Ramen is a long, thin noodle frequently used in Korean and Japanese cooking. Ramen noodles have become a huge import for the United States, with everyone from cash-strapped college students to financially independent adults enjoying the quick and easy preparation and delectable, salty flavors. Instant ramen noodles are usually dried and seasoned before being packaged, and the customer need only add hot water at home to bring the flavors to life.
Ramen is a versatile noodle that can go in a variety of soups, stews, and side dishes. Make a traditional Japanese ramen bowl by boiling ramen noodle soup with beef stock, soy sauce, and mirin. Serve the noodles with slices of grilled pork and a hard boiled egg. A very thin noodle, ramen will also go great in cold noodle salads, sopping up dressings like sesame oil with ease.