Recipe: Pork Ramen Bowl

PORK RAMEN BOWL

This is Japanese fast food at its best... good, healthy, nutritious and yummy. A bowl of steaming pork broth seasoned with miso and soy sauce poured over ramen noodles, shredded pork, beansprouts and a whole bunch of other bits. Finished with soy, mirin and sake marinated eggs... a winner all round!

Ingredients

Broth

  • 1 chicken carcass
  • 1 kg pork ribs
  • 1 handful of dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 25 g root ginger, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 spring onions
  • 750 g pork shoulder steaks
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 packets of instant ramen noodles

Egg Garnish

  • 6 eggs
  • 200 ml sake
  • 120 ml soy sauce
  • 120 ml mirin
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 200 ml water

Other Bits

  • 150 g beansprouts
  • 100 g fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 spring onions, sliced
  • 2 red chillies
  • 2 nori sheets
  • 200 g shelled edamame beans
  • 1 bunch of fresh coriander
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
Blanch the bones

Step 1

Blanch The Bones

Add the chicken carcass and the pork bones to a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring it to the boil, then pour all of the water away, saving the bones.

Make the stock

Step 2

Make The Stock

Refill the saucepan with water and add the dried mushrooms, spring onions, ginger, garlic, star anise, spring onions and the pork shoulder steaks Leave to simmer on a very low heat for 8 hours.

Prepare the eggs

Step 3

Prepare The Eggs

Boil another pan of water and carefully lower in the eggs. Cook for 6 minutes, until soft boiled, then cool in cold running water. Peel the eggs from their shell and store in the soy/mirin liquid for 12 hours in the fridge. You can store them for another day or two out of the liquid.

Finish the stock

Step 4

Finish The Stock

Strain the stock and save the meat. Pour the stock back into the saucepan. Whisk in the miso paste, mirin and soy sauce.

Cook the noodles

Step 5

Cook The Noodles

Bring the stock to a boil and add the noodles. Boil for 5 minutes, until the noodles are cooked, then pull out the noodles and keep the broth hot.

Arrange the bowls

Step 6

Arrange The Bowls

Arrange the beansprouts, raw mushrooms, eggs, cooked noodles and pork in ramen bowls. Top with the sliced chilli and spring onions.

Pour and serve

Step 7

Pour And Serve

Pour over the steaming broth and serve.

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