It’s time to give the spotlight to ramyun – a sumptuous Asian dish we all drool for!
A popular food said to originate from China as ramen, it is a Japanese dish made of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a bowl of warm broth and topped with seasoning. Its name, ramen, was derived from the Chinese word, lamian – a kind of Chinese noodles that is manually made by twisting, stretching, and folding the dough into fine strands.
While ramen became widely-known through the influence of the Japanese people, it has also received a lot of love in a different variety over the years.
Unknown to many, ramen has made its way to Korea in the early 1960s. This led to the birth of its Korean counterpart known as Ramyeon or ramyun. Ramyun is basically a noodle dish, similar to the Japanese ramen, but is quite distinct in form and taste.
Today, it’s has gained popularity all over the world and enjoyed by people everywhere. Ramyun’s popularity is due in part to the fact that it is simple to make and quick to eat. It is also inexpensive, making it an ideal lunch, dinner or after-a-night-on-the-town snack.
Japanese ramen is more subtle in flavour compared to that of Korean ramyun as it has a stronger taste, and is generally spicy.
Another difference between the two is that Japanese ramen’s broth is made from chicken, seafood, or pork stock whereas Korean ramyun’s soup is made from a processed seasoning. To be more specific, Korean ramyun is usually in the form of instant noodles simply boiled in a pot while Japanese ramen is made using natural seasoning, ingredients, and flavours. However, despite this fact, Koreans make their ramyun special by adding pork, vegetable, or seafood toppings.
In India, ramen is gaining popularity, thanks to increasing Japanese and Korean investment in India, complemented by raising awareness on Asian cuisines. However, it is still mostly available in Asian cuisine restaurants.
Nongshim India is one of the companies that have brought instant ramyun to India. It wants Indians to enjoy ramyun at the comfort of their home easily like people back in Korea.
Like Korean cuisine, Ramyun is generally served hot and spicy which suits to taste buds of Indians. Korean cuisine predominantly consists of seafood and meat-based dishes. And Ramyun is mostly served with beef, pork and seafood. But, when we brought Nongshim to India, the purpose was to serve all the Indians, including vegetarians. Nongshim India brought the vegetarian variation of their trademark flavour, Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup, to cater the vegetarians in India.
Ramyun is served across Asian cuisine restaurants, but there is only a handful that serves it right. Making ramen is a time-honoured art. What some people try to knock out in a couple of hours, the right people will let simmer for a day, even more, to truly capture the intensity of flavour that’s required.
As told by Nongshim India Team
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