how to eat ramen

Tutorial: How to eat Ramen (Japanese noodle soup)

How do you actually eat Ramen, the Japanese noodle soup? Eating a foreign dish for the first time, especially in public, can be quite intimidating. Whether you are about to enjoy your first Ramen Bowl in Japan, or elsewhere in the world, you don’t want to make yourself a fool. Such as you should never eat Spaghetti with a spoon (or cut them with a knife!), there are certain (unspoken) rules about how to eat Ramen. First off, you are definitely not alone in this quest! Luckily I had super friendly and helpful servers at my first Ramen experience, and I simply asked them. Another tip would be to observe the people around you, how they are eating their Ramen. But, if they are eating it false (noodles and soup separate), you will just imitate the wrong way of eating ramen. Therefore I have two videos for you. The first is exactly what you are looking for: a Tutorial on how to eat ramen with a spoon and chopsticks. The second one is a beginner’s guide to Ramen by Toyko Cheapo. Both videos should prepare you adequately for your first Ramen experience. Enjoy!

Video explanation: how to eat and enjoy ramen

Different types of Ramen

To give you a bit more insight into Ramen, there are 5 different types, or flavours, of Ramen. Those are Tonkotsu (豚骨, “pork bone”), Shōyu (醤油, “soy sauce”), Shio (塩, “salt”), Miso (味噌) and Karē (カレー, “curry”). Regarding additional seasonings and toppings, there are literally no limits on how to serve the Ramen. Some of the most common Ramen toppings are boiled eggs, algae and seaweed or dried seaweed (nori), green onion (Negi), corn, beans and sprouts, Tofu, cilantro, chilli, mushrooms, carrots,  as well as different kinds of meat, with the most popular being pork, beef, chicken and fish.

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Featured image via: Ramen Restaurant in Manchester



  1. This made me crave ramen. It is such a good comfort food, especially in this chilly weather.

  2. Mudpiefridays

    I always loved eating ramen. But this is my firts time to hear that that is actually way on how to eat. Thank you for sharing this. It is really good to know.

  3. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing! I’m definitely eating Ramen the wrong way!

  4. I’ve always enjoyed ramen! I think this will come in handy next time I enjoy a treat like this one

  5. My husband eats ramen like A PRO. I, on the other hand, am always on the struggle bus!

  6. Hmmmm…this is perfect for the cold weather here up north. I want some.

  7. Yum this looks so good! I never knew that there was a specific way to eat it!

  8. I love ramen. I don’t do the sipping from the bowl to try to broth, first. But I always start with sipping the broth. I feel it sets the mood right. I will definitely apply everything I learned here, on my next ramen bowl.

  9. Mmm, I love ramen! My husband recently got me into it and now this post makes me want to eat some. Of course, in the correct way you describe.

  10. Rose Ann Sales

    I love ramen but no offense, I really don’t mind if I eat it the wrong or the right way, as long as I consumed it all, I’m fine.

  11. We love ramen! Love these tips for eating. The culture for ramen eating is so fascinating.

  12. I don’t think I have ever tried this before. Looks very interesting. Though I am not a fan of some textures this looks like something I’d enjoy!

  13. So glad to know that I have been doing it right this whole time! It really can be quite scary to eat something the wrong way coz it might offend someone.

  14. Wow! There sure is a lot to know about culinary etiquette-especially for somewhat foreign dishes like ramen! Glad you are sharing your insight here and on YouTube!

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