Ramen is a noodle dish that was originally imported to Japan from China. Over the last few decades, however, ramen has become a typical Japanese dish and gained great popularity inside and outside of Japan. Ramen noodles are about as thin as spaghetti and are served in a soup with various toppings. There are many different ramen dishes differing in the soup base and the toppings:
Ramen restaurants can be found all over Japan. Furthermore, a large variety of instant ramen and cup noodles is available in supermarkets. It is especially the instant version of ramen that has also become very popular outside of Japan.