I remember the first time I had Ramen noodles I thought to myself, “Wow! These Ramen noodles taste like I don’t get paid until next Friday!” In reality, I’m a lot like Ramen noodles. I’m always in hot water, I lack taste and I always need dough.
Seriously though, Ramen noodles have been around for centuries. They are really Soba noodles and were often referred to as “Hand-pulled noodles”. By the early 1900’s Chinese restaurants served bowls of “Hand-pulled noodles” in pork broth with chopped scallions and soy sauce.
In 1958 a Taiwanese-Japanese food guru came up with the instant noodle, the greatest Japanese invention since Geisha girls. By the 80’s Ramen noodles swept through college dormitories, crack houses and bowling banquets like wildfire.
And last year Keizo Shimamoto introduced the Shoyu Ramen Burger, an exotic burger sandwiched in a Ramen noodle bun at eight bucks a piece.
Suddenly everybody loves Ramen and Ramenmania has come a long way baby.
Scroll down the list and find some 21st century Ramen recipes from soup to salad to burgers.
Hey, Ramen, love ya baby.