Do you want to create the best authentic Japanese ramen recipe?  We will look at what you need for a delicious Japanese miso ramen recipe, a Japanese beef ramen recipe, and a Japanese curry ramen recipe that will have your guests coming back time and again.

Many believe that the term ramen means noodles, however this is not the case. Ramen is actually the soup that is commonly served with the noodles. The Japanese actually use the name Ramen for the term ‘soup’. It was only much later that the Chinese introduced the pasta strings known as noodles. Nowadays it is common to find packets of noodles called ramen, this however is wrong but is largely due to its descriptive definitions being changed over time.

Home Cooked Ramen

If you want to make the best Japanese ramen recipe, or a version of a Japanese curry ramen recipe, a beef ramen recipe, or a Japanese miso ramen recipe your soup must be packed with great flavors. To achieve these flavours takes time and a lot of planning to cultivate, however your efforts will have been well worth it once it’s time for supper.

Keep in mind, that whatever you decide to put on top of your soup is just an extra, not the main event, the event is a great broth made from a great  Japanese ramen recipe using the best noodles you can find.

Ramen Through The Ages

As you know, noodles had initially originated from China. However, it was only via Marco Polo’s travels that they managed to reach Europe, becoming a popular dish in Italy, known as the pasta. 

The Japanese were later to take to the stringy delicacy, putting the noodles into a bowl of broth, creating a combination that would forever shape the outcome of a late night or a shrinking budget.

When the Chinese and Japanese emigrated on mass, they took with them a variety of ramen noodle recipes which they would later serve to pioneers of the western trails within noodle and soba shops. When the second world war broke out, the trend quickly started to die as rationing seriously limited the ingredients needed and numerous ramen makers had also been interned in concentration camps. 

It was also seen as unpatriotic for an American to be eating Japanese food. However, after the war, the trend quickly started to pick back up with one great Japanese ramen recipe after another, resulting in a number of these shops springing back up again throughout the United States.

With its re-emerging popularity, came the idea of instant ramen noodle bowl recipes, which were designed so that people could enjoy a quick and easy Japanese ramen recipe meal, all within a place of their own choosing. With the use of clever marketing campaigns, companies were able to ensure that large amounts of noodles would be served up at home or in the streets.

During the 1980s, Japanese “ramen tours” became incredibly popular resulting in the mass importing of the instant Japanese ramen recipe variety, direct from Japan. Now it had become super simple to acquire your very own ramen noodle bowl recipe in only a matter of minutes.

It’s a little peculiar how in the land that started these shops there are no franchises. This may largely be due to its shopkeepers teaching their employees their best Japanese ramen recipe just after a few years of service only so that they could send them off to open their own shops. This method, although very UnAmerican, is excellent for ramen lovers all over the world.

Noodles

Noodles, in their simplest form, are incredibly basic and easy to manufacture requiring only flour, salt, and water, mixed with an alkaline agent in order to give them a yellow springy texture. Throughout major cities, fresh noodles have become increasingly common to find.

However once purchased, they need to be refrigerated to stay fresh and unlike the dried variety that can last for months, should be used within a few days. Dried ramen noodles can be found almost anywhere, from the local Asian supermarkets to large retailers, and can now be easily purchased through online sites such as Amazon. 

It’s The Soup, Dummy

When it comes to picking your Japanese ramen recipe broth, we recommend one that is rich in chicken stock flavor. To achieve a complex delicious layered broth, you should use the bones of a chicken that you previously roasted and then finish it off by adding some essential Japanese flavorings. The results will be a broth that compliments your noodles to perfection.

To enhance the body of your broth, you can use chicken wings as they contain a rich mixture of gelatin, skin, tender bones, and flavorsome marrow, that will all break down the longer you leave it to simmer. Also be sure to add a generous sprinkling of ginger, kombucha, shiitake mushrooms and soy sauce to achieve a restaurant quality standard soup.

Miso Ramen Recipe

Ingredients:

4 eggs

1 cup bean sprouts

1 cup fresh bean sprouts

10 oz dried ramen noodles

1/2 cup sliced bamboo shoots canned

1/2 cup corn kernels fresh, frozen or canned

1/3 cup spinach leaves fresh or frozen

8 cups vegetable broth

2 teaspoons instant dashi granules

1 tablespoon soy sauce or to taste

4 tablespoons miso paste

1 green onion finely chopped

To create your amazing Japanese ramen recipe or in this case a Japanese miso ramen recipe you will by cooking eggs. Place the whole, un-cracked eggs in a medium pot and fill with water to cover eggs with 1 inch of water. Then turn the heat to high and when boiling, turn the heat off and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 10 minutes. Promptly use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs and then peel them under cold running water. Finish off by slicing each egg in half.

Now the vegetables for your Japanese miso ramen recipe. If using fresh spinach, add the spinach to the hot water in the pot and let it sit for 1 minute. Use a slotted spoon to remove the spinach and then rinse it with cool water. Use your hands to squeeze the spinach in order to remove as much water as possible.

If using frozen spinach, defrost it and then squeeze the leaves with your hands so that you can get rid of as much water as possible. Then briefly cook the bean sprouts, add them into the same pot of hot water and let it sit for 1 minute. Then use a slotted spoon to remove your bean sprouts. Be sure to keep the hot water in the pot as you are still going to be needing it. 

When it comes to cooking your noodles for your Japanese ramen recipe or in this case a Japanese miso ramen recipe, you are going to want to place them in the same pot of water so that they can boil. Once you have added your ramen noodles, be sure to cook them according to package instructions. Finish off by draining your noodles and rinsing them with cold water to stop the cooking process.

When making your miso soup for your Japanese miso ramen recipe, you are going to start off by taking a large pot and adding your stock, instant dashi and soy sauce. Bring to a boil over a high heat. Then remove from the heat and stir in the miso. Taste the soup and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of miso according to your taste.

When serving, divide your noodles, hard-boiled eggs, bamboo shoots, corn, spinach and bean sprouts among 4 large serving bowls and finish off by ladling your Japanese ramen recipe soup into each bowl. Be sure to top off each bowl with some green onions for extra flavour. Now that sounds like a tasty miso ramen recipe

Japanese Beef Ramen Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 600g diced beef, fat trimmed, cut into 4cm pieces
  • 1/4 cup salt-reduced soy sauce , plus 2 tablespoon extra
  • 2 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 4cm piece ginger, sliced
  • 2 star anise
  • 2L (8 cups) salt-reduced beef stock
  • 1/4 cup white miso paste
  • 200g shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 270g ramen noodles
  • Sesame seeds, to serve
  • Coriander sprigs, to serve
  • Sliced red chilli, to serve
  • Sriracha sauce, to serve

To start your delicious Japanese beef ramen recipe get a medium saucepan and then add your beef, then a 1/4 cup of soy sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, star anise and half a cube of beef stock. Bring to a boil, regularly skimming impurities off the top of your beef ramen recipe, and let it simmer, uncovered, for about one and a half hours or until the beef is tender and the liquid is reduced and thickened.

Then drain off most of the liquid and set your meat aside, covering it with foil to keep warm. Once your meat is cool enough to handle, you can begin to shred it. 

With a large saucepan add the remaining beef stock to your Japanese beef ramen recipe, plus 250ml of water, miso paste, remaining soy, mushrooms, pak choi and snow peas. Make sure the heat is medium-low and leave it, covered, for about 5 minutes or until pak choi and snow peas are tender. 

Meanwhile, cook your eggs for your Japanese beef ramen recipe for 5 minutes in a medium saucepan of simmering water. Then remove them with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl of cold water. Once your eggs are cool enough to handle, peel and cut them into halves.

In the same pan of boiling water, start cooking your noodles according to the packet instructions. Once they are done, be sure to drain them.

Now divide your noodles among bowls and ladle the top of them with miso soup and vegetables. Add your beef mixture and eggs to the bowl and serve sprinkled with sesame seeds, coriander, chilli and sriracha sauce, if desired. Hay presto you have a great  Japanese beef ramen recipe to serve to your friends.

Japanese Curry Ramen Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup top sirloin – can use chicken breast as well
  • 4 cups low or no sodium chicken broth
  • 2 large eggs – you really want fresh eggs here
  • 2 cubes Japanese curry – Golden Curry seems to be a pretty popular brand
  • ramen noodles – or alkalinated spaghettini
  • a bit of oil
  • green onion to garnish

Start off your Japanese curry ramen recipe by putting a pot of water to boil so that you can cook your noodles. When it comes to preparing your meat, slice your beef into 1/4-inch slices.  If you are using chicken, cut into 3/4-inch cubes. Then heat your oil in a pan large enough to hold the stock until it shimmers. Fry the beef or chicken until just done and then remove it from the pan.

The next stage of your Japanese curry ramen recipe will be to lower gently the eggs into the boiling water, the same water used for the noodles, and cook for exactly 6 minutes. After they are cooked, place your eggs in a bowl of ice water so they can also cool. This is to stop the yolks within the eggs hardening. Once they have cooled slice each egg in half lengthwise, however be sure that the texture of the yolks are still a bit runny.

When making the broth for your curry ramen recipe, start off by chopping the cubes of curry paste into small pieces. Then deglaze the pan with a bit of chicken stock and add about another cup of stock. Now add the chopped cubes into the stock and bring to a boil. 

Keep in mind that the cubes won’t dissolve very well so be sure to chase them with a spatula. Once the cubes have dissolved add the remaining stock and simmer for about 4-5 minutes. While the stock simmers cook the ramen noodles per the instructions on the package and then finish off by draining your noodles.

When serving, divide the noodles across two bowls. Arrange the beef or chicken over the top of the noodles and pour half the broth into each bowl. Add the eggs, submerging slightly to warm them through and then top it all off with some green onions. Now that sounds like a great Japanese curry ramen recipe.

The Best Noodles On The Market

NongShim Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup, 4.2 Ounce (Pack of 20)

NongShim Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup

This premium quality Japanese ramen recipe is cooked with beef, mushrooms and carrots giving it a spicy flavor and making it one of the top ramen noodles recipes. Its combination of soft noodles and spicy beef broth end up creating a perfect recipe that is sure to bring joy regardless of the occasion. 

NongShim Shin specialize in making a spicy broth with a hint of sweetness that will make you want to lick your bowl clean. This fulfilling yet simple meal is also incredibly simple to prepare and can be ready to eat in just a matter of minutes.

NongShim Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup

Premium Quality - The spicy flavor, cooked with beef, mushrooms and carrots, was inspired by the world's finest peppers


Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce, 3 Ounce (Pack of 24)

Nissin Top Ramen

Not only does Nissin make a delicious top ramen noodles recipe broth, but they also are a much healthier alternative due to their reduced sodium content. Perfect should you want to mix it with ingredients of your own choice or eat it as it is. This vegetarian top ramen noodles recipe is not only a healthy alternative but also packed with a delightful combination of flavours that will simply have you coming back for more.

Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce

Now with reduced sodium content


Mikasa Jones
Mikasa grew up in the dynamic Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Mikasa defines herself as an adaptive young woman who has been immersed into various cultures not just in the United States, but also her mother's hometown in Yokohama, Japan. She is a chef by profession and is an active member of the American Culinary Federation. She swears by a cup of hot matcha after a long day, saying that it helps her relax and focus on her tasks on a day-to-day basis.

Japan Daily Press is one of her outlets for sharing information with readers about the accessibility of commercially available Japanese products. She thinks that the misconception of sub-standard quality and taste of commercial food should be erased because there are a lot of manufacturers that are really stepping up their game in terms of developing products that are as close to authentic as possible.