Homemade Ramen Noodles

I’ve posted a link on a way to make ramen noodles at home before, but this one looks different It also includes a lot of details on the process and different variations used to get to the final recipe which is pretty cool. The post here also has some details on the “Science Behind the Noodles” which includes details on alkali water and what impact it has on the final product (similar to brewing beer, in which the water also has a large impact).

Frankly I’m way too lazy to do this myself, but if any of you try it, let me know.

Tokyo Ramen Show 2010

The Tokyo Ramen Show ended today after 5 glorious days. From what I can tell from Google Translate, there are 27 different booths featuring a wide variety of shops and chefs. Booth “SP1” features “Hall forbidden bizarre collaboration Nakahon × Tanmen Mongolia”, which is described as “Miso black pork”. It certainly sounds interesting, although I don’t know what “black pork” is. Probably it’s just a bit of mistranslated text. This link shows the list of vendors. If you use Google Chrome, the Google Translate is integrated once you load the site.

More About the Wheat Used to Make Ramen than You Wanted to Know

Farm Weekly has a story about Australian wheat and how it was bred so that they could sell it to make Japanese ramen. It’s way more detailed than you’d ever want to know, but it has a great pic, which I’ve included here:

RECENT changes to wheat classification in WA will aid the development of new market opportunities in the Japanese noodle market for Western Australian wheatgrowers.

The Department of Agriculture and Food was instrumental in generating the change, which will open the way for suitable hard wheat to be sold to the ramen noodle market.

Eating Ramen in Lab Coats

Super Spicy Indian Potato Curry Noodles

Esha sent me this interesting sounding recipe. It uses Maggi Masala Noodles, which look just like ramen to me. The are also 100% vegetarian, which is a good option for the veggies out there. This recipe also follows my sri raicha tenant.

  • One packet of Maggi Masala Noodles
  • One potato, peeled and roughly chopped
  • One onion, diced
  • One tomato, chopped
  • Sri Raicha sauce

Boil the potato until soft, add onions and let that boil for a while. Add chopped tomato. Then when onion is transparent, add the noodles. After a minute put one table spoon of sri raicha sauce. Let it cook until almost all the water is gone. Add the flavor packet. Drain the water and enjoy.

Esha adds, “My mom would make this recipe sundays ofr breakfast when we were growing up. It was our treat!”

Osaka’s “Uncle Million Yen” Buys Kids Ramen

A mystery customer walked into a ramen shop in Osaka earlier this year and left 1 million Yen (about $11,500) with instructions to buy ramen for kids. CNNGo reports on the follow-through from the ramen shop:

A ramen store in Osaka has followed through on the wishes of a mystery customer who left the shop ¥1 million (US$11,685) and a message “Use this to let children have ramen” on July 27 this year.

Whatever his reasons, the restaurant was able to give 1,540 dishes for free to local children, feeding 70 local junior high school students on the first day and over a thousand more pre-school children and elementary school students over five more days, according to the Mainichi newspaper.

PS – The link is worth clicking just to see the wall of ramen choices which is very cool, although probably unrelated to the actual story.

Jamiroquai Now Used to Sell Ramen Noodles

If you are old like me then you remember back when MTV showed what is called “music videos” (kids, you may need to ask your parents about them). One of the videos featured this guy in a funny hat in a grey room with a sliding floor. This video has basically been taken as-is, dubbed over in Japanese, and is now an ad for Nissin Ramen. I have no idea what they say in the ad, but I’m going to guess that it resembles the Mister Sparkle commercial from the Simpsons episode.


Thanks to Urlesque for the link.