4 Types of Japanese Noodles You Can Get Online
Noodles are a staple food in the Japanese diet. And if you’re anywhere near interested in Japanese culture or cuisine, you surely know or have tried, at least a couple types of noodles. Hands-down, the most popular Japanese noodles in the West are ramen, be it the instant or fresh-made variety. Yakisoba is another famous dish that has taken over Asian-style eateries in the past couple of years. Udon, soba, and somen are less popular, but you can still find them in some Japanese restaurants or Asian supermarkets. However, most of those you can find it at your local Asian grocery store are not produced in Japan and hence might taste slightly to completely different from the real thing.
However, grace to the wonder that is online shopping, you can now get your hands on authentic Japanese noodles straight from the Land of the Rising Sun on Ippin. Here’s a few we recommend:
When it comes to ramen, the one that’s really worth ordering from Japan is the instant kind. Might sound weird to some people, but it’s the closest thing you can get to authentic Japanese ramen bar dishes. Especially if you opt for something like the Famous Ramen Shops series, that recreate famous dishes from ramen shops all throughout Japan in instant form. It’s probably the only way you can try authentic osaka black ramen, hirugao tokyo ramen, or ganja saitama ramen without going to Japan.
If you prefer to try more ramen flavors but don’t know which of the Famous Ramen Shops one to go for, you can try a ramen sampler set, which includes nine different types.
If you’re more versed in ramen flavors, might be worth getting instant noodles from different regions in Japan. You can opt for a savory sapporo miso ramen, the lighter kyushu ramen, or a selection of varieties from across the kanto region.
There are two completely different things people think of when they hear the word ‘soba.’ The first one is yakisoba, a stir-fry dish made with curly wheat flour noodles. The second one is noodles made from buckwheat flour, usually served in soup, or with a dipping sauce on the side. After you know exactly which of these two you’re after, you can start browsing for products.
When it comes to yakisoba, nothing beats the yakisoba lunch box, a Hokkaido product that is so loved by Japanese people that became a staple souvenir to bring home from Hokkaido.
If you’re looking for buckwheat soba noodles, you have a couple of options. You’ll have to either opt for simple dried noodles, such as the mentakumi hisashi toda soba, or raw ones, such as this kirishina soba, which also comes with traditional duck soup stock. If you want to try cold soba, with the sauce on the side, opt for zaru soba – it’s less sticky and tastes better when served cold.
Udon are thick and chewy wheat noodles. You can serve them in a light dashi broth, with a few toppings, or stir-fry them with meat, seafood, or vegetables for a quick delicious meal. The best kind to get are the raw udon noodles, as they do best in preserving that chewy texture that udon is famous for.
You can also get naturally colored udon noodles, such as these light pink and green set from kisuki no kaori. Not only does it have a lovely packaging, but it’s perfect for making visually appealing dishes.
Lastly, if you want to try a typical Japanese udon dish, you can’t go wrong with curry udon. This is the ultimate Japanese comfort food, as nothing beats mixing freshly boiled udon with leftover curry that is ready in under 5 minutes!
Somen are very thin wheat flour noodles that are usually served cold, with the dipping sauce or bowl of soup on the side. It’s probably the least popular Japanese noodle dish in the West, as it’s not as pungent and flavorful as ramen or yakisoba. However, it’s very much welcome when consumed on a hot summer day.
The hardest part about somen is making the soup or sauce – you’d need a dashi broth base, mirin, soy sauce, and sometimes other, even harder to find ingredients. That’s why the best kind of somen to get is the one that comes with the sauce base, such as this soy sauce broth somen set that makes 10 servings.
If you prefer a little more diversity in your flavors, try this three flavor broth somen set, which includes soy sauce flavored broth, ginger broth, and miso yuzu broth sachets.
These are the four basic types of Japanese noodles. They can be worked into a variety of Japanese recipes – from ramen bowls to zaru soba and kitsune udon. Even if you’re not much of a cook, instant noodles can become your gateway to tasting authentic Japanese flavors without leaving your house. Whichever of the products referred above you end up trying; you’ll surely enjoy every bite of it!
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