The Philippines is undeniably mami country, but another noodle is quickly securing a foothold in Filipino diners’ gullets: Japanese ramen. Cheap and easy to make, ramen (like its Chinese counterpart) also boasts an ability to adapt an infinite array of ingredients into its makeup.
The similarity is more than coincidental—after all, ramen was first brought to Japan by Chinese immigrants in the late 1800s, many of whom retained a craving for a taste of home. Ramen was first served from a stall in Yokohama’s Chinatown, and quickly evolved to suit to Japanese tastes. [Read more...]