Make Your Own Ramen

Make Your Own Ramen



For
me, ramen is one of the ultimate comfort foods. Whenever I
feel a little under the weather, this recipe is my go-to cure. Many
traditional dishes around the world have harnessed the natural
goodness of a good homemade broth. These recipes, centred around a
wholesome, nutrient-loaded broth, do wonders for the body,
strengthening the immune system, aiding digestion and alleviating
symptoms of many ailments. One such traditional dish is the ramen,
a noodle soup, revered in its native Japan.

Ramen can take many forms, from tonkotsu (pork bone broth) to
shio (salt); there are a number of varieties. Here, however, I have
based my ramen on possibly the newest variety, miso, also often
known as Sapporo. Miso is undoubtedly one of my favourite
ingredients. This fermented bean paste has a delicious umami
flavour which works wonderfully in a ramen. As well as adding deep
flavour to the broth, miso also brings its own host of health
benefits. Not only does it contain healthy doses of vitamin E,
vitamin B12, but it is also a traditional probiotic.

Topped with a piece of sustainably sourced protein (be it
chicken, pork or fish. as I have done here) and filled with a bunch
of greens, ramen can very quickly become not only a delicious soup,
but a very nutrient rich meal.

INGREDIENTS Makes two big bowls of steaming
ramen

2 nests of ramen noodles

1 litre good quality, preferably homemade, hot chicken stock

For the egg:

1 free-range egg

200ml soy sauce

For the miso base:

2tbsp white sweet miso

1 red chilli, deseeded

2 spring onions

1 small piece of peeled ginger

1tbsp dark soy sauce or tamari

1tbsp mirin

For the fish:

2 fillets of sustainably sourced salmon

1tsp dark soy sauce or tamari

1tbsp sweet white miso

1tsp honey

black sesame seeds

Toppings:

thinly shredded spring onions and chives

sweetcorn

beansprouts

shredded greens, I used char sui but bok/pak choi would work
equally as well

thinly sliced shallots fried in a little oil until crispy.

METHOD

At least a couple of hours before, or even the night before,
prepare your egg. Cover the egg in boiling water and simmer for 6
minutes exactly, no more, no less. Run under cold water until
completely cold. Remove the shell from the egg. Cover with the soy
sauce and leave to soak for at least a couple of hours.

To make the miso base for the stock, blitz all of the
ingredients together in a food processor until you are left with a
smooth, dark paste.

Mix together the soy sauce, miso and honey for the fish. Brush
this on to your salmon fillets and put them into a hot oven (at
around 200ºC) for roughly 10 minutes, depending on the size of your
fillets.

Pour boiling hot water over your noodles. Cover, and leave them
for roughly 5 minutes.

Get all of your toppings and other ingredients laid out at this
stage…you are now ready to finish the dish.

Place 1 tablespoon of the miso base into each of your two bowls.
Pour over the hot stock and whisk thoroughly until completely
blended. Check the taste of the broth; you may want to add a little
more miso.

Divide the noodles between the two bowls. Carefully slice the
egg in half, the yolk should be beautifully runny and the edge of
the white stained by the soy. Top each of your bowls with half an
egg and a salmon fillet sprinkled with black sesame seeds. Finally
finish with the corn, shallots, greens, beansprouts, spring onions
and chives.

Grab your chopsticks and dig in…

Words and recipe by by Nicola
Richman