If your noodle fix is important you'll be glad to hear there's no shortage of ramen restaurants in London. But what is this dish all about? Ramen is made using Japanese wheat noodles that are a classic element to Japanese cuisine are classic. They're served with meat or fish-based broths, flavoured with miso and soy sauce and finished with various toppings. Every Japanese region has its own distinctive version, and while in London ramen restaurants you'll find these tasty noodles served with sliced pork belly, crispy seaweed called nori or simply green onions.
It's not clear if noodles originated from China or Japan, but by the early 20th century they were staples of Japanese street food. Whether you want the fast but flavoursome street food experience or want to go upmarket, you'll find restaurants in London serving ramen. In some London ramen restaurants, bold flavours are backed with blaring rock music, while in others you get a more street food experience with lots of covers, no booking systems and a fast but tasty dining experience. No matter if you prefer fine dining, or a more casual dining experience, you'll be sure to find a London ramen restaurant that will hit the spot.
The noodle culture was revolutionised in 1958 when Momofuku Ando invented the instant version. Just add water and you've got yourself a meal. This was named the greatest Japanese invention of the 20th century, allowing anyone to create their own noodle dish with just a kettle. From the 1980's this noodle culture spread across the world and the first noodle-based Japanese eateries began to be seen in the United States followed by Europe and the UK. Today, they are a familiar sight in London with more and more opening every year.
As eating noodles moved from a university cuisine staple to fully fledged restaurant experience, London ramen restaurants began appearing in just about every district. But what is the etiquette of eating these slippery noodles? The trick is to use chopsticks and lift a few strands clear of the broth, then dip them back into the soup to soak up some flavour before slurping them noisily into your mouth. In between a mouthful of noodles, eat some meat or fish, then pick up the bowl to drink the broth. Don't worry though, you'll soon get the hang of it and pick up your own style.