Spicy Garlic Ramen

Garlic slowly fried in oil until golden brown and deep in flavour is then mixed with miso, fermented bean and chilli paste and vinegar to flavour and thicken the neutral chicken broth – a perfect combo for the noodles. This ramen is topped with chicken – you can use the chicken from when you boiled the broth, or if you don’t have any of that left, you can leave chicken thighs or fillets to boil in the broth when you heat it up.
ROLAND PERSSON

Serves

4

Total Time

30 Minutes

Ingredients

1.8l of chicken broth
4 portions of ramen noodles
Hot garlic paste
100ml of vegetable oil
6 garlic cloves, finely grated
3 tbsp of sesame oil
3 tbsp of fermented bean and chilli paste (tobanjan)
2 tbsp of Japanese sesame paste (neri goma) or tahini
1 ½ tbsp of rice vinegar
3 tbsp of toasted sesame seeds
For the topping
120g of fresh beansprouts
300g of boiled chicken, possibly leftovers from the broth
3 tbsp of chilli oil
6 spring onions, finely sliced
2 tbsp of coarsely chopped coriander
2 soft-boiled eggs
4 tbsp of crushed black sesame seeds

Method

Step 1

For the garlic paste, heat up the oil to about 130°C/260°F. Add the garlic and leave to sizzle for approximately 10 minutes. It should go soft and shiny at first and then turn golden brown. After a while, the garlic will get quite sticky from the starch in the pan but keep on stirring. Remove the pan from the heat and add the sesame oil, bean and chilli paste, sesame paste and rice vinegar. Add the sesame seeds and blend coarsely.

Step 2

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil for the noodles. Heat the broth in a separate pan.

Step 3

Fill four bowls with hot water to warm them. Discard the water when it’s time to plate up.

Step 4

Heat a little vegetable oil in a frying pan or a wok until really hot. Fry the beansprouts quickly over a high heat so that they become slightly charred. Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl.

Step 5

Cut the chicken into smaller chunks and heat in the frying pan together with the chilli oil. Whisk together 2 tbsp of the garlic paste with 100ml of the broth in each bowl. Top up with more broth.

Step 6

Boil the noodles for approximately 45 seconds in the pan of water on a rolling boil. It’s best to use a noodle basket or a sieve so that you can reuse the water and quickly take out the noodles once done. You only have a window of a few seconds to make sure they’re not under- or overcooked. Drain thoroughly and transfer the noodles to the broth bowls.

Step 7

Top with the chicken, beansprouts, spring onion, coriander, egg halves and sesame seeds.

Recipe Courtesy Of Ramen: Japanese Noodles and Side Dishes By Tove Nilsson, Published By Pavilion Books.

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