Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

About Ramen

Chopstick Cinema

This Week's Film: The Ramen Girl
Cuisine: Japanese

Ramen is a type of long thin wheat noodles served in a savory broth with various toppings, such as steamed vegetables, pork cutlet, seafood tempura, or a fried tofu omelet called aburaage. The word ramen originated from the Chinese name la-mien, which means 'stretched noodle'.

Because it is nutritious, filling, economical and easy to prepare, ramen is one of the most widely consumed dishes in Japan. Ramen shops can be found on almost every street corner, and walk-up ramen kiosks are set up outside nearly every train station in Japan, where patrons on-the-go can duck under the noren curtains and slurp down a steaming bowl of ramen in two minutes flat, barely pausing to take a breath.

My ramen recipe will be posted at the end of the week along with my film review of The Ramen Girl.