Just as you’ve always got a packet of pasta ready to roll, our pantry is always stocked with dried ramen noodles. A kitchen essential in Japan, ramen noodles are thin Chinese-style noodles made from soft wheat flour. Thanks to their chewy texture, they offer endless dinner options, from authentic Japanese ramen soups to easy Japanese stir-fries and refreshing Japanese salads. Pick up a packet of organic ramen noodles from the Asian food aisle of your local supermarket to inject Japanese flavour into your cooking routine.
One of the things we love most about Japanese ramen noodles is the time they take to cook – compared to spaghetti, ramen noodles are super-speedy, ready in just 3-4 minutes. Combined with a warming miso broth and your choice of vegetables and meats, you have an easy midweek dinner in minutes. Try this recipe for miso ramen with salmon and silken tofu or miso ramen with chicken and egg for a healthy meal in under half an hour. If you have more time on your side, brew a rich tonkotsu pork broth to serve with ramen noodles and chashu pork.
Thanks to their firm texture, ramen noodles also work a treat in Japanese stir-fries. Simply cook your organic ramen noodles according to the packet instructions, then drain and add to a range of tasty stir-fries, such as this eye fillet steak with ramen noodles, this vegetarian recipe for ramen noodles with spiced tofu and lemon chilli sauce, or this Chinese-Japanese dinner of hoisin stir-fried prawns with ramen noodles.
To make a salad that’s satisfying enough to serve as a main course, turn up the volume by adding ramen noodles. Cook until al dente, then refresh under cold running water and toss with your favourite ingredients, such as grilled chicken or smoked salmon, crunchy vegetables and a salad dressing made from ponzu sauce. For a protein-packed salad, try this duck and ramen sanbai zu salad.
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