Sunday, December 27, 2015

Cilantro Chutney Roasted Red Pepper Ramen Noodles with Poached Egg, Sriracha, Garlic Peppers & Onions

     The Continuing Saga Of The Gourmet Ramen Noodle Trend!
     When there is just a few odds and ends of food left in my refrigerator, that is when the gourmet ramen noodle recipe idea light bulb seems to shine brightest.  Grab what food is on hand and just go with it!
     Ramen noodles are a nice medium for creating something new.  There actually are ramen noodle fans that seems to notice when any new ramen noodle recipe pops up on the internet.  Some of the ramen noodle recipes in this blog have received some nice comments.  Other ramen recipes are a bit bizarre and they take time to catch on.  Either way, those who look for new ramen noodle recipe ideas are pleased.
     Basically, I try to set as few rules as possible for my ramen noodle creations.  Many of my ramen creations are cooked in one pot.  Pre-maded bottled sauces and condiments can be used in the creative ramen recipes.  Popular canned products like Spam, Vienna Sausages, Sardines or Crispy Eel are good items to feature in ramen recipes.  Why not!  Ramen noodle recipes are supposed to be fun!  
     Some ramen noodle fans stick with tradition, while others throw tradition out the window.  Ramen noodle critics can be finicky about what technique is used to cook the noodles.  Shocking ramen noodles in cold water to add texture is a required technique, according to some gourmet ramen noodle critics.  Other ramen noodle cooking critics say that the microwave cooking method is where to set the bar.  Nonsense!  Whatever suits your fancy is fine when delving into the gourmet ramen noodles game!

     *This entire recipe yields 1 noodle bowl!

     Garlic Peppers and Onions:
     Step 1:  Heat a sauté pan over medium heat.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
     Add 3 thin sliced garlic cloves.
     Sauté for a few seconds, till the garlic becomes aromatic.
     Step 2:  Add about 1/5 cup of julienne sliced onion.
     Add 1/5 cup of thin sliced green bell pepper.
     Add 1/2 of a thin sliced green jalapeño pepper.
     Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
     Sauté till the peppers and onions are lightly browned on the edges.
     Step 3:  Remove the pan from the heat.
     Keep the garlic pepper and onions warm on a stove top.

     Cilantro Chutney Roasted Red Pepper Ramen Noodles:
     Step 1:  Boil enough water in a sauce pot over high heat to cook the ramen noodles.
     Add 1 portion of ramen noodles.
     Boil the noodles till they start to become tender.
     Step 2:  Drain the hot water off of the noodles.
     Return the noodles to the sauce pot.
     Place the sauce pot over low heat.
     Step 3:  Add 1/4 cup of light chicken broth.
     Add 2 tablespoons of cilantro chutney.  (Pre-made cilantro chutney is available in jars at Indian food markets.)
     Add 3 tablespoons of diced roasted red bell pepper.  
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of lime juice.
     Stir the ingredients together.
     Keep the noodles warm on a stove top, till the egg is poached.

     Poached Egg:
     Poaching an egg so the yolk is showing like an eye is easy to do!
     Step 1:  Place a small sauté pan over medium heat.
     Add enough water, so the water is about 3/4" deep.
     Add 2 pinches of sea salt.
     Bring the water to a very gentle boil.
     Step 2:  Add 1 large egg.
     Allow the yolk of the egg to be partially exposed to the air, instead of being covered with water.
     Poach the egg, till the egg white is fully cooked and till the yolk is warmed.
     Remove the pan from the heat.

     Cilantro Chutney Roasted Red Pepper Ramen Noodles with Poached Egg, Sriracha, Garlic Peppers & Onions:
     Step 1:  Place the cilantro chutney roasted red pepper ramen noodles in a noodle serving bowl.
     Place the garlic peppers and onions on top of the noodles as a bed for the poached egg.
     Use a slotted spoon to place the poached egg on top of the garlic peppers and onions.
     Step 2:  Use a squirt bottle to paint streaks of Sriracha Sauce on the noodles.
     Sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoons of very thin bias sliced green onion top over the hot sauce.
     Garnish with a large basil sprig.

     This bowl of ramen noodles is packed with flavor!  

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