Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ramen Noodles and Crispy Eel with Caramelized Onion & Garlic

     A Gourmet Ramen Noodle Creation That Features Yummy Crispy Eel!
     I sure do like publishing gourmet ramen noodle recipes!  Ramen noodles are the perfect medium for creativity.
     Some chefs and guests prefer strict traditional ramen recipes.  Tradition is definitely is and important aspect of every cultural cuisine.  It is always good to learn traditional food, because this act actually helps to preserve the culture itself.
     During the last couple of decades a new noodle house cuisine trend came to be.  Folks in western world countries really started to get into international street vendor food styles.  Noodle house style food started to get a little bit crazier as the gourmet street vendor style food trend progressed.
     Many chefs now really let it all hang out when it comes to whipping up a modern creative bowl of ramen noodles.  Some of the new combinations of ingredients in modern noodle bowl recipes would have been unheard of many years ago.  Basically the rule of thumb for inspiring customer interest in modern noodle bowl creations is the more eccentric, the better!
     The modern gourmet noodle house restaurant trend is still going strong and there is one good reason why this food trend will not fade away.  Everybody likes noodles and most people naturally seek new food items to taste!

     Crispy Eel is easy to make from scratch.  The problem is that fresh eel is not always available at seafood markets.  Crispy Eel can be found as pre-prepared as a canned product.
     I found a can of nice quality Crispy Eel at a market in Chinatown, Las Vegas.  At most Asian canneries, great care is taken when canning specialty products.  Honestly, the canned Crispy Eel look just as good as fresh made Crispy Eel that I have seen in the past.  The cans to look for are shaped like a small sardine can.
     Crispy Eel is usually used for making sushi rice items.  Crispy Eel is marinated and basted with a sweet soy sauce, so it has good flavor that is perfect for garnishing ramen noodles.

     Canned Crispy Eel Preparation:  
     This recipe yields 1 portion.
     Open a small can of Crispy Roasted Eel.  (A small can has about 3 or 4 ounces of Crispy Eel in it.  This is enough for 1 serving.)
     Carefully remove the Crispy Eel pieces, without breaking them.
     Remove any bones that are attached to the Crispy Eel filets.
     Set the Crispy Eel aside.

     Caramelized Onion & Garlic:
     Step 1:  Heat a sauté pan or mini wok over medium low heat.
     Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
     Add 1/4 cup of very thin sliced onion.
     Add 6 whole garlic cloves.
     Sauté the onions and garlic, till they are caramelized with brown color.
     Step 2:  Add sea salt and white pepper.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of pure sesame oil.
     Take the pan off the heat and keep it warm on a stove top.

     Fish Broth:
     Heat a small sauce pot over medium heat.  
     Add 1 cup of fish broth.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of ginger paste.
     Add sea salt and white pepper.
     Add 1 pinch of Chinese five spice powder.
     Add 1 pinch of turmeric.
     Bring the liquid to a gentle boil.
     Keep the broth warm over low heat.

     Ramen Noodles and Crispy Eel with Caramelized Onion & Garlic:
     Step 1:  Cook 1 portion of ramen noodles in boiling water over high heat.
     When the ramen noodles are fully cooked, drain the water off of the noodles.
     Place the noodles in a container of ice water and swirl the noodles till they gain a chewy texture.
     Drain the water off the noodles.
     Step 2:  Place the ramen in the pot of warm fish broth.
     Allow the noodles to reheat.
     Step 3:  Place the ramen noodles and broth in a shallow bowl.  Try to mound the noodles high.
     Step 4:  Arrange the Crispy Eel filets on the noodles so they point out from center.
     Place the caramelized onions and garlic on top of the noodles and Crispy Eel ends.
     Garnish with an Italian Parsley sprig or cilantro sprig.

     Eel is loaded with Omega-3 Fatty Acids.  This is a healthy tasty bowl of ramen noodles!  

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