Pork Belly Ramen Recipe
This ramen recipe, will transport you to Japan. Pure comfort in a bowl, perfectly cooked chashu pork, served over noodles with an aromatic broth and delicious toppings, slurping goodness! Traditional ramen broth is developed over time in Japan, by ramen masters. Our homemade ramen doesn't take quite as long but allows time for the flavours to develop creating the all important delicious broth!
A perfect dish for enjoying with friends and family, get the the full recipe here: Pork ramen.
Ramen soup is an amazing hearty Japanese soup dish, which is steeped in their history. It is extremely popular in Japan and now the rest of the world. When visiting Japan, wondering the many Ramen houses, the sights and smells coming from the kitchens were amazing. Back at home, I wanted to recreate a dish to share with you all, bringing these delicious flavours to your kitchen.
Serve with a platter of homemade sushi, for a truly delicious Japanese feast.
- Noodles, traditionally ramen uses a wheat based noodle. You can make your own, but for this recipe we used Hakubaku organic ramen noodles, as they are quick to cook and tasty. But use whatever ramen noodles are available to you, a great excuse to go exploring the aisles of your local Asian store.
- The broth needs to have plenty of flavour, you create this by cooking it slowly to allow the flavours to develop. For this broth you will need chicken stock, pork belly (skin on), onion, garlic, fresh ginger, spring onion, mushroom, light soy sauce and miso paste. I like the kick of flavour that comes from the miso paste. We use the yellow (shinshu) miso in this recipe, it has a medium taste and you can find it in most supermarkets.
- For the toppings, to finish off the perfect ramen add bok choy, soft boiled eggs and spring onions (scallions/ green onions). We also like to add silken tofu, sweetcorn and mung beans/ bean sprouts, these are optional so play around with adding your favourites. Oh and don't forget your chilli paste or sauce if you like a bit of spice.
Ready to bring some Japanese flavours to your kitchen, this pork belly ramen recipe is a delicious classic. And will be sure to have your friends and family coming back for more!
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Pork Belly Ramen Recipe
- 2 ltr Chicken stock
- 500 g Pork belly (skin on)
- 1 medium Onion (peeled and quartered)
- 8 cloves Garlic (peeled)
- 30 g Fresh ginger (peeled, sliced)
- 3 stalks Spring onion (Scallions)
- 6 Button mushrooms
- 50 ml Light soy sauce
- 40 g Miso paste
- 2 Bok choy, trimmed and washed
- 4 Eggs
- 1 ptk Ramen noodles
- Spring onions sliced Scallions
- 1 ptk Silken tofu Sliced(optional)
- 180 g Sweetcorn (optional)
- 1 ptk Mung beans (optional) Bean sprouts
To make the broth
- Add the chicken stock, pork belly, onion, garlic, ginger, mushrooms, soy and spring onions into a large pot. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer until the pork belly is tender which will be around two hours. While simmering, spoon off any impurities that rise to the top of the liquid.
- Once the pork is tender to touch, remove from the broth and place on a plate to cool and dry out a little.
- Strain your broth, through a sieve into a clean pot and add the miso paste, check the taste. (Your broth should be nice and savoury from the miso also with hints of the aromatics you infused during the cooking process.)
Prepare the other ingredients:
- Bring a small pot of water to the boil, once boiling add your eggs and boil for 5 minutes. (See note 1) Remove from the heat and place under cold running water to stop the cooking process, gently peel and set aside.
- Bring another pot of water to the boil, season with a pinch of salt and cook your noodles as per the packet instructions.
- Slice your spring onions into thin rounds, trim your bok choy into leaves and wash well.
- If you want to crisp your pork belly skin heat a fry pan on a medium heat, then turn to low. Take the pork belly and add to the pan skin side down to crisp the skin. Do this slowly and press down gently on the pork pressing all the skin onto the pan. Once crisp and warmed through you can cut into slices. (See note 2)
- Add the trimmed bok choy to a pot of boiling water to cook through.
- Re heat your broth until boiling.
Assemble the dish:
- Grab your bowls, add the noodles, pour over the broth. Arrange your bok choy, sliced tofu, pork belly, eggs cut in half, sweetcorn, spring onions and mung beans to your bowl.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Note 1 - Use a timer as you want the yolk of the eggs to be soft.
- Note 2 - Work carefully as it can spit.
- Storage: The cooked pork belly can be sliced and frozen up to 2 months. The broth can be made the day before and stored covered in the fridge overnight or frozen for up to 3 months.
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