Although, I highly suggest making your own ramen broth, at least once, this Quick Miso Ramen will satisfy any ramen fix. If you are feeling adventurous, check out my recipe for Tonkotsu Ramen with Chashu Pork Belly. By adventurous, I mean be prepared to devote about 48 hours to the process. No joke! However, if you are looking for a quicker ramen fix, this recipe is for you.
Keep in mind, the broth itself does not have a whole lot of flavor. The flavor comes from the tare. So, what is the tare? The tare is what will actually season the broth. The concentrated flavor base, so to speak. If you have ever ordered ramen in a restaurant, you will notice a number of “flavor” options to chose from. Miso, Shoyu, and Shio are most common. Honestly, you can take the tare wherever you want to go with it! That’s exactly what I did with this one. Basically, I used a combination of miso and shoyu, with a touch of heat.
Luckily, I found this incredible Ramen Broth from Ocean’s Halo and this Soy Ginger Chicken Broth from Simply Asia. The combination of the two formed one fabulous ramen broth. Once the pork belly is fully roasted, I ad a touch of the fat to the broth just to amp up the flavor profile.
Just so you know, I am in love with pork belly. Naturally, I knew I would be using it for this Quick Miso Ramen. Pork belly is so very easy to prepare. Just takes a bit of time to roast. Feel free to use your favorite protein. Also, you can make this recipe vegetarian by eliminating the chicken broth, pork belly and adding more of your favorite vegetables.
HOW TO PREPARE PORK BELLY FOR QUICK MISO RAMEN
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As mentioned above, you can substitute the pork belly with your favorite protein, or go vegetarian. In my opinion, the flavor of the roasted pork belly sends this ramen to another planet of goodness. Season both sides of the pork belly with kosher salt and black pepper. No need to score the fat cap. Place in an oven-safe pan. Cover. Roast at 325° for approximately two hours. Cool slightly. Slice into strips. Reserve wrapped in foil. Keep warm.
HOW TO PREPARE THE SPICY MISO TARE
Heat the broth in a pot. Once the pork belly has roasted, add a tablespoon, or two, of the fat to the broth. As the broth is heating, prepare the miso tare. In my opinion, you can take the tare wherever you wish. It’s all about building the flavor. In a bowl, combine the miso paste (use white or red), sesame paste, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil. Mix well. Feel free to adjust the heat level to your liking with the chili garlic sauce.
You may NOT want to taste the tare, as it will be a bit salty. It’s highly concentrated, and is really only meant to flavor the broth.
HOW TO BUILD THE QUICK MISO RAMEN BOWL
Have all of the toppings ready. This is really important as ramen should be devoured, as soon as it is put together. Use mine, or add your own. These are my favorites. Add nori if you wish. It’s really all up to you. Basically, I steamed the edamame and corn in the microwave. I wrapped the baby bok choy in a damp paper towel and placed in the microwave for a minute. To create the soft-boiled eggs, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the eggs. Reduce heat to a fast simmer. Simmer for six minutes. Remove eggs from pot into a cold water bath. Peel and slice in half.
Thankfully, as I was picking up the broth, I found these ramen noodles from Ocean’s Halo. We like a lot of noodles, so I prepared three packets. The box includes four. Prepare according to package directions. This recipe will yield four smaller bowls of ramen, or three generous bowls.
Place at least a tablespoon, or two, of the miso tare into the bottom of a bowl. Ladle in the broth. Mix well. Add the noodles. Fill the bowl with the toppings. Sprinkle on a bit of sesame seeds. Finish with a great quality sesame oil. Serve immediately. ENJOY!
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