Ramen and Tsukemen, which one do you choose?
Ramen is also quite familiar to people overseas in recent years, but do you know Tsukemen (つけ麺)?
Tsukemen is a noodle dish derived from Ramen and it has been very popular in recent years in Japan. We might say that Tsukemen is evolutionary form of Ramen.
To put it simply, Ramen is a hot noodle dish of Chinese noodles in soup, topped with sliced roast pork, Soy-simmered Bamboo Shoots and others. You can simultaneously enjoy soup and noodles which the soup seeped in it.
Tsukemen is an another noodle dish of cold noodles accompanied by hot or cold soup for dipping (It’s thicker flavor than usual Ramen soup). You eat the noodle dipping into the soup aside.
“Tsukemen (つけ麺) ” is the nominalized word of the Japanese verb ‘tsukeru (付ける) ‘ which means ‘dip’ in this case, and Japanese noun “men” which means ‘noodle’.
Tsukemen noodles is thicker than Ramen noodles, which is excellent for over throat feeling and firm chewy texture, because it is tightened in running cold water after boiled.
So, it’s easier to feel the flavor and texture of the noodle itself. Especially Japanese have a propensity to be particular about the natural taste of the ingredients and texture. Tsukemen is easily preferred by Japanese.
It is an established theory that Tsukemen came out of staff meals of the ramen restaurant “Tai-sho-ken” in Tokyo in 1955. Since the 1970s, that name and style gradually expanded to the world. But what is the difference between Tsukemen and Ramen, after all? Please refer to the below list.
As you can see, those are similar but different.
If you like a Ramen, I’m sure you’ll like it!