Gourmet Ramen Noodles!
During bad economic times, ramen noodles are a saving grace. Poor college students on a tight budget often rely on ramen noodles to get through a week. A simple plain bowl of ramen noodles with broth is better than going hungry. It only takes a little bit of imagination to figuring out ways to make a cheap bowl of ramen taste like a million bucks.
Korean style dried shredded squid snacks are seasoned with salt and sweet vinegar. Bags of dried shredded squid snacks can be found at Asian food markets. Radicchio adds a contrasting bitter flavor to this recipe. Small heads of radicchio can be found at nearly any grocery store.
Ramen Noodles with Peking Vegetables, Radicchio and Dried Shredded Squid:
This recipe yields 1 portion.
Step 1: Heat a wide sauté pan or mini wok over medium/medium high heat.
Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
Add 1/3 cup of large diced onion.
Sauté till the onions just start to get some brown highlights.
Step 2: Add 1 chopped clove of garlic.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of ginger paste.
Add 1/4 cup of thin green bell pepper strips.
Add 1/2 of a green jalapeño pepper that is thin sliced.
Sauté till the vegetables just start to become tender.
Step 3: Add 3/4 cup of light fish broth.
Bring the broth to a boil.
Step 4: Reduce the temperature to low heat.
Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of catsup.
Add 1 tablespoon of hoisin sauce.
Add 1 teaspoon of honey.
Add 1/2 tablespoon of sweet rice wine vinegar. (sushi vinegar)
Add 1/2 tablespoon of red miso paste.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of thin soy sauce.
Step 5: Add 2 pinches of Chinese Five Spice Powder.
Add 1 pinch of Chinese chile powder.
Add 1 pinch of sea salt and white pepper.
Stir the sauce till the ingredients combine.
Step 6: Add 1/5 cup of very thin sliced carrot. (flower shapes)
*Cut lengthwise grooves with a channeling tool to achieve this effect!
Add 2 large leaves of radicchio.
Gently simmer and reduce the sauce, till it is a medium thin consistency that can glaze a spoon.
Step 7: Start cooking 1 portion of ramen noodles in a pot of boiling water.
Boil the noodles till they are tender.
Drain the water off of the cooked ramen noodles.
Step 8: Place the ramen noodles in a medium size noodle bowl.
Place the wilted radicchio leaves on the edge of the bowl.
Spoon the Peking Vegetables & Sauce over the noodles.
Mound 1/2 cup of Korean shredded dried squid snack on top of the noodles.
Another tasty gourmet ramen noodle bowl!