Ramen is not what it used to be. No more microwaving packages of dried noodles bought for a quarter. (Well, you probably can still get those if you want.) But today, fresh ramen is the delicious noodle and broth dish that’s the star menu item at ramen restaurants around the country.
If you’ve tried an upgraded noodle bowl and loved it, here’s how to make it at home.
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Fresh ramen can be really fun to make at home because it can be customized in different ways to make thousands of flavor combinations. She shows us exactly what to mix and match to make any batch taste delicious.
Here’s what you can mix and match:
Flavor base: 1/2 teaspoon bullion in your favorite flavor: beef, chicken, or vegetable
Seasoning: 1 tsp of your choice of soy sauce, salt, fish sauce, or miso (for spicy, add sriracha, chili oil or sambal)
Vegetables: 1/2 cup of any mixture of vegetables: baby spinach, kale, bok choy, shiitake mushroom or any mushrooms, chopped kimchi, shredded carrot, corn, radish, bean sprouts, sugar snap peas, green beans or peas all work well
Noodles: 1 cup fully cooked noodles: vermicelli, rice noodles, egg noodles, udon, ramen, yakisoba, soba, tofu noodles, spaghetti
Protein: 1/4 cup of chicken, pork, beef, shrimp or any other seafood, veggie meat, tofu or hard/soft boiled egg
Garnish: 1 tbsp of fragrant vegetables: chopped green onions, cilantro, Thai basil, mint or any other herb leaves, fresh lime, lemon, fresh chili, lemongrass, ginger, garlic, fried garlic, fried shallot
Choose the mentioned amount for each category to get the right ratio, but other than that, it’s up to your taste.
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You see, it’s basically like a choose your own adventure meal. As a bonus, it’s just as convenient as those microwave packets. You can make it ahead of time and store in little mason jars for the cutest, tastiest, and easiest meal yet.