Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Recipe: Low Budget British Ramen

I've been wanting to make my own ramen for years. While I love ramen, some of the usual ingredients I could really do without (think niboshi and stringy onions). Last weekend, I decided to go for it. Keep in mind, I am budgeting so these are literally the cheapest ingredients available. And all found at your local London supermarket. I firmly believe you can make ramen with anything.

2 Chicken Breasts
1 Leek
1 Large Poblano Pepper
1/4 White Cabbage Head
1 Egg
Egg Noodles
Chicken Stock (I used the little potted version)
Lime Juice
Soy Sauce
Sriracha Sauce
Minced Garlic
Chili Flakes

1. Soft boil egg, set aside.
2. Bring the chicken stock to boil with minced garlic (about 1 full clove for a large stock pot), chives (about 4, make sure you have 1 left for garnish), soy sauce (about half a cup but mostly to taste), and spices (flakes, salt, pepper, and paprika) to taste. Turn to simmer for 10 minutes. I really like paprika flavor so I go a bit heavy there.
3. Bring back to boil and add full chicken breasts (best with a bit of fat left on, you can remove excess later). Boil for 10 minutes or until just slightly pink in the middle. Remove.
4. Chop leek by slicing in half long way and half again creating half inch strips.
5. Chop poblano short way creating small rings.
6. Chop cabbage in 4 inch strips.
7. Add sriracha sauce, 2 cap fulls of lime juice, and additional soy or spices to taste. Add leek and poblano to the pot and simmer for 5-10 minutes until veggies are soft bit still have some bite (to preference). Remove once at the desired texture.
8. Chop chicken in small strips (the thinner the better I think). Add salt and pepper directly.
9. Prepare your ramen bowl by placing the egg noodles at the bottom.
10. Bring the stock back to a boil and pour over egg noodles.

11. Cut boiled egg in half.
12. Place leeks, poblanos, chicken, cabbage strips, and eggs around the bowl. The chicken will finish cooking along with the noodles.
13. Garnish with chives and sriracha.

That's an embarrassing photo but hey! I was really proud.

Admittedly, I added quite a bit of chili flakes and sriracha so it was pretty spicy. Great thing about cooking at home, you can make it however you like,