Thick ramen noodles go well with strong flavored soup.
The best example is miso ramen.
Miso ramen always has a very thick and rich soup.
You will taste the saltiness and creamy flavor of miso while you are eating miso ramen.
And thick noodles go very well with this soup.
Other examples of ramen that have thick noodles are…
Tsukemen, iekei ramen, chanpon, Sapporo ramen, Kitakata ramen, and Okinawa soba.
Why are there thick ramen noodles?
Because it is like...
1. Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza vs. New York Thin Crust Pizza
Ramen has developed differently in different regions all over Japan.
They have different ingredients for soup.
Because people’s preference and ingredients for soup stock are different by region.
As I said, the thickness of the noodles depend on the soup.
And this is the reason why some regions prefer thick noodles.
It is like Chicago pizza and New York pizza.
Green lightsaber vs purple lightsaber.
Because the color of the lightsaber is decided by the force that the Jedi has.
Preference of boiling speed and texture.
2. Pros of thick noodles
Thick noodles are more filling and heavier than thin noodles.
It has a dense texture.
Thick noodles go well with thick and salty soup.
Another point is…
They don’t get soggy as fast as thin noodles.
So you can take time to eat this.
After eating ramen with thick noodles, you feel very satisfied.
3. Cons of thick noodles
Thick noodles aren’t for thin broth.
If you like to eat shio ramen, thick noodles won’t match with the soup.
Because thick noodles will make the ramen too plain and
The other con of thick noodles is the boiling time.
It takes 5 to 7 minutes to cook thick noodles.
While thin noodles take only 2 to 3 minutes to cook.
4. How thick ramen noodles can be
Thick noodles are over 1.7 mm in width.(0.044 in)
If the noodles width exceeds 2.2 mm (0.087 in), it is considered as very thick.
And 2.5 mm (0.1in) is the thickest width of ramen noodles.
4. Due to Covid, a lot of good ramen restaurants have closed
It makes me feel very sad.
I used to eat ramen out frequently,
But in this situation,
Ramen shops started to shorten the hours, limit the number of customers, or closed their shops.
It has affected the industry so much.
5. I am afraid good ramen will be gone
But meanwhile, you still can enjoy shio and shoyu ramen.
Here are some of my recommendations for ramen lovers.
1. Sapporo Ichiban Shio Flavor
MY THOUGHTS OVERALL ★★★★☆
In truth, Sapporo Ichiban delivers a good quality shio ramen experience.
Actually, it is very difficult to find good shio ramen.
Do you know why?
Because it is very difficult to make it since it is very simple.
There are many good shoyu and miso flavored instant noodles out there.
But I feel specifically, the shio flavor market is monopolized by Sapporo Ichiban.
Think about this for a moment having good shio ramen for your dinner with your favorite ramen toppings.
Now, you want some, don’t you?
2. Nissin Raoh Shoyu Flavor
MY THOUGHTS OVERALL ★★★★★
It is nearly impossible to make restaurant quality noodles at home without the right tools and equipment.
How can you beat that?
Using Raoh’s shoyu flavour will help you achieve this easily. This is top-notch ramen hands down!
One pinnacle of instant noodles is the soy sauce flavor. It is expensive compared to regular ones but let me tell you, it deserves every single penny.
In a nutshell, I love every bit of it.
...And I am sure you will too.
3. The problem here is that no toppings come with these packets.
Here are some topping options and recipes for you.
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About the Author
Kei is a self-proclaimed ramen lover, blog writer and founder of "Apex S.K. Japanese tableware".
"I am from Ibaraki, Japan.
Ramen is great! It can bring you a sense of happiness and satisfaction that no other food can. I have been eating ramen for 30 years.
If there is no ramen, my life would be miserable.
Ten years ago, I worked as an office worker. The job was really stressful - excessive working hours, low wages, unpaid overtime work, and constantly being yelled at by my boss.
I was new and alone, no girlfriend, no friends, and felt very lonely.
My only oasis was the ramen shop near the office. For me, the ramen chef there was literally an angel. I saw a halo on his head. (No joke)
Tonkotsu shoyu ramen was my all-time favorite. He made ramen with broth chock-full of umami flavor, nice chewy handmade noodles, and tender chashu.
My greatest dream is connect people with ramen through my blog. I want to share a lot of interesting and funny stories and ramen trivia with you.
Knowing more about ramen can help you appreciate your ramen and make it taste extra delicious."