Most of us are probably acquainted with ramen. And we probably associate it with the dirt-cheap square packs (usually sold in bulk) found on the bottom rack of the noodle aisle of our everyday grocery store.
But it turns out that traditional ramen dates back to 1910 in Japan. It’s believed that Chinese cooks at Rairaiken restaurant in Tokyo first created the dish, which was made up of broth and Chinese noodles (generally more yellow and elastic than Japanese noodles) and called shina soba.
The name of the dish evolved during the 20th century, and eventually became what we know it today, which is actually a term derived from the Chinese words for "pull" (la) and "noodle" (mian).
Looking for a ramen recipe to make at home? Check out ours for spicy shoyu ramen!
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