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.
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.
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!