Gyoza, chahan(fried rice) and chashu don are the most popular side dishes for ramen noodles.
Gyoza is a fried dumpling, chahan is fried rice, and…
Chashu don is a rice bowl dish that has some slices of chashu on it.
1. These are so good that it is difficult to pick which you want to eat
The ramen shop that I used to eat at on my way to work is called Ramen Oyama.
It was next to Lawson. And this ramen shop had a ticket vending machine at the entrance that you can order from.
When I worked hard and felt very tired at the office,
I bought a ticket for a dish of gyoza as a reward with my ramen.
If ramen is Ash from Pokemon…
2. These side dishes are like Pikachu, Charizard, or Heracross for Ash
Do you usually get a couple of side dishes with your ramen when you’re at a restaurant?
I will be introducing some popular side dishes that often accompany ramen noodles.
They will for sure increase your overall satisfaction of your entire meal!
3. Gyoza is the number 1 popular side dish
A savory and roasted aroma.
The bottom of the fried dumplings have a brown and crispy skin.
The side and top have a nice and soft skin.
When you bite into it, juices from the meat and vegetables ooze out.
Once you imagine this, you will really want to have some gyoza.
Gyoza stuffing is made of minced pork, cabbage or napa, and chives.
The skin is made of flour, salt, and water.
4. Chahan goes very well with ramen too
This is fried rice.
It is a very simple dish made out of rice, eggs and green onions.
However, it is so good that your spoon cannot stop bringing this into your mouth.
Nice aroma of fried eggs and green onions,
Golden color of rice,
The texture of rice that is not too sticky, smooth, or dry.
A good bowl of chahan depends on the skill of the chefs.
How they pan fry and season the dish changes everything.
Chahan is made of rice, sesame oil, green onions, eggs, and diced pork chashu.
5. Chashu don has salty sweet taste
Chashu don consists of tender savory chashu on a hot bowl of rice, covered in sauce that is specifically made for this dish.
The sauce is salty and sweet.
Scorched chashu brings you a really savory aroma.
Chashu don is made of chashu, rice, sauce, and green onions.
6. Karaage is a fried chicken
The outside of the karaage is crispy, while the inside is really juicy.
It is really good when you eat it while it is hot.
The thin coating of karaage makes a crunchy sound as you bite into it.
Karaage is made of chicken, flour, starch, sake, soy sauce, and some seasoning.
7. It might sound weird but white rice…
Some people eat rice with ramen.
Yes, you heard right.
Carb x carb!
Especially at Ie-kei ramen shop,
People eat white rice with nori(seaweed) that is soaked in the ramen soup.
It is the standard way to eat ramen there.
Han rice means a half bowl of rice.
When you want to eat some extra rice but you are not confident about finishing a whole bowl of rice, you should order han rice.
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.
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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.
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