Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Kitakata Ramen - 喜多方ラーメン

The city of Kitakata is located in the North Eastern part of the main Honshu island in Fukushima prefecture. Kitakata ramen, along with Hokkaido ramen and Hakata ramen, are considered to be the threee major types of Japanese ramen.

The key difference for Kitakata ramen is its noodles. The noodles are made with a higher amount of water content when neading the dough, making the noodles springier and doesn't turn soggy as quickly when served in soup. The noodles are thin, wide curly noodles that are chewy and have a much stronger presence that most other ramen noodles.

The soup are usually simple, soy sauce flavored soup made from chicken, pork or occasionally seafood. The toppings are usually thin sliced cha-shu pork, menma bamboo and sliced spring onions.

★★ 坂内喜多方ラーメン (Ban-nai Kitakata ramen) - Tokyo

★ 蔵太鼓 (Kura-daiko) - Tokyo


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