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Ramen at home

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Autumn is delightful. I’m enjoying the cool, crisp air and the bright sunlight, filtering through the trees into my shady home office (aka lounge), and the food. Oh the FOOD. I’m not a summer salad kind of girl. I’m a steamy bowl of something something queen.

Steaming bowls of ramen is up there in my 10 ten things I love about cold weather and I recently tried the Tonkotsu ramen set compiled by WASHOKU Explorer. Tonkotsu is one of the most popular varieties of ramen. The creamy, rich, pork broth is made by boiling pork fat, collagen and well washed pork bones for hours (even days). Due to the labour intensive process, this dish is not often made at home, though you will find it at any ramen shop.

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The Tonkotsu ramen set comes with comes with a cool ramen bowl, renge (spoon), dried noodles, soup, seaweed, dried green onion and dried kikurage (wood ear mushroom). If you like, you can add a boiled egg or slices of meat – neither of which ship or keep well so it makes sense that they’re not included in the set. If you don’t feel like the challenge of cha su (pork belly slices), it’s perfectly acceptable to use sliced ham.

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WASHOKU Explorer is a company from Japan stocking a round up of popular Japanese foods. The noodles and soup mix in the Tonkotsu set come from Fukuoka, which is the birthplace of Tonkotsu ramen. This ramen set would make a great gift for someone into ramen or perhaps as an introduction to ramen to a foodie who has never tried it before. Especially if they don’t have access to a ramen shop. The instructions are easy to follow and the hardest part was holding back to take photos before tucking in. The $89 price tag includes shipping world wide.

As well as their Ramen set, WASHOKU Explorer also have a Japanese Curry set, and a Sake set with 3 beautifully painted sake bottles and cups. Items are carefully curated and selected from the best Japan has to offer and I love how they list all the info you might want to know on their website such as where in Japan their green onion comes from (Kyoto) or what ingredients are in their seaweed (just seaweed).

Find out more or buy a ramen set on the WASHOKU Explorer website here.

Magical eggs

I absolutely love ramen eggs, those gently marinated oozy-yolked marvels, and when I go to Ramen Do on Symonds Street, I always add an extra egg to my order. So I made 6 minute eggs to go with this ramen. I adapted the recipe from Serious Eat’s Managing Culinary Director J Kenji Lopez-Alt’s recipe. Lopez-Alt was just awarded a James Beard award this week for his work on The Food Lab on Serious Eats.

The cheek I must have to adapt his recipe! Yeah, well, I made it once and found the sake flavour too much so I halved the sake. Maybe my sake was too strong? Still, his write up is very informative and I suggest you take a look if you’re interested in ramen eggs and the science behind it.

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Marinated ramen eggs (Ajitsuke Tamago)

Adapted from SeriousEats.com
Makes 6 eggs

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sake
  • 1/2 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/2 mirin
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

Eggs

  • 6 eggs
  • 1.5 litres water

Preparation

  1. Whisk the first 5 ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Bring 1.5 litres of water to boil in a saucepan. Using a pushpin, make a tiny hole in the fat end of each egg and using a spoon, carefully lower each egg into the water. Immediately turn down the heat to barely a simmer and cook for 6 minutes.
  3. Drain the hot water and place saucepan under cold water. Keep the cold water running for 2 minutes to cool the eggs completely and prevent further cooking.
  4. Very gently crack an egg all over using a spoon and then carefully peel the egg starting at the pierced end. The eggs will be very soft and you don’t want to break them so take your time! Repeat with all the eggs.
  5. Place the peeled eggs in a bowl that fits all the eggs snugly (best to measure the fit with whole eggs before you start). Pour over the marinade and top with a folded paper towel, gently pressing down to submerge the eggs. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Drain the marinade and discard the paper towel. Store eggs in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  7. To serve, cut an egg in half lengthwise with a sharp knife and place in hot ramen broth. The egg will heat up in the broth.

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I am Genie, a designer/photographer obsessed with food and bunnies. I live in Auckland, New Zealand with my husband, The Koala. I write about my hedonistic ways and I love the mantra "Eat well, travel often". I prefer not to write about myself in third person. www.bunnyeatsdesign.com

15 Comments

  1. And now i’m craving some Ramen pretty hard. Will have to fetch my pork stock out of the freezer this weekend methinks 🙂

  2. This is a beautiful bowl of soup and although it is supposed to be spring in Toronto it’s been rather cold, more like fall, in fact! How many bowls & spoons in the set? How many litres of soup does the kit make? We have many authentic Japanese restaurants in our hood and a bowl of ramen is usually $8-12 depending on the protein that it is served with.

    • Hi Eva! Ramen is priced similarly here too. The kit comes with 1 bowl and 1 spoon. The soup/noodle packs just allow for 4 serves (2 litres), though there is more than enough of the other ingredients for more meals.

  3. Hi Genie, regarding the cooking of your ajitsuke tamago – you might want to consider:

    https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/a-note-on-softhard-cookedboiled-eggs/

    It dispenses with poking your eggshells with a pin and allows you to cook as many softboiled eggs as you need consistently.

    My spouse likes ajitsuke tamago with ramen; making the marinade seems pretty easy. Will let you know when I pair it with Iron Chef Morimoto’s ramen ‘chicken noodle soup’ (https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2011/04/08/morimotos-chicken-noodle-soup/ )

  4. Ah I always crave ramen like this – those eggs make me want to eat it all over again! Thanks so much for dropping by my blog – will definitely be dropping by to check out your recipes, am liking the chinese/cantonese ones thrown in there too – my parents are from Hong Kong so have a feeling this is my kind of blog 😀

    • I was born in HK but have lived in NZ all my life. I do crave Cantonese food a bit but I’m quite lucky that Auckland has lots of good, affordable Cantonese options.

  5. Thank you for your “like” as I try and build my new site. I wish I was better at noodle dishes. Ever since living in China, back in the late 80s, I still long to make Asian food like I had there!

    • I love noodles, but my other half doesn’t like it as much so I usually make noodles when I’m cooking for one 🙂 Best time to practice.

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