Japanese Food: Ramen (ラーメン)

Ramen (more commonly written ラーメン) is a Japanese noodle dish based in wheat noodles. It is often served in a meat-based soup, flavored with soy sauce or miso. There are many kinds of ramen (some typical from different regions of Japan), but the most common ones have toppings like sliced pork, dried seaweed, kamaboko and green onions.

Kamaboko is a Japanese processed seafood product in which various white fish are pureed, resulting in a “rubbery stick” that is cut in pieces and used in various dishes, such as ramen. This product is funny because it is made in many shapes, but normally it looks something like this:

Also, there are many kinds of instant ramen being sold in convenience stores:

You just have to add hot water, wait a couple of minutes, and it’s ready to eat!

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