- Hakubaku organic noodles: Ramen, Soba, Udon etc
- Obento Japanese soy sauce. Roughly 2 tablespoons but to taste.
- 500ml water
- Greens: Baby spinach (pictured), asian greens, old lettuce leaves etc
- Eggs, tofu, (or cold roast pork, chicken), bamboo shoots, prawns etc
- Dashi no Moto - get it from your asian grocer
- Yeo's pure sesame seed oil
- Optional: grated ginger, crushed garlic, grated daikon, wakame, spring onions, chilli etc
- This is best ever comfort food. Superb for breakfast, lunch dinner and awesome on those cold winter days. Completely customisable to your preference. The basic soy broth and noodles plus protein and vegetables makes this the best fast food on the planet.
- Prepare the condiments. Do this ahead of time if necessary and only choose the condiments you like. My preferences (pictured) are: grated ginger(the young yellow fresh looking, not the hard old brown stuff) , crushed garlic, grated daikon (radish), chopped spring onion, wakame (seaweed), chilli (fresh/dried/bottled..all good), Mustard microgreens and Yeo's pure sesame seed oil. (There are are many others like Shichimi Togarashi, chilli oil, fried onion, bamboo shoots, fish cake etc). If you are lazy, chilli, sesame seed oil, ginger and spring onion are my must haves.
- Boil 500ml water. (This is the quantity of liquid I like but you adjust to your preference). Add the Dashi no moto following packet instructions. (You can make you own Dashi stock if you want but it costs way more and takes way more time)
- Add the soy to taste....it really depends on the volume of liquid but roughly about 1-2 tablespoons. Add a bit and taste. You can always add more, but you can't add less. Better to serve the dish with a side of soy and add it later than make it too salty.
- Boil a separate pot of water for the noodles and cook them to the packet instructions (4 mins for the ramen pictured). Drain once cooked, put into your bowl and drizzle a little Yeo's sesame seed oil and mix. (this stops the noodles sticking together and gives off awesome aroma once the hot broth hits the noodles)
- Poach the eggs in the Dashi/Soy broth..Crack the eggs into a little bowl and then slide gently into the broth... Before the eggs go in, the broth needs to be on the gentlest simmer possible. Takes 2 minutes for very soft inside and 3 minutes to just soft. Again will depend on your preference and stove top. Place the eggs on the noodles. If you aren't doing eggs you can dip the pork/prawn/? into the broth to warm and then place on noodles. Treat tofu exactly like eggs..I go for the silk tofu as the texture is very similar.
- Blanch/cook the greens of your choice. Baby spinach (pictured) takes a few seconds, asian greens 1-3 minutes. Place the greens on the noodles.
- Pour the broth over the noodles. Place a few of the condiments to make it look pretty. Less is always more here.. I always go for contrasting colours and balance wherever possible. Drizzle some more Yeo's Pure sesame seed oil and serve with the side of condiments.
- Note 1: Dashi no moto is instant dashi broth and readily available in all asian grocers and online. So far I haven't seen it in the major supermarkets. The real stuff is made from a broth of kombu (seaweed) and bonito (fried fish). This dish is about speed and taste. If you are about perfection, make the real stuff. If you want variation, there are also instant dried clam, crab etc stocks available which are all equally delicious.
- Note 2: Instead of eggs, tofu etc the asian grocers have a multitude of frozen dumplings, fish balls that can easily make this dish whatever you want. Throw a few tempura prawns on top for a top level ramen dish.
- Note 3: The micro greens really make the dish sublime. You can't buy them but you can grow your own and very cheaply. Just buy whole grain mustard seed from the supermarket or online. Main tricks are to keep the seed moist on a bed of kitchen towel, coco peat or soil from the back yard and grow them in the dark until one or two days before eating. Takes about 7 days to harvest. The internet is full of microgreens info so just go looking if you want to know more.
- Note 4: This is only the most basic of basic ramen dishes..There is literally infinite variation...just search, experiment or travel (when possible) to explore more.
Product used in recipe
- Hakubaku - Hakubaku Organic Ramen
- Obento - Japanese Soy Sauce
- Yeo's - Pure Sesame Oil