There are two ways to make ramen. Obviously, you could go to the store, buy some ramen, add hot water and a few toppings of your choice and be done with it. This is a great idea if you really hate cooking, or don’t have much time! It’s easy, effective, and gets the job done.
OR, you can make your own ramen from scratch. I, choosing the latter option, have set my sights on two different kinds of ramen from two different anime. The first, the classic, from Naruto, and the second from Tatami Galaxy. In case you aren’t familiar with these types of ramen, please observe the visuals below:
1) Naruto’s Ramen
Wait, wait, wait! Not that kind of ramen! Cup noodles are so inferior to the real stuff. This Ramen:
Naruto’s ramen is ramen eye-candy. It looks like everything you would hope and dream your ramen could be. In this episode, he has miso ramen with pork, and all the toppings are what you normally see on a traditional bowl of ramen: bamboo shoots, soft cooked egg, naruto (the pink and white fish cake), green onion, and, of course, the tonkatsu (pork). Simple, delicious, and filling.
2) Neko Ramen, from the show Tatami Galaxy
Neko ramen is definitely more subtle in appearance. Rumored to be made with real cats, this soup has a taste unparalleled by any other. There are few toppings, presumably to let the flavor of the broth shine through. On it, we see a piece of nori (seaweed), what look like the white parts of leeks, and a few slices of tonkatsu.
At this point, let me stop you. It would be much, much easier to go to the store and buy some ramen, add the toppings for these two types of ramen, and create a delicious meal. However, I felt that it was important to recreate these recipes from scratch, as that is what the characters would be eating- ramen made from scratch and with no powders or dried noodles. Because
I’m crazy I love a good cooking challenge, and because both versions of this ramen look delicious, I thought I’d whip up a recipe for both of them!