A bowl of heartwarming broth, noodles, and tasty toppings that will bring your favorite Ramen place to your home.
It’s is cold out and you know what that means, Ramen for every meal! Thankfully there is a ramen house on almost every corner now, even in Spokane. For me, ramen has been a part of my diet for as long as I can remember. It’s always been my “chicken soup” when I’d have to stay home from school. Unfortunately, my dad was always the one who stayed home with me and he wasn’t the best cook, so it’d always be top ramen. Besides Zippy’s saimin in Hawaii, I’ve never had real Japanese ramen until Colby and I went to New York City. His cousin who was living there at the time recommended we go to Toto Ramen. After putting our name down on the waitlist and waiting 2.5 hours at the bar around the corner, snacking on extremely overpriced guacamole, the 3 of us finally crammed into the smallest restaurant I have ever seen. This place was barely bigger than a food truck. We sat at the bar right in front of the giant stock pots of broth simmering away. It was humid, small, crowded, and I was a bit hangry at the wait, but all that disappeared once the noodles hit the lips. It was the most amazing ramen I have ever had!
Once we got home I tried and tried to recreate that amazingness in a bowl, I started with my asian chicken stock as a base, added a bit of dashi and damn it is pretty damn close to Toto. Grabbed my favorite ramen noodles (sometimes double, I loves noodles) and topped it with my favorite things like chinese sausage, and fish cake and it was almost like I was in that tiny steamy place again.
- 2 quarts Asian Chicken Stock
- 2 teaspoons Dashi
- 1 tablespoon dried Seaweed
- Ramen Noodles
- 1/2 a bunch of Green Onions, thinly sliced
- 4 baby Bok Choy
- 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce (or to taste)
- 4 soft Boiled Eggs, peeled and marinated in soy sauce
- 1/2 a pack of Lap Cheong (Chinese sausage)
- 1/2 block of Fish Cake (Kamaboko)
- 1 pack white beech mushroom (or enoki)
- Bring the stock to a boil
- Add the dashi, soy sauce; half of the green onions (white part), and seaweed let it simmer and reduce until the rest is ready.
Building the Bowl
- In a pan, sauté the sliced lap Cheong until it's golden brown and set aside.
- Slice bok choy in half-length wise and place cut side down in the lap Cheong drippings. Cook until the bok choy is tender and browned on one side (if you need, add a little stock to the pan and cover to steam them a little to help finish them off).
- At the bottom of the bowl, add 1/4 of the noodles then cover with hot broth. Add the lap Cheong, bok choy, green onions, peeled and cut in half eggs, sliced fish cake, and sesame seeds then top off with sriracha, and sesame oil to taste.
Other Toppings that are equally amazing!
Braised Mustard greens
Chili pepper flakes
Whatever sounds good to you!