Have you ever thought about cooking Shoyu ramen at home? Or you have thought about it but give up even before you try because you thought it is too difficult? I am going to share the Shoyu ramen recipe that easiest possible way to make Shoyu Ramen at home!
What is Shoyu Ramen?
You probably already know what Ramen is, as it has become a universal dish. But what about Shoyu? Shoyu is soy sauce in Japanese. So Shoyu Ramen means noodles with a soy sauce flavoured soup broth.
What kind of noodle is Ramen?
Ramen noodle is made from wheat flour, salt, water and kansui(alkaline mineral water). People often think that the yellowish colour is from using egg in the noodle. However, alkaline mineral water makes the noodle look yellowish and also makes the noodle firm.
How many flavours of Ramen are there?
There are four main types of ramen in terms of base broth and noodle soup flavour; Shoyu (soy sauce), Shio (salt), Miso, and Tonkotsu (Pork bone base broth). Shoyu and Shio are light and clear soups whereas Miso and Tonkotsu are much heavier and cloudier soups.
Certain areas of Japan have their own speciality Ramen. The prefecture I am from in Japan is called Wakayama, which is famous for Shoyu Ramen. When I go back to Japan, I eat at least one bowl of Ramen at a restaurant, or at home. I am going to share how my family back in Japan cook it at home.
Is it difficult to make Ramen at home?
Well, the short answer is NO. If you make fresh noodles, and making your own broth from scratch, it will be worth the effort, but it is time-consuming and it will be difficult for the first-timers. Japanese people know how to find shortcuts. We buy ready-made packets of ramen and soup from supermarkets. And the good news is I saw Nisshin brand (my favourite) ramen packets at a local Coles (Australian supermarket)!!
Where can I purchase ready made Ramen packets?
You can buy them from Asian or Japanese grocery stores. The local Japanese grocery stores (in Brisbane) stock many different brands of dry noodle packets as well as fresh noodles and frozen noodles. You can also purchase concentrated soup broth sachets in different flavours as well. If you can not access any local stores, try online in stores such as Amazon.Nissin – Raoh Japanese Instant Ramen Noodles Soy Sauce
Popular and typical ramen toppings are Chashu sliced pork, soft boiled egg (or miso egg), Naruto (pinwheel fish cake), Menma( bamboo shoots), corn, bean sprouts and sliced scallions. Of course, you can be creative and use whatever you like or you have in your fridge and pantry. All toppings need to be thinly sliced and ready before you start to cook the noodles.
Soft boiled egg
You can make a soft boiled egg, or Japanese like seasoned egg called “Ajitsuke Tamago”. I have shared a post called miso marinated egg(miso egg) if you would like to try that.
Menma is a Japanese condiment which is made from lacto-fermented bamboo shoots also known as “Shinachiku”. You can buy these bamboo shoots in a jar from Japanese grocery stores. If you cannot access this ingredient, you can replace this with young corn or something else.
Freshly served Ramen taste the best
Ramen is definitely not a food that you can make ahead and eat the next day. When you cook noodles al dente, it needs to be served and eaten immediately, otherwise the noodles soak up the soup, which changes the texture of the noodles and makes them stretch.
Timing of cooking noodles
For the above reason, although this recipe is easy, the timing of making the soup and cooking noodle is critical. For example, this Nisshin brand noodle takes about 4 minutes to cook. So while you are cooking noodle for 4 minutes, you need to open the soup sachet and make soup so that it is ready.
Also, don’t forget to check out my other Ramen recipes too.
Miso Eggs for topping
Basic Ramen Broth for those who want to make everything from scratch.
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- 1 packet of Ramen noodle *1
- 1 slice of Pork Chashu
- 2 slices of Naruto pinwheel Fish cake
- 2 tbsp corn kernel or 20g
- 4-5 Menma bamboo shoots
- ½ soft boiled egg
- 10 g or one handful of bean sprouts
- 1 tsp Sliced scallions
- A nori sheet
- 250 ml or 1 cup of boiling water
- Prepare toppings. Slice the naruto fish cake, scallions, and cut the soft boiled egg in half. Cook corn and remove kernels. Wash and trim the bean sprouts. Set all toppings aside.
- Bring water to boil in a large pot.
- Open the packet, remove noodle and put into the boiling water.
- Cook the noodle for 4 minutes to al dente.
- While the noodle is being cooked, empty the seasoning packet and the oil packet to a ramen bowl. *2
- Add the noodles to the water and leave to cook for as many minutes as written on the packet.
- Boil 1 cup of water in a kettle and pour it into the ramen bowl.
- Stir the boiling water to dissolve the seasoning and oil and set aside.
- When the noodle is cooked to al dente, drain the cooking water.
- Add the noodles to the bowls of soup.
- Top with Chashu pork, soft boiled egg, naruto the fish cake, Menma the bamboo shoots, corn kernels, bean sprouts and sliced scallions.
- Stick nori seaweed sheet on the side of the noodle bowl.
- Serve immediately.