Ramen. Japanese Soup.

Ramen. Japanese Soup.

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2 hours y 15 minutes
Calories: 380
2 people

Ramen is a Japanese soup that has gained popularity around the world thanks to its delicious and comforting taste. Originally from China, this soup was brought to Japan by Chinese immigrants and adapted to Japanese tastes over time.

Ramen is characterized by its noodles, flavorful broth, and variety of ingredients, which can include everything from pork and boiled egg to vegetables and seaweed. Moreover, each region in Japan has its own variant of ramen, with unique flavors and styles that reflect local traditions and ingredients.

If you're interested in making ramen at home, it's important to note that the key to a good soup lies in the broth. We leave all the details and tips to make it perfect at the end of this post.

Optional ingredients like soybean sprouts, boiled eggs, and fresh green onions add extra flavor and texture to the dish. With a bit of practice and experimentation, you can create your own version of this comforting and delicious soup.

Ingredients for Ramen. Japanese Soup. for 2 people

  • 4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth (you can buy prepared broth or make it yourself)
  • 2 packages of dry ramen noodles (make sure the noodles do not have flavorings)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of soybean sprouts
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 piece of fresh ginger peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of miso paste (optional)
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach (optional)
  • 1 cup of sliced fresh mushrooms (optional)

How to make the recipe Ramen. Japanese Soup.

  1. Cook the eggs: Put the eggs in a small pot and cover them with water. Put the pot on medium-high heat and bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, let the eggs cook for 6-7 minutes (if you like softer eggs, cook them less). Once the eggs are cooked, remove the pot from the heat and cool the eggs in cold water. Once cooled, peel the eggs and cut them in half.
  2. Prepare the ramen noodles: Boil a large pot of water and cook the ramen noodles according to the package instructions (usually, they take 3 to 5 minutes). Once cooked, drain the noodles and rinse them with cold water to stop the cooking process. Divide the noodles into two bowls.
  3. Prepare the soup base: Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the chopped garlic, green onion, and ginger and cook for 1-2 minutes until they are golden and fragrant. Add the soy sauce and mix everything well. Add the chicken or vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Add the optional ingredients: If you decide to add the miso paste, add it to the broth and mix well. If you want to add spinach and mushrooms, add them to the soup and let them cook for a few minutes until they are tender.
  5. Assemble the ramen: Place half of the soybean sprouts in each bowl of ramen noodles. Pour the hot soup over the noodles and soybean sprouts. Add the cooked egg halves on top of the soup. If desired, add a little sesame oil.

Notes and Tips

Prepare the broth in advance: The broth is the base of the ramen soup and is what gives it flavor and body. To achieve a flavorful broth, it's recommended to cook it in advance so it has time to develop its flavor. You can do it several hours in advance or even a day before and store it in the refrigerator until it's ready to use.

Don't overcook the noodles: For the ramen noodles to have the right texture, it's important to cook them al dente. If you cook them too much, they will become soft and lose their texture. Typically, ramen noodles take 3 to 5 minutes to cook, but be sure to follow the package instructions and taste them regularly to ensure they don't overcook.

Experiment with different ingredients: Ramen is a very versatile dish and you can customize it according to your tastes. While this recipe includes some traditional ingredients like soybean sprouts and green onions, you can add your favorite ingredients such as meat, vegetables, or even seafood.

Add the sesame oil at the end: Sesame oil is an optional ingredient but adds a lot of flavor and aroma to the ramen. To get the most out of its flavor, it's recommended to add it at the end of the soup preparation, just before serving. This way, the sesame oil does not lose its flavor during cooking.

Serve the soup piping hot: Ramen is a comforting soup that is best enjoyed piping hot. You can serve the soup in warm bowls so it keeps its temperature longer and you can enjoy it in all its glory.

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