Japanese Noodles: Much More Than Instant Ramen

June 16, 2007 at 4:00 pm 2 comments

Admit it. There was a time in college or in your early 20s when you lived off Ramen noodles from a Styrofoam cup. They were cheap, fast and easy to make: just add boiling water and stir. The hot broth was comforting on a cold day, or when you were battling the flu.

But now it’s time to expand your repertoire. Besides Ramen, which actually originated in China and arrived in Japan during the Meiji period, noodle houses in modern-day Japan offer up several types of noodles. Don’t know your Soba from your Udon, or your Yakisoba from your Somen? Here’s a quick primer:

Soba noodles are similar to spaghetti in thickness. They’re made of buckwheat, look brownish-grey, and can be served hot or cold.

 soba.gif

Udon noodles are about twice as thick as Soba, and are made of wheat flour. They are usually served hot, but can also be served cold, depending on the season.
Yakisoba noodles stir-fried and easy to make at home in a pan. They are served hot with meat, vegetables, and red pickled ginger.

Somen noodles are very thin, whiteish and sticky, and, like Udon, made from wheat flour.

Once you decide on your noodle and broth type, the fun part begins: personalizing each dish with your favorite toppings. Typical add-ons to all of the above can include chicken, pork, egg, seaweed, scallions, shrimp, tempura, tofu, kamaboko (fish cake), and vegetables. You can even use miso soup as your base. The mix and matching possibilities are endless!

Don’t be afraid to slurp up the last drops; with the possible exception of Yakisoba (darn that deep fryer!) noodle dishes are usually extremely healthy, low fat and low calorie.

Dig in! You want more NOODLE??

Sarah S.

—————————————————————————
Thinking of doing business in Japan? We can make it easy for you!

JPBizDirect, a Los Angeles based company, provides practical solutions for U.S. – Japan business projects. Our experienced Japanese staff will support all phases of your business project to seize business opportunities and turn your vision into a reality. >> Learn more
—————————————————————————

Advertisements

Entry filed under: Japanese Foods.

Cooked to Perfection For That Deep Down Body Thirst…

2 Comments Add your own

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


japanizmo
facebookiconr
riseup japan support japan and be cool

Categories

June 2007
M T W T F S S
« May   Jul »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930  

Feeds