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Expert recommendations for the best beer pairing for ramen

Expert recommendations for the best beer pairing for ramen

Whether you’re eating out or making ramen at home, you’ll know if ramen is spicy if it contains one of the following ingredients: togarashi, yuzu kosho, gochujang, sambal oelek (also called Indonesian chili sauce) or Chinese chili garlic sauce. Chili crisp is a common ramen topping that also brings out the spiciness — and you can always ask your waiter to serve it on the side for you when you’re dining out. If you follow Chef Joo’s recommendation, the presence of any of these ingredients should indicate to you that you should order a blonde beer. Without these ingredients you can opt for a pale ale or a pilsner.

If you can’t find anything like that on the restaurant’s beer list, your server should be able to recommend something similar. Luckily, there are plenty more options when you’re making ramen at home. Whether you’re shopping for the Tasting Table-ranked instant ramen brand or the highest-heat spicy ramen, a trip to the beer fridge will present you with an endless array of possible pairings. Chef Joo’s recommendation makes it easy. Still, choosing a good beer can be tricky, so use Tasting Table’s ranking of the 45 most popular beers as a guide.