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There's sushi, which we love, and then there's the rest of the many delicious dishes in Japanese cuisine. One of the most popular soups, ramen, comes from the instant ramen invented in Japan in the 1950s and given a Chinese name. The nationwide cultlike ramen craze in the last five years or so definitely doesn't involve that 25-cent packaged stuff. And neither should your home-cooked ramen. Buy some good ramen noodles at the grocery store or if you can find fresh ramen at an Asian store, do so. This satisfying version is an easy shredded chicken ramen recipe with scallions, mushrooms, and an optional egg.