Ramen (ラーメン, rāmen) is a Japanese noodle dish. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat- or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork (チャーシュー, chāshū), dried seaweed (海苔, nori), kamaboko, green onions, and occasionally corn.
Ramen noodles are basically as thin as spaghetti and are prepared as a soup that differs from region to region. Almost every locality in Japan has its own variation of ramen. They vary in broth, toppings, noodle texture, the taste of ramen depending mainly on the soup.
Tokyo style ramen consists of slightly thin, curly noodles served in a soy-flavoured chicken broth. The broth typically has a touch of dashi, as old ramen establishments in Tokyo often originate from soba eateries. Standard toppings on top are chopped scallion, menma, sliced pork, kamaboko, egg, nori, and spinach. Ikebukuro, Ogikubo and Ebisu are three areas in Tokyo known for their ramen.
Ramen is a noodle soup that was initially brought from China. In the recent decades this dish became extremely famous in Japan being step by step adapted to the local preferences and taste. Ramen is popular both in and outside of Japan including such countries like China, the United States, Canada and others.
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