How To Make Ramen Noodles
Ramen is a traditional Japanese noodle soup. It basically consists of Chinese-style long grain noodles cooked in a flavorful stock or seafood-based sauce, often flavored either with soy sauce or other miso-style sauces, and sometimes even with scallions and sliced meats. The word “ramen” (written ramen and pronounced rah-men) literally means “pot cooking”. In the Japanese culture, ramen is not only a delicious hot pot soup, but also an important part of a meal. Here are a few ways you can enjoy this Japanese comfort food.
You can enjoy ramen as a part of your standard tonkotsu soup. To prepare for this soup, you will need long grain noodles, chicken bones, carrots, ginger, shiitake mushroom, garlic, and a few seasonings. The stock used to make the soup can be any type of broth from Japanese stock, sesame oil, or vegetable shortening. You may also want to add some ginger, scallions, or onions for extra flavor.
Another way to enjoy your bowl of ramen is to mix in some kamaboko or soy sauce. Kamaboko is a thick, pasteurized sauce made from corn starch, soy sauce, chicken broth, sugar, and salt. To use kamaboko, simply mix in about 2 tablespoons of the sauce into your prepared noodles. To add the miso flavor, mix in about one tablespoon of miso into the broth. It is optional to add the sauce into your broth; however, the additional ingredients will enhance its flavor.
One of the most common mistakes made when making ramen is using too much shio. Shio is the salty, ground gray soil found in dried, sea-based ingredients like seaweed, ditch weed, and shipload. Although it is salty, too much shio causes a slight burn to the palate. Since the seasoning in the broth is so important, it is best to limit the use of shio. If you must add it, add just a little at a time so that the flavors are not lost.
Ramen should also have sesame oil. In addition to being salty, sesame oil also imparts a light flavor. If you desire to have a thicker taste in your noodles, mix in a tablespoon or two of sesame seeds with the ramen before cooking.
By following these simple tips, you will be able to enjoy the dish you make for your family or dinner guests. Ramen does not have to be complicated to be wonderful. When it is made right and with the right ingredients, the dish itself will be amazing. Make sure to use the freshest, most organic ingredients possible. With just a few simple substitutions, you can transform ramen noodles into a nutritious meal your whole family will love.