Our 8th most delicious food in the world is another display of Japanese simplicity and craftsmanship, the Ramen.
Ramen which is basically about its noodles and soup actually comes in a variety of types; yet the 4 main types include: Shio (salt), Shoyu (soy sauce), Tonkotsu (pork bone), and Miso ramen..
..and in most any variety, one of its main ingredient is either chicken or beef. Oh, kinda remind me of the ordinary noodles that we have around.. but of course not, as did you know that ramen was voted as the greatest Japanese invention of the 20th century by the Japanese themselves?
Wow! So, here are the basic ingredients of Shoyu Ramen… noodles, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, chicken soup stock, kombu dashi soup stock, salt, sugar, sake (Japanese rice wine), and soy sauce.
Saute ginger and garlic in the pan after heating sesame oil in it. In low heat, add both chicken soup and kombu dashi soup stocks and bring to boil. Then put the sake, sugar, salt, and soy sauce where you are to bring it to boil again. Now strain the soup and put it in bowls.
Done? Now boil water in a large pan then cook the Chukamen noodles in it. Afterwards, drain the noodles and divide them on the bowls of hot soup we prepared earlier.
Lastly, the toppings. Here you could place some chopped negi and nori seaweed then sprinkle some pepper if you like. Toppings are generally flexible.
Just remember, in all food preparation, what you read are just guides.. so, don’t be afraid to adjust spices, condiments, and ingredients and cook to suit your taste.