How many types of ramen do you know?
This video introduces the different types of Japanese ramen and toppings with illustrations. Listen to the pronunciations and learn some simple phrases that you can use when you go to a ramen shop in Japan.
Which type is your favorite?
(nani rāmenga ichiban sukidesuka?)
Types of Ramen:
醤油ラーメン soy-sauced based broth
塩ラーメン salt-based broth
豚骨ラーメン pork bone-based broth
味噌ラーメン miso-based broth
つけ麺 dipping noodles
味付け玉子 egg marinated in soy sauce
チャーシュー braised pork
メンマ seasoned bamboo shoot
なると cured fish surimi
Have You Heard of 中華そば (chūkasoba)?
ラーメン was called 中華そば (chūkasoba) in the beginning, as it was Chinese noodles (中華そば) in a Chinese-style soup. Many old-school 大衆食堂 diners still have 中華そば on the menu, which is usually shoyu-based.
The dish was introduced from China with the opening of Japan in the Meiji era, spread from 横浜中華街 (Yokohama Chinatown) throughout the country, and quickly becoming a national favorite.
Now, there’s a ramen shop on almost every corner of any restaurant area. When you’re in Japan, you’ll be able to spot the popular shops with a long line trailing outside.