- Started as a simple four -- shoyu, shio, tonkotsu and miso, ramen grows into dozens of local styles
- Not all ramen in Hokkaido is miso but there are also shoyu ramen from Asahikawa and curry ramen from Muroran
- Every sunset, ramen carts are set up along the rivers in Tenjin, Kyushu, selling pork-bone ramen till the next morning
This piece, and several others on Japan's food, complement the CNNGo TV series. This month's show features a culinary journey through the country. There's a visit to the home of Kobe beef and the founder of the famous ramen shop Ichiran explains what makes an unmissable bowl of noodles. The show first airs at 5:30 p.m. HKT Wednesday October 8 on CNN International. See more here: www.cnn.com/cnngo.
(CNN)It may seem like a simple soup-based dish, but Japanese ramen can be surprisingly complex.