Using a bowl for Ramen is essential to enjoy one of the most appreciated Japanese foods that is triumphing in countless countries.
You can find here the bowls that suit your taste and your budget. We will give you advice on which one is right for you, how to serve it, etc.
Still don’t know what Ramen is? We also explain it to you!
The ramen tableware
Whether you’re looking for something to serve a large quantity or a mini version, there’s a bowl for every purpose. You may want one with a curved handle for ease of carrying. For frequent use, or to get you started, consider the medium bowl, which is the perfect size for a typical serving.
There are dinner sets that include various sizes of bowls, making them ideal for different uses. One set sometimes has a large ramen bowl, a medium bowl and a small dipping bowl, so you can mix them together for a unique and tasty meal.
Set of ramen bowls by MelangeMarche
What is ramen
Ramen is a noodle soup, usually made with a meat-based broth, and often seasoned with soy sauce, salt and/or miso. It is usually served with vegetables (bamboo shoots and scallions are commonly added), meat (often pork) and egg. It is a national dish in Japan, and increasingly popular abroad.
There are many types of ramen, a well-known variety is shoyu ramen, which consists of a broth based on soy sauce and seaweed. This broth is usually made with chicken bones, but can also be made with pork bones. This type of ramen is usually served with an egg mollet.
Where does ramen come from?
It is a food of Chinese origin that was introduced in Yokohama, Japan in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by immigrants arriving from China. It became popular after World War II, due in part to the increased use of wheat instead of rice.
Bowl with ramen by Ronit Yam Pottery
Buy a bowl of ramen
Buying a ramen bowl can help you have an authentic Japanese experience at home. These bowls are made from food safe materials, and are sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. The larger bowl is ideal for larger portions of soup.
They are of course handmade in high quality ceramics and using elements suitable for food use, which makes them safe to use. In addition to the smallest bowl, there are three other sizes, including a nesting set that will allow you to use the bowls for multiple purposes.
Bowls in three heights and diameters from BirdmansHome
Tips for choosing your bowl
First let’s talk about the size. The most common is about 20 cm (8 inches) in diameter at the top and a height of 9 cm (3.5 inches).
This is an adequate medium size.
If you are going to serve more ramen frequently there are larger sizes, 23cm in diameter (9 inches) and 10cm high (4 inches) in these bowls fit more than a liter and a half.
In addition to the width, the height of the bowls influences the time it takes for the contents to cool.
Ramen is served with a spoon and chopsticks.
The proper shape of your bowl will depend on the proportion of soup, noodles and other ingredients you usually serve.
A wide opening is ideal for a lot of soup.
A rounded shape, i.e. the outer part is not very straight, but more concave, is suitable for serving many ingredients.
The thickness of the upper part, the “mouth”, makes it easier for it to splinter if it suffers a blow.
The high bottom with a raised base means that we can hold a bowl with less chance of burning ourselves.
How to serve in a bowl of ramen:
Related to the size is the amount to be served. It is NOT necessary to reach the top of the bowl, that is to say to fill 4/5 parts of the bowl. Not only is it more comfortable to eat but it will be more aesthetically pleasing than an “overflowing” or half-full bowl.
Large bowl (24 cm./9.5 inches) by Home Craft Theory
Japanese ramen bowls
Like the Japanese masters of decades ago, there are contemporary ceramists who create handmade bowls using ancient ceramic techniques. These bowls, which are a fundamental element of traditional Japanese pottery, feature ornamental motifs and are the perfect shape and size to hold ramen.
The bowls we show you are unique and pieces of what is called author ceramics. This type of utilitarian pieces can also be works of art.
Minoyaki porcelain. Large bowl handmade in Japan.
Advantages of a ramen bowl
Using a bowl specifically for this tasty meal can be a great enhancement to a dining experience at home with guests. They are made of sturdy ceramic and are available in both small and large portion sizes, so you can use a different bowl suitable for each diner.
A set of ramen bowls is a great gift idea for any ramen lover. The bowls are usually microwave safe.
The best bowl for ramen is the one made of ceramic. The material is durable and lightweight. The bowls have a shape that allows them to use both chopsticks and spoon, optimizing space.
A piece of this type can be for a lifetime, it is worth investing in a handcrafted product. Many come with chopsticks and a spoon. There is a great variety of colors, finishes, decorations, etc.
The ramen bowl craze has taken off, with hundreds of ramen stores popping up across the country.
Traditional ramen noodle bowl with chopsticks, spoon and stand by Yarubei
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