Ramen

This is another popular Japanese dish, as you can guess by the name. The reason why it is worth mentioning – apart from sushi, ramen is one of the Japanese dishes known in Europe. You have probably heard about it, too, especially if your boyfriend is reading Japanese comic books – manga. The main protagonist of the story called Naruto loves ramen dish over everything else, catching the interest of the European readers to taste it themselves. Being familiar with the story I was, as well, eager to try out the recipe myself. Now, there are many variants of the dish, and I have combined the most accessible combination for Danish market.

Ramen

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Ingredients (for 4 dishes):

- 3 l water

- 4 chicken legs

- 5 table spoons soy souse

- 3 table spoons dried wakame seaweed

- 4 packages ramen noodles

- 12 slices of narutomaki (can be found in any oriental shop – you can replace them with boiled eggs)

- Vegetable oil

Preparation:

Sprinkle the bottom of a bigger pot with vegetable oil, place the chicken legs, and let them fry slightly from each side for about 10 minutes. Then, pour 2 l of water and boil until the bouillon is ready, or about an hour. Meanwhile, take a bowl and place wakame seaweed, pour some cold water over it and let it soak. Cook ramen noodles according to the instructions on the package. When the bouillon is ready, remove the chicken and let it cool. Remove the bones. In a separate pot pour the rest of the water, add soy sauce and let it boil. When water reaches its boiling point, combine with chicken stock and reheat, if necessary. Pour the stock in a deep bowl; add noodles, wakame seaweed and chicken meat. Place narutomaki on top. If you could not find it, take a half of a hardboiled egg, and use it instead. Now the dish is ready to treat someone :)

Lea Rozena

Food Journalist

Having two major passions in life, healthy products and Japan – I am happy to share my experiences with you putting the two in one: cooking Japanese style. For me, it is very important that a product has natural flavour and colour, no preservatives or excessive amount of fat. I always prefer to make my food from scratch- making my own dough, batter, filling or cake decoration. And Japan… Japan is the land of my dreams, where a fairy tale becomes reality. The combination of traditions and highly modern metropolitan life encourages you to explore it more and more. Japanese cuisine is rich with fish, vegetables and rice, making it one of the healthiest. Therefore, I will introduce to you some of the most basic Japanese recipes, along with the ones I have adjusted to European lifestyle. Happy reading and happy cooking!

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