Ramen + Homemade Broth

I do not know a lot about making Ramen, I know it’s delicious and I know that there is a wonderful culture surrounding it, but I have never made it myself before. A co-worker of mine provided me with the cookbook, “Lets Make Ramen” which is this brilliantly designed comic cookbook detailing the culture surrounding ramen as well as easy to follow recipes. If I am to try a new recipe, I want to go all in, that means making my own broth and preparing all the accoutrements. I did not make my own ramen noodles [I will try that next time], but this follows the Lets Make Ramen chicken broth recipe!

Ingredients

Chicken Broth

  • 5 LBS Chicken Bones/Caracases, including skin
  • 1 LB Chicken Feet [if available]
  • 1 Bunch Green Onions, trimmed and cut length wise
  • 2 Apples, honey crisp, gala, fuji, quartered
  • 1/2 LB Fresh Ginger, unpeeled, sliced 1/4 in thick
  • 1 Bulb of Garlic, cloves smashed + peeled
  • 1 TBSP Salt

Toppings

  • Boiled Eggs
  • Crispy Chicken Skins
  • Nori
  • Ramen Noodles [package works fine]

Let’s Get Cooking

Prep all of the broth ingredients and place in a large pot and cover with 6 quarts of cold water [that’s 24 cups]. Bring to a simmer over med-high heat then lower to maintain a slow simmer.

Cook the broth for about 4-5 hours, skimming off any of the scum that goes to the surface. Be sure to stir every hour or so.

The stock will reduce, after the 4 hour cooking time. Remove from heat and let cool to room temp.

Strain and discard all the other ingredients, store the stock in a tightly sealed container overnight.

There will be some fat on top once you are ready to use it, which is good. Melt in a small pot whenever you’re ready to use.

Preparing Toppings

When you’re ready to eat prepare you’re toppings before hand so everything is warm and ready.

To soft boil eggs: begin boiling the water, once boiling, place in the egg and boil for 8 minutes. Run under cool water and let the egg cool down. Peel then cut in half and add to your ramen.

Crispy Chicken Skins: Preheat the oven to 400F. Remove the skin off of chicken thighs. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the chicken skins on top. Season with Salt + Pepper. Place another sheet of parchment on top with another baking sheet on top so they do not curl up. Cook for about 35 min.

Ramen: Boil the ramen according to the package, or until they begin to break apart/get soft, which takes about 4 minutes.

Once you’re both is hot and so are your toppings it’s time to move fast. Pour your broth in a bowl, followed by noodles, egg, crispy skins, and nori.

Made with Love,

Hannah

P.S Don’t forget the slurp

Homemade Beef & Broccoli

I am all for creating new recipes with just the items laying around in the kitchen, it’s like my own personal game of Chopped. Instead of caving to my cravings of Chinese take-away I decided to make my own. My creation is as follows!

Ingredients

  • Flank Steak
  • 1 Cup Broccoli
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 TBSP Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic
  • 2 Packages of Ramen Noodles – I used Lotus Foods Rice Ramen
  • 1 TBSP Flour + Water

Let’s Get Cooking

Cut the flank steak into strips, against the grain.

Combine Soy Sauce + Rice Wine Vinegar + Honey + Hot Sauce + Ginger + Garlic

Pour over the flank steak and marinate for an hour.

After marinating cook the steak into a hot pan with the marinade. Once fully cooked stir in the roux (water + flour)

While the steak is cooking, cook the ramen noodles according to the package, do not use the spice packet that is included.

Add broccoli to the steak and stir.

Time to Plate

Once the broccoli has fully incorporated and softened, pour the mixture over the rice noodles and enjoy!

Made with Love,

Hannah