Who doesn’t love a steaming bowl of ramen soup? We certainly do. On a wet chilly winter night there is truly nothing more satisfying than a great big bowl of ramen. We’re not alone, today ramen is one of the most beloved and widely consumed dishes around the entire world. It has a super fascinating history, beginning in China and evolving into the dish we know and love today.
The origins of ramen can be traced back to the 15th century, when a Chinese noodle dish called lamian made its way to Japan. Over time, Japanese cooks began to modify the dish, adding their own local ingredients, such as pork, vegetables, and soy sauce, which helped form what we know as ramen today. This new noodle dish was called shina soba, and it is the precursor to modern ramen.
As the story goes, the first dish that closely resembled ramen was created in 1884, but the first actual ramen shop was opened in 1910 in the Asakua part of Tokyo, Japan. Ramen was almost an instant hit, and soon there were ramen shops popping up all over the country. By the 1970s, ramen had become a national obsession, and it soon spread to other countries. Today, ramen is a beloved dish in many cultures around the world and ramen shops can be found in about every city throughout the world.
Now that you know the fascinating history behind ramen, let’s talk about how to make a delicious ramen at home. Here is a great recipe for a classic ramen dish:
-1 package of ramen noodles. Dry noodles are the most accessible and easiest, but if you have an international grocery store near you, we highly recommend getting a package of fresh egg noodles.
-2 cups of chicken broth. A shelf stable box works just fine, but we like to make fresh stock when we buy a whole rotisserie chicken from the store.
-1 tablespoon of soy sauce
-1 teaspoon of sesame oil
-1/2 cup of chopped green onions
-1/4 cup of chopped mushrooms (optional)
-1/4 cup of chopped bok choy
-1/4 cup of shredded carrots
-1/4 cup of frozen corn (optional)
-Meat (optional) – which kind of meat is totally up to you, but pork is the most common. However, we’ve also made delicious homemade ramen using leftover chicken or steak.
-Salt and pepper to taste
- Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a large pot.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the ramen noodles. Cook the noodles for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, green onions, mushrooms, bok choy, carrots, and meat (if using). Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
- Serve the ramen in bowls and enjoy!
If you want to make your ramen extra spicy, you can add some chili sauce or red pepper flakes. You can also add other ingredients, such as shrimp, tofu, or egg which will only add to the depth of the flavor. Be sure to get creative and make it your own!
There you have it, an easy way to make a great homemade ramen. The next time it is cold and wet outside, be sure to give this easy recipe a try. Also, if you’re looking for other heartwarming soups to make this winter be sure to check out our tasty soup recipes.