I often call it the ultimate bistro dish.  You have Starch, Vegetables, Protein, Balanced Seasonings and Broth all in one bowl.  I can't think of a more perfect single expression of food for a Chef to paint his or her story on. 

Broken down into 5 building blocks (Noodles, Broth, Seasonings, Aromatic Oils, and Toppings)

The harmony and balance you experience in a single bowl of ramen can speak volumes about the chef.