Why many Japanese leave ramen soup on purpose

Ramen enthusiasts know that ramen soup is the soul of a chef. Leaving the soup made by a dedicated chef could be the same as denying the taste. But why many Japanese who usually respect good manners need to do that on purpose? The main reason is related to health in a daily life.


How much is salt contained in a bowl of ramen?

As you might know, salt intake a day for good health is about 5 grams on the world standard. No one guesses about amount of salt in a bowl of ramen while eating. But you now need to know that al least 6 grams of salt is contained in just a bowl of ramen. Because of that, most Japanese who care for health save 3 grams of salt by leaving a soup. If you eat up everything in a bowl, the salt intake is equivalent to one day by just one meal!

Is that a bit rude for a passionate chef?

Of course, there is always a little conflict which to take politeness or health. But if you’d like to spend a healthy life with ramen, you should already know your choice. Very rarely, you might meet a stubborn chef about leaving a soup, but do not hesitate to do that for your good health as it’s not also a bad manner.

How about drinking miso soup up?

That’s no problem because the salt intake of a miso soup is just about 1.2 grams. I’ve never seen someone leaves the traditional soup on purpose. But you need to be careful in case of miso ramen as it contains about 10 grams of salt in total.

Although I’ve been telling that ramen soup contains a lot of salt, it doesn’t mean you always have to leave the soup. Honestly, I tend to drink it all when meeting the delicious one and then adjust salt intake with other meals in a day. Enjoy your ramen life!