Spicy Laoganma Ramen with Chilli Fried Pork

This dish came about from trying a spicy ramen last weekend in Sakura Japanese restaurant in Southsea (see my review for the restaurant here). The broth was really meaty and spicy, but not eye-wateringly so and it got me wondering what sort of chilli had been added to give it such a wonderful flavour without […]

Twice Cooked Chilli Fried Pork

I really wanted to do a ramen topping with pork based on one of my favourite Chinese dishes, twice cooked pork. This dish is so-called because you first boil and then fry the pork in a sauce, creating a crispy, tasty dish with a really oriental, umami flavour. You could add more vegetables to this […]

Prawn Thai Green Curry Fusion Ramen

Thai green curry was the first proper oriental meal I cooked on my own, when I was about 13. I found a Blue Dragon kit in a shop and had never had a Thai curry before and thought the kit, with its green curry paste, fish sauce and lime leaves looked very exotic. Since then […]

Matcha

I love drinking green tea and so it was only a matter of time before I turned my attention to matcha. I was always a little worried about trying it; it’s expensive, despite all its health benefits, and coming in a powdered form rather than being loose leaf or a teabag, it seemed complicated to […]

Japanese Pandan Cupcakes

In Japan and China, sweet and savoury dishes are often served alongside each other. It is often difficult to find the right dessert  that compliments the oriental flavours of the meal. However, I still find myself craving sweet things after a nice bowl of ramen. I first discovered pandan cake, a Japanese chiffon cake, in The Dumpling […]

Vietnamese Chicken Pho

Today’s recipe is, controversially, not ramen. It’s not even from Japan. It is, however, pho, the Vietnamese national dish. I discovered pho (pronounced ‘fuh’) a few weeks ago in Brighton and realised that this noodle dish is like a light, summery Vietnamese version of ramen, with rice noodles and a light broth with a herby […]

Fiery Kimchi Seafood Ramen

Fiery Kimchi Seafood Ramen This was a recipe inspired by the version of this dish that Shoryu have on their menu, as my husband had it at the Regent Street restaurant and insisted I had a go at making my own version. Kimchi is a Korean pickle made with a Chinese cabbage and has a […]

Springtime Coconut Tamarind Ramen with Kaffir Lime

I love the subtle creamy flavour of coconut milk mixed with the tang of kaffir lime leaves in Thai curries, so I thought recreating this pairing in a ramen would make a nice light broth for springtime. It would be perfect for the Easter period, after having had a big roast on Easter Sunday. Lime […]

Soymilk Ramen with Katsu Chicken

I first tried a soymilk ramen at the Shoryu restaurant in Soho last December. Having looked into how to recreate it, I couldn’t believe that this broth has no meat stock in it at all and relies on vegetarian ingredients for its intense flavour. It is quite a rich broth, due to the soymilk and […]

Katsu Chicken

Katsu chicken is more usually found served with curry sauce and rice, but this works so well with the more flavoursome ramen broths, for its crunchy texture and delicate flavour. As long as you place it carefully on top of your noodles and broth, it will keep its crispiness. You can cut it into slices, […]