Most common mistake people make when eating noodles – as they think it’s ‘rude’

Japanese food expert Bonnie Chung has explained that the way Brits deem ‘impolite’ to eat noodles is actually the correct way – and she hopes more people will start to cook noodles at home

Woman eating bowl of noodles
We’ve been eating noodles all wrong… (stock photo)

Ah noodles – one of the top takeaway choices for a delicious weekend treat.

But many of us are eating them completely wrong according to an expert – and as a result, we’re unnecessarily making a mess.

Thankfully, Japanese food expert Bonnie Chung has explained the correct way we should be eating noodles, and she’s highlighted the mistakes that lots of us are inadvertently making.

Only seven per cent of Brits have admitted that they slurp their noodles, as many believe that it’s rude to do so, but it’s actually the correct traditional method.

Bonnie explains that to eat ramen, diners should pick the bowl up with their hands and begin their dining experience by smelling the broth.






Bonnie hopes that more people will start making home-cooked Japanese food (stock photo)

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Then, using chopsticks, diners should pick up a bunch of noodles and pull them out of the liquid.

Bring your mouth forward to avoid the noodles splashing (messy!) and purse your lips. Then, you should put the noodles into your mouth and start slurping – apparently, the noisier the better!

According to Bonnie, founder of Japanese home cooking brand Miso Tasty, there are also some mistakes lots of people make when cooking noodle dishes at home.

She says: “Sticky, mushy, slimy noodles are exactly what we want to avoid when cooking a dish like ramen.

“Like pasta, noodles should always have that al dente bite – or ‘shikoshiko’ as it’s known in Japan.

“But unlike pasta, instead of going straight from the pan to your bowl, you should immediately rinse them in water to remove any starch, which is what creates that sticky texture. From there, rest your noodles in ice-cold water while you prep your other ingredients.

“While it might sound crazy to put your noodles on ice, it immediately stops them from continuing to cook and turning mushy.

“Then just before you’re ready to serve, simply reheat for 10 seconds in simmering water.”

Bonnie added: “Noodles are a symbol of life in Japanese culture and eating them is considered a very special experience that should be savoured and enjoyed.

“But a lot of Brits associate them with quick, cheap convenience food and the rise of instant noodles means many people have never actually learnt how to cook them well.

“It’s also such a shame that nearly half the population say they never cook Japanese food from scratch. It doesn’t have to be a scary or complicated process – so long as you get your hacks nailed and your routine mastered, amazing Japanese food can be created in your own kitchen.”

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