The famous Ramen Museum in Japan is located in Yokohama. Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum was established on March 6, 1994, as the world’s first food-themed park. The Museum’s first concept was to be a one-stop place to enjoy the flavors of the national dish from renowned shops across Japan without the need to fly to different parts of the country.
The Museum is themed in street-style replication from the year 1958 in Japan. It was in 1958 that the world’s first instant ramen was invented.
Japan Ramen Museum houses 9 Ramen shops each serving different varieties of Ramen. You can try all if you want, Ramen meal costs are not included on your entrance ticket. By experience we were only able to eat two bowls of Ramen, we were already full!
Each Ramen shop also offer small serving Ramen meal, this is a good strategy if you are planning to try all.
For museum access and business click here for more details
Information source is all based on : (http://www.raumen.co.jp/english/) Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum
History of Ramen
In 1859 Japan opened its ports to the world, bringing in linguistic interpreters from China and Western countries. Foreign settlements were set up in Japan’s major port towns, where Chinese restaurants began to line the streets. This gave way to the formation of China Town. There, the Chinese noodle dish that would later become the source of Japanese Ramen was served. In time, the Japanese locals began to eat at these Chinese establishments, some of which began to set up their own independent operations, selling noodles from carts (yatai) on the streets.
What is the difference between Ramen and Chinese Noodle Dishes?
The difference is the soup. Ramen shops create a special soup for their Ramen, while the soup for Chinese noodle dishes uses the same soup stock that is used in various dishes, including stir-fried or steamed dishes. The amount of ingredients and preparation time for soup drastically differ between Chinese noodle dishes and modern Ramen, which makes a significant difference in the complexity of UMAMI. Ramen is a refined dish because the fats, oils, ingredients, condiments, and noodles have been especially developed as well as the soup. It is the culmination of UMAMI.
Ramen is the fusion of Chinese nodle dishes and Japanese food culture.
Undoubtedly, the root of Ramen is Chinese Cuisine from many different countries entered Japan after 1859,when its port were opened. The father of Ramen is Chinese noodle dishes, and the mother is Japanese food culture. Cooks started to use Japanese food ingredients, such as dashi (Japanese-style soup stock) and
shoyu (soy sauce), which have been used in Japanese traditional noodle dishes like soba and udon.
Ramen Dish Elements
Ramen noodles are categorized into five criteria:
2. precent of water used to make the noodles
3. degree of wave or shape (chijire)
4. Noodle colorSuprisingly these criteria have an affect to the overall taste of the Ramen.
Usually wavy noodles are generally compatible to lighter soups, while
straight noodles are more compatible to thicker soups.
The key element to ramen is in the soup and how various ingredients go in to bring out
the umami taste. Soup is generally made of salt, soy sauce, miso (other sauce bases)
and finished off by adding a meat broth from pork, chicken, seafood and other
vegetable based ingredients.
Standard toppings include chashu (seasoned roast pork), menma (seasoned bamboo shoots),
green onion, soft boiled egg and nori. Toppings of Ramen usually depends on regional taste
and shop master’s conceptualization.
Ramen Museum Access
Location: 2-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-City, 222-0033, Japan
Tel. No.: TEL:045(471)0503
Adult (13 years old and older) 310 Yen
Child (6 to 12) & seniors(60 years old over) 100 Yen.
*FREE for children below 6 years old.
For Group of 15 or more:
Adult 260 Yen
Children & Seniors 50 Yen.
Open everyday. No fixed holidays;
Ramen shops take orders until 30 minutes before closing time.