National "soul food" in Japan derived from Chinese cuisine
Ramen is a Chinese-style noodle dish developed in Japan and is one of Japan's typical dishes. It is also called chuka-soba (Chinese noodles).
The crucial point of making delicious ramen is the preparation of the noodles (chuka-men) and the soup. The noodles are made with wheat flour, eggs, salt, water and kan-sui or alkaline salt water. The ingredients are mixed, kneaded and cut into noodles. Boiled noodles are served in a soup with toppings. The most common toppings are roast pork, menma (simmered bamboo shoots), negi leek and seasoned boiled eggs.
There are a variety of ramen making methods depending on the restaurant and the region. Soy sauce-based, miso or salt-based soups are typical; typical dashi broth is made with pork bone, seafood, bonito or kombu kelp.