Recipes Across the World: Miso Ramen

Persevering with the ‘Recipes Across the World‘ sequence, Hana of Hana’s Travel Journal is right here to show you learn how to make scrumptious ramen from the consolation of your own home!

Who wouldn’t know and love ramen? It’s thought-about the soul meals of Japan and every chef and family have their very own variation of this dish.

In its easiest type, ramen is noodles in a broth, however there are numerous totally different prospects past this primary description, starting from various toppings to the bottom of the soup.

General there are about 40 totally different regional kinds of ramen at the moment, and lately, it has develop into a vacationer attraction to journey across the nation to attempt well-known ramen noodles from specific retailers.

Miso is fermented soybean paste and it’s an unmissable ingredient in lots of Japanese recipes.

Spicy Miso Ramen is typical for the Sapporo area within the north of Japan, the place you’ll be able to count on chilly climate a lot of the yr, so this ramen will actually heat you up.

I acquired the recipe for ramen from my Japanese pal who had it in her household for generations. It’s tremendous yummy, fairly simple to make and it’s nearly as good as in any ramen store in Japan! I consider the substances like miso paste or chili bean paste might be present in any Asian store throughout the US, Europe, and Australia.

Right here’s learn how to make a Japanese-style Miso Ramen at dwelling!

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Cultural Context

Like many different Japanese dishes, ramen got here to Japan from China in the course of the Meiji restoration within the 19th century.

Very quickly it turned a staple dish in each family everywhere in the nation, and it’s changing into increasingly more widespread all over the world as nicely. Ramen made its first worldwide growth within the ’70s when Japanese inventor Momofuku Ando for the primary time created well-known cup noodles.

Nonetheless, the commercialization of the moment ramen was so profitable that that is the one kind of ramen most individuals know at the moment.

I wasn’t any totally different. Prompt noodles had been my “each day bread” throughout my college years and for a really very long time, I didn’t wish to hear the phrase ramen in any respect, as a result of I used to be over-fed. Fortunately I discovered my means again to it after shifting to Japan.

An important number of ramen retailers exist in Japan, starting from previous retailers providing flavors unchanged for the reason that pre-war days, to new retailers purveying the newest trendy flavors.

My very first bowl of ramen in Japan was fairly extravagant; it was made with squid ink and the style merely blew me away.

Since then I’ve tried many various kinds of ramen noodles from many alternative eating places, till I made a decision it’s time for me to attempt to cook dinner my very own at dwelling.

I’m experimenting with totally different ramen recipes, however this one is certainly the very best I’ve tried up to now and essentially the most favourite in our family.

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*Makes 3-Four servings

For the Soup:

  • 100g floor pork
  • ½ tbsp. of sesame oil
  • 1-2 grated garlic cloves (is dependent upon how huge the cloves are and private choice of the particular person making the ramen. I often use 2 cloves)
  • ½ tsp. of grated ginger
  • Three tbsp. of miso paste (you need to use any kind of miso based on your choice, you’ll be able to even combine differing types collectively. I favor to make use of crimson miso paste which provides the soup richer taste and darker shade)
  • 1 tsp. of Doubanjiang (a chili bean paste, additionally known as Toubanjan. There are totally different manufacturers and sorts of this paste and you must have the ability to discover it in any Asian market. You should use 1 tablespoon, if you happen to like your meals spicy).
  • 1 diced negi (Japanese inexperienced onion – might be substituted with a shallot or leek)
  • Four cups (960 ml) of hen broth
  • To season: white pepper, salt, sugar, and 1 tbsp. of sake
  • 2 servings of ramen noodles (might be changed by angel hair pasta, if ramen noodles usually are not out there in your area)

heart-warming bowl of ramen is all in regards to the toppings


You may placed on no matter you want or what you have got out there at dwelling. Listed below are some examples of what I often like to make use of. From this choice, I might extremely advocate the boiled eggs, inexperienced onion, and corn kernels.

  • Boiled egg (don’t boil it longer than 5-6 minutes to ensure the yolk might be just a little bit runny on the within)
  • Corn kernels
  • Inexperienced onion
  • Nori seaweed
  • Purple pickled ginger (beni sho-ga)
  • Bean sprouts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Pork stomach
  • Black pepper
  • Chilli oil
  • Menma (seasoned bamboo shoots)

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Preparation + Recipe

  1. To make the bottom to your ramen soup, pour one tablespoon of sesame oil in a pot and activate medium warmth. Add grated garlic, ginger, finely reduce shallot (or leek), miso paste, and Doubanjiang to the pot and blend nicely.
  2. Add floor pork and cook dinner till the meat is cooked by means of (about 5 – eight minutes).
  3. When pork is cooked and all the pieces is mixed, add hen inventory to the pot and let simmer for about 5 minutes. You may season the soup based on your style with white pepper, sugar, salt, and sake.
  4. Whereas the soup is simmering, cook dinner your noodles in a separate pot based on the directions and pressure them nicely.
  5. Put together your ramen bowl, put the noodles inside, and add the soup.
  6. Now you’ll be able to model your ramen with any toppings you want! I often use pork stomach, which I fry on some sesame oil on a separate pan (I additionally prefer to caramelize it with just a little little bit of brown sugar), then I add corn kernels, boiled egg, seaweed, spring onions, pickled ginger, and sesame seeds. I additionally prefer to sprinkle just a little little bit of black pepper on high.
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All of the flavorful substances!

Vegetarian Possibility

This kind of ramen may be very meaty and might be fairly heavy. As I’m attempting to decrease my consumption of meat, I used to be experimenting with a vegetarian choice of this recipe.

I merely skip the bottom pork when making the bottom for the soup, trade the hen inventory with a vegetable one and add lentils to make the soup extra filling. Typically I add half a can of coconut milk so it’s creamier.

As a topping, I take advantage of mushrooms as an alternative of pork stomach. I favor shiitake however any mushrooms will do, or you’ll be able to add some fried tofu.

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Ideas and Tips

Ramen is often served in a bowl, the place the soup comes first, after which the noodles are served as a topping. Nonetheless, with Sapporo-style ramen, it’s the opposite means round.

First, you set some noodles in your bowl, you then add soup and magnificence the toppings of your alternative.

Whereas in different international locations it’s frowned upon, in Japan it’s thought-about well mannered to loudly slurp your noodles when consuming.

This fashion you might be displaying the chef that you’re having fun with the meal and on the similar time, slurping apparently helps to boost the flavour of the dish. Like the vast majority of meals in Japan, ramen can be eaten with chopsticks. You should use a small spoon for the soup, or you’ll be able to merely drink it immediately from the bowl.

In ramen retailers throughout Japan, you get totally different small dishes on the facet. They often embody a bowl of rice, Japanese dumplings gyoza, pickled greens, or miso soup.

At dwelling, I generally put together just a few dumplings on the facet as nicely, however miso ramen is kind of filling so that you don’t actually need anything.

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Closing Ideas

In Japan, we are saying Itadakimasu earlier than consuming, which might be broadly translated as “Let’s eat”, “Bon Appétit” or “Thanks for the meals”, nevertheless, its true that means is just a little bit extra profound.

Itadakimasu means “I humbly obtain” and it may be in comparison with saying grace earlier than the meal.

Its origins lie in Buddhism that teaches respect for all residing issues, not solely animals however vegetation as nicely. After ending the meal we are saying “Gochisosama deshita” as a thanks for the meals (arigato means thanks and can be utilized in any context, whereas gochisosama deshita refers solely to meals).

I hope you’ll benefit from the recipe and the ultimate dish!

Please tell us within the feedback the way you favored it. I’ve eaten ramen with my husband in numerous eating places in Japan, however he at all times says this recipe is the winner.

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