There's a whole lot to love about ramen. Not only is the Japanese noodle soup full of incredible flavors, but it's also amazingly versatile. You can enjoy easy, quick, and quality ramen meals, or try your hand at recipes that take a little longer but are worth the wait. Whether it's for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can't go wrong with a hearty bowl of mouthwatering ramen.
Roast pork and ramen noodles go perfectly together. In just one hour, you can be sipping on some seriously good ramen featuring spring onions, ginger, and garlic. Start by marinating a piece of pork for 10 minutes in a 2:1 water and mirin/soy sauce mixture. Then, roast the pork for 25 minutes. Blanch noodles in soup stock and slice the pork to finish. Try adding cut chilies if you need an extra kick.
Many ramen restaurants cite spicy miso dishes as some of their most popular, and you can bring this salty, savory meal into your own kitchen. Start by simmering six cups of chicken stock in a large pan, adding 5 of 6 tablespoons of miso, and whisking to dissolve. Make a spicy miso pork mince with pork, red miso, green leek, ginger, anchovies, black peppers, and sesame seeds, ground into a coarse paste with a food processor. Combine the heated mixture with the miso-chicken broth and top with marinated eggs and bean sprouts.
Spaghetti and meatballs make a classic homestyle meal that can be combined with ramen noodles for something delicious and unique. It takes less than an hour to make enough to serve four people. Combine ground turkey with grated onion, garlic, chili flakes, and fennel seeds. Fry the balls in olive oil until golden. Set the meatballs aside and combine with ramen noodles and your desired broth. Dig in and enjoy this tasty twist on an old tradition.
Chargrilled chicken is healthy and especially yummy in a bowl of piping hot broth. Get your protein intake up and enjoy this vibrant meal that's ready in 30 minutes. Simmer 5 cups of chicken stock with a tablespoon of soy sauce and some chili and garlic for 15 minutes. Cook chicken on the grill for five minutes per side and let cool before slicing. Put noodles and pak or bok choi and kale into the broth and simmer for two more minutes. Put the chicken on top and sprinkle with lime juice, red onion, and coriander.
This chicken ramen dish may take a few hours to perfect, but once you taste it, you will be glad you took the time to make it. Roast the meat for an hour with a bit of chili seasoning. Boil 12 cups of water and add strips of kombu and bonito flakes to infuse for 50 minutes. This creates a broth called dashi, which can be combined with the crispy pieces of chicken and crunchy vegetables for a marvelous ramen meal.
Another healthy chicken ramen dish has lemongrass and ginger. You can use the instant noodles sitting in your pantry, or, if you have extra time and the skills, make homemade noodles. Either way will taste delicious when you combine a lemongrass stalk, red chili, garlic, and seasoning to simmer for five minutes. Serve with sliced chicken breast and lemon wedges with a bit of chili sprinkled on top to complete the dish.
Pork and chicken are great, but beef ramen is another delicious choice you can make in just 20 minutes. Quickly fry your choice of beef in soy sauce and mirin while preparing the broth at the same time. Heat 4 cups of chicken stock with ginger, garlic, and chili and simmer for five minutes. Next, add carrots, Chinese leaf, and bean sprouts, and bring to a simmer. Add the sliced beef and season with soy sauce to serve.
A touch of seafood can spice up your ramen. It takes just 20 minutes, so get out your noodles to boil and prepare the stock. Use 3 cups of chicken or vegetable stock. Once it's simmering, toss in the salmon, spring onions, and chilies. Coriander and freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice complete this satisfying and healthy meal, which is perfect if you're in a hurry.
Vegan tofu ramen is a great option for those who don't eat meat or animal products. This recipe requires an hour of prep time, starting with the garlic, onion, and mushroom-infused broth. A tablespoon each of mirin, sake, and soy sauce levels up the liquid. Add marinated tofu and beansprouts and boil the noodles. Combine the ramen and the broth for a deliciously wholesome meal.
Who says ramen is only for lunch or dinner? There's no reason you can't start your day with breakfast noodles. Cook a pack of ramen noodles and boil an egg. Fry up a few strips of crispy bacon and mushrooms. Combine the ingredients together for a fun and tasty morning meal. Spring onions, chives, and your favorite sauce can top it all off.