Ramen Rules! Your Guide To The Tastiest Noodles

by Tefal Team on 26 November 2019
  • Ramen continues to top the noodle charts and here’s why: it’s one seriously tasty bowl of food.

    If you only know ramen from visits to Wagamama’s, or (horror of horrors!) you’ve never even tried them before, then read on. We spill the edamame beans on preparing perfect ramen.

  • What is ramen?

    This mega popular Japanese dish is a mix of noodles and shredded meat and veg swimming in a flavoured broth and served with various toppings. The key to a good bowl of ramen is the broth and ramen chefs spend ages developing these special soup skills.

    Generally speaking, ramen come in 3 main flavours: shio (salty), shoyu (soy sauce), and miso (fermented soya bean). There are loads of varieties of this heavenly noodle soup, but here are six worth knowing about.

  • Will any old noodles do?

    Nope. They need to be Chinese wheat noodles, also known as ramen noodles (helpful that). Go all out and make them yourself or do what most of us do and buy them from a shop, then boil them in a pan.

  • So, this broth then…

    As we mentioned, good ramen is all about the broth. This can be as time consuming as you want it to be. If you make everything from scratch, you might want to clear a day or two in your diary.

    But there are, of course, waaay easier ways of throwing together a pretty decent soup, like in this simple recipe. Or go super speedy and have the whole job done in 15 minutes flat.

  • And the meat and veg?

    Alongside the all important broth and firm, chewy noodles, ramen are loaded with fat slices of meat, juicy pieces of fish and sliced veggies. Have a go at a classic pork ramen recipe to get a feel for what’s involved.

    Invest a bit of time in this seafood feast for a meal that will love you back. Or, for (almost) hands-free ramen, try this recipe in the slow cooker.

  • What about toppings?

    One of the most common ramen toppings you’ll see is a boiled egg chopped in half to reveal the golden yoke. A simple boiled egg is fine, but if you want to be fancy-shmancy try a ramen egg instead.

    Other yummy toppings include bean sprouts, sliced spring onions, crushed peanuts, chopped cabbage, shredded seaweed and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. It’s your masterpiece – add whatever does it for you!

  • Are there veggie/vegan friendly ramen?

    Traditionally, ramen are made with chicken stock, bone broths, fish sauce and all manner of meats. So pretty much the opposite of plant-based then.

    But these days you’ll find a knock out selection of meat-free ramen. This veggie ramen is packed full of flavour, tofu and the obligatory boiled egg, while this recipe for vegan ramen has a broth to rival any meat filled bowl.

  • Can I have ramen for dessert?

    Well, kinda. We’re not entirely sure how the great ramen chefs of Japan would feel about chocolate miso ramen but we say give it a go.

    And then there’s always ramen cake

    Noodles for dinner tonight? Ramen to that!

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