2nd November, 2021
What is Japanese cuisine without its noodles? The product, which was first introduced as a luxury food in Japan, is now extremely popular across the world.
Their versatility makes the food so popular; they can be served hot and chilled; added to soups and stir fries and enjoyed with dipping sauces and salads.
This blogpost will guide fusion chefs through the different Japanese noodles, what they’re made of, and how to incorporate them in popular noodles dishes.
Ramen noodles are the most popular type of noodles in Japanese cuisine, and their shape, length and thickness vary by region. They have a light-yellow colour, firm texture and are mainly served in broths and soups such as Ramen Tonkotsu Soup.
Let’s explore Japan’s most popular ramen dishes:
Ramen noodles have four main ingredients:
Udon noodles are white, thick, chewy noodles also commonly used in soups and broths. They can be served both hot in soups such as vegetarian udon soup and stir-fries, or chilled with dipping sauces and salads.
There is a huge list of hot and cold dishes that vary regionally – however some of the most popular udon dishes are:
Udon noodles are made of the following ingredients:
Traditionally eaten on New Year’s Eve, but now popular as a daily dish, soba noodles are made of buckwheat, or wheat and buckwheat flour. They can be found both fresh and dried – and just like other noodles, they’re served both hot and cold.
Soba noodles have an earthy and nutty flavour. They can be seasoned with a variety of foods and toppings – let’s explore the most popular soba noodle recipes.
Soba noodles are made of:
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