1. Syoyu Ramen
The start of Ramen history
The Ramen history started with this Syoyu (soy source) Ramen in Tokyo,1910. For Syoyu Ramen, this most typical toppings are roast pork and “Menma”.
Menma (メンマ or 麺麻 or 麺碼?) is a Japanese condiment made from lactate-fermented bamboo shoots. The bamboo shoots are dried in the sun or through other means before the fermentation process. Menma is a common topping for noodle soups, notably ramen. Menma is primarily produced in China, with brands imported from southern China and Taiwan being popular. Menma is also known as shinachiku (支那竹?), “Chinese bamboo”.
Good accompaniment for beer too!
The most typical way to use “Menma” is for Rame, but its salty taste goes super well with beer as well! You can find it on the menu sometimes at Japanese style pub.
Best recommended instant Syoyu Ramen
“Demae Itcho” from Nissin Foods is a long seller instant Ramen since 1968. It’s also popular in other Asian countries. What is special about this instant Ramen is the last topping of sesame oil. And the packaging is very cute, isn’t it? (A boy is on the way to bring Ramen!) You should taste once this Ramen in Japan!!
TV commercial series is fun!
This TV series is super cute. I share one of them. The stubborn father who runs Ramen restaurant comes back home with good fragrance. Then the wife found that he had been in a hostess bar…it’s nothing to do with Ramen, but having big impact!!
2. Shio Ramen
Beautiful clear soup
“Shio” means salt in Japanese. The soup of Shio Ramen is based on salt and Japanese soup. It’s true that it contains a lot of salt, but the taste in not that strong.
Best recommended instant Shio Ramen
Shio Ramen from Sapporo Ichiban
Sappori Ichiban is a series of Ramen. Every flavor is very popular for a long time. And its TV commercial is also.
All Japanese can sing the song of Sapporo Ichiban.
3. Miso Ramen
Miso and Japanese soup
You might know already what is “Miso” from Japanese Miso soup. However, Miso Ramen tastes different from Miso soup.
Best recommended instant Miso Ramen
Miso Ramen from Sapporo ichiban
Best recommended instant Miso Ramen is from Sapporo ichiban. It is often said that with Miso Ramen, we can eat a lot of vegetables. Look at the TV commercial below!
The best way to enjoy soybean sprouts is…
“Moyashi”, the cheapest vegetable in Japan
“Moyashi” is the cheapest vegetable in Japan. A packed “Moyashi” like this costs less than 50 yen. (100yen is around 1 dollar.) So if you have little money and wanna wanna eat something tasty, you can prepare Miso Ramen by yourself with “Moyashi” at home!
4. Tonkotsu Ramen
Local Ramen in Kyushu
“Tonkotsu” means pork born, so Tonkotsu Ramen is a Ramen with soup made by mainly extract of pork born. This Ramen is sometimes called Hakata Ramen. Hakata is a city name in Fukuoka, in Kyusyu. Even though it is originally local Ramen, you can try it everywhere in Japan, as it’s got the popularity like other main three Ramen.
Beni shōga, the must topping for Tonkotsu Ramen
Beni shōga (紅生姜?) is a type of tsukemono (Japanese pickle). It is made from ginger cut into thin strips, colored red, and pickled in umezu (梅酢), the pickling solution used to make umeboshi; the red color is derived from red perilla. It is served with many Japanese dishes, including gyūdon, okonomiyaki, and yakisoba.
The soup of Tonkotsu Ramen is kind of heavy. So this “beni shōga”, an arranged ginger works super good by giving freshness!
Best recommended instant Tonkotsu Ramen
Umakacchan is an instant Ramen from Kyusyu. At first, it was limited in Kyusyu. However, now you can buy Umakacchan in a big super market all around.