Ramen noodles are served in light salt-based shio broth topped with meat, veggies, fish cakes that will satisfy that craving for ramen.
I didn’t really know much about preparing ramen noodles until few years ago. Then came the trip to Hawaii where we had ramen noodles almost everyday lol! Very authentic ramen too. If you ever visited Honolulu and wondering where’s the great place to have a bowl of authentic ramen that will satisfy your heart and soul, I will strongly suggest Ramen Nakamura. This little shop is always packed with people and I couldn’t be any more pleased with the ramen noodles there. My favorite ramen from Ramen Nakamura is their oxtail shio/shoyu ramen. Truly the best! Their gyozas are also the best I’ve tasted so far. You’ll see lots of tourists, mainly Japanese, eat there.
You’ll also hear lots of “slurping” sound (which my 2 kids are very good at too) in there. That’s how Japanese or in fact, Asians will eat their noodles. Not a sign of impoliteness, but simply a sign of satisfaction!
After preparing the ramen chicken stock, the next thing to decide is what kind of base to use for the soup. Two very popular bases that you’ll hear often are shio and shoyu. This recipe is for shio ramen noodles. Shio means salt. Shio base is light in color. The base is prepared with kombu, sea salt, water and katsuobushi. Don’t let the word “salt” scared you thinking that your ramen is going to be awfully salty. It simply means that this base uses salt as one of its flavors.
In his Takashi’s Noodles cookbook, Takashi Yagihashi shared that shio ramen hails from the northern Japanese city of Sapporo, and is a perfect antidote to a frigid winter day. Shio ramen is a relatively late addition to the ramen lineup in Japan, but they’re now popular accross Japan. This is the classic recipe, which is loaded with fresh vegetables.
The ramen noodles come in several different kinds too. There are wavy/curly ramen and there are also straight ramen and I’ve seen crispy ramen as well. I used the straight ramen (as you can see in the photos). Once you’ve known how to make your own ramen, you will never ever buy the instant ramen noodles anymore !!!! Both hubby and daughter love this shio ramen.
Recipe is adapted from Takashi’s Noodles
- 28-30 oz dried ramen noodles
- 6 slices or more of Kamaboko/Japanese fish cake
- 8 cups ramen chicken stock see notes
- 1 1/2 cups shio base
- Lava eggs see notes
- Dash of hot chili oil
- 1/4 cup cooking oil divided
- 2 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp ground pork
- 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1 tsp tobanjan chili sauce
- 1/2 cup sliced onion
- 1/2 cup peeled and thinly sliced carrots sliced on an angle
- 1 cup frozen corn thawed
- 1/2 green cabbage cored and cut into bite-size pieces
- 4 cups bean sprouts rinsed well
- 2 scallions both white an green parts, thinly sliced on an angle
- 1 piece kombu wiped with a damp cloth
- 4 cups water
- 1/4 cup kosher or sea salt
- 1 1/3 cups katsuobushi
Prepare the shio base by combining all the ingredients for shio base in a saucepan. Place over high heat and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve
Combine the chicken stock and shio base in a pot and place over high heat to make the shio broth Bring just to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover to keep warm
Heat 2 Tbsp of the vegetable oil in a very large saute pan or wide-bottomed pot over high heat. Once hot, add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly, but be careful not to let the garlic burn. Mix in the ground pork and cook for 2 minutes. Add the hoisin sauce and tobanjan/chili sauce and continue cooking, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to break up the pork into small pieces. Cook for 5 minutes, then remove the pork from the pan and set aside
Add the remaining 2 Tbsp vegetable oil to the pan and return it to high heat. Add the onions, carrots, corns, and cabbage. Cook until the vegetables begin to soften, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Mix in the bean sprouts and reserved pork. Cook for 1 minute and remove from the heat
Cook the ramen noodles in a pot of boiling water according to package instructions. Drain well and divide among 4 bowls. Top each bowl with one-fourth of the broth, vegetables, and pork, and garnish with fish cake, scallions, and hot chili oil to taste