One thing that unites all backgrounds is the love of good food. From grandparents to food throwing toddlers, ramen is for everyone. To enjoy ramen is to appreciate the Japanese culture and the history of this beautiful bowl of noodles.
“Instant ramen?” Those are good, but no. In Japan, a bowl of ramen holds a house-made soup simmered for days with chewy, al dente noodles. No two bowls of ramen are alike. Every chef has his own seasoning and a limitless variety of toppings. Ramen allows the chef freedom to be creative and diverse. Ramen is always changing because it is created with pure soul. At Tanoshii, we like to call it the “Evolution of Ramen.”
Ramen originated in China, made its way to Japan after World War II and matured deeply there as well. Today it is borrowed by numerous other countries.
How do you eat ramen? An experienced ramen eater starts with the noodles, lifting them with chopsticks and sucking up the strands whole. Lots of slurping is required to pull this off, since biting noodles is considered unlucky as they represent longevity. As a child and till this day, I rotate my chopsticks full circle a few times to wrap my noodles almost halfway up allowing them to cool from sitting in piping hot broth. I then engorge by the mouthful from the bottom of the chopsticks and work my way up. In my home, this trick has been passed on to my 2 and 4 year old sons. Between mouthfuls of noodles, the toppings are eaten. And last comes the broth, which grows richer and more flavorful as it cools, releasing the ingredients of the noodles and toppings into the soup.
Ramen is truly an art, as every bowl is made differently and every bowl is eaten in each person’s own special way. This is what makes ramen enjoyable. This is Tanoshi Ramen.
Lan Chi Le