It seems like ramen is everywhere you look. During college days you start off with the fried version that is ten for a dollar, but, at some point you get sick of that and want something a little more nuanced for your recipes. Which ramen is for you? Fresh ramen or organic ramen? We take a little walk down ramen lane to explore what may work for you and your eating preferences.
A bit of history
Ramen wheat noodles were introduced from China to Japan in around 1660 when Chinese explorers traversed the region. These noodles were most likely brought over by immigrants to the region. Once in Japan, the noodles took off and in the early 1900s ramen shops popped up to feed the masses. Ramen we know today is a very different texture and style than the early versions because of improvements in mass production and exposure around the time of WWII. It wouldn’t take off in the USA until about 1960 when ramen shops started popping up around Japanese-American communities.
The basic ingredients
Todays ramen comes in a wide variety of styles. We will focus on the traditional, closer-in-taste, to actually being in a ramen restaurant. The key elements of tasty ramen noodles are grain, water, salt and Kansui[ ( 鹼水 ) which is water that has higher levels of sodium bicarbonate. Quality and respect for each ingredient with minimal processing are best for a great bowl of ramen.
Which ramen fits you best: Organic or Fresh?
You like ramen and want something close to the authentic japanese ramen noodle. You didn’t get this far by wanting to know about what is the best instant- you want to up your ramen game and we can help!
Understanding what you like to cook and eat helps to make some of this go a little smoother. Take a look at two products that can make your decision and your next bowl of ramen your best bowl or ramen.
THE RAMEN: Kaedma & Organic
Both of the above ramen noodles appeal to certain home chefs and their diet preferences. Both noodles are great and are made with high quality ingredients and water, like they do in Japan. The difference is what your culinary style is and what you like to eat.
Have a tonkotsu or miso broth you are creating? Both noodles are great. Want to keep it vegan? Organic is your noodle. Need more of a traditional egg noodle taste in your ramen? Kaedma fresh ramen is your best bet.
Both noodles are portioned out for any recipe and come with suggestions on how to serve and cooking instructions. What it really boils down to (pun intended) is what you prefer! Both are great in stir-frys, soups, even salads or pan fried. We invite you to try them both and see what works the best for you and your family today!