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Published on 06.01.2016
Ramen, a staple dish of Japanese cuisine. Easy to make yet difficult to master, which is the reason why people go out of their way to visit actual ramen shops where an experienced ramen cooked provides the food made with fresh ingredients. It is surprising how changing even a small detail in the ingredients, cooking method or time used to make the ramen can change its taste drastically. As the video mentioned, some people prefer to have their ramen’s noodles softer so they are steamed longer, while others are particular on the greasiness of the stock. Even the base stock used can be fish, chicken or vegetable, causing the ramen to develop different tastes. A food dish with that much flexibility deserves the popularity it currently enjoys, especially since the customer is able to customize it to suit any, specific tastes or desires. Of course, eating at an authentic ramen restaurant in Japan is a unique experience in itself. Slurping the noodles as a sign of good manners to show that you are enjoying the food may seem to be strange to many outsiders but as the video mentioned, it is common in Japan. The question arises though that if a person fails to slurp, would it be considered bad manners on the customer’s part, or would it mean that the ramen was not enjoyable?