When you hear the words "Japanese noodle dishes" what comes to mind? You may think of the traditional Soba and Udon noodles. Of course, these are an important part of Japanese food culture, but there are many other noodle dishes that are enjoyed in Japanese homes with different ingredients and seasonings. In this article, we explore various noodle dishes that can be made easily at home.
Japanese-Style Soupless Ramen
Here's a ramen variety you need to try: soupless ramen. Soupless ramen originates from China, but this recipe uses seaweed tsukudani and soy sauce, which gives it a distinct Japanese taste. This d...
Most people know ramen as a hot bowl of noodles in a savory sauce, usually seasoned with soy sauce or miso. In this recipe, we will introduce a Japanese style soupless ramen using soy sauce and seaweed tsukudani.
An attractive feature of this dish is that it is very easy to prepare--all you have to do is heat the ingredients in a single pot. If you love the common ramen with soup, then we encourage you to try this recipe. You may find that you even prefer it to the traditional version!
Yaki Udon / Stir-fried Udon
This filling noodle dish is easy to prepare. All you need is one frying pan to stir fry all the ingredients in. Enjoy the tasty medley of noodles, meat, and vegetables!
Udon is a quintessential Japanese noodle, often served in hot dashi soup. But udon is also delicious when stir-fried with meat and vegetables. Yaki Udon, or stir-fried udon, deserves its place in Japan's noodle hierarchy. In classic yaki-udon, the vegetables and meat are stir-fried and seasoned with soy sauce, producing a rich and full-bodied fragrance that stirs the appetite. The chewy texture of the udon and the aroma of the soy sauce are a perfect combination and with plenty of vegetables it is a well-balanced meal.
Napolitan Spaghetti with Leftover Vegetables
Try this Japanese take on good ol' spaghetti. What makes Napolitan unique is that it uses ketchup instead of tomato sauce. It may sound strange to the uninitiated, but its sweet and salty flavor i...
Neapolitan is a spaghetti dish that uses tomato ketchup as its sauce instead of traditional tomato sauce. Convenient, as ketchup can be found in most refrigerators. Enter a Showa-style Japanese coffee shop, called "Kissa-ten" and you will often see this dish on the menu, and for good reason! Try making your own Neapolitan by combining whatever vegetables you have left in the refrigerator. If you add a fried egg--slightly runny--on top of the pasta, the taste becomes milder and compliments the ketchup nicely.
Cha-Shu Ramen / Ramen with Homemade Roast Pork
While ramen originated from China, it has evolved uniquely in Japan and has become beloved as a national dish. This recipe allows you to make ramen noodles topped with homemade char siu or roast pork.
Ramen is wildly popular in Japan, and its fame is growing to an increasingly international audience. Certain streets in Japan are dedicated to the craft of ramen, where restaurant after restaurant stakes claim as the best ramen in town.
One of the most popular toppings in the universe of ramen is the Cha-Shu Pork, soft and savory, the best cha-shu all but melts in your mouth. In this recipe, we showcase the Cha-Shu Ramen, originating in China and carefully cultivated in Japan. The best part is that it can be made right at home! Enjoy!
A Variety of Noodle Dishes Loved by Japan
In addition to traditional Japanese noodle dishes, several popular dishes originated in China or Western cultures, and in the process of spreading in Japan, they have all undergone a few changes to their basic recipe, making them an important part of Japanese food culture.
All of these dishes can be easily prepared at home with basic seasonings, so why not give them a try!