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世界の料理 the world Food
15．インスタント・ヌードル Instant Noodle
On a cold winter night not long after the end of the Second World War, Nissin founder Momofuku Ando came upon a long line of people waiting to buy freshly made ramen at a black market food stall. The sight left him with a strong conviction that a life without enough food to eat is no life at all. It also provided him with the inspiration to develop Chicken Ramen, the world's first instant noodle product. The strong impression left by this scene led to Nissin's fundamental principle that “Peace will come to the world when the people have enough to eat.”
Choose the correct answer.
1.The introduction of ______ in 1958 created a new market and industry.
2. How much time does it take to cook this noodle?
a: one hour
b: three hour
c: three minutes
3. When was instant noodle made first in the world?
a: in 1958
b: in 1999
c: in 2006
4. On average, a Japanese ate _________ servings of instant noodles in 2003.
a: about 47 servings
b: about 111
c: about 1000 serving
Although it is the fact that the firstly invented instant noodle was based on "Ramen", its followers include instant versions of various noodles frequently eaten in Asian countries. They are completely different from "Ramen." The differences lay in noodle's ingredients, cooking method, texture, and broth's ingredients, cookign methods. Also the topping variatiton is also differernt. In short, there is no similarity between those noodles and ramen except that they are noodles.
Since instant noodles in cups or plastic packages are well known all over the world, for many living outside of Japan, "Ramen" is synonymous with those instant (dried) noodles. But in Japan, Ramen is a bowl dish served at specialized shops at which they cook broth from scratch. In fact, Momofuku Ando, the former Chairman of Niisin Corp. invented instant noodle/ cup noodle trying to reproduce ramen being served at specialized shops at home with ease. Of course, instant ramens are very popular and consumed a lot in Japan. But there is a clear distinction between instant ramens and ramens at restaurants.
Ramen is obviously originated in China as in some restaurants in Japan ramen is called "Chuuka-soba (meaning Chinese Noodle literally )" instead of ramen. It is said to have been brought in Japan around 100 years ago. In the last century, Ramen has been continuously reformed, progressed, developed to meet Japanese taste and furnished as Japanese national favorite. Since no equivalent noodle dish can be found in current China to Ramen in Japan, ramen should be recognized as Japanese food originated in China.
Since the word "Ramen" reminds you of instant noodles, many seems to have thought mistakenly that cooking "Real" ramen is easy as well. This is a complete misunderstanding. It takes at the shortest several hours. Some shops take a day or longer just to prepare broth. Moreover, the temperature, moisture, and the conditions of ingredients will affect the taste and flavor, so close and unremitting attention is required to keep the stable serving. It is said that it requires years-long practical training to master be a ramen chef.
You may get surprised to see everybody slurping ramen without hint of hesitation in ramen shops in Japan. Yes, Japanese do not mind making noise eating not only but also other kinds of noodles like soba and udon. I knew some explained slurping noodles is to express appreciation. This is funny but it's not true. Japanese love noodles so much that they just devote themselves in eating it and do not care making noise.
True or False Quiz
1.Instant noodles are completely different from "Ramen."
2.Since no equivalent noodle dish can be found in current China to Ramen in Japan, ramen should be recognized as Japanese food originated in China.
3. Some shops take a day or longer just to prepare broth of the ramen soup.
4. Ramen is obviously originated in China as in some restaurants in Japan ramen is called "Chuuka-soba (meaning Chinese Noodle literally )" instead of ramen.
5. It is said that it requires years-long practical training to master be a ramen chef.