Did you know that Japan's most well-known flavor of ramen, soy sauce, is actually made using chicken soup? Did you also know that Nissin's instant chicken ramen is also made using chicken soup? In this article, we are going to take a look into the history behind Japan's chicken soup ramen!
The Origins of Japanese Soy Sauce Ramen
Nowadays, Japan's ramen is typically made using pork belly and bones, with the most common flavors of the dish being soy sauce, miso, and salt. However, the soup for these dishes used to be made using chicken bones and such!
Chicken Soup Recipe
Chicken soup is created using chicken bones as a base and then adding various vegetables to the broth. Let us introduce you to one of the more simple recipes for this dish.
Prepare some chicken bones, spring onions, and ginger in advance.
- First of all, prepare the chicken bones in advance. Ensure to do this well to guarantee a delicious soup.
- Boil some water in a large pot.
- Transfer the chicken bones to a colander, and slowly pour the boiling water over. Once the bones begin to turn white, wash the bones well, and ensure any meat and blood remaining on the bones are removed.
- Place the bones, spring onions, and ginger into a deep pot, and ensure to put enough water in so that the bones are completely submerged.
- After putting in the ingredients, boil them on high heat. Once scum begins to form on the rim of the pot, lower the heat, and ensure to scoop out any scum.
- Allow the pot to simmer for a long period of time while ensuring to check regularly for any additional scum. Slowly add additional water as you simmer over the course of 3-4 hours.
- Once you have finished simmering the pot, strain the soup using a cloth or kitchen paper. The soup should be a golden yellow!
How to Eat Chicken Soup Soy Sauce Ramen
Add some soy sauce into the chicken soup, add some of your favorite seasonings, and you've completed your soy sauce ramen soup. It's a perfect combination of sweet and sour.
Some of the more common toppings include roasted pork fillet, boiled bamboo shoots, boiled eggs, and minced onions, but you can choose whatever you personally enjoy.
Nissin Chicken Ramen Broth / Soup
The soup used in Nissin's Chicken Ramen is domestic chicken bones roasted with various spices to create a rich flavored soup before mixing in some organic unprocessed soy sauce.
Nissin Chicken Ramen Noodles
The noodles used in the chicken ramen are made using kneaded wheat flour that has been cut into thin strips, they are then steamed and flavored with chicken extract. The noodles are then fried at extremely high temperatures to dry them out. By drying them out using this method, they are able to be kept for long periods of time. The noodles use a special method to help ensure they don't fall apart during packaging or transport known as the "Random Wave" method. Thanks to all of these things, they are very easy to prepare just by adding them to boiling water.
Eating Nissin Chicken Ramen
You can prepare them by placing the noodles from the package into a bowl and then pouring over some boiling water before waiting for 3 minutes. You can also prepare them in a pot in the same method but only wait for 1 minute. You could eat them as-is, or place some of the aforementioned ingredients over the top to create a more nutritious and delicious dish.
Nisshin's chicken ramen was developed in 1958 and was the first instant ramen of its kind in the entire world. Momofuku Ando created this instant ramen dish to allow for an "Easier-to-eat ramen" that could be prepared and eaten all within the space of around 3 minutes. Due to the overwhelming success of these products, many more companies began developing their own versions of instant ramen, and a completely new market was born in Japan.
It's not an overstatement to say that chicken ramen has been the most popular dish in Japan since its birth. Also, thanks to it being able to be stored for long periods of time, it's often taken for camping trips and is used for food during a disastrous event. It's even made an appearance in the ever-popular Studio Ghibli films!
We hope you were able to learn a lot about Japan's chicken ramen in this article including the origins and some of the history about it. Make sure to let us know what you want to hear about next!