An Attempt at Yakibuta Ramen Noodles
So for some reason Dillon decided to take on the ever impossible ramen recipe at home. On a whim.
We're talking proper Japanese Ramen noodles that requires training, hours of prep and even more hours of cooking, not that easy 2 minute packet stuff. I mean, come on! Dillon is one brave, determined man and who am I to stop a man with such determination?
So after work, we pop into our nearest Asian market, which is run by the friendliest Taiwanese family, and get a few supplies. We also had to run down to the butcher for A-grade pork belly and ask the bakery across the road for top notch bread flour to make ramen noodles from scratch... which we weren't able to find. So I went on a bit of an adventure and found fresh ramen noodles in the fresh pasta section of our local Woolworths. Your Woolies might not stock them so you can try angel hair pasta as long as you boil them in water that has baking soda and make sure they are super al dente. The noodles will sit in a broth when served so it will absorb a lot of liquid and if not al dente, will become soggy and not so yummy.
The recipe Dillon chose was Yakibuta Ramen. This is a Japanese "roast pork" ramen, and is one that can be attempted at home compared to the famous Tonkotsu Ramen. I'll let Hubster blog about the actual cooking and recipe, but I did just want to say... It was quite delightful, even trumping the go to ramen joint here in Cape Town.
It took 3 hours and we had to have significantly large starters to keep the hunger at bay but the result? A large steaming bowl of gorgeously rich broth with slurp worthy noodles, topped with a perfect egg and fall apart pork belly that left that amazing silky collagen feel on your lips. It may not be match worthy of Tonkotsu Ramen and definitely not as fragrant as ramen bowls I've had in Asia... but it is better than the bowl at Downtown Ramen and is definitely a bowl that makes you yell out loud for seconds a la Thor. Hubster immediately dished up a larger serving at my coarse yell of "Another!" What can I say? I am one lucky wife.