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Spicy Shoyu Ramen

This swoon-worthy Spicy Shoyu Ramen is super easy to make in the comfort of your own home! This is the first installment in my East series.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Killing Thyme

Ingredients

Noodles:

  • ¾ lb fresh ramen noodles or 2 packages of instant ramen

Soup:

  • 1 tbsp . sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp . freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp . spicy chili bean paste with chili la doubanjiang
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups dashi stock see bottom of post for links to my recommended homemade dashi stocks
  • 2.5 tbsp . Kikkoman soy sauce
  • 0.5 tbsp . sake
  • 1.5 tsp . kosher salt
  • 1 tsp . sugar

Garnishes (optional + not measured as you can add as much or as little as you'd like):

  • 1 to 2 soft boiled eggs for each bowl
  • Shredded carrots
  • Thinly sliced scallions
  • Sliced narutomaki fish cakes
  • Enoki mushrooms
  • Pinch of white pepper
  • Fried tofu
  • Sesame seeds

Special Equipment:

  • Cheesecloth or sieve

Instructions

Garnishes:

  • Prep your garnishes in advance. Fresh ramen noodles cook quickly, in less than 2-3 minutes, so you want everything prepared prior to cooking the noodles.

Soup:

  • Heat sesame oil over medium-low heat in a large stock pot that can carry at least 4 cups of water.
  • Add the minced garlic and ginger. Sauté until fragrant, approx. 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the spicy chili bean paste and stir.
  • Add the remaining soup ingredients and allow to simmer for five minutes.
  • Do a taste test and adjust spice level to your liking. The broth should be a slightly salty with a nice kick to it.
  • Over a large bowl or pot, strain the soup through cheese cloth to rid of garlic and ginger chunks. Transfer the soup back into the original stock pot.
  • Keep the soup on a low simmer until you are ready to serve.

Noodles:

  • If using fresh ramen, loosen the noodles up a bit before putting them into boiling water.
  • Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the package, BUT please note that it's best to slightly reduce the cooking time on the package by approx. 30 seconds (the hot broth will continue to cook the noodles a bit once poured into the bowl to serve).
  • Drain the noodles completely and transfer to a serving bowl.
  • Pour the soup in the bowl and garnish with your preferred toppings.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

*Adapted from http://www.justonecookbook.com/spicy-shoyu-ramen/