Ramen is a popular Japanese noodle soup dish which everybody loves. In fact, here in the Philippines, Japanese restaurants serving “authentic ramen” are sprawling everywhere. Who doesn’t like a bowl of warmth comfort? Its broth alone is to die for.
There are four common types of broth – shio, miso, shoyu and Tonkotsu.
Shio means salt. Shio ramen’s broth is made with chicken or fish bones (pork bones are sometimes added too), vegetables and salt.
Miso means fermented soybeans in Japanese. Its a salty and umami-rich (meaning with savory taste) broth. It is one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness).
Shoyu means soy sauce or ‘toyo’. Shoyu Ramen simply refers to ramen served with a soy sauce based broth. The sweet and salty combination is something we love that is why this variety is really popular.
The last is Tonkotsu or pork broth, which is the king of all ramen broth according to foodies. It takes a lot of love to make it. You have to boil pork bones for six to eight hours to really get that thick, porky flavor goodness.
A Japanese ramen is not complete without its chewy noodles and toppings. The toppings include Tamago (marinated soft boiled egg), a dash of toasted sesame seeds, nori (dried seaweed) strips, and Chashu or “the melts in your mouth” pork belly slices. A few sprinkles of spring onions, and you have a perfect bowl of Japanese ramen to satisfy your hunger.
Sometimes it is really hard to get hold of a delicious bowl of ramen in Bulacan. Good thing, there’s Yosuke Do-It-Yourself Authentic Ramen. They do meetups in Jollibee Balagtas or McDonald’s Tabang, Guiguinto. They can also deliver it right at your doorstep with a minimal fee. They have 4 variants to choose from and you can purchase additional ramen noodles and Chashu. As they say, one is never enough.
Preparing this DIY Ramen noodle is so easy and better-tasting than your regular instant noodles. Promise.
#1. Cook the ramen noodles in boiling water for 3 mins. Drain the water and discard after.
#2. Mix ramen paste in 300ml boiling water until fully diluted. Pour the broth over the cooked noodles.
#3. Add eggs, chashu/meat toppings, & nori strips. Enjoy. Itedakimasu!