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.

In Japan, what kind of topping is used on noodle soups?


In Japan, noodle soups are eaten all year round. The healthy noodle soups are the Japanese’s favorite fast food on busy days.
In Japan, you will find small noodle bars on most streets they serve homemade noodle soups of various sizes.

Once the food ticket has been pulled into the vending machine, given to the chef and you have found a seat at one of the small tables, than is just to wait. As a rule, no more than 5 minutes pass before a bowl of steaming hot soup is served. A classic Japanese ramen soup contains a little meat, eggs, seaweed, spring onions and mushrooms.

On the table are several different kinds of toppings such as chili oil, chili pepper, pickled ginger, finely chopped fermented red pepper.
Then it’s up to you whether you feel like adding extra topping to the soup in addition to what the chef has added.

Some Japanese choose to eat the soup as it is and, others choose to add the soup a little extra. It’s up to you.

In the Noodle Soup course for beginners, you will learn step by step how to make delicious and tasty noodle soup as it is served in 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.

Japanese noodle soup is your shortcut to a healthy meal on a busy day!

In most streets of Tokyo is a small noodle soup bar. A bar where there is typically only room for 10-15 diners at a time. It does not sound like much. The small noodle bars are very busy. They serve the Japanese favorite food, which suits a busy everyday life.

It takes approx. 2 seconds to pull a food ticket in the vending machine. It takes less than 5 minutes before a bowl of steaming hot noodle soup is on the table. Japanese people are fast eaters and very experienced when it comes to the use of chopsticks. It takes them less than 5 minutes to eat a nutritious and healthy noodle soup. In the course of a day, the many noodle bars can manage to serve many guests.

Japanese noodle soup is a low-fat and healthy meal that is eaten year-round in Japan.

On the Japanese noodle soup course for beginners you will learn how to make tasty soups from scratch as they are served 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 characterizes Japanese fast food?

Japanese fast food differs from other fast food as we know for example pizza, shawarma or a burger.

 


The Japanese fast food is healthy and nutritious.

Yes, it is a fast food.  It takes shorter time to make the dish and about 7 minutes for Japanese to eat it. It is also the only thing they have in common with European fast food.

The Japanese are very conscious about what they eat they do not compromise on their health. For example, Japanese noodle soup more specific ramen soup. It is a dish that is healthy and nutritious because the dish is composed in a way so that it supplies the body with lots of healthy vitamins and minerals while being delicate and tasty.

Yep, the Japanese do not go down on the good taste.

On noodle soup course for beginners that teaches you to several different tasty soups from scratch so that you do not miss the healthy vitamins and minerals. You can read more about the soups here.

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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.

How many different types of noodles are there in Japan?


The Japanese are the population in the world that eats the most noodles.

There are many different gastronomic styles within noodles. Common to them all is that they are suitable for a busy workday.

Yep, the Japanese are just as busy as everyone else. They just do not want to compromise on their health. What I mean is that even though they are thunderously busy, their fast food must still be healthy.

In Japan, there are 8 different kinds of noodles.

Most noodles are made on wheat or buckwheat though, with the exception of one which is made on konnyaku.

On the noodle soup course for beginners, you will learn how to make 2 different tasty noodle soups as they are served at restaurants in Tokyo. You can read more about the course here.

What is Japan’s preferred fast food?

The Japanese prefer the fast food dish ramen soup. There are several reasons for that.

It is a dish that is suitable for a busy everyday life. The Japanese live a life as busy as so many others consisting of work, family and various activities.

Ramen soup is a healthy and low fat dish. In Tokyo it is often made of fish stock.
It is a very popular dish in Tokyo which takes a noodle bar less than 5 minutes to cook.
It is a dish that most Japanese eat in less than 10 minutes with chopsticks.
Ramen soup is a dish that is made in many different versions from noodle bar to noodle bar. Yes, every noodle bar has their very own version.

On the Noodle Soup course for beginners you will learn how to make ramen soup as it is served in Tokyo.

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

Recipe: Champon noodle soup

Japanese noodle soup made on pork stock.
The recipe is for one person and the total time spent is 13 hours.

Broth:

2 kg of pork bones
1 piece (15×15 cm) Kombu

The soup:

4 dl stock
2 tbsp. soy sauce (Sanbishi)
1 tbsp. mirin
3 tbsp. cream
½ tsp. salt
Sprinkle pepper
1 pk. pre-cooked ramen noodles
2 thick slices of pork
10 Shime ji mushrooms
1 spring onion
1 scallop
1 handful of bean sprouts
2 handfuls of white cabbage

Method

1. Pork bones come in a large spot with a piece of Kombu.

2. Cover the bones with 3 cm of cold water and set to boil.

3. Cook the stock under low heat for 12 hours.

4. Remove the foam in the surface with a tablespoon.

5. Remove the fat at the top of the broth with a tablespoon.

6. Continuously add some water to the broth.

7. Brush the pork slices with a little olive oil, sprinkle with salt on both sides and bake at 80° for 1 hour.

8. Rinse the spring onion and cut with an angle to thin slices.

9. Rinse the bean sprouts.

10. Cut the mushroom across at the root.

11. Rinse cabbage and cut into 1 cm strips.

12. Cut the scallop into thin slices.

13. Cut the pork to 1 cm thick strips.

14. Place the pre-cooked noodles in a pot with boiling water for 15 seconds to loosen the noodles.

15. Remove the water and add the noodles to the serving bowl.

16.Pure mirin, soy sauce, cooking cream, and pepper into the broth

17. Add scallops and mushrooms to the soup and cook for 2 minutes.

18. Add spring onions and pork to the soup and cook for 1 min.

19. Cabbage added to the soup and it all turns.

20. Pour it all over the noodles and the dish is ready for serving.

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

Ramen noodle soup made at pork stock

In 2017, I visited one of my Japanese teachers living in Fukuoka, Japan.

Fukuoka is very well known in Japan for their ramen noodle soup made on pork stock.

My teacher invited me to the best ramen soup restaurant in the area. The Ramen Soup made of pork stock tastes so good.

Today I am making pork stock the Japanese way with lots of umami flavor. I am pretty excited to taste the result.

Read more about Sushikok & sake sommelier Zoë Escher

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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.

Learn how to make the world’s most beautiful fast food ramen noodles in 15 minutes

Just 14 days ago I came home from LA.

Although LA offers sun, summer and glitter it is also nice to be back in Denmark and enjoy the autumn colors.

Last weekend in Copenhagen it rained almost continuously for almost 2 days. Although it was raining crazy there is now something nice about it.

It’s time to find the big wool socks, warm blankets and hot to drink and eat.

On a cold rainy autumn day there is nothing better than a bowl of hot ramen noodle soup made from scratch. I prefer noodle soups that taste exactly the same way you get served in Tokyo restaurants.

Noodle soups that are healthy, nutritious and suitable for a busy everyday life.

Since I am not the only one who loves Japanese noodle soups, I have set up a few classes over the autumn / winter where you as an attendance learn about which Japanese ingredients are best for noodle soup. You will also learn how to use different cutting techniques and step by step make tasty ramen soup as it tastes in Tokyo.

Read more about the Noodle soup course for beginners

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

This is how fish bones is used in Japan!

I just love the Japanese take on food. Nothing is wasted. This fish bones is sold in supermarket.

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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.