Food - Drink
Udon vs. Ramen: What's The Difference?
By AMANDA BRETZ
If you love noodles, then you’ve probably tried both ramen and udon. These noodle dishes have similarities — both are widely consumed in Japan and other Asian countries, and are typically served in a hot bowl of broth — but they also have differences in ingredients, texture, and other areas.
Both ramen noodles and udon noodles are flour-based, but ramen traditionally includes eggs, while udon does not. Ramen can be served in different broths, such as ones flavored with miso or made with pork bones, and the noodles also available in a variety of widths, from relatively thin noodles to thicker and wider ones.
Udon is made with just flour, salt, and water, making it suitable for people who don’t consume animal products. The noodles are generally thicker than ramen noodles and have thoroughly Chinese roots, and are popularly served in a curry broth and other soups; udon can also be stir-fried or served cold, much like ramen.