Anyone who grew up in Japan will remember ramen because it’s an everyday treat.
Wakayama style is big on heat, and a blast in the face.
There are at least a dozen ramen restaurants in the London area and you can easily spend hours on your knees getting the perfect combination of flavors and ingredients to make your ramen.
Take this trip down memory lane for a ramen-infused tutorial.
A classic dish in Japan, ramen is cooked in broth with noodles. The main ingredients include chicken broth, konbu, miso (a type of Japanese fermented soy sauce), pork bones, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, bamboo vermicelli, chives, tomatoes, onions, garlic, scallions, and jalapeños. Each of these ingredients adds to the combination of flavors and texture making it a unique bowl of ramen.
The core of the ramen-making process in Japanese-style noodle shops is the broth, which is made with the use of high pressure boiling in the kitchen and then added to the noodles. This is called “wakayama style.”
The ramen menu of Wakayama style ramen restaurants will either be served hot or cold. Before starting, the chef will want you to prepare a hot hot pot by pouring water into a sink and then pouring this into a large pot filled with cold water to keep the broth hot and your ramen warm. Once the broth is heated, and you’ve satisfied yourself with a taste, the chef takes the broth from the pot into a large pot and adds noodles to prevent you from burning the noodles on the stove top.
When making ramen, you are going to have to rehydrate the noodles in boiling water before removing them from the pot to cook. The broth, and noodles are cooked simultaneously. You can rehydrate the noodles in plenty of boiling water as you’re making it for those cold ramen shopping expeditions.
Next, the chef places the noodles in the boiling broth, again stirring gently to make sure they are cooked. This is the perfect time to add your favorite ingredients.
The bones, herbs, chillies, chilies, and vegetables are all added last so that they will cook quickly without cooking the noodles. The total process is about 60 minutes, which is more than enough to eat the ramen you are making.
A can always make your own ramen if you want to spend a lot more time, but the ramen you can get at the restaurants will be always different and interesting.