When I recently visited Brazil, I talked about ramen with a Japanese-Brazilian woman who had lived in Japan for many years. She said she was quite familiar with the flavors of Japanese ramen.
According to her, connoisseurs of genuine Japanese ramen say the taste of ramen served at shops in Brazil has been deteriorating for several years. Nevertheless, more people than ever are lining up in front of the shops.
“One problem is broth, I think,” she said. “For me, there’s no true broth flavor in soup here. Another problem is that the noodles aren’t sufficiently firm. It’s partly because Brazilians don’t require it.”