Ramen is a popular Japanese dish which has gained popularity all around the world. Contrary to popular belief, ramen is not just a pre-packaged cup noodle or instant ramen. Authentic ramen is a dish that requires time, effort, and utmost care to prepare. If you are looking to explore the world of ramen, here is a comprehensive guide on how to make your own ramen at home.
For the broth:
- Chicken/ pork bones/ vegan alternatives like kombu or mushrooms – 2 kg
- Ginger – 1 medium sized
- Garlic – 1 head
- Onion – 2 medium-sized
- Carrot – 2 medium-sized
- Shoyu (soy sauce) – 1/4-1/2 cup
- Mirin – 1/4 cup
- Water – 5 liters
For Tare (flavoring concentrate):
- Shoyu (soy sauce) – 1/2 cup
- Mirin – 1/2 cup
- Sake – 1/2 cup
- High protein flour – 400 grams
- Baking soda – 1 teaspoon
- Water – 120 ml
- Salt – 1 teaspoon
- Chopped garlic, green onions, nori, boiled eggs, bok choy.
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Roast the pork or chicken bones, ginger, garlic, and onions for about 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally until they turn golden brown.
- Fill a large pot with water, add the roasted bones, vegetables, and bring to a boil. Once it begins to boil, simmer it on low heat for 6-12 hours (the longer, the better), skimming off the foam and excess fat in between.
- Add shoyu (soy sauce), mirin, and bring the broth back to simmer. Stir occasionally for another 30 minutes to an hour.
- Once done, strain the broth using a mesh strainer or cheese cloth. Pour it into a container and let it cool in the refrigerator/ freezer overnight or at least 8 hours.
- In a small pot, mix shoyu, mirin, and sake. Simmer the mixture on medium heat until all the alcohol evaporates.
- Once done, let it cool and pour it into a container. Store it in the refrigerator.
- Mix high protein flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
- Add water and knead until the mixture turns into a smooth dough.
- Cover the dough and let it rest for 20-30 minutes.
- Roll the dough into thin strips using a pasta roller.
- Dust the strips with flour and cut them into noodle strands using a knife.
- Boil the noodles in water for 2-4 minutes or until they turn tender yet firm. Rinse them with cold water and drain the excess water.
- Add the noodles to a bowl and garnish with toppings of your choice.
- Heat the broth and tare. Add it to the noodles in a ratio of 6:1 or to your taste.
- Garnish the noodles with toppings of your choice, and enjoy your homemade ramen.
Making your own ramen might feel daunting at first, but with time and patience, you will be able to master the art of ramen making. Remember, you need to experiment with different flavors, ingredients, and toppings to find your own unique ramen recipe. So gather your ingredients, put on an apron, and embark on your ramen making adventure!