Japanese food series – Ramen noodles

We have a love & hate relationship with ramen noodles!

Associated to cheap student food and the best-seller of Japanese convenience stores with 5.2 billion packages of instant ramen sold in 2014, they are our fuel on our several-day hikes: salty, coming in easy to carry and light individual packages of different colours corresponding to different “flavours” (from salty to very salty!), easy as you just add hot water to cook them, and providing about 500 calories in only 100g! So much for the hate part!

Indeed, ramens can be more interesting. Actually, every city or area will propose its own variety, making it fun to sample them. Add some nice and healthy toppings, such as vegetables, sliced pork meat, spring onions, and ginger; serve them fresh in a ceramic bowl; and sometimes in a fancy decor, and you end up in a trendy ramen spot enjoying a dish that is tasty and much healthier than our trekking food in terms of nutrition facts! And still rather cheap. Yes, we have to admit that sometimes, we do love ramen noodles!


Claire & Marcella

Travel tips:

  • Ramens from a yatai in Fukuoka are shown here.
  • Check out this interactive map (quick tutorial) for the specific details to help you plan your trip and more articles and photos (zoom out) about the area!


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  1. Pingback: Japan food series: bento, the convenient and tasteful Japanese boxed-meal | Best regards from far,

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