Ramen - not just Cup Noodles
In Japan, ramen is not just as simple as boiling water and cooking instant noodles for 3 minutes before eating. In Japan, there are countless varieties of soups and noodles, and many ramen shops have their secret flavors that thousands of people crave everyday.
The base for the various soups can include soy sauce, miso, dried seafood, chicken bones, pork bones, and many more. For some of the most famous ramen restaurants in Japan, it can take 3 days just to make a single day's soup. The noodles come in all sizes and textures: thin, thick, curly, straight, firm, chewy, long, the list goes on.
Depending on the region in Japan you go, there is a style of ramen that each region is known for. In Tokyo, ramen is usually a soy sauce base with thick noodles. In Fukuoka, the western region of Japan, their signature soup is based on pork bone, tonkotsu, with thin noodles. In Hokkaido, the northern part of Japan, a typical miso ramen is popular, but they top it with butter and corn. The Ramen Museum in Yokohama is a popular destination about 1 hour away by train from downtown Tokyo. You can try the many varieties of ramen from all over Japan in a single location, pretty convenient!
If you have a chance to visit Japan, I highly recommend you give ramen a try, you'll love it!