Okay, fine, I admit it - I love ramen. And I don't mean the fancy ramen you can get downtown (although I love that too), I mean those cheap little packets you can get in a six-pack for $2. Those packets made with a little sriracha and a poached egg are my guilty pleasure. A couple of years ago, though, my parents were helping me move and were horrified to find that I had multiple ramen packets in my cabinet, making me promise not to keep eating them. Full disclosure, I did donate a kidney a couple years ago, so they were 100% right and I definitely should not have been eating those [super delicious] salty MSG-bombs, even though it broke my heart to give them up (okay, not really, that MIGHT be an overreaction but whatever). Enter: homemade ramen!
I don't care what the weather is like, I almost always crave soup. Recently, I desperately wanted ramen but was too lazy to go out and get it, so I threw some together with ingredients I already had at home. You can customize this however you want, and I tasted the broth constantly to make sure it was just how I wanted it. You can leave out the miso paste, or add soy sauce, or throw in a poached egg at the end. I think this would be awesome with some leftover roast chicken or whatever other protein you have in the fridge. I used the ramen packets I still had in my cabinet after that unfortunate promise to my parents, but I just threw out the flavor packets and only used the noodles. You could also use whatever noodles you have lying around if you don't have any ramen. Like I said, you can customize it however you want - broth + noodles + anything else is guaranteed to be good!
- 4 slices oven bacon
- 2 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons sriracha
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons minced ginger
- 1 tablespoon white miso paste
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
- 4 ramen packets (seasoning removed)
- Poached egg
Make bacon. Chop and set aside. Add sesame oil and sriracha to pot and sautee for 2 minutes. Add garlic and ginger. Sautee an additional 2 minutes. Add water, chicken broth, and miso paste. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add rice wine vinegar. Add ramen and simmer an additional 3 minutes. Add bacon and optional garnishes and serve!