JAPANESE RAMEN with egg and coriander garnish
I was hungry and was looking for something warm to eat, all I found was this pack of spicy ramen noodles in the pantry. First thing’s first, I’m not a fan of spicy food. Yeah I eat spicy very very occasionally. The spiciest food I ate was at an authentic Indian restaurant in Little India, Singapore. Nothing could ever beat that xD
Anyway, so what I did to this ramen was use 1/3 of the spicy seasoning for flavoring and add some other concoctions I found. It was more of a mix-and-match situation! Haha!
This is not your average 3-minute instant ramen routine. Here’s my own version:
1) High heat, boil water first then put the noodles in. People would always put the noodles in then wait for the water to boil. This is a big no-no for cooking noodles, any kind of noodles.
2) Low-medium heat, cover and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes then stir the noodles until it separate from each other. Cover again for another 3-4 minutes.
I always like my noodles over-cooked a bit so I leave it in for 5 minutes or so. That’s the way I want it because its like I don’t have to chew a lot after a long day, that’s why we’re cooking instant noodles here people! Cook fast, eat fast, digest fast!
3) Add in the spicy seasoning depending on how spicy you want or how salty, for the non-spicy ones.
Typically, after adding the seasoning it’s ready to serve but I made my ramen noodles a bit more special.
4) I added about an estimate of 1 tablespoon of Kikoman soysauce and 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of Japanese rice wine. The Kikoman soysauce gives flavor to the noodles & soup, while the Japanese Rice Wine kicks out some of the spiciness!
5) At this time, the noodle soup should be boiling a bit. Lastly, beat 1 egg in a bowl and pour in into the boiling noodle soup bit by bit. Do NOT throw in the whole beaten egg because this will harden right away making a big chunk of egg in the soup. What we want are small chunky bits of egg swimming around, not a big chunk.
Split the beaten egg into 4 parts: pour 1/4, mix rapidly but controlled. Spread the egg all over the noodle soup. Repeat.
6) Garnish it with some nice aromatic greens like coriander.