Ramen, Ramen, Ramen…

Posted August 7th, 2010 in Food No Comments »

I miss ramen…  There are thousands of ramen shops across Japan and ramen lovers go hunting for the best ramen every day.  Each shop has different recipe for the soup and noodle.

There are roughly four types of soups for ramen – Shoyu (soy sauce based), Shio (salt based), Miso (miso based) and Tonkotsu (pork-bone based).  There are other types, including “Tan Tan Men” (well, it’s more like Chinese noodle), “Chanpon” (soup noodle in Nagasaki prefecture, seafood based) etc.

What type of soup and what type of noodle (thin, thick, straight, wavy, etc) to chose depends on your liking, and each tastes totally different.

Personally I like Shoyu, but some restaurants have really good Tonkotsu or Shio, and it really depends.  There is a super small restaurant near my house (… I don’t know if we can call it a restaurant) and it only opens at night for few hours. They serve very delicious ramen, cha-han (fried rice), gyoza, and karaage.  Gyoza and Karaage are typical accompaniments to ramen noodle.

By the way, have you been to Arigataya in Northbridge?  They add more menu every time I visit there…  Now, I think there are around 100! :p

At Arigataya, I recommend Shoyu based soup.  I don’t like Shio ramen there.

I never tried their rice dishes – curry, donburi, yakisoba – because it’s a ramen shop.  But, I’m sure they’ll all taste same as other places.  Their menu sounds funky (takoyaki ramen??) but you have lots of variety to chose from and I guess it’s a good thing.

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