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The Rich and Abundant Taste of Japanese Ramen

What kind of Japanese food do you look forward to eating? If you were to ask a Japanese person, a common response might be, "Sushi! Shabu-shabu! Sukiyaki!" As delicious as they are though, those kinds of food tend to be a bit expensive. As a more reasonable alternative, why not try ramen!

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Despite being universally labeled as "ramen", there's actually a huge amount of variety when it comes to flavors and types of ramen, from soy sauce ramen to miso ramen, to salt-flavored, pork, and even seafood! It's similar to pasta, where the noodles might be accompanied by tomato sauce, cream sauce, meat sauce, and so forth.

It's one thing to say you'd like to go eat some ramen, but in actuality just about every ramen shop has its own special flavor, and each person will have their own individual tastes. It can definitely be a bit overwhelming to choose a ramen restaurant when presented with all these choices! I've tried to briefly explain some of the different types and characteristics of ramen broth below.

◆ Soy Sauce Ramen

The archetype of Japanese ramen! Primarily made from simmered chicken stock mixed with soy sauce, this chestnut brown colored ramen has a refreshing taste

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◆Salt-flavored Ramen

Like soy ramen, salt-flavored ramen startswith a chicken stock base, and is mixed with a salt based broth. Salt-flavored ramen has a richer taste when compared to soy ramen, and is unclouded and transparent in color.

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◆Miso Ramen

Pork bones and vegetable stock are mixed with a miso base to form a brown creamy broth with a heavy and strong flavor.

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◆Pork Bone Ramen

Made from boiling down pork bones for an extended period of time, this white broth has a smooth and rich flavor.

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Rich miso ramen featuring filling full-bodied noodles. The roasted pork fillet is tender and the broth's flavor seeps into the egg! Absolutely recommended. If you have the opportunity to come to Ginza, please give it a try!

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