I've recently been watching a gem of a show on Netflix. Samurai Gourmet is a mini series involving lost identity, food, and a reawakening of passion for life. In one episode the main character, Takeshi, searches all over town for Ramen. Eventually he gets it and is so satisfied and happy that I had to make some for myself. So without further ado, here's my recipe for a Ramen style noodle bowl. It's delicious and so satisfying. Enjoy.
Baby soya beans (edamame)
Marinated tofu, cut into blocks
Spring onion, thinly sliced
Udon Wheat noodles
Vegan miso soup mix (be careful, as some use fish products)
1 sheet of nori, cut into long thin strips. Then cut one into tiny pieces. (I use scissors)
2 cloves Garlic, crushed
Small piece fresh ginger, crushed
Red chilli flakes
Salt and pepper
Small amount of sesame oil
Heat the sesame oil in a pan.
When hot, lightly fry the garlic and ginger over a low heat for around a minute
Add 1/2 teaspoon of red chilli flakes (more or less depending on how you handle your spice) and heat gently.
Add your mushrooms, and toss to make sure they are all evenly coated
Fry until soft and cooked. Set aside.
Cook in lightly salted water to package instructions. Set aside.
Bring a small pan of salted water to the boil. Add corn and simmer until tender.
Add some shelled baby soya beans to a small bowl, and add 2-3 tablespoons of water. Microwave for 2 minutes on high. Drain. Add plenty of salt and toss to combine.
You can also simmer gently in some water if you prefer.
Boil the kettle.
Add the appropriate amount of miso paste to a large deep bowl. Add water to approx 1 inch below the rim of the bowl and stir until dissolved.
Add the long thin strips of nori, and your cooked udon noodles. Mix to combine them together.
Place your corn, mushrooms, tofu and baby soya beans around the edge. (This part can be a bit fiddly, so be careful not to burn yourself)
Add your thinly sliced spring onions, and small peices of Nori to the top.
Serve and enjoy.
The Herbs Testimony:
This is the most satisfying noodles I have ever had. It's so satisfying to slurp, and all of the different toppings really do make this ramen style noodle bowl something special that you can have any day of the week. All of the toppings are wonderful in their own way, but when they are combined, they really are something special.