Asian Soul Food: Ramen Recipe
Here's an easy way to make your own delicious ramen by using the noodles from store-bought ramen packages.
By Katie Workman | themom100.com
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cook Time: 15-20 min.
Total Time: 1 hr.
1 tbsp vegetable oil
10 oz. sliced shiitake mushrooms
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
2 tbsp mirin (rice wine)
10 cups good chicken stock
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp spicy sesame oil, or to taste (plus more for serving)
3 3 oz. packages of ramen noodles, seasoning packets discarded
3/4 cup sliced scallions, divided
1 lb. roast pork, warm, pulled into small chunks
1/2 cup roughly chopped cooked bacon
slivered nori (optional)
1 cup baby spinach leaves
sriracha or other hot sauce, fresh cilantro, additional spicy sesame oil, lightly crushed peanuts and shichimi togarashi for serving (optional)
1. Heat the oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven and add the mushrooms. Sauté for about 6 minutes, until golden brown and tender.
2. Add the garlic and ginger. Sauté for 1 minute until aromatic.
3. Add the mirin and stir, then add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Stir in the soy sauce and spicy sesame oil.
4. Add the noodles (not the seasoning packs!) and 1/2 cup sliced scallions. Stir for 3 minutes until the noodles are almost tender.
5. Spoon the noodles and soup evenly into bowls.
6. Top with the pork, the bacon, the nori (if using) and the remaining 1/4 cup sliced scallions.
7. Tuck 1/4 of the baby spinach into the side of each of the bowls. Serve hot and pass hot sauce, cilantro, spicy sesame oil, peanuts and shichimi togarashi if desired.