Sunday, March 9, 2014

Fun with Ramen Noodles: It's National Noodle Month!

I must admit, I was a bit lax about preparing today's post. I'm still trying to catch up from my mini hiatus and it isn't going well. I may just need to toss a few emails and stay away from Pinterest for a few days while I do. It's just so addicting, lol...My plan was to mention the reason why I chose today to share the book Ramen Noodle Recipes, scan a few recipes from the book and Wah La, instant gratification! (you might remember the Ramen Noodle Fudge I shared a while back:)

That all got discombobulated when I "met" Momofuku Ando. Well, I didn't actually meet him of course, he has long passed. But, I did "get to know" him by the many tributes I read about him while trying to find just the right link to introduce you to The Humble Origins of Instant Ramen: From Ending World Hunger to Space Noodles. (the site is rather annoying because it has a big ol' ad right in the middle of the words. However, if you can get past the annoyance, it has some really interesting info:)

Perhaps I should take a moment to first introduce you to Ramen as described by the Japanese Guide.

Ramen is a noodle soup that was originally imported to Japan from China... In more recent decades, it has become a very popular dish in Japan, adapted to the Japanese taste. Ramen restaurants (ramen ya) number in the thousands, and instant ramen (invented in 1958) is popular both in and outside of Japan.

Ramen noodles are about as thin as spaghetti and are served in a soup that varies based on region, city and even specific vendor. Ramen's popularity stems in part from the fact that it is so inexpensive and widely available...

Though ramen can be considered a one dish meal, gyoza are a common side dish...Ramen can be classified according to its soup base. The most popular ones are:

  • Shoyu Ramen: Brown, transparent, soya sauce based soup
  • Miso Ramen: Brown, non-transparent, miso based soup.
  • Shio Ramen: Transparent, salt based soup.
  • Tonkotsu Ramen: White, milky, pork based soup.

I might be pushing my luck celebrating Ramen Noodles for National Noodle Month but hey, "It's my blog and I can do what I want!." The problem is, Ramen Noodles, according to the National Pasta Association-Fun Facts, are NOT in fact, Noodles!!!

Egg noodles contain egg; almost all other dry pasta shapes do not. By federal law, a noodle must contain 5.5 percent egg solids to be called a noodle. So without egg, a noodle really isn't a noodle.

How 'bout I just drop off a couple of recipes from the Ramen Noodle Recipe book, and you decide...

First off we have Ramen Noodle "Meatballs" with a Swedish twist or is it Swedish "Meatballs" with a Ramen twist? Again, you decide:) I just couldn't resist, after all, today is National Meatball Day!

And for dessert, Rocky Road Bundles!

In the mean time, I'll be flying around blog world visiting your tasty blogs. "See" ya here Wordless Wednesday, which also happens to be...Plant a Flower Day! Louise:)