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Japan Class Series - Ramen 101, March 2, 2019

Ramen History

Ramen originated in China and made its way to Japan in 1859 At that time it was usually served with wheat noodles in broth topped with Chinese-style roast pork.

Today nearly every region of Japan has its own version of ramen soup bases.

Some key ones include:

  • Tonkotsu, a pork bone broth (Kyushu)

  • Miso, (Hokkaido)

  • Shoyu (Honshu)

  • Vegetarian

Toppings can include:

  • Pork

  • Scallions

  • Naruto (fish cake)

  • Nori (seaweed)

  • Bamboo shoots

  • Spinach

  • Hot sesame oil

  • Togarashi (red pepper mix)

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