If you happen to know something about Japanese anime, you must have heard about Naruto (come on), the boy who looks exactly like a fox but may be the most famous ninja in the world. Well, if you have watched Naruto for a while, you must have noticed the miso ramen, Naruto’s favourite food. It is my favourite Japanese dish as well, as a good bowl of yummy ramen can make me warm and fuzzy (≧︶≦*) even on a cold and lonely night (Σ( ° △ °|||).
Ramen masters always spend years mastering their craft, but you might not be able to visit their restaurants today. Then, how about making it yourself and enjoying it from the comfort of home while watching your favourite anime?
A bowl of ramen simply consists of three necessary elements: the broth, the noodles, and the toppings. For broth, there are four popular ramen types in Japan in terms of different flavour, Shoyu (Soy source) ramen, Shio (Salt) ramen, Tonkotsu (Pork Bone) ramen and Miso (Soybean paste) ramen. For noodles, the typical kind in Ramen are long and elastic, but countless varieties still exist. For topping, the popular ingredients include, but are not limited to, chashu (fatty slices of roasted or braised pork), green onions, eggs and corn.
I would recommend you to use instant noodles instead when making homemade ramen. Many Asian shops will provide various prepackaged fresh noodles. Concentrated soup base always comes with the package. All you need to do is boil the water, add the noodles and soup base then stir. Take Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen as an example, there is a video showing you how to cook it and you can also add your own toppings to make it more enjoyable. Tips for making toppings like ramen eggs, chashu are also available. My personal recommendations for toppings are sausages, egg, lettuce, bean sprouts and cheese! Don’t know where to buy some specific ingredients? check it out on this page.
Ramen is definitely suitable for all anime (｡◕ˇ∀ˇ◕), but the first recommendation that springs to my mind is Hunter X Hunter (rated 9.13 in MyAnimeList). This anime is nearly as old as me, which has been serialised in Weekly Shōnen Jump since 1998. The plot of the anime seems simple – a young boy named Gon departs upon a journey to become a “hunter” and find his father. What really makes it amazing, however, is its impressive world-building and enthralling characterisations. It is the best adventure anime I’ve ever seen. Not only because of its well structured and explained power system “Nen” (similar to Chakra in Naruto), but also because it clearly showcases how complex friendship and human beings can be. The only downside is that it has frequently gone on extended hiatuses since 2006 (Togashi hurry up with the manga pleaaaaaaaaaase!), but from the fact that loyal fans stay on the lookout for any traces that the author may resume serialisation again, you will know how successful this anime is!
So, embrace the adventure called Hunter X Hunter (watch online on 9anime) with delicious ramen and you will thank me later, haha (*≧▽≦)ツ.
#eating while watching #itadakimasu