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Throwback Thursday: Ramen

A type of Taiwanese-style ramen in Japan called "Shirunashi tantanmen"

One thing I miss about Japan is my favourite noodle bar. The Taiwanese style ramen with it’s amazing mix of sauces and broth was wonderful. The dumplings (gyouza) was amazing too. Everything cooked to perfection. The owner had been a mathematician for a major automotive company. He decided to quit that, and go and study ramen making in Hawaii.

My friends and I made it a Tuesday evening routine to go there for beers and a catch up. Even if there was driving snow, the ramen, gyouza, and beer made the event all the more better.

A type of Taiwanese-style ramen in Japan called “Shirunashi tantanmen”

Ramen is a popular Japanese dish that has taken the world by storm, and Australia is no exception. This delicious noodle soup is packed with flavour and has become a favourite for many Australians looking for a quick and satisfying meal.

Ramen consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a savoury broth, which can be made from a variety of ingredients such as pork, chicken or fish. The broth is often simmered for hours to develop its rich and complex flavour, and is then seasoned with soy sauce, miso, or salt.

The toppings for ramen are just as important as the broth and noodles themselves. Common toppings include sliced pork, boiled egg, bamboo shoots, green onions, seaweed, and bean sprouts. The combination of these toppings, along with the noodles and broth, creates a perfectly balanced and delicious meal.

There are many different styles of ramen, each with its own unique flavour and ingredients. Some popular styles include shoyu ramen, made with a soy sauce-based broth, and tonkotsu ramen, which is made with a rich and creamy pork broth. There is even a vegan version of ramen that uses plant-based ingredients to create a delicious and satisfying meal.

In recent years, ramen restaurants have become increasingly popular in Australia, with many cities now boasting a wide range of ramen shops to choose from. Whether you prefer your ramen spicy, creamy, or savoury, there is a ramen restaurant out there for you.

In conclusion, ramen is a delicious and satisfying meal that has become a favourite for many Australians. With its rich and complex broth, tender noodles, and delicious toppings, it’s easy to see why ramen has become such a popular dish all around the world. So the next time you’re looking for a quick and delicious meal, consider trying out a bowl of ramen!