When I recently went out for ramen with friends, I realized that I truly wanted to learn how to make it from scratch. My friend Vicky told me how hard it was to make the noodles so I decided to buy those but make everything else. It was also the perfect way to product test my new Cosori pressure cooker AND take on a big foodie challenge.
You can watch me make the ramen here if you prefer (includes slurping taste test!).
For the broth you will need 1 lb pork bones, 1 chicken leg (thigh and drumstick), 3 roughly chopped green onions, 3 rinsed and sliced large knobs of ginger, 6 smashed cloves of garlic, 1 cup rinsed dried shiitake mushrooms and 1/2 cup soy sauce.
Rinse meat thoroughly and put into pressure cooker. Add veggies, 1/2 cup soy sauce and water to cover up to 10 cups marker into the pot. Put on soup setting and manually set for 2 hours.
Remove everything. Keep chicken meat but discard everything else. Strain through cheese cloth and strainer into another pot.
Bring to room temperature. Put in fridge overnight.
Remove fat solids and man, was there a lot!
Now some people will want the fat for richness but not me…
Making The Soup
For the rest of the soup making process you will need 1 sheet rinsed kombu seaweed, 1 1/2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine or sake, 1 tbsp mirin, chopped green onions, lightly sautéed pork belly, cooked ramen noodles, bamboo shoots and Soft Boiled Ramen Eggs.
Add rinsed kombu seaweed and 1/2 cup soy sauce, Chinese wine and mirin. Put on soup setting again for 25-30 minutes.
While soup is reheating and coming together sauté pork belly…
… slice ramen eggs, chop green onions and prepare bamboo shoots (I choose to let them marinate with the soft boiled egg).
When soup is almost done cook your ramen noodles and then put them in a bowl.
Remove kombu from your broth. Ladle over noodles.
Add all the fixings, slurp and enjoy!
I have to admit that this ramen was just as good as the ramen I have had in restaurants. I enjoyed it for days and am totally happy with how the Cosori pressure cooker did to make an all-day foodie project in just a couple of hours.
Delicious! Another Foodie Bucket List challenge completed!