A traditional Japanese noodle soup dish introduced from China, ramen has become one of Japan’s most recognizable and loved dishes.

Japanese people are so infatuated with it that they see nothing strange about waiting in line for hours for a meal that ends in minutes.
Such is the lure of tasty ramen that there is even a term for a person that spends most of his days off traveling around the country searching for quality ramen: Ramen otaku . Japanese are particular about their noodles. A ramen order is often followed by the words katame or yawarakame , meaning hardish and softish. For big eaters, you can enjoy a free second helping of noodles in certain places by saying kaedama .

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