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? …

What’s the difference? Fresh ramen versus instant ramen comparison

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Instant noodle soups have long been a friend to college kids, but perhaps not to our overall health. Processed beyond belief and with a shelf life of years, it’s no surprise that most instant ramen brands are on the naughty list when it comes to easy meals. The difference between fresh ramen versus instant ramen comparison is our answer to …

Why fresh ramen noodles are better

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Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup that is the most exported cusine around the world. It was originally called shina soba, literally “Chinese soba” because of its origins in China. However, historians aren’t sure when the jump to Japan happened. Why fresh ramen noodles are better than a hard brick in a poly-pak ramen is pretty clear. Ramen is typically made …

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 …

Cold Ramen Summer Recipe Ideas

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It’s Sumer, it’s hot.. let’s Ramen & Chill…There isn’t a noodle out there that doesn’t feel at home in a cold summer ramen recipe ideas paired with crisp vegetables and a great dressing to bring it all together. Keep these cold ramen summer recipe ideas in your back pocket and bring them to all your summer picnics, cookouts, and beach …

Easy Vegetarian Recipe Ideas

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After a big weekend, I’m looking forward to some fresh and healthy, restorative meals. You, too? You’re in the right place. We have some easy vegetarian recipe ideas that are also vegan ideas when you use our Soba or Udon Premium Salt-free noodles. Welcome to our shortlist of easy vegetarian recipe ideas. We’ve rounded up 5 of the most popular …

7 Benefits of Barley Tea

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Easy to brew just like regular tea- but without the caffeine. Barley tea or Kobashi Mugicha, contains a wide range of vitamins, nutrients and biological compounds that are credited for positive health benefits. Consumed in Japan and Korea for centuries, this drink has become a staple to a good Japanese healthy diet. Barley tea contains vitamins A and C along …