Master Recipe: Japanese Ramen

Hello all!

I’ve been craving a lot of soups lately… I guess it’s the freezing weather outside, I just can’t help it! Earlier this month my husband had a brilliant idea to slowly simmer the pork bone we had frozen after our wonderful Christmas dinner (yummy ham leftover!!). The result? A tasty soup base that inspired our Japanese-style Ramen. I will admit it’s not Ippudo, but it’s pretty darn good!

Check it out!! So pretty!


Japanese Ramen

For the soup base:

  • Pork Broth from Pork Bones, simmered for 8+ hours (or use good ol’ chicken/beef broth for a quicker option!)
  • Miso Paste, I used about 2 heaping Tbsp for 1 bowl
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce (gives the broth a good color!)

For the toppings:

  • Char-Siu / Roast Pork (store-bought)
  • Medium-Firm Tofu, boiled in salt water
  • Bamboo Shoots in Chili Oil, straight from the jar =)
  • Chopped Scallion/ Green Onion
  • 1 soft-boiled egg (remove from heat as soon as water starts to boil, keep in the hot water for 1 min, then run under cold water and peel)
  • Hot Chili Oil (optional)
  • You can also add other toppings like corn/ fish cake/ other veggies.

For the ramen, we found this “fresh” noodles at a local Asian Supermarket. We only used the ramen and froze the seasoning pack that came with it (for lazy days when we don’t feel like making home-made broth).


Photo credit: The Tasty Island – which has some tasty-looking ramen and other foods! I must go back to check out their recipes…

Ok I digressed… but anyway, it was delicious!!! So delicious that we made 2 more bowls the next day – wahoo! I think the secret is definitely the slow-simmered pork soup base…

Do you have a favorite ramen recipe? Please share with me! I’d love to perfect my ramen-making skills =)

That is all for today. Have a wonderful week everyone!



Beef + Black Pepper Sauce {Guest Post @Christine’s Kitchen Chronicles}

Happy Wednesday, lovelies!

I’m so honored to be guest-posting over at Christine’s Kitchen Chronicles today. I “met” Christine via a mutual friend. I saw a news feed from her Facebook page (oh technology!) and was intrigued by her tagline “engineer by day, cooking wife by night” – because well, that’s like me!

So head on over to her site to and check out the Beef with Black Pepper Sauce I whipped up over the weekend (I promise my next recipe won’t be an Asian dish… you’re getting tired.. I know I know…)

While you’re there, don’t forget to check out her delicious recipes! She’s got so many to choose from!

I can’t wait to try her Creamed Corn… or maybe the Watermelon Slush… Aaah! I’m in serious denial that summer never ended… sigh.

Christine, your watermelon slush is making me dream of my honeymoon all over again.. You see, it reminds me of the never-ending fresh watermelon juice we had during our stay at the Nikko Bali Resort & Spa… a-ha! I slipped in a Wedding Wednesday after all! ;) V monster, you’re right, I’m obsessed with weddings.

Thank you, Christine, for letting me guest post at your site :) It’s been a blast and I hope you have a fun-mazing time traveling this month!

Until next time… please whisk me away… back to BALI!

a girl can dream… xo,