Randi and Kelly love Sun brand but any packaged ramen noodles will do.
- 1 cup bonito flakes
- 1 cup mirin
- 1 cup tamari
- ¼ teaspoon MSG
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 pound ground pork
- ¼ cup fresh ginger, minced, divided use
- 6 ounces doubanjian (Chinese broad bean chili sauce)
- ¼ cup green onions, chopped, divided use
- 3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, ground, divided use
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- Four 3-ounce packages good-quality ramen noodles
- 4 cups chicken stock
- Chili oil, to taste
- Fried garlic, to taste
For seasoning (tare), soak bonito flakes in mirin and tamari 20 minutes; strain liquid into small saucepan. Add MSG, salt and 1 tablespoon minced ginger; simmer gently until mixture is syrupy, 12 to 15 minutes. Set aside.
In large non-stick skillet, cook pork over medium-high heat. When fully browned, add remaining 3 tablespoons ginger, chili sauce, half of green onions, 2 tablespoons ground sesame seeds and sesame oil; cook, stirring occasionally until flavors are melded, 4 to 5 minutes.
Cook ramen noodles according to package; drain well. Heat chicken stock.
Into each of four large soup bowls, add 1 teaspoon tare and ½ teaspoon ground sesame seeds. Ladle ¾ cup hot chicken stock into each; stir lightly then place a cluster of ramen in center. Top with pork mixture, remaining green onions and sesame seeds. Add chili oil and garlic to taste. Makes 4 servings.
Recipe courtesy of Randi Howry and Kelly Ijichi
Photography by Eva Kolenko
Food styling by Adam Pearson
Prop styling by Stephanie Hanes