Traditional ramen noodles originated in Japanese fast food and are meant to be very fresh, steaming hot, eaten quickly, and eaten with gusto! A real bowl of ramen should be eaten with chopsticks, honoring the long tradition of carefully prepared ramen.
1. Hold the chopsticks between two fingers. Hold the top chopstick like a pencil with your thumb, index finger, and middle finger. Place the bottom chopstick on the corner of your thumb and index finger, and place it on your ring finger.
Eating noodles with chopsticks can be difficult without practice, so master the art of chopstick handling first!
2. Pick up a few noodles with the tip of chopsticks. Don't grab too much of the noodles, or you'll end up with a mess that won't come out of the bowl. Every time you pick up more noodles, you want to eat bite-sized portions.
Make sure the tips of the chopsticks are aligned and pinch them together to grip the noodles.
3. Lift the noodles over the bowl until they separate from the other noodles, then dip. Put the noodles back in the soup for a few seconds and use your portion of noodles to soak up a little extra broth and fat. Do not wring the noodles in the bowl, or you may tangle them with other noodles.
Some ramen have noodles in one bowl and broth in the other. Just follow this process and move the noodles between the bowls to get this dipping sauce ramen right.
4. Put the noodles between the chopsticks into your mouth. Shape your lips as if you were about to drink a very hot drink. Now, suck all those noodles into your mouth quickly and loudly!
While smoking can be considered rude in some Western cultures, it is considered normal, even encouraged, in Japan. It's a way of showing that you're in for a treat, as is customary when eating ramen.
Sipping also allows you to eat at a higher temperature, and ramen is best served hot and should be eaten quickly!
5. Drink some broth with a spoon and eat some side dishes. After you finish your noodles, have a bite of pork and some broth, or any other side dish that comes with your ramen. There are no rules for enjoying ramen, just follow your senses!
If your ramen is served with nori, the traditional Japanese seaweed that is often served with ramen, eat it before it is soaked in the broth to enjoy its texture and flavor.
Advantages of Natural Bamboo Chopsticks
1. Durable: Natural bamboo chopsticks are naturally quite durable and can last for a long time.
2. Eco-Friendly: Bamboo is a sustainable, renewable resource, making it a great choice for environmentally conscious diners.
3. Lightweight: Bamboo chopsticks are lightweight and easy to use.
4. Heat Resistant: Bamboo is naturally heat-resistant, making it the perfect material for chopsticks that will be used to handle hot foods.
5. Inexpensive: Compared to other materials, bamboo chopsticks are relatively inexpensive.
6. Hygienic: Bamboo chopsticks are easy to clean and are less prone to bacterial growth than other materials.