Even though I mostly read manga written by female mangaka, I very much enjoy reading cooking-themed manga which are often written by male mangaka, such as Chuka Ichiban (Cooking Master Boy) by Etsushi Ogawa which always made me drool as I read ;), and recently Oishinbo. There are 7 Oishinbo manga which are translated into English. They are quite entertaining to read, even though it's rather cheesy in a way. But something cheesy can be fun sometimes ;). I prefer Chuka Ichiban actually, even though the characters and style are slightly more eccentric and the storyline even cheesier ;), but I just couldn't resist seeing all those beautiful Chinese dumplings being paraded in the manga...;D)!
Well, let's get back to our topic: Oshinbo-Style Miso Ramen. After I read Oishinbo: Ramen and Gyoza, I was inspired to recreate one dish from this manga, which is the miso ramen. I simplified some of the ingredients though. For example, instead of making dashi stock myself, I used instant dashi. I didn't use fresh ramen noodles either, because I didn't have any, so I used the instant noodles from Indomie ;). However, for a dumpling lover like me, a meal is never really complete without some dumplings, so I added two boiled dumplings as well to my ramen:).
Ingredients - serves 4
- 450 g fresh ramen noodles (I used Indomie noodles!)
- 1 l water
- 15 g dashi powder
- 4 tbs soy sauce
- 3 tbs miso paste
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 tbs sake
- 2 tbs sesame oil
- 1 large shallot, finely chopped
- 4 large Shiitake mushrooms
- 200 g ground pork
- 4 scallions, finely chopped
- 2 boiled dumplings (optional)
- Put the sesame oil in a wok and turn the heat to high.
- Add the minced garlic and fry it for 30 seconds.
- Add chopped shallot and ground pork and cook for 3 -4 minutes
- Add the scallions and Shiitake mushrooms and stir-fry for 1 more minute.
- Toss in miso paste, soy sauce and sake and cook until the liquid in the pan is almost gone, but the pork is still moist.
- Turn off the heat and set aside. Keep warm.
- In the meantime, make dashi stock: simply cook the water + the dashi powder for around 2 minutes. Keep warm
- Then cook the ramen following the package instructions. Drain.
- Place the ramen noodles in a bowl. Pour the dashi stock. Top the noodles with the miso-flavoured pork, boiled dumplings and garnish with chopped scallions.