Traditional Ramen Toppings That You Should Try (Part 1)
Ramen isn’t just about the soup and the noodles. The traditional ramen toppings add another interesting twist that makes the ramen an enjoyable culinary experience. There are many different types of traditional ramen toppings. You can go heavy-handed in adding them. You even have the liberty to mix some toppings together to create an interesting ramen. Here are some of the traditional ramen toppings that you should try out. These toppings are crucial to make ramen a superior noodle dish.
Nori is a type of toasted seaweed. They are usually sold in sheets that you can just cut into strips and sprinkle on top of the ramen. Nori is typically used as a wrapper for making sushi rolls, but its flavor is versatile enough to be combined with some ramen.
You can sprinkle some cut up pieces of nori on top of your broth. This will make the strips chewy and the flavor will be infused with the soup. You also have the option to dip the strips in the soup and then eat it while it’s still partially crunchy. In that manner, you can enjoy the flavor of the soup, independent of the nori.
Chashu is a traditional Japanese dish. These are pork strips that are heavily seasoned with soy sauce. The way to eat these toppings is to allow them to simmer in the ramen. After you’ve eaten all the noodles, you can begin biting into the pork strips. Allowing them to soak enhances their flavor.
Boiled eggs are popular additions to ramen. They’re fairly easy to make and they add an interesting texture. The type of boiled egg you use depends on what ramen you are about to eat. For instance, a completely hard-boiled egg is best paired with tonkotsu ramen. This egg should have been boiled for about ten to twelve minutes. Conversely, a soft-boiled egg is perfect for miso ramen. The egg should have been boiled for about six minutes only.
Kamaboko is a cured surimi. This is a popular processed seafood product from pureed white fish. This is the popular white slice with a scalloped edge and a pink swirl in the middle. The color and texture are designed to mimic the meat of seafoods like lobster, crab, and other shellfish.
The pink swirl in the middle is actually a symbolic design. It represents the Naruto whirlpools that are commonly seen in the Naruto Strait, which is located near Japan. Fun fact: the popular anime character is actually named after this iconic topping. His favorite dish is the miso ramen.
Scallions are also known as green onions. These are a milder category of regular onions. You can use this as a ramen topping. This gives off an amazing aroma that will enhance your eating experience. Its taste also compliments most ramen base flavors. This makes for an excellent topping because they’re easily accessible and very easy to prepare. A simple dash of scallions can upgrade your ramen. You can also try leeks.