What I got for Christmas 2016

All of my family and friends are aware that I am a massive foodie and particularly love Japanese food and ramen so I am lucky that I quite often get all sorts of exciting gifts along the theme. This year was no exception so I thought I would share with you some of the great […]

The Ramen Girl Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is coming and this is my guide to the perfect presents for foodies who love Japanese and Asian food, drink and culture. I always feel that just creating the food isn’t enough- I want authentic recipes, tableware, accompaniments too. Many of the gifts listed were bought for me and hunted out by family members, […]

Review: Product- Fun Soy soy sauces

Available in Truffle, Lemongrass and Chipotle £6.50 per 250ml bottle from Harvey Nichols I first heard about Fun Soy soy sauce on Twitter and was really intrigued. I have to admit to being a bit blasé about soy sauce, often stingily substituting Japanese soy sauce or tamari for cheaper Chinese light and dark soy sauce, […]

Review: Shibuya Japanese Restaurant, Soho, London

Shibuya, 110 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1D 5EJ Visited: Saturday 22nd October 2016 I think I originally heard about Shibuya seeing pictures of their iced desserts on Instagram, but once I had done a little more research and discovered that Shibuya was well known not only for its desserts, but also for its authentic Japanese […]

Hallowe’en Pumpkin Ramen

I love this time of year, with its burnt orange and brown hues, and pumpkins and witches adorning shops and houses in readiness for Hallowe’en. I have always loved decorating the house and doing a special meal, which goes back to Hallowe’en teas my Mum made when my brother and I were little. Last year […]

Curry Ramen with Roast Chicken and Turmeric

The first recipe I made for my blog was a curry ramen recipe, inspired by the dish I first tried at Shoryu Ramen in Regent Street. Find the recipe here. Since then, I have returned to Shoryu and tried their curry ramen dish again and decided to make a new curry ramen with a more […]

Review- 月餅 Mooncake selection box from Minamoto Kitchoan

The Mid-Autumn (or Mooncake) Festival is celebrated mainly in China to celebrate families coming together to celebrate the year’s harvest and also to offer prayers for the family, such as for longevity and conception. Mooncakes are traditionally given out between families during the festival and are traditionally pastry filled with bean paste and sometimes salted […]

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 […]

Review: Sakura Japanese Restaurant, Portsmouth

Sakura Japanese Restaurant, 9 Albert Road, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 2SE Visited: 6th August 2016 When I first moved out of my parents’, I moved halfway across the country to Southsea with my husband, where we lived for just under a year. Because it is the first place I lived outside of the Midlands, it will […]