Ramen Recipe

I recently made my first ramen, and think it came out well. I found a number of recipes online, primarily leveraging this one, and combined the ones that sounded good and had ingredients I could find in the neighborhood store.

I’ll definitely continue experimenting, but here’s what I went with in my first go, for a serving of two:

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, skin on
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 2 oz. mirin
  • 1 oz. soy sauce
  • 1 oz. chili oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 6 oz. ramen noodles
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cucumber
  • 8 shitake mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • Salt

Steps:

  • Broth:
    • Finely mince garlic and ginger and add to large pot with a bit of butter
    • Add shitake mushrooms and cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes
    • Add broth, mirin, soy saunce, and chili oil
    • Let simmer for 10-15 minutes
    • Add noodles, and let simmer until cooked
  • Chicken:
    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
    • Cut chicken off of bone
    • Rub with salt
    • Cook in buttered frying pan on medium heat
    • 5 minutes skin side down, then 5 minutes on the other side
    • Put frying pan in oven and cook for 15 minutes
    • Remove from oven and slice into pieces 2/3 an inch wide
    • Set aside
  • Egg:
    • Bring a pot of water to a boil
    • Add an egg for 6-7 minutes
    • Put the egg in a bowl of ice water for 3-4 minutes
    • Peel the shell, and carefully slice in half to ensure the runny yolk doesn’t leak out
    • Set aside
  • Serving:
    • Add broth, noodles, and mushrooms to two bowls
    • Add 3-4 pieces of chicken to each
    • Add half an egg to each
    • Slice spring onions, jalapeno, and add to top
    • Thinly slice cucumbers with a carrot peeler and add to top
    • Sprinkle with black sesame seeds

That’s it. The recipe makes a little more than two, so I had some leftovers. Here’s what it looked like:

Ordinary Breakfast

In response to getting tired of her friends posting pictures of their fancy meals on Facebook, my friend Jenny Lee started a blog titled Ordinary Breakfast, where she documents her morning cereals and other generally normal looking meal.

In Jenny’s words:

“Last night two friends and I discussed the topic of people taking photos of their meals and posting them online. Sure, we see tons of photos of extraordinary meals, but what about the ordinary ones? My breakfast, which usually consists of a bowl of highly unremarkable cereal and soy milk, eaten out of a paper bowl and with a plastic spoon (sorry, environment) at my desk at work, is just… Ordinary. Average. Heck, it’s probably even below average. And it deserves recognition, dammit.”

She’s definitely creative with the whole thing. There are some gems:

I was lucky enough to have my breakfast guest featured, after a friend sent Jenny a picture of me about to eat a ham, egg, and cheese sandwich with a side of corned beef hash at Mul’s in Southie.

I wish we had a picture of the sweatshirt the guy across from me was wearing. Oh wait, it looks like we might.

Free Beer!

Gotcha, but it’s very close to free. A few classmates and I have been working on the board of a local non-profit organization, Somerville Local First (SLF). SLF helps to build “a sustainable Local First economy by supporting and promoting locally owned and independent businesses, artists and nonprofits” in Somerville.

They’re hosting a fundraiser at the Foundry On Elm, a new restaurant and pub in Davis Square, on Wednesday, April 6th from 6:00-8:00pm. Tickets are only $20, and include a beer and wine tasting from 6:00-7:00pm and appetizers from 6:00-8:00pm.

Here are a few reasons you should buy a ticket soon:

1. 100% of the money goes to SLF, so you’d be supporting a good cause.

2. The beer is all from Pretty Things, a great new local craft “brewery” that I’ve previously written about. If you consider the ticket price to be a donation, then it’s free beer.

3. The Foundry On Elm’s gotten good reviews. Here’s an excuse to check it out.

4. Davis Square is a great area, and you probably don’t get out there often enough.

5. If you eat enough of the appetizers, it’s really dinner.

6. You’ll meet lots of interesting people from the community.

7. It’s probably going to sell out quickly.

Here’s the facebook event page, and you can buy tickets here.

Last Post On Eating Bugs (I Promise)

I thought I was done talking about eating bugs, but then my mom pointed me to this article highlighting the environmental and nutritional benefits for developing countries:

“Insects offer many advantages as a sustainable source of protein. The cold-blooded creatures require less feed to produce proteins. For example, a cricket can produce the protein equivalent of cows with six times less feed.

Moreover, insects are already considered delicacies in many cultures, and the practice of eating insects goes back millenia. The Eewww-factor is a learned behavior reflecting our recent sensibilities about hygiene and health (quite ignoring the fact that we are all eating bugs already in foods meeting prescribed contamination limits).

But insects which are properly raised, harvested and prepared present no risks to health. Quite the contrary: insects offer healthy nutritional value including largely unsaturated fats, high iron content, minerals, and vitamins.”

I, uh, forgot to mention I ate the tarantula for iron and vitamins. Now I’m really done.

More on Fried Tarantula Eating

I received quite a few questions and reactions in response to my fried tarantula posting. To address some of them: Yes I really ate it, no it wasn’t that gross, it was in fact fried and not cooked with an aerosol can and lighter, it cost me about three cents, and the legs tasted like a combination of sweet and sour chicken (it must have been marinated in something) and soft shell crab.

It’s actually a very common snack in certain parts of Cambodia. When you sit down in restaurants, people come around before you order with a stack of them in a bowl. As I observed this, at least half the tables in the restaurant  purchased a few. I was with a local Cambodian who ordered two for us, ate his in one bite, and then probably enjoyed watching me struggle with mine.

In response to someone who said they once had a pet tarantula (possibly implying that eating it was immoral?): I used to have a bunch of pet fish and a fresh water crab. I eat fish and crab all the time. I never would have eaten my own pet, but I don’t think that “someone keeps this animal as a pet” is a good test of morality when choosing your food. In fact, I’m even here with a classmate who’s a vegetarian, and he ate a fried tarantula his first time in Cambodia because, well – why not?

And I’m sure at least somebody would like another picture: