Pork Ramen

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Ramen is a classic Japanese dish that is flavorful and incredibly filling. Ramen has 3 main elements, the broth, the noodles, and the toppings. all three elements add flavor to the dish and make a bowl of ramen what it is. And though the broth and the noodles bring amazing flavor to the dish, the toppings are the real star of the show. For this bowl, I used red pepper flakes, sesame oil, and fish sauce. The red pepper flakes made this dish interesting. It started out tame in flavor, but the more that the flake got moved around the broth and dish, there was a surprise heat in some bites, while none in others. In the same way, the oils would be present in one bite, and absent in another. The rich savory toasty flavor of the sesame oil and the smooth slightly fishy flavor of the fish sauce, brought depth to the dish and great flavor. Other than that, my pork broth was a bit weak, so I added some beef bouillon and 1/2 a chicken ramen packet (as my MSG). I also used the leftover homemade noodles I had posted about yesterday. Since they were already cooked from then, i simply had to boil them for 3 minutes to heat up, then I strained them and plated. This recipe makes 3 large bowls of Ramen, and it heats up well the next day.

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What You Will Need

  • Pork stock (homemade or store bought)
    • Pork Bones
    • Water
  • Pork Chops
  • 2 Beef Bouillon
  • 1-2 tsp MSG
  • 1 Onion, Sliced
  • 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Can Sliced Mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger Paste
  • 12 Oz Pasta
  • Dried Red Pepper
  • Diced Chives
  • Dried Parsley
  • Sesame Oil
  • Fish Sauce

Directions

1. If using store bought stock, skip to step 2. To make pork stock, Add bones to a pot and cover bones with water bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes to remove impurities. Strain off the water and just cover the bones with water and simmer for 4 hours covered. Reserve the broth and discard the bones. Save any meat that may have stuck to the bones and add to the broth. Store in fridge covered or use immediately.

2. Begin by cooking the pork chops in a large skillet. Cook 3 minutes per side, remove from pan, and cut into strips to top the ramen. Fill a large sauce pan 3/4 with water. Place over medium high heat to boil. Add the broth to the hot skillet, and add in the onion, garlic, and optional beef bouillon and MSG. Once simmering, add mushrooms, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, and ginger. Taste, then season as needed. Once the water is boiling, cook pasta as directed on package. Strain.

3. Plate the ramen by making a nest of noodles. Top with onions and mushrooms and place a cut pork chop over the top. Cover with broth. Finally, sprinkle each bowl with pepper flakes, chives, and parsley, then drizzle with sesame oil and fish sauce.

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