FUN FACTS ABOUT RAMEN
Japan boasts a diverse range of regional ramen styles, each with its distinct characteristics. Currently, there are 19 official regional ramen styles recognized by Japan’s Ramen Museum, including Sapporo (miso-based), Tokyo (soy sauce-based), Hakata (tonkotsu-based), and kitakana (shoyu-based) ramen.
THE INVENTION OF
In 1958, Momofuku Ando invented instant ramen after trial and error and established Nissin Foods. With its easy preparation and long shelf life, instant ramen gained immense popularity globally, becoming a staple in many households.
Today, there are over 35,000 ramen noodle restaurants in Japan! Eighty percent of those shops are small businesses. In 2000, Fuji Research Institute asked 2,000 adults in the region to rate the greatest Japanese inventions of the 20th century. Their top two answers were ramen noodles and karaoke. Ramen has been featured in numerous films, manga, and anime, cementing its status as a symbol of comfort, nostalgia, and culinary excellence.
Ramen is best enjoyed hot and fresh! The noodles are prone to getting soggy quickly, so there is no need to wait for everyone to get their food. In Japan, slurping your noodles is not only acceptable but encouraged. Slurping enhances the flavors and shows appreciation for the chef’s efforts.