Ramen -µ - Did you know that in Japan, when you eat ramen, that ” slurping ” sound that you make, to others may seem to be rude but actually, by making this slurping sound, you are actually letting the chef or cook know that the food is delicious! Well, from a scientific point of view, making the slurping sound when eating hot stuff like ramen actually helps cool the food. Cool right?!
Quick & Nourishing Japanese Soup. "My Japanese father would often make quick soups for lunch during the cooler months. I can see him sitting at the table with a steaming bowl of soup against the background of a clear winter sky, the noon sun shining through the large south facing windows. Holding the deep ceramic bowl with both hands, feeling the warmth seep through; the smell of soy sauce, mouth already anticipating the salty broth; the sound of slurping rice vermicelli..."
日本蕎麦 SOBA (JAPANESE TRADITIONAL NOODLES) 1. A type of Japanese buckwheat noodles. One of the most popular kinds of Japanese cuisine, on a par with sushi and tempura. Healthy low-calorie food 2. Basic styles: mori-soba and zaru-soba are dipped in cold tsuyu (seasoned soy sauce) right before eating, and kake-soba is served in a bowl with hot tsuyu. 3. In Japan, making slurping sounds while eating soba is considered good manners.
Daily Life: This is a photo of a Japanese family eating. Japan has a very different eating manner than we do in the US. Drinking soup directly from a bowl, or making slurping sound is not impolite, like it is here in the US. Bowls are used most of the time when eating, and are held at chest level. Chopsticks are almost always used, and the main meal of the day is dinner, but can be eaten later in the evening than here in the US because the men in the family work very late.
Street food in Osaka, Japan. The REAL reason I want to go.
Unlike in most cultures where slurping or making sounds while you eat is considered very rude. It is perfectly normal and acceptable that you slurp while eating in Japan. Some even say when you slurp, the noodles taste better!