Can all types of ingredients be used in a Japanese noodle soup?

Noodle soup
Basically yes.

In Japan, noodle soups are considered a fast food dish. Like so many the Japanese lives a busy life. They work 10-15 hours a day and have family, friends and leisure activities that also need to be taken care of. Noodle soups are suitable for a busy everyday life, which is often eaten on the way from work.

In Japan, noodle soups are the Japanese answer to pizza and shawarma.

In Japan, many more types of stock are made for such as pork, chicken and fish for noodle soups. For the soups, many different types of raw materials and ingredients are used for and, this means that there are no 2 noodle bars that make the same soup.

In the Japanese noodle Soup course for beginners, you learn step by step to make 2 very different noodle soups, which can be enjoyed all year round.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

What kind of stock is used for noodle soups in Japan?

Sushi chef & sake sommerlier Zoë Escher
In Japan, many different kinds of stock are used for noodle soups.
The most popular are fish, pork and chicken. In Tokyo, restaurants and dinning places often make stock from scratch. Some stock takes many hours to make as Japanese ingredients are added at different stages in the preparation of the stock. The Japanese ingredients add to the stock gives the unique taste and aromas that characterize Japanese soups in Japan.

They are a little different what the Japanese families do.
Not all families have time for a busy day to make a stock. In Tokyo, supermarkets sell different types of stock. Some funds need to be dissolved in boiling water, while others are available by the glass.

Just like in Denmark, stocks can be bought in powder form or, as ready-made in a supermarket, but it can never replace a stock that is made from scratch. A stock made from scratch has a completely different taste and aromas that are not available in the powder version.

In the Noodle Soup course for beginners, you will learn how to make classic Japanese dashi stock, which forms the entire stock of Japanese cuisine a stock that is made in the same way as in the restaurants in Tokyo.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

What are bonito flakes?


More and more people have become aware of bonito flakes.

In 2004, I first encountered bonito flakes in Tokyo.
At that time, in Tokyo I was practising the martial art kendo. After evening training, I was invited to the home of my teacher and his family, where we ate dishes from the classic Japanese cuisine. There I noticed the thin flakes with a smoky fish flavor, which was used as a kind of topping on the dishes.

In 2006 when I was trained as a sushi chef abroad, I got to know bonito flakes very well. I found out that the fish Bonito is related to tuna. It is a fish that is filleted, smoked and dried for a long period of time. The dried bonito is than shaved into thin flakes.

Bonito flakes are a solid ingredient in Japanese cuisine, which is used in many different ways. The fish bonito together with other Japanese ingredients form the foundation of Japanese cuisine.

In the Noodle Soup course for beginners, you learn, among other things how bonito flakes are used in Japanese soups in Tokyo.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Is there a difference between the noodles used in Japanese soup?

Noodle soup
There is a big difference in the type of noodles used in Japanese noodle soups.
Most people have heard of ramen soup, where one type of noodles is used. They are long, thin, and yellow and look like spaghetti, however, the texture and taste is different.

Ramen soup is not the only soup that the Japanese eat all year round.
In Japan, several different types of noodle soups are eaten, some at certain times of the year.
Overall, it is the noodle soup’s foundation, vegetables and meat/fish that determine which type of noodles are used.

In some soups, noodles are used that are neutral in flavor like udon; it is the soup itself that has a lot of taste and aromas. In other soups, noodles that have a little taste like ramen are used because it adds an extra dimension of flavor to the noodle soup.

In the Japanese noodle soup course for beginners, you will learn step by step how to make 2 very different tasty noodle soups.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Why is ramen noodle soup the most sought out fast food in Japan?

Ramen noodles are the most popular fast food in Japan. There are several reasons for this.

The Japanese live a busy life like so many others. They work an average of 10-15 hours a day.
In the big cities, a noodle bar is located in most streets. When the Japanese are on their way home from work, there are many who visit a noodle bar on the way.

From the time they pull a food ticket in the vending machine to a bowl of smoky hot noodle soup placed in front of you, not many minutes go by. For most Japanese, it takes no more than 10 minutes to eat the food until they are on their way.

In Japan, there are many types of noodles soup.

Many eateries have developed their very own soups, which have been passed down from generation to generation. It also means that it is a new experience to visit the local noodle soup bars as soups are not the same.

On the Noodle soup course for beginners, you will learn step by step how to make 2 very different noodle soups including a ramen soup as it tastes in Japan.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Japanese comfort food that warms on a cold autumn day!


The hot summer days are coming to an end and we are approaching autumn.
Autumn is a changeable time reminiscent of a bag of mixed sweets, sun, wind and rain and sometimes on the same day.

Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons.
Nature and forests show themselves from their most beautiful side. The forest abounds with mushrooms and just around the corner awaits the classic root vegetables.

In Japan, noodle soups are tasty and healthy dish are enjoyed all year round. It is a dish that is very popular when summer turns into autumn. It is a dish that warms on the changeable autumn days.

A classic Japanese noodle soup contains fish, meat, noodles, vegetables and seaweed in other words it is one of the healthiest fast foods on a busy day.

In the Noodle soup course for beginners, you will learn how to make tasty soups from scratch with Japanese noodles, soups that have the same unique aromas and flavors as if served in restaurants in Japan.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

What type of noodle soup do the Japanese prefer to eat?

In Japan, there are many different types of noodle soups.
There is the classic tasty ramen soup that most people know and there are other types of noodle soups such as udon and soba.

In Japan, ramen noodle soup are very popular on a busy weekday. In the larger cities such as Tokyo, there are noodle soup bars on pretty much every street corner. Small dining places with delicious ramen soup which has been passed down from generation to generation.
Ramen soup in Japan is a broad concept. Some ramen soup is made on fish stock, while others are made on chicken and pork.

It is different from noodle bar to noodle bar what is used of ingredients. Fish, shellfish, meat and eggs are classic ingredients with proteins and local Japanese vegetables are used which are in season.

In the Noodle Soup course for beginners, you will learn how to make tasty classic noodle soups as they are served in Japan.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

What dish do the Japanese prefer to eat from traditional Japanese cuisine?

The most popular dish in traditional Japanese cuisine is ramen noodle soup.
It is a hot dish that is eaten all year round. Yes, even on days when the temperature creeps up to 35 degrees.

Like so many others, the Japanese live a busy life. Most Japanese work 10-15 hours a week. There is not much time for leisure activities and friends during the week.

During the week, many Japanese prefer to eat healthy fast food, which does not take many minutes to prepare, cook and eat. Ramen noodle soup is the most popular dish in Japan.

Ramen noodle soup can be compared to meatballs. Each eatery and noodle bar has their very own recipe for how this tasty and healthy dish should taste.

It is also this delicious dish you are going to learn to make on the Noodle Soup course for beginners. In the course you will learn how to make 2 very different noodle soups from scratch, dishes that have the same aromas and flavors as in noodle restaurants in Tokyo.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Is noodle soup the same as ramen?


Noodle soups are not the same as ramen soup.

In Japan, there are many different types of noodle soups. Ramen soup as most people know in Europe is a soup out of several hundred noodle soups.

In Japan, noodle soups are either made on fish stock, pork stock or chicken stock. It is a stock that is flavored with other ingredients in many many different ways.

The selection of noodles is large in Japan. There are 7 different noodles that are used for certain dishes and styles within Japanese cuisine. Some noodles are used only for soups and others are used for stews.

Japanese noodle soups can be compared to Danish meatballs. Every noodle soup eatery in Japan has their very own recipe for how such soup should be made and taste. Often the recipes go from generation to generation.

If you travel around Japan, you will find that there is a big difference in noodle soup, depending on whether you are in southern Japan or in northern Japan.

Read more about Noodle soup course for beginners, where you learn to make 2 very different and tasty soups.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.