When does ramen cross over into the realm of soupy pasta? Purists would say the soup. Shio, shoyu, tonkotsu, or miso. Anything else and it's not ramen. But these days ramen soup has crossed into the realm of anything goes.
Then is it the noodles? The addition of kansui is what gives ramen noodles it's difference from many western noodles. But in these modern times of the magic of science, we can simulate this naturally occurring sodium carbonate with ease.
So where do you draw the line?
It doesn't really matter, as long as you're enjoying the adventure!
Taiyo Tomato is a chain with a dozen or so shops, all serving up a tomato soup with angel hair-esque noodles. They are really into a healthy image, using a lot of natural ingredients, and relying on the nutrition of tomatoes to draw in customers.
Not sure how healthy my bowl, which was covered in parmesan cheese, was. But it sure was tasty!
Tasted just like it looks. A rich bowl of hot tomato soup. Campbell Cream of Tomato is almost spot on.
Warhol would approve.
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