HOME-MADE KOREAN STYLE RAMEN
Not only the Japanese, but koreans also make succulent ramen.
Here is a very simple home-made recipe in Korean style:
INGREDIENTS: For 1 person?
-Instant Korean ramen with their soup powder: 1 pack (size is up to you! readily available in all Asian markets)
-Water: 500 ml
-Squid: 50 g
-Shrimps: 50 g
-Mushrooms: 30 g
-Fresh beasprouts: 50 g
-Thick short leek: 2
-Salad oil: 1 tablespoon
-Grated garlic: 1 teaspoon
-Oyster sauce: 1 teaspoon
-Salt: a little
-Pepper: a little
-Cut the squid in 1 cm/5cm pieces. Take shell off shrimps.
In a frypan pour the oil with grated garlic and switch on fire/heat.
-As soon as the garlic aroma comes out add shrimps and squid and fry until shrimp have changed colour. Add mushrooms, beansprouts, oyster sauce, salt and pepper and stir-fry for a short moment.
-In a large pot bring water to boil. Drop ramen, instant Korean powdered soup and other seasoning if included.
-As soon as you are satisfied with the consistency of the ramen add fried squid and shrimps and leeks cut in proper size.
-You prefer to serve in the following way:
First the ramen with their soup.
Second topped with fried squid, shrimps and mushrooms.
Last decorated with cut leeks.
Simple and easy to improve on!
Ramen with Komatsuna and Minced Meat
Ramen make for excellently balanced meals when properly combined with green vegetables and meat.
Here is a simple recipe combining ramen with minced pork and bee and komatsu leaves:
Ramen with Komatsuna and Minced Meat!
Komatsuna (Brassica rapa var. perviridis or var. komatsuna, コマツナ/小松菜、冬菜、鶯菜) is a type of leaf vegetable. It is a variant of the same species as the common turnip. It is grown in Japan, Taiwan and Korea. It is also known as Japanese Mustard Spinach and can be stir-fried, pickled, boiled and added to soups or used fresh in salads. It is an excellent source of calcium. It is also used for fodder in some Asian countries. The leaves of komatsuna can be eaten at any stage of growth. In a mature plant they are dark green with slender light green stalks, around 30 cm long and 18 cm wide. It is most often grown in the spring and autumn, as it cannot endure extreme heat or cold for more than a short time.
INGREDIENTS: For 2 persons
-Non-fry instant ramen (sold with shoyu/soy sauce taste stock soup powder): 2 packs
-Minced meat (half beef, half pork. Can be replaced with chicken): 180 g
-Komatsuna (or spinach): 1 bouquet (as much as you want, actually!)
-Ginger: 1 fresh piece (2×2 cm)
-Garlic (little smell variety if you can find it): 1 large clove
-Sesame oil: 1 teaspoon
-Chicken Bouillon powder (to taste): 1 cube~ crushed into powder
-Cornstarch: to taste (depends on how thick you like your soup)
-Water: 50 ml
-Cut the komatsuna/spinach into 2 or 3 easy to eat lengths. Chop the ginger fine. Slice the garlic.
-Mix the cornstarch with a water in small cup (don’t forget to stir it again before using it!)
-Prepare the soup by heating water added with the soup bought together with the instant ramen.
-Boil the ramen in salted water to the consistence of your liking.
-While the ramen are boiling, In a frypan fry the ginger and garlic in sesame oil over a small fire so as to bring out flavour.
-Once the aroma of the fried chopped condiments come out add the minced meat and fry over a medium high fire.
-Once the meat is well cooked, throw in the komatusna, lower stems irst for a few seconds and then all the rest, over a strong fire.
-Add the chicken bouillon powder and mix well.
-Reduce the fire to low. sprinkle over with all the starch mixed with water. Turn the fire to high and stir until the sauce around the meat and veg has thickened to your liking. Switch off fire.
-In a bowl (two bowls for 2 in this case), drop the boiled and drained ramen. Cover with soup and top with fried komatsuna and minced meat.
Simple Recipe with Beansprouts, Butter and Miso!
The Basic and Complete Ramen Recipe, I must admit, was complicated and a bit hard for friends to follow, but ramen can also be made simple and tasty.
Here is an example:
Ramen with beansprouts, butter and miso!
INGREDIENTS: For 2 servings
-Beansprouts (“moyashi”/もやし): one pack or a very large handful. Fresh, please!
-Onion: one half
-Bacon: 2 rashers
-Ramen: enough for 2 persons
-Butter: 1 tablespoon
-Miso: to taste
-While you boil the ramen, cut the onion and bacon into thin slices and fry. Boil some very lightly salted water for the soup (if you have bought the ramen with their soup, add it to the water, although it might become a bit heavy)
After the onion have become translucent and started taking in the bacon juices throw in the beansprouts and butter. Add just enough soup water as to obtain a thick enough soup. Add miso and stir.
In a bowl drop the boiled and drained ramen and top it with the beansprouts, bacon and onion soup!
Easy, isn’t it?
If you wish to make your ramen spicy add spices and chili when you fry the onion and bacon.
Don’t be afraid of using a lot of beansprouts (and other thinly cut veg if you wish)!
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