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Ramen Noodles

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What is it?

These thin, curly, egg-and-wheat-flour noodles are an essential element in Japanese ramen soup. They get their characteristic yellow hue and springy, kinky texture from the use of alkalized water in the dough.

How to choose:

Most Asian markets carry an assortment of ramen noodles–dried, frozen, and fresh. All work well in ramen soup, though there will be some variation in texture. If you’re choosing dried noodles to use in a made-from-scratch ramen broth, make sure they are plain noodles without any seasonings–or if you can’t find plain ones, simply discard the seasoning packet.

Don’t have it?

Making your own ramen noodles from basic ingredients takes a little time, but it’s not difficult and is incredibly rewarding.

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