As good as eating in a actual ramen shop16 July, 2010 by Yan
Ramen, a comfort food that Japanese has grown fond of and now makes a large part of their diet. With the surge of popularity in ramen, came many eager to sample what the different shops had to offer. Recently, Nama Instant Ramen was born to fulfill the wishes of those who are unable to actually visit the stores. In addition to offering a better alternative to normal instant ramen, Nama Instant Ramen are actually exact replicas from famous ramen shops themselves.
The word Nama （生）, which means fresh or raw, is an indication that the vacuum packed noodles contained each pack is fresh as can be. The soup base also gets a similar treatment, but usually in a condensed form. Depending on the different brand of ramen one buys, there might also be extra goodies like vacuumed packed scallions, menma (bamboo shoots) or even charsiu (barbecue pork) within the package.
If you happen to have a favorite ramen stall (and if the ramen shop happens to be famous), chances are that they will have boxes of Nama Ramen for sale. There are of course the full range of different variations of ramen available, ranging from the simple shoyu (soy sauce) and shio (salt) ramen, to Hakata-style tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen or even miso ramen. There’s a ramen for everyone.
Here I have with me is a box of Osaka shoyu ramen I acquired randomly from a Japanese supermart, pictures below.
Pictures below will show you a rough guide on how I prepare my portion of nama ramen.
After the noodles has been cooked, add into the bowl of soup and add any desired condiments.
Nama Ramen make excellent gifts for ramen lovers or any gourmets who have not the chance to sample the actual ramen at the shop itself, the latter hold true for those not living in Japan.
Occasionally, Japanese supermarts in Singapore do bring in a few boxes of nama ramen for the benefit of the Japanese expats living here. Luckily for me, that is also the best chance for me to sample some of these names.
Addicted to film, Yan shoots with a black Nikon Fm3a. For special occasions, Yan shoots with a Mamiya Sekor TLR.