Do you know that there’s a museum of ramen in Japan? Located in Shin-yokohama, between Tokyo and Yokohama, Shin-yokohama Raumen Museum offers you a variety of Japanese regional ramen. Vegetarian and non-pork menus are also available.
The Basic Types of Ramen
The combination of soup and noodles decides the taste of ramen. The four basic types of ramen soup are shoyu (soy sauce), miso (soybean paste), shio (salt), and tonkotsu (pork bone), and like “tonkotsu-shoyu,” some are mixture of these. Also, the taste of ramen differs depending on the type of broth used, such as chicken, pork, and/or seafood. Furthermore, the thickness and texture of ramen noodles vary at each ramen restaurant. Thin, thick, wrinkled, flat… There are just so many varieties!
Vegetarian, Non-pork, and Gyoza
If you’re on a special diet because of your religion or an ethical reason, check out their English website (http://www.raumen.co.jp/english/) before you go. This website tells you the availability of vegetarian and non-pork menu at each ramen restaurant in the museum. In addition, the restaurants that can serve gyoza (pot stickers) are specified by little gyoza icons on the website. Well, is it that important to tell people which place has gyoza? …Yes, of course! Gyoza always go great with ramen!
How Did You Like It?
Ramen is so popular and surely makes a part of the Japanese culture. We highly recommend you to go to Shin-yokohama Raumen Museum with a group of people. Each of you should order a bowl of ramen and share it with everybody else in the group. It’ll be quite an experience to taste so many different types of ramen all at once!
5 min. walk from JR Tokaido Shinkansen, JR Yokohama Line, Yokohama Municipal Subway "Shin-yokohama Sta."