One of the things that will come into your mind when you hear the word Japan is “ramen.” In fact, when you arrive in Japan, you will be surprised at the number of ramen shops they have in the country. (It is said that Japan has over 10,000 ramen shops.) But did you know that the regions in the country have different types of ramen that serve as their representatives? Bet you didn’t know that.
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Some of the best-known [types of ramen] are Sapporo’s miso ramen and Fukuoka’s tonkotsu (pork stock) ramen.
But if you want to taste a very special type of ramen, then go to Tokyo’s neighbor to the south, the Kanagawa Prefecture, and have a taste of their sanma-men, their regional ramen. It is a type of ramen not commonly known, but it surely is something that you will definitely remember once you taste it.
… the star ingredient in sanma-men is the broth, which is made by adding starch to a soy broth base.
The toppings are special too. Japanese ramen is usually pretty sparse on non-noodle elements, but not only do you get strips of chashu pork, sanma-men also includes a generous serving of stir-fried vegetables such as bean sprouts, carrot, green onion, and shiitake or kikurage (clud ear) mushrooms, cooked to perfection so that they still retain a crisp texture even after being dropped into the broth.
Highly nutritious and very delicious. What more could you ask for?
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