Although most of us just cook instant ramen, it is possible to make real ramen at home. This article from the Huffington Post has some good hints and links to recipes.
Later on in the story, there's a description of four types of ramen:
Shio ramen is the subtlest form with a clear, light-bodied salty chicken broth. Sometimes fish or pork are included.
Shoyu ramen is soy sauce flavored and made with a chicken and vegetable broth base. Sometimes fish or beef are included.
Tonkotsu ramen is rich and pork based, almost milky white in color.
Miso ramen is rich in flavor from miso paste -- it also comes in a spicy version that's topped with spicy bean paste. The broth can be a combination of chicken, fish and/or pork.
Tonkotsu ramen is my favorite kind.
I got an email from some ramen fans this morning. Neil from Ohio writes:
This email may sound confusing, but just let me explain. We love and enjoy Ramen Noodles and always have ample supply at home and also our motorhome. If you are a television watcher, you no doubt have seen the Allstate auto insurance commercials. The Allstate spokesperson points to a young driver saying “..... Emily’s on a budget ... ‘LIKE A RAMEN NOODLE EVERYDAY BUDGET”. This commercial objective is saying anyone on a very tight budget can afford their insurance. [We] are very senior citizens and absolutely love Ramen Noodles. Especially after a cool winter walk as a warm-up snack or Ramen Noodles and a salad or sandwich for lunch or dinner.
We feel the Allstate Insurance commercial is demeaning to Ramen Noodles and shed a very negative impact on a food product that is wholesome and delicious. As the months progress television viewers will be subjected to tons of negative advertising from those individuals running for the Office of President of the United States and feel that the Allstate commercial is detrimental to Ramen Noodles.
Well I must say that I agree with Neil and also I use Progressive Insurance. Hey Progressive, you shouldn't definitely sponsor me!
Update: The Arkansas Times has weighed in and they're kinda upset about the commercial. It doesn't bother me either way, so times are good in Arkansas if they're upset about this.
March is National Noodle Month and ramen of course is always an excellent choice for celebrating. Now some sites will tell you to make noodle crafts or what-not, but I say noodles are for eating, especially ramen.
I've posted this a few years ago, but try out this noodle quiz (PDF)
During March, please send me your wildest, but tastiest recipes, and I'll be posting them all month. I also have an archive to go back through and pull out some weird stuff. If possible, attach pics to the email!