How Japanese Noodles Are Made
Noodles have long been a staple in Japanese food and culture, and have a vast history dating back to the early 1900s. If you are a lover of noodles, you are not alone, with over 5.5 billion instant noodles being produced in Japan in 2018 alone.
In this article, we will take a look at just how Japanese noodles are made, the history behind the noodle, some home recipes you can try out for yourself, as well as highlighting some of the very best noodle dishes we have on offer here at Sapporo Teppanyaki.
The Process of Making Japanese Noodles
Japanese ramen noodles are made from the following ingredients:
- Wheat flour
- Kansui (a form of alkaline water)
Once all of the ingredients are mixed together, the dough that is created is left to rise for a while before being rolled into the noodle shape we all know and love today.
The History of Japanese Noodles
The origin of the first ramen is actually unknown, but it is known that originally ramen noodles were predominantly used in China in the Meiji period, but eventually made their way over to Japan. In the early 1900s, ramen had become deeply embedded in the lives of many living in Japan, being eaten most days.
During World War II, ramen was not included as a rationed product as it was seen as a ‘luxury food’ and was mainly associated with dining out. Due to the popularity of the noodles, ramen began to be sold on the black market throughout and even after the war, despite the sale of the product being illegal.
Following the conclusion of World War II, selling ramen was still seen as illegal by law officials despite bringing an end to rations. However, this changed as the end of the World War sparked an economic boom in Japan – which inevitably contributed to the revitalisation of ramen.
With numerous construction projects ongoing throughout the country, ramen was served to construction workers to ensure they maintained their energy throughout the long days. As it is well documented today, ramen contained many healthy ingredients that were perfect for anyone involved in strenuous day to day activities.
Today, ramen has gone on to become a staple within Japanese culture and history – extending its reach right around the globe.
Noodle Home Recipe
If you are looking to cook your own scrumptious noodle dish, we have you covered. Below is a fantastic recipe to make a simple, delicious bowl of Japanese Ramen Noodles that the whole family are sure to enjoy.
Simple Japanese Ramen Noodle Soup
When it comes to enjoying ramen noodles, we would definitely suggest keeping it simple – here’s a brief method for cooking simple ramen noodles; a fantastic recipe and ingredients list can be found on BBC Good Food.
- Mix chicken stock, halved garlic cloves, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ginger, Chinese five-spice, chilli powder and water into a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Once boiled, reduce the heat and simmer for around 5 minutes.
- Taste the stock – at this point, you should add white sugar if you prefer a sweeter sauce or some soy sauce if you would like the stock to be saltier.
- Cook ramen noodles, drain and set aside for later
- Cook meat of your choice and set aside for later
- Share noodles equally, top each with spinach, sweetcorn and two boiled egg halves
- Strain the stock into a clean pan and bring to the boil again.
- Divide the stock between bowls, add sliced spring onions or shallots and sprinkle sesame seeds and serve.
The beauty of this particular recipe and method is that you will likely have most of the ingredients already in your home – and of course, it tastes absolutely delicious.
Sapporo’s Favourite Noodle Dish
If you are looking for a culinary delight which involves authentic Japanese noodles, then be sure to drop into either our Manchester or Liverpool branch to experience a real taste of Asia.
Here at Sapporo Teppanyaki, we take great pride in serving fantastic Yakisoba noodles – which are a Japanese style egg noodle, fried on the teppan grill. Coming with a mix of vegetables and Sapporo special yakisoba sauce, our noodles are served with your choice of king prawns, chicken, beef fillet, seafood (prawns, squid and scallops) or mixed vegetables.
If you are looking for a fantastic sushi restaurant in Manchester or sushi restaurant in Liverpool, then be sure to come and visit us at Sapporo Teppanyaki. We have a whole host of authentic Japanese meals from noodles right through to teppanyaki-style dishes. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or just simply want to enjoy some delicious Asian cuisine, Sapporo Teppanyaki is the perfect setting. Don’t hesitate, book a table today and let our food do the talking!