Literally ‘pulled noodles’, Ramen is a traditional Japanese dish, served with Chinese wheat noodles and soaked in broth. Typically, Ramen dishes are flavoured with soy sauce and are topped with either pork, dried seaweed, or vegetable alternatives.
As is the norm in Japanese cuisine, each region boasts its own ramen variation, with local ingredients at the heart.
A winter warmer and a light summer delight, ramen has become a year-long favourite around the world.
But where did ramen come from?
Several theories exist about the origin of Ramen. A popular theory holds that the famous noodle dish was introduced to Japanese shores during the mid-17th century, when Chinese scholar Zhu Shunsui arrived as a refugee after fleeing Manchu rule.
However, many historians dispute this theory, claiming it to be created by the Japanese to claim the origins of ramen.
A more palatable theory instead points to Chinese immigrants who began to settle at Yokohama Chinatown in the late 19th century.
Wherever you stand on the Ramen chronicles, one thing is recognised: ramen continues to be a much-loved dish.
Check out this Ramen guide from ClickTheCity.