Ramen From Every Prefecture
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Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is a food-themed amusement park exploring the depths and the trends of the ramen culture inside and outside of Japan. The concept to was to create a restaurant with all types of ramen so that people didn’t have to travel all around Japan. The museum has attracted over 20 million visitors since its launch in 1994.
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There is nine shops from different regions, including Sapporo, Yamagata, and Hakata. There are four different kinds of soup to choose from such as salt, miso, pork bone, and soy sauce. There are four different types of noddles such as thin, thick, wrinkled, and hirauchi noodles which are flat. The usual toppings are seasoned roasted pork, bamboo shoots, a simmered egg, green onion, seaweed, and slices of fish cake.
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Vegetarian, gluten-free, and non-pork dishes are available at select shops. The amusement park is designed like a part of downtown from the Showa period.
Other than just ramen, there is the gift shop. They sell unique chopsticks, bowls, and utensils special to ramen. There are manke your own ramen kits to take home. The Dagashi shop on B1 has over 300 types of snacks and treats. Dagashi are inexpensive sweet or savory treats and they are enjoyed by all ages.
Instant Ramen was Invented
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The noodle dish originated in China, spread to Japan, and integrated into the local food culture. Japan opened the ports in 1859 and Western and Chinese culture influenced Japan. Chinese owned businesses became popping up along main streets of cities, this pave the way for China Town. The difference between Japanese ramen and Chinese noddles is the soup stock. Soup used in Chinese dishes are sometimes used for others things and the soup for ramen was created especially for ramen only. Ramen used over forty different ingredients and that might be the reason so many people are interested. Instant ramen was invented in 1958 by Momofuku Ando, chicken ramen was the first flavor to be released.
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Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum
Address: 2-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa prefecture
Access: 5 minute walk from Shin-Yokohama Station
Hours: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
310 yen (Adult)
100 yen (Children)
Website: Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum