~The History of the Noodle Soup...    

~ "Ramen Noodles" is a type of japanese noodle soup that consists of curly noodles and a seasoned broth.

~Even though it is of Chinese origin, nobody knows for sure when Ramen was introduced to Japan. Supposidly, Ramen had become relativly popular during the 17th century, during the Meiji period. People also debate on what the true meaning of the word "ramen" means. One of the theorys is that the word "ramen" is the pronounciation of the word "lamain" meaning "hand pulled noodles".


~In 1958, instant noodles were invented by the late Momofuko Ando, the Taiwanese-Japanese founder and chairman of Nissin Foods. Named the greatest Japanese invention of the 20th century in a Japanese poll instant ramen allowed anyone to make this dish simply by adding boiling water.

~Beginning in the 1980s, ramen became a Japanese cultural icon and was studied from many perspectives. At the same time, local varieties of ramen were hitting the national market and could even be ordered by their regional names. A Ramen Museum opened in Yokohama in 1994.

~A wide variety of ramen exists in Japan, with geographical and vendor-specific differences even in varieties that share the same name. Ramen can be broadly categorized by its two main ingredients: noodles and soup.

~ The noodels used in the ramen, also known as "Top Ramen" packages, are made( like most other noodles in japan) using four basic ingredianta, wheat flour, salt, water, and "kansui", which is some alkaline mineral water. This "mineral water" contains sodium carbonate and usually potassium carbonate, as well as sometimes a small amount of phosphoric acid.    

~ The soup portion of the ramen noodles dish, is made from the stock of either chicken, pork, or beef. Along with this stck there are a number of different spices Japanese spices and ingredients added. Some of these ingredients include: :"kombu" or kelp, "katsuobushi", skipjack tuna flakes, "niboshi" dried baby sardines, beef bones, shiitaki mushrooms, and onions. They are then flavored with the likes of salt, "miso" (some type of japanese rice mixture), or soy sauce.




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