Making Raamen-Japanese Cooking
According to the yellow page, there are at least 6,127 raamen shop inside Tokyo region. It´s a lot.
A colleague called Kato san, I used to work with loved raamen too and her hobby was checking out new raamen shops. One Sunday, I went with her to one of those for her "research".
So, you can say that Raamen is one of the most popular dishes in Japan, not only for eating out but also for cooking at home. And today, I like to show how to make a packet noodle better as I´ve been asked by some people.
First, you buy a packet of raamen noodle. This is one brand called Demae Icchou (出前一丁) which is also very common one in Japan.
I used tonkotsu (豚骨/ pork stock soup) taste but you can use any taste you like. Just buy with the soup powder in it, otherwise it´s more complicate to make a good soup stock.
Remember, raamen is just a quick snack meal.
I usually cook stir-fried veggies as a topping, sometimes with some meat, mince meat, some seafood such as shrimps or squids, or sometimes just veggies.
What veggies? Basically anything you like.
This time I put, carrots, beansprout, Bok Choy (green thing) and mince meat.
Heat some sesame oil, fry sliced ginger then sliced carrots, mince and the rest. At the same time, heat water in a pot for the noodle. Quite a lot of water as you use this hot water for the soup.
When the water is boiled, put the noodle and cook as the packet says.
Meantime, you open the little sachets come with the noodle. Usually one is soup in powder and the other is liquid. Prepare a bowl and squeeze out the powder and the liquid into it. Once the water is boiled, pour the hot water into the bowl, then the noodle, like the photo.
Then you serve the stir-fry on the noodle. I like it with loads of veggies, so you don´t see the noodle in my raamen.
You may have noticed that these two raamen are in different colour. Yes, one is tonkotsu and other is shouyu (醤油 / soy sauce base stock).
Now ready to be served.
Get a pair of chopsticks and a serviette in case you sprinkle the soup everywhere. Also it´s useful to wipe your sweat coming down from your forehead.
Well, actually this is it. It´s nothing so mysterious about as my friends think. Tasty and easy, I think that´s the beauty of cooking, don´t you agree?
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