IRL. Miso Ramen Kit

May is Asian and Pacific Islander Month and what better way to celebrate a culture than through their food. I was at ALDI the other day and found these Ramen kits from IRL Food. They had spicy chicken and this miso ramen, I picked up both because they looked so good. I used Budget Bytes as a source to spice up my ramen kit and make it a proper meal. It was incredibly easy to put together and the miso broth from the kit was DELICIOUS. I can’t wait to taste the spicy chicken.

Ingredients

  • Ramen Kit
  • 1 Egg
  • Scallions, diced
  • Ginger
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • Spinach
  • Hot Sauce
  • Olive Oil

Let’s Get Cooking

The kit starts off by bringing the broth to a low boil.

While that’s heating up, in a skillet saute garlic + zested ginger with the olive oil. Once that becomes fragrant, add in the spinach and cook until wilted.

Once the broth has come to a boil, add in the noodles. Break the noodles up with a fork. Let that boil on low for about 2 minutes.

Turn down to a low simmer and crack an egg into the broth. Let it cook enough that the white is fully cooked but the yolk is still soft.

Once done, pour into a bowl, and top with spinach + scallions + a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce!

Enjoy and be sure to give your support to local Asian-owned businesses!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Brad’s Big Stock

I love Brad Leone, I named my sourdough starter after him. He is what got me into learning about fermentation and the science of food. I love how focused he is on farm to table, and taking what you can from nature while being sustainable. This is Brad’s stock recipe from his new cookbook Field Notes for Food Adventures. You can use this stock in a variety of different recipes. I used it this past week to make use of the rotisserie chicken bones I saved from meal prepping. You can cut down this recipe as needed, since I only had about 2lbs of bones I cut back on a few items. Do what feels right to you.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Medium Onions, halved
  • 1 Cup Sliced Mushrooms
  • 2 Medium Carrots, chopped
  • 3 Celery Stalks, chopped
  • 10 lbs Mixed Bones, I used chicken, you can use whatever you have
  • 1 Parsley Bunch
  • Additional Herbs, like thyme, rosemary, whatever you want
  • 2 Garlic Heads
  • 6 Bay Leaves
  • 1 TBSP Whole Peppercorns
  • 1 Cup White Wine
  • 4 Gallons Filtered Water
  • Salt

Let’s Get Cooking

In a large pot heat up the oil and brown off the onions + mushrooms + carrots + celery.

Add in the bones + parsley + additional herbs + garlic + bay leaves + peppercorn and stir.

Add in the wine and let reduce down for a few minutes. Then add in the water and bring to a low simmer.

Turn down the heat to LOW, allowing it to gently simmer.

Let this go for hours until it reduces. I let mine go for about 6 hours. The color will darken and the stock will thicken.

Strain the stock and taste, salt now if the stock needs it.

Store in the fridge or put in the freezer to use later.

Make something decision with this stock!

Made with Love,

Hannah

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 your 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