NOODLES & RAMEN – Q: What is exactly the difference between ramen and noodles? A: There is not really a difference between noodles and ramen. Ramen is actually a type of noodle dish in Japan.
It is the name that distinguishes the bowl of noodles that is served. In China, they call it noodles and in Japan ramen. There is a great variety of Chinese noodles, which vary according to their region of production, ingredients, shape or width, and manner of preparation. I have been eaten noodles and ramen all my life: I came across very delicious ones and ones that are really not worth to mention it.
A bowl of noodle soup consists of the broth, noodles and toppings. The variation of these three ingredients is endless. Typical Chinese broth is mainly meat based (bones) and seafood (shells) and sometimes it’s a combination of both. This also applies for Japanese broth, besides the very common miso flavour. Toppings also vary from regions/countries. Just take a look at the images below. Do you recognize which one is the ramen soup and/or noodle soup?
I am not an expert when it comes to noodle soups. I just know what I like to eat ;) However, a good bowl of noodle soup should have broth that makes you drool, stretchy noodles and toppings that makes you eyes glitter. To be able to search for the best noodle soup in town, I should move to Asia ;)
Which bowl of noodle soup would you like to eat?