As with our traditional dishes, when it comes to ramen soups, each family has its own special and unique way of preparing them. These recipes are passed down from generation to generation.
The many ramen stores in Asia also advertise the “best family recipe” in the country. Also, the recipes differ depending on the region. Also, special broths are preferred in different region.
On Honshu, Japan’s largest island, shoyu broth is particularly popular. Miso soups are put on the table almost daily, especially in the colder north of the country. Here, miso ramen is part of a traditional breakfast to start the day well and warmed up on cold days. Shio Ramen come from the region around Hakodate. In Kyūshū, tonkotsu broth is particularly popular, although the pork-based soup is a favorite throughout the country.
You can also always give the broths a flavor all their own. For example, ginger should not be missing in the broths. Ginger has a slightly spicy note, and also has beneficial health properties. Ginger has an antibacterial effect and has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system.
Very popular in the broths are also cooked coriander roots. These give the soups the typical taste of coriander, without the often slightly soapy finish. If you do not like cilantro, you can use parsley roots. You can also use chopped parsley instead of cilantro as an alternative when sprinkling on soups.
Very popular in the ramen broths are also flavors of mushrooms. Traditionally in Asia, of course, shiitake mushrooms are used. You can get them fresh in any well-stocked supermarket. In the Asian store you can find the shiitake mushrooms also in dried version. The dried mushrooms are great for cooking ramen broths.
It is best to always prepare the basic ramen broths in larger batches. You can conveniently freeze them in portions and take them out of the freezer when needed. In this way, you can conjure up a delicious ramen soup in a short time. You only need to pour hot water over the instant noodles and let them draw for a short time. Fresh vegetables, thinly sliced roasted or boiled meat, half a waxy boiled egg and fresh herbs and you have a great Asian style ramen soup that tastes great not only on cold days.