What is ramen soup?
Ramen soup is a Japanese soup that consists of noodles and often meat. The soup base is made of fish, but you can also use chicken soup, or beef soup as a substitute. The ramen soup often has flavours of miso paste or soy sauce. Additionally, there can be toppings such as algae, pork, egg etc. They are most often eaten as a full meal because they have everything we need.
Different parts of Japan have different ramen soups.
Ramen with miso paste is ramen from Hokkaido.
Today, we are going to prepare this one, but with a modern approach – fine dining.
What is the base for ramen soup?
The base is the same for every soup. This is a water base which is a combination of meat or fish and vegetables or just meat or just vegetables or just fish.
My base is chicken with vegetables but with the addition of miso paste for a rich flavour.
So, I cooked a classic chicken soup for which you need a maximum of 45 minutes. If you don’t have chicken soup, you can use chicken soup cube for fast food variant of ramen soup.
Then I added 1 teaspoon of miso paste on 250 ml of soup. Whether you will add more teaspoons of miso paste depends on its quality. That is why tasting is a must.
If you like the spicy option, you can make that one, too.
My suggestion for the spicy variant of a soup base is to chop a few hot peppers (adjust the number of peppers to your tolerance for hotness), mix them with 1/4 sup of sesame oil. Put it all in a blender and make an emulsion which you later add to the ramen soup.
Which vegetables did I use and how you can substitute them?
Pak Choy or Bok Choy is the same type of herbaceous vegetable that grows in Asia. It belongs to the category of cabbage. You can often find it in the supermarkets of developed countries of Europe. If you can’t find it, you can use chard or beet leaves, for example.
Sugar snap pea is a regular sugar pea, but it is picked before the peas develop completely. It is eaten in its entirety and it is used for deserts in culinary arts. It goes great with salads. If you are unable to get sugar snap peas, you can substitute it with a regular peas or green beans.
How to make eggs for this recipe – ramen soup?
Eggs can be hard boiled, and then added to the ramen soup.
The second option is to have hard-boiled egg in soy sauce. The preparation is simple and it has an amazing flavour and looks totally different. Keep the boiled and peeled egg for a couple of hours in soy sauce, the best would be overnight, and then use it to enrich your ramen soup.
I prepared the egg in a third way. Separated the egg white and yolk carefully. I kept the egg white for some other recipe, and I put the yolk in a coffee cup and poured the soy sauce over, so that it was mostly covered. I let it sit for 3 hours. After 3h, the yolk changed its colour a bit, and created a membrane around it. Then, I strained it carefully and put it in the ramen soup.
The rest of the ramen soup preparation is in the recipe and it’s very simple.
If you like soups, then you should try this French classic.