Los Angeles: Ramen
LA is known for many things: celebrity sightings, sprawling beaches, Rodeo-drive shopping, and now, Ramen.
Make no mistake though: this is not the two-dollar ramen of college-days-past. In fact, ramen has become something of an art-form in this foodie town. The garnishes, regional styles and ingredients vary in very-particular nuance and make the plate presentation something to be savored with just as much enthusiasm as your first “sip”. Not sure where to start? Most ramen can be categorized into four major types based on the broth used: tonkotsu (pork), shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce), and miso (fermented bean paste).
Ramen can be found easily in LA. But ramen’s origins are much more elusive. It’s often thought to come from Japan, but it actually originated in China. How it made the jump is up for debate, but one thing is for sure - it is here in the States to stay.