dining out Devra First searches for the perfect bowl of ramen ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Barry Chin/Globe Staff The search for the perfect bowl of ramen can become an obsession. Thankfully in the past few years there has been an explosion of the Japanese soup in Boston. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff From the time Yume Wo Katare in Cambridge opens, every chair and stool is full; people wait in line for hours to try chef-owner Tsuyoshi Nishioka’s food. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Nishioka serves a style known as “jiro ramen” — the porkiest, heartiest ramen around. Barry Chin/Globe Staff If you want to eat ramen without standing in a long line, Jim Chen's Inaka in Allston is one of the best bets in town. Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe Pikaichi in Allston serves a solid bowl of soup, along with a dose of Japanese culture: Japanese pop songs. Pictured, hokkai shio ramen with boiled half egg. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff As of Oct. 1, Kazu Aotani's Snappy Sushi in Somerville is officially Snappy Ramen. Despite the rapid change in specialty, the ramen is really good.