Ramen noodles were originated in China over 4000 years ago and are called “Lau-Mein” in Chinese, which means boiled noodles. “Ra-men” is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese Characters for Lau-Mein.
After the Second World War came an intense food shortage in Japan, a turning point in the history of noodles. Ramen were perfect and greatly helped Japan, they were affordable and a great source of needed calories.
Varieties of Ramen
There are thousands of different variations of ramen. Each town has its own style ramen’s soup. Popular ramen are Hokkaido’s Miso ramen, Fukuoka’s Hakata ramen and Kyushu’s Tonkotsu ramen.
Tonkotsu is one of the most popular flavours of ramen in Japan and is the most time-consuming and difficult to make of all the soups. Ajisen Ramen is using Tonkotsu based soup.
The secret… is all in the soup. It has obtained numerous awards and recognitions from various organizations in Japan, Hong Kong and China as a provider of “healthy and nutritious” food.
The Japanese Society of Nutrition & Food Science announced that “the intake of collagen contained in the bones and cartilage is good for maintaining healthy skin.” And our Ajisen Tonkotsu soup has lots of collagen!
Another feature of Kumamoto Ramen is Senmiyu, a rich brown sauce that accompanies the Tonkotsu soup. Our unique culinary methods ensure that all the flavours are sealed into the sauce which makes a bowl of Ajisen ramen tasty, delicious and healthy.
In Kumamoto, ramen is also enjoyed with special garlic which we also serve in our restaurant.