Shoyu ramen and its regional varieties- a history

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You often see four basic ramen categories:  Shio, Tonkotsu, and Miso. But none has the regional variation like Shoyu ramen. Shoyu ramen consists of broth, sauce, flavored oil, noodles, and toppings. The sauce is made up of mainly soy sauce and some other ingredients.  Soy sauce or Shoyu (in Japanese) encompasses many subilties based on which region of Japan you …

What Makes Miso Ramen so Special?

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Ramen (ラーメン) is a noodle soup dish that originally imported from China and is one of the most popular dishes in Japan in recent decades. Ramen noodles in a Miso based soup rose to popularity in Japan in the 1960s. Miso Ramen is the pinnacle of “Japanese” Ramen noodles, the king of all Ramen. Ramen-ya (ramen restaurants), are in virtually …

Ramen at Home for Valentine’s Day

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Ramen at Home for Valentine’s Day occurs on a Friday this year! Valentine’s Day is perfect – 2/14 is Friday and it follows 3 days weekend (Presidents’ Day).How would you like to celebrate your Valentines’ Day?Get roses, going out to have dinner at a nice restaurant will be nice for sure. From my experience working at a service industry, I …

Just ask Tommy- what is Umami?

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One of our staffers just loves to cook. So every time someone has a Japanese cooking question we say – Just ask Tommy..what is umami? You’ve heard it mentioned here and on other foodie sites but have you ever thought what it means? It’s not uncommon for someone to say “hey, that is savory” or “sweet”, or “spicy”.. but umami? …

How to Make the Perfect Bowl of Great Homemade Fresh Ramen

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Want to know a secret?.. you can get the ramen bar experience – at home! Just follow these easy steps on How to Make the Perfect Bowl of Great Homemade Fresh Ramen. 1. The Broth Quality ramen starts, and some say ends, with the broth. You have four main types of ramen broth:  shoyu (soy sauce), miso (fermented soybean paste …