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Understanding Ramen Noodles and its Cost

Long noodles in steaming hot soup! In Japan, just about everyone loves ramen. Ramen shops can be found nation wide. One bowl cost about ¥500 - ¥1,000. Ramen is popular with young and old alike. There are people in Japan who eat ramen almost every day. One ramen fanatic actually ate 1,400 servings in a year!

The roots of ramen lay in China, but ramen as we know it today, developed independently in Japan. Today, there are ramen shops all over the country resulting in a tremendous variety of ramen.

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Wheat flour is the main ingredient of ramen noodles. The kind of flour used has a great impact on their flavour and texture. 

Ramen noodles close-up - Ramen Ya by avlxyz, on Flickr
 by  avlxyz 

Each chef has his or her own unique formula. Some blend several types of wheat flour, while others mix in the type of flour used for udon to give the noodles a chewier texture. To ensure that the noodles will go perfectly with the soup, their thickness and length are carefully calibrated.

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Japanese Ramen from Ueno Station Tokyo

The soup is considered to be the soul of ramen and its preparation also involves innovative approaches that vary from one shop to another. The soup stock is made from a variety of ingredients such as chicken bones, pig bones, and vegetables. Seafood ingredients including dried sardines, konbu seaweed, and dried bonito, are also often used in the broth. To make the soup, the stock is seasoned with a special base made from soya sauce, miso, or salt. The diverse and distinctive varieties of ramen are sustained by the commitment of each chef.  Also make sure to read our article on how to enhance the richness of your soup-base for instant noodles

Tonkotsu Gyokai Tsukemen @ Enji @ Ikebuk by *_*, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License by *_* - Tsukemen - where ramen noodles is dipped in a sauce

Instant Ramen

In Japan there's another major style of ramen... Invented in 1958, it's instant ramen! It was so original and convenient that it soon became a huge hit. Instant ramen packaged in a disposable cup was introduced in 1971, and overseas production began two years later. Today, 90 billion servings of instant ramen are consumed each year around the world!  To read more on the different varieties of Instant noodles click here.

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Ramen is now a global phenomenon, and it all started from the efforts and passion of people in Japan - the ramen nation. - NHK

You can read more on other types of Japanese Noodles at this link http://pogogi.com/japanese-noodles

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