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What are these noodles I bought?


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10 minutes ago, Vaindioux said:

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i want to make ramen so I bought ramen noodles at a Japanese store but all the recipes I see on YouTube have curly noodles. Mine are straight like spaghettis.

why?

 

 

 

Because ramen noodles aren't curly.

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32 minutes ago, liuzhou said:

 

Because ramen noodles aren't curly.

 

Yep. In all my time living in Japan, and eating ramen in the States, I've never been served ramen with curly noodles. Maybe the YouTubers are trying to reproduce packaged instant ramen.

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I would avoid the ones that have curly noodles. I'm going to recommend googling Momofuku's ramen recipe, but with the caveat that I think you should buy the book. It's great, and most of the sites that give his recipe are simply ... well, plagiarizing his work. But off the soapbox, that was my first ramen that I made, and it turned out great. For the amount of time it takes, you want to take the time to do it right.

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2 hours ago, liuzhou said:

 

Because ramen noodles aren't curly.

 

2 hours ago, Alex said:

 

Yep. In all my time living in Japan, and eating ramen in the States, I've never been served ramen with curly noodles. Maybe the YouTubers are trying to reproduce packaged instant ramen.

 

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There are plenty of styles available, and I would assume any permutation will have been explored. Kitakata (northern Kyushu) is indeed famous for curly noodles in shio broth - and I had them one Kyoto as well. Additionally, as @Alex pointed out, several (extremely popular) instant ramen utilise this style as well, as allegedly the soup base coats the noodles better. 

So, I would not discard them as “un-ramen-y”, just probably not strictly necessary for your explorations ...

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2 minutes ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

I could be wrong, but I believe the curly instant ramen noodles are par cooked and freeze dried.

 

Yes, steamed and then dehydrated, typically by frying or hot air ...

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