ra·​men | \ ˈrä-mən How to pronounce ramen (audio) \

Definition of ramen

: quick-cooking egg noodles usually served in a broth with bits of meat and vegetables

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One of the most fun menu items on the rooftop is the re-creation of another favorite found at Lutheran potlucks all over the state — the Asian salad with toasted ramen noodles. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Ox Cart’s new format offers playful food, sweet drinks and a good time," 6 June 2019 The pork buns are a squishy delight, the summer rolls capture the season year-round, and the ramen is soul-warming. Kaitlyn Wylde, Vogue, "What’s So Great About Great Barrington? A Weekend Guide to the Quietly Cool Berkshire Town," 25 Oct. 2018 But during a polar vortex, trekking to a subpar space three neighborhoods away isn’t as appetizing as Postmating ramen and watching Frozen (the 2010 horror film where three skiers get stuck on a chairlift and then ripped apart by wolves. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The New York City Restaurants to Know This Winter," 4 Feb. 2019 Through a doorway at the back of a ramen shop is an intimate little spot serving cocktails and Japanese bites like fried baby octopus (chukka idako). Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "An Outdoor Outpost of Tulum, in Hudson Square," 3 July 2018 Tsuta Tsuta earned the first Michelin star for a ramen shop in Japan, a feat that made gourmet headlines. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "34 Best Restaurants in Tokyo," 2 Mar. 2018 But these days, the dish is most ubiquitous in Japan, where the first ramen-serving restaurant appeared in the 1900s. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 2018 The starred restaurants include sushi, yakitori and ramen restaurants, of course — but also French, Italian and Chinese options, among others, displaying Tokyo’s international flair. The Seattle Times, "Hungry? Tokyo’s food meets visitor appetites for history and modernity," 7 Sep. 2018 But the non-ramen apps—things like tuna carpaccio, hot dogs, and brothy mussels—are great too. Ali Francis, Vogue, "7 Long Island City Restaurants You Should Try Before, Well, Amazon," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of ramen

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ramen

Japanese rāmen

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English Language Learners Definition of ramen

: very thin, long noodles used in Asian cooking

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