Both the boyfriend and I am pretty interested in Japan. Music, manga and of course the deyummylicious cooking.
So, the other day we decided to create a nourishing, filling japanese specialty? Sushi? Pfft, sushi is so last year
Ramen in Japan doesn't always mean the instant packs. It began as a very nice soup, created from the meeting of the chinese and japanese kitchen. Served in huge bowls and very tasty on a cold rainy day
Our shoyu ramen contained:
Ramen noodles, duh
Chicken and soy broth
Nori You should not use the sushi kind. We did and it tasted funky
It was very good, even if we had to improvise a bit with the bowls.
However, I must admit that we failed with the meat despite following the instructions (which we had, admittedly, just googled) While good, the meat didn't taste at all what I've eaten in restaurants, so I wonder if anyone has any idea what kind it is? We basically took the bacony bits and hoped for the best but that was far to hard.
One unrelated question - Are you familiar with the flat, frying pan baked indian breads? We've tried to make chapti (no yeast, they become very hard) and what the recipe called naan (tasted more or less like regular white bread, was oven baked) and we can't hit the right thing. It's a delicious bread, so if you have the name and even better know how to make them, please share!
I think Roti is what we were aiming for.
Well, it reminded me mostly of hungarian langos, but didn't taste all that spectacular. The recipe book we took it from isn't very true-to-origins tho, so that may have influenced it.
It's not that hard actually, though it demands a lot of pots and pans ^^ Of course, we cheated a little with the soup stock, you are supposed to boil chicken bones for a couple of hours... We used the better kind of concentrated chicken broth from the store.
Mmmm ramen. Since being friends with two Asian-Canadian girls, I have tried every vareity of Japanese food there is, and man is it all awesome. In Oz you mainly get sushi and that's it. But China Town here in London produces some damn fine ramen and rice dishes. Mmmmm!