Build a Ramen Bowl and We'll Guess What Your Japanese Name Is!

By: Talin Vartanian
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Build a Ramen Bowl and We'll Guess What Your Japanese Name Is!
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About This Quiz

What would you like for dinner this evening? Maybe you're thinking about pizza, tacos, hot pockets or spaghetti with meatballs. But we've got something else in mind ... something a little more Japanese. Now, this type of cuisineĀ ranges from miso soup and yakitori to tonkatsu and ramen. And speaking of ramen, we've got an empty bowl here that's just waiting to be filled. So go ahead and choose from different savory broths, proteins, veggies, eggs and noodles, because, in this foodie quiz, you can let your imagination run wild.Ā 

But let's dissect the essence of ramen for a moment. Each component is vital to the final flavor profile, and it first starts with the broth. You've got different options like salt, soy, pork and even vegetarian broth, but these can also be enhanced with extra condiments like miso paste and chili oil for added spice. Eggs are typically added as well, along with bean sprouts, bamboo and green onions. Some restaurants even add butter and corn while others are more minimal with their approach. But which ramen method is right for you? There's no wrong answer here because your foodie preferences are about to be matched to a pretty Japanese name!

1 Broth
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What type of broth will you be choosing for today?
Chicken
Pork
Vegetarian
Soy

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2 Spicy
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What spice level can you tolerate?
Hot
Medium
Lava
Mild

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3 Bowl size
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How big (or small) do you want this bowl of ramen to be?
Medium
Extra large
Large
Small

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4 protein
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How about some protein for your epic ramen bowl?
Chashu chicken
Chashu belly
Tofu
Shrimp

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5 eggs
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How would you like your eggs cooked for your ramen?
No eggs please.
Hard-boiled
Soft-boiled
Poached

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6 vegetables
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Can you pick just one of these veggies to add?
Bamboo
Mushrooms
Seaweed
Cabbage

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7 side appetizer
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Which of these Japanese appetizers would you like on the side?
Gyoza
Edamame
Agedashi tofu
Yakitori

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8 Ramen Tsukemen
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Have you ever tried ramen tsukemen-style?
What's that?
Nope
Of course
No, but I want to.

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9 types of ramen
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What types of noodles would you like for today?
Regular
Thin
Thick
No noodles

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10 steamed fish
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How many slices of steamed fish cake would you like on top?
None
Two
At least three
One

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11 ingredient
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Which of these ingredients definitely does not belong in a bowl of ramen?
Corn
Butter
Bean sprouts
Green onions

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12 beverage
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Which of these yummy beverages would you like on the side?
Soda
Water
Fruit smoothie
Hot tea

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13 soy sauce
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What kind of condiment will you use for extra flavor?
No condiments
Soy sauce
Chili oil
Seasoned salt

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14 challenge
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Would you be willing to participate in a spicy ramen challenge for $100?
No thank you.
Participate? Sure. Win? Nope.
I think I can win it.
Make it $500 and we've got a deal.

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15 utensils
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How do you normally eat this Japanese bowl of soup?
Spoon
Fork
Chopsticks
Whatever the server gives me

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16 kabocha
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How about adding in one of these popular Japanese vegetables?
Eww ... no thanks
Lotus root
Daikon
Kabocha

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17 wasabi
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Would you like some wasabi on the side?
What's that stuff?
Just a little bit.
Yes please!
No thank you.

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18 miso paste
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What kind of miso paste would you like to add in?
No miso paste for me.
Red miso
White miso
Yellow miso

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19 grilled duck
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Would you rather add in some kimchi or grilled duck?
Neither
Grilled duck
Both please
Kimchi

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20 citrus
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Which of these citrus fruits will cleanse your palate?
Orange
Lime
I'm good with ginger actually.
Lemon

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21 black garlic
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Would you be willing to try a bowl of black garlic ramen?
Umm ... ew?
Nope. Nope. Nope.
Yes please!
Maybe just a taste...

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22 big bowl
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What are you going to do if you can't finish all your ramen?
Take a few more bites, then stop.
Pay the bill and leave.
Take it home.
Ask a friend to finish it for me.

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23 Dango
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Which of these desserts would you like after you're finished eating?
Ice cream
Mochi
Taiyaki
Dango

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24 paying the bill
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How much are you looking to spend for today's meal?
Under $6
Over $13
Between $10-$13
Between $6-$10

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25 boba drink
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It looks like your server is offering you a free boba drink to-go. What kind would you like?
Strawberry
Peach
Passion fruit
Mango

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26 Tonkatsu
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If you were still hungry, what other Japanese dish would you order?
Tonkatsu
Japanese curry
Nishime
Shrimp fried rice

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27 abalone
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Which of these expensive Japanese ingredients would you love to snack on?
None of these
Japanese spiny lobster
Japanese abalone
Red sea bream

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28 purple cauliflower
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Can you pick something purple to add to your creation?
Purple carrots
Purple cauliflower
Eggplant
Purple sweet potatoes

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29 instant ramen
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Would you like to trade your creation for some cheap Top Ramen instead?
Yes please!
No way, what a waste!
I've never had cheap Top Ramen.
How about some cheap ramen on the side?

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30 ramen burguer
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Would you like to try a ramen burger for today?
That sounds gross.
That sounds weird.
That sounds awesome.
Umm ... I don't know.

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