The Evolution of Ramen

Odigo Travel Blog

BY ODIGO CONTRIBUTOR AND FOOD BLOGGER SIMONE CHEN

A typical scene in Japan: people hunched over steamy bowls, audibly slurping, united by their love of ramen. For a dish that can take days to prepare, consuming a bowl of the stuff takes mere minutes. In this short amount of time to achieve a ramen high, have you ever stopped to wonder about the dish’s history?

Pondering a bowlPondering a bowl — photo by Y_Koyuki

From its humble beginnings as a quick and cheap food for laborers, ramen has evolved into a cultural phenomenon and become a national icon of Japan. Now, all over the world, ramen’s popularity has exploded and this humble soup and noodles dish keeps drawing fans back for more.

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