I ate Japanese food last week and I ordered an udon soup dish with chicken. It also had some octopus and that odd meat that comes in some Japanese instant soups, kinda brown with a pink ring around the edge. This time I ordered the udon noodles, but I've also had the soba noodles, which are more like ramen. I've never been fortunate enough to live somewhere that has a real ramen shop, but I enjoy the noodles at this place. After working on the bowl for 30 minutes, it usually looks like I barely even tried.
UPDATE: The Chicago Tribune has a good article on ramen including a list of places to get it "out" in Chicago.