|Mami's Spicy Japanese Ramen|
She explained to me that my experience with ramen is not the same as what the Japanese and Korean eat for their staple dish. She told me she liked her ramen with bamboo shoots and meats.
This morning, I woke up remembering our conversation. Usually for breakfast, I make the Mo a typical western breakfast of eggs and meat or a simple Cambodian fried noodle dish. Since I've been lacking with the blog, I decided to challenge myself and try something new. I "Googled" image Japanese ramen and was inspired by some of the photos. I didn't choose one dish that I would imitate from but I would gather whatever ingredients I had readily available and use it.
|Hard Boiled Egg|
First I boiled eggs for 2 minutes and set it aside in its hot water for 10 minutes. Careful not to overcook. After cool, slice eggs into halves.
I deep fried the pork belly, chicken thigh and fish cake. After they cooled down, I sliced them up.
I blanched the spinach, shrimp and meatballs.
|Giant Beef meatballs and small shrimp|
In medium sauce pan, add 2 cans of chicken brother, (I prefer Market Basket for the price) and 2 cans of water. Add the garlic oil seasoning but not the flavoring seasoning. Add a dash of fish sauce, a teaspoon of salt and sugar and 2 teaspoons of garlic chili oil and a pinch of black pepper. You may add more chili based on your preference. I also like to add a generous tablespoon of fried red onion. (see image below)
|Market Basket Chicken Broth|
|Fried Red Onion and Ground Chili with Fried Garlic|
Use a ladle to add the soup broth to the bowl and fill almost to the top of the brim.
In the restaurants, the ramen dishes are typically ordered with gyozas or dumplings, so I made served mine with Organic chicken and cilantro dumpling from Costco's and a ginger soy sauce.
|Costco Cilantro and Chicken Dumpling|