History of Ramen
Chinese influence, Japanese culture
According to the Yokohama Ramen Museum, Ramen originated in China but made it’s way into mainstream Japanese culture from Chinese immigrants in the late 19th century. The early versions of Ramen were wheat noodles steeped in broth, served with Chinese style roast pork.
After World War 2, Japan suffered from years of low rice harvests, which triggered food shortages across the country. As a response, the US flooded Japanese markets with wheat, which over time contributed to the rise of Ramen and it being associated with Urban life.
Authentic Tokyo Ramen