Exploring Tokyo’s Deep Connection to Ramen
Posted by: Phin Upham
On any given street corner in Tokyo, a warm and flavorful delight is waiting for you. It’s one of Tokyo’s cheapest and most delicious eats, with a history rooted in imperial Japanese culture.
The Origins of Ramen
Ramen can trace its roots back to China, but how it became a staple for Japanese cuisine involves Japan’s openness. Both countries experienced long periods of isolation, partially responsible for Japan’s deep sense of tradition. During the Meiji era, when Japan was rebuilding from a bitter civil conflict, it opened its borders to the outside world. Ramen was an unexpected benefit of Japan’s regrowth, one its citizens remain thankful for.
Varieties of Ramen
From a pork-based version fused with saltier broth to a spicier version that is highly sought after. Tokyo based ramen tends to have a chicken broth with dried fish flavors infused. You may have also heard of dipping noodles you can get at a shabu shabu house. These delicious and raw noodles are dipped in hot broth and eaten as they are cooked.
The explosion of ramen in recent years is due in large part to international bloggers staying in Tokyo. Food blogs from American and European students help acquaint travelers with Ramen houses one might otherwise not find on a cursory visit to Japan.
Ramen houses in America serve the dish too, but the authentic experience requires a trip to Tokyo. It’s so much a part of culture that houses have loyal followings.
About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website or Twitter page.http://www.honeymoonerchannel.com/exploring-tokyos-deep-connection-to-ramen/Travel