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.

Servings: 4

Ingredients

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)

Directions

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.

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