Sticky Soy Chicken

A great basic chicken topping for your ramen, this has a savoury-sweet flavour. Any leftover glaze can be added to your broth for extra flavour.   Serves 2-3 Ingredients 3 skinless boneless chicken thighs 1 tbsp. groundnut oil 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1 […]

Black Mayu

Black mayu is basically burnt garlic oil, cooking the garlic in oil until it turns black. I was very sceptical about this when I first tried making it, as surely burnt garlic will just taste bitter? Although rather pungent when tasted on its own, when added to a broth it creates a smoky and garlicky […]

Halloween-inspired “Van Helsing” Ramen

A dish to ward off the vampires on Halloween (or at any time of the year), this ramen is in tribute to the vampire hunter Dr Van Helsing from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. A bowl of this garlic-laced ramen, with a broth flavoured with black mayu (black garlic oil) and topped with garlic chips, will keep […]

Seasoned Bamboo Shoots

My version of the fermented menma bamboo shoots you find topping ramen in restaurants. When I first had ramen noodles in restaurants I couldn’t work out what the difference was between the crunchy, tasty menma served on top of the ramen and the tins of bamboo shoots I was buying for my homemade recipes. Menma […]

Ramen Egg

Simple in flavour and easy to prepare, yet a great addition to any bowl of ramen, the ramen egg is a salty, slightly sweet topping that you find on many bowls of ramen in restaurants. I fell in love from the first time I tried them and once I found the secret to creating them, […]

Curry Ramen

A curried dashi broth topped with chicken, menma and spinach. I am a big fan of any type of curry; Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian…the list is endless. So combining ramen noodles with a classic Japanese curry roux is always going to be a winner in my books. Again this is inspired by a dish I […]

Chilli Miso Ramen

A miso broth flavoured with fresh chilli and topped with a simple chicken topping, this is a more extreme version of the classic miso broth, with the chilli giving a clean heat. Depending on how hot you like your meals, you can add extra chilli or even add a few dried red chillis to the broth. The […]