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.