramen that we think of most commonly when we think about making ramen. Miso ramen is the ramen that is most commonly cooked in the West these days (thanks to the easy availability of miso!).

Closing thoughts

What do you think about today’s guide on the main types of ramen – was it interesting, and useful? Did it clarify at least some of your ramen-related questions?

Is there anything else you would like to know about the main types of ramen?

Share your thoughts, questions, as well as any tips you might have about ramen in the comments section below.

Have a great Friday, and enjoy your ramen!

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