Did you know that “ramen” is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word “lamian” which is a type of Chinese wheat noodle similar to the soba noodle? Ramen consists of two main ingredients; noodles and broth. The broth, or soup, is generally made from chicken or pork stock, which is combined with ingredients such as kelp, beef bones, shiitake, and green onions. It is flavoured with salt, miso or soy sauce. Many other styles and reinterpretations have emerged and evolved later on; including curry ramen, leftover turkey ramen etc.
It’s not always easy to find ramen noodles in South Africa, and for a dish that’s meant to be inexpensive and simple, finding the right noodles can get a little pricy.
Our chef was kind enough to share this easy way of making your own ramen noodles. Give it a try!
2 tsbp. Baking powder
100 ml water
2 cups white bread flour
1. Place the baking powder on a baking tray lined with tin foil.
2. Place in a pre heated 120° oven for 1 hour.
3. Allow to cool and avoid touching with your hands as it will cause irritation.
4. Dissolve baking soda in 100 ml warm water.
5. Add the flour to a kitchen aid, attach a dough hook and start to mix, slowly add the water.
6. Once a dough starts to form, remove from the bowl and start to need with your hands. Once dough is ready
cover with cling film and allow to rest for at least 1 hour or over night.
1. Using a pasta machine roll out the dough till about 2 mm thick. Pass through the spahetti setting, dust with corn flour and leave on a floured surface.
2. Prepare a pot of salted boiling water. Add the noodles and cook for 30 seconds. Once cooked, rinse with cold running water and reserve for your ramen broth.
• Be aware that the dough is very dry and may crumble when rolling. Be patient and roll the dough out slowly.