Tonkotsu Ramen!

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What came over me to make this tedious, yet delicious masterpiece? An intense craving after seeing countless Instagrams over the weekend of big bowls of ramen! Have wanted to make it since last year, when I made the Japanese Miso Ramen, but was too lazy to boil the bones for so long. This was definitely a tedious dish to make, a 12 hour project, but honestly, with time and patience, you too can make it. It is a standard tonkatsu broth with only salt added. The condiments in ramen, combined with the rich sticky broth, is what makes the dish. The meat and the egg were also meticulously made to compliment the dish. Fried garlic in sesame oil was also made to enhance the dish. In addition, when you are single and basically eat by yourself, you have a ton of leftovers in which it is easy to freeze the soup base and the noodles for future consumption. I am super happy with the way it turned out and I know if you follow the steps and ask yourself for patience, you can do it too! Please let me know if you do it! I will applaud and cheer for you!

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RAMEN BURGER.

First it was the cronut and now its the ramen burger that everyone is raving about. Chef Keizo Shimamoto apparently wants to make a restaurant that makes these. At a festival in Brooklyn last weekend, he made 150 burgers to sell one day, and the next 300, generating buzz and long lines. People waited for 2 hours for one! Crazy! Social media and news websites have been buzzing over it and it seems like ramen noodles as buns are poised to be added as a bun option like lettuce or donuts! Of course I had to see what the hype was about and since I am about 3500 miles away from NYC, the only way to eat that is to make it on my own! My verdict? Its goooood! But I don’t think I will make the noodles into the bun again…its too much work when I can just throw it all together and make ramen beef noodles. And if I had to buy it? Probably only pay up to $5 for it. 🙂 Have fun with it!!!

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Japanese Miso Ramen with Pork!

‘Twas a cold and rainy day and everyone was posting pictures of ramen, while I sat at work eating lettuce and at school eating nothing. You see, I have been on this obsession to get skinny so lettuce and celery sticks are a staple currently. I couldn’t help but drool…I get cravings once I start seeing pictures of the same thing from people and then its like an obsession until I make it. So I spent hours today dreaming of what my ramen would taste like. Normally, at ramen places I order the miso ramen with pork. I never really knew what went in those salty but delicious soups, but I figured it was a lot of tasty fats and salt. I’ve been to numerous ramen places and had different types of soup bases– miso, shoyu, that black looking one, and my favorite: Orenchi’s fatty ass pork base hahah. I dream to have it again someday…hopefully this summer while in NorCal =). Anyway, the ramen I made turned out to taste pretty close to what I find out in the big bad world! I actually improvised a lot this time–hope ya’ll like my recipe! Its actually uber easy to make. I know someday I will try to make a pork base– stay tuned!

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