Ramen is a soup dish rather than a stew.
And you call the liquid in ramen bowl soup.
We never call it stew.
Do you want to know how ramen and stew are related?
1. If ramen is Goku, stew is Sailormoon
They are nothing alike, Because they are 2 different things.
Ramen and beef stew were my two favorite dishes as a kid.
What was your favorite childhood food?
They have a nice and thick taste paired with nice, juicy and tender meat.
I was excited when I knew my mom was cooking ramen or beef stew in the living room next to the kitchen.
2. Soup is primarily made of liquid
Soup is usually made of some kind of broth made of vegetables, meat, or fish.
They are brought to a boil in order to extract the flavor of these ingredients.
But still, the main component of the soup is the liquid.
In order to make ramen soup, you need to get rid of these ingredients,
So the soup is 100 percent liquid.
3. Stew contains big chunks of meat and veggies and just a bit of liquid
Stew is much thicker than average soup.
Sometimes, you add some type of thickener into the stew like flour.
Stew contains bigger chunks of meat and vegetables
And these ingredients are meant to be tender and soft.
Because you cook them in low heat for a long time.
4. Are you thinking of chashu?
Well, chashu is considered as a ramen topping.
Chashu is made separately from the ramen soup.
So ramen is soup rather than stew.
5. What happens if ramen is stew
If you like a thick soup, I recommend trying ramen noodles with white sauce stew.
White stew ramen is piping hot, so it is great for a cold winter day.
Savory meat and veggies go well with ramen noodles.
Pairing this with thick ramen noodles is ideal.
Nice chewy ramen noodles covered with umami-full stew…
But remember not to put too much stew roux.
Because if you use too much, the overall taste might get too intense.
You want some liquidness for this.
Due to Covid, a lot of good ramen restaurants have closed
It makes me feel very angry.
I used to eat ramen out frequently,
But in this situation,
Ramen shops have started to shorten the hours, limit the number of customers, or even closed their shops.
It has affected the industry so much.
I am afraid good ramen will be gone
But meanwhile, you still can enjoy ramen in the comfort of your own home.
Here are some of my recommendations for ramen lovers.
1. Sapporo Ichiban Shio Flavor
MY THOUGHTS OVERALL ★★★★☆
In truth, Sapporo Ichiban delivers a good quality shio ramen experience.
Actually, it is very difficult to find good shio ramen.
Do you know why?
Because it is very difficult to make it since it is very simple.
There are many good shoyu and miso flavored instant noodles out there.
But I feel specifically, the shio flavor market is monopolized by Sapporo Ichiban.
Think about this for a moment having good shio ramen for your dinner with your favorite ramen toppings.
Now, you want some, don’t you?
2. Nissin Raoh Shoyu Flavor
MY THOUGHTS OVERALL ★★★★★
It is nearly impossible to make restaurant quality noodles at home without the right tools and equipment.
How can you beat that?
Using Raoh’s shoyu flavour will help you achieve this easily. This is top-notch ramen hands down!
One pinnacle of instant noodles is the soy sauce flavor. It is expensive compared to regular ones but let me tell you, it deserves every single penny.
In a nutshell, I loved every bit of it.
...And I am sure you will too.
3. The problem here is that no toppings come with these packets.
Here are some topping options and recipes for you.
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About the Author
Kei is a self-proclaimed ramen lover, blog writer and founder of "Apex S.K. Japanese tableware".
"I am from Ibaraki, Japan.
Ramen is great! It can bring you a sense of happiness and satisfaction that no other food can. I have been eating ramen for 30 years.
If there is no ramen, my life would be miserable.
Ten years ago, I worked as an office worker. The job was really stressful - excessive working hours, low wages, unpaid overtime work, and constantly being yelled at by my boss.
I was new and alone, no girlfriend, no friends, and felt very lonely.
My only oasis was the ramen shop near the office. For me, the ramen chef there was literally an angel. I saw a halo on his head. (No joke)
Tonkotsu shoyu ramen was my all-time favorite. He made ramen with broth chock-full of umami flavor, nice chewy handmade noodles, and tender chashu.
My greatest dream is connect people with ramen through my blog. I want to share a lot of interesting and funny stories and ramen trivia with you.
Knowing more about ramen can help you appreciate your ramen and make it taste extra delicious."
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