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Must-eat in Japan – Miso Ramen

When in Japan you will come across an array of ramen recipes and variations that you cannot just miss. Miso ramen is one of them. Although most of you are familiar with the famous Miso soup, this recipe of Miso ramen is quite easy to make and is one of the tastiest dishes among other ramen in Japan.

Miso Ramen soup

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Miso ramen was developed in Hokkaido and found prominence in 1965. It has a unique taste, which combines miso along with chicken, or fish broth, which makes it a heavenly dish. Miso ramen broth tends to have a robust, tangy flavor, so it stands up to a variety of flavorful toppings: spicy bean paste, butter and corn, leeks, onions, bean sprouts, ground pork, cabbage, sesame seeds, white pepper, and chopped garlic are common. The ramen noodles are typically thick, curly, and slightly chewy.

Some seasonings commonly added to miso ramen include black pepper, butter, chili pepper, sesame seeds and garlic. Most restaurants guard the method of preparation and the unique taste that miso ramen has.

Miso Ramen

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Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaidō, especially famous for its ramen makes the best miso ramen, which is ideal for the chill, wintry season.

Tokyo style ramen consists of slightly thin, curly noodles served in a soy-flavoured chicken broth. The broth has a touch of dashi, as old ramen establishments in Tokyo often originate from soba eateries.

Standard toppings on top of chopped scallion, menma, and sliced pork are kamaboko, egg, nori, and spinach.

While you could get arguably the best Miso Ramen Ogikubo and Ebisu in Tokyo, you could also try making Miso soup at home. Using instant noodles and seasoning sachets, why not try to make Miso Ramen at home and enjoy it as a great starter to dinner with your family.

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