Served in Japan, traditional ramen consists of thin, wheat noodles cooked in a meat- or fish-based broth. Flavored with soy sauce or miso, the dish is usually served with toppings such as sliced pork, dried seaweed, green onions, kamaboko (cured seafood), and corn. Die-hard ramen fans can even go to Shinyokohama Raumen Museum, a ramen museum in Yokohama, Japan.
The best place to try ramen is on Tokyo’s Ramen Street, a cluster of shops in the basement of Tokyo Station. Closer to home, check out Guchi’s Midnight Ramen in Boston.