What is RAMEN ?
Do you know Ramen(=Chinese noodles)?
Originally they were chinese foods.
But now Ramen is a completely Japanese food.
And there are so many variations. About tastes, there are SHOYU(soy sauce), MISO(soy bean paste), TONKOTSU(pork bone), SHIO(salt) and so on.
The history of Ramen had not appeared by 1900 in Japan.
Since this year Chinese cooks has started to make Chinese noodle in all over in Japan and Japanese people re-make those noodle for Japanese climate and favorite taste.
In 1958, Ramen rapidly became popular among the Japanese people.
This year, the first instant noodle in the world was sold.
After that invented Miso Ramen in 1961, Cup noodle in 1971 in the late 1980's Tonkotsu, or pork broth, marked an epoch in Tokyo.
After that, people started searching for local varieties with new tastes.
Among the cities spotlighted were Asahikawa in Hokkaido, Wakayama and so on.
Since the mid-1990's, however, the focus has shifted from location to individual chefs.
And now there are over 200 thousands ramen restaurants in Japan. "RAMEN" became the Japanese national food.
So we love Ramen !