Thursday, February 18, 2016

Ramen with Galangal Broth, Lotus Root and Spicy Shrimp

     Gourmet Ramen Noodles!
     Ramen Snack Noodles are popular worldwide.  Ramen Noodles have a reputation for being a college student's main staple.  Almost anything can be added to Ramen Noodles to jazz up the flavor. Fancying up a bowl of Ramen helps to liven things up when living on a low budget.
     There are a few noodle house restaurants in Las Vegas that feature Gourmet Ramen creations, but most many noodle house chefs prefer to only market traditional Ramen recipes.  Either way, a Ramen Noodle House is a great place to dine when seeking new ideas for making Gourmet Ramen Noodles at home.
     Today's Ramen creation actually has good eye appeal.  The Spicy Shrimp garnish has a mild spicy heat level and it adds a nice color contrast.  Galangal is Thai Blue Ginger.  Galangal adds a zesty ginger flavor to the savory broth.  Lotus Root kind of tastes like potato, but Lotus Root will retain its crispy bite even after simmering for an extended time.

     *This entire recipe yields 1 portion!
     Galangal Broth and Lotus Root:
     Step 1:  Place 2 cups of shrimp broth in a sauce pot over medium high heat.
     Bring the broth to a boil.
     Step 2:  Add 6 thin slices of peeled lotus root.
     Add 1 clove of minced garlic.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of ground galangal powder.  (Thai Blue Ginger Root)
     Add 1 small pinch of Chinese Chile Powder.
     Add 1 pinch of cumin.
     Add sea salt and white pepper to taste.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of thin soy sauce.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of lime juice.
     Step 3:  Boil the lotus root till it just starts to become tender.
     Allow the broth to reduce to about 1 1/4 cups.  Add water if too much liquid evaporates.
     Step 4:  Reduce the temperature to very low heat.
     Keep the broth and lotus root warm till it is needed.

     Ramen Noodles:
     Shocking ramen noodles is a traditional method for creating a chewy texture.
     Boil a pot of water over high heat.
     Add 1 portion of ramen noodles.
     Stir the noodles occasionally, till they become fully cooked.
     Drain the hot water off of the noodles.
     Place the noodles in a bowl of ice water.
     Stir the noodles by hand, till they feel like they have a firm chewy texture.
     Drain the ice water off of the noodles.
     Set the noodles aside.
     Spicy Shrimp:
     Step 1:  Heat a small sauté pan over medium heat.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
     Add 1 whole large shrimp that has the head attached.  (Trim off the long antennae.)
     Sauté the shrimp on both sides till it is almost fully cooked.
     Step 2:  Add 1 tablespoon of water.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of lime juice.
     Add 1 pinch of sea salt and white pepper
     Step 3:  Remove the pan from the heat.
     Sprinkle 1 pinch of Chinese Chile Powder on the shrimp.
     Sprinkle 1 pinch of Spanish Paprika on the shrimp.
     Keep the shrimp warm on a stove top.
     Galangal Lotus Ramen with Nori and Spicy Shrimp:
     Step 1:  Raise the temperature of the Galangal Broth to medium high heat.
     Bring the broth to a gentle boil.
     Remove the lotus root slices from the broth and set them aside on a platter.
     Step 2:  Add the prepared ramen noodles to the hot broth.
     Allow the noodles to reheat for about 30 seconds.
     Step 3:  Place the ramen noodles and broth in a noodle bowl.
     Place the lotus root slices against the edge of the bowl around the noodles.
     Step 4:  Place a few cilantro leaves around the ramen noodles.
     Cut a few thin strips of roasted nori seaweed with scissors.
     Sprinkle the nori strips around the ramen noodles.
     Step 5:  Place thin lime slice garnish on top of the noodles.
     Place the spicy shrimp on the lime slice.
     Place a small Thai Basil sprig on the shrimp.
     Delicious, healthy and nice looking Gourmet Ramen Noodles!

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