Noodle soup translates into warmth and happiness in just about any language, but in Japan, it’s called ramen.
Unlike anything you’d find in a supermarket aisle, real ramen is based on a miso, shoyu (soy sauce) or tonkotsu (pork) broth and filled with all manner of yumminess, like pork belly, mushrooms, soft-boiled eggs, bonito (dried tuna flakes), bamboo shoots, green onion, corn, seafood, seaweed and corn. The added plus? Lean your head over the bowl and get a nice ramen face steam while you’re eating.
Click through the above gallery for some of our favorite ramen spots throughout Sonoma County. Have one we missed? Let us know in the comments.